by Billie Doux
Witty and smart, and it never stopped moving. (Boy, you can feel that new showrunner in there, can't you?) And Linda Tram was terrific. She was strong, determined, laugh out loud funny, and prepared to sacrifice her soul for her son. The tattoo scene was priceless, and I loved her punching Crowley in the jaw.
Although the actual plot wasn't terribly strong, there were so many bits that I loved. Like Sam's new reverse exorcism trick. (Poor Eunice. Dean has definitely gotten harder.) Sam taking out Mister Peanut and Mr. Villi with Thor's Hammer was great, and not at all reminiscent of The Avengers. And we got Samandriel the angel in a Wiener Hut uniform, the "FBI audit", Dean checking his supernatural weapons at the door. And Crowley, who not only has his very own distinctive red smoke; he has decided that calling Sam "Moose" and "Samantha" is hilarious, and it sort of is. I also loved the front door scene with Dean and Sam off camera splashing Linda with holy water before she could hug Kevin.
It was sort of ridiculous that the boys thought they had the requisite assets (a Costco membership? really?) to buy the Word of God at an auction where monsters were bidding with dwarven gold, but it was still fun -- especially that whole bidding sequence, which I had to transcribe in its entirety for the quotes section below.
And finally, more flashback scenes in Purgatory. I'm still confused about the Purgatory rules. If you kill a monster in Purgatory, like Dean just did, what happens to him? Does his soul vanish, does he go to Hell, or does he just bounce right back to Purgatory? Dean and Castiel were drinking water from the stream; do they need to eat? If so, what? I wish they'd give us some Purgatory rules, because I'm still finding it confusing.
At least we got Castiel back, and if he was really leading the Leviathans away from Dean, then he is still our Castiel and he was trying to make up for his previous mistakes. That last scene with Castiel screaming for Dean did not make me happy. I hate the hints that Castiel is now dead, even if God has already resurrected him numerous times. Can we just have Castiel back, already?
Bits and pieces:
-- The title is a take-off of the Woody Allen movie, "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" which is a Japanese film Allen had dubbed in English with a completely different and ridiculous plot.
-- I really liked the idea of Mr. Villi (was that his name?) having safety deposit box number one. No one ever has number one. Although I thought the plot with the bone would have something to do with the plot. It ended up being sort of plot-adjacent.
-- The Tran house scenes reminded me of the season three finale, "No Rest for the Wicked", with the demons that looked like normal neighbors surrounding the house. I could swear that was even the same demon mailman.
-- What were all of the sigils outside of the auction house? They couldn't have been anti-angel sigils, since Samandriel walked right in the door.
-- There are a zillion imitations, knock-offs and forgeries of the Mona Lisa, many created shortly after Da Vinci's lifetime, and some of those Monas are indeed topless.
-- The guy who ripped off the God Rock from the bus station was Clem Smedley. Great name.
-- This week: Chicago, Illinois (bank vault); Neighbor, Michigan (the Tran house); Laramie, Wyoming (the bus station and auction house). Dean and Sam were agents Neil and Sixx.
-- Five-eights of a virgin. I spent some time trying to figure out exactly what that was. I'm still not sure. It was too small to be five-eights of that bank clerk.
Linda: "Prophet of the Lord, huh? It does have a nice ring to it."
My son, the prophet. That was cute.
Linda: "Kevin, average blue book on a 2010 Ferrari F430 Spider?"
Linda: "And the five percent Wyoming tax?"
Dean: "You left the Word of God in a diaper bag?"
Beau: "Rest assured that we have a strict no casting, no cursing, no supernaturally flicking the two of you against the wall just for the fun of it policy."
Sam: "Is that right? How'd you manage that?"
Beau: "Well, I am the right hand of a god, after all. Plutus, specifically."
Dean: "Is that even a planet any more?"
Crowley: "Well, if you're going to make an omelet, you're going to have to break some spines."
Crowley: (to Dean) "Listen to Moose, Squirrel."
Dean: "That's Plutus? What is he, god of the candy aisle?"
Samandriel: "I think too much heart was always Castiel's problem."
That was sad. And correct.
Castiel: "I'm perfectly sane. But then again, 94% of psychotics think they're perfectly sane. So I guess we have to ask ourselves, what is sane?"
Beau: "The word of God. Capital G. Very old, very rare."
Crowley: "Three billion dollars."
Samandriel: "The Mona Lisa."
Crowley: "The real Mona Lisa. Where she's topless."
Samandriel: "Vatican City."
Beau: "Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere? No thanks."
Crowley: "All right. The Moon."
Dean: "You're bidding the Moon?"
Crowley: "Yeah, I claimed it for Hell. You think a man named Buzz gets to go into space without making a deal?"
I suspect this was a solid three out of four Costco memberships,