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Mother's Little Helper 

Dean copes with the side effects of the Mark of Cain, as Sam investigates a series of violent murders related directly to Abaddon.


Misha Collins


Eric Kripke (created by), Adam Glass

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Mark Sheppard ... Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Gil McKinney ... Henry Winchester
Alaina Huffman ... Josie Sands / Abaddon
Jenny O'Hara ... Julia Wilkinson
Patricia Harras ... Sister Agnes
Marilyn Norry ... Mother Superior
Kurt Max Runte ... Sheriff
Andrew Dunbar ... Jake
Gabrielle Giraud ... Young Julia Wilkinson
Christine Bortolin ... Demon Nun #1
Stevie Jackson ... Demon Nun #2
Allen Sawkins Allen Sawkins ... Sheriff Lee
Matthew McLellan Matthew McLellan ... Officer


Dean copes with the side effects of the Mark of Cain, as Sam investigates a series of violent murders related directly to Abaddon.

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Release Date:

25 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The episode's title is from a 1966 Rolling Stones song of the same name. See more »


During the flashback of Dean holding the First Blade, he gripped the table with his left hand as if he was holding the blade but he should have used his right hand because he has the Mark of Cain on his right arm. See more »


Sam Winchester: Can I ask you something?
Julia Wilkinson: If it's for a date, I'm sorry. I never see anyone under 65. Too much drama.
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Features Supernatural: Blade Runners (2014) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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Very good episode
25 March 2014 | by Shane3182See all my reviews

I was actually fairly impressed with this episode.

I was unclear what the episode would even be about, but I knew that Henry Winchester (played by Gil McKinney) was making an appearance along with Abaddon (Alaina Huffman) this episode; I also knew that Dean and Crowley were 'hanging out' again, which sort of spells trouble all around. There was a lot of hype leading up to this episode because it was Misha Collins' first time directing an episode on Supernatural, and I didn't doubt his directing skills, but the question was whether the episode (written by Adam Glass) would be good for his first directing.

Adam Glass has written episodes I enjoyed, but so far in season 9, the episodes he penned were not ones that I particularly loved, so I was worried that I would not enjoy this episode. However, I was pleasantly surprised from beginning to end, because my attention was held and at no point did I get bored.

We start off this episode with our typical Supernatural murder, and Sam approaches Dean about the case. Dean refuses to go with him, saying that he needs to keep researching, and so the brothers split up for the time being. Sam goes to investigate the murder, while Dean stays at the bunker to read. Right off the bat, I was a little peeved that the brothers were separated /again/ because we haven't had /that/ drama enough all season. To my surprise, Sam and Dean being apart did not play out like I expected. I was waiting for the brotherly angst to ensue, and have them cry over their problems again, but instead they actually communicated fairly well. The phone calls between them were enough to keep them 'together' and talking for the majority of the episode, and them being apart didn't end up being a bad thing. They both had important things to do, and /both/ sides were equally relevant to the plot.

Yes, I was shocked as well. I expected this to be a one-shot episode that was not at all important to the plot, but in fact it was. While Sam is off facing a new threat, a new piece of information regarding Abaddon arises. This information will most likely be crucial for whatever is in store next.

The actors all did a great job, and the dialogue they were given was well written. The pacing and tone of the episode were also something I really enjoyed, there were several 'dark' moments that I've missed seeing in the show. Supernatural used to be quite a blood-fest, but as of lately it's like they're allergic to the mere mention of more than a few drops of blood. This episode wasn't like that, and in fact did have some of that older-Supernatural style of blood and a few gruesome deaths. So this episode appealed to me in more way than one.

All in all, a very good episode.

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