Recap: While away in Minnesota suffering through a mandatory work meeting, Sheriff Mills stumbles across a supernatural threat – and manages to make an ally in the process. This week’s episode of “Supernatural” brought about the return of not just one, but two great female characters: Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and Donna Hanscum (Briana Buckmaster.) (Viewers may remember Sheriff Hanscum from S9E13 “The Purge.”)
These two actresses were hilarious together. Donna could have easily been a character that gets under your skin, but Buckmaster doesn’t let that happen. She does a fine job of keeping Donna a likable and sympathetic character.
While Jody (Jodes, Jodio) was not a big fan of Donna (at first,) I was so happy to see her stand up to Donna’s ex-husband Doug (Michael Karl Richards) and put him in his place. And I was also happy to see that, by episode’s end, Donna had developed a larger measure of self-confidence and was willing to stick up for herself, too. I have a feeling these two could become decent friends. (And do I think a spin off involving these characters would be a good idea? Yah, you betcha!)
Though the Winchesters didn’t bear the entire weight of the episode thanks to the ladies’ marvelous efforts, the screen time they shared did a lot to further their arc. Dean actually opened up a bit and shared his feelings with Sam. (The brothers talked instead of sweeping things under the rug!) It was the first time that Dean had really discussed the Mark of Cain since he was ‘cured.’ My only complaint with the scene was how they split the the scene between Jody/Donna and Sam/Dean. It got a bit confusing with the back and forth and may have been a bit hard to follow.
Overall, this was an enjoyable outing. It looks like we’ll need it to deal with the fall out of next week’s mid season finale “The Things We Left Behind.”
- I mentioned this earlier, but I loved how the brothers actually opened up a small thread of discussion about Dean and the MOC.
- Though there was no screen time, it was a nice touch for the writers to give us an update on Alex via the phone calls between her and Sheriff Mills.
- Donna had some of the best one liners of the night. (“I used to put the cans in his cart.”)
What did you guys think of the episode? All photos courtesy of the CW.