Be sure to check out my recap of last week’s episode, “Soul Survivor“. If you’re not caught up on Supernatural, this is your SPOILER ALERT.
Nothing like a nice Monster of the Week episode, amirite? This week’s MOTW was an old favorite, too: the werewolf, with the return of Kate from one of my favorite episodes, “Bitten“.
Like I mentioned in my recap of “Soul Survivor”, this week felt like a bit of a wind-down from the intensity we experienced with Demon Dean, especially since our next episode–which, by the way, doesn’t air until November 11
–is the 200th musical-ish episode, “Fan Fiction”. It would be a super abrupt transition to go from this:
So anyway, enter this week’s episode, “Paper Moon” the conduit to get us safely and easily from soul-crushing Demon Dean to Supernatural school musicals. Like I said at the start of this post, we got to see Kate the Werewolf again in this episode. When we last saw her, she had been turned into a werewolf, but had promised Sam and Dean she would live off of animal hearts, not human hearts.
Unfortunately, the three end up meeting again because there have been a string of “animal attacks”, each victim dying with their heart completely gone from their body. Though Sam and Cas have both asked Dean to take it easy to recover from…demoning, and the boys are finally chilling outside and having a beer together for this first time in over a season at least, they decide to look into the killings since “taking it easy” is driving them nuts.
The easy werewolf job, a “milk run” as Dean calls is, turns out a bit stickier when the boys realize they are not only dealing with Kate, but her sister, Tasha, as well. After Tasha was in a devastating car accident, Kate visited Tasha in the hospital and turned her into a werewolf to help Tasha heal.
While Kate was rather good at keeping the wolfy part of herself calm and disciplined, Tasha wasn’t quite as focused. Sam and Dean soon realize each of the murders are Tasha’s fault, not Kate’s. Sam and Dean go after Tasha, Kim ultimately kills Tasha because she’s too far gone, and much like we saw last season in the #THINMAN, we got lots of SUPER obvious parallels to Sam and Dean’s relationship with Kate and Tasha’s.
Dean spent most of this episode trying to reconcile his time as a demon, still being under the influence of the Mark, and if we know Dean, he was also probably trying to decide how much of the blame he’ll shoulder for Sam’s questionable morality while Dean was a free-range demon.
By the end of the episode, Tasha is dead, and Kate is back on her own. Sam and Dean are still brothers, and Dean still feels guilty about All the Things. So business as usual.
This was a pretty straight forward episode about choices. What will you do with whatever evil is inside of you, and can you ever be too far gone? Namely, can Dean ever “come back” from what he did as a demon, and can he ever really be saved from the Mark?
While I’m a little disappointed the Demon Dean story line was wrapped up so quickly, I was a fan of seeing Sam and Dean act like brothers again. A lot has happened since Gadreel first used Sam as his vessel. The two of them have a lot to work through, and I’m glad they are finally taking the time to do it.
As for the quick exit of Demon Dean, I’m wondering if we won’t see a bit of him as Dean works through being a demon and overcoming the Mark, flashback-style.
Side note: we didn’t see Castiel the entire episode. I assume he’s fine…
What did you think of “Paper Moon”? How do you feel about the show wrapping up Demon Dean so quickly? Are you excited or nervous for “Fan Fiction”? Let me know in the comments, and check out the “Fan Fiction” trailer below!