The earlier episodes about Claire Novak weren't all that satisfying. This one was.
Until now, Claire was reacting like a rebellious teenager. She was understandably angry that Castiel had "stolen" her father's body, and her mother Amelia had run away and disappeared. Here, Claire took an obviously big step into adulthood by deciding to find her mother. She did it, too, with a little help from her friends.
I felt bad for Amelia. Jimmy's decision to give his body to Castiel wasn't her choice and she suffered for it. Imprisoned by the Grigori angel for two whole years and having the essence drained out of her (much like the djinn) Amelia's happy retreat was imagining that she and Jimmy had been reunited in their former home, a lovely set-up for that last scene in Heaven. I'm assuming that Jimmy and Amelia are truly together in Heaven, not seeing simulations of each other, because these are indeed special circumstances and because they deserve it. It made me cry.
It also made me think about John and Mary Winchester. They deserved something like this, and didn't get it... as far as we know. Where are they? Will we ever find out?
In the end, as Claire rode off to her new digs at the Jody Mills home for wayward girls, I couldn't help thinking again about an all female Supernatural spinoff. Jody and Donna, Alex the teenage vampire lure, Claire, and Charlie. If Castiel showed up now and then, I could get into that. Make it so.
Bits and pieces:
-- Amelia was played by Leisha Hailey, one of the stars of The L Word, and not Wynn Everett, who played Amelia in season four's "The Rapture". Interesting that they recast both Claire and Amelia.
-- Angel Heart was a noir Mickey Rourke movie that ended with (spoiler alert! highlight to read) the lead character going to Hell. I saw it once but don't remember it well; except for the obvious supernatural reference, I'm not sure if this episode relates to it much. (Feel free to enlighten me if I'm wrong.)
-- Since this was an obvious "coming of age" story, Claire turned eighteen during this episode.
-- Dean distracted Sam at a bad time with a phone call. Maybe he should have sent him a quick text. "Grigori rogue angels! Beware!"
-- "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." Very nice.
-- Claire had much better hair this time. She looked a lot more grown up, which I'm guessing was the point.
-- This week: Tulsa, Oklahoma. We got an old school Supernatural motel room with oil well décor, wood paneling, and orange and green linoleum. Dean and Sam were agents Clapton and Page. I don't think they're even trying any more to confuse us with obscure rock names.
Dean: "Three men and a lady. Let's do this."
Castiel: "Happy birthday. I got it at the Hot Topical."
Dean: "It's 'bring your daughter to work' day at the Bureau."
Claire: "You got all that from a putter?"
Dean: "Happy birthday. Don't shoot me."
Dean: "You already got your revenge. If you go down this path, our path, it's not a long life."
Claire: "I don't know. You seem pretty old."
I often say that if an episode makes me cry, it gets four out of four. So okay, four out of four birthday presents from Hot Topical,
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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