Big points for a terrific episode title. It might have been better than the episode. Although I could never entirely hate an episode that includes belly rubs.
At any rate, we're going with the good points/bad points school of review writing today.
I liked that we got an expansion of the witch stuff, and that not all witches are evil, and that they have familiars. (The Supernaturalverse is giving us a lot more ambiguity in their monsters these days.) I also liked that James was using his powers to be a better cop. I also loved that it was a dog episode and the bad guy turned out to be a cat. Okay, the cat's witch. There aren't a lot of people out there who actually look like cats; I knew what "Phillippe LeChat" was the moment I saw him. No subtlety there.
I liked that Portia waited for Dean to leave the motel room so that she could approach Sam, because that's what I'd do. And I also liked that Dean was sort of revolted and sort of fascinated by James and Portia going all "Bella and Edward". Dean doesn't like anything supernatural; he kills monsters, he doesn't hang out with them, and he was obviously considering the possibility of having sex with one. The witch club was sort of interesting, too. Were they all good witches, or do good and bad witches mix? (Their "exile or suicide" policy suggested they were bad, but it was hard to tell.)
And hey, the dog was absolutely gorgeous.
But where they really lost me was Portia wearing a collar and calling James "Master". I'd have a bigger bone to pick (pun intended) if Portia hadn't been the power in that relationship, though. She chose James instead of Spencer, she was the one who called the Winchesters for help, and she refused to give James up in the end. And yes, James was the one chained to the bed. But come on. The bondage sex slave subtext just didn't work for me. And I don't think it would have been easier to take if the gender roles had been reversed.
Anyway, moving right along.
The Winchesters have a home now, and they're saying good things to each other and opening up and everything, and Dean is finally a hundred percent with Sam taking the lead with the God Rock gates of Hell trials. And now Sam is coughing up blood? And not telling Dean about it? Keeping something major from his brother, especially something involving blood, has never turned out well. Sigh.
Bits and pieces:
-- James Frampton worked with the Winchesters sometime before, and saved their lives. I'm sure he wasn't in a previous episode, though.
-- I'm glad the dog didn't turn out to be another pathetic shapeshifter. What are familiars? Are they just beings with two forms that bond to a specific witch?
-- So Dean is allergic to cats. That's disappointing for my fantasy life in which he's my honey and drops by to see me in between jobs. I'd hate to give up my cats, even in my fantasy life. I'd do it for Dean. But only in my fantasy life.
-- I thought it was obvious early on that an astral body was involved. (And I hear Buffy's voice in my head talking about an "asteroid body".)
-- Ed Stoltz, the police guy who seemed like the obvious suspect, said that the police department was like a dog sled.
-- Drexel was a witch snitch. Why didn't anyone actually call him a "witch snitch"? They usually see the obvious jokes.
-- This week: St. Louis, which played a huge role in the motel room decor. No Men of Letters bunker this time. Sam was special agent Keith.
Dean: "Of all the lame ass things you've ever said, that's gotta be the lame assiest."
Sam: "Sorry, but I happen to think Shemp was a funnier Stooge than Curly."
Dean: "Curly was a freaking genius."
Sam: "I always found Curly's work a bit obvious."
Dean: "It's supposed to be obvious, man. They're Stooges."
Sam: "Oh, by the way, gotta hand it to you. It's been fifteen hours since Portia mentioned her night with James, and not one bestiality joke out of you."
James: "Dean, a witch can go to a place without having to go to a place."
Dean: "What, like phone sex?"
I'm at a loss for a rating. How many wiccans from Detroit for this one?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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