by Billie Doux
I'll give them this: I got more than halfway through this episode and still couldn't figure out what the frak was going on. I thought at first it was the haunted body part thingy, which has happened before, but no. When Randa mentioned staying close to the mother ship, I even thought for a moment that they were finally giving us aliens.
So Betsy/Eleanor essentially fell in love with a Mayan athlete who made a God deal and spent a thousand years playing sports, and she just put up with his little heart-eating habit, even to the point of eventually masquerading as his mom. Bleah. Killing someone twice a year for a thousand years equals a whole lot of death. I assume Brick was more discreet about it than the recipients of his body parts, or hunters would have taken him out a long time ago.
The love of a good woman (okay, she wasn't good enough to stop him from committing two horrible murders a year, but "good" in a relative sense) and the prospect of losing her to old age finally changed Brick. But if he was suicidal, and the hearts were keeping him alive and young, why didn't he just stop doing the sacrifices instead of driving off a bridge? Of course, if he had just died quietly, then we wouldn't have gotten a mystifying and gory case of supernatural whats-is to compare thematically to what was going on with Sam.
Dean is a warrior, and a monster hunter down to his toes. He tried a normal life, and it wasn't enough for him. He'll be hunting monsters until he drops or something kills him. But Sam was brought into the life because Dean needed him, and yes, Sam was into it for awhile, but not anymore. Sam is hunting now only because he loves his brother, but he clearly wants out. He wants a wife and a dog and a monster-free job, and he's even re-applied to a university somewhere. He wants Dean to accept it, and to start working alone.
But if Dean had been alone, Randa/Xena would have killed him in a truly horrible open-heart sort of way. Is it fair for Sam to give up the life he wants for Dean's sake? No. But is it fair for Sam to work with Dean for years and then dump him out in the cold to die alone?
I'm not sure if this Sam quitting thing is the way for them to go, because it's so season one. With the exception of when they were in Hell or Purgatory, the brothers have been hunting monsters together forever, and fans of the show have long since internalized that as long as the show continues, they're going to keep hunting together. Even if Sam was sitting in the Impala daydreaming about picnics.
In the flashback, Sam thought something had happened to Amelia, possibly involving monsters, and instead, she was lying in wait with birthday cake. I honestly don't think it was acknowledging that Sam had a birthday that made him all dreamy-eyed, because I'm sure his family and Jess acknowledged his birthdays. It was probably the normality of the situation. You know, we still don't know what happened with Amelia, and I'm starting to get curious. Did they break up, or is she waiting for him to return? Did Sam tell her the truth about his life -- possibly the expurgated version? How do you tell your girlfriend that you were Lucifer's chew toy for a hundred years and not sound insane?
Bits and pieces:
-- Professor Morrison from "The Slice Girls" was mentioned and consulted for his anthropological expertise, but we didn't get to see him. I feel cheated. If Bobby is gone forever, couldn't they bring in the former Mayor of Sunnydale now and again?
-- I knew Randa was going to chow down on that heart. Not as bad as the Valentine's Day episode, but ick.
-- Dean has a shiny new non-Bobby flask, and he's keeping holy water in it instead of booze. A little symbol of his new post-Purgatory life.
-- Loved that Dean bought a translation app. But considering the languages he usually encounters, it might not have been that cost-effective.
-- The Holmes house has been used in other shows. I think it's on a university campus in Vancouver.
-- The Bunny Hole. Okay.
-- This week: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ames, Iowa; and Boulder, Colorado. (I lived in one of those three cities for several years. Anyone want to guess which one? [Note from later: It was Boulder.]) The motel room in Boulder had horsies, river rock, wood paneling and a ram's head over the fireplace. Sam was agent Sambora (Bon Jovi).
-- Jensen Ackles directed this episode, and did his usual good job. And he got to direct his own father, Anson Ackles, who played a crabby, deadpan detective in an early scene.
Quotes: (pretty much all Dean, all the time)
"That's gotta be a ritual, man. Or at least some sort of a heart-sucking, possessed, Satanic crack whore bat."
"I get it. You took a year off to do yoga and play the lute, whatever. But I'm back. We're back, which means that we walk and kill monsters at the same time. We'll find Kevin. But in the meantime, do we ignore stuff like this or are innocent people supposed to die so that you can shop for produce?"
"A do-it-yourself by-pass, two days after this one."
"It's too bad I dropped out of Lunatic 101."
Sam: (plays the babble) "So what do you think?"
Dean: "Personally, I prefer the Keith Richards version."
"Hey, what are you thinking about? Organic tomatoes?"
"I know where I'm at my best, and that is right here, driving down Crazy Street next to you."
"No new interests? Fly fishing? Stamp collecting? The occult?"
Dean: "Maybe she moved into Brick's room after he died. (pause) Or..."
Sam: "Oh, thanks, Dean. Now that image is permanently etched into my retinas."
Sam: "At least he wasn't sleeping with his mother."
Dean: "Good, Sam. Find the silver lining."
"Really? Our king daddy monster is a stripper?"
I just read somewhere -- and I sort of agree -- that Supernatural is like sex and pizza; even when it's not great, it's still pretty good. Two out of four organic tomatoes,