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Supernatural Recap: The Big Empty

Supernatural -- "The Big Empty" -- Image Number: SN1304a_0071b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

The November 2, 2017 episode of Supernatural opens with a murder, because duh! Let’s dive into “The Big Empty”. When multiple patients of grief counselor Mia Vallens (guest star Rukiya Bernard) turn up dead, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Jack (Alexander Calvert) investigate the mystery surrounding the murders and, each inadvertently, are forced to deal with unresolved grief of their own.

Supernatural Recap: The Big Empty
Airdate: November 2, 2017

Post-opening, the episode shifts to the bunker where Sam arrives with coffee & friendly greetings, but Dean’s still in his feelings from the last episode. He shifts topics immediately to a new case; the murder we just witnessed. But things quickly turn heated when Sam announces he wants to bring Jack along and train him. Dean is so not interested in acting out “Adventures in Babysitting the Antichrist”. My hubs is the king of pop culture one liners and I live!

Once again, we’re treated to moody, grumpy Dean. Sexy and yet, mildly frustrating. No wait! I take it back! I love him and it’s not his fault Jack is a devil child! Okay, it’s not Jack’s fault either but still! No judging my boo and how he copes with grief. I won’t even allow it from myself!

Anyways, obviously, Dean is still super anti saving Jack, and insists that Mary is dead. Sam, on the other hand, is patient and determined to get through to Dean. Sam finally convinces him to let Jack tag along but Jack refuses. He confronts Sam about using him as an interdimensional can opener, and Sam admits that he does want to use Jack’s powers, but it’s to save his mom. That seems to touch a chord for Jack. But he’s worried about Dean. Sam vows he won’t let Dean hurt him, and Jack finally agrees. I love how patient and caring Sam is being. What a hunk of a lumberjack.

But the trip isn’t going the way Sam had hoped. Dean is curt and rude to Jack the entire time, treating him like a lackey more than a hunting partner. Sam accuses him of being just like their dad, which Dean takes as a compliment. If by just like their dad, Sam means Dean is crazy hot, then ACCURATE. If not, well it’s not so much a compliment. Dean just shrugs it off. Okay, I do NOT say this lightly. Dean’s being…kinda jerkish. I’m sorry, but that’s as far as I’m willing to take it lol.

The case leads them to a grief counselor. I anticipate an awkward, sad and completely unplanned therapy session ending with me in tears holding a gallon of ice cream. And what do you know, that’s exactly what happened. And while Dean admits he’s in pain, he explains that it’s Sam who can’t accept their mother’s death. Sam explodes. Not only can he not accept his mother’s death, he can’t accept that he’ll never have the kind of relationship Dean & Mary had. Gasp! I literally felt my heart break for Sam. Dean literally shrugs it off AGAIN. Okay. Deep breath. We’ll circle back to him.

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Jen Petrovich

Jen Petrovich is an unabashed fangirl of all things angsty, romantic, and ass-kickery on television. Her taste varies wildly from campy soaps to heart-wrenching dramas, hilarious comedies to kick ass superhero shows, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Sarcastic and known to sob hysterically while TV, Jen’s favorite thing to do is watch her shows and then tweet the hell out of them.

  • Pamela Watson

    When Dean is in pain he usually reverts to this less than pleasant behavior. I give him a pass every time because he always self-corrects. In the meantime he is prolific with his sarcastic one-liners and I love it. I loved Jen’s recap because of her side comments on Dean. She is a Deanophile like me. Loved this episode very much. Jack’s smile was a highlight for me. Oh yeah, and Cas’ return is really cool too.

  • Elizabeth Orozco

    Loved the Castiel part I though Misha was just fantastic. I just was riveted by his characters. The empty Cas was interesting but scary. I loved and hated him. I loved the episode mostly because of Misha I cant wait either till Cas meets up too with them. I love Sam and Dean but their part was predictable and it was nice Dean complemented Jack at the end.