So where does one issue a formal complaint with the showrunners of “Supernatural?” Because that’s what we’d like to do ASAP after watching Tuesday (Feb. 4) night’s episode, “The Purge.”
We were promised good things, like Jared Padalecki in a tank top, doing yoga and just generally being amazing, and Jensen Ackles in a hairnet and eating pudding. Pudding! Plus, even though Sam told Dean they could only hunt together if they were no longer brothers, we were ready for some hilarious brotherly moments and a wacky case like from the earlier days of “Supernatural.”
And to be fair, that’s exactly what we got. “The Purge” was about a monster named … well, something that sounds like “fish taco.” It’s a Peruvian fat-sucker, and was just weird. Not scary, just bizarre and strange, like some of the monsters Sam and Dean encountered in early seasons before the mythology got way dark (not that we’re complaining, because we love big arcs and dark mythology, but this fish taco case was a breath of fresh air).
The boys also got to go undercover — Sam as a yoga trainer (thank you, tank top, for finally freeing Padalecki’s guns from his tight flannel and jackets) and Dean as a chef (although the hurt look on his face when Sam was picked over him as the personal trainer was just the best).
And hey, there were some heartwarming brotherly moments, too. “Being honest” about their relationship actually helped bring forth their brotherly rapport from earlier days, like making fun of each other’s undercover outfits (“Nice shorts.” “Nice hairnet!”), Dean telling Sam he’s “weird” around girls, and both of the brothers running to help each other the moment they were needed. Sam first rushed to help Dean when Dean ate the roofie pudding (how perfect is it that Dean knows what a roofie looks like?) and Dean then killed the fish taco that was about to kill Sam. All seemed okay between the brothers despite “not being brothers.”
Until, that is, Sam dropped a truth bomb so harsh on Dean that it looks like their relationship could be seriously damaged like never before. When they were back in the Men of Letters bunker, Dean finally told Sam his new rules bothered Dean, because the fact that they’re brothers is what’s saved them many times before.
Dean: “I may not think things all the way through [ahem, Mark of Cain?] but what I do, I do because it’s the right thing. I’d do it again.”
Sam: “And that is the problem. You think you’re my savior, my brother. You think what you’re doing is worth it because you’ve convinced yourself you’re doing more good that bad. But you’re not … Kevin’s dead, Crowley’s in the wind. Please tell me, what is the upside of me being alive?”
Dean: “Are you kidding me?!? You and me, fighting the good fight together.”
Sam: “Please, for once, just be honest. You didn’t save me for me. You saved me for you … You didn’t want to be alone.”
Sam saying what we all know to be true about Dean (his fatal flaw is his co-dependence on his brother) didn’t make it hurt any less, but Sam wasn’t done “being honest” with Dean. After Dean made an offhand comment that Sam would have done the same thing for Dean back in the church (choosing to save his brother’s life over closing the gates of hell), Sam looked him the eye and said he wouldn’t. In the same circumstances, Sam would not have chosen to save Dean’s life. And that is the biggest betrayal Sam could have committed against Dean: Choosing the mission/task over family.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Sam has chosen something else over Dean. He’s done this time and time again, and it hurts Dean time and time again. It’s like when Sam chose to go to college over hunting with Dean and their dad, or when Sam chose to drink demon blood with Ruby, or when Sam revealed that he never looked for Dean while Dean was stuck in Purgatory. You’d think Dean would be used to Sam’s betrayals by now, but the level of hurt on Dean’s face was unlike anything we’ve seen before. Why does Sam keep doing this to Dean?
And will Dean be able to get past this?
Once again, those sneaky “Supernatural” writers threw us all for a loop, giving us what was supposed to be a fun, easy episode, and then stomping all over our fragile hearts in the end. This is starting to feel a lot like emotional abuse, guys.
“Supernatural” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.