Supernatural: No Exit
There was a nice scene with Jo and Dean where he explained why she shouldn't be hunting. It isn't just because they don't want to cross her mother. Dean thinks that she's better than this. That she should be taking advantage of her options and going to school. More than anything, I think Dean just wants to protect her because he hates the thought of being responsible for anything happening to her. That's all beside the point anyway, was Jo is having none of it.
That's where the first problem with having Jo on the hunt came in. Sam pretty much disappeared. The writers should be careful about that because the show is built on the relationship between Dean and Sam. Relegating one of them to investigating, or getting coffee, off screen while a new character takes the lead is a good way to garner ill will from fans. I think there is room on the team for a third, and I really like Alona Tal's performance, but it can be handled better than it was tonight.
For what little we did get to see of Sam, he played an important role. He picked up on Herman Webster Mudgett being the real name of H. H. Holmes right away. I thought that part of the show worked well. The original serial killer makes for a good spirit villain. And the whole angle of hidden rooms and passageways inside the walls was very creepy. Things looked great, as usual, and they even managed a few good scares.
Unfortunately, the way it played out didn't really work for me. Why did they have to make Jo the damsel in distress that Sam and Dean have to save? I would have much preferred to see her be the one to save the day. Having Jo display a great natural ability for hunting would have made the conflict between her and Dean, and between her and Ellen much more interesting. As they left things, it just makes it easier for the boys to not bring her in for another hunt.
Of course, I don't think we will be seeing that again any time soon anyway. Since Ellen was introduced there have been all of these hints at her past with John. I was worried that they were going to keep dragging it out for most of the season. When they cut away from her just as she was about to tell Jo about John I was sure that we were going to be left hanging again. Not so much. The big reveal that Ellen blames John for the death of her husband was not what I was expecting at all. I guess we can put to rest any ideas about John being Jo's father now.
That probably puts the ROADHOUSE crew on the back burner for a while. It is interesting how the mystery of John continues to drive so much of the show though. Overall, it was a good episode. Good villain, resolution to the John/Ellen intrigue, and development of the Dean/Jo relationship. Not their best, but they can't all be perfect.
Funny exchange of the night
Sam: What's in Los Angeles?
Dean: Young girl's been kidnapped by an evil cult.
Sam: Girl got a name?
Dean: Katie Holmes
Oh yeah, one more thing. Next week... Linda freaking Blair! Perfect!