Supernatural: Season 8, Episode 3

Heartache (17 Oct. 2012)

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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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Episode credited cast:
Randa Moreno
Eleanor Holmes
Brent Chapman ...
Paul Hayes
Officer Levitt
Paul Boyle ...
Arthur Swenson
Dr. Kashi
Sean MacLean ...
(as Sean Maclean)
Jimmy Tong
Jesse Franchuk
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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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Sam uses the false identity 'Agent Sambora' after rock guitarist Richie Sambora. See more »


When Dean and Sam are in the room full of sporting memorabilia, Sam refers to a cricket bat as a "cricket mallet". In countries that play cricket professionally, it is referred to as a cricket bat. See more »


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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Ikaku, The God of Sports
31 October 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

The monster of the week theme has not been done in a while, so it was a welcome break from the totally lame Purgatory story arc.

The actual story was a bit choppy. This week's cute villain really did not have any plan. She had a couple of acolytes, and there could have been some back-story as to how they found each other, and what they planned on doing. Perhaps a flashback to the old days when the Aztecs first connected to the God Ikkaku? Instead, they just pop in the villains when a monster is needed, and then the villains conveniently appear together for the final curtain call.

Why does so much time of every episode have to be spent on the endless relationship nonsense between Sam and Dean? Perhaps at the end, Sam can leave, and the finale will be a Lifetime Event featuring Dean as the obsessed stalker, and Sam can off him. That would be a plus. Having to listen to their weird arguments every episode is a major turn-off. I usually watch this show in the taped "On-Demand" mode, so that I can fast forward through their "brotherly" conversations.

Hopefully, the writers will get back on track, find some good supporting characters (Dean's constant whining is annoying), and bring up the rest of the undead, zombies, vampires, parasites, aliens, possessed dogs, hybrid aliens, Scully and Muldur, if necessary. I would like to see anything that is scary, fun, exciting, and does not involve the annual, season-ending trip to Hell, Purgatory, Death, etc.

It would also help if Dean got some kind of illness and could not speak anymore. Dean as a Quasimodo oafish servant to Sam would be another plus. Perhaps they could find another half-brother who has a fun personality, and he could take over the speaking lines; while Dean just sits in the corner, drinking beer. "Dean want big burger. Dean want more beer" would be his weekly lines.

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