Alex Annie Alexis Ann
Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski.
Air Date: April 22, 2014.
Sam and Dean help Sheriff Mills protect a girl who has escaped from a vampire nest.
For this episode: 5 vampires and 2 humans.
For the series so far = At least 1098 angels, 1023 humans (of which 8 were witches), 165 demons, 58 vampires, 49 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 21 gods, 19 zombies, 10 hellhounds, 9 werewolves, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 6 shapeshifters, 5 djinn, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 4 reapers, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 pishtaco, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith.
- Affably Evil: Celia, the Evil Matriarch of the nest, acts kind and caring toward Alex. Doesn't stop her from emotionally manipulating the girl—or from killing people.
- A Day in the Limelight: For Sheriff Mills. Sam and Dean are almost minor characters.
- Continuity Nod:
- One of the vamps disposes of the evidence by feeding a victim's remains through a woodchipper.
- Dean's "look at me, bitch" kill and the discussion Sam has with him about it recall the brothers' discussion about Gordon when they first met him way back in "Bloodlust" (S02, E03).
- Jody recalls her family dying and trying to cope using religion and dating.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Alex may not have much regard for Jody's feelings (or for basic manners) at first, but she gradually warms up to her. The feeling's mutual.
- Didn't Think This Through: Dean points out to Alex that running away from a nest full of vamps who've spent years drinking her blood and getting to know her scent wasn't a great plan.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: "Did I help your shut-in kid sister get away from her weird, scary-ass squatter family? Answer's still no." Even if they weren't vamps, that's a terrible answer to give when said family has you surrounded.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Celia doesn't understand why Alex would betray her to save Jody.
- Evil Counterpart: Celia to Sheriff Mills. Both have lost their children and consider Alex a substitute for the child.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In keeping with the past few episodes, Dean's becoming even more drawn to violence due to the Mark of Cain's influence. The man who had put "saving people" above "hunting things" now tells Jody that raiding the nest comes first, rescuing Alex comes second—unless Dean decides to kill her first. Sam raises the point that he seems to be enjoying the killing a little too much.Dean: Killing things that need killing is kind of our job. Last I checked, taking pleasure in that's not a crime.
- Mama Bear: Jody. Celia too, in a far more twisted way."You callin' my family weird?"
- Not So Different: Jody acknowledges that she and Celia were each using Alex to fill a hole in their lives, but Jody still observes that motherhood shouldn't be about making the child be explicitly what the parent wants them to be.
- Pædo Hunt: Played with, as the vampire nest uses Alex to lure out bait and, due to her youth, most of their victims are would-be pedophiles/rapists. They don't do this altruistically, but because they hope that the men who go after Alex won't be missed.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "LOOK AT ME, BITCH!"
- Lampshaded a couple of scenes later. "Well, hey, you got another snappy one-liner, I'm all ears."
- Replacement Goldfish: The reason why Alex's name was changed. Jody correctly guesses that Celia renamed Annie and refused to turn her because she had lost a daughter named Alex. Jody later admits to Sam and Dean that her judgment about Alex had been clouded due to similar feelings.
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Alex's modus operandi for luring her family's dinner back to the nest. Not that the one guy shown in the flashback looked like an utter slob, but his lecherous behavior reinforces the trope.
- Shout-Out: To The Walking Dead when Mills mentions a deputy having nightmares after watching the barn scene based on Death's attack on the town.
- The title is one to Martha Marcy May Marlene, complete with a girl having escaped from a cult and struggling with the after-effects.
- Stockholm Syndrome: The episode starts shortly after Alex finally escapes from her vampire "family", and she's clearly terrified at the prospect of being caught and dragged back home. She's just as terrified of disappointing "Mama", the vamp who kidnapped her almost nine years before. Celia encourages it by telling Alex that no one outside the family can be trusted, especially not someone like Jody.
- Super Strength: It looks like the Mark is giving Dean this ability. He overpowers a vampire.
- Unwanted Rescue: Alex is ungrateful to Jody because the guy who was about to kill her was her "brother".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sam gives Dean a brief one over his overly-gleeful, quippy ("Look at me, bitch!") slaying of the vampires.