Supernatural: Mommy Dearest
September 13, 2021 4:50 AM - Season 6, Episode 19 - Subscribe

Dean, Sam, Castiel, and Bobby find Eve in a small town where the citizens have been converted to demons.


Lenore: Your hunter friend almost killed me.
Sam: Well, if it makes you feel any better, he turned into a vampire... and I chopped his head off.
Dean: Yeah, with razor wire. Wicked.

Sam: Well, you know what? Maybe it's like iron or silver, you know? Hurts them, not us.
Dean: Maybe, but a fat lot of good it does us till we find that bitch.
Bobby: I'm looking, but I'm thinking maybe it's time you made a call.
Dean: Why's it always gotta to be me, huh? It's not like Cass lives in my ass. The dude's busy.
Castiel: [appears behind him]
Dean: Cass, get out of my ass.
Castiel: I was never in your...

Castiel: I'll search the town. Give me a moment. [doesn't disappear]
Dean: Cass, we can still see you.
Castiel: Yeah, I'm still here.
Dean: Okay, well, you don't have to wait on us. You -- well, now it just looks like you're pooping.

Castiel: I'm powerless.
Dean: You're joking.
Castiel: Something in this town is, uh... it's affecting me. I assume it's Eve.
Dean: So, wait. Mom's making you limp?
Castiel: Figuratively, yes.
Dean: Well, that's great, 'cause without your power, you're basically just a baby in a trench coat.
Castiel: [makes a face, looks out the window]
Sam: I think you hurt his feelings.

Castiel: I'm fairly unpracticed with firearms.
Dean: You know who whines? Babies.

Bobby: [using an iPad] I asked for a computer.
Sam: It is a computer.
Bobby: No, a computer has buttons.

Bobby: They won't take long.
Castiel: You don't know that. They may find more wayward orphans along the way.
Bobby: Oh, don't get cute.
Castiel: Right. Pardon me for highlighting their crippling and dangerous empathetic response with "sarcasm".

Dean: Is Dr. Silver in today? My friend is very sick.
Castiel: I have a, uh... painful burning sensation.
Dr. Silver's receptionist: Oh, well, he's out. Sorry.
Dean: Do you know where he is?
Dr. Silver's receptionist: He hasn't called in. [looks at Castiel] You might wanna find yourself some ointment.

Dean: There's one way to draw her out. Me and Sam will go in.
Bobby: Dean!
Dean: Look, if we don't get a shot off you two better.
Bobby: That's the plan?
Dean: Yeah. Pretty much.
Bobby: Well, at least it ain't complicated.

Eve: Phoenix ash. I'm impressed. I bet you had to go a long way for that.
Dean: You have no idea.

Eve: Relax. I'm not here to fight.
Dean: No. Just to rally every freak on the planet. Bring in Khan worms and -- and half-assed Spidermen. And dragons. Really, sister? *Dragons*?
Eve: So I dusted off some of the old classics.

Eve: I was pushed into this. After all, a mother defends her children.
Dean: Really? You're gonna use the mother-of-the-year defense? You?


When Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel are sitting in the diner and Castiel realizes he has no powers, Dean calls him a "baby in a trench coat". Castiel reacts by turning and looking out of the window. This was not scripted, but happened because Misha Collins forgot his lines, which is why the others looked so confused.

When Dean says, "Beat me with a wire hanger, the answer's still no," it is a reference to the film on which the title is based, Mommie Dearest.

In the bar full of dead hybrid monsters, Dean mentions the Motaba virus. In the 1995 medical horror movie Outbreak, the Motaba virus is an impossibly contagious, 100% fatal hemorrhagic fever that makes Ebola look mild.

The nametag Eve is wearing in the diner says "Angela", the female version of "Angel".

When Castiel is surveying the aftermath in the diner in which Eve is killed and Crowley appears, the song that begins playing on the jukebox is "Miracles" by Jefferson Starship. Earlier Dean dubbed the monsters that Eve had perfected "Jefferson Starships" because "they're horrible and hard to kill". The lyrics to the chorus of Jefferson Starship's "Miracles" have some interesting correlations to Castiel's growing struggles with his faith in God and uncertainty in his decisions.

Mark Sheppard was uncredited in this episode to preserve the twist that his character was still alive.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total)
Eve shapeshifting into the boys' mother was a particularly low move. However, I'm sure Samantha Smith was happy to have the work. For a character who died in the pilot, she certainly enjoyed a good run on the show -- 37 episodes to Jeffrey Dean Morgan's 15.

Nice little moment in the car when the older of the two boys pulls his little brother's head down on his shoulder and tells him to go to sleep. I bet young Dean did exactly that to little Sam more than once back in the day.

Poor Lenore. If she'd held out and not fed on humans, Sam and Dean could have turned her human again.
posted by orange swan at 4:52 AM on September 13, 2021 [2 favorites]

This was not scripted, but happened because Misha Collins forgot his lines, which is why the others looked so confused.
I don't know why but this cracks me up so much.

I don't know it was strictly necessary to drag Samantha Smith into this, but always glad to see her.

Also nice to see Lenore again, Supernatural's no-survivors policy notwithstanding. (I will be extra-shallow for a minute and add that Amber Benson is more lovely every time I see her.) I didn't really need to spend a whole bunch of time on it but her dynamic with Sam back in season 2 was interesting, and I wish it had gotten a LITTLE more time here considering he's gotten a radically different perspective on being a recovering blood addict. But no, and you think, okay, maybe Castiel is sympathetic, and wants her death to be fast and a total surprise, but no actually, my dude said fry the bitch, we have places to be. Okay!

A plague that turns people into other people, who you call Jefferson Starships because literally whatever at this point, is at least kind of a clever solution to all your monsters having to look like regular people.

The biggest laugh this show got out of me in a minute was having Bobby walk into a bar full of dead people covered in blood who flattened the place in a frenzied brawl that ended with some of their throats ripped out and go, "hmm, I guess they all died of a fever."

I can understand why, when they needed a season 6 plot that had to follow the apocalypse, they went back to the monster angle but wanted to balance it with all the Heaven and Hell stuff and Eve was what they came up with, but man what a whiffed execution. I feel bad saying the actor was wrong for the role (though that didn't help) because what did they even give her to DO. (I'm sure there could and have been theses written on the fact that Supernatural takes a swing at a female big bad six seasons in and her defining quality is motherhood and I'm not sure I could name another personality trait or motivation, don't worry though she's like 22 and and looks good in a nightgown.)
posted by jameaterblues at 8:00 AM on September 13, 2021

Echoing the reaction about the forgotten line, and also the impression that Eve was terribly miscast and underwritten.

Awkward, uncomfortable Castiel is always a fun-to-watch Castiel.
posted by sardonyx at 9:15 AM on September 13, 2021

Bobby: [using an iPad] I asked for a computer.
Sam: It is a computer.
Bobby: No, a computer has buttons.

Right on, Bobby, right on.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:47 AM on September 13, 2021 [3 favorites]

Bobby: "Add that to the pile o' crap that don't make sense."

I swear the writers of SPN crib Richard Kadry (Sandman Slim); Dean calls the new monsters "Jefferson Starships" (Jeffersons Starship?) because "they're horrible and hard to kill." SS calls zombies High Plains Drifters for some of the same reasons (the first instance came a year or two before S06).
posted by porpoise at 8:18 PM on September 13, 2021

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