Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.19 – Mommy Dearest

SAM AND DEAN MEET EVE – Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel track Eve (guest star Julia Maxwell) to a small town in Oregon. The guys discover the townspeople have been converted to demons, but surprisingly, they all appear to be dying. When they finally do meet Eve, she decides to torture the brothers by bringing back their mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), as a demon.  

The Ramble

Since about episode eight-ish, I’ve said this is a season I’m only going to truly appreciate in retrospect, and with the events that unfolded herein, that is proving to be more and more true.

Also? I have to start with a quote from U2’s “Miss Sarajevo” live from Milan, 2005, “Let’s turn this song into a prayer…that we don’t become a monster in order to defeat a monster.”

There were a multitude of fantastic moments in this episode, a few that made me rub my heart, several that made me almost angry, and two specific ones were some of you might’ve heard a shout from Lawrence of I knew it! And my hero was so heroic and our boys were our boys. *takes breath*

I have to start with my jumble of ah-ha!’s before I get going. Thanks for indulging me.

Okay, now I get why I wasn’t too anxious about the Mother of All. She never really felt like an omgkillhernow threat because she had one focused agenda: get Crowley. If you think about it, she was really just a Monster of the Week. It just took about six weeks (or so) to kill her. For me, she was practically a Red Herring. I was spending so much time wondering what the hell they were going to do with her – and why we were supposed to be afraid of her (I mean…she was no Lilith) – that I temporarily lost focus on the real issue: souls. And the one ‘being’ that held the soul most important to us: Crowley.

I can’t remember whose comment to the ramble I was replying to a couple of weeks back, but I said that if I were writing this, I’d blend it all together: MoA, Purgatory, Alpha Monsters, RoboSam, Angelic Civil War. I’d make them all pivot on the human souls storyline, because it was the only way I could make all these loose threads make sense I my head. In reality, I think Death’s quiet words to Dean, it’s all about the souls, just wormed their way into my subconscious and took root.

I don’t think we have enough clues to have it all mapped out yet, but what I’ve got so far is this: human souls are fuel for the supernatural—demons and angels alike. There is a war going on in Heaven over who is in control since God has, as far as we know, walked away. Part of this war has to do with control over this fuel (and if that’s not a subtle political barb, I don’t know what is). Taking advantage of this war, the King of Hell is also vying to get his piece of the Soul Power, and he’s not squeamish about how he gets it.

The battle for human souls is age-old. A tug-of-war between God and the Devil for our salvation. But that struggle for our souls always felt, y’know, figurative to me. Ethereal, almost. Now, it’s literal. Souls are like oil. Black gold. Texas tea. They want our souls—and the entity who has the most souls wins because he also has the most fuel or power. It’s so basic it’s ingenious.

So, at some point as yet unknown to us, Crowley and Castiel made a deal (or Cas recruited Crowley…) because Castiel needed help fighting against Raphael’s superior forces in Heaven. I think that is probably his ‘dirty little secret’ – and not, perhaps, as I’d thought last week, his use of Sam’s soul.

However, Sam’s soul still has a role in all of this because Crowley was holding it hostage—claiming that he pulled Sam’s body from the Cage. It was always doubtful to me (and a large number of us, I suspect) that a demon—even the King of Hell—would have enough mojo to pull someone from the Cage when Azaezal had to jump through a million small, fiery hoops to get Lucifer out.

Which makes me think that Cas had something to do with getting Sam out of Hell and knew all along that Crowley had his soul. Maybe he was working to get it back. Maybe the reason he knew it was ‘skinned’ was because he knew Crowley had been using it for fuel. I don’t know.

But I think that’s why he didn’t answer any of RoboSam’s prayers during the year without Dean. And I’m almost positive he knew it was gone before he gave Sam the soulonoscopy. I think he knew and he didn’t tell Dean because it was one of the casualties of his war, and he had to preserve whatever trust Dean had in him. Talk about regrettable things. Oh, and I almost suspect that Sam knows something about all of this—behind his wall, I mean. Not consciously knows. I haven’t let go of that bizarrely tense exchange RoboSam had with Cas just before he decided he didn’t want Dean to help him get his soul back.

I’m not quite sure what role Purgatory has in all of this yet—because it seems that if the souls are there, they are already monster-souls. They belong to Eve. So they wouldn’t be any good to Crowley. Hopefully that is in the gaggle of questions I still have that get cleared up.

Honestly, with only three episodes left, I’m waiting to find out that Sam’s soul was/is the key. If this were The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’d be waiting for them to tell us that Sam’s soul is the Number 42. And by doing what he’s always done—take care of his brother, fight for his brother, protect his brother—Dean screwed up a lot of plans by going all rogue on them, dealing directly with Death, and getting Sam’s soul back. Wall or no wall, I’m pretty sure Sam’s soul is going to be key in all of this and Dean’s never ending quest to safeguard the most important person in his life is going to put both of them right at ground zero.

And if you know spoilery stuff that proves me wrong, don’t tell me. I’ll find out soon enough. *smiles*

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s ramble on. I’ll skip the THEN and go right to the NOW. Two college-age guys wearing “Bruisers” jerseys are walking out of a bar, laughing about whatever conversation took place just inside. Eve walks up to them in the white don’t hate me because I’m innocent nightgown/dress—and there’s a smear of blood on the side. One guy—an African American guy—tries the lame, “there must be an angel missing from Heaven,” line. She smiles at him, strokes his face, then moves on.

The guy looks a bit sick, but his friend tugs him on. Eve continues into the bar where “You Sexy Thing” (by Hot Chocolate, I think) is playing. She locks the door behind her (never a good sign). A good looking guy asks her if she’s okay (seeing the blood).

Eve:  I’m perfect.

Her smile is empty and innocent and tooootally creepy. She steps close to the guy and kisses him while his friend is looking on all seriously, what the hell? She walks away from the guy who looks like he’s passed out and randomly starts touching people. In moments, the veins on the faces of the guy she kissed and people she touches crawl to the surface of their skin, deep red and indicative that something is definitely Not Right. Next thing you know, they’re turning on their friends and each other—literally tearing into them. Biting, clawing…blood everywhere.

And Eve sits back with that calm smile and a daiquiri, watching.

Back at Bobby’s—for this seems to have become the boys’ permanent home-away-from-road (and a good thing to)—Dean is filling shotgun shells with Phoenix Ash. I wondered how they were going to do it. Couldn’t just throw it at her—no way to guarantee aim. Brilliant idea, Dean. One of several he has this episode.

Bobby and Sam enter and Dean tells them that he’s not sure if it’s going to work—he tried the ash on his own skin (after a small mishap, he said) and…nada. Sam suggests that maybe it’s like iron or silver—hurts them, not us. Which is what I thought all along, so Dean’s “this may not work” warning confused me a bit.

Bobby says that it’s not going to matter if they don’t find Eve, so he thinks it’s time Dean made “a call.” Meaning, to Cas.

Dean: Why does it always have to be me? Not like Cas lives I my ass. Dude’s busy!

Cas shows up right behind Dean, startling him.

Dean: Cas! Get outta my ass!

Cas: I was never in your—

Cas does a curious-look head tilt, Dean does a this thought is disturbing on so many levels tilt right back. I sigh a bit with a really, Show? thought, and then we all move on. Cas wants to know if they’ve made any progress in locating Eve, which Bobby says they were going to ask him about that. But Cas says that she’s hidden from all Angels.

Total aside? I love how Dean’s dressed. Dark green T-shirt, navy-blue over shirt. In fact, I like how Sam’s dressed, too, and I rarely notice Sam’s attire, to be honest. It’s like the clothes from the Season 4 photo shoot in the stone room with the crying angel statue. Love those pictures.

Anyway, Sam says that they need an ‘inside man’ – someone with claws and sympathy. A friendly monster in other words, which, Sam contends, they’ve met one or two along the way. So, while Cas searches for a friendly monster (which just puts me in mind of a character from Sesame Street), time passes and the boys and Bobby basically…pace.

Cas returns with Lenore—who cut her hair and looks really cute with the new ‘do. Dirty and disheveled, but cute. We flashback quickly to remind everyone where we met her before and Sam soothes her with that quiet voice he gets when confronting a cornered-animal situation. He wants to know if she remembers them.

Lenore: Your hunter friend almost killed me.

Sam: If it makes you feel any better, he turned into a vampire and I chopped his head off.

Dean: With razor wire. Wicked.

He gets this proud, my little brother is bad. ass. grin on his face and Sam gives him a so not the time look. Dean sobers and looks back at Lenore as she demands to know why she’s here and Sam introduces her to Cas and says they need to talk with her about Eve.

Lenore (with classic feminine ire): I have nothing to say about Eve. I’m trying to stay away from her. Believe me.

Sam: Where’s your nest?

Lenore: Gone. Couldn’t fight it anymore.

She tells them that they hear Eve’s voice in their heads and the nest vamps left and started killing again. Lenore was hiding in the basement. And this just made me think about that vision that Dean shared with the Alpha vamp—the one with the twin, The Shining-like little girl vamps. I’m sadly drawing a blank…did we ever find out why Dean saw that? Where that place was, who they were? Because I don’t remember and I’m wondering if it had something to do with Eve (though she was still in Purgatory at that time, so…yeah *shrug*).

Lenore: You don’t know how hard it is, not to give in. Everyone gives in.

Dean glances at Sam and there’s a brief wave of memory pain that flits over his features. He refocuses on Lenore, wanting her to tell them where Eve is.

Lenore: She could be listening. I might as well be a video camera.

Bobby: So, we don’t have the element of surprise. We’re still going in.

Lenore: I can’t help you.

Sam: Can’t or won’t? It’s clear you give a crap. You don’t want to kill or have this whole planet die.

Lenore: You actually believe you can stop her?

Sam nods and says she just has to tell them where she is. Lenore stares at him a moment, then says that Eve’s in Grants Pass, OR, and now she knows they’re coming. But Lenore didn’t do this out of the goodness of her heart. She wants something. She wants them to kill her. Dean’s all, witness protection—protesting killing her outright, curiously, even though she is a monster. He’s so interesting. The things he’s able to feel something for aren’t always predictable. Lenore wasn’t that much different from Elias, but Dean had no trouble killing him (and yes, he needed the ashes, but part of it was just because the guy was a monster).

Lenore: I’m dangerous. I hear her voice all the time.

She advances directly to Sam, imploring him with her eyes.

Lenore: I’m exactly like the others. I fed. Girl couldn’t have been more than 16, Sam. I’ll do it again. You have to. Please.

Sam is almost backing away in protest when Cas touches her, burning her out and leaving her body intact, falling to the ground, her face gone and her eye sockets hollow. The boys gape at Cas.

Cas: We needed to move this along.

Okay then! So much for saying goodbye.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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