TV Recap: 'Supernatural' Episode 711 - 'Adventures in Babysitting'


Supernatural Episode 711

"Adventures in Babysitting"

Written By: Adam Glass

Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

Original Airdate: 6 January 2011

In This Episode...

After three weeks of mourning Bobby, the Winchesters slowly start getting back to "normal." That is, Dean drinks heavily and obsesses over revenge, while Sam tries to be a do-gooder. In this case, Dean is consumed by figuring out what those numbers Bobby gave them meant, and Sam is worried about a little girl.

But first, Dean. He enlists Frank's help in figuring out what the numbers meant. After running it through some algorithms, he discovers that Bobby died before he could include the last number. He is giving coordinates to a parcel of land in the middle of Wisconsin, recently purchased by a subsidiary of Dick Roman Enterprises. Surveillance shows that they are building something on this site, in the middle of nowhere. We just have to wait and see what develops.

Sam answers Bobby's cell phone. It is a young girl whose father told her only to trust Bobby. Sam tells her he is not there, and she hangs up. Sam tracks her down and finds a 14-year-old girl named Chrissy. Her father, a "salesman" has been gone for five days and hasn't checked in once. Sam knows what that means, and digs around until he finds some hint to where Lee might be.

Lee is tracking down a vetala, which seems to be a vampire/succubus demon of some kind. They don't really go into much of the vetala's history or backstory. Vetalas drink blood like a vampire, but they don't drain a person all at once. They take their time and kill a person over the course of three or four feedings. Sam goes looking for Lee, when he is attacked himself by a pair of vetalas, working as a team. When he wakes up, he is tied up in a warehouse with Lee. Lee is just one suck away from death, so when the vetalas try to finish him off, Sam taunts them until they feed off him.

When Chrissy doesn't hear back from Sam, she calls the number he left for her, which leads her to Dean. Dean is not thrilled when Chrissy insists she come with him to find Sam and Lee. Like the Winchesters, Lee has been raising Chrissy as a hunter for years. This isn't her first rodeo. Dean is not happy about it, but he lets Chrissy come along. Good move, for she sees a truck stop  waitress get into the cab of a truck and drive off. They follow the truck, but Dean handcuffs Chrissy to the car to keep her safe. Dean goes into the warehouse, kicks ass very briefly, when Chrissy shows up, having picked the lock. One of the vetalas takes her hostage, forcing Dean to drop his weapon. Chrissy isn't a helpless little girl, of course. She unsheathes a knife from her sleeve and kills the vetala, frees Sam, and Sam kills the second.  

Dig It or Bury It?

CW, please stop hyping your "midseason premieres" when they are this disappointing. It wasn't a bad episode, just kind of boring. The "action" scenes were a snooze, there was not much humor to speak of, and it just felt like they were going through the motions. It was a missed opportunity. It felt like pieces of several plotlines that were jammed into one episode.

Blood Brothers

This was really weak on both the gore and action fronts, but it was strangely satisfying watching a 14-year-old girl stab a vetala - then twist the knife like you're supposed to.

Spooky Humor

Dean's wit should have been razor-sharp tonight - but it wasn't. Telling Chrissy to "shut up and eat a cookie or something" was about as good as it got.


The boys time travel to 1944 and meet up with Elliot Ness. Tommy guns, gangsters, pinstripes, and fedoras - I'm looking forward to it.