‘Supernatural’ Season 8: ‘Heartache’ Recap – Corn God Love

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 am,

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After three weeks, Supernatural season 8 has finally returned Sam and Dean to their hunting roots, trading in demons and angels for a touching love story about a Mayan corn god in this week’s episode, “Heartache”. Once again returning to direct an episode, series star Jensen Ackles wonderfully delivers this season’s best episode, giving fans a sign of potentially good things to come.

The episode begins in familiar fashion; the unexpected, horrific death of an innocent victim brings the Winchesters to town. What follows, however, is anything but familiar, at least in recent years. Instead of continuing the quest for the Word of God – or even the search for Kevin and his mother (whichever you think the Winchester’s are more interested in) – an unexpected tale turned romantic provides some signs that the series might once again be righting itself from past seasons errors.

In what appears to be a string of unconnected murders, the Winchesters find themselves in Colorado investigating the deaths of people who were left heartless (literally not figuratively – yet), resulting in them vesting with some of the more memorable characters in recent years. An extremely enthusiastic health convert, dropping a bunch of weight following a recent surgery, is the first stop on the case. Unable to provide them with any type of real lead, the Winchesters make like the Walking Dead and head to prison, where Dean shines during the questioning of one of the imprisoned attackers.

Since Dean’s mumbling friend was already behind bars, he couldn’t possibly have committed the previous crime, thus making it even more difficult to track down the source of all the murders. Whatever it may be, the attackers are all prone to one thing: reciting something about “yummy cows.” Not exactly a word-for-word translation, let’s just say that it’s the the Mayan god for maize. The Winchesters may have an aggressive corn god on their hands.

supernatural season 8 heartache Supernatural Season 8: Heartache Recap   Corn God Love“…OK?!?”

As the Winchesters research the events more, they soon find themselves on the trail of former football player (now dead) Brick Holmes, as his donated body parts are what connect all of the attacks together. When Sam and Dean go visit Brick’s former home, they meet his mother Betsy, who is more than helpful in their investigation, even if it doesn’t provide them with the answers they’re looking for. Not letting their hunches go to waste, the Winchesters find themselves looking more into Holmes’ history. And that’s where they find the key.

By comparing a string a photos from the past, Sam and Dean – with the help of their fill-in Bobby (Jim Beaver), Professor Holmes – are able to figure out that a man who looks like Brick Holmes has lived multiple lives, all while maintaining the same appearance.  Each photo is from a different era – however, there is one thing in common: Betsy. Not only does Betsy appear in all of these photos, but she appears to be aging while Brock, her apparent lover, stays the same.

Sam and Dean return to Brick’s home to question his “mother”/lover, and to their surprise they receive a very honest, heart-breaking story about love and loss. As it turns out, Brick is a warrior from ancient times. Not wanting to die, he made an agreement with the Mayan god of maize to provide him with sacrifices in return for immortality. Making their way across the country, the ruse continued until “Brick” realized that Betsy doesn’t have much longer to live. Since Brick never believed he could love again, he killed himself rather than maintaining his side of the bargain. Now off to the strip club!

supernatural season 8 heartache 3 Supernatural Season 8: Heartache Recap   Corn God Love“Wow, back it business again. Admit it, it feels good!”  

Betsy tipped the Winchesters off as to who received Brick’s heart – something Brick was told is at the heart of his power. After arriving at the strip club, a one-time Georgia “peach” takes the main stage, surrounded by Brick’s other donor recipients. In what turns out to be a short battle, Dean finds himself pinned while Sam is restrained, which provides him the smallest of openings to stab her with his demon blade, killing her/it/them/Brick.

Finally bringing an end to Betsy’s love story, the Winchesters make their way on to their next adventures, though not without slipping in a little bit of Sam’s love story. In what’s an earned grouping of scenes, we see Sam and his one-time love Amelia sharing a beautiful day together, ending in a birthday celebration for him. Sam, unfamiliar with being able to actual celebrate his birthday, is taken aback before he finally accepts the perks of his new life.

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  1. I sorta new that after last ep this would be a standalone. Unfortunately I didnt care for the “monster” if you can call them that.
    I think the biggest problem with supernatural is that now it more like a cop procedural show with investigation of the paranormal and really lost it horror aspect.

    • Which is ironic counting that one episode where the “trickster” traps them in a series of “TV shows” and one of them is a procedural cop show and Dean keeps making a big deal and saying how much he HATES procdural cop shows.

      • Except that the main characters in most procedural cop shows are empty shells and just a means to get the story across, which really can’t be said about Sam and Dean.

    • Supernatural was NEVER a horror show.

  2. Easily the best episode of this season thus far(even if there have only been three)! :) loved it and it does give me much hope for the rest of the season! cant wait to see next weeks!

  3. This episode was directed really well, I’ll give it that. Compared to the last two episodes, especially the premier, I found Heartless less choppy and rough round the edges, and displaying an obvious touch of style. There were some really beautiful shots including the boys sleuthing through the mansion, up the beautiful staircase with flashlights. In particular the Betsy letters, Sam’s flashback, Arthur’s interrogation, his self mutilation, and the boys at the farmers market were really captivating.

    However, as a motw episode, Heartless was very underwhelming. It lacked punch and action, composed instead of a bit too much talking of the case. However, despite a lacklustre plot, key factors regarding the current Sam were revealed. Again the emphasis on Tired!Sam, Sam going back to college, Sam and his organic Red Delicious, Amelia and their dog….

    I sense a sort of dichotomy with season eight. It seems the main plot will be supplemented by Dean’s flashbacks and the motw episodes with Sam’s. Which makes sense in my mind for about ten seconds, but I doubt it’ll work well for the season. I need more episodes, but I don’t wanna read the spoilers.

  4. Good episode, think we are going to have a few more standalones with subtle hints at the plot here an there. Although if they are of this caliber that will not be a downside but rather an upside

  5. Heartache was Supernatural Classic. The kind of Supernatural that I fell in love with before they somewhat changed the recipe in recent seasons: A stand-alone mini movie with a good story and good execution (well done, Jensen!) that was humorous without being silly. If this is what we can expect from the rest of Season 8 I should be a happy camper. I never cared much for the big season arcs.

  6. The season started with old-new writer and it’s definitely recognizable, and better! Keep the quality please!!!

  7. “heartache” was a good episode, the best so far. i personally prefer the “stand alone” stories, reminds me of the 1st few seasons where the boys were fighting different monsters in each episode..keep it up guys..

  8. People are saying that they loved this episode, I think it ranks as one of the worst in the show’s entire run. Nothing original, nothing new, nothing scary, very little humour.
    I don’t much care for this new Dean either, and for the first time since I started watching the show all those years ago, I find myself falling on Sam’s side.

  9. Repeat post – sorry I think I posted first to the last article a week old forum…
    Hey first time poster here, and I must say the optimism and positive vibe is much better than other sites I have read forums on other topics, even though the show does not always deserve it.

    Firstly let me say I love Supernatural, whether it’s great, decent, or not so good. I don’t think it’s ever truly been bad. Just a few missteps in my own personal opinion. Most can agree that seasons 1-5 were nothing short of spectacular. A few gripes? Sure, but I enjoy the ride and take the good with the not so good. Season 6, again IMHO was very good too, despite Kripke leaving. Loved the whole Soulless Sam story, eg him watching Dean get Vamped and smiling knowing it would help their mission, not caring about Dean’s fate. Excellent.

    But then something happened. And I know the moment: When Castiel said for them to get back due to the forthcoming Leviathan “breakout” and Cas explosion I was like “Wow! This season is gonna rock!” But…umm…the Leviathans were handled poorly. Written poorly. Bad plot, with the corn syrup and crazy hamburgs but the few bright points to the season saved the show. As much as I love Bobby, it was time for a major character to bite the bullet. I just thought they would be really gutsy and kill off one of the brothers (probably Sam) and have the ghost accompany the other on cases, but they did that with Bobby instead, so kudos there. The MOTW episodes were great. But the entire Leviathan arc fell flat IMO. I still looked forward to a new and exciting step forward and I got it with Dean and Cas trapped in purgatory.

    This season so far? Meh. I dig it. I liked Tiger Mommy better than the other two episodes but the Sam wanting a new life thing is getting old already and I hope the writers have something nasty in store for the girlfriend so Sam is stuck on the road. They’ve already did this with Dean and his girl/son and we went through the gamut of emotions there. Seems like writers are reaching. Lots of good ideas left I think. Although the season is young and I know it’s got lots to show us yet so I am excited. Oh and does anyone else think Jason and Jared are kind of “phoning it in” so far? I just dont feel the same level of performance as in past seasons that we’ve got spoiled on. Maybe its just me.

    All in all if the boys pump up the acting/emotion a bit, and the Cas storyline goes somewhere, I think the show definitely has legs left for 1 maybe 2 seasons yet. Need to address the God is missing thing, perhaps for the grand finale of the show…a return of Lucifer that only God can get the boys out of the jam to save the world and perhaps the boys will make the ultimate sacrifice? Speculation. As long as that continues, then theres a show to be had…Peace.

  10. I think Jensen did a great job directing this episode. I think bringing Ben Edlund back in was a a smart move. He understands these characters and truly knows how to develop them. I’m pleased that Dean is no longer depressed and defeated, even though he is flawed, he is driven and is extremely loyal. Sam never wanted to hunt, has gone through amazing transformations, and when he thought Dean was gone- he got out. I can understand Dean’s resentment of Sam for not looking for him and not looking out for Kevin, but Sam has never been as loyal as Dean, and is more self-centered. This is how they were raised, Dean had all of the responsibility, Sam did what he wanted. These charcters are wonderful because they are real. I still love the show, some episodes more than others. Some episodes seem procedural, but often we are thrown a curveball that is unexpected. I think there is plenty of story left to tell.