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. Sam’s been captured by a British Woman of Letters who’s no fan of the Winchesters, Castiel thinks Dean is dead, and Dean is reunited with his mother…who’s been dead for thirty-three years.
Oh and Lucifer is footloose and fancy-free.
But wait…what about episode 5?
Well, funny thing happened when I tried to watch “The One You’ve Been Waiting For.” This error message popped up on my computer, no matter which browser I used.
Sorry about that. I hear that Dean killed Hitler. Boy, that must have been stellar television.
I know, I know. I’m behind on recaps. You can blame that 50K space opera I just finished writing. I was behind on watching Supernatural too, but “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” more than made the wait worthwhile.
The episode starts in 1980, and we see a younger Mary Winchester saving a young boy from a werewolf. The boy’s name? Asa Fox.
There’s a montage of Asa Fox becoming obsessed with the supernatural and growing up to become a hunter–a hunter who dies during a case. It becomes apparent after his death that he was friends with Jody Mills (and possibly something more?). Dean and Sam happen to be at her house when she receives word of his death at the hands of a crossroads demon, and so they accompany her to the fellow hunter’s wake.
At the funeral, the brothers become the center of several rather uncomfortable conversations, since the Winchesters are the things of hunter legend. One really awkward conversation circulates around Sam’s stint as Lucifer’s vessel and wow did I feel bad for Sammy.
The boys talk, once again, about life outside of “the life.” Sam wonders if they’ll ever have anything outside of hunting, but Dean, while speaking of Asa’s death, says, “[Asa] died on the job. No better way to go.”
Dean, your John Winchester is showing.
Things grow rather more awkward when Mary shows up at the wake. Things are still tense between Dean and her, and Asa’s mother is no fan of Mary Winchester either, blaming her for Asa’s hunting lifestyle.
A second corpse at the wake–a fresh one–reveals that this episode has turned into the demonic version of the film Clue. No one can enter or leave the house (well, except Dean who enlists the help of the reaper, Billie) until the demon releases them. This demon is a vessel-hopper, and more cunning than any demon we’ve met since season 5. Perhaps it’s just a trait of red-eyed crossroads demons?
Eventually the demon jumps into Jody’s body, because it well knows that the Winchesters won’t hurt the sheriff. Secrets are revealed by the demon–the most notable one being that Asa was not killed by the demon, but rather by his hunting buddy who blamed the demon to cover up his mistake.
With the big secret revealed, Asa Fox can finally be put to rest. Billie returns, and she offers Mary Winchester a chance to return to heaven, an offer that Mary refuses for the time being. She goes to breakfast with her boys (where there is much bacon) and all is as right as it can be in the world of the Winchesters.
The Big Picture
Billie’s offer will probably be looming over the Winchesters’ heads for the remainder of the season. Though Mary rejected the chance to return to Heaven, it is now known to the boys (and to us) that she is unhappy on Earth. Season 4 Dean feels, anyone?
I fear that if Mama Winchester doesn’t find a reason to stay on Earth soon, that she just might take Billie up on her offer, and the boys will be left orphaned and broken-hearted. Again.
It was nice to see a little bit more of Mary’s history, and to know that she didn’t give up hunting after the birth of Dean. It also brings up a recurring theme from this season: consequences. The boys have been facing the consequences of their actions with the International Membership of Douchebags or whatever the worldwide MoL members call themselves. It seems that Mary, too, will be seeing some aftershocks from her time as a hunter.
It begs the question, however: when are we going to see the effects of having Lucifer topside? I recently rewatched season 5, and those episodes were full of biblical allusions and physical repercussions to the presence of the Devil. So…what’s going on season 12? When are we gonna see a Horseman or two? Or see the world feeling the effects of pure unadulterated evil?
Until next week, SPN Fam.