Was this whole episode a metaphor for how diets don't work?
I thought at first that 'The Purge' was going to be funny and gross. Frankly, it wasn't that funny, and it was only somewhat gross. But at least we got Jared Padalecki in a tank top. Couldn't we have gotten Jensen Ackles in a tank top, too?
I did like Larry and Maritza, especially since they were using her fat-sucking demonic power for good, and I was actually sad that she lost him. It sort of didn't make sense that her brother Alonso went rogue and that she starved him to keep him in line. With all that fat right there for the taking? Even though we're getting a lot of the "some monsters aren't evil" message these days, I suppose some monsters can't break that killing habit. If they could, the Winchesters probably wouldn't be hunting them. Instead, they'd be finding them jobs as bag boys at Wal-mart. (That sounds like a quote. Where did my subconscious pull it from? Buffy the Vampire Slayer?)
Of course, this episode wasn't really about demonic fat-sucking. It was about one sibling betraying another, and I really wish the episode hadn't ended with Sam being such a jerk to Dean. Sam thinks that Dean wouldn't let him die because he didn't want to be alone? If it had been Sam, Sam would have let Dean die? Dean didn't take that revelation well, and I don't blame him. I guess that leaving Dean in Purgatory made it not a surprise, although I certainly don't like it.
Maybe Sam just has a serious case of the little brother blues. I certainly get what the commenters on last week's review were saying, that Dean has overreached way too often and can't seem to let Sam make his own decisions. But attributing selfish motives to what Dean did just doesn't work for me. I hope they're going somewhere with this brotherly conflict that is dramatically sound.
Just a couple more comments. The hot dog eating contest in the opener made me think of the horrible pie eating contest scene in Stand By Me, which was from a novella written by Stephen King. And then we got the cheating hot dog champ Wayne dying horribly by fat-sucking and I immediately thought of another novel by Stephen King, Thinner. Funny that I thought of Stephen King twice. Ripping off other material is something Supernatural does now and then and they usually do it well, but it doesn't always work for me.
And it was hard to be worried about the Winchesters getting sucked by Alonzo the fat-sucker in that final scene. The two of them don't appear to have an ounce of fat on their bodies.
Bits and pieces:
-- I thought at first we were getting a Rom plot, what with the "pootsie: bags. I'm sure I spelled "pootsie" incorrectly.
-- "Bacon makes everything better"--Bumper sticker. Except your cholesterol. And that doesn't apply to the pig.
-- Caramel pudding? Come on, Dean, you do not steal food in a place where monsters are on staff. Even I know that.
-- Nice performance by the cop talking about how she wound up preferring food to her husband (hey, some guys just suck. Pun intended), and I liked that the Winchesters treated her with sensitivity. Even Dean, who has been known to be insensitive.
-- Apparently, competitive eating is big in the Great Lakes region. I don't even want to attempt to address the possibility of "deep fried butter" because the very thought makes me gag.
-- At least Dean smiled in this one. And ate donuts.
-- This week: Stillwater, Minnesota. Sam was "agent Freeley". The motel room featured clashing patterns highlighted by red striped wallpaper, plus a green fridge.
-- Cupping? Nice touch, but didn't that kill Tchaikovsky?
-- We're getting a break. Next episode airs Tuesday, February 25.
Guy: "Gypsies are all the rage on TV. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding? Gypsy Sisters? Keeping Up with the Kardashians?"
Sam: "I'll stay."
Dean: "Ain't gonna happen."
Dean: "Because you're weird around girls."
Sam: "What does that mean, 'weird'?"
Dean: "Awkward. Weird. Sam-weird. Sorry, man. I'm just being 'honest'."
Maritza: "And you boys are both certified personal trainers?"
Dean: "Personal training brothers! Like Hans and Franz, but less German."
Dean: "Nice shorts."
Sam: "Nice hair net."
Sam: "You're not the only one who's dated someone bendy."
Dean: "Do you think I want to end up in a bathtub with my kidney carved out… in Chechnya?"
Maritza: "I'm a Pishtako."
Dean: "A fish taco?"
Sam: "Alonso wasn't a big fan of portion control, was he?"
Sam: "I want to keep things strictly business between us. But I still have a heart."
I'm starting to wonder.
Two out of four tank tops,
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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