I don't know if any episode of Supernatural could be considered "nice". But this one sort of was. There was a good old fashioned monster hunt, Jody Mills survived yet another episode, and Jody even found a brand new and cool female friend to hunt monsters with.
Supernatural is such a guy show, so I really enjoyed the feminist undertone throughout the entire episode because it's just not something they've done often. (Or at all. Have they ever done this?) It was an acknowledgement that Jody has a job usually held by guys, and that women in law enforcement tend to experience some sexism. It was also a nice nod to the fact that women who are not so young and not so skinny can be damned good at their jobs, too. About halfway through, I started worrying that Donna would turn out to be the very clever and deceptive monster they were hunting -- especially after her ex Doug called her "a wolf in sheepskin". I'm happy they didn't go that way.
The monster sitch confused me, though. Since when have vampires chowed down so completely on their victims? Have I forgotten something? I don't think vampires work all that well on this show, anyway. Sheriff Cuse Unsuccessfully-Born-Again-Vampire-Guy and his cadre of ex-buddy vampires was the weakest part of the episode.
So moving right back to what I found more interesting, it's lovely to see how much the Winchesters love and respect Jody Mills, even though they did hurry to the Sheriffs' retreat when she told them not to bother. They were cool with Donna, too, and didn't dismiss her the way her fellow (and by fellow, I mean male) sheriffs did. I think my favorite moment was when Dean told Jody to give Donna "the talk", making her part of the club.
It was also something of a relief that Dean wasn't feeling all homicidal this time, although it felt like it was too good to be true. I don't think Dean's urge to kill is just going to go away. Next week is the mid-season finale, and I bet the Mark of Cain hits the fan, big time.
Bits and pieces:
-- This was Kim Rhodes' ninth appearance as Jody Mills. Her first was in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", four years ago. I'm almost embarrassed to report that all I wrote about her first appearance was a three line bit.
-- In the last episode featuring Jody ("Alex, Annie, Alexis, Ann"), she adopted a vampire lure named Alex. We didn't get to see Alex this time, although Jody checked in by phone. Alex is still a problem child. It would be unrealistic if she weren't, after all that trauma.
-- Brianna Buckmaster (Donna) was in a ninth season episode called "The Purge". And again, all I wrote about her appearance was a three line bit. I enjoyed Donna's appearance in this episode; she was fun. I particularly liked the way she channeled Frances McDormand in Fargo.
-- The graffiti scene with the blood replacing the spray paint was clever. Okay, gross.
-- The Sheriff's convention looked a bit small and poorly attended. Hiring a lot of extras can be pricey, I suppose.
-- This week: Hibbing, Minnesota and the Men of Letters bunker in Lebanon.
Dean: "I love the smell of parchment in the morning."
Dean: "He-Wolf, She-Wolf: A Study of Werewolf Transgenderism. Six hundred pages, volume one."
Dean: "How's Alex holding up?"
Jody: "Awesome. Already head of the cheerleading squad."
Sam: "Wow. Really?"
Jody: "No, Sam. She smokes grass under the bleachers. But at least she's not luring men to their deaths."
Jody: "He does seem like kind of a dick."
Donna: "Yeah. But he was my dick."
Deputy: "You ain't the first feds to roll through here and come up with nothing. Sure is cute to watch you try."
Dean: "Oh, pal. The FBI doesn't do cute."
Sam: "This time, try to be a little less defensive of your pretend job."
Dean: "You know, this badge means something."
Sam: "I made it at Kinko's."
Dean: "Yes, you did. Be proud of that."
Donna: "Hakuna matata, lady."
Dean: "That's what I'm talkin' about."
Fun, but not that memorable an episode. Two out of four squeezed out tubes of sunblock,
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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