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First Impressions Review: 12x21 "There's Something About Mary"

Okay, things are a little different this time. I was able to watch the West Coast broadcast of the episode on TV this time, so I've already watched the episode once. For my notes below, I'm watching the episode again online. Because of this, my notes will probably be a little shorter, or at least not like a live, i-don't-know-what's-happening-next rambling.



As we might have guessed, sweet Eileen winds up dead. *sigh* Another female hunter, dead just like that. I missed the first 5 minutes or so of the initial broadcast, so seeing her death just now was jarring, even though I already knew about it. And why so...violent? Geez. She was flung around by that hellhound like a chew toy. Even Dean didn't get that much action. It was brutal and tough to watch. Poor Eileen. :(

Btw, how did Eileen even know where to shoot at? She can't hear the hellhound and you can only see them if you have the holy oil-burned glasses so...how did she even know this thing was chasing her??? Maybe Ketch showed himself first before setting the hound on her? Would have been nice to see more of what happened, but....time constraints and all that.

Okay, I missed this scene with the boys checking out Mary's motel room, too...except I didn't because it was the sneak peek video posted online the other day. That's one green room. Heh. So all of her stuff is gone, but Sam mentions she was working with Ketch last they knew and Dean mentions Mick is still MIA. So he calls Ketch on the phone and it doesn't go well.

Dean: Ketch. Calling to see if my Mom's with you... It's Dean... Winchester. Because I'd like to speak with her that's why. No, I'm not being terse, look if you haven't seen do you know where she is? No I'm not being curt either, look I don't have time for Manners 101 with you, if she's with you I wanna know about it. Fine. Such a dick.

Geez, this reminded me so much of a phone conversation with one of cousins. Yikes. Not a good memory, either. Anyway, the boys know Ketch is lying because he says he hasn't heard from Mary in over a week and Sam points out she was working a case with Ketch 2 days ago. Then Sam gets a phone call from Jody...it's about Eileen's death. Great acting here from the guys as they react to her death. What was she doing in South Carolina anyway? So this is the 2nd hunter death the boys know of within the week. Who was the other one??? Dean says 2 deaths don't make a pattern, but Sam points out Mary is missing so....time to hit the road again.

Sam: "People who do what we do...you know there's gonna be deaths, but...this."

Poor Sam. This death is understandably hitting him hard. They recognize the wounds as those from a hellhound.
So this is actually the 7th hunter death in 3 weeks...that the boys know about. Sam mentions Mary being missing and Cas having Kelly who knows where and that he just wants to punch something in the face. Me, too, Sam....me too. More on that later though...

Oh, and this morgue scene with the boys is where I came in on the TV broadcast. Everything is a 2nd viewing from here on out.

Crowley's chewing out a demon about not being able to find Kelly Kline. So he knows Dagon is dead. We'll learn a little later, he even knows Kelly is with Castiel. Uh...so he can't figure out a way to find Cas? In seasons past all it took to find a demon or an angel was the right summoning spell. Why aren't we using those anymore??? *sigh* I'm really kinda bored with this whole Kelly Kline/Lucifer's baby storyline anyway, I'm sorry to say. Moving on...

Right away when I saw Mary at this hunter guy Rick's place I knew something was up. We left her locked in that chair at the BMOL headquarters in the last episode. And then I quickly knew she was going to kill this guy because the BMOL are killing all hunters anyway. The surprise of the scene, of course, is that Mary actually did kill the guy because the BMOL are brainwashing her and sending her out to kill other hunters. Or as Toni Bevell tells Mary, she's being "realigned" so her thinking goes along with the rest of the BMOL. "All of your thoughts and actions will come from us." Ugh! Hate these people!

Lady Bevell: Well, not about this illusion of you that you hold on to. The perfect life, loving husband and kid. But it never really was perfect was it? All those secrets you kept from your beloved John, that you were a hunter. That you invited Azazel to visit when he spared John's life.
Mary: How do you-
Lady Bevell: I have sources Mary, everywhere. After you died, your lover John was a man slowly going mad, searching for revenge. What your boys didn't tell you? The drunken rages, the weeks of abandonment. Child abuse, really. It's no wonder they are so damaged. So, enough with the fairy tale, we are returning you to a more natural version of yourself, Mary Campbell -- natural born killer.


Gah! What a way for Mary to find out about how John was after her death. I mean...I suppose the boys alluded to it a little, but obviously not a lot because this seems like news to her. Bleh. See? This is what happens when you take off to deal with your emotions instead of sticking with your boys, Mary. You learn the truth about their lives from some stuck up British b*tch. *sigh*

Now this next scene is a surprise...Crowley drops in at the BMOL headquarters to chat with the leader there, Dr. Hess. Apparently he knows not only about the killing off the American hunters, but Crowley's had an agreement with the BMOL for years over in Britain! The demons limit their killings to humans stupid enough to sell their souls and share info. with the BMOL. She reminds Crowley the Winchesters won't be spared because of their friendship with him.

And we're back with Lucifer and his lackey who's trying to break him free of Crowley's control - destroy the security device he has in his body. Meanwhile, Crowley's on the phone with Sam and denying all knowledge about Eileen's death ala hellhound and about the deaths of the other hunters. Crowley then visits with Lucifer, ruminating about using him to destroy his enemies, including Dr. Hess from the sounds of it. He informs Lucifer that Dagon is dead and Kelly is now in the hands of Castiel. He also plans to raise the nephilim himself (yeah, cause he did such a great job with Amara!) and give him a chance to use his powers in his service. Lucifer says...pass.

Mary is returned to her cell after another session with Lady Bevell. Then we have Dr. Hess telling Ketch that once the US hunters are all dead she might leave him in charge...but maybe Toni will take the job as well. Hmmmm.

Next we have the boys picking up there mail at the post office. I love this because I never even thought about the boys receiving mail all these years. I guess I always assumed since they were always dodging the authorities that they avoided mail altogether. Wrong! Anyway, it's a cool glimpse into the more normal side of their lives. Dean finds a letter from Eileen. She suspected the BMOL were tapping her phone & computer so she went snail mail to let the boys know. And then she asked to stay with them for a few days. :(

Cut to the boys searching all over the bunker for bugs! Great montage. They finally find the one under the table. Was that really the only bug in the whole place? I find that hard to believe. And they put that bug right by the gun Dean's got stashed there. Way to make it easy to find!

Anyway, the boys go right into setting a trap for the listening Brits, a fake meet-up with another hunter that suspects something hinky is going on. Smart boys!

Back to Lucifer *yawn*. Wait. Somehow the security device in Lucifer is powering up and it's tied to him and Crowley...but as it's powering down in Lucifer, the power of control is switching over to Lucifer. Uh...how? We'll never know, I guess.

We have a scene with Toni and Ketch where they learn they're competing for the head position in the US, not unlike when they were at Kendricks and were killing the competition, literally. Ketch then goes to see Mary in her cell and this is really a good scene. Is that compassion in his eyes as Mary describes how she's losing her mind? This dude is so hard to read! Emotion one second and mindless killer the next! Gah!!!!

Mary: I killed someone. He was a friend.
Ketch: I do it all the time.


Chilling! He's so damned calm and matter of fact about it. Geez. Mary says she worked with him to wipe out monsters and make the world a better place for her boys, but Ketch reminds her that there will be no intervening on his part since they agreed they didn't have a relationship. She thinks it should be enough that they worked together and know each other. Uh, no, Mary...you don't. Ketch says this also. She doesn't know him...and wouldn't want to. She finally gets close enough to him to grab his gun and she tries to shoot herself. He stops her, but she begs for Ketch to kill her.

Mary: You do it! Kill me. All my life all I've ever had other than my family, was my will. And it's going away. I-I'm putting people in danger, I'm putting my sons in danger. You have to. Please. For God's sake, kill me.

Ketch promises her this will all be over soon and leaves her alone in tears. Great acting here by Samantha Smith!

The boys drive up to the building they set up as the meeting spot and the BMOL goons go in after them with Toni waiting out in the car. The boys trap the men inside and swiftly capture Toni, but not before she kicks Dean in the groin. Ow! But Sam's right there, pointing a gun at her. Yay!

Back to Crowley and Lucifer...*sigh* Though I will say I have mixed feelings about seeing Lucifer manipulate Crowley for the big reveal that he's in charge now. On the one hand it's cool to see how well the actors play off of one another, but on the other hand...we've seen this before! It's frustrating to see Crowley dumbed down yet again. At the beginning of this story arc with Lucifer it seemed like the smart, evil Crowley was back - getting Lucifer's vessel back and sigiled-up with a security system. What is happening? Why are we going back to Lucifer taking control? I hate this.

Back with the boys and Toni they're questioning her in the car about things. She doesn't know who Eileen was but says if they suspect the BMOL killed someone they probably did. Then she tells them Mary is one of them, joined the team. And of course she had to bring up Ketch and Mary having sex, which sets Dean off. And they learn Mick is dead because he was too much like the Winchesters and all the other hunters who are going to die: Jody, Claire, etc.

Back to Crowley and Lucifer, who is throwing the king of hell all over the place before slicing his cheek and nose (ow!) with an angel blade and then stabbing him with it. But! Crowley looks over at a rat before Luci can kill him so....pretty sure he's now jumped vessels. Heh.

The boys return to the bunker with Toni and find Ketch is there with some soldiers. Now this is a cool scene! The boys share a look and...BOOM! Full-on awesome gun action!!!! So smart and cool and this one scene really makes the rest of the ep look kinda bad. The behind the back shot by Dean, Sam using Toni as a human shield, and then Dean sliding on the floor behind Ketch. It's over all too soon though because enter brainwashed Mary with gun drawn. Ketch takes control of the situation, explaining that this is a new, improved Mary. And instead of just killing the boys, Ketch informs them that once they leave all the doors will lock, the water will shut off, and the air will be removed from the bunker. Meaning the boys will only have 2 or 3 days to live. Oh, and Toni will be there, too 'cause Ketch wants that top job over her, of course. :(

Love the broken, off-key Family Theme playing during the scene in the car with Mary and Ketch. So fitting for Mary's current condition.

Mr. Ketch: I do have to hand it to Lady Bevell, your treatments been successful so far. And so you know, this will become easier.
Mary: Easier to hurt people I love?
Mr. Ketch: Easier to hurt people you don't remember loving.


Then we get a really weird end shot of Lucifer looking over a green valley all done in CGI, smiling and saying "My son." What the hell was that for???


Final Thoughts:

I've already read a few reviews on my flist of this ep and none of them were especially kind. I partially agree. It was not a great episode, but it certainly wasn't the worst one. Once again the dreaded writing team has struck again. Although really, it's not entirely their fault alone. Never thought I'd be missing Jeremy Carver as showrunner, but since we're nearly at the end of this season I've gotta say Dabb and Singer haven't impressed me. I mentioned months ago that this season felt off and disjointed and I'm sorry to say it still does. Instead of being impressed I'm just more and more frustrated. There's moments and rarely been episodes of brilliance, but overall Season 12 has been very lackluster.

I think Sam was expressing how I feel about the season right here:


I'm bored with the whole Lucifer's child storyline, I have no idea what Cas is planning or thinking at this point, Ketch is a total mystery, and I hate the BMOL. I can't help but feel that Mary will somehow die very soon, which I'm not happy about. Just another loss for the boys to suffer through. Will they have anyone left at all by the end of the season?

I wish I could say I'm excited for the season finale next week, but...I'm kinda not right now. Show...what have you done? *sigh*


Quotes:

Dean: Ketch. Calling to see if my Mom's with you... It's Dean... Winchester. Because I'd like to speak with her that's why. No, I'm not being terse, look if you haven't seen her do you know where she is? No, I'm not being curt either. Look, I don't have time for Manners 101 with you, if she's with you I wanna know about it. Fine. Such a dick.

Sam: People who do what we do. You know there are gonna be deaths, but this...

Sam: Dean, monsters and demons don't team up. Seven Hunters are gone. We can't grab a signal from Mom's phone. Cas has Kelly Kline who knows where. Mick has slipped off the grid. Ketch is lying to us. I-I... I wanna punch something in the face.
Dean: Good, hold on to that. 'Cause it look like we have a hellhound to deal with, which means...

Lady Bevell: Well, not about this illusion of you that you hold on to. The perfect life, loving husband and kid. But it never really was perfect, was it? All those secrets you kept from your beloved John. That you were a hunter. That you invited Azazel to visit when he spared John's life.
Mary: How do you-
Lady Bevell: I have sources, Mary, everywhere. After you died, your lover John was a man slowly going mad, searching for revenge. What, your boys didn't tell you? The drunken rages, the weeks of abandonment. Child abuse, really. It's no wonder they are so damaged. So, enough with the fairy tale, we are returning you to a more natural version of yourself, Mary Campbell -- natural born killer.


Lady Bevell: The American hunters haven't fallen into line as we'd hoped. So they're being eliminated. Repealed and replaced by our people, and you Mary, you play a key role in that.

Crowley: So? Dagon dead. Kelly's now in the clutches of the Winchester's love slave, Castiel, who's no doubt dragging her to a gruesome death.
Lucifer: As opposed to the fun packed death you have in store?


Lady Bevell: “I would never expect civility from you, psychopath.”

Mary: I believed in what you people were doing. I fought with you so that my boys could maybe live in a world without monsters. How can you just-
Mr. Ketch: I'm not sure what you're expecting. That I'll intervene? We made it clear to each other that we don't have a relationship.
Mary: You do it! Kill me. All my life all I've ever had other than my family, was my will. And it's going away. I-I'm putting people in danger, I'm putting my sons in danger. You have to. Please. For God's sake, kill me.


Crowley: “Before long, of course, I will get rid of you, but I will miss our little chats."
Lucifer: “You mean the ones where you prattle on about your imagined power and I pretend to care. Those chats?"

Lucifer: Master strategist. More like Kermit the Frog. Oh my little Muppet! Crowley, what will I do without you?

Sam: Did you -- did -- did your people, did they kill her?
Lady Bevell: Probably. Rule of thumb -- if you think we killed someone, then we probably did. Speaking of, you do realize that by attacking me, you invite the retribution of the entire British Men of Letters? No investigation, no trial. Just punishment and ruin. Possibly at the hands of Mary Winchester.

Sam: She's your prisoner? Why?
Lady Bevell: Prisoner? Who said anything about prisoner? No, Mary's joined the team. Even has her own super-secret decoder ring.


Dean: Mom. Look at me. It's us. Please. What's wrong with you? Mom!

Mr. Ketch: I do have to hand it to Lady Bevell, your treatments been successful so far. And so you know, this will become easier.
Mary: Easier to hurt people I love?
Mr. Ketch: Easier to hurt people you don't remember loving.



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