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Supernatural Episode: "Like a Virgin"

Season 6, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Virgins mysteriously disappear, and Dean and Bobby learn that dragons are responsible for the kidnappings. Dean seeks out a weapon to slay the beasts, but he must prove himself worthy before he can claim it. Meanwhile, Death tries to restore Sam's soul.
Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2011
Guest Cast Julian Richings: Death Jim Beaver: Bobby
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Season 6, Episode 12
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Length: 41:55
Aired: 2/4/2011
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Supernatural: "Like A Virgin" Season 6, Episode 12

One week late, but Supernatural finally made its way back to our small screens. Sam got his soul back, but did he get his groove back? How did Dean and Bobby deal with a re-souled Sammy? And who took over Crowley's place as the season's big bad? All that, plus, we kicked off the second half of Season 6 with some hilarious dialogue and a sweet-sounding classic rock recap.

Yes, that's what I said: a classic rock recap. To anyone else, that doesn't sound like much, but to Supernatural fans, it is everything. At the beginning of this season, there wasn't one to be found. Sure, we got an almost immediate music interlude detailing Dean's normal-life routine set to Bob Seger's "Beautiful Loser." That was probably my favorite moment of "Exile on Main St." But starting a season without a classic rock recap is kind of like starting a season without the Impala (i.e. Season 2); it's just not cool.

"Like a Virgin" ushered in a familiar feeling so Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle" was the perfect tune to capture the old school vibe this episode had going on. Before the greatest hits of Supernatural began, there was the business of Sam needing to wake up after the deed was done. Man, Cas was super angry at Dean, wasn't he? I know there were a million reasons not to re-soul Sam, but Dean was hyper-focused on the right ones: restoring his brother and getting his soul out of the dark depths of hell. The suspense was killing me: how was Sam going to react? We didn't have to wait that long. Just as Bobby and Dean were worrying about the sleeping Winchester, in he walked.

I'm such a sucker. Dean and Sam's first hug was pretty momentous. I may have squealed with joy at this point, I'm not really sure. If I were a betting person I would say I did. The hug was actually a much better moment than when the brothers were reunited in Season 4's "Lazarus Rising" after Dean came back from hell. Bobby and Sam's reunion, on the other hand, was a bit more awkward.

I actually loved the way Sam's "return" was handled in regards to Bobby. Anyone who has been through a traumatic event -- and a soulless Sam trying to off him qualifies as one -- isn't going to get over said event that easily. So, hardly being able to look at the youngest Winchester, and backing out of the hunting trip once Sam wants in, are both understandable moves on Bobby's part. I know Sam sacrificed himself for the good of the world, but the things he did while lacking a soul may be forgiven, they may never be forgotten.

It turned out, the last thing Sam remembered was doing the triple lindy into the great big hole that sent him/Lucifer to hell with Michael/Adam. Dean saw this bit of amnesia as a gift. He tried to do everything he could not to cause Sam's wall to crumble. He barely filled any of the blanks in Sam's memory. As far as he was concerned, his brother was gone for the entire year-and-a-half until Death helped get him back. But for now, Dean was controlling the situation, so this was how it was going to be.

Once Sam and Dean headed out on the hunting trip, things were decidedly different from the first 11 episodes of the year...and possibly the previous three seasons before that. I'm not going to say things were exactly like they were back in the early days, but they were pretty damn close. Things were much lighter, although there was a cloud hanging over their heads (cloud = Sam's wall holding back bad memories). There were many moments that made me feel like I was tuning into a previous season. And after such a long time with the brothers being so disconnected, I'll take anything I can get.

Some of Sam and Dean's Greatest Hits (scenes that felt like old times)

-Interrogating the sister of one of the victims of the MOTW, Sam was back to his sensitive self. No verbal diarrhea; no inappropriate comments; just strong, sensitive Sammy. Dean kept taking it all in; every time he saw signs of old Sam, he gave a smirk of joy.

-Any inappropriate comments that were uttered during "Like a Virgin," were uttered by Dean.

-Sam questioned Dean's stealing the diary from the victim's room. "I love it that you even asked me that."

-So, once upon a time, Dean didn't know MySpace and now he doesn't know what World of Warcraft is.

-Sam was researching again while Dean went off to San Francisco in search for dragon intel.

-Sam confronted Dean on life without him. He assumed Dean didn't make good on his promise to him: to get a normal life. See? Sam tried to get Dean to open up. Dean gave him a little bit of information (he spent a year with Ben and Lisa). He didn't offer up anything else; just blasted the music to avoid expressing anything else. Classic Dean.

-How great was Dean's "Virgins, Sam. Virgins" line? It sounded exactly the same as his "Strippers, Sam. Strippers" line he said back in Season 4's "Sex and Violence" episode.

-There was talking of being re-hymenated like from Season 4. But in this episode about gaggles of virgins, the talk was about being de-hymenated. Therefore, dragon didn't want the "experienced" girl.

-Elements of Season 1's "Skin": digging around in the sewer.

-Dean grabbing then counting the gold reminded me of S3's "Bad Day at Black Rock."

I was a little afraid the show was going to make us wait a long time before Sam found out the truth about his missing memories. I don't know why I doubted. Of course Sam was going to figure out a way; he has always been a smart, smart guy. So when he realized Bobby and Dean were holding out on him, he went to the next logical source: Castiel. The head angel did a good job of filling in the blanks.  At this point, my next worry became how he was going to react with Dean. He now knew he hadn't want his soul returned but it happened anyway.

Instead of being angry with Dean, he was grateful. And sorry for the way Robo-Sam treated both him and Bobby; he also wanted to start making things up to people for what he did during his Stepford Era. So that's definitely going to set up some of what's going to happen in the second half of the season.

What else did the episode set up? The monster-of-the-week actually led to something at the end. First of all, I wasn't as interested in the virgins and the dragons as I was the Sam-and-Dean-and-Bobby family dynamics. These were dragons, so of course we weren't going to be able to see them. They all took human form like so many of the other MOTWs over the season and the series.

The dragons sacrificed the virgins in order to free the new big bad from purgatory. She goes by the name "Mother of All." I wonder how all this Mother business is going to play out. Who is she a danger to most? Everyone? Cas? The Winchesters? I'm reserving judgment on MoA until I see more. It is nice to be talking about a Mother instead of all the daddy issues that have been historically dealt with on this show.

Random Thoughts

-Thank you recap for reminding me about this little exchange between Sam and Alpha Vamp. It makes so much more sense after watching "Like a Virgin": "If you're the first, who made you?" "We all have our mothers."

-Sam was hungry -- the soulless one didn't eat. Still figured a re-souled Sam would have asked for a salad.  

-So, once upon a time, Dean didn't know MySpace and now he doesn't know what World of Warcraft is. Oh, Dean.

-Bobby knows about Harry Potter. Good to know.

-Even though we hardly ever get to see Bobby with a woman (unless she's already dead or running from him), we finally met one that he shared a past with...Dr. Visyak's the one Bobby felt could help Dean and Sam with the case.

-Kim Johnston Ulrich played Dr. Visyak, the professor. Ulrich used to be on NBC's Passions. I'd like to see her return so I can see her in a scene with Jim Beaver.

-It's so funny. One day after watching an amazing game of Dungeons & Dragons on NBC's Community, Supernatural has a D&D joke and dragons as the MOTW.

-I love how Cas goes to hug Sam. The hug doesn't happen, however.

Favorite Moment (Besides the Sam-and-Dean reunion)

Dean needs a special dragon's sword. Thankfully Dr. Visyak has one in her basement. It's embedded in stone à la Excalibur. Only "a brave knight who's willing to step up and kill the beast" can remove the sword from the stone. Dean thought he was the man, but unfortunately it didn't budge. He hilariously tried every which way to remove it; ultimately he had to do it the old-fashioned way -- blow it out of the stone. Poor Dr. Visyak. The sword was practically destroyed, although, still useful enough to try and off the dragons. Jensen was priceless during this scene.

Five Favorite Lines

"What was I supposed to do? Let T-1000 walk around hope he doesn't open fire?"
"What? Why the poop face?"
'You know what's comforting?" "What's that?" "I died for a year, came back and you're still not funny." "Shaddup! I'm hilarious."
"Can you make a few calls?" "To who? Hogwarts?"
"Where'd you get that?" "Comic-Con!"

 

 

 

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One week late, but Supernatural finally made its way back to our small screens. Sam got his soul back, but did he get his groove back? How did Dean and Bobby deal with a re-souled Sammy? And who took over Crowley's place as the season's big bad? All that, plus, we kicked off the second half of Season 6 with some hilarious dialogue and a sweet-sounding classic rock recap.

Yes, that's what I said: a classic rock recap. To anyone else, that doesn't sound like much, but to Supernatural fans, it is everything. At the beginning of this season... read more

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