Supernatural S12E21: “There’s Something About Mary”

#FireBuckLeming was trending on Twitter for most of last night, if that gives you any indication of the quality of this episode.

After being nervous about Eileen’s fate, we get slammed with Ketch siccing a hellhound–which, we learn later, was borrowed from Crowley–on her, killing her almost instantly. And that’s it; another female character is killed off in a brutal, and brutally unnecessary, fashion.

While Sam and Dean are searching Mary’s motel room following her ominous voicemail to Dean from last week, Sam gets a call from Jody informing them about Eileen. They quickly recognize the beginnings of a pattern (Eileen’s death marks the second hunter death in two weeks), and start investigating while also putting their search for Mary into overdrive.

And they’ve gotta hurry up, because things with Mary aren’t going well.

In a scene that’s unclear if it’s a dream or a memory, Mary slits the throat of one of her hunter friends, Rick. When she wakes up from whatever haze she was in, Toni is watching her, and explains that she’s being “realigned” and will eventually do everything the BMOL want her to do. That’s when, after being fairly sure her interaction with Rick was a dream, Mary notices a slash on her palm, where Rick had cut her in self-defense.

A few rooms away, Crowley is meeting up with Hess, the awful leader of the BMOL, and it’s no real surprise that the two of them have an arrangement about demons that Crowley hopes to bring over from the UK. Hess agrees, but says that she hopes he doesn’t expect her to spare his friends, aka the Winchesters.

While Crowley is up with Hess and the rest of the BMOL, Lucifer is getting antsy down in Hell. One of Crowley’s cronies is in the process of helping him escape, but they need to wait until the device tethering Lucifer in place powers down. In the meantime, Lucifer gets to listen to Crowley talk about keeping the nephilim and raising him as his own, which Lucifer is obviously not thrilled with.

Cut back to Sam and Dean, who get a letter from Eileen that she wrote when she discovered her phone and room had been bugged. She was convinced that the BMOL were after her, and wrote, “I hate to be all girly, but can I bunk with you guys until I sort this out?”

Uh, excuse me? What exactly is “girly” about being scared that a group of goddamn psychopaths are after you and wanting to stay someplace safe? Ugh. I need to stop writing about this, or else I’ll go on for hours. But suffice to say, I was not pleased.

After Eileen’s revelation about her place being bugged, Sam and Dean scour the bunker top to bottom until they find a bug of their own. Once they do, they make up a trap for the BMOL listening in for later that night.

Back in the BMOL bunker, Mary asks for Ketch, and in a scene that Samantha Smith nails, tells him through her tears that she’s losing her mind and doesn’t know what’s real anymore. She asks for his help, and tries to hug him, but steals his gun instead and turns it on herself. She tries to pull the trigger, citing the fact that other than her family, all she has is her will, and that it’s now going away. Ketch reassures her with a simple, “It’ll be over soon.” So poetic, he should clearly quit working for the BMOL and go write greeting cards.

Sam and Dean arrive for their setup and manage to get Toni at gunpoint, then bring her back to the bunker. On the way there, she fills them in on everything: that the BMOL killed Eileen, that Mick’s dead, that Mary and Ketch had been sleeping together–Dean almost drives them off the road to attack Toni for divulging what he thinks is a lie–and that once they get caught, they’ll be executed without question, most likely by Mary, who’s now a permanent part of the team.

While Sam and Dean are heading to the bunker with Toni, the device Lucifer’s been dealing with has reversed, making Lucifer more powerful than Crowley and giving him the ability to make Crowley do whatever he wants. He beats Crowley up a bit, shows off his wings, and stabs Crowley with an angel blade. He should be dead, but definitely isn’t: his eyes and body didn’t flash, and he glanced over at a random rat before he was stabbed, then said rat followed two cronies as they dragged Crowley’s body away.

So, yeah. Crowley’s a rat now.

 

But anyway, back to the Winchesters! Sam and Dean arrive to find a group of BMOL, including Ketch, have broken into the bunker while they were gone. They get into a pretty intense firefight (with lovely cinematography, something Supernatural is unfailingly good at) that’s broken up by Mary. The realignment has taken full effect, and she holds Sam and Dean at gunpoint as she and Ketch leave the bunker with the explanation that they’ve changed the locks, turned off the water, and as soon as they leave, the air will stop, too, leaving them to die in a matter of days.

Ketch drives Mary back to the BMOL bunker, assuring her that hurting people she doesn’t remember loving will get easier.

And, curveball of all curveballs, instead of ending with Mary and Ketch, the episode ends with Lucifer standing on a precipice in a bright, supersaturated outdoor area (it was such a turn from the darkness of the rest of the episode that you almost needed sunglasses to watch), looking over the horizon with a smug, triumphant smile.

Can anyone explain the set design decisions of that last scene to me, please? I’ve seen people on Twitter compare its setting to Narnia, Oz, and a Cialis commercial, but the only thing I can really compare it to is a terribly overworked cartoon, honestly.

This episode was…it shouldn’t have happened. Next week is the finale, and instead of being excited, I’m wary about the fates of Mary, Jody, and Cas. And not in the edge-of-your-seat way, either, because if any of them die, it’ll be for shock, and nothing else. I hope I’m wrong, and that I’ll be able to report next week that they’re all alive and kicking, but somehow I don’t think that’ll be the case.

I could drop that classic, “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed” shtick parents use on their kids, but that’d be a lie. I’ve been disappointed by Supernatural before, hell, I’ve been heartbroken by Supernatural before. I (and much of fandom, it seems) can’t deal anymore with this duo that regularly leans on non-consensual themes, deaths for no reason other than shock value, wildly out of character actions, and other awful, disrespectful scenes to prop up their shoddy writing skills.

I love this show, I really do, but I can’t stand that two writers are still being given free reign to consistently kill off, screw up, and otherwise make the characters who are Ioved by so many, unrecognizable. It’s gross, and I hope someone, anyone on the Supernatural team notices the Twitter backlash and does something about it.

Or, at the very least, sends BuckLeming to SDCC so they can answer for all the shit they’ve pulled.

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