Supernatural, Ep. 7.13, “The Slice Girls”: Fun, light episode lays groundwork for future reveals

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Supernatural Review, Season 7, Episode 13: “The Slice Girls”
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner
Directed by Jerry Wanek
Airs Fridays at 9pm (ET) on the CW

This week, on Supernatural: Sam and Dean’s new research buddy gets mixed reviews, Dean’s a proud Papa, and Ghost Bobby?

Season seven has seemed to fall into a particular rhythm of late, with mostly light and pleasant episodes (by Supernatural standards, at least) balanced by a few scenes of brooding and angst. This episode is a standalone, though it seems the weekly baby steps towards Dean’s breakdown must eventually lead somewhere, and in general the standalone elements work well. It’s nice to see the guys on a fairly straightforward case. Taking away Bobby as their go-to for Anything Not In John’s Journal allows cases that would have been cakewalks in season five to carry weight and pose legitimate threats.

The Amazons are rather vaguely drawn and feel like somewhat of a wasted opportunity. Sara Canning has great chemistry with Jensen Ackles, but is given very little to do- it’s a shame she won’t be back. Their brief scene in the bar is the most relaxed and happy we’ve seen Dean in a long time, despite the bizarre and jarring choice to continually cut to extreme closeups of both actors’ eyes. Alexia Fast is less compelling as Emma, though the reveal of her true intentions, and Dean’s suspicions, is satisfying. It’s difficult, on occasion, to tell whether Supernatural is going to play into or subvert the CW cliché of the paranormal teen who just wants to be normal.

The other Case of the Week trappings, the brothers in disguise, flashing fake IDs, and interacting with quirky, entertaining bit players, make a welcome return, but the most promising single element of this episode is the introduction of Harry Groener as Prof. Morrison, the local anthropology expert. Groener is always great when he pops up and, while no one’s replacing Bobby any time soon, the guys need allies and any show would benefit from bringing Groener on as a recurring character. As for the ending, Sam’s killing of Emma theoretically correlates to Dean’s killing of Amy, though Jewel Staite’s performance made that betrayal feel much more significant; hopefully this means we’re done with brotherly angst, at least for a while.

Another element making a triumphant return is Supernatural’s trademark gore. After several episodes on the tamer side, “The Slice Girls” earns its title in the opening teaser. It may seem gratuitous to some, but the blood and fairly gruesome crime scenes work well in balancing the tone and giving context to Dean’s gallows humor. Also much appreciated is the use of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”- the score is a bit much this week, pushing a few scenes just over the top (in a bad way), but as ever, the soundtrack remains fun and one of the strengths of the series.

With Bobby’s fate still theoretically up in the air (we never did see the ghostly equivalent of his dead body), the possibility of Ghost Bobby, postured this week by Dean, will likely send Supernatural fans into full speculation mode. When added to the mysteriously disappearing beer from a few episodes back, it would seem something supernatural is going on. Having Dean call it out directly is smart- it’s a logical jump for him to make, not to mention one he desperately wishes were true, and Sam and Dean having the conversation allows for two satisfying possibilities down the line. Either Sam is right and it’s not Bobby (Ghost Cas? Something else?), giving Dean a dramatic beat to play, or Dean is right and we’ll get a nice comic moment of Dean told-ya-so-ing all over the place.

With the Leviathans seemingly here to stay ‘til the end of the season, Supernatural could benefit from a few more standalones like this- light and fun, and perfect opportunities for introducing new potentially recurring characters. With the characters, particularly Dean, on the more morose side of the spectrum, balancing their character moments with some humor, and giving the audience a bleakness break between Bobby’s death and whatever tough times are coming towards the end of the season, seems like a wise move. We’ll see how long the breather lasts.

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think is right, re:Bobby- Sam or Dean? Post your thoughts below!

Kate Kulzick

  1. elle ryan says

    i was actually enjoying the ep until dean brought up the possibility that bobby is a ghost that story would be a great big yawn fest imo and onne of the other great characters get to come back to life so why should bobby get a pass i hope sam is right and maybe dean is just losing it a little i mean come on did you see how much he was drinking in this ep

  2. Kate Kulzick says

    Thanks for the comments! Nice to see Bobby is still strongly missed.

    Ali- Good point. Lydia could show up again, but given that they didn’t put in a final interaction between her and Dean, it seems unlikely. Who knows though- rince1wind is right. Amazons do seem like they’d be rather revenge-happy.

    As for Ghost!Cas, we know he can observe the guys unseen… But perhaps NotDeadCas would’ve been a better descriptor. And speaking of Gabriel, it’s about time he showed back up. I don’t even care how ridiculous the explanation is- I want another Trickster episode!

  3. Ali says

    1) What makes you think Sara Canning’s character is gone for good? They didn’t kill her. I don’t know how much sense it would make for her to come back, but she doesn’t have death as an obstacle keeping her from making a reappearance, which is more than can be said for some more popular folks who have shown up again (Ash, Ellen, Jo)…
    2) The fans didn’t wait for Dean to mention ghost!Bobby to START speculating. We’ve been talking about ghost!Bobby since the end of “Death’s Door.”
    3) Ghost!Cas? I don’t think so. If angels could become ghosts, where’s Gabriel been all this time?

  4. rince1wind says

    I liked the episode. I’m hoping the Amazons show up again sometime; I imagine they’d like some revenge. Someone on that show knows academics. The professor was certainly like some I’ve met! While a lot of academics are good people as well as intelligent, there are some, as in every other field of endeavor, who are venal, needy, and inconsiderate. This guy was done to a T. But – the boys need info, and, while he was no Bobby, the professor had the skills.

  5. rehabber says

    The Prof was one of the worse helpers the guys have ever had, please no more of him. I want Dean to be right and Bobby is back, at least Dean found the paper that got Sam back to kill Emma and I liked the payback for Amy.

  6. mrs.robinson says

    No Bobby but I liked the episode. The boys were good. Dean and girl was good. But still missing Baby.

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