Supernatural recap: Why is Sam a Stepford Husband?

The world is a little 1950s in Supernatural Season 14, Episode 15. Meanwhile, Jack and Dean take a road trip. Just what was Peace of Mind all about?

Supernatural Season 14, Episode 15 had a lot of questions to answer after the way the previous episode ended. The big questions surrounded Jack, who had burned off the majority of his soul taking out Michael and took in Michael’s grace. “Peace of Mind” certainly wasted no time delving into the details.

After back-to-back hunts, Dean put his foot down about the latest. He was tired and needed to recharge, so Sam and Castiel ended up on a case in a town that was like something out of Stepford Wives.

Of course, Dean wouldn’t get a chance to completely recharge, as he needed to help Jack. Now that he’s burned off most of his soul, he’s struggling to connect and even care. Although he does choose an Angel’s Food Cake bite instead of the Devil’s Food Cake, so there’s that! However, Dean decided to call in reinforcements to help Jack.

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With two distinct storylines, I’m going to split this into two halves. It’ll help to recap much easier. First up, Sam and Castiel’s storyline.

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A town from the 1950s

Sam gets a lead on the case and it takes him and Castiel to an idyllic town. However, all is not as it seems. It’s soon clear that something odd is going on when everyone seems like they belong in something like The Stepford Wives.

While investigating the case of one man who had died — someone Castiel learns was sending love notes to a girl called Sunny, who works at the milkshake parlor — Mr. Smith realizes that he’s not in the right place. In fact, Mr. Smith realizes that the life he currently has isn’t the right one. Just as Mr. Smith realizes that something is wrong, his head explodes much like the first guy.

Castiel goes to see Cindy Smith with the bad news, but she’s not phased. Although she isn’t too happy when Castiel tries to sit in a certain chair. In fact, she doesn’t realize her husband has died because Sam Winchester has now become Mr. Justin Smith. After some mild foul language, Sam/Justin kicks Castiel out of the house.

Castiel decides it has to be Sunny since there are plenty of connections to the milkshake parlor and the love letters. She’s sure Sunny has to be a witch, but just as Castiel is about to rip information from her mind, she admits that “he’s out of control.”

Sure enough, it’s the owner of the milkshake parlor. Just like a mob boss, he has bodyguards (and Sam/Justin) and is ready to make Castiel pay for finding out the truth. The milkshake parlor-owning mob boss saw a struggling town and realized he could control minds and remake the town. The only reason the magic doesn’t work on Cass is because he’s an angel.

During a fight, Castiel manages to help Sam remember the truth and break through the magic (while also empathizing about the loss Sam is going through). However, remembering the truth means the mob boss starts to make Sam’s head explode. Fortunately, Sunny, who has powers just like the mob boss, is able to stop him by trapping the mob boss in his own mind in a happy place.

And just like that, the case is over.

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Dean and Jack take a road trip

As the Supernatural Season 14, Episode 15 images showed us, Dean and Jack take a road trip to see Donatello. With everyone afraid of what’s going on with Jack now that he’s burned off most his soul, Dean realizes that Donatello can probably help. After all, Donatello is living without a soul.

Donatello explains that the lack of soul causes a loss of pity, empathy, and humanity, but it won’t make Jack evil. Every time Donatello starts making questionable choices he thinks one thing: WWWD; What Would the Winchesters Do?

That’s something Jack can manage, so he feels more certain that he can cope without his soul. However, Donatello is worried. After all, Jack isn’t human — he’s a nephilim.

In the end, the Winchester brothers come back together to catch each other on their respective cases. However, it’s also a chance for Sam to open up about how he feels. He’s understandably grieving the loss of his army, his friends, but he needs to stop running.

Meanwhile, Jack uses the magic that could be the last bit of his soul to send Noah’s snake to Heaven to see Noah — assuming that Noah has gone to Heaven and not Purgatory/The Empty? Castiel watches with a concerned expression. Yes, we have a lot to worry about Jack.

What did you think of the monster-of-the-week episode? Did you enjoy Sam’s time as a 1950s husband? What do you think about Jack using his powers at the end? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural continues on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.