In Review: Supernatural, Episode 231 “Don’t You Forget About Me”

Three returning characters, a solid monster, and the best dinner scene ever!

Supernatural, Episode 231 “Don’t You Forget About Me” Broadcast on February 3, 2016

Written by Nancy Won

Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski

Then: Alex Jones is alive because of Sheriff Jody Mills: Alex was being used by vampires, Claire Novak finds out nothing remains of her father within Castiel, Claire goes looking for her mother only to have her killed before her, and Dean warns her to do her homework before going off on her own to be a Hunter. Now: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A young couple is parked by a lake. As they become amorous, the boy is pulled out of the car by Claire, who holds a wicked blade to his throat. She tells him to say what he really is, but he’s too frightened to say anything. Cue opening title sequence.

At the bunker, Sam tells Dean he’s discovered a picture online that shows a weasel riding a woodpecker through the air. This has Dean commenting that there’s nothing online about Amora then; Dean concurs. A discussion on culinary delights is interrupted by a call on Dean’s phone from Claire. Meanwhile, Alex gets out of school and is picked up by Jody. They’re glad to see each other, though Jody spies something sticking out of the teen’s bag that causes her some concern. Once home, they see the Winchesters’ Impala parked in their driveway. Inside, warm greetings are exchanged and then Alex and Claire start sniping at each other. Clair reveals she called the boys since Jody is refusing to acknowledge that there are monsters in town. At dinner, Claire puts forth her evidence, but is shot down by Jody and Alex, with the latter saying she’d rather they all talk about “real life.” With that comment, Claire reveals something “real” about Alex. An extremely awkward dinner table conversation ensues. At the kitchen sink, Jody tells Dean that Claire is signed up for college but isn’t attending her classes; she spends her time trolling for monsters. She has no friends that she’s aware of. Dean gets Sammy to talk to her, who tries to convince her to take the opportunity she’s been given to have a family and go to school. Speaking of school, Alex’s math teacher is just leaving school and is assaulted. The next morning, Alex, her boyfriend, and the rest of the student body is shocked to see the teacher hanging upside down, dead, from the flagpole. Cue first commercial break.

I was jumping up and down in glee to see Kim Rhodes return to Supernatural as Jody Mills. She’s a fantastic actress portraying one of the best supporting characters of the series. Everything she said and did was gold, with the dinner table conversation an absolute classic. Knowing the history this series has had with recurring female characters, I was on pins and needles regarding her fate. Also good to see back was Kathryn Newton as Claire. This young woman has gone Hunter crazy, and Newton did a great job in presenting that to the audience. Heck, I was expecting Dean to take her around a corner and beat some courtesy into her. Katherine Ramdeen was back as Alex and her character got the most growth of the episode. More happened to her character than anyone else, and her final lines were painfully honest. I didn’t want Alex to say what she did, but I couldn’t blame her. She and Claire are perfect foils. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were terrific, with the dinner table scene being outstanding, not to mention the opening conversation on food is fantastic. The backstory and rationale for the monster of this episode was also top notch. I actually found myself feeling sympathetic for him, until he revealed some more backstory. All in all, a good episode!

The good: Kim Rhodes (SPIN-OFF! SPIN-OFF! SPIN-OFF!), Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen, the script by Nancy Won, all that Padalecki and Ackles do at that table, and a good monster from Ben Cotton.

Fun lines: “You know there are starving children out there,” “You’re killing it out there,” “I didn’t put up the Batsignal,” “Oh, here we go,” “Oh, we’re going there,” “This is fun,” “Damn right he did,” and “I want that bumper sticker.”

The bad: Claire’s mistakes were pretty transparent, but I was willing to roll with them if they lead to something good, and they did.

The final line: Three returning characters, a solid monster, and the best dinner scene ever! “What?” A good intro episode for new fans. Overall grade: A

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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