Previously on Supernatural, ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’
Supernatural celebrates Valentine’s Day featuring a monster of the week that manifests as a person’s deepest, darkest desire and who, naturally, then goes on to eat their hearts. A jealous wife who accurately suspects her husband of having an affair with the babysitter (couldn’t they just fire the babysitter?) attains a spell from her hairdresser that’s supposed to compel her husband to come back to her after a kiss. Turns out the hairdresser was a white witch and the spell a “Kiss of Death” curse that marked the husband for death after the kiss. When he kisses the babysitter the curse is transmitted to her; when the victim dies the curse reverts back to husband. Once the husband dies the curse reverts back to the wife, who then goes to Sam and Dean for protection.
Dean, as is his wont to do, kisses the wife so that the curse transfers to him. Sam is not to happy that Dean keeps taking these risks (I agree with Dean on this one as it’ll be easier to fight the monster if they don’t have to worry about protecting a civilian), but Dean finds the silver lining as he expects to get some face-time with his deepest, darkest desire: Daisy Duke. When Sam asks which of the Daisy Dukes, Bach or Simpson, Dean responds with, “Meh. I guess I wouldn’t say no to either.”
Unfortunately, it’s not Daisy Duke, but Amara who’s his deepest desire and confronting the curse allows him to finally admit that. Sam, meanwhile, confronts the white witch, who turns out to be quite formidable and has Sam beat if not for the interference of the wife. She distracts the white witch long enough for Sam stab the heart that the witch used as to bind the curse, just in time to save Dean.
We then get to the crux of the episode where everything that happened until now was just a setup for Dean to finally admit to Sam that he has uncontrollable feelings for Amara. Sam is very understanding. In fact, he wasn’t surprised at all, which reinforces why the brothers should confide with each other more often. Dean admits that while in Amara’s presence he’s not going to be able to kill her, insinuating that Sam is going to have to land the killing blow.
Dean brought his “A” game when it came to one-liners in this episode. Including:
“You know the best thing about February 14? You don’t have to be Mr. Right, you just have to be Mr. Right now.”
To his response after finding out the victim had her heart ripped out:
“On Valentine’s Day? What is that, like an ironic werewolf?”
After finding out the curse is transmittable:
“Like a magic STD. It kind of makes you nostalgic for good, old-fashion herpes.“
For those who haven’t seen it, the movie It Follows is about a monster that takes the form of anyone and follows you until it kills you, but if you have sex with anyone the monster in turn follows and kills them unless they have sex with someone else. If that sounds familiar it’s because this episode is a direct rip-off of that movie, except instead of the curse being transmittable by sex it’s by a kiss and instead of the monster taking the form of anyone, Supernatural added the Valentine’s Day flavor of the monster taking the form of your deepest, darkest desire.
Now, Supernatural has copied themes from other movies/shows before (The Clue episode comes to mind), but it’s always presented as either a satire and/or homage to the original project. To not even mention the movie it mimics so closely comes off as a strange. Other than that, it was a pretty solid episode full of one-liners and even manages to move the plot along without none of the other casts members or the big bad (the real Amara) involved.