This week brings us a pretty standard monster of the week which then ramps the creepy up to 11 because it involves creepy dolls and creepy kids
There’s nothing creepier than creepy dolls and creepy kids. Throw in clowns and we’ve got the trifecta.
There’s not a huge amount to go into on this mission – we have ghosts and a twist and fighting and banishing
The main issue of the plot is not the hunt –but Mary joining the hunt and Mary definitely having issues. She is very much not adapting to the modern world. She asks Castiel when he first felt he was fitting into the human world. Of course, Castiel never really has fit in with humanity… but insists Mary is where she should be because she’s human. But she’s a human 30 years out of time and those last 30 years have been very rapidly moving years
This is also a perfect study on how Dean and Sam deal with issues, especially emotional issues. Dean goes into complete denial. This isn’t happening. All is good. Everything is going to fine. Denial denial denial. Especially as he is the one who remembers their mother – and they bond over similar taste in food and music
While Sam wants to talk it out but the others are classic Hunters. They do not speak about emotional issues.
As they investigate, including Mary taking the lead as fake FBI agent, we see Mary as a very skilled, capable hunter – but also clearly a hunter who is 30 years out of date and she’s feeling that badly.
At the end Mary confronts what’s hitting her. She’s not only having trouble fitting into the world, but she’s also mourning. She’s mourning her husband but also mourning her kids – which is hard to do with them both actually still alive and around – but they’re adults. They’re not children, not her baby and small child: full grown adults, not the kids she lost. Them being there only makes it harder for her to confront and accept her grief. She has to go away to find herself…
This is all well and good but how exactly is she going to function and live? Is it that practical? I mean, I like this scene, it’s very real and I can completely understand the turmoil she’s going through. Sure, here’s Sam and Dean calling her “mom” – but HER Dean is like, 6 years old. Her Sam is a babe in arms – she’s supposed to look at this 6’+ man and see her baby? And not think of the missing years or her dead husband?