I have to say, after last week's stellar episode, this one was kind of meh. Though it did turn the old standard format they used to use a lot back in the day around a bit, it still felt a bit like a filler episode. But let's get on to the recap in earnest...
After a couple is killed in the Lizzie Borden B&B (is that an actual thing?), Sam is all riled up that they might have a serial killer ghost on their hands. Because, you know, he has some fascination with serial killers. Anyway, he convinces Dean to check it out, and the place turns out to be a big old hoax - speakers in the walls, an emf generator in the attic, and a device to make the lights flicker every now and then. No case after all!
Or IS there?! Because, yes, in classic form, someone else is killed right after they decide that there might not be a case. The owner of the inn gets axed as well, but not just her - another guy across town was killed with an axe as well. What does it all mean? Dean goes to check out the creepster guy who he saw trying to take a photo at the B&B the previous night, while Sam goes to check out the new dead guy.
Dean meets Len, something of a Lizzie Borden fanatic. He seems pretty harmless at first, that is until Dean spots a drawing of the Mark in his house. What? How could he know about the Mark? Turns out, when he was at the Borden B&B some nights earlier, young tween Amara was there, and she decided to take a suck on his soul. I admit, when I first saw the glowy soul coming out, I thought it was an angel grace, then I was like oh wait no, that must be his soul. Anywho, yes, Len is without a soul. But he hasn't killed anyone yet.
She gets Sam and Dean all tied up and starts monologueing about how Amara is so amazing and whatnot, which inevitably leads to Sam breaking free of his binds, which leads to her trying to shoot him, which leads to Len stabbing her in the back with her favorite axe friend. Because he decided to break off his thumb to get free of the handcuffs Dean had shackled him to the Impala with. Because he just wanted to see if he could. Uh oh.
Rather than let himself become a killer again, Len decides the best thing to do (other than have Dean kill him) is turn himself in for all of the murders so he will be locked away and unable to do any more killing. Which leaves the boys to wonder yet again what Amara's plan is and how they're going to find her. Of course, she's just hanging out in the bushes watching them and swooning over Dean. I mean, who can blame her on that count.
- Amara is slowly growing up each episode, but still not clear on what she wants, other than to not be compared to an angel. What happens to all of the souls she's consumed if she dies? Are they gone forever, or is there a chance for them to go back to their owners?
- Len was a fun character, kind of shame that he lost his soul. But it was interesting to see his reaction to it be different than just going straight to killing.
- I did like that they turned the regular ghost hunt into something connected to the larger mystery of the show, but they kind of gave it away in the previously thing shown at the beginning of the episode. I should just know never to watch that if I don't want to be able to somewhat figure out the episode before it even begins.
- How much time is supposed to have passed since the last episode? The Impala was pretty smashed up, and now it was good as new. Oookay.
Dean: Working with family can be tough.
Dean: Bottled toilet water? Why do you keep spraying it?
Sam: Just wanted to see if the...squeezy thing worked.
Len: I'm like a robot puppet man.
Len: I picked up my thumb like it was a mini hot dog.
Dean: I'm not gonna lie, that's worrisome.
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