Talk about a change in tone from last week's hilarious meta episode! I mean, based on last week's ultra-dark preview, we knew this week's would be quite a shift, but even I didn't expect three deaths, electrocution, and ear monsters.
But even though it was a much different episode than what we got last week (no alternate universes, Days of Our Lives references, or Shakespearean hand movements) plenty happened in this episode. So let's recap.
We started off with the Mother, who was still rocking her meatsuit's white nightgown even though it had been a while since she rose from her pit (eeew). She met a Jesus-loving trucker at a truck stop, where, in exchange for the ear-full of scripture he gave her, she gave him an ear-full of evil worm that caused him to go crazy and bludgeon his family to death. Oh, Supernatural irony.
Upon checking out the surveillance video from the truck stop (and seeing Mother's butt ugly mug), Brains, Brawn, and Beauty determined that Mother had been involved somehow, theorizing that she had also been responsible for a string of strange happenings that all occurred along a stretch of highway. "Maybe they're coming in for Mother's Day," Bobby quipped…while also being sort of serious.
Meanwhile, at a cannery, another man went crazy and shot up the building, leaving six people dead. Bobby went to investigate and soon realized the case had also attracted the attention of Rufus Turner, who was last seen in "Weekend at Bobby's" (<3) and was among last night's aforementioned casualties. Watching those two work together and banter was like tuning in to a Grumpier Old Men-meets-The Odd Couple hybrid…with guns. (A.k.a. - The best show that no one ever made.) In fact, I'd always hoped for something similar with these two. They kept eachother on their toes and were well versed in the art of button pushing. Moreover, when I saw Rufus interacting with Sam and Dean, part of me wondered why it hadn't been this way forever. Dean and Sam/Bobby and Rufus. Yes, we knew that Bobby and Rufus had experienced some sort of falling out in Omaha years ago (and we learned this week it had to do with Rufus's wife…or could be daughter), but in terms of chemistry, the group's vibe made me feel a little like there was a lost opportunity there. But my dreams of a spin-off were just one among the many casualties last night.
We also bid adieu to Gwen Campbell, who the guys ran into (along with Samuel) at the cannery. We were introduced to Gwen earlier this season as part of the Campbell hunting group, but from what I gather, I was among the minority because I enjoyed her presence. I just always felt like she was the sanest living Campbell and the only one capable of thinking on her own in spite of Samuel. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see that independent side of her until near the end of her life on the show.
Speaking of the "end of life," when Dean saw Samuel at the factory, he was ready to end his. "Welcome to 'next time,'" Dean growled (sexily), referencing his promise to Samuel that he'd kill him if they ever met again. Sam, who didn't remember the ghoul-food incident because it was stashed behind his mind wall, took off after Dean, but even he didn't succeed in getting him to cool off. As Dean took off in anger, back inside, there was a the tense standoff between gramps and Bobby. "You must be the guy pretending to be their father," Samuel said curtly. Jerk. I wish Bobby had shot him right then and there. Luckily, he eventually got his.
NEXT: The family feud turns deadly