Supernatural, Episode 207 “Reichenbach” Broadcast October 14, 2014
Written by Andrew Dabb
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
June 21, 2003. Little Cole finds his father’s body, his throat slit, on the living room floor, and Dean Winchester over it. Cut to the present, grown up Cole tells captive Sam he’s spent the rest of his life getting ready to kill Dean. He’s fought monsters in the military overseas, which prompts Sam to interject that he and Dean have fought real monsters. This makes Cole think he’s psycho, and seeing as how this Winchester won’t reveal where his brother is, it’s time to play hard. He pulls a hammer from a knapsack. Cue title card.
In North Dakota, demon Dean gets a little too touchy with a stripper, prompting a bouncer to tell him to lay off. This is the excuse Dean needs to start pounding the man. The scene then goes back and forth between Cole beating Sam and Dean beating the bouncer. It’s a nice bit of parallelism that’s going to go worse for Sam as Cole is about to bust his kneecap until his cell rings. Cole takes the call, going outside, not noticing that he’s dropped his keys, which are connected to a knife. Sam notices and you can guess what happens. Leaving the strip bar, Crowley is outside wanting to have “a chat…about your anger management issues.” Castiel is trying to heal his ever spreading mortal wound, but needs Hannah to do it for him. He tells her she can leave him, she doesn’t owe him anything, but she wants to stay. His cell rings and it’s Sam telling him to come to him because he’s found Dean and that he’s a demon. Cas says he will get there as quickly as he can. Hours later the two angels are driving down the road. Hannah thinks the Winchesters are a bad influence on Castiel, which causes him to say, “Sam and Dean may be a bit rough around the edges, but they’re the best men I’ve ever known…And they’re my friends.” This silences her, making her look skyward at the stars, unaware that Castiel has passed out while driving as a truck is headed their way. Cue first commercial break.
There were some fun bits in this episode, but if you’re a fan you can predict what’s going to happen between Sam, Dean, and Cole. A highpoint was Crowley’s break up with Dean, spurred by a deal gone wrong. Dean in a car with another man was funny, and once this character speaks the viewer knows how the scene will end. Predictable, but fun. Sam and Dean’s scene was a retread of a million previous episodes, and the addition of Cole doesn’t add much. I wish Dean would follow Crowley’s advice and just choose…The best part of this episode was the return of Metatron, with Hannah about to do something rash. The dialogue among all the angels was interesting and more enjoyable than Sam and Dean.
The good: Castiel, Hannah, and Metatron. Crowley. Some fun lines, including “That sounds like some very special snot,” “Don’t turn your back on me,” and “Hey, words hurt!” This episode also features the most perfect visuals to accompany the song “Hey There Lonely Girl” by Eddie Holman. The title is a nice homage to Sherlock Holmes’s epic fight with Moriarty.
The bad: Not enough black eyes from demon Dean, Dean on the fence about what he wants to be, and Cole in every way.
The final line: Hopefully the demon Dean storyline is gong somewhere, because the angels are more entertaining than the Winchesters. Overall grade: B-
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two 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.