Happy Thanksgiving, Nerds! This week, I’m going to do an abbreviated version of my usual recap, and this actually seems like the perfect episode to do so, since most of it takes place in one spot. After a heartbreaking “Then” in which we saw some of our favorites from past seasons die all over again, we’re ready to celebrate the life of Asa Fox!
We start in Canada, 1980, where Mary saves a boy from a werewolf. He is so inspired and impressed with her, that he decides to follow in her footsteps and we have a wonderful and ultimately heartbreaking Dean-esq montage of Asa’s life: he hunts, he hooks up with women, and he refuses to give up on his car… and then he dies, and is hung from a tree. Awesome.
Then we see the boys visit Jody, and I am in love. The comfort and relaxed atmosphere of sitting on the couch, watching Netflix is great, as is the look of almost child like pride that Dean has in telling Jody, who has become kind of a surrogate mom to him and Sam, that he killed Hitler. It’s a great moment that is too soon shattered when Jody gets a call telling her that her dear friend Asa, AKA Fox Mulder, has died. The boys offer to drive her to the funeral, and off to Manitoba they go.
Now, the boys have always avoided hunter gatherings, since John always warned them that it was too dangerous, so it’s interesting to see them in a culture they are only really on the fringes of. Jody is clearly more entrenched in the “life” than they are, and she is warmly greeted by Asa’s mother and friends. I love seeing the reactions other hunters had to hearing their names, and think it’s hilarious that the boys are surprised that they’re nigh on legendary (I mean come on, there are books written about them).
What follows is a lot of fanboy-ing (you don’t just ask someone if they were possessed by Satan, Hunter Elvis!), but when a hunter named Randy goes to get a beer, he instead gets his throat slit and then the shenanigans begin. While Asa’s BFF Bucky is telling war stories, Mary walks in and things get nice and awkward. Jody is so excited to meet Mary and for the boys, before making herself scarce. Jody can read a room. Mary tells them that she’s been all over, and catching up on what all has happened. Dean gets upset, since she’d rather learn about their lives through John’s journal than by talking to them, not to mention that she’ll hightail it to Canada for a guy she didn’t know, but barely speaks to them. Dean goes outside, but not before Jody stops him and tells him that she’s there to talk. She would give anything to have her family back, but it would also terrify her. It’s scary to think that things may not work out how you want.
Meanwhile, Mary introduces herself to Asa’s mom, who has absolutely no time for Mary’s shit. The way she sees it, Mary is the reason Asa is not only dead, but never had a family. She hands over the postcards he’s written Mary his whole life, and is off.
Soon after Mary and Sam discover a dead Randy on the ceiling (seriously? I would’ve noticed that he never brought me my beer waaaay sooner). Then the water is off, and we learn that a demon is fucking with them and it’s a regular murder mystery. None of these hunters were boy or girl scouts, apparently, as literally none of them have holy water on them. They are locked in with a demon and none of them even has rock salt. The doors are warded, so Dean can’t get in, as Billie the Reaper relishes telling him outside.
So, this is a house full of hunters, and somehow not one, but three of them manage to get possessed. First up with witch/hunter Alicia, who lets them all know how much fun they’re gonna have. She hops out and I marvel when it’s suggested that they all split up into pairs. Because that always goes well. Soon Elvis is possessed and fights Dean, who manages to convince Billie to get him into the house. Dean has a demon blade. Dean is always prepared. After a fight and near exorcism, Elvis leaves the building with a twisted head. And the power goes out. At least they have flashlights. Thy decide to get into a big Devil’s Trap to ferret out the possessed, and Jody tells Sam she thinks Mary is possessed. She goes full on Abigail Williams (of Salem witch trial fame) and it’s pretty clear pretty quickly that she is possessed. HOW have the boys not made her get a protective tattoo yet?
Mary tries to stab her with an angel blade (Dean and Sam Stop her, and she just gets an arm), but not before Demon in Jody drops some truth bombs. Asa DID have kids, the witchy hunter twins were here to say goodbye to their daddy. Jody apparently has visions of a life with Asa, and one more: Bucky is actually the one to kill his best friend, and framed Asa’s demonic nemesis. Teamwork manages to exorcise him and nothing is left but the condemnation of Bucky. He can live, but the hunters will all tell everyone they know what he did.
The next day at the burning, Jody tells Mary what we all know: that her boys are wonderful men, and Mary also says what we all know: they aren’t the problem. Jody walks away and Dean and Sam come to talk to their mom. Before they get too into anything, though, Billie comes with an offer: Mary doesn’t belong here anymore, and it’s clear she’s lost. Billie will take her back to Heaven, but Mary says she’ll just have to wait. Billie’s exasperated “Winchesters” is amazing. Mary’s not ready to come home yet, but she is down for bacon, because she’s human, and off they go.
BAMF:Jody Mills. I love you Jody. She has been the surrogate mom to the boys since she joined the show and I will forever be heartbroken about her and Bobby never getting together. She is strong and stalwart and steady and everything generous and good that the boys need.
There were a lot of fun parts here, but I was disappointed in the other hunters’ lack of preparedness, I guess. It was frustrating, but there were some nice funny and emotional bits in there, too.