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.