Friday, February 10, 2017

Supernatural 12x11 "Regarding Dean"

I suppose we were due for a funnier episode, right? Because this one certainly provided a lot of humor, and a lot of chances for Jensen Ackles to show off his comedic timing. I admit this one is probably one of my favorite ones of the season so far. It's nice to have a little diversion, don't you agree? Also, sorry this review is a bit late. I was on a late flight home last night and didn't have a chance to watch the episode until this morning.
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x11 "Regarding Dean"
Anyhow! On to the plot. Dean is running through the woods, in chase of a man. We must assume this man is a witch or something thanks to the reminder in the previously on section of the show, and low and behold, he does some spell on Dean that knocks him out cold. When he wakes up in the woods in the morning, his phone is broken, so he finds a young jogger who will let him borrow his phone to call up Sam to meet him at the waffle house close by.

Turns out, Dean doesn't remember much of the previous night. He assumes this must be the remnants of an epic night that turned into a blackout, which seems to be supported by a woman coming up to him and slapping him when he doesn't remember her. But, we the audience know differently, of course. Witchy shenanigans are afoot! So, Dean increasingly starts acting odd, not remembering which key starts the impala, or certain details of the case they came to this town to investigate without being prompted by Sam first.

However, said case gets a boost when they find a hex bag in the victim's autopsy leftovers. Yep, witches are at hand. But things are just getting worse for Dean - he can't remember what a lamp is, and starts forgetting even more important details than that. Like, you know, that they're hunters and all that. Sam knows this isn't right, and calls up Rowena for help. She says the only way to get rid of this memory wiping curse is to kill the witch who did it, so they go searching for said witch. Eventually they do find him, but lo, Dean must have gotten in a shot, because he's dead.

With nowhere else to turn, Sam asks Rowena to come help. She does, secretly wanting to get her hands on the grimoire that she knows these witches have. Because she knew them once upon a time when she first moved to the states, but they were jerks to her. Sam goes off to try to find the grimoire while Rowena stays back with Dean, to make sure he doesn't, you know, go wandering off, now that he doesn't even really remember who he even is.
Ruth Connell as Rowena and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x11 "Regarding Dean"
But, when Sam finds the witches, they promptly get the upper hand. Luckily, he happens to be on the phone with Rowena at the time, so she overhears this and knocks out Dean, taking them both to the house. She leaves Dean in the car, but of course he wakes up and doesn't stay inside it, despite the many post it notes. That, however, turns out to be a good thing, because the other witches are getting the upper hand on both Sam and Rowena. Thanks to a handy dandy "witch killing bullets" note and a "this one" note to the right gun, however, Dean comes in just in the knick of time and kills off the evil witches. But, you know, not before hesitating about whether he should shoot the witch dude or Sam, not remembering who was who.

So, Rowena restores Dean's memories. She tries to abscond with the grimoire, but Sam stops her and takes it away. However, they do owe her one, so you know that will come back around sometime. Then the brothers Winchester have their patented by the impala brotherly end of episode chat, wherein Sam says it was nice to at least see Dean look happy without the weight of the world on him for a bit, but Dean counters with it made him forget the good along with the bad, so in the end that's not worth it.

Random Thoughts:

- The little montage at the end was a bit silly since we'd just seen all of those scenes a few minutes ago, apart from riding the mechanical bull.

- Are they not showing previews for next week's episodes anymore, or is my DVR just cutting them off now? I already have it set to record a minute longer than all of my shows because it constantly was cutting off the endings of shows before that, but not sure if this is just me again or what.

- This episode was one of the few times where I didn't get totally annoyed with Rowena. Which is pretty amazing considering she was in a good portion of it. I think maybe because she didn't have so many quippy lines or something? Am I the only one?

- There were a lot of quotes this week with Dean losing his memory. I didn't get all of them, but I got as many as I could below!


Dean: What psycho doesn't like waffles? I mean they're fluffy, filled with pockets full of syrup, just covered in whipped cream. Am I right?

Dean: Devil baby mama drama. Say that five times fast.

Dean: I guess it's true what they say. Mo' money, mo' problems.
Sam: I hope you're still drunk.

Sam: Dory?
Dean: I'm not gonna apologize for loving that fish. Not to you, not to anyone.

Sam: What are you doing?
Dean: Trying to read my lips.... my salsa, you mittens.
Sam: You can't read lips.
Dean: I can't read lips.

Dean: I like you, you've got plenty of snuff.

Rowena: You know what they say, nothing heals old wounds like opening fresh ones.

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  1. It's not your DVR; apparently the studio/executives at the CW have been preempting the previews for more fapping over Riverdale (seriously, the place where the preview should be is just slo-mo images of the stars and VO telling us the show is coming on, which we know from the six billion commercial breaks). I've already complained several times to the CW with no response.

    You're also not alone re: Rowena. They've established her as a two-faced opportunist who's lied so much you can never trust anything she says, but this time, when she opens up to Dean, you get the sense that she's being real. I love the revelation of her change in attitude after pursuing power and see that not even God or Amara were happy, or satisfied.

    The scene with Dean in front of the mirror, trying to remember his name and Sam's, Mary's, and Cas's ripped out my heart, stomped on it, put it in a blender, and hit frappe. I also noticed that even when he was starting to forget his loved ones, he still recognized Sam's voice on the phone.

    1. Yeah that's odd, especially when the show is literally coming up in two seconds. I guess they figure Supernatural fans are loyal enough to come back every week regardless of previews?

      I hope they keep up this new Rowena, as she seems a bit less cartoony.

      Yeah I agree that scene was sad. I also was like "well he still knows Sam's voice!" there at the end.

  2. "Then Dean Winchester is going to die." "Sucks to be him." cracked me up!!

    LOVED this episode!

    1. Yeah this was a good one with lots of humor!

  3. Lol, I meant to say "sucks to be that guy."