Next week’s episode of NBC’s Parenthood will be their first ever season finale, so this week’s show focused on continuing some storylines while building up to the possible cliffhangers that are to come.
So far, the only cliffhanger I seen deals with Crosby, Jasmine, and Jabbar. Now living together in a semi-serious relationship, Jasmine and Crosby share a bed. After she pulled a muscle in her back because of the new sleeping arrangements, Jasmine was nursed back to health by Crosby. Through serving her tea that contained seahorses and giving her a foot massage, he learned that she is going to audition for a job in far-away New York. Taking a page from Flashdance, the former stripper seemed to ace her rhythmic dancing routine, which made Crosby wonder about their future.
As other season finales of “Supernatural” have begun in the past, tonight’s episode of “Supernatural” opened to the sound of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” during a montage of previous events. That unusually led to Chuck the prophet narrating the history of the Winchesters’ car, a 1967 Impala. An alcoholic Bible-thumper named Sal owned it until a young John Winchester bought it from a used car dealer. This led us to the present day, where Dean told Sam that he approves of his plan to catch Lucifer by accepting him. Saying, “You’re not a kid anymore, Sam, and I can’t keep treating you like one”, this was just the beginning of the fine acting that was to be seen on behalf of the show’s cast.
Later on, as Sam, Castiel, and Dean load gallons of demon blood into the Impala’s trunk, Bobby searches the newspaper headlines to guess where Lucifer is. However, it is Dean who notices the abnormally low temperatures in Detroit and remembers Lucifer hinting, “It would all go down in Detroit”. During the car ride, Sam makes Dean promise not to bring him back from Satan’s cage and to go off and live a “normal, apple pie life” without him.
Tonight’s episode opened with Amber waking up next to Steve in the country club gazebo. This would have been shocking if last week’s coming attractions didn’t already show it, so instead I was left wondering how a ritzy country club like that had such laxed security. Steve seemed slightly shocked when Amber pushed him away, shouting about how it was all a mistake and that he shouldn’t tell anyone. At home, Sarah didn’t catch on to Amber’s nervous behavior, believing that her daughter was sleeping over at a friend’s house.
Sarah had other things on her mind, however. Shocked by Camille’s announcement that she was going to clear out the family clutter in the attic, Sarah showed up at Adam’s office. She tearfully told him that “dad cheated on mom”, but his reaction was entirely different. He referred to his dad as “a son of a bitch” several times throughout the episode. They both agreed on not telling anyone else about it, but Adam still told Kristina.
As advertised last week, Crosby spent the night with Jasmine, but snuck out through her bedroom window in the morning in order to avoid Jabbar. As hard as it is to believe, they were concerned about what their kid would think by seeing his parents in bed together. On another night, Jabbar saw Crosby in the hallway, but he just tried to convince the boy that he was dreaming. After seeing that, Jasmine vowed, “No more fooling around. Period”, but that offended Crosby, who thought they were something more serious. Despite the fact that it’s obvious that he cares more for her than she does for him, he eventually told her how he felt. Jasmine just replied, “Let’s just give it some time” before inviting him to “sleep over”.
Adam and Kristina continued to find some friends for Max, but in reality, they were looking for some friends for themselves as well. They first visited the Lessings, whose son, Noel, seems to be mentally behind Max. When Max wanted to leave, Adam and Kristina, put off by the bicycle-obsessed dad and the nervous mom, didn’t object. Max didn’t seem to be into the whole thing, questioning the reason why he needed to have friends. When Adam made plans to meet up with a family he knew from work, Max said, “You owe me a sticker for this.” This time, Adam and Kristina liked the parents, but their son showed no interest in Max. After they faked an illness to leave, Adam wondered if they were “relegated” to hanging out with the “short bus families”. I found that phrase surprisingly insensitive, but in the end, all of the Bravermans and the Lessings had a good time together.
Tonight’s episode of Supernatural opened with two scientists discussing the upcoming human trials for a new flu vaccine. Their conversation is interrupted by a demon who injects one of the men with something that causes him to violently slaughter the other man. This, we can assume, has something to do with Pestilence.
Shortly afterward, Sam and Dean pose as CDC workers while they are questioning a female doctor. All of them wear protective masks as she describes “a mild case of swine flu” before admitting that they need vaccines and all of this is “a little unusual”. The brothers drive away, and then discuss things over the phone with Bobby. Suddenly, Crowley, the effeminate, Lucifer-hating demon that we previously met this season, appears in the backseat. Sam wants to kill him, but Dean is willing to hear out his plan to help them destroy Pestilence.
Crowley deserves a place in Supernatural’s villain hall-of-fame. Played well by TV veteran, Mark Sheppard, he delivered some of the best lines of the night. After all, his explanation for wanting the devil dead and betraying his own kind is “They ate my tailor!” Occasionally, his fireplace casts a demonic red glow on only him, which is a nice touch.