Supernatural, Episode 199 “Paper Moon” Broadcast October 28, 2014
Written by Adam Glass
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Note: My previous episode reviews for this series had the incorrect episode numbers. With this review the number is now correct.
Then involves the brothers’ early encounters with werewolves and then some past is given on Demon Dean. Now in Durham, Washington, at a biker bar, a woman walks in, finds a willing guy, and goes out back with him. Pushing him against a wall, she rips his shirt open with him saying, “A girl after my own heart.” “That’s the idea, sweetie,” she responds as her nails expand into black talons and she opens his throat. Cue opening title card.
Sam and Dean are by a lake drinking. Dean can’t believe that with all the abuse that Sam has gone through his entire life, he’s sprained his elbow. Sam asks how the now-human Dean is doing, and he says he’s okay. After an awkward pull on their bottles and some staring at the lake, Dean asks if Sam read in the paper about the three killings in the same town. Sam says they should be taking it easy after all they’ve been through recently, but Dean says he needs to work. The two pose as game wardens and talk to Tommy at the biker bar who witnessed the killing there. He says the girl was all bloody and then she disappeared like a ghost. The brothers don’t know what to think they’re up against now. They investigate a farm and find several chickens on the ground with their chests ripped out. In the barn Dean finds a small blonde woman on a phone with her back to him. “Stop ignoring my calls,” she speaks into the cell. “This isn’t how it’s supposed to go.” Suddenly smelling Dean, she ends the call, but before she can turn to attack, Sam appears before her with a gun. He can’t pull the trigger, surprising Dean. The taller Winchester turns the girl around to reveal Kate. Cue first commercial break.
This was a very generic, by-the-numbers story. I knew instantly what Kate’s issue was, so there wasn’t the big surprise that came twelve minutes later. There’s also a really long background story where the brothers and the girl are in a diner. This flashback was really rote. It’s been told a million times before, and there was nothing original about this one. The only surprise came in the cabin just before a commercial break. How the cabin problem is resolved is completely unsurprising, sadly. Even the brothers’ banter in the Impala is stilted, especially in the episode’s coda. It seemed that Jared Padalecki couldn’t bear to bring up the Mark of Cain for the millionth time. This came off as last minute writing to tie in this episode with the previous one. Brit Sheridan as Kate has one emotion on her face for the entire episode: lost and confused. It could have been a photograph of her, with her lines narrated off camera for the same effect. The only thing missing from her last scene was the closing music from Bill Bixby’s The Incredible Hulk. This was an awful episode.
The good: Dean is normal, the lake was pretty, and the brothers pose as game wardens. That’s about it.
The bad: A lackluster, unoriginal story; a guest star that has one facial expression; painfully dialogue that brings up the Mark of Cain.
The final line: This is the episode you avoid showing people to keep them as fans of the series. Overall grade: D+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.