Supernatural: Trial and Error Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Winchester brothers appear to be as happy as they have been in many years.  They have turned the Men of Letters storehouse into their new living abode giving their first real home since they began hunting.  Much to Sam’s amusement, Dean can barely contain his excitement over having his own room.  He even takes advantage of the kitchen to cook burgers for he and Sam.

Their dinner is interrupted when they get a call from Kevin Tran, the Prophet.  Kevin, after working almost sleeplessly for weeks, has finally cracked the instructions on the tablet that explains how to close the gates of Hell permanently.  But of course it’s never simple and the spell requires three trials to be completed.  The first requires the brothers having to kill a hellhound and bathe in its blood.  However in order to find a hellhound, they have to find someone who has struck a bargain with a demon.

They journey to Idaho where the Cassity family discovered oil ten years earlier.  The brothers have to figure out which member of the “Dallas” like clan made the deal with the demon so they can keep them under surveillance.  Despite the candidates seemingly being anyone of the overbearing family members, it turns out that it was an unlikely person who is being stalked by the hellhound.

An interesting dynamic between the brothers this week as they debated which one of them would perform the trials.  As Sam pointed out, Dean wants to do the trials because he plans on dying, while Sam wants to be the one to perform the trials because he sees a light at the end of the tunnel in their battle against evil.  Even Dean could not fault Sam’s reasoning.  Could the brothers finally be on the same page?

The big question is will they actually close the gates of hell?  Certainly there’s still more than enough threats to keep them busy with monsters, demigods, spirits, and other creatures, not to mention the Nazi Necromancers.  This week’s plot wasn’t the most enthralling but it was a means to an end.  The show had not made much progress on the subject of Kevin and the tablet in recent weeks to it was great to get back this storyline.

But if there’s one thing I want to see it is to start seeing them take advantage of the Men of Letters storehouse of lore.  Thus far we’ve seen Sam’s nose buried in assorted books but considering that battle they went through to get the key I’m assuming there must be something more interesting in there than just some dusty books.

Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Trial and Error (Season 8, Episode 14)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Osric Chau
Written By: Andrew Dabb
Directed By: Kevin Parks
Network: The CW