Supernatural Recap: “Ladies Drink Free”, “The British Invasion” and “The Memory Remains”

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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. Dean and Sam are reunited with their mother…who’s been dead for thirty-three years. Oh and Lucifer is footloose and fancy-free (with a baby on the way!) Spoilers ahead.

So I’m a bit behind on my recaps…blame WonderCon and my real-life job. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve finally caught up on the show…so here we go.

12×16 Ladies Drink Free

Supernatural –“Ladies Drink Free”– SN1216a_0104.jpg — Pictured: Kathryn Love Newton as Claire — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

This episode brought back Kathryn Newton as our favorite rebellious teenager Claire Novak, who is a lot more Winchester than she’d ever thought she’d admit. While having lied to Jody about touring a prospective college campus, she ends up on the same hunt that Sam, Dean, and Jason Statham are checking into. What seems to be a simple werewolf case becomes a lot more complicated when Claire is bitten, and it’s a race against the clock to find a cure for her before she goes full wolfy.

The plot of the episode was simple, and it reemphasized what we’ve been saying in the SPN fandom for years: we need a Wayward Daughters show. At the end of “Ladies Drink Free,” Claire confesses to Jody that she’s been hunting, and isn’t that just the perfect opening to a spin-off in which Donna and Jody teach Alex and Claire the ways of kicking ass?

Wayward Daughters. Give it to us.

12×17 The British Invasion

Supernatural –“The British Invasion” — SN1217b_0304.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Shoshannah Stern as Eileen Leahy, Adam Fergus as Mick Davies, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Darren Adams as Renny Rawlings — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

So this episode brought back another fan favorite character–Eileen Leahy–and continued the Winchesters’ strange team up with Jason Statham…or whatever his name actually is. They are looking for Satan’s baby mamma, who I refer to as “Rosemary.” Rosemary is currently hiding out with Dagon, and seeing her OB-GYN, like a responsible mother-to-be. What Dagon hasn’t told her, however, is that the mum of the spawn of Satan doesn’t have a long life expectancy. While Dean, Sam, Eileen, and Jason Statham fail to get Rosemary away from Dagon’s claws, good ole Lucy is forming a coup down in hell. Only a matter of time before the Apocalypse gets restarted, eh?

In the end, Jason Statham shows promise in understanding and appreciating the Winchesters’ way of doing things, but that promise is shunted when Mr. Ketch places a bullet in Statham’s brain, at the behest of the leader of the International House of Douchebaggery British Men of Letters. I’m going to name this new leader Umbridge, because none of the British characters are memorable enough for anything besides being douchebags.

In happier news, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how freaking adorable Sam and Eileen are? I definitely wouldn’t be upset if they decided to play tonsil hockey.

12×18 The Memory Remains

Supernatural –“The Memory Remains” — SN1218b_0063.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Quite honestly, the only note I wrote down for this episode was “low-rate Christian Bale.” I’ve been providing nicknames for most of the British Men of Letters, but thank you Dean Winchester for giving me this one for Mr. Ketch (stop trying to make Ketch happen, SPN). This episode seemed to be a simple hunt except for low-rate Christian Bale deceiving the Winchesters by pretending to be Jason Statham and sending them on a hunt. The hunt involved a weird goat god, lots of blood, and a meat factory–not the most memorable plot SPN has ever conceived–and kept the boys away from the bunker long enough for Ketch and his band of merry man to do a thorough search of it. Creepy Ketch kept a picture of Mary Winchester, and placed a bug in the library of the bunker so that he can hear everything the Winchesters say.

The heart of the episode, however, occurs when the Winchesters return to the bunker. They have their traditional post-case beer, and Dean broaches the subject of whether or not they will be remembered after they’re gone. It’s a bittersweet moment when the boys carve their initials into the table–just as they had the Impala as children–and perhaps it’s a bit of self-awareness when Dean and Sam think of the hunters that may come after them.

Speaking for myself, it was a light punch directly in the feels.

Supernatural will return on April 27 (and so will Castiel). 

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3 thoughts

  1. If the SPN powers that be kill off Eileen, I will completely lose my shit. As should Sam, quite honestly. I don’t know how many female friends and potential lovers one man can watch die without finally jumping off a cliff.
    On another note, I thought Tribal Tat in Ladies Drink Free was the perfect Mini Ketch! I am anxiously awaiting the moment when Mary Winchester shoots that psychopath right in his airbrushed heart and doesn’t bat an eye when she does it, regardless of the fact that he’s the most action she’s seen since Wham wore day-glo.

  2. I am really looking forward to “low-rate Christian Bale” and the rest of the British douchebags being sent packing. How Mary could have slept with the oily creep is beyond me. Ugh.

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