After the shocking mid-season finale, Supernatural gave fans a chance to breathe with a popcorn-popping, monster-of-the-week episode in “Adventures in Babysitting.”
While Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) world may have come to a screeching halt following Bobby’s (Jim Beaver) death, the monster-filled world hasn’t taken a vacation.
Dean, as always, has built up a wall around his emotions, blocking his brother and anyone else out. He’s got tunnel vision, focused squarely on one word “revenge”. Head leviathan Roman (James Patrick Stuart) has got to die. In the weeks following Bobby’s death, Dean has been researching the “45489” numbers that Bobby wrote on Sam’s hand before he passed. It tracks down Frank Devereaux (Keven MacNally) seeking answers and return on his fifteen-thousand dollar, information investment.
Sam receives a call from a young girl (Madison Mclaughlin) looking for her father (Ian Tracey). He decides to divert his attention from mourning by getting back to work. He tracks down the girl and ends up on a mission to find her father, who just happens to be a hunter as well.
Dean finds Frank. Unfortunately, Frank suspected that Dean might be a Leviathan. He also just happens to suspect Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee, The Avengers) as well. It seems you just can’t trust celebrities these days. The two greet each other with guns drawn. Dean takes it upon himself to issue a Leviathan test. He takes out his knife and cuts his arm to show Frank that he bleeds red and not black. He then covers up the gash with his coat. Not the most sterile test, I would have to say. After wiping the blood on his jacket, Dean then gives the knife to Frank to perform the same test.
Yes, in times of Leviathan war, when the life expectancy of a hunter is short, sanitation and blood-borne disease concerns are tossed to the wind. Sure enough, Frank cuts his wrist (really, the wrist? Well, it was more like the base of the palm) to prove that he is not a Leviathan.
Frank then reveals that a number was missing from Bobby’s final message. He discovered that Bobby gave them coordinates that might be related to the Leviathan problem. The two travel to Wisconsin to setup surveillance of a Dick Roman related operation, before Dean gets called away.
Sam is in trouble — again.
Dean tracks down Krissy, but gets swindled into taking her along to save both Sam and her father. It hunter parent worth his weight, teaches his or her child to be a shrewd negotiator, with an attitude that is tough as nails.
It turned out for the best since Krissy helped save Sam, Dean and her father.
Will this be the last we hear from Krissy? Dean may have convinced her father to turn away from the hunter life. Dean saw Krissy and her father as a modern day version of the Winchester family. However, I think Krissy was a great addition to the story. I wouldn’t mind seeing her return. She and Dean developed a big brother, bad-ass little sister relationship in the short time they had together.
Sound off if you agree.
While I’m sure most fans yearn for the return of Castiel (Misha Collins) and Bobby, I’d say that Krissy would also be a great call back for the occasional story arc (of course she could never compare to any of our favorites –yet).
What did you think of Supernatural’s 2012 return?