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Cindy McLennan: B- | 10 USERS: A-
The Hardy Boys Dick Around

(Continued from above) Dean asks Lilith at the episode's end, "why did I get infected?" And she cryptically responds, "you know why. Listen to your heart." We, as the writers, probably should have emphasized this mystery more, I take responsibility for that omission. But the point is: the reason he was infected is because of a SECRET he's keeping. A dark secret that will be revealed in Episode 10. And not at all because of any dickishness, implied or otherwise.

Thanks, gang."

Poor Kripke. But you know, Eric, maybe if you didn't have Lilith saying, "Ba boom, ba boom, ba boom," over and over again, it would have been more clear that her "Listen to your heart," was more answer/less taunt El Deano to death. Not to mention that the abandoned mill was really confusing, because it wasn't immediately clear that Frank just went back there, even though we knew he'd worn a ring until recently. The whole plot really felt like goulash. There was a lot of good stuff in here, but it was all just mixed together and refried.

At the mill, Luther is kicking the crap out of Sam, to the sound of the Dean Girls' cheers. "Call my Dean a dick, will you? Kick 'im again, Luther." It's quite disturbing. Er... Up here. In my head. While Sam's getting his good, sound thrashing, we flash over to Dean's hotel room, where Lilith is still saying, "Ba boom, ba boom, BA BOOM," because... she can. Back at the mill, Sam grabs an iron chain and wraps it around Luther's neck. Now on this show, iron dissipates ghosts, but not this iron and not this time. We'll get to that near the end tag, but yeah, it's sort of dumb. Bobby must still be listening on the 2-way, because when Sam yells "Bobby, punch it," Bobby floors the accelerator. We see the chain that's connected to Luther's neck on one end, is attached to the Metallicar's bumper on another, and oh my word, Dean would kick your asses if he knew you were using his Baby, instead of one of Bobby's old beater boxes. I'm sure wherever he is, Demian is holding his shoulder and laughing at me, because I'm having a hard time recapping Luther's death scene. It's too upsetting. The guy was a victim in life, not a bully, and yet Sam and Bobby showed little to no concern about scaring his ghost to ghostly death. And the whole road hauling thing just brings up all too real real-world horrors. Okay, here we go. The iron chain had a spell etched onto it, which is what (I guess) kept the iron from making the ghost dissipate. They guys chain and drag Luther's ghost to its second death, because that's what it was most afraid of. Yes. Really. Once the ugly deed is done, Lilith's "Ba boom" chant stops; she disappears; and Dean is immediately better. His scars are all gone and I wonder for a moment if he's been re-rehymenated. I don't see the Sheriff's corpse in his room, either, so I guess that was a hallucination, although the Sheriff should have died before Dean was slated to. I've got to stop. I suspect I'm giving this more thought than the writers did.

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