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Supernatural Review: Let's Talk About Sex

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Virgins, porn stars and goddesses? Looks like it was all about Supernatural sex.

Rather than fire breathing dragons (nice try, “previously on” segment), the Winchesters dealt with a Roman goddess of the hearth on Supernatural Season 9 Episode 8. Sam got into some action, and Dean got some action.

Chastity

This was a fun hour, especially after the disappointing animal talking Supernatural Season 9 Episode 5 or the mediocre pink angel-themed Supernatural Season 9 Episode 6.

There was some solid mystery around the creature of the week, even if the end result wasn’t super scary. At the same time, Vesta, Roman Goddess of the Hearth, wasn’t an over the top cheese-fest. She was menacing enough and a nice flip side to the perky sweater wearing persona.

I was actually thinking that the real bad guy of the hour would be Suzy the reformed porn star.

Really, it was the humor of the episode surrounding chastity and sex that really shined.

Right away, with Sam and Dean signing up to be Born Again Virgins, there was a high probability that the end results would be hilarious.

It was funny listening to Dean’s descriptive sharing about having sex during the purity meeting and seeing all the women react right up until he made the explosion sound and the girl crumpled the paper. This is the wrong guy to be in this group.

Which made it great to see his character, not only remember Suzy as a porn star he’d seen before, but get to shack up with her. All of Dean’s facial expressions throughout were priceless, including when Suzy took off her sweatshirt or bent down to get something.

And at first, I was prepared for maybe it to be a dream sequence when the two started flirting and Dean tried his hand at some Spanish. But it turned out to be the real deal.

It’s good to see the “bad boy” hooking up again and one of his “bucket list” dreams come true.

It was a bit interesting that this was the episode that Jody Mills returned.

Sure, it was great that she helped out Sam while Dean was trapped in the dungeon (and what was up with that girl practically eating her blood-soaked hands in the dungeon?), while watching them actually do some computer research was a nice touch.

Even the look of surprise at dragons and angels was fun to see, especially since most characters and viewers are just so used to those as common place.

And I was shocked when Jody got stabbed, wondering if she was going to get killed off. Luckily, she didn’t, and I hope that if she returns, we get something that gets a little more personal to her character rather than her joining a church and that’s what the monster is connected to.

It was nice seeing a familiar face though, and Kim Rhodes does a great job of portraying the character.

Yet, after the entertaining and fun aspects of the hour, it was the final scene between Sam and Dean that was the most frustrating.

Dean was ready to tell Sam the big angel secret (Sam heard again from someone else that he wasn’t normal), and I was pleased he was going to do it.

But Ezekiel flashed his blue lights, told Dean “no,” and then Dean decided he can’t? I get he’s trying to save his brother and not let any harm come to him, but when will he say enough is enough?

I’m surprised he hasn’t tried to find another option. He’s always seemed to find a way, and yet here, he’s totally and completely relying on Ezekiel. I feel for Dean, but I wish he wouldn’t just take “no” for an answer. I want to see him step up and try something else because Sam still isn’t better yet.

Plus, I’m not too sure how much longer the story is going to drag out the secret before viewers let out an exasperated “finally,” when Sam learns the truth.

“Rock and a Hard Place” was a solidly enjoyable hour of Supernatural that had plenty of humor and the return of Jody Mills. I’m still wishing Dean would just tell Ezekiel off and reveal to Sam the truth, but hopefully the payoff for when that time comes will be worth it.

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

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The character of Dean when it comes to sex has stayed true to the original concept. Mr. Ackle's facial expressions carry this trait into reality so well. One's imagination of what transpired btwn Dean and Susie took us the rest of the way given his earlier description of the act. Show not there for social commentary on porn star's psyche, but it does raise the question without pushing an answer. The born again extremism was a bit more shaded in its presentation. I did not see any racism because Spanish was used- it has been used before in the series by Sam and Dean does use Adios in his explanation of why he has given up sex. I saw this ep. more as you have to be true to who you are( that plays for Sam as well). Sam, Dean, Susie and even Vespa were btwn a rock and a hard place. It was nice to see Jodi Mills as a hunter plaid and all. Mr. Padalecki's last scene on the bed- he nailed the hurt Sam feels! The lighting in the barn was a bit too dark, and Dean's "did I miss anything" reminded me of the episode where Sam is possessed by Meg and suddenly wakes up and says"Did I miss anything?" and Dean punches him in the face. That part of the episode were all the "sinners" were being kept bordered on hoaky at times. And Dean didn't see the possibility of unscrewing the cover until Sam loosened it?

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@ debbab

Still one of the top 5 shows on TV. I laughed and laughed Wednesday night. But, poor Cas. He needs an invite to Casa Sam & Dean.

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I liked it. A good baddie (so to speak) some great humour and lots of virgins listening to Dean. Yup, that was never going to work! A break from the angels storyline - and finally - some actual confirmation that Sam is totally broken up inside. Having said that, I don't know why Zeke doesn't stop powering him up on full charge - maybe let him stick at 40% for a while so that he doesn't do anything stupid. Repeatedly. And have to be rescued. repeatedly. I think though, just maybe, we got the first sign that Zeke isn't QUITE the goody two shoes he would have Dean believe……..

Fifty

I fell asleep at the latter part of the episode but then again that is not Supernatural fault as I was tired working all day and 2 hour travel to home. Loved Dean as per ush but I thought this was it. I agree with the reviewer that Sam should know the secret by now but I guess the writers are waiting for a cliff-hanger episode to drop that bomb-shell.

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How Dean Got His Groove Back...
Quit hatin' so hard on episodes 5 & 6, From the user ratings obviously some of us liked them, so why beat a dead horse? You're starting to sound like a troll. Anyway, nice solid episode, again this season's writers have regained some balance. Acknowledging a variety of deities/supernatural folklore is what made Supernatural so much fun to watch in the beginning - either on your laptop/iPad or with it nearby to look up MOTW background lore as the episode progressed. Keep it coming. Yay!

Supernatural Season 9 Episode 8 Quotes

Sex has always felt, I don't know, good. I mean, really, really good. But sometimes it just makes you feel bad. You’re drunk, you shack up, then it’s the whole morning thing, "Hey, that was fun," and then adios. Always the adios.

Dean

So you just hit the virginity do-over button and all is good with the man upstairs?

Dean
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