6.19 Mommy Dearest

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Title Mommy Dearest
Episode # Season 6, Episode 19
First aired April 29, 2011
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Adam Glass
On IMDB Mommy Dearest
Outline Sam, Dean, Castiel and Bobby track down Eve to a town where she is breeding new monsters.
Monster Eve
Jefferson Starships
Timeline
Location(s) Grants Pass, Oregon
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Synopsis

Ed Bright and his friend Marshall Todd are leaving a sports bar in Grants Pass, Oregon, when Eve approaches them. Ed clumsily flirts with her, and she touches his face before leaving to enter the bar. Inside the bar, Eve locks the doors and breaks off the handles. She then proceeds to touch people's faces, turning them into hybrid monsters and provoking a mass feeding frenzy while she picks up a drink and watches.

Dean is packing the ashes of the phoenix into shotgun shells to use against Eve, but they have no idea of her location. They call on Castiel, but he says that she is hidden from him. Instead, they decide to track down a monster that is sympathetic to their cause. Castiel quickly leaves and returns with Lenore the vampire, who describes how she, along with the others in her nest, have been unable to resist Eve's call to arms, and that through them, Eve will know what the Winchesters are up to. She tells them where Eve is, and then begs to be killed so she doesn't murder again. Sam and Dean are reluctant, but Castiel obliges.

When Dean, Sam, Bobby, and Castiel arrive in Grants Pass, Castiel finds that he has been blocked from using his angelic powers, most likely because of Eve's presence. Despite this, they manage to find out that Ed Bright recently visited a doctor - Dr. Silver - who subsequently reported Ed's illness to the Centre for Disease Control. In a shed outside the doctor's office, Dean and Castiel find Ed's decomposing body. They go to Ed's home, where Sam and Dean find a roomful of dead bodies that all look like Ed Bright - indicating that they are dealing with some form of shapeshifter. One of the beings that looks like Ed is still alive, it's Ed's friend Marshall Todd. He tells them about the "woman in white" who passed them outside the bar.

At the bar, they discover numerous dead bodies. On examination, Dean finds that the dead are monsters - one has vampire teeth as well as the spike of a wraith. Dean dubs these hybrids Jefferson Starships, and Bobby says that it seems like a fever killed them all. Before they can leave, three policemen appear and take Castiel, Bobby, and Sam into custody while Dean hides behind a counter. When they arrive at the station, Sam sees that the policemen's eyes glow like a shapeshifter's in the security feed and realizes that the police are actually Jefferson Starships. He headbutts the creature that is holding him and Dean appears in time to rescue them. Dean kills one, Castiel kills one, and the third is kept alive - bound in silver - for questioning.

In a cell at the station, Sam and Dean find two orphaned boys named Joe and Ryan Silver. They conduct tests on the boys and then, despite Castiel's objections, leave to drive them to their uncle's home in nearby Merritt. In their absence, Castiel interrogates one of the Jefferson Starships and learns Eve's location - the diner they first visited when they arrived in Grants Pass.

With Bobby and Castiel waiting outside, the brothers enter the diner and discover that they are surrounded by hybrids. Eve herself confronts them in the guise of a waitress and makes them surrender their weapons. Eve detects phoenix ash in the shotguns, so she hands them over to one her children and orders their immediate disposal. She then explains to Sam and Dean the reason she's on Earth and what she hopes to achieve. To emphasize her point, she transforms into the likeness of Mary Winchester and tells them that every action she's taken has been because of "a mother's love."

Eve goes on to explain that she had been satisfied with the balance between mankind and monsters, but since her children started being captured and tortured by Crowley, she had decided to rise up from Purgatory and retaliate. Dean is quick to point out that her arrival was pointless, as Crowley had already been dealt with months ago. Eve is unconvinced, however, and informs them that Crowley is indeed alive and in hiding, but is still carrying out his search for Purgatory. She explains that Crowley is not after Purgatory itself, but rather the souls that dwell within it. Monster souls, like those of humans, are very powerful and are essential for fueling a war machine capable of untold power. For what purpose Crowley wants this power, she does not reveal, but to cripple his plans Eve intends to turn the whole world into monsters so that she can "see how hot his hell burns when all your souls come to me." She has been using the town as a test-bed to create a new type of monster which she wants to use to convert all of humanity. Several of her early experiments resulted in failure as the creatures died prematurely.

Eve then informs them of the "perfect monster" she has created in the form of Ryan Silver and of the mass-infection that they inadvertently helped spread. Her bodyguards bring Castiel and Bobby into the diner, and Eve informs Castiel that he can't use his powers because they're being halted by her age advantage. She offers Sam and Dean the chance to work for her in capturing Crowley. Dean refuses to work with a monster, however, and tells Eve to "bite me." She obliges, but staggers back upon tasting phoenix ash in his blood. Dean reveals that he ingested some ash with a shot of whisky, and Eve chokes and burns from the inside out before falling to the floor, dead. The monsters in the diner attack all at once, but with Eve no longer suppressing Castiel's powers, he releases a devastating blast of white light that kills all the monsters in the diner.

Castiel then teleports them all to Joe and Ryan's uncle's house to stop the children, who have already murdered their uncle, only to discover both kids dead and traces of sulfur; the work of a demon. Castiel later returns to the diner and observes Eve's body and the corpses of her children before being met by Crowley, who expresses his dissatisfaction with having to clean up after the angel's messes.

Characters

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Music

  • "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate
(plays in the bar at the beginning)
  • "Miracles" by Jefferson Starship
(plays when Cas and Crowley meet up at the end)

Quotes

Dean: Why has it always got to be me that makes the call? It's not like Cas lives in my ass. The dude's busy. (Cas appears behind him.) Cas, get out of my ass!
Castiel: I was never in your...
Dean: Well, if she is here I am glad we've got Smitey McSmiterton in our squad.
Castiel: I'm blocked. I'm powerless.

Dean: You're joking?
Castiel: Something in this town, is, uh, it's affecting me. I assume it's Eve.
Dean: Wait - Mom's making you limp?
Castiel: Figuratively, yes.
Dean: How?
Castiel: I don't know, but she is.
Dean: Well, that's great. Because without your power, you're basically just a baby in a trenchcoat.
Castiel: [frowns and looks out the window]

Sam: I think you hurt his feelings.
Dean: Hi, is Dr. Silver in today? My friend is very sick.
Castiel: I have a... painful burning sensation.
Dean: Is there anybody in this diner that is not a flesh-eating monster?
Sam: Uh, me and you.
Dean: (to Eve) Bite me.

Trivia & References

Mommy Dearest is the name of a tell-all autobiography by Christina Crawford, who details an abusive childhood at the hands of her mother, actress Joan Crawford. The film of the book starring Faye Dunaway has become a camp classic, particularly for the scene where Crawford rails hysterically at Christina for using wire coat hangers: "I told you - no wire hangers EVER!" Dean references this when he says to Eve: "Beat me with a wire hanger, the answer's still no."
In the "Then" segment, flashbacks are shown of the wraith, Karla from 5.11 Sam, Interrupted and Eli, a vampire from 2.03 Bloodlust. The first Jefferson Starships they come across in this episode are wraith/vampire hybrids.
In the teaser, while outside the bar, Marshall tells Ed, "Okay, Fabio, let's go."
This is a reference to iconic Italian model Fabio Lanzoni.
Fabio was also referenced in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book when the illustration on the cover of one of the Supernatural books looked remarkably like him.
Sam and Dean met Lenore for the first time in 2.03 Bloodlust.
Lenore: I remember. Your hunter friend almost killed me.
The hunter was Gordon Walker.
Dean: I was expecting more Zombieland, less Pleasantville.
Zombieland is a move about a post-zombie apocalyptic world.
Pleasantville is a movie that features a 'perfect' 1950s sitcom town.
Dean: (referring to Cas) I'm glad we've got Smitey McSmiterton on our squad.
In 3.02 The Kids Are Alright, Dean refers to Sam as "Weirdy McWeirderton."
Bobby: I asked for a computer.

Sam: It is a computer.
Bobby: No, a computer has buttons.

Bobby is using an iPad.
Bobby: You think Vampira was lying?
Maila Nurmi portrayed Vampira who hosted horror movies on TV in the 1950s and also starred in the Ed Wood cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space.
When Marshall tells Sam and Dean about meeting Eve, he said she was "a girl in white."
Although the two aren't related, the monster in 1.01 Pilot was Constance Welch, a Woman in White.
Dean: What the hell's going on here? Does every monster in this town have the motaba virus?
The motaba virus is a fictional Ebola-like virus that featured in the 1995 movie Outbreak.
Bobby: Well, congrats. You discovered, you get to name it.

Dean: Jefferson Starships. Because, they're horrible and hard to kill.

Jefferson Starship is a rock band formed under the name of Jefferson Airplane in the mid-1960s, an incarnation of which is still touring. Best known for the song "We Built This City."
After the episode aired, Jefferson Starships trended on Twitter.
Sam's method of using the camera on his phone to find out if the people in the diner are monsters is the same method that was used to see ghosts invisible to the naked eye in 2.18 Hollywood Babylon.
The liquid that comes from Eve's face when she dies is the same liquid that comes out of Bobby's face when the Khan worm he's possessed by dies in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None.
In 6.07 Family Matters, Mark Sheppard requested not to be in the opening credits as to keep his return a surprise. This was done again in this episode. During filming, some paparazzi caught a picture of him flying into Vancouver, but through his twitter he deflected, implying it wasn't for Supernatural [1]. After the episode he tweeted "I was photographed while filming episode 20 - trust me, NOBODY knew about 19" (Source).

Minutiae

Roman Podhora, who plays the sheriff, previously played a lieutenant in 2.12 Nightshifter.
The sports bar Marshall and Ed exit in the teaser is called 8th Street Sports Lounge. Marshall and Ed are wearing Bruisers shirts. Ed's has the number 21 on it.
On Ed's driver's license, his full name is Edward Bright.

He is 5'10" and weighs 185 lbs.
His date of birth is 16 December, 1985.

The licence expires on the 5th of June, 2014.
On Marshall Todd's driver's licence, his date of birth is 14 July, 1984.
Like Ed, he is 5'10" and weighs 185 lbs.
The Impala appears for only a single shot, outside Bobby's house, just before Cas returns with Lenore.
When Bobby is looking for suspicious news, he comes across an article with the headline "Meth Lab Operation Uncovered" and the sub-heading "Local Team Takes Home the Trophy".

He later searches for "suspicious events in..."

The headline of the article on the CDC website about Ed is "Doctor Reports Puzzling Condition in Otherwise Healthy Patient."
From the report to the CDC that Bobby finds, Dr. Silver describes Ed's symptoms as "what seems to be the beginning of the flu. After a day his flesh became what can only be described as gooey."
The diner they are in is called Ervin's Diner and is at 25 Buckley Street.
Inside, the writing on the wall reads "Grants Pass, It's The Climate"
Sam eats a salad in the diner.
After meeting the sheriff outside Dr. Silver's house, Sam & Bobby drive past a Mazda 3 with Kansas licence plates. The plates on the car they're driving are BKN 6PS or 6P5.
The nametag on Eve's waitress uniform reads "Angela."

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