TV Recap: 'Supernatural' Episode 803 - 'Heartache'



Supernatural Episode 803
Written By: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming
Directed By: Jensen Ackles
Original Airdate: 17 October 2012

In This Episode...

Dean has a new case: every six months, people are showing up with their hearts ripped out of their chests. Not surgically removed, but Kali Ma’d from the chest. The boys interview a man in Minnesota named Paul, who was jogging on the same path as the most recent victim, but he seems to have no idea what happened (of course, he was the one who did it.) The interview another man, Arthur, who was a witness in another murder in Iowa; he was crazy and talking in tongues.

Sam and Dean realize that both witnesses were recipients of donor organs. Even more, they both received organs from the same man: a former pro football player named Brick Holmes who died in a car accident. With the help of an anthropology professor, they discover that Arthur was speaking ancient Mayan and praying to the Mayan god of maize. A quick interview with Brick’s mom, and a search of the house later that night finally revealed the truth: that Brick had been a 1,000 year old Mayan.

The Winchesters confront Brick’s mom, Eleanor, and she admits everything. Brick was a Mayan athlete who made a deal with the god of maize that would keep him young and strong, as long as he sacrificed two human hearts per year in the name of the god. In the 1950s, when Brick was a boxer, he met Betsey. They fell madly in love and got married. When Betsey aged and Brick didn’t, he finally admitted the truth. Betsey was too in love to care. Every ten years or so they would disappear and reinvent themselves. Eventually, it just made more sense to reinvent themselves as mother and son. Eleanor is Betsey. The crash that killed Brick was no accident - he killed himself because he couldn’t stand to see his beloved grow old (or some such nonsense.) But with his organs being donated, the spirit of Brick beats on, and those who got transplants continue on the curse. Eleanor tells Sam and Dean that if they can destroy Brick’s heart, the others will be free of the curse.

Eleanor informs them that a skanky stripper has the heart, so Sam and Dean head down to her club and break in. She is there waiting for them. An uninteresting fight takes place which leaves Dean pinned to the floor, about to have his heart ripped out. Sam had been knocked out or something, because he is unguarded and smacks the stripper over the head with a bottle. This distracts her long enough to allow Dean to stab her to death.

Dig It or Bury It?

I don’t know what it was about this episode, but I just couldn’t connect with it. Maybe I was distracted; maybe it was because it wasn’t very funny; maybe it was just too obvious. But I just couldn’t get into it. 

Spooky Humor

Sam’s fake name this week is Agent Sam Bora. Took me a minute - Sam-Bora, as in Richie Sambora.

Flashback to the Future

A single flashback, for Sam: Amelia and Riot surprise him with a picturesque birthday picnic. Sam is really determined to get back to that ideal life.


Next week is a found footage episode.