Dash: "I beg to differ. You're wearing flannel."
Well, I had a great time. Did you?
Supernatural has never done a tea cozy mansion-with-a-butler type episode before, and now I'm wondering why they haven't. Because it was delicious: the uppercrust money-grubbing family, Heddy and Beverly macking on Sam, the butler with the secrets, the heir hidden in the attic. The best part was the tribute to the board game Clue. After the obvious introduction of the lead pipe and the rope, we laughed out loud when they got to the knife, the candlestick and the revolver, and Dean running around with the wrench. The second best gag was the two-part chalk outline of the headless body and the head. Hilarious.
I also loved how the "then" previously-on didn't give away what the monster was, something that has happened, unfortunately; instead, we got lots and lots of choices, including fairies and vampirates. And they did keep me guessing. I thought at first that it was portraits coming to life like in season one's "Provenance".
It's actually rather sad that Bobby was inadvertently responsible for all of this mayhem and murder. If he had taken out the baby monster at birth… but we can't have that. Baby monsters are so cute! And note how we never saw Olivia changing, now that the shapeshifter rules have gotten a bit fluid. Although we did get the icky puddle of skin goo. Bleah.
Dean and Sam are so gorgeous that I always wonder why the female guest stars don't throw themselves at them in every episode. This time they did. I wish we hadn't gotten the man-hungry cougar stereotype, but at least it was funny. I particularly liked Heddy and Beverly petting Sam on the couch.
So it wasn't a perfect comedy episode. Olivia doing the exposition in the drawing room and the kitchen went on way too long. It was sad that we heard Bobby's name so many times but didn't see him. And of course, our Dean went overboard with the silver bullets, a wee reminder that the Mark of Cain still exists and is sitting on his forearm.
But if Dean can channel his submerged evil by killing monsters, is that so bad?
Bits and pieces:
-- This was the second opening a row showing Dean working on the Impala, signalling a return to normalcy. We all know that isn't true, though.
-- Keeping a cell phone going is something they've done before with John.
-- The doorbell played Fur Elise, twice, and it made me laugh both times. The score was light and fun, too.
-- I loved Dean investigating the suit of armor.
-- Dean called Phillip the butler Jeeves, Alfred, Renfield, Mr. Belvedere, and Wadsworth. Wadsworth was the name of the butler Tim Curry played in the movie version of Clue.
-- Gillian Vigman played Heddy. I don't think I was terribly aware of her work until her recent witty turn as a celebrity competitor on Chopped. She was sooo funny. And without a script.
-- "In Memory of James A. MacCarthy 06/29/21-08/25/14."
-- This week: New Canaan, Connecticut. The boys got to play themselves for a change.
Sam: "Individually brewed. Technology, man."
Dean: "Real men don't drink out of cups this small. (sniffs it) What is that, cinnamon roll?"
Sam: "Glazed donut."
Dean: "Bobby had secrets, man. Like loving on Tori Spelling. If he only knew Dean cheated on her."
Dean: "For once we don't have to wear suits. You're lucky my waistband is not elastic."
Heddy: "You two are... (making a Hannibal Lecter fava beans yummy sound) adorable."
Beverly: "You're welcome to spend the night. All the rooms sleep two."
Heddy: (leering) "Or three." (smacks Dean on the butt)
I don't think Dean was uninterested. Although Sam, of course, was appalled.
Phillip: "She quit. Poor dear was so distraught over Mrs. LaCroix's passing, went off to find herself."
Heddy: "Ashram in India?"
Phillip: "Clown College in Sarasota."
Heddy: "Good choice."
Amber: "I was texting my mom."
Stan: "An emoticon of a peeled banana?"
Amber: "She likes fruit."
Phillip: "I assume you gentlemen left something behind. I'll check the front closet for... burlap."
Beverly: "You know, they say women just get better with age, like a fine wine or... cheese."
Sam: "I'm lactose intolerant."
Dean: "We got played by the maid."
Dash: "Where have you been hiding all these years?"
Olivia: "The attic."
Amber: "Like in the movie?"
Heddy: "Oh, Amber."
Fun was had. Three out of four toys in the attic,
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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