And it's not an easy task as the intensity between Sam and Dean has quadrupled, and it’s illustrated by crazy Martin, who stabs at clumps of ice with a fork. “We came here on a dead body. You asked for some time and now there’s another dead body. We’ve killed for a lot less,” Sam reasoned, trying to make Dean see the light. He's been down this path with Ruby, and he's trying to protect his brother. What does Dean do when he’s cornered? Fights back with everything in his arsenal, including meanness: “Every relationship I’ve ever had has gone to crap at some point. The one thing I can say about Benny is that he has never let me down,” Dean fired back. ZING! This was the lowest of low blows for Sam, who yes has betrayed Dean, but always tried to do so for the Greater Good. It’s a little scary how cavalier the brothers have become about human lives. But it’s downright frightening when crazy Martin knife-whips Dean and a stunned Sam leaves him handcuffed to the radiator in order to go gank Benny.
This, of course, is where everything goes from worse to DEFCON 1 (Did you notice that even though Sam still didn't take the Impala? I really, really want to know exactly how Dean pounded it into Sam’s molecules that stealing his car is worse than letting dudes knock him out). Anyway, Sam and Dean are hot on Benny’s trail until Sam gets a frantic yet perfectly punctuated text message from Amelia, begging him to come back. Never one to deny a damsel in distress, Sam goes running, literally leaving Martin standed in the Louisiana wilderness.
Dean recovers and frees himself in enough time to warn Benny and meet up to help him take Desmond out. Dean bears the brunt of the work as he gets to play bait for the hipster vampire who tackles Dean, slices his throat only to get beheaded as he goes in for the kill. It’s a testament to how much Dean trusts Benny that he doesn’t seem remotely worried being beaten and bloody in front of a creatures with legendary bloodlust. Benny, however visibly struggles, abruptly leaving as he hears Dean’s heart beating and the blood rushing tantalizingly in his veins. Back in Kermit, Sam approaches his old house, gun at the ready, only to find that Amelia isn’t just fine, she’s deliriously happy, cuddling up to Don on the couch. Sam stumbles back to the car, brokenhearted.
In the “Supernatural” world, there’s really only two kind of hunters: the ones the job kills and the ones the job breaks. Martin seems to be the latter. He stumbles back from the woods and is the picture of calm, smirking into the phone as he coos, “You don’t have to worry about me, Dean, I’m long gone too.” That’s not creepy at all. At first, I thought he’d been turned by one of Desmond’s goons or possessed by a nearby demon. But Martin was just a man with a plan. He heads back to the diner, borrows Elizabeth’s cell phone and calls Benny, threatening her life. Benny only half takes the bait. He arrives at the diner to save a poor, confused Elizabeth, but he doesn’t fight Martin, only the monster inside of him. He even offers up his own life for hers before survival instinct takes over and he does what we’re all programmed to do. Poor Martin? Not really, no.
As much as I don't trust Benny, Ty Olsson makes it impossible not to. He's turned Benny into a sensitive, big-hearted, chicken-fried grizzly bear.
The end of the episode left me stunned and a baffled at Sam and Dean’s treatment towards each other. As much as they tried to save lives, they really just conspired against each other. Sam left Dean handcuffed to a radiator in order to go kill Dean’s friend. In response, Dean used a re-programmed a burner phone number into Sam’s phone as Amelia’s number, so he could fake a text message and manipulate his brother. And he’d done it before this mess had even started. He's been down that path with Amy, and he's trying to protect his brother. “Supernatural” has delved into all the very brutal heart of evil, but watching these two saviors of the world battle each other, even for the right reasons, is probably the most disturbing thing I’ve seen since the skeeviest slow dance in history in “Repo Man.”
There have been a lot of rumors and theories on the internet that Amelia was a figment of Sam’s imagination or that Sam was actually brainwashed or manipulated by higher powers in order to keep him from pulling Dean out of Purgatory, and the GIFs and explanations on the web actually had me wondering if it was true. All of that came crumbling down when Sam turned around and Amelia, his past, was standing in his present.
But the real and soul-crushing cliffhanger is that Sam upon hearing about Martin’s death wouldn’t even listen to Dean, and Dean seemed content without Sam riding shotgun. After engaged in wicked reindeer games with each other, they'd both lost. The brothers are irrevocably divided and there won’t be any resolution until next year. Can Santa fast-forward time? That’s all I want for Christmas.
Grade: From A to F, “A Very Supernatural Christmas” to “Bugs,” this episode was a ballsy B.
What did you think of this episode? Did you want Dean and Elizabeth to hook up as much as I do? Did you feel bad for squirrelly Martin? How are you going to survive the hiatus? Hit up the comments section!
Thanks so much for reading! I will be back when "Supernatural returns on Jan. 16. Happy Holidays!