Supernatural: Mother's Little Helper
November 18, 2021 5:22 AM - Season 9, Episode 17 - Subscribe

Dean copes with the side effects of the Mark of Cain, as Sam investigates a series of violent murders related directly to Abaddon.

Quotes

Crowley: [to Dean] You're lying to Sam like he's your wife, which kind of makes me your mistress.

Sam: Can I ask you something?
Julia: If it's for a date, I'm sorry. I never see anyone under 65. Too much drama.

Josie: I hate nuns.
Henry: Why, because she answered me and not you?
Josie: No, because I went to Catholic school and I have a lot of pent-up anger.

Julia: Did you know them?
Sam: Yes, uh... sort of. It's complicated.
Julia: I'm an ex-nun, sweetie. "Complicated" is my middle name.

Dean: Go to hell.
Crowley: Oh, if only.

Crowley: Last time we chitchatted, we agreed that you were gonna line up Carrot Top.
Dean: Yep, well... I'm on it.
Crowley: Unless Abaddon likes 10-cent wings, stale beer, and the clap, I doubt that she's here.

Trivia

This episode was directed by Misha Collins. Upon finding out that Misha would be directing the episode, Jensen Ackles set up cameras and pied Misha in the face twice.

When Crowley tells Dean, "You're sulking like you lost your knuffle bunny," he is referencing the children's book Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems, in which Knuffle Bunny is a toddler's stuffed rabbit that gets lost at the laundromat.

Sam poses as Agent Leiter. Felix Leiter was a CIA agent in the James Bond novels and movies.

Crowley asks Dean, "You just want to touch that precious again, don't you?" Gollum calls the ring "precious" in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The picture in the diner at the beginning of the scene where Sam is drinking coffee at the counter is a picture of downtown Port Washington, Wisconsin.

The episode's title is from a 1966 The Rolling Stones song of the same name.

During the flashback of Dean holding the First Blade, he gripped the table with his left hand as if he was holding the blade but he should have used his right hand because he has the Mark of Cain on his right arm.
posted by orange swan (4 comments total)
 
Jenny O'Hara was very good in her role as Julia, the earthy and haunted ex-nun. I thought I must have seen her before, so I scanned through her IMDb page, but I only found one thing that I'd seen: an episode of Six Feet Under.  

Josie sacrificed herself for Henry Winchester because she was in love with him. It's a shame she couldn't have been saved by exorcising Abbadon from her body, but given that Sam and Dean have already cut her into pieces I think that ship has sailed.

Speaking of the Winchesters having cut Abbadon into pieces, it seems unnecessary for Dean to take on the Mark of Cain to kill Abbadon when he and Sam already know they could at least put Abbadon out of commission by dismembering her and burying the pieces separately. But then they shouldn't have brought her back just to have a demon to experiment on in the first place -- an ordinary demon would have been a far safer test subject, and not hard to find.

I remember wondering if Henry's wife was still living when he died. In this episode we learn he was indeed still married when he died, and that his wife's name was Millie. You'd think Millie Winchester would have been part of the series somehow. But then Deanna Campbell was barely a footnote in the series, while Samuel Campbell had a much more significant role. This series is definitely centred on the menz.
posted by orange swan at 5:37 AM on November 18


I thought I must have seen her before, so I scanned through her IMDb page, but I only found one thing that I'd seen: an episode of Six Feet Under.  

Full honesty I thought the nun was played by Shirley MacLaine till I remembered Shirley MacLaine was probably not doing an uncredited guest spot on Supernatural season 9, maybe Jenny O’Hara just has that kind of face.

I always lose track of where the Colt is for these middle seasons, but Abaddon also seems like one of those times somebody might have suggested looking around for it.

If Josie was that unusual for being a woman in the Men of Letters she surely had a better reason for wanting to be there than having a crush on a mayonnaise sandwich, perhaps even other things she wanted to live for even though she didn't have a husband OR kids?!, and it would’ve been nice to know literally anything else about that.

Anyway maybe the most interesting thing about Henry Winchester to me is the implication that John at least for a period of time was raised by a single mom (I think there's a throwaway line in an early season about John's old man but take it as you will.) Both of my grandfathers died when their kids were pretty young and neither grandmother remarried, which definitely influenced how my parents and their siblings raised their own families, and it would bring an interesting angle to John himself becoming a widowed father in his late twenties. But I’d been watching this show nine years by this point and was mostly surprised they bothered giving her a name.
posted by jameaterblues at 7:09 PM on November 18


Jenny O'Hara ... Shirley MacLaine

I was thinking of Piper Laurie.
posted by porpoise at 7:21 PM on November 18


When Crowley tells Dean, "You're sulking like you lost your knuffle bunny," he is referencing the children's book Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems, in which Knuffle Bunny is a toddler's stuffed rabbit that gets lost at the laundromat.

Crowley read a children's book?!?!?
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:10 PM on November 22


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