Supernatural made a welcome return on the 16th with “Out With The Old,” a solid transitional episode. The story mixes together an old fashioned monster of the week case with movement on the Leviathan arc, seasoned with some Sam angst. With the case quickly taking a back seat to the Leviathans and poor Sam’s fractured mind, the shape of the episode mirrors the shape of the rest of the season.
“Out With The Old” starts out with an old school vibe, as Sam and Dean investigate some cursed ballet slippers in Portland. Between a cursed Dean fighting the urge to tie on the slippers and a cursed boy stalking his mother with a knife, the episode has a scary but funny feel reminiscent of the first three seasons. The gore (and there is gore!) is balanced out by scenes like a cursed but polite little girl yelling “Sorry!” to Dean every time her shoes kick him in the face.
It’s all good fun, but at this stage in the season, we need some movement on the Big Bad arc. Fortunately, the curse boxes are not the scariest things in town. The first hint we’ll meet some more Leviathans comes when Dean’s weekly phone call to Frank actually features Frank instead of just Dean’s side of the conversation. Frank is as enjoyable as ever as he calls Dean “fudge pop” and demands to know when Dean became the boss of him.
Dean has a very different relationship with Frank than Bobby, but it is fun watching him meet his ornery match. Frank ends the phone call by saying, “And another thing . . . “ and then hanging up on Dean to show how little he’s willing to put up with Dean’s impatience to get something on Dick Roman.
Dean doesn’t know it yet, but things are about to start heating up in Portland. It seems a new real estate firm, Bicklebee, has been buying up small businesses all over town. And when the owners are reluctant to sell, they suffer strange accidents after suddenly deciding to sign the sale contract.
Dean gets suspicious when he talks to Scott, the son of the antique shop owner with the curse boxes squirreled away. Scott’s mom, who obviously knew a thing or two about monsters and magic judging from the contents of her safe, died in a car accident the day after unexpectedly changing her mind about selling her shop. Dean tries to research the real estate firm, but when he finds the parent company, Geo Thrive Inc, he can’t get past the firewall. A quick phone call to Frank gets the hunter on the case.