Supernatural Season 9 Review “Mother’s Little Helper” – You’re No Good

Mother’s Little Helper

In this episode of Supernatural, called “Mother’s Little Helper,” Sam heads off to run a case on his own while Dean stays home to continue the search for Abaddon and deal with some demons – both inner and outer.

Hats off to Misha Collins for directing this wonderful episode. I always love watching episodes when I know they’re directed by someone that I’m familiar with in another medium. I like to see if I can spot their personality in the cinematography and overall feel of the episode and I definitely felt Misha in a lot of scenes in this one – especially when Dean was playing pool and when Sam returned the souls to the people of the town.

Another thing I loved about this episode was the way that it used Crowley to get to the bottom of what was really happening to Dean. When Crowley said Dean was scared, I wholeheartedly agreed. Of course Dean was scared to let himself be taken control by the Mark of Cain and the First Blade. He felt the power once and he barely got back to his senses before doing who-knows-what. Who wouldn’t be scared of something like that, right?


The truth was that Dean wasn’t scared of losing control, he was scared of how much he enjoyed it when he did. Crowley spotted that he was acting like a junkie – it takes one to know one after all – and the King of Hell knew exactly what Dean was jonesing for. His flashbacks to holding the First Blade weren’t that of fear, they were a junkie remembering a high. I hadn’t looked at things from that viewpoint before, but it sure was fun to be taken on that ride by this episode.

In my recent Supernatural Chat article, I talked about how a part of me wanted to see Dean lose control to the Mark of Cain and the First Blade. I think it will be a chance for us to see Dean like we never have before and I can’t wait to see what Jensen Ackles does with that acting opportunity. If I read the signs right, it looks like that is precisely where we are headed and that makes me one very happy fangirl.

As for the rest of the story, I liked finding out more about Henry and Josie’s last days before Josie was possessed by Abaddon. It put a new spin on it all to know that Josie loved Henry and that she sacrificed herself so that she could keep him from being possessed. It was nice that Sam got all of that history about their grandfather. I think it’s something that the boys needed to hear. I also thought it was great that Sam recognized the soullessness of the townspeople after having experienced it himself. It made me wonder if it was a further sense of closure for him to get to give those people their own souls back.

And now we also know that Abaddon is building an army of demons out of stolen souls. Crowley was waiting for Dean to be “ready” for the First Blade and now all they need to do is find her and set Dean loose on her. I have only one thing to say now: Let’s do this!

My favorite bits:

Lesson learned: Do NOT criticize your wife’s meatloaf.

Dean’s not sleeping? Uh oh.

“I get it, Dean. I’m just checking in.”

Dean’s drinking again? Double uh oh.

Sam knowing that something was wrong with Dean, even over the phone.

Dean getting flashbacks to holding the Blade. Oh boy.

Sam and his salad. Aw, that’s so Sam.

Creepy Billy is very creepy.

Dean ending up in a bar. This is so not going well.

Sam realizing that the people in town were acting like soulless him. Interesting.

“You’re lying to Sam like he’s your wife, which kind of makes me your mistress.”

Dean claiming he didn’t know what butt-dialing was. Ha!

The way Dean pulled the balls together for racking up. Brilliant. So much Misha all over that scene.

“How did you feel when you sunk the First Blade into Magnus’ head?”
“Not half as good as I’m going to feel when it’s yours.”
“Love it when you talk dirty.” – As do we all, Crowley.

Crowley guessing exactly how Dean felt when he held the First Blade. Nailed it.

“I was so scared. I prayed and prayed, but God didn’t answer my prayers. Henry and Josie did.”

Josie stopping the demon from taking Henry and telling it to take her instead.

“He loves you too, you know. Like a sister.” – That so gave me flashbacks to Sam when he was possessed by Meg and talking to Jo about Dean.

The fact that Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good” was playing on the jukebox when Crowley and Dean had their little chat. Talk about a perfect song for both of them right now.

“Nothing like Cain? What’s in that bottle? Delusion?” – Dammit Crowley, how are you so freaking smart?

“I’m going to go water the lily. Care to cross streams?”

Dean talking Jake out of going after Crowley. Though I’m not 100% sure he did that for Jake’s good or his own.

Dean totally knowing that Crowley went into the bathroom to shoot up.

Crowley totally knowing that Dean wanted to touch his “precious” again. Yep, it definitely takes a junkie to know a junkie.

Finding out that Crowley sent “Jake” to test Dean. Interesting.

Clapping and cheering out loud when Sam pulled out his phone and had an exorcism recorded on it. DAMN but these boys have gotten good at their jobs over all these years. Well done, Sammy!

PS: I now need an exorcism recorded on my phone, pronto. You never know, right?

The returning of the souls being both a happy and a sad moment. They went back, but then the people had to live with what they’d done. Beautiful sequence and the music was absolutely perfect. Nice job, Misha.

Sam telling Dean about Abaddon’s plans to mine souls and create an army.

Promo for the next episode. One word: Shower. Yes, I went back and froze that moment on my DVR. What? Like you didn’t?

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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