Season 6 Episode 14

Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2011 on The CW
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While Dean is called home to help Lisa, Sam investigates the case of a missing woman and discovers she was the butt of a cruel practical joke played on her by her co-workers.

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  • Somethings... missing

    I enjoyed the episode especially the 'parent trap' however the supernatural part was disappointing. I love ghosts and all but it wasn't even slightly scary like most of the other ghost episodes. The episode was missing the 'it' factor for me. There was a lot of good main plot developments but I feel as if we keep going over the same path where Dean says, I'm done and feel horrible and then Sam says "It's all right they need to figure something else out please!moreless
  • interesting how they managed to make an absolutely AWESOME and AWFUL episode.

    THE AWESOME PARTS: [1]Dean talks to Lisa and Ben. I like Lisa and Ben, and I would hate to watch them be written off the show like many of the other cool characters in the show. [2]An actual ghost episode. Finally ! Something Eric-Kripke-Like ! I was getting extremely tired of these Aliens, Faeries, and Dragons. They did use them well, but c'mon ! It's Sam and Dean ! They're supposed to be awesome guys, not little girls.

    THE AWFUL PARTS: [1]Horrible Special Effects. Just.. disappointing. Good choice on the ghost thing, but I thought this show was supposed to be scary. The name of the episode was Mannequin 3: The Reckoning, not Toy Story 4: The Return of the Toys. I think it would have been a lot better if the mannequins only had the articulations a normal mannequin has, with that sort of Chucky-like movements. They wouldn't even need that many special effects. But that's just my opinion. [2]If Lisa and Ben are going to be in this show, then let this plot settle a little bit, because making us think that they're gone forever makes Supernatural remind me a little of Heroes, when they killed the characters just to bring them back again. This kinda makes the events pointless. [3]Where the heck is Castiel? [4]The way the episode started was beyond awful. They just wasted a perfectly awesome cliffhanger. Who does that? If they're gonna make our hearts explode and wonder what's gonna happen to Sam, they should have first of all, picked one of those weeks where they won't air an episode for a while(kinda like a season finale or something like that). They should also have given Sam and Dean a couple more weeks to digest the fact that Sam is actually back. And not.. like "Hey Sam's back! Great! Now he's ready to die." And theen they should give him a whole episode about his wall scratching thing. And NOT only 30 seconds of an episode.moreless
  • Dummy, Dummy, Not So Funny

    Mannequinn 3: The Reckoning-While Dean is called home to help Lisa, Sam investigates the case of a missing woman and discovers she was the butt of a cruel practical joke played on her by her co-workers. Wow.....WOW.......and not in a good way. Man, was this episode...just not what I was expecting. Usually Supernatural doesn amazing with it's comedy episodes, especially one with a satrical theme yet....I felt SO underwhelmed after watching this episode. I just don't know what went wrong, Supernatural has been this bad, not to mention boring since "Route 666". *SHUDDERS* This episode should have been comedy gold, I mean, killer Manniquins, come on writers, this should have been an epic laughfest, yet it's a boring hour which feels so straighforward and low key you can't believe it's a Supernatural episode.

    Don't get me wrong there were some humorous moments, a Kim Cattrall joke was expected but it was still hilarious, especially Jenson's delivery (which is always spot on!) But one the episode got slipt into two plots with Sam hunting the manniques and Dean going back home to Lisa and Ben, the episode went downhill fast. Lisa and Ben are nice characters...but this episode kinda shows their becoming pointless to Dean's story. Suddenly Lisa completely shuts Dean out and starts dating other men? WTF? Sure Dean going back to hunting would cause some issues but he's been with them for a year and a good father to Ben, seems like a drastic life change only to proved drama for Dean we don't need to see. Not to mention, Ben came off as kind of a d!@k! Jeeze, show some respect kid. Also, the mannique story just took a predictable turn...and I mean real predictable. The co-workers accidently killing the ghost could be seen coming a mile away and really makes you not even feel sorry for the victims in the episode. The whole kidney twist with the sister was shocking and made m think the boys would have to kill her but then she accidently gets killed and poof the ghost is gone!? WTF? Talk about a cop-out/anti-climatic end worthy of "Smallville"! Ehw! "Mannique 3: The Reckoning" had all the elements to be a classic comedy episode for Supernatural, yet it just bored me silly with two plots that kinda grew cold over time. But there's hope...the next episode seems too priceless for words!moreless
  • Dean is forced to face Lisa and Ben again while the brothers deal with a killer mannequin.

    I think that in a different season, under different circumstances, this episode could've been a little better than average. Supernatural is one of those shows that actually has stand alone episodes that are just as good, if not better, than the myth-arc episodes. However, this was not one of those. It felt like there were too many little plots lingering that made the episode feel unfocused and all over the place.

    As I said before, there were individual chunks of the episode that felt decent. The actual plot of the episode revolves around Sam and Dean looking into a group of people seemingly being murdered by mannequins possessed by something. Even by itself, it's a weak offering for a stand-alone episode. However, once you add in the tiny amount of screen time dedicated to the brothers talking about Sam's seizure/descent into hell temporarily, it's immediately clear how disappointing the episode is. They spend about one minute talking about Sam and then jump into this random plot that isn't even that interesting.. PLUS, we have Dean visiting Lisa and Ben and getting lame montages that show us things that we already know and have already seen.

    You take all three of those things and combine them in one episode and you have one giant mess. Just like any other episode, there are probably people who think I'm crazy for being so negative towards the episode, but compared to the rest of this season, which has actually been very strong, this was a dud.moreless
  • Dean's turn to confront the past year

    There was little doubt, given the title, that this was going to be an unusual episode of "Supernatural". That said, it's still exactly the sort of story that we've all come to expect for this series: a seemingly stand-alone tale that ultimately connects to the core character exploration of the Brothers Winchester in an organic way.

    While the ghost story at the heart of the episode wasn't in and of itself a huge stretch for the show, the use of the mannequins was brilliant and ridiculously creepy. (Dean's expression and commentary when staring at one of them are right on the money!) "Doctor Who" fans were no doubt reminded of the Autons and the Weeping Angels, though as in those examples, the mannequins and other dolls were far more disturbing when we didn't get to see them move.

    I did like the complication thrown into the mix. Having established that even a lock of hair is enough to keep a ghost active in previous seasons, it makes complete sense for organ donation to be a serious problem when a spirit decides to go off the rails. That said, I was a little perturbed that the writers took the easy way out, rather than force Sam and Dean to find a solution. Surely other Hunters have encountered the same problem in the past.

    Sam had a lot of heavy lifting in the previous episode, so in this installment, he's mostly in Hunter mode, trying to move on from the unpleasant seizure and all of its implications. I like the fact that Dean isn't so willing to dismiss the implications. While I was happy to see them move quickly on this plot element, I do agree with the criticism that it appears to diminish the impression of Death's power. On the other hand, it could be an indication that the damage to Sam's soul is so severe that even Death can't build a strong enough wall to hold back the psychological scars.

    The real meat of the episode, however, was the "reunion" between Dean and Lisa. While I do think that Dean has been holding on to Lisa and Ben without really knowing what he wants from them, I think it was unfair for Lisa to pin everything on him. He was the one who refused to answer the phone; she was the one who had been calling. More to the point of this episode, Dean only came running because Ben tricked him into thinking something had attacked Lisa.

    That's not to say that his previous avoidance was healthy or right. He was avoiding Lisa to prevent the kind of confrontation that had in this episode. But if the writers were trying to convince the audience that Dean was solely responsible for leaving Lisa in a lurch, they need to rethink their logic. At the end of the day, not protecting Lisa and Ben would be even more irresponsible, given that they've already been in the crossfire twice this season. Of course, knowing "Supernatural", this could very well be setting up something for the future.moreless
Jake Richardson

Jake Richardson


Guest Star

Nicholas Carella

Nicholas Carella

Steve the Janitor

Guest Star

Jorge Vargas

Jorge Vargas

Dave the Watchman

Guest Star

Nicholas Elia

Nicholas Elia

Ben Braeden

Recurring Role

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson

Lisa Braeden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dean: Well, lucky for you, I'm a doctor. I've got joe, grub, and... (gives Sam pills)
      Sam: What are they?
      Dean: Effective.

    • Sam: Dean, I might have done... God knows what. And you want me to just forget about it?
      Dean: You shove it down, and you let it come out in spurts of violence and alcoholism.
      Sam: That sounds healthy.
      Dean: Well, it works for me.

    • Sam: Great. Where to?
      Dean: Paterson, New Jersey. Hey, maybe we'll have a Snooki sighting.
      Sam: What's a "snooki"?
      Dean: That's a good question.

    • Dean: So what'd you find out from the mop jockey's girlfriend?
      Sam: Nothing. Just how great he was. Went to church. Donated to charity. Rubbed her feet during Glee.
      Dean: I just threw up in my mouth.
      Sam: Sorry.

    • Sam: Wait. That anatomy dummy you were molesting at the lab.
      Dean: Excuse me?
      Sam: What if that's what this is about?
      Dean: What exactly are you accusing me of?

    • Dean: Look, one day--you'll get this when you're older.
      Ben: Don't talk to me like I'm 6.
      Dean: Okay, fine. It's like this, then. Just 'cause you love someone doesn't mean you should stick around and screw up their life. So I can't be here.
      Ben: You think something will follow you home?
      Dean: No. No, I don't. But I think my job turns me into someone who can't sit at your dinner table. And if I stayed, you'd end up just like me.
      Ben: Why do you say it like you're so... bad?
      Dean: Trust me, I'm not someone you want to aim to be.

    • Dean: I'm sorry, Ben, but this way you got a shot at living whatever life you want. You know, pick one, pick five. Because with me, there's just the one road.
      Ben: You're a liar, Dean.
      Dean: Excuse me?
      Ben: You say family's so important, but, but what do you call people who care for you, who love you even when you're a dick? You know, you're walking out on your family, right?

    • Dean: So is that the girl with the haunted kidney?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: Huh, just when you think you've seen it all.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Title:
      Referencing the two-movie franchise, starting with Mannequin in 1989 and followed by Mannequin: On the Move in 1991. In each, a woman is cursed to become a mannequin and can only be restored to normal life by the power of true love.

    • Dean: Hey, maybe we'll have a Snooki sighting.
      Referencing the MTV series Jersey Shore, and its star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. The show chronicles the adventures of Snooki and her seven New Jersey roommates, the Guidos and Guidettes, as they spend their time together.

    • Dean: Thanks, Dr. Laura, that's very insightful.
      Referencing Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a radio talk show host that gives out personal advice to her listens and has gained controversy due to her right-wing views. She briefly had a TV series from 2000-2001.

    • Dean: Big Brother's watching.
      Referencing the novel 1984 by George Orwell, which introduced the concept of a "Big Brother" government agency that monitors the populace through near-omnipresent security cameras.

    • Sam: Rubbed her feet during Glee.
      Referencing the Fox series premiering in 2009, about a high school glee club coach who attempts to keep the schools' club running despite the opposition of the cheerleading coach. Each episode features several musical numbers, and also deals with the problems and romantic entanglements of the students.

    • Dean: Bigger than Kermit, they use an iPad.
      Referencing one of the lead characters from The Muppet Show. Created by Jim Henson in 1955, Kermit is a puppet of a talking frog.

    • Dean: Like Chucky?
      Referencing the movie villain first seen in Child's Play (1988). A killer manages to place his soul into a child's red-haired toy doll, and goes on a killing sprees as he tries to regain his human body. As of the time this episode premiered, the character went on to star in four sequels.

    • Dean: But riddle me this, Bat-Boy.
      Referencing the 1960s Batman series, where the Riddler (primarily Frank Gorshin) would often taunt Batman by saying "Riddle me this" and making some derogatory comment about Batman, and then issuing a riddle challenge.

    • Dean: I don't like the way Kim Cattrall's looking at me.
      Referencing Kim Cattrall, who starred as the living mannequin in the first Mannequin movie (see above).

    • Dean: We've been Parent Trapped.
      Referencing the 1961 Disney movie and subsequent remakes. The plot of each one is that twins secretly to bring their divorced parents back together and demonstrate that they still love each other and should be together.

    • Dean: Plants could never kill a zombie.
      Referencing the 2010 video game created by PopCap games where a homeowner uses plants to defend his home against an invasion of zombies.

    • Dean: Well, given she got carjacked by Poltergeist, could be worse.
      Referencing the 1982 horror movie Poltergeist, in which a malicious "poltergeist" haunts a house with a little girl.