Supernatural: Last Holiday
October 8, 2020 6:06 PM - Season 15, Episode 14 - Subscribe

I feel equal parts "yay, new Supernatural" and "I am really going to miss this show". Mrs. Butters + Dean was adorable, I think I would have been happy if she'd become a regular for these final 7 episodes.

One down, six to go.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:12 PM on October 8, 2020 [2 favorites]

I liked this one, but the energy felt a little strange. Part of that may have been that it just felt weird to be watching this show again at all, after it'd been in this limbo for a long time and we weren't totally sure when or if it'd come back. I was trying to figure out why it seemed like so, so long since we last saw these guys. After all, it was only a few months ago! Then I remembered that the last episode aired in the early days of the pandemic, approximately eleventy billion real-life horrors ago.

I have a feeling Mrs. Butters was a character the writers had talked about for a long time, maybe as a potential regular. Her origin and the whole "reset" thing seemed pretty thought-through, and her arc felt like something that could have been teased out for a season or two. She was a compelling character here, but it could have been really shocking if we'd grown to trust her over time and then she turned on the boys. But I suppose the writers would've had the same problem they have with Cas, where somebody that powerful can solve too many problems too easily. Speaking of Cas, he pulled another one of his weird disappearing acts this time. This whole plot might have played out very differently if he'd been around, but he was away for... weeks? Months? I was never sure how long this story was taking, but Sam and Dean sure went through a lot of holidays and sack lunches!

I was kind of surprised Dean never once referred to the turncoat Mrs. B as Dolores Umbridge. I mean, it was right there, and she was really much more of an Umbridge than a Ratched. I'm guessing he probably did drop an Umbridge reference in an earlier draft but then JK Rowling had her anti-trans meltdown and they didn't want to give her the shout-out.

Reminder that this show is winding down FAST. Let's keep those comments coming, folks!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:23 AM on October 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

Mrs. Butters is definitely a character I would have like to have seen on a permanent basis. My wife was yelling "she's going to go Umbridge" at the screen so yeah, it's likely a lot of folks saw that parallel. I just wish once, ONCE, the boys would hit on a good thing and it would STICK. I mean, c'mon. They need someone to watch out for them. Maybe after a couple episodes she could pop back and be all pissed off because the Nazis turfed her forest and now Volkswagen made it into a parking lot.
posted by Ber at 9:34 AM on October 11, 2020

"the wood nymph put herself in standby mode" feels like being flung down the stairs in a way that honestly only this show can summon in me

It is lowkey extremely hilarious that Dean had his phone on him the entire time but must have at some point explained to Jack that they weren't going to text Sam for help because he might be having sex. "I have a great idea bud, just stand right there while I shoot you through this door" is peak older brother chaotic energy.

I know the episode wasn't going to slow down for this but it's kind of shitty they lived with her for months and apparently never asked her why a wood nymph decided to live in a concrete bunker and clean up after manchildren all day.

Ursula Hitler, I'm with you on the weird energy, and the feeling that this episode could've mostly been thrown in almost anywhere since they got to the bunker (seven seasons ago(!)).
posted by jameaterblues at 9:37 AM on October 11, 2020

It was a fun fluff episode. It was nice to see the guys being happy, even if "servile woman slave" was kinda what was going on there (sigh). They never did get any holidays in their lives and they seemed to do Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween in reverse? Was this over a year or just throwing holidays for fun pretty frequently?

I'm glad they didn't kill her and she just left. That was a relief.

It's so weird to see a show filmed during a pandemic and it seems like....normal? Like, how?
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:06 PM on October 12, 2020

Well, but they didn't really know they were filming in a pandemic when they shot this one - for all that it's practically a bottle episode what with the montage of Sam & Dean entering various monster lairs rather than multiple monster-fighting scenes, this was one of the 5 episodes that they'd finished filming before the shutdown but hadn't finished post-production on. It's only the last two that will reflect pandemic changes - I expect if they originally planned for any massive multi-person/creature fight sequences in the finale, they've been scaled back to core characters only.
posted by oh yeah! at 3:50 AM on October 13, 2020

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