This week’s Supernatural episode had one clear protagonist: Misha Collins’ directorial debut. And he didn’t fail, at all. Mother’s Little Helper shows Sam dealing with Men of Letters story while Crowley keeps testing Dean on his quest to find and kill Abaddon. WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS.
MORE ON ABADDON AND THE MEN OF LETTERS
The people in Milton are going crazy. They are full of rage and they act as if they didn’t care about anything or anyone. This time, though, Sam and Dean split up and Sam goes on this hunt on his own. While he’s investigating, he meets Julia, a lady who claims the reason for this strange behaviour is demons. Sam sits down to talk with her and she tells him a story of when the Men of Letters were there in 1958 to investigate something similar.
We see Henry (Sam and Dean’s granddad, whom we saw in 8×12) and Josie, before she was possessed by Abaddon, who are in their initiation as Men of Letters. They went to a convent to investigate sister Mary Catherine, who killed two people before jumping from the bell tower. They saved some nuns who had been possessed by demons but struggle to exorcise the Mother Superior, because she was actually possessed by Abaddon, a Knight of Hell. Josie convinces Abaddon to possess her instead of Henry and we learn that Josie was secretly in love with Henry. Just like that, Abaddon possesses Josie to investigate the Men of Letters and later killed them all, which we know she succeeded to do because “Abaddon takes what she wants, and right now she wants everything”.
Sam goes to St. Boaventure, the exact same convent, which seems to be the source for these strange behaviours happening again. Sam finds a series of jars with some kind of shiny white smoke in it: human souls. We learnt about the power of human souls in S6 and S7 but we didn’t really get any resolution on that. Now, apparently Abaddon is taking human souls and turning them into demons to build an army (!!!). It’s good to finally have an explanation of what Abaddon has been doing during all the season. Sam frees the souls and they’re returned to their owners, who go back to normal.
If this episode proved us anything about Sam, it’s that he’s totally capable of handling a hunt on his own. We know that Dean isn’t a big fan of Sam going on hunts alone and he wouldn’t have even allowed it a few seasons back. But, this time, he didn’t say anything. Sadly, this is not a reflection of Dean understanding Sam is an adult who can do whatever he wants, but just a reflection of how little he cares about anything or anyone surrounding him at the moment.
THE MARK OF CAIN STARTS AFFECTING DEAN
Dean has only one thing on his mind right now: to kill Abaddon. Actually, Dean is as obsessed as Sam was with killing Lilith in S4 or Castiel with killing Raphael in S6. What we’re seeing between Dean and Crowley now is what we already saw between Castiel and Crowley and Sam and Ruby. We all know by now that demons are experts in manipulating. “What you call being obsessed, I call doing my job”, says Dean, while he keeps drinking copious quantities of alcohol.
Dean goes to a bar (funnily, also called Milton) and he meets up with Crowley. Crowley is curious and wants to know how Dean felt when he killed Magnus. Crowley wants to convince Dean that he’s like Cain, “you just want to touch that precious again, don’t you?”
Later on, Dean stops a newbie hunter, Jack, who wanted to kill Crowley on his own. Dean gives him a speech about how, if he fails, Crowley would go after every member of his family. But he really just wanted to protect Crowley. Jack turned out to be a demon who was there with Crowley. “Now he’s ready”, he tells him
Dean: What I want, what I fear. None of that means squat. Because this is the one chance that we have to kill Abaddon. So I’m all in, no matter what the consequences.
Dean hasn’t been the same since he killed Magnus. He had had the Mark of Cain since 9×11 but it’s not until now that we’re starting to see the consequences. A lot of people have speculated that the Mark is not something that makes you want to kill but something that amplifies your anger and your desire of killing. Andwe all know what Dean did in Hell and how much he enjoyed it.
FINAL RATING: 9
Check out the description and promo for next episode, Meta Fiction, airing on April 15th:
METATRON OFFERS CASTIEL A DEAL — Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) attempts to get Castiel (Misha Collins) to join forces with him. Still furious with Metatron, Castiel (Misha Collins) refuses, which sets a surprising plan in motion. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) capture Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.