While trying to track down Kevin, Sam and Dean get sidetracked by a series of murders where the victims have gotten their hearts ripped out.

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Paul Hayes
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Dean and Sam read on the news that someone or something had ripped the hearts out of two persons in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they decide to stop seeking Kevin out for a while to investigate the bizarre murders. They learn that both suspects had been submitted to a transplant of organs, eye and kidney, and the donor was the same person, the football player Brick Holmes that died in a car crash. They head to Boulder, Colorado, posing as FBI agents and interview Brick's mother Eleanor Holmes that gives vague replies. The Winchester brother seeks out who else received Brick's organs and later they break into his house, where they find a hidden room with a secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the scene when Sam and Dean investigate about the murder of a cop in the police station, the flag for the state of Iowa can be seen. See more »

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They say that Arthur Swenson had an eye transplant and that it is the reason for his two different colored eyes. There is currently no such thing as an eye transplant. Only corneal transplants are possible at this time. The cornea is the transparent layer on the surface of the eyeball. The patient's own iris (the colored part of the eye) remains in place. See more »

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Dean Winchester: Wow. Guy goes to Purgatory for a year, all hell breaks loose. Check this out. Jogger in Minneapolis gets his heart ripped out.
Sam Winchester: I'm guessing literally.
Dean Winchester: Only way that interests me. And then, there's another article from six months ago. Same thing happens, also in Minneapolis. What's that tell us?
Sam Winchester: Stay out of Minneapolis.
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References Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) See more »

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Good Love Gone Bad
Written by Jamie Dunlap and Scott Nickoley
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Solid where it counts..
19 October 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

In some way it feels a bit early to jump into a Monster-of-the-Week episode at this point, but I'm quite happy about this choice. I've been unsatisfied with the Mytharc of this show for years now, and after the last episode I'm not so sure this will change with S8. The mytharc kind of died for me with Season 4 when the setting began to expand to heaven and hell, making the Winchesters pawns in a game between demons and angels, and their family history a planned out scheme. In my opinion this attempt to lift the small stage to a more epic plane backfired spectacularly, because it sucked the only thing out of the show that had actually been epic, it's 'superpower' so to speak. I'm talking about the humanity. The human aspect had been SPN's strength, the thing that had made this show more than it could have hoped to ever become. I liked SPN small - the road, the case, the family. You and me.

Now while I know there are shows like 'The X-Files' who are a lot more competent and original in telling a creepy MOTW-story, SPN's MOTW are often strong in showing the *real* status quo between the boys, their current attitudes as hunters and towards each other.

And that's where this episode does a really good job. First of all: I love what they are doing with Dean so far. The constant crisis he's been having during the last seasons has made the show rather bleak and painful to watch. Normally I'm all for characters' journeys, even if that journey is a dark and agonizing one, but let's just leave it at 'it wasn't done very well'. I have enough of Dean suffering, drinking and closing up, so finding him content as a hunter, even cheerful, is a factor that makes me enjoy watching SPN a lot more this season. Of course some might say that he's far from OK with this hardened behavior towards others, but to quote the Evil Queen from 'Once Upon a Time' (who said to the Huntsman): "I always felt there were two kinds of people. Wolves and sheep - those who kill and those who get killed." The Winchesters might often do the sheepdog, but there's no denying that they are clearly on the wolf side of Evil Queen's world.

But there's Sam, and he's not content. I'm not so sure what to do with this. Though he said in Season 7 (or was it 6? Forgive me if I'm mixing them up) that he's made peace with his life as a hunter we see that he hasn't. Maybe he needed a taste of the normal to realize this. He had that with Jessica, but the situation had been somewhat different. This time he's been completely alone, no evidence of the abnormal aspects of his life left. So while I think Sam's development does make sense - though imo the fact that he didn't really look for his brother doesn't, not the least bit - I can't help wishing that the brothers were in sync for once. For once!! But well, maybe there's a reward in the end.

Nevertheless, the case and the fact that Sam and Dean were solving it on their own gave them a lot of opportunities to talk and to interact with one another. And to do so in a way that finally feels kind of natural, which led to some enjoyable scenes. I know there are a lot of people who say the show would get boring just focusing on Sam and Dean, but I have never once been bored by their interactions. The moment Dean slapped Sam's hand off the mouse when they were searching the internet in the pilot episode I knew that I would stick with this show.

Unfortunately the case itself suffered from the usual SPN MOTW weakness: not scary. It doesn't necessarily have to be scary, but if it isn't it should at least be mysterious or suspenseful. Both would be great, but it was neither. It had good dialogue, and that I'm extremely grateful for, giving Eleanor some fresh lines that made her more likable and alive than the people Sam and Dean usually help out. But all in all it was pretty forgettable, and the showdown with Sam hitting one of the guys over the head with a bottle (just in time) seemed more than ridiculous. As an experienced hunter he would surely have other ways to incapacitate someone from behind.

So, this week I've seen an episode that is solid where it counts, but not memorable. Please try harder.

7/10


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