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Reaper Episode: "Leon"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Sam tries to return a soul at the DMV and discovers that Gladys the demon is on vacation for Halloween, an action the Devil disapproves of, so Old Scratch gives Sam an extra-tough assignment in order to make himself feel better.
Original Air Date: Oct 30, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 41:47
Aired: 10/30/2007
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"Leon" Season 1, Episode 6

I was surprised to see that this episode started with the soul-hunting trio already in the midst of capturing a spirit, Leon ( Patton Oswalt), who killed U.S. President McKinley. Actually, I was hoping that would be the only soul in this episode and that we'd spend the rest of it learning more about our heroes. But even though another bad guy did come along, we still got to find out what was going through our fellas' heads. Though as soon as they captured Leon and Sock proclaimed, "This just keeps getting easier and easier," I knew he'd regret saying it. Fun fact: Leon Czolgosz was indeed the name of the guy who shot McKinley. The Devil shows up eventually, completely bummed out by the concept of Halloween, and is in a speech-making kind of mood. He's smoking. He barely speaks. He may as well put on a black turtleneck, grab a tambourine and go to an open-mic night. Halloween, to him, is the cheapening of the evil he promotes, kind of like what Valentine's Day means these days for love, perhaps to Cupid (who I'm sure cries into a heart-shaped box every Feb. 14). His minions all take a holiday to celebrate, which leaves us with the sad absence of DMV lady Gladys (and Sam unable to deposit Leon's soul), and Satan's sad mug to bum us all out. Because when Satan's sad, we're all sad. Right. Side note: Is anyone going to be Ray Wise for Halloween this year? If so, I'd recommend using a lot of self-tanner. We find out that Andi is still upset at Sam for lying to her, as I honestly think she has the right to be. I'm a little tired of the two of them pussyfooting around their feelings for one another. These kids ain't in high school no more! I just wish they could prove that their backbones had grown a little since adolescence. I do applaud Andi for taking a stand, but I almost booed when she later apologized to him. Maybe I'm just bitter, but I was surprised that she even took him back so quickly. One of my favorite moments was the Devil's speech on the fallibility of mankind: "Betrayal is the defining trait of humanity. Your friends will always let you down. The girl will always leave.... You're upset because you're realizing the weakness of your species, the most untrustworthy and unreliable creatures on earth. Except bears." And then he continues, "In a way, I'm the most trustworthy person you know, and that's just sad." Sad indeed. Later, Sam and Sock get into a quibble about how Sam really feels about Sock's immaturity (you know, after Sock drops trou in front of The Work Bench and releases Leon from his vessel just because he thinks the dude's funny). The Devil's prophecy about Sam's friends looks like it's coming true, and both guys spend a car ride telling each other what they hate about one another. I couldn't help thinking, "Is this how the Devil wins?" The other escaped soul in this episode belongs to Barney Kirkwood, the "Butcher of Ballard," who comes back as a huge wolflike creature, tearing his way through metal and almost killing Sam in the process of being caught. But we know how this goes down: Sam gets the ghoul with a little help from his friends; Halloween ends and the Devil's back to his high spirits; Gladys returns; Andi and Sam reconcile. I have a feeling that that girl is never going to be part of that gang, though honestly, I'm really not so disappointed by that anymore. My favorite exchange of the night: Andi: "You have brain damage." Sock: "Maybe." Happy Halloween! For more Reaper , check out our Online Video Guide . show less
I was surprised to see that this episode started with the soul-hunting trio already in the midst of capturing a spirit, Leon (Patton Oswalt), who killed U.S. President McKinley. Actually, I was hoping that would be the only soul in this episode and that we'd spend the rest of it learning more about our heroes. But even though another bad guy did come along, we still got to find out what was going through our fellas' heads. Though as soon as they captured Leon and Sock proclaimed, "This just keeps getting easier and easier," I knew he'd regret saying it.Fun fact: Leon Czolgosz was indeed the name of the guy who shot McKinley. The Devil shows up eventually, completely bummed out by the concept of Halloween, and is in a speech-making kind of mood. He's smoking. He barely speaks. He may as well put on a black turtleneck, grab a tambourine and go to an open-mic night. Halloween, to him, is the cheapening of the evil he promotes, kind of like what Valentine's Day means these days for love... read more

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Premiered: September 25, 2007, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A slacker becomes a reluctant bounty hunter for the Devil after his soul is accidentally sold to Satan by his parents, and he tracks down evil escapees to return them to hell.

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