Original Air Date: 11/18/15
We’re back to a good ol’ fashioned haunting!
The episode opens with the restrained hostility of a loveless marriage, which ends in murder by a masked assailant. However, this isn’t a ski-masked individual looking to rob the couple after a little violence. Oh no, it’s a filthy bunny head who just wants to bring you a beer, and then stab you with the broken bottle.
With this kind of thing running around in the world, Sam praying is probably not a bad idea—though in this case, he’s praying for a very different reason. He’s still convinced that his visions are coming from God or at least whatever is considered the antithesis of Amara. (If we’re going by my theory of the Creator/Destroyer then I’d say the visions are from God.) He’s reaching out to God the only way he knows how – in hopes of getting some clarity. Of course, Dean is still skeptical—he’s not saying that Sam isn’t having visions, he just isn’t convinced that they’re from God. This admission kind of makes his whole nonchalant, dismissiveness of Sam’s manifestations super weird! If someone told me they were having visions, I’d be concerned and taking that shit seriously.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about our favorite renegade angel, Castiel, has been sent on a pre-Biblical scavenger hunt—he’s looking for any text that pre-dates the Bible in the hopes of learning something about the Darkness, which has so far landed them bupkis. (This seems like a hopeless endeavor, in my opinion. The only way they’re gonna get information is from someone who was there when the Darkness was around.) Other than Sam mentioning that Cass had brought back a pile of manuscripts from Gaza, he’s not present for the rest of the episode. I guess we have to assume he’s still looting libraries and museums throughout the world.
Dean gets a call from Sheriff Donna Hanscum about the killer bunny murder. In case you don’t remember, we first met Donna in The Purge where her ex-boyfriend made her hate her body so much that she went to a spa in the hopes of shedding several pounds. She is quirky and cute with the most midwestern of accents. In fact, when Donna teams up with Sheriff Jody Mills in Hibbing 911 it became one of my more favorites. She is a character that gains more confidence and sense of self with each episode, and I adore her!
Donna convinces Agents “Elliot and Savage” (Def Leppard references seem more fitting than Genesis) to head to Cottage Grove, Minnesota to see if there’s anything paranormal involved with the killer bunny. However, before they meet “Bugs”, Donna introduces them to Officer Doug Stover who is harboring a hardcore crush on her.
Sadly, she’s still recovering from her last relationship and is reluctant to start up a romance with another cop named Doug. (You gotta keep that heart open, Donna!) But coaching Donna through her turbulent love life isn’t why the Winchesters are in town. No, they’re here for this guy:
Here’s what they know: the bunny is super strong, the mask won’t come off, and he does not seem to care for the rabbit puns that Sam and Dean are laying down. He gets a bit grabby with Dean, but the scuffle is enough to reveal the bunny’s Minnesota Tech t-shirt and a “Kylie Forever” tattoo on his wrist. With a little sleuthing, the brothers are able to track down the bunny’s girlfriend who confirms that he got the rabbit head at a thrift shop and completely changed once he put it on. She hadn’t seen or heard from him since (nor will she). Even though Donna and Doug pumped Bugs full of tranquilizers before trying to transport him to the hospital, he still attacks them, and Doug has no choice but to shoot him dead.
The mask falls off once the young man dies. Sam and Dean decide to treat it like a cursed object and torch it, hoping that all of the mayhem will end.
Donna comes to a horrible realization—they had to kill a young man who was by all accounts a victim. (Sound familiar? It’s Sam’s new mission statement: save the innocent whenever possible.) It reminds me of something that always nagged at me as I watched the series over the years; the number of victims that wound up dead or in jail for something that wasn’t their fault. Donna just put into words what most of us realized several seasons ago: the business of a hunter leaves a trail of broken people behind it.
They thought that burning the bunny head would be the end of it, but while some meathead “was just hammering [his] bi’s, gettin’ all swole” in the college weight room this creeptastic thing walks in and proceeds to bludgeon the football coach with a kettlebell:
The coach survives but is in a coma. However, it’s another college kid trapped with a mask that won’t come off. Naturally, Dean has a solution—some salt pellets in a single barreled sawed off shotgun.
This expels the ghost and brings the victim back to consciousness. It turns out, the possessed have no idea what is happening to them or that their meat suits are being hijacked to commit murder. This leaves Donna more than a little uncomfortable. She finds no justice in ruining a young person’s life for something that wasn’t their fault, and so, she takes the mask, but lets the girl go right after the brothers are able to glean some information from her. The costume she is wearing was donated to the school by Rita Johnson. They go pay her a little visit.
Rita says that her brother, Chester, was a performer for kids, but he committed suicide about a month earlier. She donated all of his costumes to various places around town. They get a list of the costumes and donation locations from her, and Donna and Doug hunt them down (yeah, somehow Doug, who has no idea about the paranormal stuff going on, agrees that finding masks helps the case. He must have it bad for Donna.) Dean goes to talk to the first victim’s widow while Sam heads to the hospital to check on the coach.
Unfortunately, Chester already possesses his next victim, who hightails it to the hospital to finish off the coach. Here’s the thing, folks, there is a creepy clown in this episode. If that bothers you, like it does my friend Natalia, then you’ll want to skip the next few pictures.
As you may recall from Everybody Loves a Clown and Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie, Sam is TERRIFIED of clowns, which makes me extra proud of him for rallying and taking out this guy. Well, he didn’t kill him, instead he uses a piece of iron to compel the ghost to leave the human body. That’s one more mask down! But the coach is already dead.
Meanwhile, Dean learns that the first victim (the hateful husband) and the now dead coach were friends who thought Chester was a molester. Instead of going to the cops, they took it up with his sister, Rita. Initially, she defends her brother, but the more she thinks about it, the more she starts thinking her brother is super weird. Rita decides to call the good ol’ boys to have a little chat with Chester. They are only supposed to scare him, but instead, they drop him to his death off of a bridge.
Chester’s unfinished business relates to his wrongful death (I mean, we’re assuming he wasn’t molesting kids, but that name…), and he blames his sister for it as well. But how can he get his revenge if all of his masks are in the process of being torched by Doug and Donna (which they never explain why Doug is totally cool with doing this)? Turns out Chester’s nephew had one of his uncle’s masks up in his room.
Good news is, they didn’t have to kill the kid (that iron railroad spike really comes in handy), and Sam manages to torch the creepy deer head before ghost Chester can do anymore damage. Yay! They save the day! And Donna get her official “Junior Hunter” badge from the Winchesters! And Doug seems completely unconcerned that all of these murderers are escaping Donna’s custody! Yay!
We really can’t end the episode on a happy note. We need strife between the brothers and a pensive Sam, which we get when he tries to talk to Dean about his visions again. Sam feels that the answers they need can be found with Lucifer in the cage, but Dean does not even consider that an option. It’s suicide for Sam to try. Of course, Dean makes it seem as though he has the final say on it, but we all know that Sam is gonna do it behind his back. It’s only a matter of time.
The next episode looks like another creepy one. Imaginary friends…yikes! I’m sure this isn’t gonna get weird at all.