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Sweatpants & TV | Supernatural, Season 14, Episode 16: “Don’t Go In the Woods”

The nephilim Jack Kline. You either love him, or you hate him. Me? I’m in the first camp, which is why I cared so much about his storyline this week. Let’s get into it!

Say My Name, Say My Name

So I know this show isn’t all about me or whatever, but the vic who is killed in the beginning of the episode is named Barbara and Sam never ends up saying her name once. I mean, who doesn’t like to hear their name coming out of the mouth of a Winchester? Way to dash my hopes, writers! Anyway, Barbara (her, not me) dies, probably of embarrassment as she is killed while using the toilet. Oh and the slashes, bites and claw marks. Those probably helped too.

“The Internet is for Porn”

(Bonus points if you know what Broadway musical that quote is from…) Back at the HuntCave, Sam is looking for cases, instead of Dean’s proposed “porn, sex tapes, (and) nip slips”. “The internet is more than just naked people, you do know that, right?” says Sam. “Not my internet,” replies Dean, making me smile, which is a feat when you consider how skeevy that is.

They discuss Barbara (without saying her name once, did I mention that?) and decide to take on the case even though Sam just last episode said he needed time. Sam convinces Dean he’s good, and they decide to head out.

You and Me Against the World

Sam suggests taking Cas (who is out on walkabout or something because he felt “cooped up”) and then Jack, but Dean wants to leave Jack behind because he doesn’t know whether his powers will get someone hurt as they have in the past. They tell Jack, who is researching zombies for fun, that they are heading out, and then Dean lies and says they don’t want to leave the Bunker unattended and also? It needs to be restocked. With “beer, TP, eggs, beer (again)” and we really see the Dean priorities in life. Jack accepts his “mission” without question and the boys hit the road.

Monster of the Weak

I’m sorry to say this, but I found the monster storyline pretty boring this week. When Sam and Dean go fed suit to investigate what happened to poor Barbara (and by “poor Barbara” I should mean me, because they never said…well, you get the idea) the only interesting thing about her bite marks were that they were burned. So it’s a new monster, but not a particularly exciting one.

Shopping Trip

When Jack goes to acquire beer, eggs, toilet paper and more beer, he bumps into the teens from episode 300 (moment of silence for swooning a little about how good that episode was), Stacy, Max and Eliot. Eliot is watching the Ghostfacers on his phone, and they see Jack and greet him. (Loved that the ‘facers episode was where they say “the Winchesters still suck ass, though.” I miss those guys.) Eliot asks Jack if the boys are fighting a ghost and Jack replies robotically, “What’s a ghost?” and it’s kind of adorable. Once Jack finds out the teens know about Sam and Dean he relaxes, and the way he describes the discomfort of lying is cute too.

Jack ends up in the store with the teens (who feel bad for him) and chats up Eliot about monsters. They invite him to hang out at the abandoned house they hung at in ep 300 and Jack happily accepts. Even when they card him and he has no ID for the beer. (Cute moments in this scene abound—Jack buying pie, Dean’s affinity for the movie “The Lost Boys”, Jack’s chuckle at the name Rugaru, Jack lying about his age. Alexander Calvert really makes Jack likable—nay, lovable.)

“Kohonta.” “Gesundheit.”

Sam figures out what the monster is (Kohonta leak stomach acid, explaining the burns on BARBARA) and another vic emerges and the sheriff seems to know but won’t tell what’s going on and again, I found this stuff really boring. Which is weird—Sam and Dean never take a back seat for me but I was much more invested this week in the Jack storyline. Anyway, Sam and Dean promise the sheriff they won’t go in the woods. Which means? That’s exactly what they’re going to do.

The Outsider

Can I just say that Max and Stacy are cute together? They are. Jack brings Eliot books from the Bunker and I was really hoping for a connection between Jack and Eliot, since Eliot needs a focus of his own and Jack needs a friend, badly. Anyway, the teens are playing modern music and Jack says he likes “The Who” because Dean says any music made after 1979 “sucks ass” and I beg to differ because Def Leppard’s work remained strong well into the 80’s. Eliot asks if demons really look like the pics in the books and Jack says no, and describes them at length, impressing the teens by saying he has killed one.

He shows them an angel blade and tries to impress them by throwing it into a tree, and fails. Jack without his powers? Just a geeky kid, who, as I said, badly needs friends.

Jack spends hours trying to stab the tree (not a euphemism) and finally shows them he can do it by using his powers. They are stunned by it, and Jack, ever wanting to please, shows off, swinging the blade around and around, even when the teens get uncomfortable and then outright scared. They try to get him to stop, but he keeps doing it until the inevitable happens and Stacy gets impaled.

Alexander Calvert was great here, showing Jack’s eagerness and then confusion and then desperation. He heals Stacy, but he has alienated the teens with his strangeness and it genuinely hurts him. When he said “Eliot?” with his broken little voice? It made my throat ache for him. And I’ve never wanted to hug Jack more.

Into the Woods

Sam and Dean bump into the sheriff in the woods and eventually disarm him and get him to confess he knows the Native American legend of the Kohonta and man, I’m sorry, but the flashbacks to how the Kohonta was created were a little painful to watch, and not in a good way. Barbara’s boyfriend, the Sheriff’s son, comes out for revenge, and the boys and the Sheriff end up saving him before he gets eaten too.

The only interesting moment for me in these scenes were when the Sheriff asks why the brothers don’t tell the world of monsters (why they don’t just put them on YouTube) and in the end it comes down to Sam and Dean saying that the average person can’t handle or believe it. That people die, even hunters. In the end, all of us might too. Because knowing about them and fighting them are two different things.

Funnily enough, though? Sam thinks the sheriff should have told his son the truth of what killed his girlfriend. So I guess the lesson is don’t trust the general public but trust family? Maybe? I’m still not sure.

Also? The monster dissolving into green goo was weird. Just sayin’.

Home Again, Home Again

On the ride home, the boys reiterate the importance of telling truth to family and watching them bicker over parenting ideals is kind of sweet. Back at the Bunker, Jack is left alone with his books and I am heartbroken for him. Sam and Dean come home, tell him the hunt was disgusting (#truth) and Jack says he couldn’t get the beer because he didn’t have ID. “You have tons of IDs,” Dean reminds him, annoyed, and Jack innocently insists, “They’re fake,” making Sam (and me) smile.

The boys confess why they didn’t want him along, and Jack listens. I love the way Sam and Dean talk to Jack, like real dads might, and I love how the show has given us a glimpse as to what they might be like as real fathers without burdening the show with small human children that we’d have to constantly worry about. “It was crappy of us not to tell you. You know, we we’re trying to be nice. ‘Cause we care about you. But because we care about you, you deserve the truth.” Dean says, and I hope what Jack takes away from that is that someone does, indeed, care about him.

Jack promises not to use his powers without permission and pleases the guys. Dean goes for a beer run and Sam asks Jack if anything else happened while they were gone and Jack replies with no, nothing, just like any kid would who wouldn’t want their Dads to be disappointed in them. And we close on Jack, sad and seemingly smol-er than ever, wondering exactly where in this world he can fit.

Next week we’re off, but the week after we’re back with a straight run right to the finale. See you next time for episode seventeen, “Game Night”.

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About Barbara Doyle (226 Articles)
Barbara Sirois Doyle is a Contributing Editor for Sweatpants & Coffee. She is a writer, mixed-media artist, and, most important, a wife and mother to her boyos three. She is a voracious reader, unapologetic uber-geek, and lover of all types of music, from Public Enemy to Rachmaninoff. If she's not watching Supernatural or Doctor Who, she is likely trolling the internet for amusing cat photos. She takes her coffee light with no sugar.

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