Supernatural Episode 6.14
"Mannequin 3: The Reckoning"
Written By: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Original Airdate: 18 February 2011
In This Episode...
Sam and Dean head to New Jersey to report the mysterious death of a janitor in a community college lab. Despite security cameras running at all times, the death was not captured on camera - that section of tape is just missing. The next night, another man is killed in a similar manner. This guy is a security guard at a garment factory several towns away. An emergency call to Dean from Ben sends him running to Lisa, leaving Sam to finish up. Sam discovers that, a year ago, a seamstress named Rose Brown disappeared and was presumed dead. He interviews Rose's sister, Isabelle, and while flipping through family albums, Sam discovers that both victims knew each other - the janitor once worked at the same garment factory.
Sam interviews every factory worker, and stops when he lands on Johnny, a greasy loser who is exceptionally nervous when Sam talks to him. Suspicious, Sam keeps an eye on Johnny. Lucky for Johnny because Sam prevents the kid from being killed. Johnny finally admits that he and his buddies played a joke on shy Rose. It backfired, and she died in a freak head-on-the-coffee-table accident. Sam burn Rose's corpse, hidden in a shallow grave in the woods, and believes he has put Rose's spirit to rest. But Johnny is murdered during the night, so Sam must figure out what he missed. Isabelle finally thinks of something: Rose gave her a kidney when they were teenagers.
Dean, back from his "emergency," meets with Sam to figure out how they can take back Isabelle's liver without killing the girl. They can't, so Rose possesses the Charger and tries to kill Dean. It fails, crashes into an abandoned building, and a huge shard of glass embeds itself in Isabelle's abdomen, killing her almost immediately.
And that "emergency" Ben called Dean about? His mom was going on her third date with a guy. "I watch TV," he informs Dean. "I know what they mean by a third date." Dean tries to explain to Ben that if he stays, he worries Ben would follow in his footsteps.
Dig It or Bury It?
The mannequins were all wonderfully effective and delightfully creepy. It is hard to decide which was my favorite: the anatomically-correct, skinless lab dummy; the featureless clothing mannequins; or the life-sized, better-than-a-blowup sex doll. They never really explain why Rose chooses to haunt mannequins. Maybe because she was a seamstress, so she worked with them a lot? Or she is too shy to possess actual humans? I would have liked to see the Winchester boys go up against some homicidal crash test dummies or something.
The episode was less about killing and more about feelings. The show handled it well. Dean didn't go all mushy and become a full-time family man; Isabelle, while she missed her sister, had already gone through the grieving process and was not hung up over her sister's death.
The boys were on their best behavior tonight. Other that Dean admonishing Sam, once again, to stop picking at the wall, and Sam insisting that Dean go take care of his domestic issues, there were no brotherly problems.
As the boys decide to head to New Jersey for their next case, Dean says "Maybe we'll have a Snooki sighting." Sam: "What's a Snooki?" Thoughtful pause. Then: "That's a good question."
Next week's episode could cause a rip in the fabric of time, so be prepared. Sam and Dean wake up to find that they are actors on a show called Supernatural, and their names are Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. My brain already hurts from the meta-ness.