Melissa wears a red dress. She fixes Dan’s red tie. “As handsome as the day I met you.” Red roses in their living room, a red Valentine’s Day Card in the bedroom… Sounds like a night for romance for the college sweethearts. James Hunter begs to differ. “Heartbreak,” he warns, “Always takes you another one with it.”
Stacy’s another one. The nanny, how cliché. She comes in with her red polish, and sprawls over their white couch. Be careful what you wish for, the monster will give it to ya. Matching rings. No silver, no diamond. One for Stacy and another for Dan. Red, gaping holes where their cheating hearts used to be. “Love Hurts”, and as James reminds, “Heartbreak, never stops at one, always comes in pairs.”
Happy “Unattached Drifter Christmas”, everyone!
Dean’s favorite holiday: “And? It was Valentine’s Day.”
It’s Dean’s favorite holiday and he’s been celebrating all night, doing his “civic duty” in Kansas, “helping all the single ladies”. He drags himself into the MOL kitchen, dishevelled, love bite on his neck, possibly hungover, and in need of fresh coffee, and… according to Sam, a fresh shower too.
“Didn’t you just get lucky?”
“That was in Kansas.”
Work hard, play hard. Mr. Right Now’s a professional and he knows how to multitask. Four states, three witnesses and two dead bodies later, Agent Weller takes time off his busy schedule to try to “scrape” a few more hearts off the ballroom floor. There are single women in need of a hero in Ohio too. And they say chivalry is dead.
Sam, Dean and Melissa at the Too Tired motel: “The Kiss of Death”
A dead husband isn’t what Melissa had in mind for Valentine’s Day. The spell was only supposed to be bring him back to her, but it turns out her hairdresser, a witch named Sonia, actually gave her a curse, The Kiss of Death. The murders are carried out by a Qareen, a creature that executes the commands of the one who possesses their heart, literally. The curse is transmitted through a kiss and like the rabbit foot from “Bad Day at Black Rock”, you can divert it from yourself by passing it on to someone else. When death comes from Melissa in the form of her already dead husband, Dean kisses her and turns himself into the target.
Dean and the Qareen: “The real Amara does have a hold on me.”
The Qareen takes on the form of their victim “deepest and darkest desire”. Dean jokes that his has been Daisy Dukes since he was seven. It looks like things have changed since “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire”. The creature comes in the form of Amara.
She has Emily’s bewitching voice. She has her words, beckoning Dean to surrender. “Why fight it, just give in.” She has Amara’s plunging neckline too, and the camera lingers over it as she says “when it comes to this you can’t help yourself” (Whaaat?!). She calls what she sees in his heart “love”, and one that is “cloaked in shame”. Dean admits to all of it “You know what, you’re right.” He also, finally, admits it to Sam.
Sam and Dean, no more secrets: “It was Amara.”
“You seriously think the sister of God is my deepest, darkest desire?”
“No! She can’t be!”
Not only is Sam not surprised, he’s known for a while and he understands the situation better than Dean expected. He knows Dean wants to kill The Darkness. He also knows Dean’s been beating himself up over the strange feelings he has for her because he believes these feelings make him “weak, complicit, evil”.
Sam exonerates Dean from any responsibility and tries to make him see that the sister of God never gave him a choice. Dean doesn’t want to compare what going on with Amara to “love” or “desire”, but he confesses he can’t kill her. The hunter, the soldier and big brother are defeated. Dean said they broke it together, but now he’s leaving Sam alone to face the enemy. Sam’s answer?
“I got it, Dean.”
I’m gonna need a minute.
Overall grade: 8.5/10
Show, if you’d shown us the scene where Dean gets his hickey, this would have been a 9. Just sayin… Gutter mind aside, I liked this episode. I was entertained by the characters of the tragic love triangle, the bratty baby sitter, the confused husband, the frightened wife, and while I didn’t care for the witch, I liked the MOTW.
Shapeshifters are my favorite monsters. This wasn’t a shapeshifter, but it had all the qualities, the morphing into other people, downloading their thoughts, the mandroid eyes (hey, Ronald), and none of the nauseating pile of melted flesh and bones that usually come with the genuine article. Plus, it turned into my darling Amara (I miss her, seriously). Win win!
The boys were sickeningly handsome in their brand new coats. A bit distracting, actually (in a good way). They are for sure, the best dressed hunters in the land.
I also watch for the plot, and I love watching the brothers work. 11 years later, I’m still excited to see the EMF, a lock pic, or in this case, a tacky motel room, the synchronized motion of their flashlights in the middle of the night while they’re breaking and entering, or the inside of Baby’s trunk! I enjoy their “hunter moments” and Dean handing Melissa a silver pen to write down her contact information as a way to test her reminded me of the way he swapped Not!Adam’s cutlery with a silver knife and fork in “Jump the Shark”.
More than anything, I live for Winchester moments and this episode was filled with them. Domestic broments, fun broments, historical broments! Come on, Dean winning rock paper scissors? “My Heart Will Go On” doesn’t count. It was an semi-alternate universe, and Dean winning was the first sign that something was way off, but this win, is cause for celebration, if only for that cute little victory spin he did.
And then they were the important broments. Barb and I were discussing Dean not talking to Sam about Amara in the “Into the Mystic” Report. We agreed that Dean was ashamed but that Sam would understand and that the conversation needed to be had. The way the episode dealt with this particular issue exceeded my expectations and frankly, aside from Dean not asking Sam to be his Valentine (“Bloody Valentine”, Mannequin”, anyone?), the Winchesters were close to flawless in “Love Hurts”.
The funny Winchester moments
Dean’s reaction after he smelled himself. Jensen, I love you so.
“The Art of Dyeing. Well, can’t say she didn’t warn you.”
Dean’s cracking jokes about the ominous name of the witch’s hair salon. He should be more sensitive. The woman’s husband just died. Doesn’t stop me from chuckling in the corner.
“Witch killing bullets.”
“We gotta come up with a better name than that.”
When Sam threatened Rowena with “hollow tips filled with witch-killing brew” in “Brother’s Keeper”, I remember thinking they needed a better expression for it. Apparently, Dean and I share a brain or parts of one.
Young man, just last week, I was talking about table manners.
Dean was being such a gross little boy in that kitchen, I have half a mind to grab Missouri’s spoon. Kidding. I know he’s killing Sam over there but he’s making me smile.
The Domestic broments
It gives me great joy to observe the Winchesters in their bunker habitat, watch Dean roam around in his grey robe, Sam, barefoot in his sweats, and the two of them casually planning their day at the breakfast table, or… teasing each other about Valentine’s Day.
“What did you do, Judjy? Curl up in your snuggie, watch 50 Shades on cable?”
Dean pictures Sam huddled in bed watching soft porn. (Now I have to see Sam’s snuggie. I’m taking for granted that he has one.)
And Sam basically calls Dean a lost cause.
“Can’t help it of I’m a hopeless romantic.”
“You got half of that right.”
I felt that one in my spirit. Well played, Sam.
Best Dean moment: his reaction to winning rock paper scissors
Rock paper scissors is serious business with the Winchesters. Dean’s especially intense during the process and Sam’s only become casual about it because he’s gotten too comfortable.
“Dean. Always with the scissors.” Not this time, Samuel!
Best broment: “If you think I’m gonna blame you or judge you. I’m not.”
Dean told the truth about Amara, and Sam welcomed it with open arms. There were no accusations, no yelling and no one storming out to “get some air”. I know many of us have been asking for this kind openness between the brothers and I know some of us had given up on it. I certainly didn’t expect a scene like this so soon after the major conversation they had about Sam’s decisions while Dean was in Purgatory in “Into the Mystic”. This is maturity. I’m almost afraid to get used to it.
Best Sam moment: “I got it, Dean.”
“I’m just saying, you don’t have to do this.” “Trying to carry the weight by yourself.”
When Dean takes on the curse to protect Melissa, Sam’s not too happy with him. He’s seen it countless times before. Dean running towards a cliff, ready to be a “martyr” and sacrifice himself without thinking too much about it. Many times, Sam’s told Dean that he wasn’t alone, and didn’t have to carry the weight of the world by himself. In “Love Hurts”, he makes it easy for Dean to unload his Darkness-sized burden on him and has a simple but powerful answer for his brother when Dean confesses, “I can’t do it.”
“I got it, Dean.”
My heart is so full…
Juicy bit: “Just how bad is it?”
So, just how bad is it? I’m still trying to figure it out. Since “Into the Mystic”, we’ve learn that Amara’s making Dean vulnerable. In “Love Hurts” I found it again to be true. The man who snarks at gods and archangels who have him by the throat, seemed unsteady on his feet looking at Amara’s doppelganger. Lady Darkness seems to be draining the fight out of Dean.
As for Sam, he looked deeply troubled at the end of the episode. He’s spent a whole year, fighting to separate Dean from the Mark that was trying to claim his soul. Now, the incarnation of the Mark at her full power, the sister of God herself, is still fighting to possess Dean. I fear for Sam’s sanity when he finds Lucifer is also back on the scene. Dear boy…
I really liked this episode. The guest characters were entertaining. Jensen was delightful as the unattached drifter trying to make the most of the holiday in spite of his worries. Jared touched my heart as the younger sibling offering to carry the weight to help his big brother.
The face-off with the monster-of-the-week led to amazing character development for our heroes. Dean finally opened up about his difficult feelings for Amara and Sam, who’s always known a lot more than he was letting on, welcomed his confession with the kind of acceptance and understanding Dean didn’t think he deserved.
I want to praise Sam for the way he reacted to the confession and I believe he drew from personal experience to communicate with Dean effectively. He easily put into words the feelings Dean was struggling with, and his intuitive understanding of the situation gave us another window into Sam’s own troubled past. I appreciate the subtle link being made between their stories and the way it was used to promote a better understanding between them. At this point in time, neither of them is holding on to a secret. How long has it been? The honesty is refreshing and I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
It seems we keep learning more about Amara’s effect on Dean while he’s away from her. He’s had to face some uncomfortable truths about his own feelings towards her and I’m dying to see what will happen the next time they meet.
“I’m screwed, man.”
Maybe not, Dean. You don’t have to do it alone. Sam can shoulder some of the weight if you let him. See love doesn’t just hurt. It can heal too. But this is Supernatural we’re talking about. How do you suppose Sam is going to carry that weight? Defeat Amara? I’m sure Lucifer has a few ideas he’d like to share. It does look like the brothers can’t catch a break, but they’ve also defeated every enemy they ever had. They’re strong together, and they will figure it out. I have faith in them.
I’m curious. Do you think Sam will say yes to Lucifer before the end of the season?
XI : Winchester Brothers Report
11.01 “We Broke It, We Bought It”
11.02 “That Giant, Crazy Fart”
11.03 “And I have a fake badge”
11.04 “We’re home”
11.05 “That whole sensitive verbal massage”
11.06 “She overpowered me, end of story”
11.07 “What do you mean, killer bunny?”
11.08 “The family that showers together”
11.09 “If Sam’s not safe, it’s not happening”
11A Midseason Report Card “So, lock and key?”
11.10 “Sam can’t talk cause he’s waxing…”
11.11 “All that’s ever mattered is that we’re together”
11.12 “And when you mix it up with the potatoes and the beans”