Supernatural

Season 7 Episode 7

The Mentalists

6
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2011 on The CW
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An angry ghost goes after mediums in Lily Dale, the most psychic town in America, and the brothers have to figure out who the next victim will be from a population filled with nothing but psychics.

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  • Boo hoo

    7.0
    For the people complaining about the portrayal of their town/someplace they've been. Umm, it's a TV show. It isn't like the film on location or anything, they just find a site and film their show. I've spent time in 6 of the cities/towns they've stopped in on this show. I LIVE in one of them they've been to twice. None of them are anything like the show portrayed them. No need to get worked up, just sit back and enjoy the show. I get that they took more liberties than usual with this one, but it's a fictional show about supernatural stuff happening, and in this case it's happening in a town full of psychics. OF COURSE they're going to make changes for entertainment value.

    Now, that said, I wasn't really all that impressed by the episode. They've already done the twist that they came up with in this episode before. Last season, I believe. Maybe at the end of 5.moreless
  • Not so happy with this ep :(

    5.5
    I have actually been to Lily Dale & I feel that this ep was a bit insulting to the beauty of the actual place & the ppl who live/work there. It is a place of peace, love, & tranquility. NOT the tourist trap joke this ep made it out to be! As a HUGE fan of the show, I was quite saddened & sickened by this particular ep.
  • Some superb Supernatural!

    10
    These are some of my favourite things:


    -The suspense really had me. It actually gave me chills at one point (when the ghost appears on the video) and kept me at the edge of my seat a lot (especially when we see Margaret attacking, and double that when Sam is about to get shot by the pawn shop owner.)


    -I loved how the town full of psychics put a really interesting spin on the ghost hunt, figuring out which psychic was fake and which was real, and which sister was doing the ganking, and which psychic was controling her. (I did not suspect the pawn shop owner at all.)


    -The deaths were as twisted and gory and entertaining as always. No one kills people off better than Supernatural! (I especially liked dropping a guy onto a table of forks and knives all standing to attention.)


    -"If you affirmate me, I'm going to punch you in the face." I loved Sam hiding his fond smile when Dean said that. That's when I knew everything was going to be okay between them, will always be okay between them. Ah Sam, you know you love your big brother to death, you can't stay mad at him!


    -The brotherly moments were so great, the reconciliation was perfect, and Dean finally started to admit how the loss of Cas had affected him.


    -And I love that it was Ellen who told Dean to talk or she would kick his ass. That was so Ellen! I have all kinds of love for that!


    -I loved how Sam just matter of factly puts his bags in the trunk of Dean's stolen car. And how that whole scene ended with "Don't compare us to that Hall of Crazy. We're like poster kids of functional family life compared to them." -"It's a low bar." -"Hey, grading on a curve has gotten me past everything since kindergarten, so don't knock it." Ah, Dean.


    Looking forward to the next episode!moreless
  • Totally Inappropriate!

    2.0
    I'm thoroughly disgusted with the show's depiction of Lily Dale as a town full of fakes and charlatans. Lily Dale is actually a Spiritualist community in that every resident must belong to the church. THE church, as in there's only one. The speed limit is 10 on every street, and there aren't many of them. It's more like a camp with small houses instead of tents, and there are NOT people with tables for palm readings in every spot on the sidewalks. In fact, they're also quite famous for their pet cemetery, one of the first in the US.

    The residents are quite clear on their devotion to both God and their church. The Fox sisters were quite real, although there were 3 of them and they were from Hydesville, a defunct hamlet much further north. When they died, one had lived and was buried in London and the other two near NYC and buried in pauper's graves.

    Basically it's a small hamlet, which is only part of a town, and very religious. There are all sorts of other scenarios they could have used that would at least allow the town to retain something of its dignity. My grandparents are rolling over in their graves, and the cemetery they used for the show doesn't even come close to looking like the one in which they're buried, which is the only human cemetery in Lily Dale. But then again, nothing about the show's fiction of Lily Dale was accurate. Not even close.moreless
  • Supernatural is more original in its 133rd episode than Grimm was in its first.

    10
    I was impressed while watching this episode that the writers can find ways of keeping it fresh, considering it is in its seventh season. I was surprised several times, like when the ghost kills the medium instead of the man, when it turns out the second sister is the one doing the killing, and when it turns out the actual murderer is the pawn shop owner. This was not a stock-in-trade vengeful spirit, this was in fact a psychic ghost giving people visions to warn them and a bitter and envious live psychic who put a spell on a dead psychic to do his dirty work. And kept her bones in his bed! So a sick and bitter and envious live psychic. This put Sam in the position of having to kill a human, which they don't normally do, and he hesitated for a long time before pulling the trigger. These are fresh elements, and the psychic aspect really put a new spin on the ghosts.

    One of the great things about Supernatural is that it never runs out of urban legends and myths and creepy historical facts. (And this is where I think Grimm will run into trouble: restricting themselves to fairy tales is very limiting and predictable.) In this episode, they explore Lily Dale, a real-life spiritualist community. Books have even been written about it, like Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead and a fictional series set in Lily Dale by Wendy Corsi Staub. It is said that spirits roam there freely, and a veritable paranormal industry has evolved around it over generations. It has the highest concentration of mediums and spiritualists. Just as we see in the episode, most residents have hung up a shingle in front of their house advertising their psychic services, and thousands come to Lily Dale from all over to consult them.

    Not only was Lily Dale a new supernatural legend the show had never explored before, but it was the perfect setting to delve into the fact there are real and fake psychics. We know there are bona fide psychics like Missouri and Pam in the Supernatural world, but there are also charlatans. Or as Dean so eloquently puts it: "There's fake wuwu crap and there's real wuwu crap." And the conflict between the two is what provides the motive for multiple murders. Also, it turned things upside down in a new and interesting way, because normally Sam and Dean believe in the paranormal and the civilians are the skeptics, but in this case Sam and Dean are the Scullys and the townspeople are the Mulders, because all Lily Dalians believe in psychics, whereas the Winchesters know most of them are con artists. It was also fun to figure who had real power and who was faking it. It was interesting that one of the "charlatans," Melanie, was actually a very sympathetic character, and that out of the blue it turns out the museum guide really does have the gift when he delivers a message to Dean from Ellen to talk to your brother or I will kick you in the ass.

    This psychic intervention was the catalyst that made the boys air their feelings and resolve their differences. I personally was very happy with the way things were worked out. I wouldn't have wanted them to stay separated, nor keep fighting (we have seen enough of that.) Especially as, once Sam got over his initial hurt, it was only natural that he would be able to see that Dean was only doing what he thought was right, to protect other humans from a kitsune, and to protect his brother from a heartbreaking duty. While I understood why Sam was upset at first, I really would not have liked it had he remained blind to Dean's reasons, nor if Dean had remained mum on those reasons. Plus it was a great scene; they wrapped it up perfectly.moreless
Dorian Brown

Dorian Brown

Melanie Golden

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Johnny Sneed

Johnny Sneed

Jimmy Tomorrow

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Rukiya Bernard

Rukiya Bernard

Camille Thibodeaux

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Waiter: Hello. First time at Good Graces?
      Dean: Yes.
      Waiter: Well, we're 100% locally sourced, biodynamic, and you get a free affirmation with every order.
      Dean: I think I'll source the taco joint.

    • Waiter: What can I get for you?
      Dean: Uh, pancakes, side of pig, coffee, black.
      Waiter: Fantastic. You are a virile manifestation of the divine.
      Dean: What the hell did he say to me?

    • Dean: What's the popular theory?
      Chief Bramberg: It's a toss-up between a ghost and some kind of ogre that only attacks Russians.
      Dean: Policing Lily Dale sounds fun.
      Chief Bramberg: It's either this or Los Angeles.

    • Dean: (about Margaret's bones) In the bed? they were in the bed?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: Uh. I can't believe she was boning her.

    • Waiter: Can I get you anything else?
      Dean: Uh, just a refill. And if you affirmate me, I'm going to punch you in the face.

    • Dean: We're like poster kids of functional family life compared to them.
      Sam: That's a low bar.
      Dean: Well, hey, grading on a curve's got me past every day since kindergarten so don't knock it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 9, 2011 on SPACE
      Australia: November 14, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Norway: February 17, 2012 on FEM
      UK: September 5, 2012 on Sky LIVING
      Finland: March 23, 2014 on Sub

    • Injoke: The Orb of Thesulah is a recurring mystic object in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. It can be used to bring back lost souls, contain them, and restore them to their original owners.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Dean: Went a little Mentalist on you there, didn't he?
      Along with the episode title, referencing the CBS TV series, The Mentalist, and the lead character, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). Patrick pretends to be a psychic for the money and celebrity, but in fact uses his observational skills to convince people that he has mental powers. Instead, he puts those skills to use to solve crimes.

    • Melanie: So, um, The X-Files is real, or you just stopped talking like a FBI agent.
      Referencing the popular cult TV series (1993-2002, and two feature movies), with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder as the two main characters through most of the series' run. They were FBI agents who investigated the paranormal and the unexplained.

    • Dean: Start hitting up the Miss Cleos.
      Referencing the briefly (in)famous TV Jamaican psychic, Youree Dell Harris, who was the spokeswoman for a 1-900 telephone psychic line. Despite her claims that she was Jamaican and her bogus accent, she was in fact born in Los Angeles.

    • Dean: Forget it, Sam. It's Lily Dale.
      Referencing the final line of the 1974 movie Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson, John Huston and Faye Dunaway. The line "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown" is spoken by Walsh (Joe Mantell) to his partner Jake (Nicholson).

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