Supernatural Season 11 Episode 13: Love Hurts
This review is written by Mark of the Mark and Dale dyad. He's writing tonight's Arrow review.
This week's has the Winchester boys on another monster of the week hunt. That's good. It's a nice palate cleanser between all the Heaven, Hell, and the Darkness rigamarole. This little run of episodes is a nice sorbet to prepare for the next course.
This week's monster was a Shapeshifter, kind of. Actually it's a Kah reen, which is like a genie/golem. It follows the commands of whoever possesses its heart. This knowledge will be useful later.
This is a Valentine's Day episode, hence the heart, love hurts, theme. Cute. Valentine's Day, by the way, is referred to by Dean as, "the unattached drifter's christmas." Dean was always a romantic.
The victim(s) are a hot, young, babysitter, and the dad/husband with whom she enjoys a dalliance. I know. This isn't Beckett. It's Supernatural. Look for Art elsewhere. This is tv.
Anyway, babysitter and dad make out while unsuspecting (or is she?) mom is upstairs getting hot for a Valentine's Day date night. Babysitter wants hubby to tell wifey that he loves her (babysitter). Hubby is... ambivalent. I'll give you a moment to wrap your head around this avant garde new trope.
The couple leaves, babysitter sits down and does some channel surfing (with a nice cameo by Rick and Morty. It's apropos too, as it's Rick telling Morty that his parent's love is just a chemical reaction). Someone comes up behind her (it's the husband, but it's the shapeshifter, who's really the Kah Ree), and he punches her heart through her back. Visceral. Pretty girl dies. The world mourns the death of beauty. And scene.
Agents Weller and (I didn't get Sam's alias, but it should be someone like Agent Talbot) investigate the strange case of the "College Girl Dies of Broken Heart" and we're off.
Soon after the babysitter dies, the husband gets his heart punched out by... the dead babysitter! Before the Kali Ma event, the husband confesses to Dean about the affair, and about stealing the nanny cam. The nanny cam had footage of him kissing the 19 year old warden of his baby. Tsk tsk. Oh, also... no biggie but there's footage of the babysitter getting killed... by the husband! He begs Dean to believe that it wasn't him (he had an airtight alibi). Dean believes him. The husband gets some good fortune, for some reason. Not every middle aged guy can land a 19 year old (believe me... ) Plus he's nothing to look at. He kind of looks like Scott Baio would if his face got messed up like Mark Hamill's did. Not bad, just ... a little off. But I digress. (guess what's legal in my state?). After Dean leaves him, babysitter shows up and punches his heart out.
The boys converge upon the widow to explore why it is a shapeshifter would be killing the people who wronged her. After some gentle prodding she confesses that she knew of the affair, but wanted only to keep her husband. She loved him still. Dean asks her to write down her phone number, while sliding her a silver pen (to see if she's the shapeshifter) and she passes the test.
The boys are back at their wheel themed hotel (you'll see it when you watch) using their noodles to solve the caper, when we see the widow frantically pouring WITCHY SHIT into her garbage disposal. She then calls someone, and leaves an incriminating voicemail. SHE IS NOT AS INNOCENT AS WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE. I know. I feel it too. Not all people are honest.
While we are still breathless and aghast at her duplicity, her (dead) husband('s shapeshifting doppelgänger) shows up to take her heart. Now in this scene there is some good framing, and camera work. Nicely done. I think it's a nice nod to Stanley Kubrick, from whom they ... borrowed... an iconic entrance (by another murderous husband).
A SHINING TRIBUTE TO KUBRICK
Read the doormat. A pun. This whole episode is full of puns.
BACK TO THE SHOW
Ok, the widow/cause of all this escapes from homicidal hubby and shows up at the Too Tired Motel (another play on words) and admits that she hired her hairdresser to give her a love spell, to win back her man. The boys and the widow go to the hair salon to see if they can find any clues as to wtf this not a shapeshifter is (we already know because I told you).
HERE WE GO
Sam and Dean do some exploration of the salon, which leads them to the basement, which looks like it's being redone (plastic sheeting a la Dexter and bare framing). The boys find a cache of witchy stuff, including the grimoire with the spell, and the name of the monster to which applies.
In order to kill the Kah Reen, they need to find its heart. It looks like a Tibetan/Hindu demon type thing, with a gaping hole where its heart should be. They also discover that THEY MUST FIND THE HEART TO KILL IT.
In true Scooby Doo fashion the boys split up (with an adorable round of Rock, Paper, Scissors), which always means that one will get caught. It's Sam who gets effortlessly topped by Sonya the witchy hairdresser. She binds him to a chair, and does the James Bond villain thing where she spills the beans, in great detail, about why she kills people.
The monster reappears. We have learned that the monster appears as who you desire most of all (your heart's desire, which is a pun because she desires your heart! It's turtles all the way down this episode), so the monster appears as...
Just kidding, the monster shows up as Amara, harkening back to my prediction about Dean's love/hate/obsession with the Darkness.
At the last second, just before Sammy gets killed by the hairdresser witch, and (in the basement) Dean gets killed by Shapeshifting Kah Reen Amara, the widow comes in (she was in the car waiting) and confronts Sonya the witch. This allows Sam to grab the enormous revolver (with witch killing bullets, for real) and shoot the witch, but not the widow who is right in front of her.
Thus freed from the witch's bindings, Sam grabs the monster's heart and slices it open, which makes the Kah Reen die in the silliest way ever. She looks baffled, takes a moment to realize what's happening, scream to the heavens (acting!), and dissipates like smoke, while coalescing into a singularity and popping out of existence. It looked like something from Goosebumps, or Nick Jr.
The monster is vanquished. The day is saved. Everyone gets ice cream. The boys wrap it up nicely with a heart to heart (another PUN!) about Dean's desire for Amara, which is when he says the quote at the start of the (long ass) review.
"We want to kill the Darkness. We need to kill the Darkness, and I don't think I can." to which Sam assures him that he's got this. It was nice to see Sam step up. He has that guilt to work off for leaving Dean in Purgatory.
Good episode. It lets the brothers do their thing, before we get back into the Darkness/Lucifer arc.
I hope you enjoyed this review. What did you think of this episode?