Project SPN Rewatch: Monster Movie

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 4, Episode 5: Monster Movie


I don’t think I’ve seen this episode in years. It’s one I remember fondly but it isn’t one of my go-to episodes when I want to watch a random Supernatural episode. So I’m looking forward to seeing this again!

This episode is memorable for being fully shot in black and white, with an old-school movie vibe and soundtrack, and has its own opening like A Very Supernatural Christmas.

This one opens with Sam and Dean on the road. I love the music! We see a sign welcoming them to Pennsyvlania (which flashes to Transylvania). Dean is not impressed with the radio.

They’re working a job: dead victim, gnawed on neck, victim drained of blood, and a witness who swears it was a vampire. Dean is jazzed about this, but Sam is not as excited, what with the impending end of the world. Dean says this is like the good old days: an old-fashioned monster hunt.

We see them arrive at Oktoberfest 2008. Dean says he has to see the new Raiders movie, which apparently Sam saw while Dean was in hell. Dean is distracted by a big pretzel.

An Oktoberfest barmaid catches Dean’s eye. Sam sees the sheriff and they introduce themselves as FBI agents, here to handle his ‘problem’. The sheriff takes them to the morgue, where we see the victim does indeed have stereotypical signs of a vampire bite.

The sheriff tells the brothers about Ed Brewer, the witness, who is apparently not the most reliable guy.

The boys enter a pub and meet Jamie, the barmaid from earlier. They tell her they’re looking for Ed. They flash their FBI badges and say they need to talk to Ed as he witnessed a serious crime.

Dean and Jamie engage in some banter (Dean is a maverick apparently haha).

Jamie tells them where they can find Ed, and the boy sit down with him in the bar. He told the cops what he saw and they didn’t believe him, so he tells Sam and Dean even though everything thinks he’s wacky. It was just after midnight and he left the bar, cutting through the park on the way home. He thought he saw a couple kissing, but the woman was struggling and the man was biting her neck.

Sam asked him to describe the assailant. Ed: “Oh he was a vampire.”

Ed says he had fangs, slicked back hair, and a cape, like a Dracula. He even had a Dracula accent. This…does not sound like the kind of vampires we have seen on the show. But it does sound like a stereotypical vampire that someone who hasn’t seen ‘real’ vampires would think they look like.

Dean approaches Jamie and orders a beer. Sam sees a napkin with a lipstick imprint discarded by Jamie’s coworker. Sam doesn’t seem to think this is their type of case – maybe a ‘typical’ murder.

Jamie and Dean are hitting it off. Dean tells Sam he came back from hell without any of his old scars. He concludes that his virginity must also be intact. Sam laughs, and says he’s going back to the room to get some sleep, leaving Dean and his giant beer alone.

Dean asks out Jamie, but she has plans with her coworker Lucy.

Dean tells Lucy this case is not weird enough – they aren’t sticking around.

Meanwhile, we see a car parked off the road with a couple making out inside, while a wolf howls outside. The girl is scared but this guy is pressuring her. What a loser. We see a shadow creep towards them through the fog. Furry arms and clawed hands reach out, and then the car window breaks and the guy is pulled through the window while the girl screams!

Next we see her talking to Sam and Dean, recounting how the wolf tore her boyfriend into little pieces. When they ask her to describe the creature, she says decisively that it was a werewolf like from the old movies: furry face, claws, black nose, torn clothes. The brothers thank her and walk away.

Sam and Dean arrive at the morgue, wondering what is going on in this town with these old movie monsters. They definitely see that the victim was torn into pieces. Sam points out that there are bite marks right down to the bone. But he also points out that the heart is still intact, in one piece – which is not at all like the werewolf attacks that we are familiar with.

Sam and Dean are eating in the bar trying to figure out what is happening around here. Dracula? Werewolves? Jamie is working and Dean tells her the case just got weird enough for him and Sam.

Jamie tells Dean that she gets off work at midnight. Ooh. Dean says he will see her tonight.

Dean asks Sam if this Dracula can turn into a bat. “That’d be cool.”

We see a museum of American history. There’s a guard speaking to someone on the phone, telling them about an unexpected delivery. No shipping invoice or anything; it was there when the guard clocked in. Behind him, we see the lid open and a mummy rise up from the box! The guard stares in horror and drops his phone. He shoots with his gun but it has no effect. The mummy lifts him off the ground with one hand and strangles him!

Later the guard’s body is wheeled out by the coroner while Sam and Dean investigate the sheriff’s crime scene. Sam notices that the sarcophagus is from a prop house in Philadelphia and Dean finds a bucket of dry ice. So this is not authentic. What is happening?

Dean leaves to meet up with Jamie and Sam sticks around the crime scene.

We see Jamie give up on waiting for Dean and start to walk away. She hears a flutter and turns around. There’s a Dracula behind her! She turns to run but he gives chase. He does have a cape and slicked back hair.

He tells Jamie he’s watched her from afar. He says she is the reincarnation of his beloved and he must have her. Jamie maces him and runs. Dean catches up with her and sees the Dracula!

Dean punches him and tells Jamie to run. The vampire tries to bite Dean with his pointy teeth – that do not look like Supernatural-universe vampire teeth – but Dean rips off his ear! He runs and Dean gives chase. The vampire escapes on a scooter!


Jamie and Dean meet up with Sam at the bar to recount what happened. Dean says that he thinks he knows what’s going on, showing Sam the ear. He tells Sam to touch the ear and he does. Gross.

Sam gets it: it’s a shape-shifter. He also has the ribbon the vampire was wearing around its neck: it’s a costume rental. Dean says each monster that killed someone is the same guy, the same shifter.

Jamie asks if they’re like Mulder and Scully, like the X-Files. Dean scoffs, telling her The X-Files is a TV show and this is real. Haha.

Sam says it’s like he’s trying to reenact his favourite monster movies. When Sam hears the names that the vampire called Dean and Jamie (Harker and Meena), he realizes that the shifter must be fixated on Jamie.

Dean asks if anyone strange has come to town but it’s Oktoberfest. There are lots of people – but then she thinks about Ed Brewer (the witness to the first crime). He has a crush on Jamie and works at the old movie theatre, but Jamie doubts he’s behind this. But Sam takes off to investigate.

Meanwhile, Dean explains to Jamie that monsters are real, and what shapeshifters are. She figures out that Dean is not a real FBI agent. She asks if this is what he and his partner do: tramp across the country on their own dime until they find some horrible nightmare. “That must suck,” she says. Giving up his life for this terrible thing… Dean tells her he started thinking that way the last few years and it started weighing on him, before…he stops himself from telling her he went to hell. He says that a little while ago he had a near-death experience and when he came to, things were different. His life has been different. He realized that he helps people. He saves them. It’s awesome. It’s like a gift, a mission. A mission from God?

Yeah! Go Dean!

Jamie asks if that makes him a monk or something…celibate. Dean says he hopes not! They kiss.

The lights come on and we see Jamie’s coworker Lucy, saying she thought they were going out and she just came in to borrow a bottle from the bar. She says she’s going to get out of their hair but Jamie tells her to stay for a drink.

Sam approaches the old theatre (which is playing Phantom of the Opera). I love the music for this scene.

Sam enters the theatre and sees a man playing the organ. It’s Ed. Sam approaches him as Ed switches up the music. Haha.

When Ed sees Sam he freaks out and Sam pulls out his gone. Sam grabs his ear but Ed is very clearly not the shifter! Oops.

Back at the bar Jamie has explained to Lucy about the attack. Jamie leaves a lipstick mark on her napkin and Jamie gets a bit dopey. Dean also starts to feel funny. Uhoh, Lucy spiked their drinks!

Dean punches her but he’s woozy. Jamie passes out. Dean tells Lucy it’s her, she’s the shifter. Dean asks what’s in their drinks. Then he passes out.

Dean comes to in a Frankenstien-looking lab, wearing lederhosen! “Oh come on.”

The vampire from earlier comes in. Dean laughs at how crazy this guy is, telling him he’s not Dracula.

The vampire punches him, telling Dean he’s all monsters. Dean tells him life ain’t a movie, but the vampire replies that life is small, meagre, messy. The movies are grand, epic. He has chosen elegance.

Dean reminds him of his victims, asking if elegant is really the word. And doesn’t he realize what happens at the end of every monster movie?

“But this movie is mine,” the vampire replies, saying in this one, the monster lives and gets the girl, and the hero is electrocuted. He moves to pull a switch and Dean struggles but can’t get free. But the doorbell rings in the nick of time! The vampire excuses himself.

He opens the door and there’s a pizza delivery boy.

“Ah, you brought a repast. Excellent.” The pizza boy is not impressed with this guy’s getup. The vampire asks if there’s garlic on the pizza but the delivery guy doesn’t know. “Did you order garlic?”

The vampire pays for his pizza (“but I have a coupon”).

Sam gets back to the bar and calls Dean, leaving a message telling him that Ed is not the guy. He notices the broken bottle and the lipstick-stained napkin, realizing Lucy is behind this.

Jamie comes to in a bedroom that looks like it’s out of a castle. The vampire is there and tells her to put on a gown he has hanging up. Jamie asks what he’s done with Dean, but the vampire tells her he’s resting elsewhere.

He again tells her to put on the gown and they’ll dine on pizza.

Jamie asks what’s wrong with him, making up Lucy and pretending to be her friend. He says he needed to know if she was the one, but she says he should have just tried talking to her. She says she wants to go home but he loses his temper and yells at her to put on the gown.

We see Sam quietly enter the vampire’s house, gun drawn.

Jamie has put on the gown. The vampire says she’s the only one he doesn’t want to scare. He sees her in the gown and tells her he used to love the movies. Jamie tells her they aren’t real.

The vampire tells her real is being born this way, having your dad call you monster, when your dad tries to beat you with a shovel. Everywhere he went to try to hide, people found him, called him a freak, a monster, then he found the great monsters from the movies. They were strong and feared.

Lonely, Jamie says.

He says he was but now he has her. Jamie says maybe he’s lonely because he kills people. He tells her maybe he kills people because he’s lonely.

He hears a noise. Jamie calls for Dean but the vampire hits her and knocks her out.

Sam finds Dean! Yay! He frees Dean, and takes a moment to acknowledge his outfit.

Sam kicks the door down, and they exit the room. They find Jamie in her room but as Sam approaches her, the vampire grabs him and throws him through the prop wall. Then he punches Dean a few times.

Suddenly he’s shot from behind, with silver bullets. Jamie woke and got hold of the gun and when he turns around he sees that she shot him.

“Twas beauty that killed the beast”. He dies.

Next we see Jamie kissing Dean goodbye, thanking him for his service to his country. As Dean turns and walks away with Sam, Jamie calls out that they saved her life and thanks them.

“I like her,” Sam says.

Dean says it’s good to be back on the job: happy ending. Hero gets the girl, monster gets ganked. It would be nice if life were movie simple – not that this is the kind of movie Dean would pick.

Sam says he knows what Dean would pick: Porky’s 2. Dean says that was a lucky guess and they walk away.


-vampire, werewolf, mummy


Overall Thoughts:

I love the style of this episode: the black and white, the music, the credits. Very very fun stuff.

As for the plot, it’s pretty standard monster-of-the-week stuff, but the highlight is the monologue from Dean talking about his new perspective on his life and his mission. That was great.

This was a pretty Dean-centric episode, and I wish there had been a bit more Sam-and-Dean time, but it was pretty cute the way Sam knew exactly which movie Dean would have picked in the end.

There’s nothing here that moves the bigger story along, but we get a good look at where Dean’s head is at right now in terms of the family business.

Lil’ Pingwing’s Cozy Corner: Books Can Be Deceiving

Lil’ Pingwing’s Cozy Corner: Books Can Be Deceiving

By Jenn McKinlay

Source: Purchased

Series: Library Lover’s Mystery #1

Publication Date: July 5, 2011

Published by Berkley

My Rating: four-half-stars

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey’s friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children’s book, but Beth’s boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he’s found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.


Welcome to the Cozy Corner! I am Lil’ Pingwing, Pingwing’s little sister. Once a week I will review a cozy mystery for the blog!

I picked up this book after my mother and sister bought me a book from the same series. Not wanting to start mid-series, I decided to give the Library Lover’s Mysteries a shot from the beginning.

I will admit: I love cozies. I love cozies set in New England small towns. I love cozies with bookstores or libraries or other similar settings. I love cozies with a quirky set of friends and family members. And I love cozies set by the water. This book checked all of those boxes and was a fun read and a very good start to a new series for me.

I enjoyed the main character from the first page. Lindsey had an academic background as an archivist, but found herself running the Briar Creek library after breaking up with her boyfriend and losing her job. She has a great friendship with the quirky children’s librarian, Beth, and struggles with crafty skills like knitting and crochet. There are also hints that she has romantic tension with Sully, a sea captain. Lindsey is a good protagonist — she is smart, and doesn’t get in over her head (I get annoyed if characters try to solve the mystery with too must gusto and need to be rescued over and over), and really seemed to care about helping her friend get cleared from being a suspected killer.

I really enjoyed the use of setting as Lindsey investigated the murder of her best friend’s boyfriend. The series is set in Briar Creek, on the coast of Connecticut where many residents live on small islands, including the victim. As Lindsey and Sully took his boat to the islands, and as Sully described what it was like growing up on one of the islands, I wanted to be on the water with them. I like that the characters described a bit of tension or division between those who live on the water or on the land, and hope this gets developed further in later books.

Lindsey also relied on the assistance of some of her friends and other townspeople in her investigation. Her crafternoon friends—members of a crafting book club—offer support, investigative help, and necessary worrying throughout the book (they also provide moral support for Lindsey’s poor knitting skills). The different ages of the crafternoon members made the group feel more like family than just a group of friends.  I enjoyed how the book started and ended with a crafternoon meeting and a discussion of a particular book—it made me want to join their club!

While there is so much that I enjoyed with this book, I struggled a bit with the resolution of the murder mystery. While I was unable to guess the killer, the reveal was almost too much of a surprise, and some early mentions or interactions with the killer don’t seem to hold up after they have been revealed. As well, I am not a big fan of cozies that have bumbling police forces. The police chief in this book seemed fixated on Beth as the killer, even with clear evidence against that. However, there do appear to be some sharper police officers on the force, so I hope that they take a stronger role in the future.

For a first book in a series, Books Can be Deceiving set a very promising tone. Jenn McKinlay created a town that I want to live in, a main character that I want to spend time with, and a group of friends and neighbours that I want to join. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Week In Review

February 19 – March 4



Oops it’s been a few weeks I think since I posted one of these! With the Olympics and my Supernatural season four rewatch (and my Buffy and Angel rewatch), I didn’t do much reading lately. I kept thinking, Should I read a book or watch more Supernatural?




And then I put on more Supernatural.




I’ve also been listening to a lot of music (by which I mean just Idlewild) and podcasts lately (my husband and I have listened to the first two episodes of Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman’s REM podcast, R U Talkin’ REM RE: ME?, which is very fun), which eats into my reading time.

New books:

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for this lovely finished copy of Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner! Check out the synopsis (via Goodreads):

Cameron’s cosplay–dressing like a fictional character–is finally starting to earn her attention–attention she hopes to use to get into the CalTech costume department for college. But when she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans.

When Cameron’s family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Unfortunately, the only comic shop in town–her main destination for character reference–is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop.

At her twin brother’s suggestion, Cameron borrows a set of his clothes and uses her costuming expertise to waltz into the shop as Boy Cameron, where she’s shocked at how easily she’s accepted into the nerd inner sanctum. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside the jerky shop-owner Brody, friendly (almost flirtatiously so) clerk Wyatt, handsome Lincoln, and her bro Cooper, dragged along for good measure.

But as her “secret identity” gets more and more entrenched, Cameron’s portfolio falls by the wayside–and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.

I also purchased the e-book The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, which I am really looking forward to reading, and Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King, which I read and enjoyed last year!).

Books read:

Like I said, I haven’t been doing much reading lately (and I am actually one book behind on my Goodreads goal, gasp!). I’ve only finished three books recently:

Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling;

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin; and

This Is Our Story, Ashley Elston.

Current reads:

I’m about a third of the way into Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh and it’s good but I don’t feel pulled into the book yet. And since I usually have two books on the go (I like a physical book and an e-book, for reading on the bus during the week), I’m trying to decide which other book to start reading.


I’ve posted a few reviews:

Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke;

Why Not Me?; and

The Immortalists.

I also posted a bunch of Supernatural rewatch posts:

Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester (S4, E2);

In The Beginning (S4, E3); and

Metamorphosis (S4, E4).

I can’t decide what I want to do this afternoon! Do I want to watch more Supernatural, or catch up on The Walking Dead (I still haven’t seen last week’s episode)? Or do I want to curl up with a book or two? All I know for sure is that I am staying inside, where it’s cozy and I don’t need to interact with the outside world!




(Is this a record for most Supernatural gifs in one of my posts?) Happy Sunday!

Project SPN Rewatch: Metamorphosis

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 4, Episode 4: Metamorphosis


This is another episode that I don’t remember too well.

It opens with a demon in a devil’s trap, with Sam and Ruby interrogating him for Lilith’s location. The demon won’t tell Sam what he wants to know, and sasses Sam about his relationship with Ruby. Sam gets mad and uses his abilities to exorcise the demon, while Ruby looks on and smiles.

We see Dean peering in through the window – he saw the whole thing!

Back inside, Sam checks the vessel’s pulse and tells Ruby he doesn’t have anymore headaches.

While Sam is helping the vessel out, Dean walks in to confront Sam. Dean is understandably mad. And then when Ruby tells Dean who she is – Dean is even more pissed. He attacks her and tries to stab her with the demon-killing knife. Sam tells them to stop it.

Sam has Ruby take the vessel to the ER, and Sam stays behind with Dean. But before Sam can explain, Dean walks away.

Later, in the motel, Sam is reading when Dean comes inside. Dean starts to pack his stuff, and when Sam asks what he’s doing, Dean says Sam doesn’t need him – he and Ruby can go fight demons.

Sam tries to stop him and DEAN PUNCHES HIM! Then he does it again! Dean is super pissed, asking Sam how far from normal, from human, Sam is. Sam says they’re exorcising demons, but Dean says he’s doing it with hIS MIND.

He asks Sam what else he can do. Sam can send them back to hell. He can’t do anything else – but Dean doesn’t seem like he believes Sam.

Sam tells Dean to see the other side – he’s pulling demons out of innocent people. When Dean yells at him to use the knife, Sam makes the valid point that the knife kills the victim. What he does doesn’t (most of the time).

“I’ve saved more people in the last five months than we saved in a year.” Hmm ok I see what you’re saying but I’m not sure this will land with Dean the way you want it to.

Dean asks if that’s what Ruby wants him to think. He says that the way she tricked Sam into using his powers is a slippery slope. That is also a good point, because Ruby is a demon and has lied to the boys before. Is Sam trusting her more than he should?

Sam swears he won’t let it go too far. Dean is mad again and breaks things, saying it’s already gone too far. Then the kicker from Dean:

“If I didn’t know you, I would want to hunt you. ” WELLLLLLLLLLLLL I don’t think that’s helpful to say. And I don’t think that’s totally accurate: when the boys tracked down Azazel’s other ‘special’ children, they weren’t planning to hunt and kill them. I totally get that Dean is pissed at Sam, and I am also mad at Sam for keeping this secret (and working with Ruby), but at this point, I feel like Dean’s anger is just going to push Sam away and make him more committed to what he’s doing. Clearly Sam believes he’s helping people and that, while his partner is a demon, what he is doing is good and important.

Sam says Dean was gone and he was still here; he had to keep on fighting without Dean. What he’s doing works.

Dean wants to know why Sam lied about it, if it’s so good. Why would an angel tell Dean to stop Sam?

Ah yes, that’s news to Sam. Dean tells Sam that Cas (IS THIS THE FIRST TIME HE CALLS HIM CAS????) told him that he if doesn’t stop Dean, Cas and the angels will.

Dean says that means that God doesn’t want Sam doing this.

Wow that’s a good scene! I don’t totally agree with either brother but the anger and the resentment and the hurt that they are both feeling shows on their faces.

Sam’s phone rings. It’s someone named Travis, and it sounds like he has a lead on a job.

We see a house in Carthage, Missouri, where a man is kind of ravenously eating. His wife looks on while he practically inhales all of the food. He says he’s hungry.

Later that night while he’s brushing his teeth, something starts happening. He is in a lot of pain and making a lot of crunchy sounds in his bones. Ick. It seems to pass though.

The boys are driving, with Sam saying he can’t believe Mom was a hunter. So Dean is filling Sam in on his little excursion to the past. Dean says he wouldn’t believe it if he hadn’t seen it himself.

Sam asks if she was happy. Dean says she was funny and smart, and hopeful – their Dad too. Until, you know…the whole demon thing.

At this, Sam says it turns out their whole family – parents and grandparents – were murdered, and all for what? So the yellow-eyed demon could get into Sam’s nursery and bleed in his mouth? That definitely sounds weird.

Dean says that he never said anything about demon blood – Sam knows about that? Sam says yes, for about a year. Now Dean is mad that this is another thing Sam has kept from him.

Oh boy. Too much anger and tension!

Later, the same man from before is hungry but dinner isn’t ready yet. He opens the fridge, and we see Sam and Dean are staking out the place. They watch him drink a beer, with Dean saying the guy is boring.

Back inside, he opens the fridge again, and takes out some leftover food, which he eats with his bare hands. Gross. Then he moves on to raw ground beef. This is definitely gross! But he devours it.

He hears his wife calling and it jolts him out of his food trance.

Sam and Dean are still watching him. Sam says that qualifies as weird!

Sam and Dean get back to the motel, where the friend who called Sam with the job (Travis) is waiting inside their room.

They greet him and it turns out they haven’t seen each other in about ten years. Travis says it’s been too long – they’re grown men now, and John would be proud of them for sticking together like this.

Dean says there’s nothing more important than family. Point made.

Travis thanks them for helping out with this job and the boys tell them what he saw. Travis says this is a rugaru (rotted teeth, nasty skin, they start out human; they go through a metamorphosis. They are hungry – at first for everything, then human flesh. Eventually they can’t fight the hunger anymore and they transform – completely and fast. One bite is all it takes, and they’re a monster forever).

While Travis explains what a rugaru is to Sam and Dean, we see the man back in his house looking in the fridge while his wife makes dinner. She cuts her finger and he watches while she rinses the blood of her hand in the kitchen sink. She tells him that she thinks she needs stitches, but he says he’s gotta get out of there and runs off.

Dean asks Travis how he found this guy, if he’s a human. Travis says it runs in the man’s family. He killed his father back in 1978 and the man’s mother put him up for adoption. Travis didn’t like the idea of hunting down a kid, so he waited to make sure he had the right man.

The man – Jack – is at a beer, drinking beer and inhaling all the peanuts. He doesn’t look so good.

Jack sees a man bothering a woman down the bar and tells him to back off. He tells him to leave the girl alone, calling him a douche bag and a fat, sweaty dick. The man goes to punch him and Jack grabs his first, crushing it! The man screams in pain and Jack runs away.

Back at the motel, Travis tells Dean that fire is, as far as he knows, the only way to kill a rugaru. Sam comes in and sees Sam and Dean making some blowtorches. Sam says he was looking into the lore on rugarus, to be prepared (Travis is a little insulted that everything he knows about the creatures isn’t enough for Sam).

Sam says that everything Travis told them check out, but he found a couple of stories about people who have the rugaru gene and start to turn, but never take the final step. If they don’t take the final step, they don’t transform.

Or as Dean puts it: go vegan, stay human.

Travis says those are fairy tales, and every rugaru he ever saw or heard of took that bite. Sam says it doesn’t mean that Jack will. Sam says they should talk to him and explain what’s happening so that he can fight it.

Travis is, to put it mildly, skeptical. He tells Sam he’s sorry and he’s sure Jack is a decent guy, but this is instinct.

Sam says they won’t kill Jack unless he does something to get killed for. Then he walks out. Travis looks at Dean and asks him what’s up with his brother.

Back at Jack’s, his wife is making a tea and when she turns around, he’s right there. He’s coming off a little creepy.

His wife is pissed: she had to drive herself to the hospital. He says he’s sorry; he saw her blood and got dizzy and had to get out. And his phone died so she couldn’t reach him…but he says he’s sorry.

She mentions that blood has never bothered him before. Hmm.

They kiss and then he starts to get aggressive, with his wife yelling at him to stop and then pushing him off. Again, he’s sorry, and when she asks what’s wrong with him he says he doesn’t know.

Sam and Dean are in the car, with Dean saying they’ll go chat with Jack, but Dean wants to know that when push comes to shove, Sam can take this guy out.

Dean starts talking about how this guy will turn, but Sam says maybe he won’t, maybe he’ll fight it off. HMMMM could this relate to anything in the boys’ lives??

Dean wants to know if Sam’s emotions are getting in the way: this is a nice dude but he’s got something evil inside, something in his blood, and maybe Sam can relate. Sam tells Dean to stop the car. Dean pulls over and Sam gets out. Dean gets out too.

Sam says this is why he lies to Dean: the way Dean talks to him and looks at him, like he’s a freak. Or worse, like he’s an idiot, like he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

Dean asks if he does know the difference between right and wrong.

Sam says Dean has no idea what he’s going through. He’s got demon blood in him. He can’t ever rip it out or scrub it clean. He’s trying to take this curse and make something good out of it, because he has to.

I totally get Sam’s point. He can’t change having demon blood but maybe he can do some good. BUT I also think that he just can’t trust a demon. That Ruby is trouble. And I understand Dean being upset at being kept in the dark over all of this, especially since Dean just came back from hell where he was tortured by demons. AND Dean has a new angel friend telling him to stop Sam. So there is a lot of anger and confusion to go around.

Dean says let’s go talk to the guy, to Jack.

The boys find Jack in the yard watering the lawn or the garden or whatever. He looks pretty listless.

Sam introduces himself and Dean and says they need to talk. Jack asks what about, and Sam says about him and how he’s changing.

Dean says he’s probably feeling his bones move under his skin, and his appetite is reaching Hungry Hungry Hippo level. Sam says they’re people who can help and asks Jack to hear them out.

They explain to him about rugarus. Jack concedes that he’s noticed some strange things, but he’s sick. Sam tells Jack his real father was a rugaru and passed it on to him.

Jack tries to tell them they sound crazy but Dean says let’s skip it.

“You’re hungry, Jack. You’re only going to get hungrier.” Sam tells Jack that he can fight it off – others have.

Dean says Jack has to say no to the hunger – the craving for human flesh – or else.

Sam tells him that if he feeds once, it’s all over. And then they’ll have to stop him.

Jack asks about his dad – did someone stop him? Sam says yes.

Jack tells them to get of his property or he’ll call the cops. Sam says his wife and everyone he knows are in danger, but he tells them to go.

“Good talk,” Dean tells Sam as they walk away.

That night we see that Jack is out and his wife has left a voice mail asking him to come home so they can talk, saying she doesn’t know where he is.

He sees a woman in a window and he seems to be getting hungry. As he approaches her building, Sam and Dean, who’ve been watching him, grab their blowtorches and get out of the car. They enter the apartment building. Jack is outside the woman’s fire escape watching her through the window. He seems ready to break in but catches a glimpse of himself refelected in the window. He says no and leaves.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean bust into the woman’s apartment and she screams. They say they’re here to save her but she says she’s calling police.

“We should go,” Sam says. Yikes.

Jack enters his house. He calls for his wife Michelle. She doesn’t answer. He moves through the house and sees her tied to a chair. Someone grabs Jack from behind.

When he comes to, he is tied up. Travis walks in. Jack tells his wife to stay calm and they’ll give Travis whatever he wants.

Travis removes Michelle’s gag. He tells Jack that he already met his friends and Jack says that he hasn’t hurt anybody.

“Not yet,” Travis says, “but you would have. They always do.”

Michelle wants to know what Travis is talking about. Travis tells Jack that Michelle deserves to know the truth. Jack says to let her go, she’s not a part of this, but Travis says she is.

It turns out that Michelle is pregnant.

Travis tells Jack that he can’t make the same mistake all over again. He won’t be around later and this has to end now.

Jack says to kill him but not Michelle. Travis pours gasoline on the floor and says he’s got no choice.

Jack fights to get free and he breaks free from the cuffs. He attacks Travis while Michelle watches in horror.

Oh dear. Jack takes a bite out of Travis. Gross.

Travis dies and Jack keeps on eating. He turns back to look at Michelle, who is understandably afraid.

He unties her and she runs out of the house, telling him to stay away from her. She gets in her car and drives off.

Back inside, Jack again approaches Travis’s body. Looks like he’s still hungry.

Sam and Dean pull up outside. They enter the house and see the pool of blood where Travis’s body used to be. They follow the mess and find what’s left of Travis.

Sam tells Dean he was right about Jack. Then Jack attacks!

Sam wakes up in a closet. The door is locked. He calls for Dean. Travis answers, saying Dean is alive, but not if Sam doesn’t calm down. Sam tells Jack to open the door and they can figure this out.

Jack says no – he tells him how Travis tried to burn his wife alive. Sam asks why, but Jack says Travis didn’t say. Sam grabs a hanger from the closet and keeps talking to Jack, saying he and Dean never would have hurt Jack’s wife.

Dean is still unconscious. Jack says he’s hungry and Sam begs him not to do this, while he tries to pick the lock on the door.

Jack says he can’t ever see his family again. He says Sam and Dean and Travis made him into this.

Sam says he doesn’t have to be a monster. It doesn’t matter what you are, it only matters what you do, and it’s Jack’s choice.

Jack seems like he’s going to choose to be a monster.

Then Dean starts to wake up and Sam gets out of the closet. Sam calls to Jack, who runs at Sam. Sam uses the blowtorch on Jack, who dies while Dean watches.

Later in the car, Dean tells Sam he did the right thing. The guy was a monster and there was no going back. He tells Sam he’s sorry he’s been hard on him lately.

“It’s just that your psychic thing scares the crap out of me.”

Sam says he would rather not talk about it. Dean tries to make a joke, but Sam says he can’t keep explaining himself. He can’t make Dean understand. This blood isn’t in Dean the way it’s in Sam. It’s just something Sam has to deal with.

“Not alone,” Dean says.

Sam says it doesn’t matter. Using his powers is playing with fire. He says he’s done with them.

Dean says that’s a relief and thanks him.

Sam says he’s not doing it for Dean or the angels or anybody. This is his choice.




Overall Thoughts:

I didn’t love this episode. The MOTW is okay, but I totally see how it ties into the bigger story of Sam’s powers.

There were lots of good scenes between Sam and Dean, but I think I’ve been so used to the brothers being more honest with each other in the more recent seasons that I forgot how much of this season they spend lying to each other and disagreeing and arguing.

I don’t have much else to say about this one, but the argument between Sam and Dean over Sam’s powers will continue throughout the season.

(Also – since Jack’s pregnant wife escaped – does this mean there’s another rugaru out there in the world?)

The Immortalists

The Immortalists

By Chloe Benjamin

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: January 9, 2018

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

My Rating: four-stars

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

I was so intrigued by this book. I like sibling stories and the premise, and I’d heard good things about it.

This was a really good book, but it was also really heavy. I had to pause and read something else for a little while. This book also made me feel really anxious at times (I have a lot of anxiety around loss and death and worrying and wasting time and this book touched on all of that).

I really liked that each chapter followed a different Gold sibling, showing us his/her life. It was like a book of short stories in a way.

I was fascinated by the way each sibling lived his/her life in the wake of the woman’s predictions. In some cases, it was heartbreaking; in others, frustrating. Of all of the siblings, I think Varya’s chapter was the most affecting for me.

While The Immortalists was so heavy and it doesn’t seem right to say I enjoyed it, I thought that it was a fascinating, moving book. Recommended.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for this finished copy! To pick up a copy for yourself:


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