First thought after the episode ended: Sam and Dean are so screwed.
Second thought: I can't believe they finally used Styx's "Renegade" - that's a song that I've been waiting for them to use. It's one of my all-time favorites.
Third thought: They are so screwed.
Just when you think an episode is going to be a one-off or a stand-alone, Kripke and company go and create more story and add another nail-biting element that will surely continue for a while. And just when you think you're going to get an episode devoid of angst in favor of action, humor and scares, they manage to sneak some in. We learned that the feds have been tracking Sam and Dean for weeks now. Wow. Just wow. That special agent dude considers Dean a monster!!! Everything went wrong for Sam and Dean at the bank. How did they go from hostages into taking over the criminal end of the standoff? It was great to see things go out of control for the boys. Things literally snowballed to the point where Dean's going to have to watch his back carefully from now on. Sam too - after all, he's Bonnie to Dean's Clyde. Is this new development going to change the way they do things? Does it mean no more credit-card fraud and posing as cops, agents and the like?
The Previously: We got a recap of "Skin" and "The Usual Suspects" and then, no lie, they interrupted the regularly-scheduled "previously" in order to bring some late-breaking news from a local Milwaukee news station. Awesome.
Sam and Dean's disguises: There was so much uniformed goodness, wasn't there? The
Men in Black monkey suits; the security-company outfits; and then the SWAT-wear complete with heavy machinery that they used to escape from the bank. Plus, we briefly saw the return of clean-cut Sammy (meaning hair out of his face) before he returned to the shagerrific 'do he sports week after week. And loved them whipping out their fake FBI badges at the same time.
Ronald Reznick: I really ended up liking this guy. He's one of those wacky conspiracy theorists who isn't far off from the truth. Except all his clues add up to a mandroid, not a shapeshifter. I don't know how many times the word "mandroid" was uttered in this episode, but each time was hilarious. When the SWAT team took him out at the bank, I was crushed. Almost as crushed as Dean. Love how Dean just let Ronald be Ronald - the guy needed that. To have an innocent go down like that had to kill Dean. But, hey, at least Ron died knowing that somebody finally believed his crazy theory. In a way, he seemed happy about finally being taken seriously. Meanwhile, I know Sam putting the smackdown on Ronald's conspiracies was his way of protecting him, a way of keeping him alive, but that was sad. It was kind of scary the way Sam went true-blue FBI there for a second.
The shapeshifter: I have to admit that I do have a small problem with the show revisiting the shapeshifter already, much like the show has already had a second vampire episode. I just would have loved to have seen some other monsters-of-the week before focusing on another shifter. But since we did get one - and another good one, too - how about that fight between Dean and the Sherrie-shifter? Pretty vicious, I'd say. And explaining that these shifters are able to shed their skin much more quickly than the St. Louis one was a nice touch, too. Maybe these creatures are continuing to evolve or something. I did get confused when the two Sherries were in the same vicinity, and the shifter ended up being the one who's throat had been sliced. I don't know, that scene threw me off a little bit.
The Winchesters vs. The Feds: So I knew that Dean was a wanted man, but this Special Agent Henrikson is gunning for him big time. He knows the way Sam and Dean were raised; he knows all about Big Daddy Winchester; he knows about their illegal activities. What he can't figure out is the supernatural element of the equation. As much as I enjoyed Dean calling BDW an ass last week, I loved hearing him call him a hero this week. That scene was kinda heartbreaking, what with Dean not wanting to hear the fed talk about his dad in such a poor light. Now I'm wondering exactly how many times we're going to see these guys catch up to the Winchester brothers again. They're going to have to be more and more careful. And not just Dean - Sam, too.
More incoherent thoughts:
- I love how Dean told Sam he liked poor Ronald and the 'okeydoke' bank security guard, as well.
- Loved Jared's expressions when Sherrie the hostage was going on and on about hero Dean. Hilarious.
- Kudos to "Nightshifter" writer Ben Edlund. He's quickly picked up the humor of the show.
- À la "Skin," the opening segment ended on Dean and then flashed back to reveal how in the world Dean got into so much trouble. Well, this time it actually was Dean and not the Dean look-a-like.
- Yea to funny and flirty Dean!
- Juan-dolls and mandroid batteries - gotta love Ron. Except when he was touching the shifter skin. Ewww!
- Way to take out those SWAT guys, Sammy.
- The thing that Dean used to kill Sherrie shapeshifter is still in her, complete with his fingerprints. Not good.
- Sam and Dean escaping to "Renegade" was just too cool.
Favorite lines from Nightshifter:
- "You're a true patriot, you really are. Why don't you write down your number there for me, that'd be good."
- "Freakin' cops." "They're just doing their job, Dean." "No, they're doing our job, only they don't know it so they suck at it."
- "I like him. He says 'okeydoke.'"
- "Hello, freak!"
- "Just don't shoot anybody, especially us."
- "You working for the mandroid?" "We're not working for the mandroid!"
- "I'm not just going to walk in here naked."
- "Help him manage? Are you insane?"
- "Look I know this isn't going the way we wanted." "Understatement!"
- "Hi Ron."
- "And yes, I know about Sam, too - Bonnie to your Clyde."
- "You've got no right talking about my dad like that. He was a hero."
- "We are so screwed."
First thought after the episode ended Sam and Dean are so screwedSecond thought I cant believe they finally used Styxs Renegade thats a song that Ive been waiting for them to use Its one of my all-time favoritesThird thought They are so screwedJust when you think an episode is going to be a one-off or a stand-alone Kripke and company go and create more story and add another nail-biting element that will surely continue for a while And just when you think youre going to get an episode devoid of angst in favor of action humor and scares they manage to sneak some in We learned that the feds have been tracking Sam and Dean for weeks now Wow Just wow That special agent dude considers Dean a monster Everything went wrong for Sam and Dean at the bank How did they go from hostages into taking over the criminal end of the standoff It was great to see things go out of control for the boys Things snowballed to the point where Deans going to have to watch hi