Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 204 “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

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The Winchester Brothers deal with the worst case of “unrequited Duckie love” in the history of ever while Dean moves on to the anger stage of his grief.

Sam convinces Dean the two of them should visit their mother’s grave in the wake of John’s death and Dean is not happy about it. He doesn’t see the point to talking to a headstone over an empty grave and stays away while Sam tearfully buries John’s dog tags at Mary’s site. Looking around, Dean notices a dead tree and grass in a perfect circle around a grave belonging to a college woman, Angela (Tamara Feldman), who was interred a few days before. Dean thinks it is a possible vengeful spirit, Sam thinks Dean is deflecting his feelings into something he can do. The younger brother indulges the investigation for a short while, but when Dean is a little too confrontational to Angela’s father, Sam decides he is done and chooses another way of occupying his time.

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Eventually Dean is proven there is more going on than just avoidance when he finds out Angela crashed her car and died after finding her boyfriend had cheated on her. The boyfriend was also just found dead in his house with his throat cut. He breaks the news to Sam (and interrupts the porn marathoning) who apologizes. The two dig up Angela’s grave to burn the body to get rid of the vengeful spirit. Just one problem. No body in the grave, just some ancient Greek markings used to raise the dead. Now they have a zombie on their hands.

Being in the friend zone is the worst, but brining your unrequited love back from the dead is just plain creepy. But Angela’s best friend, Neil (Christopher Jacot), does just that, and there may have been quite a bit of retching noises coming from me when Zombie Angela and Neil start kissing.

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Just. Really. Wrong.

Not wanting to consider his love is capable of murder, Neil believes Zombie Angela when she tells him she didn’t kill her boyfriend.

Faced with too many possibilities, but no proven methods, of how to kill a zombie, Dean and Sam settle on silver as a start. They go to Neil’s house to talk about his activities and find a “zombie pen” in his basement, but no zombie. “It takes two to, you know, have the hardcore sex,” Dean realizes (Sam’s face after he says that is priceless) along with Angela’s roommate was more upset over the death of the boyfriend than the friend.

Dean and Sam get to the house just before Angela kills her former roommate and shoot her with the silver bullets. They don’t kill her, but the silver does weaken her. Angela runs off and Dean chases her, but “damn that dead chick can run.” Next on the list of how to kill a zombie, nail her back into the coffin. The trick is how do they get her back to the cemetery. The brothers confront Neil and break it to him his lovely dead girlfriend is not so sweet anymore. They tell him they are going back to her gravesite to perform a ritual that will stop her, knowing she is listening in, and try to get Neil to come with them. He refuses, but they warn him to walk away as calm as possible “don’t make her mad” or she could snap. Neil tries to take their advice and pretend he is going to help her, but she realizes he is leaving her and breaks his neck.

Back at the cemetery, Sam and Dean prep her coffin and set Sam as bait. Angela finds Sam and he shoots her in the head to weaken her further and get her to chase him. She catches up and nearly breaks Sam’s neck, but Dean shoots her a couple more times and she falls into her grave. Dean jumps in and stakes her into place. “What’s dead should stay dead.”

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Just when I think the episode is over and the boys drive off into the sunset (or sunrise this time), Dean pulls over to the side of the road. He apologizes to Sam for his behavior the last few days, his lashing out at everyone over the case, and for his part in their father’s death. Neither one wanted to say the obvious out loud, but they knew Dean’s miracle recovery, John’s death, and the disappearance of the Colt couldn’t be just a coincidence. “I never should have comeback, Sam. It wasn’t natural. And now look what’s come of it,” the older brother tearfully confesses. “What could you possibly say to make that alright?” Dean asks just before the episode closes and Sam has no answer.

It really hit me that Dean isn’t only dealing with the death of the only parent he had left, but he was also having to deal with the knowledge of his own mortality. Since he was fighting what Tessa was telling him about moving on for the majority of the episode, it is easy to forget that before she was possessed and forced to exchange Dean’s life for John’s, he was going to go with her. I don’t think he remembers what happened in that time between life and death, but he has to have that feeling of near serenity ripped from him, right? That hole in his heart is more than just the loss of his father, it is the loss of peace.

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What did you think of “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”? Were you happy to see a zombie make an appearance in the Supernatural world? Were you squeed out when Neil kissed Angela? Did Dean break your heart in the end? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not post spoilers for future episodes.

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