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Mother's Little Helper

Season 9, Episode 17 Aired: 2014-03-25

Supernatural: Mother's Little Helper Review

Harvester of Souls

Reviewed: by Tyler Olson

***The review below contains minor spoilers.***

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Been wondering what Abaddon has been up to while the hunt for the First Blade was going on? Thanks to Mother's Little Helper, we need wonder no longer.

Unlike most episodes, the main case was all Sam. Well, Sam, his grandfather, an ex-nun, Josie, and Abaddon. Woah, that's nearly a star-studded cast! While they ever really worked together, it was fantastic to see some of our favourite characters back in action again. Plus, we even found out how Abaddon infiltrated the Men of Letters.

Even all that still pales in comparison to the shit-storm Abaddon is creating. I don't think we've ever been officially told how demons are created, but whatever the full recipe is, it starts off as beautifully radiant orbs in jars. With how much this one demon factory was able to capture in such a short time, just think of how many new demons are going to be out for Winchester and Crowley blood soon. At least she hasn't figured out how to make Demon Knights like Cain did, right? Now that would be a nightmare!

The idea that souls have their own sentience when torn from their bodies is a bit of a stretch, though.

What was Dean doing through all this? Only pounding back wobbly pop after wobbly pop with his new bestie. I know Dean must be going through a lot thanks to his new tattoo, and that he has formed a bit of a fiendship (not to mistaken with friendship) with Crowley, but sharing feelings, saving his life, and washing away his blues with his nemesis while lying to Sam about it was completely unexpected. It is so obvious that Crowley knows exactly what is happening to Dean, which is likely all part of the plan, so we should definitely expect something awful to come out of all this.

It does beg the question, though, what exactly is Dean feeling? Is it the hatred and rage from Cain, or is it something more personal with his victims? The quick flashbacks makes it look like he is feeling something from Magus. Is it the pain he felt when he was killed, or does the blade somehow infuse its wielder with something more powerful, like their soul? I know us not knowing is all because of some lazy writing trick the writers employed to keep us in the dark after Cain left his mark, but it is doing a fantastic job at getting the imagination flowing.

This leaves Supernatural in a mad rush to find the Knight who would be Queen, so it decides now would be a good time to take a vacation for a couple weeks. But, oh wait, what about the mess with the angels that will need to return, too! Yeah, their plate isn't just full, it's overflowed all across the table, on the floor, right out the door, and starting to creep into the neighbors home. Let's hope that Castiel has had luck recruiting some more friendly angels. They're gonna need 'em.


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