This is Supernatural, after all. You know you're not going to get anything sweet in a Valentine's Day theme episode.
They spent some time with the love triangle victims this time, with a more complicated set-up than just a monster killing people. The curse was activated by a kiss, and Qareen the genie, or whatever, was coming to its victims in the form of the one they loved and ripping out their hearts, so we had literal heartbreak. Not ironic at all. (And not a werewolf, either.)
Of course, this kiss of death Valentine's Day curse was all about Dean and Amara, but it wasn't exactly a simple analogy. "Amara" said that Dean's heart was cloaked with shame. Was that because he couldn't control his fixation on and weakness for Amara, or was it a more general sort of shame? Dean may be a valiant knight -- he kissed Melissa and took the curse onto himself, didn't he? -- but he is also heartless when it comes to romantic entanglements. Dean picks up lonely women and leaves them high and dry. Was the point of this episode that Dean deserves this Amara thing because of how he treats women?
All good episodes of Supernatural end up being about Dean and Sam, and this one was no exception. After Sam destroyed the heart in the box, it was obvious that he was wildly curious about who Dean's loved one was (he knew it wasn't Daisy Duke). Instead of continuing to hide it from Sam, Dean finally told him the truth, and thankfully, Sam didn't give him a hard time about it. Instead, Sam acknowledged the problem and said he would be the one to take Amara out.
We also got that delightful rock paper scissors scene where Dean actually won. And there was Dean in a dirty bathrobe slurping coffee, with leftover takeout Chinese food on his face. It's sort of amazing that Jensen Ackles can do this stuff and still look gorgeous. How does he do it?
Bits and pieces:
-- Jiffy Forensic Cleaning Services was taking care of the murder scene. Best company name ever. Note the services checked off on the side? "Blood & bodily fluids. Human & animal waste. No job too big or too small."
-- This week: Hudson, Ohio. Since it was a Valentine's Day episode, there was a noticeable red theme in the set decoration. The opening scene at Melissa and Dan's home featured red roses, her red lips, and his red tie. The motel room, the "Too Tired Motel", had pink lights and red vinyl chairs. It also had a room divider with Hudson tires and tire jacks, and I think those were stock car logos on the wallpaper.
-- Dean was Agent Weller. Was there a step up in those FBI suits? Dean in a blue shirt and blue tie was a wow. Yes, I'm a Dean girl. Isn't that obvious?
Dean: "You know the best thing about February 14th? You don't have to be Mr. Right. Just Mr. Right Now."
Sam: "Her heart was ripped out."
Dean: "On Valentine's Day."
Dean: "Was it, like, an ironic werewolf?"
I don't know why, but I love it when Dean says "Yahtzee."
Dean. "Hey, what's a dad bod?"
Come on. Have they seen Jensen Ackles?
Sam: "So the curse is transmittable?"
Dean: "Like a magic STD. Okay, that works. Kinda makes you nostalgic for good old fashioned herpes."
Melissa: "What kind of FBI agents are you?"
Dean: "The fake kind."
Come on. Couldn't they just say they work the X-Files?
Dean: "The Art of Dyeing. Well, can't say she didn't warn you."
Dean: "The silver lining about being cursed? I finally get some face time with Daisy Duke. My deepest darkest desire."
Dean: "Ever since I was seven."
Sam: "So Bach, not Simpson."
Dean: "Eh. Guess I wouldn't say no to either."
Sonja: "The only thing worse than a cheating man is one who gets away with it."
Sam: "Wow. You're practically a feminist."
Final analysis? A standard Supernatural episode. I probably liked it a little more than I normally would because it was about Dean's emotional life. Two out of four Daisy Dukes,
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.
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