Tubin': Analysis, discussion and freak-outs about our favorite TV shows. See More...

The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: Angels and Demons

Bobby's back!

The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: Angels and Demons

The Road So Far

Welcome to week eighteen of the rewatch project, superfans! If you’re anything like me, you love it when a nice guy goes temporarily bad (see, e.g. Angel/Angelus and The Ripper/Stefan Salvatore). Darlings, if you ever longed to see Sweet Sammy turn his pouty lip-purse into a sneer, then these episodes are for you!

Let’s toast to the saints who sin.

THE OFFICIAL FYA SUPERNATURAL DRINKING GAME:

Take a drink every time:

•  Dean or Sam flashes a badge

•  A demon possesses some hapless schmuck

•  Sam tries to talk about feelings only to be spurned by Dean

•  Dean crams his face full of junk food

•  Anyone makes a deal with a demon

•  Either brother picks a lock

•  Someone employs a Titan of Classic Rock as an alias

•  The Glorious and Faithful Impala is damaged in the line of duty

2x13: Houses of the Holy

Monster of the Week: Angel/Self-important ghost

A woman flips through late night TV, finding nothing on but a televangelist.


Been there, girl.

The preacher seems to be talking directly to her and her whole apartment begins to shake. Blinding light appears from her hall. It’s an angel!

I hate it when the Eye of Sauron drops by uninvited.

Later, the same woman has been locked up in a mental institution for stabbing someone. But she’s at peace because she did so under the orders of the angel who told her to wait for a sign and then to kill the evildoer he pointed out.

While discussing the case, Sam says that the amount of lore on angels leads him to believe they might exist. Dean disagrees, in a very Dean-like fashion, pointing out  “there’s a ton of lore on unicorns too. I hear they ride silver moonbeams and shoot rainbows out of their ass.”


They also swill cocktails and squee over the finest teen literature, obvs.

The boys begin their investigation at the last victim’s house. On his porch, they find the sign the woman spoke of.


Angels are unfortunately rather literal creatures.

They also find a body buried in the victim’s root cellar. He was evil after all. So is the next victim, stabbed after the angel appears to some other hapless schmuck. When Sam and Dean break into this second victim’s house, they find evidence on his computer that he was a pedophile.

Dean notices that all the victims went to the same church. They visit it, speaking with a priest who tells them the neighborhood has gone to seed. In fact, a few years ago, another priest was gunned down on the church steps. The current father has been praying for divine intervention ever since.

That’s all Dean needs to convince him the dead priest is responsible for the murders. Sam is still stuck on his avenging angel theory though. And he soon gets confirmation. When they visit the dead priest’s grave, Sam is struck with the same religious vision as the killers.


And he never thought he’d see anything prettier than Dean.

It tells him to KILL KILL KILL! He’s immediately on board. Dean convinces him to at least try to summon the dead priest to check before he straight up murders someone. But when they pick up supplies, Sam sees the guy he’s supposed to kill.

Dean tricks Sam, driving off to tail the guy while leaving Sam to perform the séance solo. Before too long, the guy Dean’s following tries to rape the girl he’s on a date with. Dean rescues her and then hops in the Impala, giving chase as the man flees. It ends when a piece of rebar flies off a truck, and pierces the rapist through the chest, Final-Destination style.


Thanks for taunting me with my most oddly specific fear, show.

Meanwhile, the priest catches Sam’s little séance at the dead priest’s grave, but not before he completes the ritual and summons the dead priest’s spirit. Dean was right; it wasn’t an angel, after all. The living priest is horrified about the murders. He convinces the dead priest he isn’t an angel and administers last rites, effectively exorcising him.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: Doubting

After Dean’s faithful mother died, he became convinced there’s no higher power, “just chaos and violence and random unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds.”

When Sam finds out Dean was right about the deaths being ordered by the ghost of the dead priest, he’s depressed. He wanted to believe in a higher power because he feels like he’s drowning in evil and hoped that there was someone else besides Dean trying to save his soul. Stricken, Dean gives Sam hope, telling him of the rapist’s freakish death and saying it looked like God’s will at work.

Yellow-Eyed Demon: Not here.

How Drunk Are We?: Almost sober, the horror! Only one drink for Sammy’s ever-handy lock-picking skills.

The Quotable Winchesters: “Well, I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson: always take down your Christmas decorations before New Year’s or you might get filleted by a hooker from God.” –Dean.

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic:


Dean really likes the motel’s Magic Fingers. It makes Sam uncomfortable, probably in his pants.

Notable Cameos:


David Monahan of Crossing Jordan and Dawson’s Creek, plays the dead priest

2x14: Born Under a Bad Sign

Monster of the Week: Sam/Meg

Sam’s been missing for a week! When Dean finally finds him, he’s at a motel, covered in someone else’s blood.


I know this is dramatic, darlings, but I can’t stop staring at the room separator. Are those shrimp? Penises? I MUST KNOW!

Sam says the last thing he remembers is eating a cheeseburger in Texas a week earlier. (Respect. I’ve had cheeseburgers that good.) Retracing Sam’s steps, the Winchesters find out that in the last week he lifted a car, terrorized a convenience store clerk, stole a forty, and smoked some cigs. Damn. Amnesiac Sammy is the funnest Sammy. He also murdered a hunter. Oops. Nevermind.

After they discover the body, Dean says they’ll have to cover their tracks before other hunters figure it out. Sam, freaking out, says he’s evil and Dean has to shoot him. Dean says he’d rather die. Sam, smirks, telling him he’ll live to regret that. Then he pistol-whips him.

Dean wakes at the motel, alone. He tracks Sam to Duluth, which is coincidentally where Jo has been hiding out from her mother. Sam strolls into the bar she’s working at, demanding free beer. He tries to flirt with her, and when she’s clearly not into it, he attacks! She fights, but as we often forget, Sam is ginormous and he overpowers her, slamming her head against the bar.

When she wakes?


Not good.

Being smart, she realizes right away that whoever this is isn’t Sam. He must be possessed! Demon Sam is uber-creepy, stroking her hair with a knife while interrogating her about how her dad died. After she chokes out the tale, he says she’s wrong. Papa Winchester shot her father to put him out of his misery after he was maimed in a demon attack.


Cool taunt, bro.

Thankfully, Dean shows up. Demon Sam immediately begins playacting, saying he’s tried to stop himself, but he can’t help being evil and Dean should shoot him before he hurts Jo. But Dean won’t do it. But he will toss some holy water in his face.
Oh snap.

That’s right, Dean knows his little brother well enough to know something’s up. The pair play a game of cat and also cat out on some nearby docks. Demon Sam gets the upperhand, shooting Dean who falls into the water. After Demon Sam escapes, Jo finds Dean and patches him up.


Somehow, I’m not surprised he isn't a good patient.

Afterwards, she wants to go with him. But Dean says he’ll re-tie her to the post if she tries to follow. Realizing that was a bit harsh to a woman just victimized by his enormous, demon-possessed brother, he softens, saying he’ll call. “No you won’t,” Jo says to herself, and my heart breaks. Stop screwing up, Dean! You’d be so cute together.

Meanwhile, Sam shows up on Bobby’s doorstep. He welcomes him inside and gives him a beer. A beer filled with holy water! “Don’t try to con a conman,” Bobby says.


Like Beyoncé, Bobby is fresher than you.

Bobby and Dean lock Demon Sam in a devil’s trap. But their attempt at exorcism doesn’t work. Demon Sam laughs, and begins a Latin recitation that makes the house shake. It’s then that Bobby sees the mark on Sam’s skin.

It’s a binding link, keeping the demon in Sam’s body. The devil’s trap cracks under the shaking, and Demon Sam gets free, whaling on them both. After a little bit of villain monologuing, Dean realizes only one demon could be so tiresome: Meg. That’s right, the gal we’d love to hate if we didn’t hate to see, is back for revenge. Not for long though.  Bobby grabs a hot poker and burns Sam’s arm, scalding off the mark. Meg exorcises in a huff of smoke. Sam sits up and says “Did I miss anything?” and Dean socks him in the face.

Bobby gives them both a short time to recover and then makes them leave, though not before giving them charms to prevent future demon possession. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL EARLIER BOBBY. Arg. But since you killed Meg, I forgive you.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: Never Letting Go

After it’s all over, Sam says that he was awake when Meg used his body for her rampage of terror. He is confused why Dean, knowing he’d killed the hunter and tortured Jo, wouldn’t have killed him. Dean says it’s simple: he’s going to save him instead, no matter what it takes. D’awwwww.

Yellow-Eyed Demon: Interestingly enough, though his daughter Meg makes an appearance, she says it’s not on behalf of Daddy’s master plan. She’s just really pissed about the boys exorcising her earlier.

How Drunk Are We?: Buzzed! Take two drinks courtesy of demon possession and Sam’s use of Richie Sambora as an alias.

The Quotable Winchesters:  “Dude you…you like full on had a girl inside you for like a whole week. (laughs). It’s pretty naughty.” –Dean, sticking to what’s important.

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic:


That awkward situation when the demon who kinda used to have a thing for your brother possesses him and then uses his meatsuit to alternately caress and beat you. 

Notable Cameos: None this week!

Next week: TRICKSTER!

Amanda Klase's photo About the Author: Amanda likes her heroines brash, her romantic leads snarky, and her video games Triple A. When she’s not re-enacting her favorite TV monologues, she’s getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with the San Francisco FYA Book Club.