Supernatural, Episode 201 “Ask Jeeves” Broadcast on November 18, 2014
Written by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
Directed by John MacCarthy
A recap of demon Dean and a showcasing of several previous creatures the Winchesters have encountered turns into “Now” in New Canaan, Connecticut. A butler tells two maids they have twenty-four hours to get the manor in order before members of the Lacroix family arrive for the funeral of Bunny Lacroix. The maid that is sent to select the deceased’s dress from her massive closet instead chooses to try on some of her former boss’s pearls, until a noise brings her into the bedroom. The dead woman has returned and pushes the maid over the staircase, plunging her to her death. The butler comes upon the body and is more shocked by the servant’s death than his mistress’s return. “What have you done?” he asks. Cue opening title.
Dean is working on the Impala in a parking lot at a motel. There’s nary a peep in the world of Hunter slaying, so the brothers have no place to go. The older brother suggests going to Connecticut: he’s found one of Bobby’s old cellphones and discovered it’s gotten several messages inviting Bobby up there as a beneficiary to Bunny Lacroix’s will. They’re like his next of kin, so they’ll go if he can’t. The pair go and arrive after the funeral, though the family is retiring inside the manor. Sisters to the deceased, Heddy and Beverly hit on the boys, who escape their cougar advances from a timely intervention from butler Phillip. He tries to warn the boys off. The will won’t be read until the morning, and, besides, they shouldn’t have to endure the family, who are loaded (on booze) but not rich. Phillip gives them an envelope that was to be Bobby’s and they find it contains a small, jeweled cross. Thinking they might have some money, they take it to a pawn broker and discover the rocks are fakes. However, the broker discovers that the cross contains a hidden key. Back at the manor, brother Stanton and his “child bride” Amber are fighting over her possible infidelities. With his wife in the bathroom, Stanton hears someone saying his name. He puts down his drink and goes down the hall to locate the source. He finds his dead brother-in-law with an axe, who beheads him in front of returning Amber. Cue first commercial break.
This was a funny episode. There are several riffs on the board game Clue, and Heddy and Beverly had me thinking Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous were making an appearance on this show. Watching them hit on the boys, and touch the boys, was hilarious. There were several laugh out loud lines, most spoken by Dean. The ending was too quick, with the reveal of who the monster was and the tie-in to Bobby a bit stretched. The coda in the car was unnecessary, save establish Sam’s wavering faith in Dean.
The good: The doorbell chime, Heddy and Beverly, the funny lines, and hair-molded-like-a-Ken-doll Dash Lacroix.
Fun lines: “Murphy’s a douche,” “Bobby had secrets, man,” “You two are adorable,” “–or three!”, “I’m 39,” and “Well, we’ve got a floater.”
The bad: The revealing of the true killer and that individual’s backstory and once again one brother has doubts about the other–Been there, done that. Let it go, Supernatural. Let it go.
The final line: Another fun episode, but it deflates in the last ten minutes. Overall grade: B
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.