If I’m being completely honest, I was less than enthused when I saw the title of tonight’s episode, “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox.” I thought: I don’t know Asa Fox, so why do I want an entire episode about him? But an hour later, I’m happy to say I was proven wrong. This episode wasn’t actually about Asa Fox at all, and I really enjoyed it.
We start in Canada in 1980, where a young(er) Mary Winchester saves a young boy, named Asa Fox, from a werewolf. And from that moment on, Asa is hooked. A montage shows us Asa’s life through the years, as he grows up writing letters to Mary and learning how to be a hunter. That beautiful montage comes to an abrupt end, however, when Asa ends up hanged. And that’s where the episode kicks off.
From there, we check in on the wonderful Jody Mills, who is teenager-less and getting ready to enjoy her night full of Netflix, pizza, and wine. (Because Jody knows how it’s done.) The good/bad news is the (unshowered) Winchesters decide to crash her party. I have to say, I loved this interaction:
Dean, beaming with pride: “Since the last time I saw you, I killed Hitler.”
Jody: “Thank you?”
Dean: “You’re welcome.”
At this point, I’m just waiting for Dean to get it tattooed on him. (Just kidding, because we know these guys hate tattoos considering they really could’ve used some anti-possession tattoos in this hour. Seriously, shouldn’t that be the FIRST thing you do as a hunter?)
After Dean learns Jody is a badass sheriff with a thing for rom-coms, Jody finds out Dean’s into animated Japanese erotica. Thankfully for Dean, that conversation ends when Jody gets a phone call with the news her good friend Asa Fox is dead. Just like that, Sam and Dean are accompanying Jody on a drive to Canada to attend a wake. After all, it’s about time the Winchesters attended a hunter gathering.
So, what’s a hunter gathering like? Well, there’s a dead body in one room, there’s home-brewed beer in another, and the Winchesters are LEGENDS. (As they should be.) As one hunter asks Dean, “Aren’t you dead…like, four times?” Dean responds, “Yeah, didn’t take.” And P.S. dude, it’s WAY more than four times.
Meanwhile, Sam’s in the next room meeting a couple of hunters who were raised by a witch when he gets accosted by Elvis, a fellow hunter and Sam’s biggest fan. It seems Sam is best known for living through Lucifer’s possession (and shockingly, not for his great head of hair).
When Sam and Dean finally meet up, we get yet another chat about the life they’re in. As per usual, Dean seems content with the fact he will die on the job someday. As far as he’s concerned, there’s no better way to go. As he puts it, “It’s not like we’re in the live-till-you’re-90-die-in-your-sleep business.” This life only ends one way, and that’s a fact Sam isn’t as willing to accept just yet.
NEXT: When Mary Met Jody