In episode 11.03, “The Bad Seed”, the brothers try to help Castiel get rid of his attack dog spell problem, Rowena tries to make the Mega Coven happen, Amara empties “Uncle Crowley”‘s pantry, she experiences a growth spurt and has a chat with the woman in the mirror. Directed by Jensen Ackles.
Sam : research geek, on the ball!
Inside the bunker, Sam is mainly in research mode, what he does best. Outside, his timing is impeccable throughout the episode. He cuffs Rowena at the right moment when she’s distracted by Dean, catches a female suspect’s bag to investigate its contents while Dean keeps her from fleeing, and he brings Rowena in, gun to her head, to reverse the spell, as Castiel is going full attack dog on Dean.
Dean : G-man, taxi driver and all around naughty boy…
Dean dons a sharp suit to interrogate a witness about Rowena’s whereabouts, and a Hawaiian shirt and a hat to disguise himself as the cab driver Rowena called to take her to the airport. Even in the midst of a crisis, he has time to make eyes at a pretty blonde walking by and we learn that the man who thinks Hentai is an art form and keeps his porn “meticulously” organized, also has a file on his laptop specially created for his Busty Beauties needs.
The brothers at the station : “Here come the men in black” *clap clap*
Well the suits were grey, but you get my drift. The Winchesters, looking fetching in their FBI attire, interrogate a witness who’s so scared she doesn’t want to leave the police station. Pearl (look at her wrist, fingers and collar) is a witch who was having lunch with Rowena and narrowly escaped with her life when one of Crowley’s demons attacked.
The brothers and the pattern : “Keyword secrets.”
“He didn’t know? He didn’t know…”
Rowena-don’t-tell-your-brother-what-we’re-doing finds a way to make her car ride with the Winchesters less “tedious”. She has a lot of fun exposing Sam’s secret and telling Dean about the deal Sam made with her in order to get the mark removed. “Oh, well. I’m just glad I got the conversation flowing.” She revels in the tension she causes between the brothers and sprinkles salt on the wounds by theorizing that Castiel wouldn’t be in the grips of her Impetus Bestiarum spell if Sam had done his job and killed Crowley like he was supposed to in exchange of her collaboration.
The myth arc : “I’m hungry!”
Little Insatiable Amara is cleaning out “Uncle Crowley”‘s pantry and eating all his goodies. She seems to be blossoming under his care with a steady diet of Hitler and soul food. She already wants to take over the world and she’s always hungry. Like Jenna said, she’s a growing girl.
Little Amara’s one moment of vulnerability happens when she’s talking about God. While she thinks him an incompetent who can’t manage the world he created, she seems to fear him. He “tricked her” and sealed her away and she wants “Uncle Crowley” to protect her from him.
“I am what you are becoming.”
Emily Swallow makes an appearance in the form of grown up Darkness with words of encouragement and answers to the questions of her younger, troubled self : “We are mightier than God” and child Amara’s mission is to continue growing so she can reach the pinnacle of her strength and power. By the end of the episode, Amara’s a teenager with an attitude and a raging appetite.
“I want her on my team.”
Crowley had a plan. Becoming Amara’s guardian, raising her right and inculcating her with good demonic values, then using her loyalty to control her and exploit her powers for his own gain. You can see him being increasingly worried at her boundless appetite and independent mind. He’s in over his head with her and he knows it.
Overall grade : 6.5/10
I give this one a 6.5.
I found the episode underwhelming. The best part of it for me was Amara. She stole the show, as a little girl, a teenager and a woman. Last season, episode 3 dazzled me with the iconic and unforgettable “Soul Survivor”. Demon Dean was roaring and stomping the halls with a hammer, keeping me in a state of high alert. I was fighting to stay awake through “The Bad Seed” and I am grateful for Vitamin R who made sure to perk me up every time she appeared with her basket full of sarcasm, witty rejoinders, sing-songs and even her showgirl wig.
Watching Rowena try to make the… dramatic pause… “Mega Coven” happen was hilarious, especially when the expression was punctuated by the sound of glass breaking in the background when she uttered it again in a restaurant. One thing I like about Rowena is she makes me laugh. There’s another personality trait of hers that I’ve really grown to like in the end of season 10. She knows how to negotiate and always calls your bluff. She did it several times with Sam and this time, it was Dean’s turn to get a taste. You don’t throw empty threats like “I’m gonna call Crowley” at Rowena when she knows how desperately you need for her to stay alive.
I loved the interrogation scene with Sam, Dean and Pearl. Jared and Jensen are always in sync but they were so smooth and in control of their dialogue that it was looking at Olympic figure skating champs play around on the ice. Sam was having one of his sassy days and he was always on the ball.
G-man Dean was charming and efficient as ever and he cracked me up when he found time to be flirtatious in the middle of a crisis. I thought the way the deal between Sam and Rowena was brought up interesting. The boys have been running non-stop since the premiere. I’m looking forward to episode 11.04 “Baby” to see if they’re going sit down to address the situation. I love them but they need to come clean if they’re going to continue throwing around sentences like “We have to change” and “Keyword : secrets” when they’re each hiding things from the other. Their jeans are on fire right while they talk about truthfulness. My darlings, talk it out.
Favorite Dean moment : “And I have a fake badge.”
G-man Lady Killa Dean Winchester the First melted me from my hair follicles to my toenails (stole that one from the poet goddess known as Jill Scott) with that wink.
Favorite Sam moment : “Do I need to remind you, these are witch killing bullets. Finish it!”
Always love when the more intimidating side of Sam makes an appearance. Throws my handkerchief at Bossy!Sam. What? I’m a lady.
Favorite broment : the Winsyc
Look at this team work. It’s like they share a brain. I love it when they Winsync.
Juicy bit : “He’s been very mean to my little girl, hasn’t he?”
It seems an Archangel has been communicating from the Cage in the past episodes and in “The Bad Seed”, there’s a lot of talk about God. Can’t wait to see if anything comes out of those repeated references to the one who threw The Darkness in a hole. Is he really ready to put down the Mai Tais?
The episode was a mixed bag for me. I didn’t really like it as a whole but I really enjoyed several isolated moments. Sam was efficient, sassy and very enjoyable. I absolutely loved charming, smart and witty G-man Dean. I can already tell his “And I have a fake badge” moment is going to be one of my favorite of this season. Watching the brothers work like the well-oiled and beautifully synchronized hunting machine that they are was a delight.
Rowena’s attempts to recruit witches for the Mega Coven were hilarious. She was funny, devious and slippery as ever, and I’m simply fascinated by all that is Amara. The brothers both talk about not keeping secrets from each other while actively keeping secrets from each other. This better be going somewhere… “Baby”, I’m looking at you. I can’t wait for grown up Amara to start doing some damage. I love Emily Swallow in the role.
My favorite Jensen-directed episode remains “Soul Survivor” which was a 9.95/10 for me. What’s yours?
How does “The Bad Seed” stack up compared to the others? Did you like it? Let’s talk.