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TV Recap: 'Supernatural' Episode 706 - 'Slash Fiction'

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Supernatural Episode 706

"Slash Fiction"

Written By: Robbie Thompson

Directed By: John Showalter

Original Airdate: 28 October 2011

In This Episode...

The Winchesters have been engaging in a cross-country crime spree. Robbing banks and diners, then killing everyone - and making sure that there are always cameras there to capture every heinous moment. Of course, these are not our Winchesters; these are leviathans who have cloned the boys and are trying to get them arrested. Against Bobby's wishes, Sam and Dean set out to chase their clones. Bobby sends them to Frank, a paranoid, tin-foil-hat kind of guy, who helps them get off the grid as much as possible. Sam figures out that the clones are hitting up - in order - all the towns where they have had hunting gigs. Bobby stays behind, experimenting on Chet to figure out a way to kill a leviathan. So far, nothing even slows him down.

The boys find their clones in Iowa. This is also where the cops catch up with them. Sam and Dean are arrested while the clones look on evilly. The sheriff finally relents and gives Dean his one phone call. He calls Bobby, who has finally figured out that pouring sodium borate on a leviathan, then beheading it and keeping the head separate, will essentially make the leviathan powerless. It won't be dead, but the chemical (available in any industrial soap or detergent) will slow it down long enough to be decapitated, and if the head is kept separate, it will be unable to rejoin the body. The sheriff thinks Dean is crazy - until he walks down the hall and sees one of the leviathans - posing as a deputy - eating one of the real cops. The other leviathan enters, the pair shift back into their Sam and Dean clones, and go off to find the boys. Now the sheriff will do anything to erase what he saw.

The Dean clone goes to torture Sam, while the Sam clone takes Dean. "Sam" and Dean fight, but the sheriff backs him up with a tub of cleaning solution. While "Sam" is writhing in pain, Dean cuts its head off. "Dean" is in with Sam. Since Clone Dean is in Dean's head, he knows about Amy and spills the beans. Real Dean comes in with the chemical-beheading one-two punch. The sheriff is all too willing to help the boys cover up this mess and fake their deaths. The FBI agents who had been chasing the boys on their cross-country murder spree are annoyed that the coroner (the sheriff's daughter) already released the body for cremation, but they are glad not to have to do the paperwork and leave. The young FBI agent, Valente, comes back. He is a leviathan and eats them both.

Valente's boss, Dick Roman, is not happy about Valente's failure. He wants to regroup and come up with a new plan. Crowley shows up, wanting to make a deal with Roman, but Roman wants nothing to do with him or demons, who he sees as "more worthless than humans."

Dig It or Bury It?

Seriously, this season is so good! Every episode this season has been really great. Not just good for the series, but genuinely enjoyable hours of television. Tonight's episode is no exception. It's doing a great job of blending a very serious bad guy (the leviathans) with irreverent humor that in no way trivializes the "big bad." The leviathans feel like an actual threat. Maybe because they are more corporeal than pitting heaven against hell. Maybe it is because in previous seasons, when the boys were in a jam, Castiel would appear at the last second and save them. They no longer have a last-minute get-out-of-jail-free card. Either way, this episode was great.

Spooky Humor

There were a lot of funny bits this week - and not a single one had to do with mistaken identity. I think my favorite part is when Sam and Dean are in their "Caboodle" of a car, after Frank insists the Impala is way too recognizable. Naturally, Dean doesn't take too kindly to his "baby" being put on lockdown. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," he insists. "Um, Dean? You do realize that line is from--" "A Patrick Swayze movie! Swayze always gets a pass!" Sam backs off - until Dean puts the radio on and Air Supply's "All Out of Love" is playing. Not only will Dean not let Sam change the station, Dean is soulfully mouthing the lyrics. Sam gives him a weird look, but Dean doesn't stop - he just tries to hide it.

Sibling Rivalry

Sam is so angry when he finds out about Amy, he can barely speak. He tells Dean he knows, and while Dean apologizes, Sam can't even deal with it. He takes his bags and decides they need to split up for awhile. Dean makes no excuses, and does not chase after his brother.

Prophecies?

The boys have obviously made up, as they are working together next week to figure out who is killing people in a town of psychics and mediums.

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