In Review: Supernatural, Episode 224 “Thin Lizzie”

It's hard to be as good as last week's "Baby", and this isn't, but it's watchable Supernatural fare.

Supernatural, Episode 224 “Thin Lizzie” Broadcast on November 4, 2015

Written by Nancy Won

Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

“Then,” a montage of ghosts that have crossed path with the Winchesters are shown, Dean and Darkness/Amara have a bond when she (it?) is released, and teenage Amara tells Crowley she’s hungry for more souls. “Now,” Fall River, Massachusetts. A young couple in a B & B are hoping to see some paranormal action in their room. They don’t have to wait long because the lights flicker and then go out. A door opens before the boy, who opens the closet, revealing nothing. That’s because a figure in black, holding a hatchet, is behind his date. The woman is killed and the boy makes a break for the door, but the security chain hinders him just long enough for him to fall victim to the blade. As the door shuts, the hotel is revealed to be Lizzie Borden’s old home. Cue opening title sequence.

In their bunker, Dean checks on Sam who’s on his computer looking for signs of Amara. He brings up the murders in Massachusetts, but Dean doesn’t want to go. Sam tells him they don’t have to worry about Cass who’s binge watching a show. Reluctantly, Dean says they’ll go. At the B & B & M (Museum), the boys pay for a night in the room of the recently deceased. The two find out that the boy killed was a descendant of Borden’s. After some awful (funny) comments about their room, they split up: Dean goes downstairs, while Sammy stays up. The lights flicker on and off in the lobby when Dean enters. He looks outside after hearing a noise and startles a photographer who runs off. In the attic, Sam discovers a homemade EF generator. Back in their room, Dean reveals the place is a hoax and they’ve wasted their time. They leave just before something happens downstairs. Cue first commercial break.

This episode starts off with a good feign about it not being related to anything supernatural, but the introduction of Len to the story takes it in a good direction. Jared Gertner steals the episode. He’s a “super” fan that has the worst possible thing happen to him. This results in him having to travel with the brothers, giving Jensen Ackles fantastic opportunities to react, with some of his looks that he shoots at Jared Padalecki are hilarious. Len is the foil for another character in the show, which provides insight in to how people can react to the Darkness. The climax of the episode was predictable, though Len, again, got the best moment.

The good: Jared Gertner, Dean’s one-liners, a nice expansion from a one-off monster episode into the season long story arc, and Ackles’ reactions.

Fun lines: “…And now we’re in The Shining,” “It’s not a fetish,” “…but you gotta get back on that horse sometime,” “I’m gonna check out the rest of the inn ’cause I got grandma all over me,” “I’m like a robot puppet man,” “Do I look like a whiny wing stuck up?”, and “Bye, Dean…”

The bad: The character responsible for the killings was blase, and poor Sam was the straight man, again, once they left bunker.

The final line: It’s hard to be as good as last week’s “Baby”, and this isn’t, but it’s watchable Supernatural fare. Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five 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.
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