This reminds of of nothing so much as those Star Trek episodes set entirely on the ship to enable the production to save some money. Plotted well, they often provided a glimpse into day-to-day life, while sometimes also generating a bit of justified claustrophobia. We got that here, although I wonder if the odd filming demands cost more rather than less.
I am happy that Dean can joke with Sam about one-night stands without overtones of Jess/Madison/Sarah. That said . . . Piper's waitress uniform seems to be the same one worn by Eve in "Mommy Dearest" when she appeared in Mary's form.
That episode, like this one, took place in Oregon and features Alphas.
Where was the Alpha Nachzehrer when Eve was sending out invitations to the family reunion? Also, Godstiel supposedly killed all the Alphas.
When Sam and Dean realize the monsters are potential allies, will they regret having killed so many of them?
What is wrong with the people of Quaker Valley that they didn't notice a car covered with blood spatter driving around? I guess it might not have been obvious on the black body, but it was kinda noticeable on the windows . . .
Apart from the more obvious callbacks to a better time between the brothers, here is what I got out of this episode plus a rewatch of "Pilot":
|One of Dean's first lines to Sam is that he was "looking for another beer"||"Where's the beer?....Where's the rest of the beer?"|
|Sam having visions||Sam having visions|
|Sam and blonde bedmate||Sam and blonde bedmate|
|MOTW attacks from backseat, renders blood spatter across windows (Troy's car)||MOTW attacks from backseat, renders blood spatter across windows|
|obstructive LEO||obstructive LEO|
|"Of course you should be afraid of the dark. You know what's out there."||"The Darkness is coming, and only you boys can stop it."|
|Dark haired woman temporarily takes control of Impala||Dark haired woman temporarily takes control of Impala|
|Dean escapes handcuffs with paperclip||Dean escapes handcuffs with hairpin|
|MOTW is woman with two small children||MOTW is woman with two small children|
|Constance Welch's husband was unfaithful||Lily Markham not too broken up over husband's death|
|Dean shoots out side window in attempt to help Sam||Sam shoots out rear window in attempt to help Dean|
|Baby physically helps vanquish MOTW||Baby physically helps vanquish MOTW|
|"I'll take you home"||"Let's go home." "You know what? We are home."|