In Review: Supernatural, Episode 212 “Paint It Black”

A by-the-numbers thriller with no advancement for the brothers.

Supernatural, Episode 212 “Paint It Black” Broadcast on March 25, 2015

Written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming

Directed by John F. Showalter

“Then,” Rowena tries to convince son Crowley to help her kill Olivette, the head of the Witches’ coven, but he’s not going to. Dean tells Sam he want to help people for as long as he can, even if he bears the Mark of Cain. Mom threatens to leave Crowley because he jumps every time the Winchesters call him. “You’re their bitch!” “Now,” Worchester, Massachusetts. Outside a church confessional, absolved sinner Terry Sloan is on his way home. However, a weird perspective shot shows something entering his body. Before leaving the church, he blows out a candle and takes the large candlestick it was perched upon. Going outside with it, he takes the candleholder and stabs himself. He screams before falling to the street. Cue opening title sequence.

A demon approaches Crowley’s throne in Hell to ask him to deal with his mother, who’s now directing her anger with him upon the demons that are attending her. The speaker then shows the King of Hell undeniable proof of this. Crowley tells his mother to lighten up and keep herself in check, but she continues to hound him, playing the ultimate mother card upon him. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam are speeding along in the Impala on their way to the church from the opening. At said church, Sister Mathias is listening to Isabella tell her tale on why she entered the order. It seems she grew too close to a painter named Piero, but she can’t say any more. The next day, in their suits, the boys have ruled out witchcraft, but don’t see how it could be demonic possession, since the whole point of possession is to hang on inside the body for as long as possible. Back at the church, Frank McCarthy leaves the confessional and he and his wife Lisa go home. He’s surprised during a midnight raid of the refrigerator by Lisa, who grabs a pair of scissors and stabs him repeatedly. After she does so, a cloud of dust/smoke leaves her body and makes its way down the hall, while the sounds of Lisa screaming at what she’s done are heard. Cue first commercial break.

This was a typical supernatural story that wasn’t too difficult to foretell its conclusion. Sister Mathias was a decent character, played well by Rachel Keller, and she has the possibility of returning for other stories, in something hopefully better than this introduction. Catherine Michaud was also okay as Isabella, but the twist with her past was really severe. I found it hard to believe that Mathias had a journal in front of her and never read it while alone. That would have stopped all the horrors of this episode from occurring. The highlight of the episode was a very long scene with someone in a confessional that starts comically, but then turns soberingly serious. That was good to see and a strong moment for that actor. The other half of the episode focuses on Rowena. I was surprised to see what Crowley did, but happy that the storyline cut to the chase. I was not thrilled with the climax of her tale, as it became a Willow Rosenberg moment. Really, Supernatural? That’s the best twist you could do? I expect better.

The good: The confessional scene, an adequate supernatural tale, good smoke effects, and a great joke on the marquee outside the church.

Fun lines: “I mean seriously,” “Um, don’t be,” “Tell me you didn’t think that nun was hot,” “You kids have fun now,” “Magic can be ruinous,” “Perpetually the Winchesters,” “and “Yeah, you’re welcome.”

The bad: An adequate supernatural tale, the worst backdrop behind Isabella and Piero for their window, the Buffy copied spell, the tolerance level of Crowley who is whipped beyond measure and has lost any of the evil he had in pervious seasons, and the completely expected coda conversation in the car. I’d really like the last four minutes of the show not to repeat what’s been said in several other installments’ endings.

The final line: Adequate, yet unsurprising. A by-the-numbers thriller with no advancement for the brothers. Overall grade: C-

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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