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Supernatural Review: Beware the Turducken

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Bobby can't die can he? Although, isn't that what we were saying about Castiel before?

The cliffhanger was the best (and worst, emotionally) part of the episode. There's no way that the brother's best gruff friend was killed by a bullet. I mean a bullet, bullet.

It was such a jarring last few seconds that it took me a moment to grasp what had happened. Granted, the follow up episode could pick up with Bobby finally responding and nothing really wrong. Although, at this point I'm not too sure. The season has been eliminating any outside sources for the brothers and what's a worse way to complete that than to kill off their last remaining connection?

A Hunting Trip

I had a feeling something bad was going to happen to Bobby especially because he managed to lead the case and garner most of the great lines. Whether it was threatening Dean, "You die before me and I'll kill ya" or referencing Disney movies, "You don't shoot Bambi, jackass. You shoot Bambi's mother," Bobby was on fire in all his gruff and grumbling aspects. Even a little past history about Bobby teaching Sam and Dean to track was thrown in. There was so much Bobby focus that Sam and Dean were turned into background characters following Bobby's lead instead of the other way around.

But, really, there's no way Bobby can be dead? Can there?

Unfortunately, the rest of "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters" felt all over the place and was a real let down considering it was written by Ben Edlund, who has given me some of my favorite Supernatural episodes from "Changing Channels" to "The French Mistake." What happened?

First, there was no Jersey Devil, let alone a real case of the week. I know the "lead" allowed Sam, Dean, and Bobby to start a case and end up deep in Leviathan problems, but it was contrived. It was a wasted potential plot that could have been interesting and instead faded behind mere food.

Exactly. The real threat was a Leviathan laced turducken. Now what am I going to eat for Thanksgiving?

Sure, it gave some humorous moments of a stoned Dean making dazed comments and even enhanced his natural ability to love food, but really? A Sandwich is the dangerous problem?

Then there was the odd use of names from the repetitive comments about Ranger Rick and the Leviathan leader being named, Dick. Aside from Dean generally making jokes about everything, was that supposed to be funny? In fact, a majority of the situations and story in general felt like the show was overly serious to the point of self mockery. Except I don't think the episode was trying to do that. I mean, bibbing?

All I could keep thinking was, "Is this really Supernatural and not some spoof?"

I wasn't a fan when the Leviathan leader was first introduced and hoped there was more to him than a suit. Now, I can't take him seriously because of his name and his number one bestseller. Perhaps Dick Roman would be a good bad guy if this show was focused on corporate espionage, political tactics, and corrupt business. Yet, the show is about monsters, ghosts, and demons. Dick felt like he was on the wrong show, period. I mean, he shot Bobby (allegedly) instead of using some supernatural power to carry out his plans. The brothers may not know how to kill the Leviathan, but this enemy doesn't come close to some of the other "big bads" the brothers have faced.

And I still have no idea what is the Leviathan plan. It can't be making food that turns humans complacent and infiltrating human society so the Leviathan can dominate the White House. There just has to be more. Something I'm missing, right?

I love the monsters of the week, but the larger story arc is lacking direction, focus, and big scares. Season 7 needs to pull itself together, feast on Thanksgiving, and return recharged and ready to go. Oh, and not kill off Bobby, please.

What did you think of the episode? What do you think of the Leviathan? Is Bobby dead? Sound off!

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I'm liking Craig's theory - a cop out, right enough, but a viable theory.

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I hope Bobby survives. I also don't think Cas is gone for good. I think he'll be back. It might be a little while, but he'll be back.
I personally did like the episode although I was disappointed that it didn't actually have to do with the Jersey Devil. I'd have rather had the Jersey Devil storyline than the leviathans. That could possibly be because I am from New Jersey though.
I loved Dean's stoned comments. I also love how he said that he thought Crowley was being generalistic about referring to Dick, when in fact he realized he meant a specific person.
I enjoy the comedic episodes. I also prefer them hunting weekly things as opposed to a major storyline going on in the background. This show is good enough with two hot guys in a hot car with hot music hunting supernatural creatures.
If they are bringing people back, I wouldn't mind seeing John or Bela make an appearance.

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Craig, I think you're exactly right. It only makes sense since they just completely forgot about the Hellmind that Sam had. Good call, I hadn't thought of that. It's a big gamble though. "It was all a dream" is not just a little hackneyed.

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The leviathans are working on a way to fatten humanity up and eat us.

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Well bobby isn't dead ...... Coz he is present in the next episode , where he calls some mystery person of his past for help

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No worries about bobby even if he is killed. I think I see where this entire season's finale is headed.
1st we have sam's head cracks open and he goes near completely loonie.
BUT all of a sudden he gets 'better' somehow gets a handle on it.
Yeah right, they don't put in plot elements like that and just push it aside.
The hallucination of lucifier is partly right: Everything that has happened since his break in the warehouse (where he almost shoots dean) is all one big hallucination.
That for the last several months Sam has been really locked up in his old iron cell raving at the walls. No leviathan, no castiel dead, all of it a mirage.

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OH MY GOD! If Bobby gets killed off, Sera Gamble will officially lose what little respect I have left for her! That being said, it's hard getting used to such simplistic episodes. It's weird going from intense mythological-infused conflicts leading up to a bigger picture, that it's hard to get used to them just "hunting" again. Also, I miss Cas! He was such an awesome addition to the show. She killed him off too!

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BOBBY CANNOT BE DEAD. Sera Gamble is honestly scaring the crap out of me. First our Cas is gone and now BOBBY?! Is she nuts?! Within less than 10 episode she killed off two of the most important characters?! No, I refuse to believe either are dead. Gotta say though, this seasons amazing as always. Love the entire Leviathan idea but really? Cas AND Bobby? That's just wrong.

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I'm getting a nasty feeling that we're getting set up for the last season of Supernatural. The main support characters are getting killed off, Sammy's still struggling in his own mind, Dean is finding it harder and harder to care about anything.....I can see this being the last season where the boys go out in a big blast trying to kill something that can't be killed. I hope not, but we all know it has to come to an end sometime. On the other hand, just because you get killed on Supernatural doesn't mean you die. Overall I thought there were some great lines in this ep, but it was like they tried too hard. They either need to pick up the pace with the Laviathon or end it and start something else. Personally, I just want the Impala back. That Dodge has got to go.

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This episode did not disappoint at all! Dean was cracking me up after he ate the turducen delight and I like that we got to see Bobby actually get more of the limelight for an episode however, its Bobby and I would be very disappointed if he was actually dead come the beginning of the next episode. I'm hoping that it won't be the end of Bobby Singer and they won't let just a simple bullet be the end. Supernatural won't be the same without Bobby.

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