Recap: Supernatural S 08 E 03 Heartache
Season 8, Episode 3
Dean catches wind of a case where victims' hearts have been ripped out in a ritualistic manner. The brothers find that a suspect is already in custody, but mumbling and seemingly in a trance.
- Acrofatic: The runner from the beginning is a larger man, but easily outran a younger, more fit looking runner.
- And Show It to You
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: K'uhul ajaw, Cacao, shi-jiiy. K'uhul ajaw, Cacao, shi-jiiy. Doesn't cacao mean chocolate?
- Babel Fish: Subverted Trope, as Dean's translation app does not recognize the Mayan language.
- Badass Transplant: ... at a cost.
- Cannibalism Superpower
- Continuity Nod:
- Dye or Die: Brick bleached his hair to form a new personality.
- Exposition of Immortality: Brick's letters show that he was alive at least 50 years ago.
- Evil Is Sexy: Randa.
- Eye Scream: The scene where Arthur carves out his eye was filmed, but deemed too gory.
- Fake Nationality: The ageless Mayan athlete is portrayed by a white guy.
- Filler: Besides Sam's conversation with Dean about wanting out, nothing plot-important really happens in this one.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Big Bad of the episode, a stripper who received Brick's heart and is the ringleader of the transplant recipients, mentions that before she got his heart she was just a sweet, demure Georgia girl.
- Heart Trauma: Randa's heart transplant leaves her a different person.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: Paul Hayes's green smoothie.
- Joggers Find Death: The runner in the opening scene.
- Love Letter Lunacy: The brothers find a collection of letters, written across the span of many years, from Brick to his sweetheart, Betsy.
- Karma Houdini: Despite Eleanor admitting that she was fully aware of Brick's human sacrifices for decades and didn't care, Sam and Dean don't even give her just a slap on the wrist for being an accessory to murder.
- Mad Eye: Arthur, the Police officer chanting in Mayan, has an enlarged left pupil and heterochromia.
- Madness Mantra: While Arthur's chanting is initially written off as nonsense, the brothers soon discover it's actually Mayan.
- Mayfly-December Romance
- The Mayan language is spoken by millions of people today, and could hardly be described as a dead language.
- To be fair, they describe it as ancient Mayan. However, it's also not technically just one language as it has several branches of dialect that stem from Proto-Mayan.
- Sam describes "torturing and killing everyone in sight" as one of the most important things to the Mayans.
- Dean describes the Mayans as a 1000 year old culture. Mayan civilization spans thousands of years, with clearly Mayan settlements established in 1800 BC.
- Minnesota Nice: The runner in the opening scene congratulates and offers a handshake to the heavier runner who outran him.
- Monster of the Week: Lampshaded by Sam, who points out they should be looking for Kevin and the tablet instead of hunting monsters.
- Once a Season: This is the third season where the first episode shot was directed by Jensen Ackles. The others include "Weekend at Bobby's" and "The Girl Next Door".
- Parental Incest: Subverted. Sam and Dean break into the dead Brick Holmes' house, but discover to their disgust that he apparently shared the same bed with his mother Eleanor. She was only posing as his mother. Brick Holmes (born as a Mayan named Inyo) was an immortal man who met Eleanor when she was still a young woman. She continued to age while he remained young.
- Real-Life Relative: Alan Ackles who plays the detective is Jensen's father.
- Resurrected Romance: Brick's heart may have driven Randa to Boulder to be near his love, but Mrs. Holmes does not seem to embrace the OT3.
- Similarly Named Works:
- A short story by Anton Chekhov, about a horse cab driver who needs to share his grief and his story.
- An Erykah Badu album.
- Tempting Fate: When spitballing ideas what might be behind the attacks, one suggestion is werewolves. Cue the menace in the very next episode.
- Themed Aliases: Agent Sambora, as in Richie Sambora, the guitarist in Bon Jovi.
- What Have I Done: After ripping out one of the victim's hearts, Arthur realized what happened and didn't take it very well.