Friday, February 3, 2012

Recap of "The Splice Girls"

When a Supernatural episode starts off with some person you've never seen before home alone, you know that person is going to bite it. And the guy sitting on his couch looking at his laptop while it rains outside did, in fact, die -- very, very bloody. Poor dude got thrown against a wall, his hands and feet cut off and some weird symbol carved into his chest.

Switch scene to the Winchester boys in a beater car (am missing the Impala) with Sam driving as Dean sleeps. When Dean wakes up, he immediately reaches into his jacket for a flask that I'm sure isn't filled with chocolate milk. Sam notices that it's Bobby's beat-to-crap flask and gives Dean a little grief about it. Dean says it's his way of honoring Bobby's memory. The boys meet up with the local medical examiner who shows them the poor sliced-up dude, the latest in a string of sliced-up dudes. The medical examiner tells them that the DNA evidence they collected from all the scenes isn't human. As they leave the morgue, Dean reluctantly admits this might be in the ballpark of their kind of thing. Sam says, "'Didn't match anything human' usually seals the deal for me."

Sam also finds out from one of the dude's neighbors that he'd had a one-night stand with a woman recently. Hmm, that can't be good.

Dean goes to a bar called the Cobalt Room and hooks up with a gal named Lydia (hey, it's Jenna from The Vampire Diaries), and they go back to her place to have sex. When Dean calls her the next day to tell her that he left his flask there, we see that Lydia is big-time pregnant. Whoa! The next thing we know, Lydia is having the baby while a group of creepy, detached women watch. When she pops the kid out, she asks the head creepy lady what they will call her and the lady says Emma. Dean shows up at Lydia's apartment and she mistakenly calls him Don (LOL! He is SO not a Don.), signaling that he meant absolutely nothing to her. He sees the now several months old baby and swears Emma is talking like an adult when she says, "Hey, Mom, who's that guy?" He stakes out the place and sees two of the creepy ladies drive up and Lydia escort Emma, who is now like 5 years old, out to their car.

The creepy ladies take Emma to a place where there are other girls, and they are being branded and asked to eat something (I missed what, and I don't think I want to know) as an initiation.

Since the boys don't have Bobby to call for research help, Sam finds a Professor Morrison who can read Greek and knows something about ancient symbols. Morrison tells them that the symbol on the dead guys' chests is a variation of one on the temple of the Goddess Harmonia, who coupled with Ares, God of War, to produce the Amazons. The Amazons have no use for men other than procreation. They mate every two years and have their babies within 36 hours, then, you guessed it, kill off the fathers. In the midst of figuring all this out, the boys are looking through Bobby's books and papers when Dean swears the papers moved by themselves, leaving a paper written in Greek on top. Dean thinks it's Bobby's spirit because he could read Greek. Sam tells Dean to stay in the locked hotel room while he takes the paper to Professor Morrison. The professor reads it and tells Sam that the offspring are the ones who kill the fathers as part of their initiation into the tribe. Meanwhile, back at the hotel room, Emma, now a teenager, arrives at Dean's room and tells him she wants to run away and he's her only hope. Yeah, I didn't believe her. Even though Dean didn't trust her either and pulled a gun on her, he hesitates to shoot her. But Sam arrives and does it for him.

When the boys are driving away, Sam confronts Dean about wavering and being off his game. Sam had to kill an evil being for Dean the way Dean had to kill Amy, Sam's friend, for Sam. The episode ends with Sam telling Dean, "Don't get killed." Dean simply replies, "I'll do what I can."

So, what do you think? Is Bobby still around somehow, helping the boys? Or is it just Dean hoping Bobby is still there? What did you think of this episode?


Anonymous said...

I definitely think it's Bobby. As for the episode, I thought it was pretty good until the end. Alcoholic Dean is just so detached and makes me feel so sad. But da-amn did I like seeing Jensen in that hot scene. He's just so delish.

kp said...

Well It wasn't the best ep ever but I really dug Dean sweaty-time. I don't mind saying that I'm sick of ghost Bobby or whatever it is. I mean, are they going to salt-n-burn a FLASK or some paperwork? :yawn: Is it really Cas? I hope they go somewhere interesting with this concept 'cause it's not looking good right now. I'd rather watch stoned Dean or working out Sam on an endless loop than have them smack us in the face with raging mediocrity.

Pat C. said...

If they burned Bobby's body, as Sam said, how can it be him? Unless there's some DNA tied to the flask. Which Dean has been drinking from on a regular basis. Eww, icky.

Think of something else. Sam working out. Mmmmmmmmm ....

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

LOL, kp, that's HARSH!

I love (and definitely believe) that Bobby's spirit is still around, and that they're sprinkling it into the storylines.

Bobby is way beyond the normal rules of hauntings. He's been at the cabin and now a hotel room, so he's not tied to one place. There could be DNA somewhere, if he set up a contingency plan, but I don't know why he'd do that, why he wouldn't want to be salted and burned and kept from being a thing to be hunted.

But you know, hunters go after vengeful spirits. They never really talk about benign hauntings. If one exists, the other must, too. If this is Bobby hanging around helping out, he chose to be here for good reasons, not for revenge or justice. So again, the normal rules don't apply.

It can't be Cas. There's no logic or motivation for it to be him. He wouldn't have drunk a beer for kicks and giggles and he wouldn't know where in Bobby's pile of research materials a particular piece of Greek writing would be. :)

As for the episode itself, it was fine. If it had been in one of the first two seasons, it might have even been great. These standalones now, though, have too much to live up to, so they wind up feeling just okay.

Bring on some angsty emotional stuff! :)

kp said...

:) I like to think if it a s "showing my love with brick-like honesty".
I like the ep- just didn't LOVE it.
This week's however...stomach still hurts from laughing.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Well, that goes with the territory, right? When you love something, you're more critical of it.

I liked the two episodes at the same level. They weren't great, but there were bits of each that I loved.

Terri will have her recap posted soon!