It's Supernatural: Attack of the Clones as the Leviathans up the stakes by "shifting" into Sam and Dean form after touching their DNA. Then the Winchester look-a-likes kick off a massive crime spree that sends the real hunters into a world of trouble because everyone now knows the brothers are alive. Meanwhile, Bobby gets his flirt on with Sheriff Jody Mills at the same time he's running experiments on a Leviathan. His goal: Try to figure out how to get rid of these things for good.
Quick and dirty impression of "Slash Fiction": I have so much love for this episode until the very last scene. I'm still processing Sam and Dean's "break-up" so I'll get to that later. Let's talk about why this episode rocked in so many different ways. It's definitely my favorite of Season 7 so far.
Jared and Jensen looked like they were having fun playing evil Sam and Dean
Back in "Hello, Cruel World," we did get a taste of a darker Dean when Lucifer took his form in Sam's hellucinations. That got me thinking that I wanted to see Jensen go evil on a bigger scale. For those of you who may not know, he played a serial-killing transgenic character in a Season 1 episode of Dark Angel back in the day. He did an excellent job so I always wanted to see more of that kind of thing from him.
And, as we know, Jared always excels when he gets to be bad. I still think one of his finest performances is in Season 2's "Born Under a Bad Sign." He was scary good, emphasis on scary. It's one of those hours of TV that's extremely re-watchable and it's largely because he's great at tapping into that dark side.
Let's discuss that first bank-robbing scene. Jared and Jensen were fabulous at making it seem like they were really our Sam and Dean. Then at a certain point, they flip the switch. The next second, the Clone Winchesters are pulling guns on the bank staff and visitors, loading them into the vault, and then murdering them all in such a cold, heartless manner. That wink "Dean" gives before unloading all over the poor trapped people is a nice touch for what turns out to be a shocking scene.
Much like shape-shifters in this universe, when the Leviathans take on someone's form, they have access to everything that's going on in their minds. So, we inevitably learn how much more messed up our favorite characters really are -- not that we didn't know already.
I love the scene at the diner when the Leviathan Sam and Dean are eating a cheeseburger and a salad, respectively. It's awesome to hear them go off on the Winchesters' food of choice. "Dean" can't believe his guy eats a burger every day and thinks it's almost better than sex. And "Sam" can't stand the goo he's digesting and feels like it's "eating self-righteousness." Hilarious.
We learn a lot about Bobby after the Leviathan he was experimenting on, "shifts" to look like the gruff hunter. Did all the points the loud mouth creature make about Bobby sound a lot like Dean to you? Well, at least up until his favorite singer being Joni Mitchell. Bobby's a high school dropout, he's a drunk like his daddy before him, and he and his dad had some major issues. Yup, sounds like Dean to me. It was nice learning more about Mr. Singer, however. After all, it is Season 7.
Bobby moves closer to actually getting the girl
So happy to see Sheriff Mills back for another round. She finds her friend wherever he's living and wants to cook for him. She inevitably helps Bobby figure out how to slow things down for the Leviathans and it has to do with the sodium borate (Borax) that's in a lot of the over-the-counter cleaners. Very lucky development. But there's a cute flirtation between the two and I hope it goes somewhere. I just know this show so I'm trying not to get too attached to anyone anymore because they inevitably kill all the supporting characters off. Except for Bobby that is. I kept waiting for Sheriff Mills to go all Leviathan on the hunter.
The references to previous seasons were in abundance
Turns out the clone crime spree hit places where Sam and Dean once worked gigs. In fact, we get a rundown of the monsters-of-the-week starting after Sam left Stanford to join his big bro on the road. There are flashbacks of the Woman in White (pilot), the Wendigo and Amy Acker in "Dead in the Water." Sam and Dean decide to go confront the clones in St. Louis, which made me happy for a couple reasons: No. 1: "Skin" was the 'shifter episode and is very appropriate to what's going on now; and No. 2: I'm watching them refer to St. Louis on the night the Cardinals (my team) win the World Series. Yay!
There's "Hook Man," because Sam and Dean actually end up in Ankeny, Ia., where that hunt went down. Add in a little "Jus in Bello" meets "The Usual Suspects" because the real brothers are arrested and a cop/authority figure ultimately comes to their aid. Much like Henriksen, an Ankeny sheriff helps them fake their deaths again.
There were also some great guest stars
-Richard "Dick" Roman aka the Leviathan Boss (LB): I like the addition of James Patrick Stuart (I know him best from his days on the late daytime soap All My Children) to this world. He always plays villains with relish. Can't wait to see more of him.
-Crowley: Mark Sheppard makes a one-scene appearance at the end. The King of Hell wants to work with the LB. Roman wants nothing to do with him. He thinks demons are a lower form of humans. Ouch. Wonder if he'll try to ally himself with the Winchesters next?
-Frank Devereaux: Kevin McNally from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise helped the boys rid themselves of their easily traceable identities. Again, I'm not getting attached.
-The Ankeny Sheriff: Battlestar Galactica's Colonel Saul Tigh played the skeptical cop that ended up getting a rude awakening. He recovered enough to help the brothers before meeting an inevitable death.
I did have an issue with "Slash Fiction." I did like how the reveal of Dean killing Amy went down, although, I would have preferred if the real Dean had done it himself instead of Leviathan Dean revealing the secret.
I get Sam's feeling ultra betrayed here. I can't imagine what he's even thinking right now. He's going along feeling good because he was able to help Amy out. He let her walk away because he truly believed she wasn't going to be a threat to anyone again. He thinks his brother was on board with that decision because he asked him to leave her alone. Then to find out Dean has been lying to him this whole time? It's not cool. It makes you rethink things.
But I still can't help feeling the way he sent Dean away...I'm hoping he just needs a little bit of separation. It's not like they live in a house or a hotel room right now. Sam can't just go out and get some space for an hour or two then talk things out when he gets back. Sam and Dean are on the road together so any separation like this seems harsh especially since they have bigger fish to fry right now. Plus, the scene was so reminiscent of what went down when Dean revealed a big secret in Season 2's "Hunted." And we know what happened then. It's also reminiscent of another "break-up" between the brothers. And that was in Season 1's "Scarecrow." Since this has happened before, I was hoping things would be different this time around.
Having said that, something else that didn't make me happy was the preview for the next episode. It shows Sam and Dean together. I wish they would have left us in suspense a little bit more. If they have to go down this road of showcasing conflict between the brothers -- conflict we've been dealing with over and over again over the years -- then go all the way. Don't give away the fact they get back together at some point in the next episode. Make us wonder if/when the brothers will reconcile.
Poor Sam and Dean. They have to do without everything right now thanks to the Leviathans. No Impala. Sammy had to give up his computer. They have to stop using their rock aliases (blasphemy).
I hope Frank Devereaux doesn't watch CBS' Person of Interest. According to that show, there really are 200 million cameras everywhere.
Robbie Thompson provided some funny dialogue. Three of my favorite lines:
-"Sons of bitches Xeroxed us."
-"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
-"I'll take Chuckles over Schizo." "Naw, I like this one's hair better. You can stay in the big one."
Classic Scene Alert: Dean lip syncs to Air Supply's "All Out of Love" — it's now one of my favorite scenes ever. To watch Dean hide it from Sam is beyond funny. We'll just add it to other Supernatural car scenes that erupt in song: Dean singing BoC in "Hell House;" REO Speedwagon in "Simon Said" and Bon Jovi in "No Rest for the Wicked." Maybe the "Eye of the Tiger" bonus air leg guitar scene too.