More often than not, problems can not be solved in one day, much less one hunting excursion, which was more than true for this episode of Supernatural, which had our boys reunited to investigate a case where Garth (DJ Qualls) gets hit by a car and is charged with killing a cow. This is also the third episode in nine seasons to focus on werewolves. Here’s what happened on Supernatural:
Garth (DJ Qualls) has indeed returned to Supernatural, although the secret he’s been keeping is was enough to make me say “Aww, come on!” out of frustration with this episode. Garth gets hit by a car after he removes the organs of a cow, not to mention a goat the week before. Sam and Dean both show up at the hospital where Garth is to figure out exactly what went down. Dean decides to give Garth a shot of adrenaline to wake him, only to have Garth wake up screaming and freaking out. Dean tries to get him to calm down, but that is short lived when Garth decides he’s going to jump out of the bathroom window and haul ass out of there, instead of filling the boys in on what exactly happened to him over the past six months. When the boys find Garth, they are more than prepared to kill the werewolf that Garth is married to, but Garth manages to stop the boys in time. This is where we find out that Garth is also a werewolf (this is why I said “Aww, come on!). Basically, Garth screwed up big time while he was on a hunt and managed to get himself bitten.
Dean has lunch with Garth’s new werewolf family, including Bess’ dad, Reverend Jim, and her stepmom Joy, a fourth-generation werewolf whose dad was the previous reverend. They all wear silver bullets around their necks to remind them that they’re not immortal. The scene with all of them eating some bloody looking food actually had me leaving the room before I became very ill. It’s all happy and shiny, so naturally Dean thinks something evil is going on under the surface. Garth tries to tell him that everything is fine, but since Dean just lost Kevin, so he’s more than extra protective of his friends. Dean seems more than ready to let Garth have his weird werewolf life, but he and Sam get a call from a local sheriff. There’s another animal carcass, but when they get there, the sheriff busts out his own claws. The brothers kill him quickly and discover his silver bullet necklace was “Ragnarok” written on it.
A little bit of research reveals that Ragnarok is related to Norse mythology and Fenris, a wolf deity that killed Odin. This town is home to a cult that worships Fenris and wants to kill all humans. However, Reverend Jim and Bess have nothing to do with it, and the reverend has actually tried to stop the cult multiple times. sadly for the reverend, his wife Joy is a very devoted member. So, she kidnaps Garth, Bess and Sam, hoping to kill her own stepdaughter and frame Sam for the crime, forcing Reverend Jim to abandon his message of peace and join the cult. Luckily for our boy Dean, Joy is a classic villain, giving an extended monologue about her plans which gives him time to show up, kill her other allies and, ultimately, kill her as well. Thank God for run of the mill villain cliches.
In the end, Dean gives Garth a hug and tells him to stay with Bess and Reverend Jim and enjoy his new, weird and wacky family. It’s a sweet moment, but that feeling will only last a few seconds. The last scene we see features Sam and Dean finally talking about their issues, and it’s kind of hard to watch, not to mention upsetting. Dean gives Sam what I would consider to be a half ass apology for everything he’s done, and he never actually says “I’m sorry.” Sorry guys, I love Dean just as much as every other fan girl on the planet. But, the LEAST he could have done was give Sam the apology he really deserves. He blames it on the fact that everything has changed and the world is a lot more complicated than when they started. Sam responds by saying that he can’t trust Dean anymore after talking him out of closing the Gates of Hell and tricking him into being possessed by an angel. Dean is eager to let bygones be bygones, invoking the old “We’re family” line. But this time, “We’re brothers” isn’t enough for Sam anymore.
With that, Sam gives Dean an ultimatum: They can work a few cases together, or… He doesn’t quite finish, but the implication seems to be: Hunters or Brothers, but not both. I can honestly say that I have never seen two characters more in need of some serious couples’ therapy. Perhaps Sam is still angry and bitter because he didn’t get to live happily ever after with his werewolf girlfriend like Garth does, but it could be many different things. That concludes this recap of Supernatural, tune in next week when our boys go undercover in a fitness center, as people start to drop weight just a little too fast. Always remember to do as Dean does and stay classy!
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