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Television Tourniquet: 'Supernatural' Episode 5.20


Supernatural Episode 5.20
The Devil You Know
Written By: Ben Edlund
Directed By: Robert Singer
Original Airdate: 29 April 20101

In This Episode...
It’s Pestilence’s turn.  The guys are investigating swine flu outbreaks, trying to find the third horseman, but they are at a loss.  Until Crowley pops up in their backseat, promising to help the boys find Pestilence.  Sam and Dean are wary, but concede. 

Dean goes with Crowley to Niveus Pharmaceuticals.  Crowley kills security while Dean heads up to the penthouse to confront Brady, Pestilence’s errand boy.  Dean tells Brady that if he comes with him, he will give him the two stolen horsemen rings.    Brady doesn’t want the rings; he wants retribution, and plans to “rip it out of Dean’s ass.”  Which sounds like fun, but “ripping it out your ass” apparently just means kicking severely.  Dean escapes to the elevator, but Brady follows.  Crowley throws a bag over Brady’s head and beats him unconscious.  They take him back to Crowley’s hideout where Dean discovers Brady and Sam have a history.  Before he became a demon, Brady and Sam were high school chums.  Sophomore year, Brady disappeared for a while and went off the rails.

Sam wants to kill Brady, or the demon inhabiting his friend.  He even locks Dean in the bathroom while Crowley is invading a demon nest so that he can have his way with Brady.  But aside from a little knife-play, he resists his urges and leaves Brady alone.  Crowley returns, having successfully slaughtered the entire demon nest - save one, who he sent back to hell with a message: Brady is Crowley’s Lover in League Against Satan.  So rather than dying, Brady will live forever in agony.  With this new threat looming, Brady is all too eager to give up the location of Pestilence.

With the good comes the bad.  The devil planted a tracking chip on Crowley, and is on his way.  Crowley gives Dean the chip and disappears.  Dean goes for the salt and is attacked by an invisible hellhound.  Crowley, not quite the bastard he appeared, returns with his own, bigger  hellhound.  The two beasts go at it while the four men escape.  Safely away, Crowley disappears yet again while the Winchesters kill Brady.

Crowley has one more stop.  While the boys are facing Pestilence (who, luckily, we don’t have to see again), Crowley pays Bobby a visit with an offer: let me “borrow” your soul and I will track down Death’s coordinates.  The episode ends on a cliffhanger, but let’s face it - Bobby will probably do it.

Dig It or Bury It?
Another talky episode, though the information was pertinent, so I can’t be too harsh on it.  I just feel like a lot of the dialogue is circular and repetitive.  And, of course, more action and more killing is always desired.  I would like to believe that this season is building towards the apocalypse in one way or another, so that next season we can move on to new challenges - maybe even a monster or two.

Blood Brothers
he hellhounds might have been invisible, but their blood isn’t - during their battle, blobs of blood splattered on every surface.  The episode opened with a possessed lackey injecting one scientist with a Resident Evil-type virus and locking him in with a non-infected scientist.  The lackey watches through a window as the infected scientist rips his companion to shreds.  Brady, in order to speak to his boss, slits the throat of another lackey, collecting his blood into a ceremonial bowl while  a third lackey disposes of the body.

Spooky Humor
Posing as CDC employees, Sam and Dean visit a Nevada hospital to investigate a sudden swine flu outbreak.  The two of them, along with their physician guide, are wearing paper masks.  “Look at me, I’m the King of Pop,” cracks Dean.  When Sam doesn’t say anything, he says, “What, too soon?”

With only one horseman left, it is time for the boys to have a showdown with Death.