Supernatural played its own version of Truth of Consequences" in this episode. By the end, Sam (Jared Padelecki) finds himself being pummeled by his older brother Dean (Jensen Ackles), making the title of the episode fittingly appropriate.
While Sam and Dean investigate a string of suicides, it is learned that the victims were driven to kill themselves after asking for the truth. While that seems like an relatively innocent request, it becomes deadly when it is paired with a summoning spell, which happens to bring the Goddess of Truth, named Veritas (Serinda Swan) into the picture.
Not surprisingly, Dean asks for the truth, and uses the curse to get Sam to tell him why he let him get turned by a vampire in the previous episode. Sam of course denies everything, because the curse does not work on him. Once Dean figured this out, Sam admits that there is something wrong with him. Only in the preview for next week do viewers learn that Sam is missing his soul.
The episode did move the story along nicely in that it did reveal what everyone has already known: Sam is different since his return from Hell. This weeks particular monster was not terribly interesting. It was, once again, the conflict between Sam and Dean that carried the episode.
Unfortunately, as a fan of the series, I am growing weary of the constant battle between Sam and Dean. Conflict is fine, but many fans prefer to see the Winchester boys as a team, not constantly at each others throats. Like Sam, Supernatural, and this episode, just seem to be missing something.
The title was an obvious reference to a line Jack Nicholson uttered in the 1992 film A Few Good Men.
What Didnt Work
The concept was not even remotely original. It reminded me of the Jim Carrey film Liar, Liar, except that it wasnt funny. I remember a classic 1961 Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Whole Truth in which the same plot device was used. That was nearly 50 years ago, and the idea wasnt even original back then.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. You Cant Handle the Truth was written by Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo. It was directed by Jan Eliasberg.
Supernatural airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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