Supernatural 12×03 and 12×04 Recap: “The Foundry” and “American Nightmare”

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The Road So Far

Last season saw the brothers in a battle with their biggest foe yet: the Darkness. Upon reuniting the Darkness with her brother, AKA God, the brothers were able to take a long relaxing vacation…oh wait, nope. The boys never catch a break, though they have been reunited with their mother…who’s been dead for thirty-three years.

Oh and Lucifer is footloose and fancy-free.

Synopsis “The Foundry”

Supernatural -- "The Foundry" -- SN1203b_0014.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “The Foundry” — SN1203b_0014.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

This episode lights up with a couple entering a dark, creepy house because they hear a baby crying (we know this is going to end oh so well). Unsurprisingly, they die because of supernatural occurrences, and a sleepless Mary stumbles across the case and presents it to her sons as a chance to “stretch her legs.” So off they go on a family hunting trip, and it quickly becomes apparent that Mary is not quite prepared for hunting in the 21st century. In the end, though, it’s her tenacity that solves the case, which turns out to be a really creepy haunting.

After the case is solved, Mary confesses to the boys that she needs space. It’s a heartwrenching scene, because we know how often John left the boys, and the emotional abandonment they went through as children. Mary doesn’t know, however, and it’s all the more difficult to watch her leave the boys so that she can go out and mourn the loss of the life she knew in 1983.

Supernatural -- "The Foundry" -- SN1203a_0284.jpg -- Pictured: Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “The Foundry” — SN1203a_0284.jpg — Pictured: Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Meanwhile Agent Beyonce, I mean Cas, is hunting the Devil, with the help of his buddy Agent Jay Z, AKA Crowley. They discover, after interrogating Vince Vincente’s sister, where the Devil/Rockstar may be hiding. Castiel questions Crowley’s motivations, but it turns out that Crowley doesn’t want his mother, Rowena, working for the Devil any more than Castiel does. Their partnership, though unlikely, is effective.

Rowena, however, needs no rescuer. She singlehandedly speeds up the decay of Lucifer’s vessel and sends him to the bottom of the ocean.

Can we keep Rowena forever?

Synopsis “American Haunting”

Supernatural -- "American Nightmare" -- SN1204a_0054.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and William MacDonald as Abraham Peterson -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “American Nightmare” — SN1204a_0054.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and William MacDonald as Abraham Peterson — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

“American Haunting” has one of the creepiest beginnings we’ve seen on Supernatural. A woman enters a church, and is subject to psychic flagellation and stigmata. The priest who witnesses the event claims it is due to demonic influence, and of course, this is a case for the Winchesters. A second death leads them to the doorstep of the Petersons–a close-knit religious family who have eschewed the “comforts” of modern-day technology. This lifestyle led to the death of their daughter, who died of pneumonia because they refused modern medicine.

The boys are divided on the cause of the deaths–Dean expects witchcraft, but Sam suspects Mrs. Peterson. While Dean investigates the CPS worker attached to the Petersons, Sam sticks around the farm to see what the Petersons are really about. He discovers that the daughter, Magda, is still alive and chained in the basement, where she is whipped and abused by her mother.

Supernatural -- "American Nightmare" -- SN1204b_0008.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam, Gig Morton as Elijah Peterson and William MacDonald as Abraham Peterson -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “American Nightmare” — SN1204b_0008.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam, Gig Morton as Elijah Peterson and William MacDonald as Abraham Peterson — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Sam is taken captive by the Petersons, and it’s revealed that the mother thinks that the Devil lives inside her daughter, and that the only way to release him is to kill her family by making them eat rat poison. As premises go, it’s certainly an unexpected twist, and while Magda is revealed to have strong psychic powers, there’s no connection to demon blood (like Sam had). In the end, Mrs. Peterson kills her husband and son, but is stopped by Magda, who in the end leaves to live with her aunt.

Except she totally doesn’t because she’s killed by a creepy British dude on a motorcycle, whose name I can’t be bothered to remember and will henceforth be called Jason Statham.

The Big Picture

Supernatural -- "American Nightmare" -- SN1204a_0148.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “American Nightmare” — SN1204a_0148.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Not gonna lie, part of the reason this recap is doubled up is because I was unbelievably pissed at the ending of “The Foundry.” I mean, I figured that Mary would go off on her own at some point, but I didn’t think it would be so soon. When it comes to the Winchesters, my instinct is always going to be to yell, “Please stop hurting the boys!”

Narratively speaking, it detracts from Mary’s importance. If we know she’ll disappear after only two episodes, it doesn’t bode well for the longevity of her stay on the show. Sadly, I’m already guessing that Mary will disappear for good (again) sometime this season. But hey, Supernatural occasionally surprises me because Rowena is still around and stronger than ever.

In terms of the big threats of the season: the International League of Douchebaggery, also known as the Men of Letters, is proving to be nothing more than the cleaners for the Winchesters’ “messes.” The introduction of Jason Statham (whatever his name is) is like the Harvey Keitel of Supernatural. We already know how this is going to play out: he’s going to adopt a sinister sneer, put on some leather gloves, and attempt to take care of the ‘problem’ that is the Winchesters.

In other news, Rick Springfield the Devil is proving to be the one that got away. I mean, Crowley’s watching him with those eyes…where can he find a devil like that? Oh, wait…

Really, I think the biggest threat of the season is that they’ll never play “Jessie’s Girl.”

Until next week, SPN Fam.

-TC

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2 thoughts

  1. So I totally agree that Mary Winchester walking out makes me so furious I can’t even. I know I read a lot of “Mary’s perfect” fanfic, but seriously, I don’t buy it. Not. Even. A. Little. She would be spending long nights drinking hot cocoa (or beer, both are equally valid) listening to Dean and Sam telling her stories about their lives. She would BE THERE for them. She would want get to know her boys as men.
    I was also put off by a two-episode Lucifer. What’s the deal? What are the writers in such a rush to get us to? Ketch (a.k.a. Statham)? BTW you are the best namer ever. When I get a new puppy, you’re the first person I’m reaching out to. Be prepared. ; )
    And, um, let me just say that Dean was so hot in American Nightmare. Holy Poop. Those black pants were a bit too tight for your normal, everyday priest. He even makes Mr. Rogers garb look sexy. Should be illegal. Probably is.

    1. Right??? Mary isn’t gonna back down from a challenge. She’d be there, and yeah, I could see her taking the occasional daytrip or sequestering herself in her room, but leaving her boys? I don’t think so. It’s lazy storytelling, in my opinion. If you’re gonna bring back Mary, BRING BACK MARY.

      And I’m glad my snarky naming of characters amuses you. But really, if the writers don’t bother to introduce these new characters properly, I can’t be bothered to remember their names.

      And holy crap I’m regretting my choice to actually talk about the episodes; I wish I’d had you around yesterday when I was writing this recap. I should have just written a 1000 word homily on Dean Winchester’s outfits in “American Nightmare” because HOT DAMN. -TC

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