'Supernatural' midseason finale recap: Trust issues

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WARNING: If you haven’t watched this week’s midseason finale of Supernatural, don’t read on. Unless you want to. But consider yourself warned.

Is anyone else exhausted? I certainly am, and I place blame completely on Supernatural‘s midseason finale, which was emotionally draining — in all the right ways.

Of course, I expected that because I knew that this week’s episode marked the return of Dean’s Purgatory buddy Benny (Ty Olsson), whose arc this season has been a great source of high drama and emotional moments. (Remember the vampire pirate episode from a few week’s back? It was full of awesome.)

But while I have certainly sung Benny’s praises so arc this season, Sam has done quite the opposite, frequently playing hunters’ advocate when Dean tried to convince Sam that the vampire could be trusted. And this week, we learned Sam’s skepticism had hit new levels.

It was revealed that Sam had enlisted Martin “fresh from the crazy bin” Creaser follow the vampire and report any strange behavior. Understandably, Dean was less than happy to learn this news, but Sam was convinced he’d made the right decision, especially when Martin reported a death that looked to be the work of a vampire.

Now, we all know Sam’s an incredibly smart guy, but the fact that he considered Martin reliable labor/someone who should be allowed carry weapons, tells me one of two things: 1) Though he claims to have learned his lesson from the past, Sam’s just as guilty as Dean is of being too trusting. (“I’m going to let a vamp roam free.” “I’m going to let a mentally unstable man carry a gun.” Newsflash, you’re both kind of crazy.) Or 2) He was blinded by his distrust to notice Martin was not the right person for the job. Regardless, Martin turned out to be a big problem when the case picked up.

Upon arriving in the town where Benny was laying low, Dean begged Sam and Martin for some time to sort things out and talk to Benny. And though he was granted that, the rest didn’t pan out how he’d hoped.

After meeting up with Benny, Dean had learned that Benny was tracking a fellow vampire who had come to town to recruit him. When Benny rejected him, the stubborn vampire started killing people to try to “roust” him out, according to Benny. But Benny was determined to fight back for a few reasons, the main being that he didn’t want to leave the town in which he was currently living. It was, after all, his hometown. Yup, once upon a time, that city was where Benny called home, and in fact, the waitress with whom he was currently working was actually his great-granddaughter. (She was not aware of the fact, however.) D’awww!

Dean reported all of this back to Martin and Sam, but they seemed convinced that Dean was being fed lies. When it looked like Dean was not going to budge on the matter, Martin took the situation into his own hands and knocked Dean out cold. (If Dean had a nickle…) Sam wasn’t on board with the whole assaulting Dean idea, and he let Martin know that he was running the show. It was great to see him put that psycho weasel in his place.

Luckily, before they were able to track Benny, Dean was able to tip him off. So when Sam and Martin arrived at Benny’s supposed location, he was gone. Before they could make another move, Sam randomly received a 911 message from Amelia, that claimed she needed his help immediately.

Sam didn’t think twice and left Martin holding his machete in the forest. Unfortunately, in Martin’s other hand was a photo of Benny and his great-granddaughter, Elisabeth. Eventually — after Dean and Benny killed the vamp they had set out to hunt — Martin used this info to draw Benny back to town, and it was one of the most tense(/awesome) moments of the episode.

With Elisabeth tied up, Martin tried to get Benny to show his true identity to the girl, but after he nearly succeeded, Benny made a surprise move. “What do you want?” Benny asked. “Isn’t it obvious? I want your head on a stake,” cried Martin. With that, Benny walked quietly to the diner’s counter and placed his head down. “I’m sorry,” he whispered to Elisabeth. If the episode would have ended there, I would have gotten seriously stabby. But luckily, Elizabeth called Dean and told him that something had gone down that he needed to see. (Winchester reflex? Woman: Come. Need help. Winchester: OK!)

Dean arrived to a very bloody scene, and he knew about as much about the situation as we did at that point. (My brain: Please be Martin! Wait! No, Benny because I don’t want him to be bad. Wait, no! Martin. No, Benny. No, crap!) In the end, we learned it was Martin’s blood that decorated the diner walls.

The second big mystery of the episode also got a proper answer: When Sam arrived to Amelia’s house, he didn’t see a damsel in distress. He saw Amelia on the couch drinking a beer…with Don. (In an earlier flashback, we learned Sam had stepped away from the relationship to give Don and Amelia a chance to recapture what had been taken from them by a sad turn of events. What a noble guy that Sam Winchester.) Confused and drowning his sorrows at a local bar, Sam once again tried the number that had texted him, and this time he got an answer: It was Dean, who had replaced Amelia’s number in his phonebook a while back in case he “ever needed it.”

Sam: So, is it done?
Dean: Yeah, it’s done.
Sam: Any casualties?
Dean: Martin.
Sam: [Sigh] Was it Benny?
Dean: He had it coming, Sam. I’ll tell you what happened.
Sam: I know what happened, Dean.
Dean: Ok, you want to listen to me or not?

Not. Sam hung up. But just before he was about to further drown his sorrow, he suddenly found himself face-to-face with none other than Amelia. “I knew that was you,” she said, implying she’d seen him lurking outside her window. (Really, A? Do you often have 7-foot moose walking around Kermit, Texas?)

What happened next? We’ll have to wait until January to find out. Yup, it left off there, and we’re left with more than a month to ponder many questions. Speaking of which, here are some mine:

What did you think of the episode? Where do you think things will go from here with Sam and Amelia? Did you like the Benny twist? Or do you wish he’d died honorably? Did anyone else really dig Dean’s interactions with Elizabeth? (Sparks?) Was Dean wrong to play Sam like that? Or was he just protecting a friend? (Let’s try to keep the comments civil here, please; we all know opinions will differ on that matter.) And do you think Dean ever got his pecan pie?

QUOTEABLES

“You’re out of pecan? Story of my life.” — Dean

“If he pops up before I can find him, have him give me a buzz…or you could just drop a dime yourself.” — Dean, flirting, like a boss.
[Ed note: Don’t smile at me like that. I can’t be held accountable for my swooning when you do that.]

“I know it’s hard to believe but I haven’t always been so cute and cuddly.” — Benny

“My brother is not something you want to mess with.” — Dean to Benny. Damn straight.

“Well, good on you, Dean. Must feel great finally finding someone you can trust after all these years.”– Sam. Ouch.

Winchesters.” — Martin

“You need to lay off the junk food.” — Benny to Dean

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