More Men of Letters history and a step closer to finding the Akrida queen. But tinged with the potential wins are some sad truths. The life of a hunter is never easy.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
We kick off the episode back in 1957, where a stranded female motorist in Lawrence is not what she seems. Another woman stops to help, having some mechanical skills, but it’s all a trap. The stranded motorist, who is being controlled by the Akrida, takes a crowbar to her head and knocks her out. A mystery to be explained later.
Back to present day 1972, Millie has set up a security system in the clubhouse. She still hasn’t gotten the monster box working again, but she will keep at it. After she leaves, we find out that Mary applied to KSU, but she is afraid to open the letter. John does it instead and tells her she got in. A potential happy future for Mary, but knowing her history I doubt that will come true. They don’t have time to ponder Mary’s potential college plans anyway, since the alarm goes off and they have to go investigate.
They find the room organized and a British man has joined them in the clubhouse, played by Charles Shaughnessy. Love seeing him appear in any role! The man says his name is Porter J. Hobbes, Men of Letters, and used his key to get in. Hobbes claims he’s there to help. The records back up his story, so he seems legitimate.
Hobbes was a neurosurgeon before Mr. Glass recruited him. He served his role as a doctor that experimented on the minds of monsters. Hobbes performed a lobotomy on them to turn them into watchdogs. He retired 15 years ago and thinks the Akrida might have wiped out the Men of Letters. Despite the canon of Supernatural, that is a possibility, but we’ll see how it all comes together.
Hobbes says he can manipulate the DNA of an Akrida stinger to create a neurotoxin that will ravage the Akrida queen before dying. He just needs a subject and Mary knows just the guy. She and John take down the possessed cop and bring him back to the lab. Looks like they have everything they need, but Hobbes is acting suspicious. He seems motivated by a personal vendetta and has a mark for a wedding ring, even though he said he had no family. Worth further investigation.
After going through some old records, it’s clear that Hobbes is not who he seems. The lab was built by Jack Wilcox, Hobbes’ assistant. He was kicked out of the Men of Letters for experimenting on humans and Hobbes was the one who reported him. After questioning him, it’s clear this man is actually Jack and he’s a mentally unstable, dangerous person. He manages to make Mary and John fall unconscious with a concoction, separating them. He wants to use Mary’s body to reanimate his wife, the victim we saw at the beginning of the episode, and John will be used as Jack’s new vessel.
With a lot of fighting by both John and Mary, and a surprise Golem thrown in to the mix, they finally take out Jack. John and Mary bury both his body and that of his wife after they’ve salted and burned them. Case closed on that one at least.
Meanwhile, Carlos and Lata are working on the Akrida investigation, even though Carlos is distracted by thoughts of Anton. Working through this relationship slowly is something new for Carlos and he is constantly trying to break up with Anton, but Lata is there to talk him out of it. I hope they manage to stick it out for at least a little longer.
Back to the case, Lata says they might be able to dive into one of the people who had the Akrida in their head. Maybe they can learn more about the monster’s location. Their best bet is Roxy, who has been holed up in a motel since she was released from the Akrida’s hold, suffering in her misery. She’s lost everything – her job, her home, her girlfriend. And she has been haunted by nightmares of the Akrida.
But there may be a solution to all that. If she helps them out, work through a two-part spell that Lata knows, Lata can erase Roxy’s memories. This is new information for Carlos, but we find out Tony taught her how to do the spell. They’ve been meeting up in her dreams. Interesting. And the first part of the spell does work, with Roxy working through some violent reactions as she recounts what happened to her before and after she was possessed. She even gives them a description of a location where they might find the queen.
However, when the second part of the spell comes up, Roxy doesn’t want to go through with it. She wants to remember that she helped them taken down the Akrida. A worthy motivation. And the information did help them out. Carlos and Lata find the location. They see a car drive up with the woman from the lab inside. Good lead!
We had a lot of mysteries laid out for us in this episode as well. We saw the Akrida minions, including Kyle, gathered at a bar, discussing the situation. They can’t take down the team, since they have the protection tattoo, but the queen is looking for Dean. He’s the reason the team got together in the first place. Interesting. And they are going to spill some blood to draw him out. That’s what sets up the final scenes between John and Kyle.
Once the bodies of Jack and his wife are taken care of, John heads over to the garage, where he’s met with Kyle. He threatens John and is setting him up. Kyle has already called the cops and has been writing journal entries about John threatening him for a while. It’s clear the Akrida is controlling him, but that’s not going to help John’s defense once Kyle stabs himself in the heart and starts bleeding out. We end the episode with Millie walking in, seeing her son cradling the bloody body of Kyle, with the cops being heard in the distance. A very bad situation indeed.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars