Supernatural Episode 6.13
Written By: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin
Directed By: David Barrett
Original Airdate: 11 February 2011
In This Episode...
Sam gets a mysterious text message with a set of coordinates, sending the Winchesters to Bristol, Rhode Island, where three women with no apparent connection to each other have vanished. Against Dean's advice, the boys head out there, where Sam starts getting tiny snippets of flashbacks. As the guys start to investigate, it is clear that Sam has been there before. A year ago, he and Samuel were in town investigating similar disappearances, but with men in their mid-30s. Dean figures out that the women who have been disappearing all slept with Sam.
Sam gains the hesitant trust of Brenna Dobbs, whose husband Roy was the sheriff and disappeared last time Sam was in town. While reviewing the case files from last year, the flashbacks become more clear, and Sam pieces things together. The men last year were being abducted by an arachne. Unbeknownst to Roy, Sam was using him as bait to find the arachne's nest. When he and Samuel found the nest, Sam beheaded the arachne, then shot each of her victims - who were alive but ensconced in webbing and dying from a slow venom. He told Samuel it was a mercy killing.
Returning to the original nest, the guys find a frightened Brenna, and a very alive - but very monstrous - Roy. The arachne wasn't feeding on her victims; she was breeding with them. By the time Sam shot them, they were already transformed into arachnes. He has the boys webbed up, and his only dilemma is whether to turn Sam or kill him outright. Dean breaks free and wrestles Roy to the ground. Brenna frees Sam, and he beheads Roy neatly.
Later that night, as the boys are packing up, Sam has a seizure. In his mind's eye, he is burning. The wall has cracked.
Dig It or Bury It?
I found this to be a very slow, very dull episode. A lot of talk, not much action, and very little humor. A weak attempt at Mel Gibson humor failed in one of the opening scenes. When you can't even laugh at Mel Gibson, there is something seriously wrong. The entire episode seemed to exist so that there was some meaning and context for the last few seconds, when Sam seizes.
There were a couple of beheadings tonight. I never thought I would say this... but the beheadings were nothing interesting. A head on the floor in a pool of blood. Nothing more.
Dean gets frustrated numerous times throughout the episode. He is concerned that Sam doesn't understand exactly how delicate the "wall" in his brain is, or the consequences if the wall crumbles. In the end, Sam's earnestness and big, sad, puppy-dog eyes always win out, and Dean goes along with his brother.
A janitor's murder in a university laboratory leads the guys to find that the department is haunted by ghosts that seem to have taken up residence in test lab mannequins.