Supernatural

Season 7 Episode 3

The Girl Next Door

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2011 on The CW
8.4
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Sam abandons Dean to investigate a case from his childhood that he thought he had solved: a demon that kills criminals and eats their brains.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • With a bit of patience, a wtf ending...

    7.5
    I love Supernatural. And I loved following the characters through losing the house, getting a leg broken (Dean!), and in recovery (Sam, what are you seeing? 'cause we see none of it). This episode was good cool down for the non-extreme episodes of the seasons, and I liked a lot of it. Sam's first kiss (I'm assuming), some of Dean's quirks (pie, soap operas), and progress, however small, with the leviathans. Was it just me or did the cheese scene remind anyone else of when Khal Drogo killed Viserys on Game of Thrones? Anyway.



    The sticker was the ending. At first I was insanely upset, and I've done that before, I've gotten over it. But I will NOT accept that sort of emotionally tortuous and angsty ending if it's not practical!! And unfortunately, it wasn't. How is the kid supposed to feed without killing people? Oh, Amy did it, you say. Yeah, we don't know how. The only superpower they have is pretty lame, getting spiky claws. Can't sneak in anywhere. I guess they'd learn to find corpses? hang around places where dead bodies get dumped? Did Dean think that through? If he killed the mother, he just gave the kid a huge reason to go out of control murderer. He had to kill the boy. But we all know he didn't... Anyway, I understand the point of that, but that loose end is going to bug me forever.



    That said, I love the Doctor Who and (maybe?) Game of Thrones references, I loved the parallel between Sam and yet another of his monster lovers, and I enjoyed getting back on my feet with the gang for the rest of the season.moreless
  • A clever title goes here!

    10
    super im russia i like etot film
  • Compelling moral dilemma wrapped up in a flashback episode.

    10
    I usually like to focus on the fun stuff, but I read some great thinky thoughts about this episode. It sparked a lot of very interesting meta discussion. I really like it when the lines between good and evil are blurred. Amy saved Sam's life by killing her own mother, but once she is a mother herself she kills people to save her own son. You can't really blame her for that, but can you let her keep doing it? What happens next time her son gets sick, or she loses her job as a mortician, or something else compels her to kill again? But what if she saved your life once and is doing everything in her power to survive with her son without hurting anyone? Do you owe it to her to give her another chance? What is really interesting is that all the positions in this moral dilemma, Sam's, Dean's and Amy's, all seem equally defendable to me.


    Great guest stars this episode. I ADORE Jewel Staite, and Colin Ford is such a talented young actor.moreless
  • Happy to see my youngsters

    9.0
    I'm glad to see the younger Winchester boys again, since I haven't seen them in a while. I wish there was a bit more of the young Winchesters around. I like the plot a lot this time and defiantly miss the sad Sammy.
  • Sam hunts a woman he met nearly fifteen years ago.

    6.5
    Flashbacks are hit or miss. Sometimes, they can be a great way to reveal things about characters that enhance our knowledge of them. Sometimes, however, flashbacks don't do anything but drag us away from the narrative, making us wish we were in the present instead of the past. This episode of Supernatural uses flashbacks for the first time in awhile and I think it falls somewhere in between the two.

    The problem with this one is the actors in the flashbacks. The people playing Sam and Amy seem incredibly stiff. Every time we jumped back to them, I was surprised at how little I was invested in their troubles. It seemed like every cliche in the book, from the way they met to the way they kissed. It was interesting how she ended up being a kitsune, which is some sort of creature that needs brains to survive (I feel like that was an X-Files episode or something). The story itself was pretty good. It was just the flashbacks and the way they awkwardly jumped back and forth.

    And how about that ending? I know Dean is serious about hunting but what he did seemed a step WAY over the line. I sort of wish he didn't do that in one way because it makes him look vicious, but at the same time, it says a lot about what he think of Sam and his situation.

    This wasn't a bad episode by any means, but it certainly wasn't great. There was just too many flashbacks for my liking and not enough good writing.moreless
Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Amy

Guest Star

Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

Dr. Gaines

Guest Star

Emma Grabinsky

Emma Grabinsky

Young Amy

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Benito Martinez

Benito Martinez

Edgar

Recurring Role

Colin Ford

Colin Ford

Young Sam

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Young Sam finishes his phone call to his father in the flashback, it is raining all around him. However, he, his jacket, and his newspaper are all completely dry.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dean: Bobby, you're alive!
      Bobby: Of course I am. Why are you on the floor?
      Dean: They gave me morphine. A lot. Hey, look. A monster broke my leg.

    • Dean: And, uh Sam...?
      Sam: (leaving for food) Yeah?
      Dean: Pie.
      Sam: Obviously.

    • Chet: The Winchesters have trigged one of my search programs.
      Edgar: Great.
      Chet: A shop in Montana. A day and a half, maybe two days from here.
      Edgar: So?
      Chet: So...?
      Edgar: So why are you still talking to me?

    • Dean: Where's the pie?
      Sam: You get cake. It's close enough, right?

    • Dean: Other shoe.
      Bobby: Other who?
      Dean: Sam. He took off.
      Bobby: Where?
      Dean: I don't know. Nowhere good.
      Bobby: Maybe he needed a little me time.
      Dean: Yeah, but his me time ain't just him. For all we know, he's road-tripping with Lucifer somewhere.

    • Young Amy: So you going to tell me?
      Young Sam: What?
      Young Amy: How you kicked the crap out of those guys? I mean... no offense, but you're kind of...
      Young Sam: Wiry.
      Young Amy: Exactly.

    • Young Sam: We're always on the road. I mean, I've seen the world's biggest ball of twine twice.
      Young Amy: Three times. Not that big.
      Young Sam: Right.

    • Young Sam: You're always the new kid, and everyone thinks you're a freak.
      Young Amy: Sam, you are a freak. But so is, I don't know, Jimi Hendrix, and Picasso. So am I. All the coolest people are freaks.

    • Amy: I'm a mortician. I know, not sexy. But... you know, health benefits.

    • Sam: Dean, look, how many times do I have to tell you? I'm fine.
      Dean: Oh, yeah, now, you're a poster boy for mental health.

    • Dean: I'm sorry but it's that simple.
      Sam: Nothing in our lives is simple.

    • Chet: You know what I find? Plain old people taste fine, but everything is better with cheese.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Dean: Before you bail again, Girl Interrupted there, any thoughts?
      Referencing the 1993 memoir by Susanna Kaysen, who relates her experiences in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The title is a reference to the Vermeer painting Girl Interrupted at her Music. The story was also made into a 1999 movie starring Winona Ryder, and used as the basis for the title of the episode "Sam, Interrupted" in season five (also written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, who penned this episode).

    • Credit Card: Lemmy Kilmister
      Referencing the bassist, vocalist, and founder of the band Motörhead.

    • Dean: He left me here like Jimmy friggin' Stewart.
      Referencing the 1954 movie Rear Window directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Jimmy Stewart plays a professional photographer who breaks his leg during an assignment and is confined to his New York apartment. There he witnesses the suspicious actions of a neighbor and tries to bring the man to justice.

    • Cell Phone: 3 Missed Calls from Lars Ulrich
      Referencing Danish thrash drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

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