Of course, I'm late to the party (I always am), but I've been pontificating on this last episode and have come to the conclusion that I haven't seen a SPN episode that bothered me as much since Malleus Maleficarum. Part of it, yeah, was the liberal use of the word "whore" and the return of the femme fatale archetype (more fuel for the thesis!) in a way that, for me, pretty neatly paralleled the character of Tammi in aforementioned other bothersome episode...but what more did I expect from an episode entitled "99 Problems"*?
Then, of course, there was the ending scene. Ackles knocked it outta the ballpark, acting-wise, but I must admit that I would have been more emotionally invested and a little less dumbfounded if there had been more of a precedent for it. But then I realized: they actually have been weaving in some hints in the series (in 'What is and What Should Never Be' and 'Dream a Little Dream of Me', obviously, but also more recently in 'Swap Meat' and 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid') that Dean has had thoughts in that direction (by which I mean the 'settling down in suburbia with 2.5 kids and a picket fence and a little patch of grass to mow' direction). His lack of knowledge about Lisa other than the fact that she's very bendy and may have, possibly, birthed his child is, well, troubling to say the least, but considering Dean's history with serious romantic attachments (re: Cassie, a relationship he also, by all appearances, rushed headlong into and ended up getting burned by) it's perhaps not as surprising as it initially seemed.
So, with all that in mind, if we do see some sort of relationship developing between Dean and Lisa (who I like, despite how little we've seen of her), possibly in season 6, can I just ask this one, eensy favor of the SPN gods? Can we PLEASE actually get to know her and her background and have her actually be meaningfully involved in the storyline? I want to see a female character who is developed into a fully fleshed-out human being, and if Dean thinks he's serious about this girl (whether or not he's actually deluding himself), then I want him to actually get to know her...and ON SCREEN. That way the rest of us can too.
I have so much more to say on this topic, but I really should be working on something that I'm being graded on, anyway, so I shall cease and desist for now.
A few other random observations:
-Castiel was great comic relief this episode. Drank a liquor store! "It's funnier in Enochian"! Good stuff.
-Seriously, why Blue Earth, MN? Wouldn't the Whore of Babylon reached way more souls by being a televangelist, or perhaps using the massive networking powers of the internet? I realize she might not have been quite as easy to fight that way, but C'MON, talk about poor strategizing on her part.
- And again with being in the Midwest during winter and there being an UTTER LACK OF SNOW. Of course, I suppose it depends on when this episode is suppose to be taking place. If we're finally reaching the end of March here, continuity wise, then maybe the lack of snow is more understandable.
* I'm assuming you all know the implications of this, but just in case you're uninformed: this title is taken from the title of a rap tune by Jay-Z whose major hook was "I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one". Classy, Supernatural. You are 100% class.