Supernatural Review: It's a Buffy Reunion!
Note to TV Fanatics: Don't get involved in a lovers' quarrel. Especially if the lovers are witches.
That's what Sam and Dean discovered when they traveled to Indiana to first investigate a woman electrocuted by one of those bee hive hairdryers. Talk about a bad hair day.
In Supernatural gory fashion, the deaths became more gruesome, with a nail gun shooting through a man's eyes and a dinner tray decapitation. Yet, the worst one was the beating hearts inside the cupcakes. It was just plain disgusting to watch the woman heave up copious amounts of blood and chunks. My own stomach turned. I may never be able to eat cupcakes again.
The best moment of the episode had to be the counseling session. Forget Dr. Drew. Forget Dr. Phil. Heck, forget Maury. Say hello to Sam and Dean Winchester, poster boys for the non-discussion and now charter members of group therapy.
It was humorous to watch Sam and Dean spout out words of wisdom and attempts at reconciling the relationship. Unfortunately, don't make a witch angry or pick the wrong side. That just means you'll get thrown around the room or attacked by bees.
While I've never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know I need to fix that), I do know the characters, the show, and what its all about. I'm especially familiar with James Marsters as Spike. Marsters and Charisma Carpenter came together for a Buffy reunion that should have pleased fans, especially as the two were a delight on screen. Marsters can sink his teeth into any role.
Their verbal head to head in the living room continued the hilarity of the situation while remaining seriously dangerous for the boys. Who knew Maggie Stark slept with Christopher Columbus? Just... don't mention the Renaissance.
At least the two found a way to come back together and continue their everlasting crush so they can never grow old as a couple. Ah, to be old and in love. Such passion.
However, as much as there were the moments that were a treat and even ones that were perfectly bloody, I found "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" rather ho hum. The pace felt a little slower than usual and it almost seemed as if Sam and Dean took a backseat.
And while I liked the continuation of the Leviathan plot, I'm still not sure about them as a big bad guy. I mean, why didn't he simply kill them when he saw them? Why, wait? So, he could get captured? At least we know that magic can subdue them, but what are the brothers going to do with it now? Keep it as a pet?
Also, since when has Dean had a drinking problem? The brothers always have had a beer or more throughout the show, so why the questioning now? At least Sam remains invested in the care and concern for his brother, but it can't be the drinking that's the real issue. It's that crazy color filled guilt that Dean dreams about but refuses to discuss.
In the end, it was a relatively average episode that just didn't have the same punch the other episodes of the season have had so far.
What did you think? Did you enjoy the episode? Were there Buffy references I missed out on? Does Dean have a drinking problem? As always, sound off with your thoughts and comments below.
Supernatural: "Shut Up, Dr. Phil"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.