With a big bad called the Darkness, I think it’s fair to say that many of us were worried about the overall tone of this season. And yet, once again, this week proved that this show knows what it means to create balanced programming. Because if tonight wasn’t fun, I don’t know what is.
We start off in Wisconsin, where some poor child comes home to find Sparkle, her man/unicorn of an imaginary best friend dead. He’s been murdered.
Cut to the bunker, where Sam is waking up at 6:30 a.m. — in case you ever wondered what the hours were for saving the world — and fixing coffee when he runs into a familiar snack: marshmallow nachos. Yes, they sound disgusting, but apparently they were Sam’s favorite when he was 9…or so says Sully, the imaginary friend Sam just punched in the face.
It (understandably) takes Sam a minute to wrap his head around the whole “my imaginary friend is real” thing, but when Dean comes walking in wearing a robe — a twist I did not see coming — he, well, he looks like I do at 6:30 in the morning: pissed. When Sam’s unable to explain what’s going on, Dean figures his brother is having a stroke, but then Sully “allows” Dean to see him. We then get Jensen Ackles’ favorite line of the season: “I’m gonna get my gun.”
Also, can we talk about how it’s 6:30 a.m., and already Sam has punched Sully and Dean has nearly karate chopped him? These boys should really do all of their fighting before 9 a.m. They’re feisty before coffee.
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After Sully explains that he’s less of a typical imaginary friend and more of a Xana (or is it Zana?), Sam heads to his favorite resource: his books. And there, he does discover that these creatures are meant to guide and protect children. However, Dean still can’t fathom why they should help Sully. After all, they save people and hunt things. They don’t save things.
This argument gives us this gem from Dean: “Fairy godmother can get capped. That ain’t our beat.” Yeah, I think it’s safe to say Dean just lost his right to play Prince Charming in anything ever. And yet, when Sam says “Sully helped me,” Dean gives in to his little brother.
And when I say that Dean gives in, I mean he gives in to the point of agreeing to wear a cardigan and pose as a trauma counselor in order to talk to a child and witness the “imaginary” crime scene. There, they find Sparkle, the “manicorn.” Of course, Dean and Sam can’t see him at first, which leads us to this:
Sully: “If I show you all we can see, you can’t tell a soul.”
Dean: “Yeah because chicks dig the whole imaginary-friend thing.”
Needless to say, Sully allows them to see the crime scene, which Dean rightfully claims will undoubtedly lead to that kid needing “all the shrinks.” Great exchange No. 2:
Sam: “His blood is glittery?”
Sully: “Even when he’s dead, Sparkle can’t stop shining.”
Don’t tell me this show isn’t fun.
NEXT: A mermaid murder