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Supernatural Review: "Mannequin 3: Reckoning"

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I’ve never seen either of the “Mannequin” films (Good thing? Bad thing?), but I’m pretty sure the Supernatural episode “Mannequin 3: Reckoning” would be the best of the three.

This creature-of-the-week episode took me back to the early days of the brothers’ escapades.

As much as it’s fresh to see the larger story arcs focus on the “Big Bads” and the brothers saving the world on the grand scale, it’s nice to take a departure and go back to what made the show great in the first place.

Dean on the Phone

I even enjoyed returning to those horror moments that involved an unsuspecting character milling around alone in the dark, only to hear a noise, and then meet an untimely death. Plus, the murders were all because of an angry ghost possessing mannequins.

I mean, how long has it been since vengeful ghosts were at the forefront of Sam and Dean’s problems?

Exactly. It’s been a while.

The scene where the ghost took over the car, immediately reminded me of the pilot episode. Watching the Impala attempt to run Dean over had me half expecting him to say, “Not again.” It was a great reminder of the past.

Yet, there was far more to this episode. Everything may have felt like it was back to the usual, but Sam and Dean have come a long way. Times have changed and so have they.

Dean truly does care for Lisa and Ben, but watching the montage of his familial moments with them was kind of heartbreaking. The first time he showed up, she was extremely happy. Each time Dean continued to arrive at Lisa’s house, her facial expressions became more and more upset. Their relationship certainly took its toll.

As for his conversation with Ben, it reminded me of John Winchester. The way that Dean wanted to protect Ben and give him a life was similar to how Sam had been given a chance to break away from his father. Yet, like that relationship, Dean and Ben’s connection may have become further distanced.

Dean wants to do the right thing for the people he cares about. Lisa needs him gone so she can get over him, and he understands. Yet, Ben did make an interesting point. He may preach about the importance of family, but Dean is the one walking out on them. I do wonder if that truly is the last time Dean will see them.

The brotherly talk at the end illustrated the importance of Sam and Dean’s work. Dean’s a little down in the dumps about leaving Lisa, but like the good brother Sam is, he tells him how many people they have helped. It hasn’t been all bad.

It still amazes me the freshness of the stories and writing, especially after six seasons. As much as I’m looking for answers, and the show does give them, I’m happy to sit back and watch Sam and Dean take that long and arduous road.

Here’s to another entertaining Friday.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Liked the `snooki`reference.

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din't like the ep so much. It was like a bad rip off of the original supernatural first seasons.
storylines dint connect at all. it was a disappointing ep fr me

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I like the fact that I grew up not too far from Paterson, NJ. That did not look like it at all though. LOL.
I thought it was a pretty good episode. I admit, I don't get tired of watching these two in action. I liked the comment where Sam is telling Dean to go to Lisa and face what he's done like Sam did in last week's episode and Dean's response was, "yeah and that turned out so well for you."

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I loved this episode, it was awesome. Another good episode from Supernatural. Supernatural has not dissopointed me yet. I can't wait for next week.

Saad702

Meh it was an okay ep. Liked the nostalgia but they are focusing too much on Ben n Lisa. We need to know whats up with the angel wars and their 'god'

Tilly

Really enjoyed this episode and felt so bad for Dean when Ben said he was walking out on his family. Laughed out loud when the Impala got possessed poor Dean. Can't wait for next week's surreal episode.

Sp-mckenna

@ Nin - For a couple minutes, but it really didn't last long. They picked up where last week left off at the start of this episode. Sam was in coma mode and then after a little he came to. They decided they should avoid memory lane from now on.

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did they even touch what happened to sam last week?

Supernatural Season 6 Episode 14 Quotes

Sam: Wait. That anatomy dummy you were molesting at the lab.
Dean: Excuse me?
Sam: What if that's what this is about?
Dean: What exactly are you accusing me of?

Dean: Be my valentine?
Sam: Dude, we're working. Put it back.
Dean: Have a heart.

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