After several seasons of Supernatural, I’ve gotten used to saying goodbye to people and waiting several seasons to see them again. (See: Jake.) So when the late Kevin Tran showed up on last night’s episode as a ghost, it was a surprise to say the least. But even more surprising than an appearance from Ghost Kevin? The re-appearance of the thought-to-be-dead Mama Tran!
The result of this ghost-mom reunion was one of the sweetest episodes so far this season.
The realization that Kevin was hanging around the bunker came early in the episode, when Dean and Sam found out that their homestead was haunted. Sam was the one to point out that all possible precautionary measures had been taken to assure the bunker would stay monster/ghost-free, so the spirit had to be something that had died in the bunker – meaning Kevin.
Yes, Dean had burned Kevin after he was killed by possessed Sam. But since Heaven was closed for business, Kevin’s spirit had no choice but to stick around. And by the end of this week’s episode, we learned he wouldn’t spend his ghost days alone.
After Kevin shared with them that he believed his mother was alive, Sam and Dean suited up and set off to try to track her down. (P.S. - I approve of their FBI does winter clothing choices.) They ended up finding her in a storage locker where Crowley had been keeping her. She was scared, traumatized, and, unfortunately, completely unaware that her son had died. (Watching Mrs. Tran learn the news was one of the saddest things I’ve seen on this show for a while.)
Once back at the bunker, Mrs. Tran took off with Kevin, intent on spending time with her ghost son. But before Kevin left, he had one request for the brothers (quote in full below): Cut the crap. Over the months, he’d seen them fight and bicker, and it was time to let it all go, he told them. If only it was that easy, Kev.
I had hoped that the boys would heed the wise advice of Kevin Tran – he was in advanced placement, after all. But it seems these brother troubles will continue for the time being. I thought the last shot of the episode – with Dean sitting alone in his room with his music – was an interesting choice. I read a lot of frustration and loneliness in that silent final shot, and I’m curious to see how that sets up the next batch of episodes emotionally. It’s also possible I’m reading into this too much.
I haven’t mentioned Cas up to this point, but the truth is, his scenes in this episode were a little forgettable. I love me some Cas but I rarely find his interactions with angel factions memorable. What you should know, though, is that Cas ended up killing Bartholomew (who I wasn’t attached to anyway). And by the end of the episode, Cas found himself some angel followers. Is Castiel’s angel army of one expanding more than he ever thought possible? I hope so because that means we could be building toward a giant angel battle unlike we’ve ever seen on this show. To that I say, yes, please!
(Note: This wasn’t a particularly funny episode, so our only quote of the night comes courtesy of Kevin Tran, truth-speaker)
Kevin: Before I go, can you guys promise me something?
Kevin: Can you two get over it? Dudes, just because you couldn’t see me doesn’t mean I couldn’t see you. The drama, the fighting, it’s stupid. My mom’s taking home a ghost. You two, you’re both still here.
Sam: Of course. Promise.