Supernatural 1107 Review: When “Plush” Costumes Attack

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With all the craziness and information bombs dropped last week on Supernatural, “Plush” took a step back to have a little fun and some good, old-fashioned ghost hunting, only this time without the twist. Tonight’s episode brought the return of a certain Sheriff Donna as well, who will always be a welcome face to the Supernatural universe. Though the premise of the episode focused on a revenge haunting, it was fun and definitely a change of pace from last week. Unfortunately, “Plush” did lack a certain angel while the boys were in Minnesota, but I’m sure he’s just binging on another show anyway.

Supernatural -- "Plush" -- Image SN1107B_0053.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Briana Buckmaster as Sheriff Hanscum, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “Plush” — Image SN1107B_0053.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Briana Buckmaster as Sheriff Hanscum, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

After a man in a bunny costume goes a little psycho and kills someone, Sheriff Donna finds herself faced with a supernatural dilemma. Who else are you going to call when a homicidal bunny goes on rampage? Sam and Dean, of course…if you’re lucky enough to know them and have their number. As it turns out, this homicidal bunny was one of numerous masks from a former child entertainer who was erroneously accused of inappropriate behavior with some children at a party and accidentally murdered while being scared straight for it. Now his ghost wants revenge on the three people behind his murder and since he was cremated, he ends up haunting the masks he used for the children’s parties to seek out his revenge. I do wonder what kind of children he was entertaining for costumes like that to be fun though. I can’t imagine he’d be very good at his job with those either unless all his parties were around Halloween. Maybe this is why two parents of the children he entertained decided he was a creep and did creepy things to their kids.

After calling Sam and Dean in for the assist, they all get to work on the case and decide it’d be a good idea to keep attempting to remove the bunny mask so Donna takes the guy out of his cell under heavy sedation and that’s when he wakes up and attacks Doug and Donna. I’ll admit, I don’t get why they did that. He wasn’t hurting anyone behind bars…well, as long as they didn’t get close enough for a face hug. I’m thinking in this situation, they should’ve just let the bunny stay behind bars while they continued their investigation. If she hadn’t tried taking the kid somewhere to remove the mask, the kid wouldn’t be dead. He would be facing murder charges, but he wouldn’t be dead. While there isn’t much they can do for the murder charges since “I was possessed by a ghost, so I didn’t really do it” isn’t exactly the best defense, death doesn’t seem like the best alternative to that. I think this could’ve been handled better. Also, Donna’s attitude toward Doug was annoying, but at least Sam called her on that one.

Supernatural -- "Plush" -- Image SN1107A_0193. jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean, Brigid Brannagh as Rita Johnson and Logan Williams as Max Johnson -- Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “Plush” — Image SN1107A_0193. jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean, Brigid Brannagh as Rita Johnson and Logan Williams as Max Johnson — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

While tonight’s episode was fun, I was a bit disappointed with a couple of things. First, I had hoped for a few more laughs with Sam’s fear of clowns. Especially since he had to come face-to-face with a killer clown tonight. IT was still fun, but it was just missing a little extra something. Also, Dean’s fight with the ghost made him seem a bit rusty at this hunting thing. The ghost was winning and choking Dean before Sam managed to burn that mask. It just seemed like he could’ve done a little something more to fight the ghost with all of his experience. Then the story about the ghost itself seemed a little off. Two parents accuse this woman’s brother of inappropriate behavior and when she thinks they may be right, instead of looking into it, gets the very men who have already indicated they want to do her brother harm to scare him straight? That just doesn’t work for me.

While the episode wasn’t perfect and focused mostly on Sheriff Donna and her ghost dilemma, we were given a little more information about Sam’s vision before the episode’s end. Sam told Dean about his visions, but yet again, Dean has passed them off and criticized Sam’s decision to pray. With all the supernatural crap they deal with it, it certainly couldn’t hurt to try a little prayer in this case, so Dean shouldn’t be so down on Sam for it. The visions themselves are intriguing. As suspected, Sam’s visions are of Lucifer’s cage. (I apologize for my atrocious memory as I’m sure the cage was pictured in previous seasons, but I forgot. I’m lucky I remember my name most days. Everyone else is lucky I remember pants.) With visions of Lucifer’s cage, I’m curious as to what this could be indicating. Michael and Lucifer are still in the cage (Michael currently inhabiting their half-brother, Adam.) Could these visions be from God or from Lucifer himself? Sam had the connection to Lucifer, after all, so if he’s going to get any visions, it would make sense for them to be from Lucifer, right? Or does Lucifer or Michael have some significant role in recapturing The Darkness, so God is trying to tell Sam that through these visions? I personally am leaning toward Lucifer, but if you’ve read my reviews, you know I’m not very good at these guessing games. What do you think the visions could be indicating? Comment below and tune in December 2 for the next episode to learn some more about the mysteries of this season!

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW after all-new episodes of Arrow.

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Carrie Hildebrand