Wow… whoa… erm… geez… I guess that’s one approach to family therapy.
From the word "go," in the previews nonetheless, the message is that this is gonna be an angry episode. Another clue — the title, “Sex and Violence.” There’s definitely that.
Just picture my strife on Thursday evening. I didn’t get to see this one live, much to my dismay. The clock approaches 9 PM and I'm frowning, wondering if I could convince some bar owner in the sticks to put it on for me. The next day I download the episode from iTunes and luckily have lots of stuff to do at the New York Comic Con, because it takes five hours over the slow but free wireless connection to download the whole thing. Later that evening, the hubby and I huddle by the laptop and watch with anticipation.
Once we pick our jaws up off the floor, we watch again.
This week’s theme is not uncommon in the history of man. Underneath sex and violence lays mistrust, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and restlessness. Put it in the Supernatural universe though and the results are downright explosive. Cathryn Humphries is no stranger to depicting the Winchester brotherly strife in her scripts and again she went deep and raw. Unlike her brilliant “Metamorphosis,” she didn’t need obvious parallels, finding the perfect antagonist to screw with needy men and bitter brothers.
There isn’t much to the plot, but a rich plot wasn’t needed for this. Four men kill the person closest to them after being wooed by strippers all with Disney princess names. It doesn’t take Bobby long to figure out this week’s bizarre creature. A siren. According to Sam, “Sirens can read minds. They see what you want the most and cloak themselves.” In other words, they know how to fuck with brothers.
The show certainly knows how to fuck with us. The mistrust starts immediately after the title roll, when Dean pretends to sleep while Sam talks to Ruby in the bathroom on his cell phone. Dean still doesn’t trust Sam, so suspicious phone calls instantly get him going. He doesn’t tip off Sam that he knows, and they’re off to Iowa on a case. Later, when Sam carelessly leaves his cell phone behind, Dean is able to confirm Sam was talking with Ruby. You know, the worst person Sam could be sneaking around with.