Supernatural 11×04: “Baby” Review

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Knowing this week’s episode was a bit of a fan service nod with the story being told from Baby’s perspective, I admit I expected a lot for this episode, mostly in laughs. While there were definitely a few and it was mostly laid-back enough to be a bit of a break from The Darkness storyline, I was a little disappointed overall. “Baby” was definitely an interesting episode and told from a unique perspective, but due to this the majority of the action that happened was off-screen. This lent to some of the humor in the episode, but it also meant there was a lot more talking and a lot less doing.

Tonight’s episode gave a glimpse of the boys’ life in the impala. They don’t just drive the car from place to place, they live in it. It was the car that their father gave to Dean and is their only real connection to home. As Sam put it when he got back into the car at the end of the episode, the car is home to them in so many ways. It is their connection to their father, to their past, it’s kept them alive, and kept them going for years. They sleep in it, eat in it, and really live in it. That being said, the majority of the trouble they get into…I mean heroics they perform, take place outside of the impala. In fact, this episode actually felt a bit draggy at points, because of this. It didn’t really get going until Dean started dealing with the deputy, which brought the action into the car. After that, the episode picked up and was fun to watch, but still there was a lot fewer fan nods than expected…or maybe I just missed them.

Supernatural -- "Baby" -- Image SN1104A_0128.jpg -- Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Supernatural — “Baby” — Image SN1104A_0128.jpg — Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

One thing I am always glad to see is the sillier, more relaxed side of Dean and Sam, specifically Dean. Not just because he’s my favorite (yeah, he is), but because his sense of humor is unabashedly goofy. “Come on say it with me, werepire!” Sam is more strait-laced and I will always adore him and his nerdiness, but Dean’s got the sense of humor I love (and Cass, of course, but that’s less humor as it is humorous misunderstandings). From making silly amalgamations of monster names to cracking jokes at other’s expense, Dean is often the funny brother. Sam has his moments, but Dean wins this one.

Aside from the humor, a few interesting things did happen to move the story along. Sam had another vision, this time with a father figure…or a figure in the form of his father, which also led to some brotherly bonding and opened it up for Sam to finally let Dean in on it all: the infection, the visions, everything. Dean didn’t like the initial secret, but he’s not in the dark anymore, so there’s that. As for the vision, I am curious of what this may point to for future episodes. Last time, Sam’s visions involved torturous images of what I am assuming is Hell and this time, the father figure said, “I never could fool you.” (Or something like that.) There was also some trouble in Hell where Lucifer is currently trapped from an earlier episode this season. Could this be an indication that Lucifer is back? Or at least coming back? Could Lucifer be trying to help them against The Darkness? Or is it really God or someone else on their side trying to help the boys out?

Supernatural — “Baby” — Image SN1104B_0253.jpg — Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Though they seemed to be a straight-up side-arc from the start, the tricksy wife and deputy also added to the storyline. The deputy, who turned out to be the maker of the monsters the boys were fighting, admitted that in the past one hundred years he’s made a total of three others. Three. That’s it. Since The Darkness arrived, he’s added another sixteen to his family. That is a drastic increase and points to just how bad The Darkness must be to them. Not merely to Heaven and Hell, but even to the monsters. That’s saying something, right? Although, Amara and The Darkness were largely absent from this episode, they were still fairly present. She is the big bad this season, after all. Or is she? I can’t remember what was specifically said, but I’ve begun to question if Amara truly is The Darkness or something else entirely. Maybe she’s just connected to The Darkness or part of the key that locks The Darkness away. I do often get these things wrong though.

Despite my disappointment in parts of the show, there was still humor, and even drama and action to keep it going. The way little things that happened early on tied into actions taken toward the end of the episode was pretty interesting. I always enjoy when things that are seemingly pointless make sense later on. That being said, I’d still prefer to see these things with the demon-hunting, mystery-solving action. Perhaps there will be some more action next week when the boys do a little ghost hunting (maybe) at The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum. Maybe Amara will even be behind this one due to her teenage hormones. Tune in next week to find out and check out the preview for more!

Supernatural — “Baby” — Image SN1104B_0231.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Quotable Quotes from “Baby”

Sam: Shorts?

Dean: Hey, it’s a free bunker

D: What is that?
S: It’s a smoothie.
D: Where’s the beer?
S: Under the smoothies.
D: Where’s the rest of the beer?

Cas: What’s a Netflix?

S: Even Swayze wouldn’t come to this Roadhouse.
D: First of all, never use Swayze’s name in vane. Ever.

D: Time heals all wounds, Sam. Especially good times.

S: Don’t “Night Moves” me.

D: Hands off the wheel.
S: You’re not even looking at the road!

S: Is everything a Bob Seger song to you?
D: Yes.

Father Figure: When has death ever stopped a Winchester?

S: I guess it wasn’t even really dad. It was someone pretending to be dad.

D: Okay, what makes you say that?
S: For starters, he told me everything I wanted to hear.
D: Yeah, that doesn’t sound like dad.

S: Goodnight, Jerk.
D: Night, Bitch.

Supernatural -- "Baby" -- Image SN1104B_0323.jpg -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Supernatural — “Baby” — Image SN1104B_0323.jpg — Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

D: Say it with me. A werepire!

D: Cas, you okay?

Cas: I’m mostly confused. I’m not sure how orange correlates with black in a way that’s new.
D: Step away from the Netflix.

D: A werepire, you might say.

D: Ah, it turns out I DID shoot the deputy.

D: A ghoulpire!

D: Good work. Way to come off the bench.
Cas: What bench?

Mrs. Monster: Your family, you do anything for them, don’t you?
D: Absolutely. Yeah, but not if it costs too much.
Mrs. Monster: No, you do everything for them. Everything else is meaningless.

D: Oh Baby, I’m so sorry.

D: We’re going to end this thing now.
S: M-m-mind starting tomorrow?

D: Let’s go home.
S: You know what? *Taps side of the impala* We are home.

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Carrie Hildebrand