Still reeling from last week’s reveal that the Darkness is God’s sister? Too bad! We don’t learn much about that little wrinkle this week. However, a familiar female character appeared in this episode and survived the entire hour, so…yay!
Briana Buckmaster is back to bring some Fargo flair to the proceedings as the sunny, resourceful Sheriff Donna “a bit of a doormat” Hanscum, whom we last saw being inducted into the world of monsters courtesy of Sheriff Jody Mills. This is how she knows to call the Winchesters when a man in a giant, fuzzy rabbit mask stabs someone to death with a beer bottle.
Her call comes as Dean is railing at Sam after catching him praying on his knees beside his bed, “now I lay me down to sleep” style. (An aside: the brotherly plaid color coordination is tight this week. Well done, guys.)
On the phone with Donna, Dean asks, “What do you mean ‘killer bunny’?” while Sam clarifies, “Fat-sucker Donna?” Worst nickname ever.
So they’re off to Cottage Grove, Minnesota, where Donna takes them to meet the Donnie Darko rabbit’s fuzzy younger brother with a mask that won’t come off, no matter what you try. He’s sitting in a cell in jeans and that enormous blood-soaked rabbit head. It’s creepy. So, so creepy.
“What’s up, doc?” Dean asks but gets no response. And the only response Sam gets from, “Let me guess, Rog. You were framed?” is a dirty look from his brother.
But when Dean turns back from glaring at Sam, aaah! The bloody rabbit man is at the bars, grabbing him, and Dean squeaks out the the world’s funniest, smallest exclamation of terror. The rabbit man is strong, and he doesn’t react to holy water, so he’s not a demon. But his Minnesota Tech T-shirt and “Kylie” tattoo lead the brothers to his girlfriend, who says her boyfriend, Mike, started acting strangely the instant he put that mask on in a thrift shop the day before.
At the station, Donna and Officer Doug, who unfortunately shares a name with her bad ex-husband, are forced to shoot Mike in self-defense when he attacks them. Dead, the rabbit head comes right off, and he’s a regular 19-year-old.
That night, the Winchesters and Donna set fire to the mask, which is engulfed in flames so quickly that it’s obviously unsafe even without whatever curse it carries And other than Donna’s guilt over killing an innocent — albeit possessed — kid, problem solved, right?
Wrong. The high school football coach is put into a coma when the mascot, a jester, beats his head in with a kettlebell. Do you see what happens when you let CrossFit into your life?
The brothers suggest that this might be a case of ghost possession and hit the jester with rock salt. Sure enough, off pops the mask to reveal a confused teenage girl. The Winchesters encourage Donna to let the possessed lass go but not before the girl explains that the jester costume was recently donated to the school.
And this is how the Winchesters come to knock on the door of Rita Johnson and her son, Max. The costume belonged to her brother, Chester, a kid’s entertainer with a truly frightening number of masked costumes. Chester killed himself a couple of months back by jumping off a bridge and was cremated. The brothers get a list of all of the donated costumes to collect and destroy.
NEXT: Sam battles his biggest fear