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Supernatural Episode: "Mommy Dearest"

Season 6, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean visit a small Oregon town where the citizens are all demons who appear to be dying. Meanwhile, Eve appears and tortures the brothers by bringing back their late mother as a demon.
Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2011
Guest Cast Samantha Smith: Mary Winchester Julia Maxwell: Eve Jim Beaver: Bobby
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Season 6, Episode 19
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Length: 41:44
Aired: 4/29/2011
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Supernatural Recap: "Mommy Dearest" Season 6, Episode 19

Thanks to their excellent "Frontierland" adventure, Sam and Dean have the ashes of a phoenix at their disposal. All they need to do is find the Mother of All (aka Eve) and gank her. They track her down to a town where she's infected some of the residents. While the members of Team Free Will finally meet Eve, it turns out she's not really the problem. She's small potatoes. A huge revelation puts Castiel's motives in question big time.

I don't know about you guys but Cas working with Crowley is something I'm still trying to process. Of all the things the angel has been hiding from the boys, I really never thought this would be it. You know I love me some Crowley and Mark A. Sheppard something fierce. And the show did a good job of keeping this little ditty under wraps. I'm just not quite sure how I feel about Crowley being a bigger factor in this season than we thought. So, I guess Cas is willing to work with Crowley -- the King of Hell -- in order to defeat Raphael's side in their angelic civil war? Is it all about getting the juice from the souls and garnering enough power to defeat the other side?

I really would like the show to paint more of a picture of what's going on in heaven so I can believe Cas would resort to something like this. All we're seeing are the effects it has on Cas. Just from looking at him, looking at his face, we see the toll it's taking. We know he's doing questionable things. He's already used the boys at bait; he's resorted to changing history to get access to more souls; these are desperate actions of an angel. And the way he's acting in "Mommy Dearest," it kind of has me wondering who's colder -- Cas or Soulless Sam?

Early in the episode, Sam, Dean, Bobby and Cas are trying to find Eve. They come up with the bright idea to question a monster. Cas rounds up Lenore from Season 2's "Bloodlust." She looks different; she's acting different; apparently she and other supernatural creatures are being affected by Eve, who seems to be trying to drive them to turn humans. Poor Lenore, this goes against everything she stands for and in fact, she tells the Scooby gang what they want to know (Eve is in Grants Pass, Oregon); and then asks to die. You could tell she hated herself for giving in and feeding on a 16-year-old girl. While Sam and Dean don't want her to give up, Cas steps in and quickly puts her out of her misery. Just like that. He says he needs to move things along. Wow, Cas.

More Cold Cas comes later when he and Bobby are interrogating one of the hybrid monsters Eve has created; Cas asks for five minutes alone with the guy. He seems to think he'll be able to get Eve's whereabouts, even though the Mother of All (MoA) has been blocking his powers ever since he got to Grants Pass. Wouldn't you know it; Cas gets the info in no time flat. We hear screaming and when he reappears, he's wiping his hands of blood.

And finally, there's a little matter of two boys who were found locked up in the jail; apparently they were supposed to be food for the new hybrids (aka Jefferson Starships, which I'll get to soon because it's so freakin' hilarious). Because the boys are brothers, Sam and Dean are immediately empathetic. Cas wants Sam and Dean to forget about the boys so they can continue to search for Eve. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean want to make sure the kids are safe. Dean's adamant about taking the boys to their uncle because their parents are dead. That decision bites them in the butt a little later.

So far I've been talking a lot about Cas which I really don't mind because I feel like I haven't gotten the chance to do a lot of that this season. However, it's time to get to Sam and Dean. First of all, it's been so refreshing to have their sibling relationship be drama free. We know Sam still has a lot to deal with but for now, I'm relishing the fact they're fun together again. Dean's quick with his one liners and his crass jokes; and he and Sam are focused on finding Eve and eliminating her. During their investigation they come across lots of dead bodies; Dean figures out one is a vampire with the traits of a wraith. There are all these hybrids and Dean wants to know what to call them.

In one of the funniest lines of the season, Bobby tells Dean since he discovered, he gets to name it. Dean calls these hybrids "Jefferson Starships." Dean's reasoning? "Because they're horrible and hard to kill." Hilarious. And what I love about this nickname is even Sam adopts it. Pretty much the rest of the episode, they refer to these hybrids as Starships. I haven't heard anyone even refer to Jefferson Starship in such a long, long time, I love that the show went there. And no worries, it's not all negative for the band. At the end of the episode, we hear their song "Miracles" playing. So writer Adam Glass had some fun at the band's expense but the group will also get paid for the use of the song so it all balances out.

The episode is called "Mommy Dearest" so yes, there is a wire hangers joke at some point; and yes, the Mother of All plays a pivotal part (although not as pivotal as we originally had thought); and yes, there's another mother who makes an appearance: Mary Winchester. Eve transforms herself into Mama Winchester's likeness. Poor boys. "Mary" tells them Crowley's really alive. He's been messing with the natural order which in her world means her monsters turn a few humans, hunters kill some of her "babies" and all is well. But Crowley's been up to no good and she finally gives us a reason:

"It's about the souls." "What about them?" "Their power, you simple little monkey. Fuel. Each soul a beautiful, nuclear reactor. And together, you have the sun. Now think what the king's soul could do with that vast untapped oil well. How powerful he'd be. Now Crowley wants to siphon off my supply and torture my children to do it. OK, fine, I'll quit playing nice. I'll turn you all; every soul, mine. Let's see how hot his hell burns when everyone comes to me. He asked for it."

And how's she going to turn everyone? By coming up with the perfect hybrid -- turns out it's one of the two kids Sam and Dean rescued from the jail -- it's the quiet one. They probably should have listened to Cas.

Eve -- in Mary's form -- ends up biting Dean and that is her undoing. I guess earlier in the day, he took a shot of whiskey combined with the phoenix ashes. Once she bit him, the poisoned ash was in her system. So it's buh-bye to the MoA. I hate to think what all her "children" are going to do now that she's gone. I wonder if the show will even go there. I also hate to think about what Dean's going to do once he finds out Cas has been working with Crowley in some capacity. Bobby and Sam put two and two together right away but you could tell Dean didn't even think about that possibility for a second. And now that he has been presented with the theory, he still doesn't want to believe it. Meanwhile, the episode ends on Cas and Crowley at the diner with all the dead bodies laying around. Crowley tells Cas he's sick of cleaning up for him. We need to find out what this means. Hopefully in the next episode, we'll get some answers. I'm excited about it already because Supernatural writer/EP Ben Edlund directed it.

Random Thoughts

-It was great seeing Lenore, once again played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Lenore changed so much from her original episode. In "Bloodlust," she was sweet and not predatory at all. She made a connection with Sam that I really liked and meeting her helped open Dean's eyes to the fact that maybe not all monsters are well...monsters.

-Loved seeing Dean make the ash-laced bullets that are to be used to kill Eve.

-I really do feel bad that everyone uses family against Dean. Poor guy, his "mother" bit him! Last time, she was verbally abusing him.

-So I guess my mind can't really understand exactly what having all that soul glow will do for Crowley. So he'll be all powerful in hell? He'll take over heaven? He'll unleash his power on earth? What?


-It was great to see Samantha Smith reprise her Mama Winchester role.

-How great is it that Supernatural fans got "Jefferson Starships" to trend on Twitter last night after it aired in the Eastern/Central Time Zones?

-Loved the humor between Dean and Cas as well. Dean gave Cas a lot of trouble, calling him a "baby in a trench coat" and "Smitey McSmiterton."

-Has Sam moved up from a laptop to an IPAD-like contraption? How did he pay for that tablet?

Some Favorite Lines (Writer: Adam Glass)

"Well, if it makes you feel any better, uh, he turned into a vampire and I chopped his head off." Yeah, with razor wire. Wicked." "Well, that's something."

"Yeah, well if she is here, I'm glad we got Smitey, McSmiterton on our squad."

"Wow, talk about talking out of your butt." "Yeah, just hurry, idjit."

I'm fairly unpracticed with firearms." "You know who whines? Babies."

"What does she want with the -- what do you call these?" "Well, congrats you discovered it, you get to name it." "Jefferson Starships, huh? Because they're horrible and hard to kill." "Looks like this whole bar has been turned into..." "Jefferson Starships." "Fine."

"Right. Pardon me for highlighting their crippling and dangerous empathetic response with 'sarcasm.'"

 

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Thanks to their excellent "Frontierland" adventure, Sam and Dean have the ashes of a phoenix at their disposal. All they need to do is find the Mother of All (aka Eve) and gank her. They track her down to a town where she's infected some of the residents. While the members of Team Free Will finally meet Eve, it turns out she's not really the problem. She's small potatoes. A huge revelation puts Castiel's motives in question big time.

I don't know about you guys but Cas working with Crowley is something I'm still trying to process. Of all the things the angel has been hiding from the boys, I really never thought this would be it. You know I love me some Crowley and Mark A. Sheppard something fierce. And the show did a good job of keeping this little ditty under wraps. I'm just not quite sure how I feel about Crowley being a bigger factor in this season than we thought. So, I guess Cas is willing to work with Crowley -- the King of Hell -- in order to defeat Raphael's side in their angelic civil war? Is it all about getting the juice from the souls and garnering enough power to defeat the other side? read more

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