Next day, the boys are together, suited up and heading to the newest murder scene. Sam’s giving Dean a hard time – in the traditional guys-give-guys-a-hard-time-the-morning-after way. Dean, though, does comment a bit that he’s getting too old for this, and that he feels worse than he looks, insinuating that the series of drinks + high activity + (presumably) lack of sleep caught up with him rather fast. That…and I think that Lydia’s, um, energy level, shall we say, was probably a bit more than he was used to. For good reason.
When they show up on-scene, Dean wryly comments that the nicely-appointed house had “nice décor, very early slaughterhouse.” The blood everywhere really does add a certain… je ne sais quoi. The M.E. is there as is a blonde woman who I gathered was the local detective assigned to the case. She reiterated that this victim was the same as the others – early 30’s, decent looking, very successful, no known enemies….
Sam talks to the neighbor and finds out victim #5 had a one-night fling, but they quickly rule out his potentially jealous wife as a suspect. As they talk through the facts, Dean realizes that he left Bobby’s flask at his “work-out partner’s” house. He calls her – prompting Sam to comment on Lydia giving him her number and Dean to respond, “They always give their number.” But she blows him off saying she’s really busy.
Yeah, no joke. When the camera pulls away she looks about 12 years pregnant.
Dean’s reaction to her shutting him down is obvious on his face, prompting a somewhat hilarious expression from Sam. Sometimes I wonder if Sam’s penchant for giving Dean a hard time about his bedroom companions might be a little out of envy. Not important. Just…musing.
Okay, so next thing we know, Lydia’s in a room with a bunch of other women as she gives birth. A dark-haired woman who looked a bit like Morticia Adams is telling her that the pain is an honor. Sweetie, I’ve had a baby. The pain is painful. Full stop. Lydia has a baby girl and names her Emma. Done and done.
Meanwhile, the boys are visiting a Professor Morrison – thanks to Sam’s research – to help them figure out the symbol carved on the victim’s chest. Hilariously, the Professor just so happens to be the same actor who played The Evil Mayor in Buffy and infuses this character with the same kooky vagueness that made The Mayor actually likable as a bad guy. When the boys ask the Prof if he can figure out the symbol, he answers, “Maybe. It’s possible. I could. Even likely. For suitable remuneration.”
Dean is not impressed, but Sam’s convinced this guy is their only link to figuring out the symbol. He tells the Professor that his government needs him. Prof answers that his housekeeper needs a green card. Heh.
As they walk away from the Professor’s office, Dean’s disgruntlement spills over into their conversation. He feels like they’re spinning their wheels, but it’s clear he’s thrown by having left Bobby’s flask at Lydia’s. He tries to get a hold of her again, but she isn’t calling him back. Sam’s all, “Some girl actually dumping you the next morning.” His attitude irritated me for a bit – until I realized later on in the episode that Dean was pretty much treating Sam the same as Sam was treating Dean.
They both were playing on their assumptions of each other’s habits, allowing those habits to irritate them and choosing to be grumpy about it. Sam was all over Dean’s penchant for one-night-stands and missing BIG clues that Dean was actually in danger. Dean was taking for granted Sam’s penchant for thorough research and leaning on that to get to the facts of the case (without having to do the research work himself).
Not only that — but Sam paying attention to the things Dean’s doing that are worrying him shows how much he IS worried about his brother. How much he cares about him. He’s so focused on the every day things that he’s scared will take Dean from him that he almost misses the right there things that almost DO take Dean from him. And he doesn’t listen to what Dean is saying because his ears are full of what he thinks Dean isn’t saying. I’ve done that before. Been so worried about someone because of what I think is wrong that miss what is actually wrong.
Anyway, Dean needs that flask, so he heads over to Lydia’s house…where he finds that she has a baby. A baby he overhears talking. And not just coo-talking. Full on, “Hey Mom, who is that guy?” talking. The WTF expression on his face was rather perfect. Sam calls him while he’s there trying to get him to hurry up and get back so they can go meet up with the M.E., but when Dean hears the baby talk, anything the M.E. could give them goes right out the window as far as he’s concerned.
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