Supernatural: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Dean: "Please tell me you're here to help. We've been having demon issues all day."

Oh my. Sam made a deal, after all.

And Sam's deal was even more self-sacrificing than Dean's, if that's possible; Sam tried for an outright trade, and the Crossroads Demon wouldn't take it. And when he couldn't get the deal, an angry, suicidal Sam went into training with Ruby to get Lilith. And he even did it ethically. He refused to deal with Ruby when she was driving the body of an innocent bystander, so she appropriated someone who was brain-dead, someone whose soul had already departed.

I feel like I just got Sam back, that I know him again. He had seemed so different. And he is different. But his heart is in the right place; he did everything he could to save Dean, and then he did what he could to get Lilith. Of course he did. And Ruby was damned cool, pun intended, and proved herself to be trustworthy. Although I still wonder what she gets out of this. Is she hoping for eventual redemption? Can that even happen? Maybe it's just that there are no French fries in Hell. One assumes.

Anna Milton's predicament is really interesting. Why would her "angel-radio" just turn on like that the moment Dean was retrieved from Hell? And why would the angels want her dead? This, and Sam's essential goodness and good intentions, again implies that the angels aren't really good guys after all. Maybe killing Anna is the only way the angels have of protecting her – sort of an express train to heaven.

But it doesn't feel that way. The angels don't seem to care about individual people at all. Which makes their goals antithetical to the Winchesters.

Bits and pieces:

— Anna Milton. Good name. John Milton, of course, wrote Paradise Lost. The actress who played Anna, Julie McNiven, has a great face; really spooky eyes. And she may have the reddest red hair I've ever seen. It must have been Feria number three thousand and seven.

— Just loved how Anna said, "And you're Dean. The Dean?" Our Dean is important to the cosmos. It's just so funny.

— So there are 600 seals. That would explain why the angels can't deploy lookouts at all of them. Or can they? How many angels are there? I don't suppose there's a head count in the Bible, is there?

— Sam was doing some serious drinking last summer. And he's still doing some serious drinking.

— Long, intense love scene for Sam and Ruby, with semi-nudity. Something you rarely get to see on Supernatural, so let's savor it.

— Symbolism alert: the brothers jumped out of a stained glass window. I also thought that the cabin in the end looked oddly church-like. And when Anna was hiding in the church, she was behind a stained glass panel of an angel with a weapon. I think.

— A demon called Alistair knew Dean from Hell. Alistair had white eyes instead of black eyes, like Lilith. I am assuming that means he's a lot more powerful than the average demon.

— There's something very Exorcist about Lilith choosing to possess only little girls.

— Ruby was in three different bodies in this episode. Loved the maid. Her brain-dead host was a Jane Doe. There could be a future plotline with that. Like, what if someone recognized her?

— No location given this time. Or if it was, I missed it. And the guys said they were from the Sheriff's Dept.

Quotes:

Anna: "This demon Lilith is trying to break the sixty-six seals to free Lucifer from Hell. Lucifer will bring the Apocalypse. So... smoke em if you got em."

Crossroads Demon: "Let me guess. You want to make a deal. Round and round the Winchesters go."

Shrink: "Since when does the Book of Revelations have jack-o-lanterns?"
Dean: "It's a little known translation."

Dean: "So I'm girl interrupted, and I know the score of the Apocalypse. Just busted out of the nut box, possibly using superpowers, by the way... where do I go?"

Ruby: "Proof. This body is one hundred percent socially conscious. I recycled. Al Gore would be proud."

Sam: "There's more to the story."
Dean: "Just skip the nudity, please."
(I wonder if that was a little payback on Sam's part for walking in on Dean last season?)

Loved it. Four out of four stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux adores Supernatural which is a good thing since apparently, it's eternal.

13 comments:

Jess Lynde said...

I think the Angels need to kill Anna because she represents a serious threat to their efforts to stop Lilith. They may not be able to keep her out of demon hands, and if the Demons get her, they'll know everything the Angels are up to. Killing her is the only way to ensure the "leak" is plugged.

I did not care for the stuff between Sam and Ruby, and I'm pretty sure the actress playing Ruby is the problem. I like Ruby, and I don't think I'd mind Sam aligning himself with her (and sleeping with her) so much if the actress wasn't so weak. They need to find another comatose, souless body for Ruby to inhabit.

It was definitely good to have an episode that focused a bit more on Sam and showed us a bit of what happened to him between Dean dying and now.

Good review.

Billie Doux said...

Thanks, Jess.

I'm sure you're right that the angels are just thinking about plugging Anna the cosmic leak. The end justifies the means, even if it's wrong. It's really fascinating that the writers are going in this direction.

Your opinion of Ruby is probably more in line with what most fans think of her. I tend to be pretty forgiving when I love a show. I didn't dislike the original Ruby (I certainly liked her a lot more than Bela) and I do like the current Ruby. I'm not crazy about her, but she's okay.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Billie for your review and for not blasting Sam for sleeping with Ruby. I'm neither a Dean-girl or a Sam-girl (love them both), but I was getting frustrated reading all the "Dean is perfect and Sam sucks" kind of comments. So many people seemed disturbed by the sex scene between Sam and Ruby and thought the show had crossed a line. I mean, the boys have killed innocent people possessed by demons before, is having sex with a demon inhabiting a dead body really worse than murder? Sam was suicidal and probably thought that he was going to die really soon. I thought the sex scene with Ruby just showed how low he was willing to let himself go, how he didn't have self-esteem left anymore.

Anyway, I don't think Genevieve Cortese is really good as Ruby, but I don't have that much of a problem with her either. I like Ruby. She'll probably turn on the guys eventually, so I'm interested to know how it's going to happen. Or maybe I'm wrong.

Also, I think that Sam was faking being drunk at the beginning of the episode, just to try to get money from the other guy. As soon as he started to talk to Ruby, he seemed perfectly ok.

I loved the episode, and I love this season, and I thought Jared did a stellar acting job. We've barely seem Sam this season, so yes, it was great to have an episode focused on him and not on Dean, even if a lot of fans seem to have hated it.

Anonymous said...

Smokin' episode! Finally some details about what's been going on in Sam's life - just waiting for the "Dean-in-hell"-episode. Maybe the "To be continued" will focus on that? I certainly hope so.
About Anna and the angels - could it be that she has the "stuff" to be an angel? Only they have to "kill" her so that she can become one? I'm not very good on angelic lore and all but doesn't she seem sort of like a "saint" and therefor could become a heavenly warrior? Just a thought?

Michael Colvin said...

Thought it was very interesting that this is the first time that the cross roads deal wasn't a woman. All of the crossroads demons we've seen so far have sealed the trade with a kiss. Since we all know they would never show Sam kissing a man, did that mean the instant *this* demon showed up there was never going to be a deal?

Anonymous said...

I love this episode and again, one written by Sera Gamble. I love her! Anna Milton´s plotline was pretty darn interesting too.

ChrisB said...

Yeah! Finally some Sam backstory. It was painful to see him so broken and alone.

I loved the fact that he opened up to Dean - to the point of "too much information." All the secrets these boys are keeping is going to blow some day.

Now to the big point. I'm not completely sure how I feel about the sex. I completely understand why it happened, but something tells me it wasn't a one night stand. In fact, when we see Sam for the first time this season, it looked to me like they were a pretty standard couple - sitting around in their comfy clothes, ordering pizza and watching TV after a rough day.

If Sam begins to align himself with his new girlfriend against Dean, then (a) all hell will break loose - pun intended and, even worse in my opinion, (b) the show will lose its centre. I really don't want this to turn into a shipper show.

I agree with Jess that part of the problem is GC. She just can't stand up to JA, JP and the other magnificent actors they have brought in this season. The actress who plays Anna is much stronger.

As they are married in the real world, I certainly hope that JP and GC have more chemistry than they do on the screen.

Michelle Felt @ Feed Your Skull said...

Okay. I'm just not a fan of the new Ruby. I think it's really cool that Jared's not yet wife plays her but she's not doing a very good job. You can see in her eyes that she's always weak/sad looking and doesn't show any of the spunk, sass, and determination of the original Ruby. Meh.

On other interesting topics, like sex. I feel like we've now seen 2 very intimate love making scenes starring Sam. Not complaining mind you. Yes we've seen Dean go off to sex with his wiggly eyes or come back from sex...have we ever witnessed the intimacy we see during Sam's? No. I can't wait for that when they bring it. Fingers crossed. It must be relevant. Right?

Anonymous said...

Meesh, we did get one love scene with Dean. It was in season 1, in the monster truck episode. I forget the girl's name, she was a former flame of Dean's that he went back to help.

Anonymous said...

I am certainly enjoying this show and have sped my way through several seasons now.

One thing that bothered me about this episode, and I can't tell if I missed something in an earlier episode, is that they don't really explain how Ruby got out of Hell. It bothered me that neither Sam nor Dean asked that question.

Can demons just go back and forth between Hell and earth? If that is so, then how can Sam banish some permanently? I'm quite sure I'm missing some of the mythology there. How did Alastair get out of Hell?

If someone could explain some of this, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!!

Billie Doux said...

Anonymous, I'm pretty sure Ruby escaped. Demons cannot go freely back and forth between Hell and Earth.

will said...

I've enjoyed reading your reviews as I discover this show. So thanks. Just wanted to give my opinion of stuff. I feel like I am the only one you liked Bella. I don't know why, I just did. Maybe it was the British Accent. As for Ruby, I miss Katie Cassidy. I preferred her addition. As for the angels, I feel like they are all Malcom Reynolds. They will make the hard choices, until it impacts them personally. I'm waiting for them to decide to do something and then have to deal with Sam and Dean saying no.

Louise said...

This is the episode that stucked me on my rewatch run. I don't know why, I don't want to rewatch it, but I need to, because it's such a big myth-arc ep. I didn't remember hating it when I first watched it, but here I am, when I look for eps to watch again I find this one and I don't go with it. Maybe your review and the fact that you loved it will pull me through.