The Maw of Fenris can be traced back to Bess' stepmother, and her motives all boil down to "Why co-exist when you can rule?" That's totally Beyonce's mantra too, so I totally get it. Sam has been kidnapped and held hostage again, along with Bess and Garth, the world's most useless werewolf.
Sam's well-honed stalling tactics, his freakishly long legs and Dean's quick-draw saves the day.
In the end, Garth offers to help the brothers avenge Kevin since feels like he abandoned him by not coming forward when he was turned. Dean kindly declines. "I'm the one who should have been there to protect him." He also gives Garth his blessing to be one with the hippy-dippy werewolves: "Who cares where happiness comes from? We're all a little weird and we're all a little wacky. You've got something here. Don't let that go."
Dean drives Sam to his hunter-approved albeit tiny car and bids him farewell, but can't leave without saying...something. Finally, it's time for Sam and Dean confront each other. I’m expecting hair-pulling, haymakers and a pristine tear rolling down Dean’s whiskered cheek. It’s all frustratingly civil. Is this growth or delayed-punchification?
Dean apologizes like a Winchester, which means, he says everything but "I'm sorry." Sam makes like Anderson Cooper and remains quiet, letting his brother flail for the right words. He ends up with this: "I was messed up, man. Kevin was dead and I don't know what I was. Maybe I still don't. I know I took a piece of you in the process, and for that...Someone changed the playbook, man. It's like what's right is wrong and what's wrong is more wrong. When we rode together, we..." "Split the crappiness," Sam finishes.
Sam doesn't think that hunting will fix what's broken between them. "We don't see things the same way anymore. Back in that church, taking me out of boarding up hell or ticking me into letting Gadreel possess me. I can't trust you. Not the way I should be able to."
Dean plays the family card, and Sam all but forfeits the game: "You say that like it's some sort of cure-all, like it can change the fact that everything that has ever gone wrong between us hasn't been because we're family."
He offers to work with Dean, but they can't be brothers. Dean agrees. This is the maddening calm before the storm, which tells me it's not remotely over. They are both more mature and well-intentioned by taking the time to discuss how they feel, but I don’t think Sam has begun to process what has happened to him, and Dean hasn’t either.
Ultimately "Sharp Teeth" was pretty dull on entertainment. The episode was fairly predictable even while changing the werewolf mythology and the trajectory of beloved weirdo Garth. It was disappointing that after last week's fantastic episode, and Sam's recovery from the trials and Gadreel's possession, that we have returned to the overdone climas of Sam needing to be rescued by his big brother. But that is the true crux of the dilemma between Sam and Dean. Dean was trained to save his little brother (above everything else) no matter what while Sam was raised (and eventually compelled) to save lives no matter what. As long as these motivations don’t change, the brothers will always be doomed to hurt and betray each other. And that truth cuts is the deepest.
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