Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #29 – “The Usual Suspects”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 2 Episode 07 – “The Usual Suspects”

  • 01:58 – No Inevitable Teaser Death this week, instead we have (presumably) Dean being interrogated by the police about him being a murderer in St Louis. A set-up that I assume leads to an homage of the really quite excellent movie that gives this episode it’s name.
  • 02:18 – And apparently the SWAT team wasn’t an interspersed flashback. They were going after Sam, which isn’t a twist I anticipated.
  • 02:40 – Wait, is that Linda Blair? The power of cop compelled her.
  • 03:10 – Always forget that Sam was pre-law.
  • 03:57 – Oh snap! Policezazu brought up everyone’s favorite plot device, Dead Jessica!
  • 04:23 – Sam is an extremely smooth liar. It’s a little bit scary.
  • 06:18 – Oh nice, flashbacks to the truth after we hear Sam’s take on it. If nothing else, I’m going to enjoy the structure of this episode.
  • 06:42 – Dean: “I’m Mulder, you’re a red-headed woman.” Well, that answers a question that’s been gnawing away at since the pilot.
  • 07:17 – Sam’s shirt in this insurance investigator disguise is awesome. I want it.
  • 09:58 – Danashulpsdanashulpsdanashulpsdanashulps. In other news, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  • 10:08 – Dean Winchester! Stop stealing my terrible jokes this instant!
  • 11:13 – If you can crack a password in under an hour, then that person is terrible at IT security.
  • 12:48 – Nice jump scare bit. Only thing I could say about Karen’s intruder was that they had obviously light blonde hair. So not Dean unless he was bewigged.
  • 13:42 – Well if it’s a Clinton Avenue, ya gotta expect the occasional strange female visitor. ( (c) 1998 Jay Leno)
  • 13:51 – A fax machine? How old is this episode?
  • 15:46 – More danashulps. Incidentally, “danashulps” is the sound an airplane toilet makes if you flush it on the runway/
  • 16:09 – Dumbass move to grab the body, even if you weren’t just about to be arrested.
  • 17:57 – When police officers are in love, does it lead to cop-ulation?
  • 18:55 – Dean’s extraordinarily underwhelmed “Thank God. I’m saved.” is about the perfect reaction to this public defender.
  • 20:17 – Not sure why, but I guffawed at Dean using Matlock as a derisory term for his lawyer.
  • 20:39 – Now Linda Blair’s computer seem possessed. (I imagine she gets that a lot.)
  • 21:14 – And Sam immediately gets in on the derisory Matlock action.
  • 21:47 – I’m assuming Dean’s confession is a ruse to get Sam out of thee and onto Ashland street while Baltimore’s finest are distracted.
  • 22:08 – The “and frisky women” really sells the gravitas of this situation.
  • 23:02 – Policezazu reacting to danashulps as if there was a spirit inside her. What’s that, Linda? Oh, it’s still a sore subject? Okay.
  • 23:32 – On camera police brutality. One good lawsuit and Dean’s a rich man. Provided he beats the murder rap.
  • 23:53 – And Sam did leave.
  • 24:26 – Hilts & McQueen might be the best code for an escape either. This show, man. This show.
  • 24:49 – Looks like Policezazu might be the spirit’s next victim. Also the spiit kinda looks like a granola salesgirl with an entirely herbal-induced case of pinkeye.
  • 26:25 – Those are some nasty marks on Policezazu’s wrist.
  • 27:21 – The first motel in the yellow pages is kind of a smart idea. Using Jim Rockford as an alias rather less so.
  • 29:02 – Lucky that it only took 3 photos to find the spirit girl.
  • 29:45 – I love how casual Sam is in saying “see if we can find the body,” like that ain’t no thang.
  • 31:11 – The score around this spirit’s appearance is really atmospheric.
  • 32:01 – So “danashulps” is an anagram of Ashland Sup(ply)
  • 33:15 – Sam: “Something’s bothering me.” Policezazu: “Well, you are digging up a corpse.” Sam: “No, not that. That’s, uh, that’s pretty par for the course, actually.”
  • 33:51 – Really wondering how Policezazu’s report on finding this body is going to read…
  • 34:21 – I get the impression that the spirit is the victim here, not the killer.
  • 34:41 – Okay, other cop-ulator just went from slightly skeevy to potentially murderous. Plus, that’s a fairly ugly necklace.
  • 34:55 – Ah yes, a death omen, not a vengeful spirit. That does make sense in your crazy-ass world, Sam. Not so much in Policezazu’s.
  • 35:59 – Can’t imagine why Dean’s less than accepting of a 2:00AM trip in a police van.
  • 37:54 – Well, this is an awkward little stand off. Also, aside from the death omen thing, there really isn’t a supernatural element here. Looks like the brothers just stumbled on to a dirty cop killing to cover his tracks.
  • 38:33 – Dean doesn’t really object to having a gun pulled on him, but calling him a “scumbag,” that earns some anger.
  • 39:50 – Well, this case is going to take Policezazu some epic explaining to her superiors.
  • 40:35 – Even if Policezazu does turn her back on you that doesn’t mean her eyes won’t be facing you.
  • 41:27 – And the show makes the one Exorcist reference I didn’t by closing with a pea soup joke.

As you probably gathered, I liked this one. The setup being a twist on the usual formula was fun, even if less Usual Suspects-like than I had hoped. Linda Blair’s guest turn was a nice anchor to the episode and we had continuity without tying in to the metaplot or Winchester Familial Strife, which was nice. This was also a more plot heavy episode, so I had less to say than usual here as I was concentrating on the story. You can tell that I was involved because I didn’t even comment on Sam’s hair, or it’s level of terribleness.


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