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Supernatural Episode: "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning"

Season 6, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Dean rushes home to rescue Lisa from imminent danger, while Sam investigates the murders of several men who may have been involved in playing a cruel practical joke on a female coworker.
Original Air Date: Feb 18, 2011
Guest Cast Nicholas Elia: Ben Cindy Sampson: Lisa
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Season 6, Episode 14
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Length: 41:29
Aired: 2/18/2011
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Supernatural: "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning" Season 6, Episode 14

In "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning," one of my favorite Supernatural titles of all time, it was all about facing the past. Sam continued to deal with the effects of his soulless past; a group of guys died because of what they did in their recent past; and Dean made a sudden road trip after his past came calling.

Right off the top, the show had to deal with the Great Wall of Sam. Sam had collapsed at the end of "Unforgiven." Things picked up right where we left off last week; he was on the floor suffering from sort of seizure and experiencing some sort of vision of hell. He was completely unresponsive for a few minutes while Dean frantically tried to get him to snap out of it. And then all of a sudden, the fire in his eyes receded and Sam was fine. What's up with that? Is each time he scratches the wall going to result in an episode like this? And will each episode result in him being out for longer periods of time? And how many times is this show going to play this card? It seems like this is going to be something that looms large for a while.

I was pretty satisfied with this case-centric episode. It definitely had a very Season One feel to it. The MOTW was a vengeful spirit; Sam unearthed an EMF, a paranormal tool we haven't seen in a while on this show; the Impala got possessed; there was some classic rock heard; and Sam was in pure investigative mode. The only thing that didn't feel Season One was that Dean was missing for half the case. More on that later.

While Sam and Dean's relationship has greatly improved, things still don't quite feel the same as they used to, but who says they have to? This show has grown, Sam and Dean have matured; and I think it's just going to take me a little time to get used to the Winchesters on the road Season Six-style. What I liked in "Mannequin 3" was that the boys had some real conversations with each other. I feel like they had more quality one-on-one chats in this episode than in the last two years combined. Maybe three years.

Think about it. They had a conversation leaning up against the Impala where they talked about Sam's wall and how Dean feels his younger brother shouldn't scratch it again any time soon. I highly doubt Sam's going to take Dean's advice not to go there, but I hope he listens for a while. That seizure was scary. During the investigation, Sam urged Dean to call Lisa back. It was nice to hear about something other than Sam's soul for a little bit, I have to admit.

Once Dean hit the road, Sam continually checked in with Dean via cell phone in order to update him on the case. And finally, there was the conversation at the end of the episode in Bobby's junkyard. While Dean was fixing his "baby," he and Sam wrapped things up. There was no emotional release or monologue delivered by Sam or Dean here. There was a nice dialogue where Dean expressed frustration with all the bad luck they's been experiencing. It was a slight variation on his "I'm tired of this life, why do we have to always be the hero" speech, but I think he's entitled. The man's been dealing with so much darkness.

Meanwhile, Sam countered with one of his "we're in this because we save lives" speeches. Loved how he qualified it with "now and again." Plus, he thanked Dean for getting his soul back (YES!); and when he told Dean he had his back, I really felt he meant it. And, more importantly, Dean knew that he meant it. Really nice moment.

OK, let's talk about The Dean-Lisa-Ben business. On one hand, I'm happy to finally get to see Dean's family again. I know not everyone agrees, but I loved that Dean had Lisa and Ben in his life. I didn't like how things turned out with them after "Live Free or TwiHard." But what was the actual purpose of this visit? Was it to signal the end of this chapter of Dean's life? Ben tricked him into coming home. And, this time, when Lisa opened the door, she was thinking it was her date for the evening. Instead, it was Dean. She was clearly pissed off at her ex-boyfriend. She said she called him six times and he never returned those calls once. Why did she call him? Was she hoping to talk about Dean shoving Ben? Did she want him back in their lives? I'm going to have to assume that's what it was.

Ultimately, what this little visit home seemed to do was lay more guilt on Dean. Poor Ben, he clearly wanted him back in their lives. He probably felt that the cohesive family unit they had developed was going to be gone for good since his mom was going on a third date with a doctor. Ben's loyalty was to Dean. I love him for that. Unfortunately, we had to hear him tell Dean basically abandoned his family. And Dean's insecurities flared as well. Every once in a while he lets us know what he truly thinks about himself and it isn't much. He said things like this:

-"Just because you love someone, doesn't mean you should stick around and screw up their life."

-"I think my job turns me into somebody that can't sit at your dinner table." "And if I stayed, you'd end up just like me."

-"Why do you say it like you're so...bad?" "Trust me. I'm not someone you want to aim to be." "Don't I get a vote?" "No, you don't."

Things never end happy for Sam and Dean. So, knowing what we know now, are we happy Dean got to spend an entire year living a normal existence? Or is it even worse because he eventually had to leave that life and a family he loved? He thinks of Ben as his son. I just really feel for Dean here. And for Ben and Lisa. There are no winners in this situation.

And speaking of no winners in a situation, the case was utterly creepy with a healthy portion of depressing as well. These anatomy dolls and mannequins came to life and killed some guys that -- shocker -- turned out to be complete asses. They worked in the same factory as a homely girl named Rose. They made her think she had a secret admirer; lured her to an apartment; and set up a mannequin (her date) at the dinner table. They just stood back and laughed once she realized she'd been had. When she turned to leave, a guy grabbed her arm and as a result, she ended up falling and hitting her head on the table. She instantly died. The tools basically buried her in the woods leaving her sister to wonder what happened.

Even after Sam salted and burned Rose's bones; the killings didn't stop. So that meant a part of her still existed. I think it was very clever, yet very sad when Isabella revealed that when she was 16, her sister Rose gave her one of her kidneys. That meant in order to stop the murders, they'd either have to cut the kidney out of her or she'd have to die. So awful that the latter happened after Rose possessed the Impala. These two sisters' lives were intertwined and one had to die to free the other. I can't help thinking how Sam and Dean's lives are connected just as much.

On a much less dark and depressing note, how awesome was the scene where the Impala was possessed? The Impala hasn't been as much of a factor this season, so it was fun seeing it chase down Dean and Dean being all worried about his car. I adore him calling it "baby." Plus, I loved all the pop culture references in the episode including Dean talking about Snooki from MTV's Jersey Shore. In fact, I don't know if you guys are on Twitter at all, but the Jersey Shore girl actually tweeted about her Supernatural shout-out saying she loves the show. May her one million-plus followers see that tweet and become Supernatural fans. May that tweet turn into higher ratings for the show. Just a wish...

Earlier in this blog, I mentioned how I loved the title of this episode. What are some of your favorite Supernatural titles of all time? Some of mine:

-"Live Free or TwiHard"
-"Are you there, God? It's me, Dean Winchester."
-"Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
-"It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"
-"After School Special"
-"My Bloody Valentine"

Some random thoughts

-The way the dolls/mannequins were shot really provided a nice level of creepiness.
-Poor Johnny was in love with a mannequin. That was just silly.
-How many times did someone say "ass" or "d--k" in this episode? It felt like a lot.

-It was nice to actually hear more than five words from Ben.

-That Dean-Lisa-Ben montage of scenes really did seem like closure to this particular aspect of Dean's life.

Five Favorite Lines (courtesy "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning" writers Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder)

-"Great. Where to?" "Paterson, New Jersey. Hey, maybe we'll have a Snooki sighting." "What's a Snooki?" "That's a good question."
-"Be my valentine?" "Dude, we're working. Put it back" "Have a heart." "Dean." "Buzz kill."
-"I don't like the way Kim Cattrall is looking at me."
-"So uh, what'd you find out from the mop jockey's girlfriend?" "Nothing. Just how great he was...went to church, donated to charity...rubbed her feet during Glee." "I just threw up in my mouth." "Sorry."
-"For what it's worth, I got your back." "Yeah, I know."

 

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In "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning," one of my favorite Supernatural titles of all time, it was all about facing the past. Sam continued to deal with the effects of his soulless past; a group of guys died because of what they did in their recent past; and Dean made a sudden road trip after his past came calling.

Right off the top, the show had to deal with the Great Wall of Sam. Sam had collapsed at the end of "Unforgiven." Things picked up right where we left off last week; he was on the floor suffering from sort of seizure and experiencing some sort of vision of hell. He was completely unresponsive for a few minutes while Dean frantically tried to get him to snap out of it. And then all of a sudden, the fire in his eyes receded and Sam was fine. What's up with that? Is each time he scratches the wall going to result in an episode like this? And will each episode result in him being out for longer periods of time? And how many times is this show going to play this card? It seems like this is going to be something that looms large for a while.

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