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Supernatural Episode: "And Then There Were None"

Season 6, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean search for a deadly monster created by the Mother of All and are assisted in their hunt by Bobby and Samuel.
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2011
Guest Cast Jessica Heafey: Gwen Jim Beaver: Bobby Mitch Pileggi: Samuel
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Season 6, Episode 16
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Length: 42:17
Aired: 3/4/2011
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "And Then There Were None" Season 6, Episode 16

The Mother of All finally strikes, leaving several casualties in her wake, including a few hunters. Her weapon of choice? Some sort of mind-control ear worm thing. Consider "And Then There Were None" as part Agatha Christie mystery set in the supernatural world and part Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Remember that parasite that got Chekov? Yeah, this was a lot like that. Very creepy. In the end, we had to say goodbye to three hunters. While I loved this episode, I have mixed feelings about the losses.

Before I get into the hunter deaths and the mystery-of-the-week, I have to lead off with an observation: Sam and Dean have their mojo back. I really feel the brothers are in sync again. It's not exactly like the way things were because the brothers are older, they've matured and the baggage they're carrying is so much bigger, but their connection has been reestablished. This is so strange, but I almost teared up when Sam and Dean broke down that door together because they have been so out of sync for so damn long. Plus, in ATTWT, they're strong, focused and funny. It's like they've slipped their old selves back on just in time for the home stretch of Season 6.

Sam has a line after they figure out Dean was possessed by the Khan worm. He wants to prevent Samuel from doing away with his older brother: "We're going to find him alive, Samuel, or I'm going to put a bullet in your head." Sam sounds so protective, doesn't he? It's a refreshing change from the soulless Sam we've gotten most of this season; the one that didn't care one bit about Dean. Then there's that scene when the wall comes down and splits up the brothers leaving Sam trapped with Samuel. Dean's "watch yourself," signals his own protective streak for his little brother that has firmly been in place since day one of the series.

Hunting down the mysterious parasite along with the Winchesters are Bobby, Rufus, Samuel and Gwen. This show loves to kill off recurring characters so it's no surprise there's more than one death in this one. But did there have to be three?

Cousin Gwen went first, which is not a shocker. I am surprised by the way she went. Poor Dean. A "twelve-inch herpie" crawled into his ear and caused him to off Gwen point blank just when she finds out about how Grandpa Campbell sold out his grandsons. I guess she's a character that's expendable, but I really started liking her and the way she questioned Samuel's motives. It would have been nice if she turned into someone Sam and Dean came across occasionally on the road. I would have loved to see her tackle at least one case without Samuel's influence.

As much as I love me some Mitch Pileggi, I'm not quite in love with the way they wrote Samuel back into the story. I'm really not sure what purpose it served other than giving Sam a chance to hunt with family for a year. Once upon a time, I thought the show was going to explore the Campbell legacy, namely the family's past and what significance Sam and Dean's ancestors played in the supernatural universe; and what the brothers mean to the future. I've always thought there was a bigger reason why this family has been a target (other than the yellow-eyed demon randomly choosing Mary as one of his favorites).  

As I took notes while watching the episode, I kept typing one thing over and over: "Please don't kill off Rufus." The writing was on the wall, but I still didn't want it to happen. And I really don't see how his death was necessary. Steven Williams killed it in this episode. I love the troubled dynamic he and Jim Beaver played the heck out of — I don't get why he had to die. Sam, Dean and Bobby's go-to allies are dwindling. I guess this show will have to introduce more if (or hopefully, when) this show gets renewed for Season 7. Rufus is someone I would love to see again and again and again. And one more time after that.

Seriously, I envisioned thoughts of a Rufus and Bobby spin-off. I know  it's unrealistic, but a girl can dream. These two guys are both amazing, yet extremely cranky hunters. They used to be Sam and Dean before Sam and Dean hit the road together as adults. It turns out Rufus mentored Bobby into the hunter life after Bobby had to turn on his possessed wife and kill her. Rufus arrived to help and cleaned up everything. The two became a hunting team until things fell apart in Omaha. Bobby's mistake led to a loss for Rufus, one he would never get over. I really love the back story but I hate that it comes just as Rufus is killed. I really did dig his scenes and his banter with Bobby as well as with the boys. Did you see how happy they were to see him at the beginning of the episode? Boo, show. Boo.

We finally get a little more intel on the big bad Mother of All. Her name's Eve and she has a plan for earthly domination. After the worm possesses Bobby, we learn even more about her nefarious plan. She wants her creatures to outnumber the humans; she wants humans in cages: "We'll serve up your young and call it veal." I'm wondering what "creatures" she has in store for the world. She created the parasitic worms; I'm a little scared to find out what else she invented.

There are six episodes left this season. Here's to hoping they're jam-packed with action, intel and brotherly awesomeness. I'm not quite sure who's left of the good guys to kill other than the fearsome foursome also known as Team Free Will: Sam, Dean, Bobby and Cas. And, well, they've all been there, done that and bought the T-shirt.

Loved These Moments

  • Bobby and Rufus decide to partner up, but Bobby wants to drive. Rufus is all "hell no."
  • Sam and Dean reconnect with Rufus. There are actual smiles on their faces. Nice to see.
  • Dean and Samuel come face-to-face, and Dean wants to off him right then and there. Sam's forced to walk him out so he can cool down.
  • Dean fills Gwen in on Samuel's not-so-upstanding past with his grandsons. Of course, then he shoots and kills her the very next second.
  • "It's a Khan worm on steroids!"
  • "And I want you and you to...I want you and you to watch him and him and...All right if anything crawls out of anybody, somebody step on it!"
  • Sam doesn't let Samuel tell him about his "summer vacation." He just shoots him in the head. Go Sam!
  • Sam and Dean kicking in the door at the same time.
  • Possessed Bobby. Jim Beaver was appropriately creepy.
  • "Why do you keep talking about herpes?" "What? I don't. Shut up. Shut up!"
  • All the electrocuting going on — I felt bad for them but they were all badass for doing it. It was the only way they could hurt the parasite.
  • At Rufus' grave — Bobby tells Sam and Dean about his past with Rufus. He tells them Rufus couldn't let go of what happened. And Dean makes it known he's not going to make the same mistake (because he's awesome like that): "And when my guts get ripped out — just so you two know — we're good. Blanket apology for all the crap that anybody's done, all the way around." "Some of us pulled a lot of crap, Dean." "Well, clean slate."
  • Bobby takes a drink in honor of his friend.

Random Thoughts

-I love a cleaned up and suited up Bobby.

-Sometimes Sam still seems like he has a little bit of that soulless thing in him. Residual soullessness I'll call it.

-The parasite was super creepy yet I still wanted to see more of it.  

-Love that Bobby's alias was Agent Willis.

-Is it just me or were the lockers in this episode the same ones from "Yellow Fever?"

-I really liked a lot of the dialogue in this episode so kudos to the "And Then There Were None" writer: Brett Matthews.

-Loved the preview for the next couple of episodes. You guys, a Supernatural-style Western is coming. How epic is that going to be? Of course we have to contend with a long hellatus. The next new episode is Friday, April 15th. See you guys back here then. Here are a few ideas to get you through the break:

  • Continue to comment on the Supernatural blogs here at TVGuide.com
  • Go see the Supernatural cast as well as Eric Kripke and Sera Gamble in Los Angeles at PaleyFest 2011 on Sunday, March 13. And if you can't make it, I'm sure there will be plenty of tweets and reports about the event to read.
  • Watch "The French Mistake" over and over again, especially the Sam and Dean "trying to act" scene. And Misha's tweets.
  • Tune into the classic episodes on TNT.

Did I give you guys enough ideas? Let the hellatus begin.

 

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The Mother of All finally strikes, leaving several casualties in her wake, including a few hunters. Her weapon of choice? Some sort of mind-control ear worm thing. Consider "And Then There Were None" as part Agatha Christie mystery set in the supernatural world and part Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Remember that parasite that got Chekov? Yeah, this was a lot like that. Very creepy. In the end, we had to say goodbye to three hunters. While I loved this episode, I have mixed feelings about the losses.

Before I get into the hunter deaths and the mystery-of-the-week, I have to lead off with an observation: Sam and Dean have their mojo back.... read more

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