Supernatural Review: The Winchesters in Mannequin 3 and Christine
When we last left the Winchesters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) collapsed and began convulsing as his wall temporarily came down with memories of hell flooding into his mind. Dean (Jensen Ackles) in a panic tries to revive his brother who has gone still as a dead body. Luckily, after a few minutes, the fire finally disappears from Sam’s eyes and he’s able to wake up again.
Dean gives his brother the “I told you so” speech but Sam responds that he just can’t sit there and ignore it. Dean though insists that they tried it his way and that everything bad that he said was going to happen did. Reluctantly Sam gives in to his brother’s way. To distract themselves for a while, the Winchesters decide to pick up a case in New Jersey involving a janitor who was murdered inside a junior college Chemistry lab. The unusual thing was that the door was locked from the inside and there was no one in or out of the building.
Another man’s life is claimed inside a mannequin factory three towns over from the first murder and the circumstances are eerily similar. The place was locked down and no one else was seen inside or outside. The case turns out to be a good old-fashioned ghost looking for revenge. After Sam interviews a very suspicious looking man inside the factory, he is able to stop the ghost from claiming his life as well. He learns that the two previous men killed as well as some others played a cruel trick on a young woman who they accidentally killed. She was a quiet unassuming person and the group of men pretended that she had a secret admirer. They lured her to an apartment and when she got there, waiting for her was a mannequin. The men came out laughing and when she tried to leave, one of them grabbed her and she fell and hit her head on the side of a table. Panicking, they buried her body and never turned themselves into the police.
Seeking revenge, her ghost possessed mannequins to exact her deadly vengeance. Sam finds her body thanks to the greasy looking guy with the bad facial hair, but burning the remains didn’t stop the ghost from killing the man. Though in an unexpected turn of events, the greasy guy went a little crazy as well, where we find out that he’s been pretending that a mannequin dressed up as a woman was his girlfriend. Of course as he talks to it on his bed, saying that it needed to hurry up and pack the essentials, it’s head actually moves to look at him. Then naturally he gets killed.
Here’s the twist – the ghost didn’t disappear when Sam burned her remains because not all of her was destroyed. She is tied to the world through the kidney she gave to her sister when they were teenagers. Facing a dilemma, the brothers are uncertain what to do next. They obviously can’t kill an innocent woman who needs her kidney, but they can’t let the ghost keep murdering people either.
In an unexpected turn of events, the ghost decides to possess Dean’s car ala Christine and then tries to run him over. Dean jumps out of the way at the last second and the car crashes into a storefront. A large piece of glass though gets the ghost’s sister right where her kidney ought to be (though I have no idea how the glass managed to hit the woman) and she dies. The ghost apologizes to her sister before disappearing as well.
In this episode’s side story, Ben (Nicholas Elia) calls Dean up using Lisa’s cell phone, telling him that something is wrong with his mom and begging him to come help. Sam convinces Dean that he needs to go but when he gets there it turns out that Lisa’s fine and Ben lied because his mother is about to go on a third date with a doctor. Lisa (Cindy Sampson) and Dean talk and she explains that she knows what she wants, but she can’t have what she wants. She wants Dean to give up his hunting ways because it terrifies her that more likely than not, she’ll get a call from Sam telling her that Dean’s dead. But Lisa doesn’t expect that from him because she knows being a hunter is what he is. She asks him what he wants from her and Ben, but he can’t answer that.
Dean goes through a montage scene of all the times that he’s appeared at Lisa’s doorstep over the years and he gets how much he’s put her through where just when she was starting to get over him, he’d come back into her life. But things get more complicate as he tries to explain to Ben that just because you love someone it doesn’t mean that you should mess up their life. Ben angrily responds back that for all Dean’s talk of family, that he was abandoning their family. That Lisa and him are his family.
Dean ends up driving away from them with a lot on his mind. After reuniting with Sam and heading back to Bobby’s, the brothers are reminded of their complicated circumstances. The past will eventually catch up with you even if you bury it deep and only let it come out in bouts of violence and alcoholism. Sam tells Dean that they’ll lose some but hopefully win more but the important thing is that they keep going. No matter what happens, they’ve got each other’s back.
It’s really touching to see the devotion Sam and Dean have towards each other as the constant in their lives. Even as Dean started a new life with Lisa and Ben during Sam’s absence, he wants better for them than he can give. With Sam they’ve been in it together since the beginning and now they just have to work with the cards they’ve been dealt with. I think Dean’s feelings towards the mother and son are genuinely there but it’s different from the bond he shares with his brother. Placed in a situation where he would have to choose, I think he’d pick Sam.
Season six has focused on the brothers’ relationship, testing the strength of their ties to each other with Sam’s personality change and the lengths by which Dean would go to get his real brother back. Now we’re at a point where they have reestablished trust and they can get back to dealing with all the other things stacked up against them. I’m looking forward to see how they will deal with saving the world (again) and not alienating the people they care about in the process. Is that even possible? Unfortunately their track record isn’t looking so good.
Season 6, Episode 14: Mannequin 3: Reckoning (originally aired February 18, 2011)
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