Supernatural is back with “Last Holiday”; a timely labelled episode where we get to see the Winchesters have a little fun before we get to the meat and potatoes of what is happening with God. And they fucking deserved it. This episode was like watching fanfiction come to life, fluff fanfiction if we’re being honest. The only thing that would’ve made it perfect if Cas was around. He deserves to join in on the fluff as well.
The Winchesters Deserve to Celebrate
Ignoring the fact that Mrs. Butters went all rampage on the Winchesters and Jack, “Last Holiday” was a pretty good episode where the Winchesters’ happiness was put front and center. Don’t get me wrong, throughout the years they’ve had multi opportunities for happy moments. But we don’t think I’ve ever seen the Winchesters act like young men. And yes, they’re still young.
Mrs. Butters made them lunch for when they would go on hunts. She celebrated every holiday as if it were the “Last Holiday” ever. And she taught the Winchesters that even when she isn’t around, they can have those happy moments themselves. That’s why Dean made that cake for Jack and why we love it so much despite how wonky it was.
Honestly, this episode didn’t feel much like a filler episode. It felt like the fluff fanfiction of our dreams where everything is ok and the only drama is whether you want a grilled cheese cut halfway or across. And contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t make for filler. It’s essential moments that make us human, that we experience in our lives, and that we hope the Wincehsters do too.
We Love Jack Kline Even More Now
It’s been a long couple of months without Supernatural. And in that time, we forgot how much we love Jack Kline. “Last Holiday” was a reminder that he is one of the best of us, trying his hardest to make it through the day, while following in the footsteps of his father’s Sam, Dean, and Cas. This show is about family, even found ones, after all. And family doesn’t give up on each other even when we do on ourselves.
Jack spent a lot of “Last Holiday” feeling horrible for what he did. He killed his family’s mother and in his eyes there’s no going back from that. The manner that Dean and Sam protected Jack is proof that family doesn’t give up on each other, especially when things get as hard as they’ve been lately. They forgive, they try, and they build each other up.
That’s why Dean made Jack that perfectly ugly cake. It was his way of showing Jack that he’s their family and they’re not going to give up on him. And that’s why Sam yelled at Mrs. Butters about hurting someone they both care about. Because Jack Kline is worth it and they know it; we know it. And it’s about time that Jack starts realizing that for himself as well.
Where the Hell is Cas? And Other Things to Note!
- Look, you can’t have an episode that preaches about family and not have Cas in the mix. He is an honorary Winchester just like Jack is and I’m a little tired of him not being included in moments like this. Yes, he’s got important things to do and they mentioned him like once. But it’s not enough. It never is.
- Once again, Supernatural proves that it likes bringing on characters and expanding their storylines without letting them stick around to be there for more than one episode. This is particularly true with the women of this show. Mrs. Butters could’ve stayed around but sure, she has to go back to her woods and not keep things running or just a general storyline where someone takes care of the Winchesters. Her going crazy puts a little damper on her getting more of a story but I wouldn’t have minded seeing a lady sticking around for a while.
- Same thing goes for Eileen. It’s adorable that Sam and Eileen had a date. Cute as a button in fact. But why couldn’t we see her? Why couldn’t she come back to the bunker? Wouldn’t it be safer than being out there in the world? But, whatever. Point being, even someone as amazing as Eileen doesn’t get the due respect and that’s the tea.
- I would like to see more fluff on Supernatural. So what if it’s the last season. Give it to me and give it to me now.
- While I’m at it, please let my Winchesters live. I need them to after all the hardships they’ve faced!
Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.