Supernatural: Southern Comfort


by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)

Warning: Supernatural. Season 8: Episode 6 Spoilers.

Quote of the week:

“I find myself thinking… When is decapitation not my thing?”

First, the flashback: This episode, we were shown more of Sam’s life with Amelia. Their first hookup was facilitated by a bottle of Jack. The whiskey also facilitated Amelia’s conversation with Sam about her husband who had died – Don. He had gone to Afghanistan and all she got was “a couple letters, a few phone calls and one knock at the door.” And after heaving drinking and heavy confessing Amelia didn’t want any pity and left Sam. Sam’s rebuttal was that they aren’t people to be pitied, telling her about Dean. May the bonding henceforth continue. Funny how her husband’s name also starts with a D.

Kearney, Missouri: the divided state of the civil war. A vengeful, livid wife drove over her husband in a jealous rage and a scream, blood spatter and scene change later and we’re at the conversation Supernatural fans have been waiting for. Sam and Dean ripped into each other about Benny – Dean’s new best friend. We agree that Sam has grounds for being upset: after all, Dean did kill Sam’s childhood sweetheart for being a brain-eating demon. Dean, however, decided he has changed and that Benny has too. Sam disagreed, and the brothers are less than pleased with each other to say the least. So what do they do best when avoiding awkward and emotional conversations? Solve demonic crimes of passion, of course.

Texas ranger, college graduate, former dentist, tooth fairy-ganking, sharpie-carrying hunter Garth is back! The half a dozen cellphones, hunting advice and choice of wardrobe had us thinking Garth might be the new Bobby. Dean picked up on the same notion yelling, “Shut your mouth!” when Sam asked if it was so. This episode, Dean and Garth clashed like two bulls in a very Bobby-orientated China shop; Dean, overprotective of Bobby’s memory and Garth, trying to live through Mr. Singer’s methods. The older Winchester yanked Bobby’s hat off of Garth and yelled at him for using “idjit” and “balls” in the wrong context. But props for trying, baby Bobby.

With tears in his eyes, Garth explained that someone had to pick up the slack with them gone. He was trying to take what Bobby taught him and make something good out of it. “Bobby belonged to all of us, Dean.” We like Garth as Bobby, although irreplaceable we suspect that the hunting world would need a Singer surrogate. He’s a smaller, younger, more dysfunctional Bobby, but he’s getting there and it’s pretty adorable. His ability to get the brothers to open up and talk it out still needs working on, but Bobby’s wisdom is there. Garth’s Bobby-ness is reinforced at the end of the episode when his car breaks down, yelling “Balls!” making us all feel like proud parents watching our hunter-child grow.

Back to the case and with Garth’s newfound position as the master of all things monster, they decided that their best guess with green goo at the scene is ghosts. After a standard interrogation with the vengeful wife and her son Scott, they had a lead. Sarah Alcott – the name she carved into her husband’s chest with her bare nails, belongs to the woman her husband had a one-night stand with thirty years ago. Talk about a lifelong grudge… And speaking of grudges, a usually shy and nervous Scott decapitated and burnt his ex-business partner’s face off with a pot of freshly made coffee. Anyone else smell resentful revenge in the air?

The final killing: A possessed policeman shot the sheriff after touching Scott’s possessions. I know what you’re thinking … and no, he didn’t shoot the deputy. This clue led the Winchesters+1 to the answer behind the killers’ behavior: Green goo = Spectre. A Spectre possesses those with unfinished business and makes everything a tad more violent than it should be, typically surfacing from a disturbed grave. Well, what do you know? The Unknown Soldier’s grave had recently been disturbed by a bunch of teenagers. The Unknown Soldier, legend has it, wasn’t so “unknown.” He was one of two brothers who fought on opposite ends of the war. After finding out that the object with the magic mojo was a penny, the search was on. Unfortunately, Dean found it. Dean – the guy who has deep seeded issues with his brother on the opposite psychological end of their brotherly feud. Sound familiar? The Supernatural way of dealing with their emotions brings Dean’s insecurities front and center; “You shouldn’t have left me to rot in Purgatory! All for a girl, Sam?” And we’re back at passive aggressive square one. Dean brought up the works: demon blood, Ruby, Sam’s soul. That’s got to hurt more than the bloody nose Dean gave him. But as always, things were left semi-resolved.

There are still many issues out on the table, ancient open wounds to rub salt in and brotherly disputes to come forth. But as Sam threatened to move on geographically if Dean didn’t emotionally, we hope times are a-changing for the two brothers and that their underlying dreary depression days are over.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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