Belated "Reaper" spoilers coming up just as soon as I get a black eye...
I'm glad I got to watch this episode after the CW upfront (where "Reaper" got a pick-up for mid-season), because I no longer have to lament the idea that the producers figured things out just before they got canceled. If anything, this recent run of episodes is evidence for why the CW granted a renewal in spite of lousy ratings. This was yet another fun episode that managed to tell an interesting standalone story (it helps that Richard Burgi has had a lot of practice of late playing lecherous d-bags) while at the same time moving along the arcs (demon rebellion, Ben's marriage) and better incorporating the supporting characters who work (Gladys, who dies almost as hard as John McClane).
Now, I have to think Fazekas, Butters and company worried about cancellation when they were writing these, so in addition to showing CW execs how much better the show could be, they've started throwing out ideas that, under better ratings circumstances, they might have held for later. So now Andi's part of the Scooby Gang (though I would argue that should have come even sooner than it did), and with this week's episode, the show gets overt with the question of whether Sam is the son of Satan. (Not to be confused with this guy.)
But because they're addressing that issue this early in the run, I have to wonder if that will really be the answer, or if all the hints that have been dropped were just a feint for some other explanation of the Devil's fondness for Sam. If Sam's not Satan's kid, why does Old Scratch like him so much?
I do want to repeat last week's complaint about Andi. I'm glad she's in on the secret and part of the group, but the writers still don't know what to do with her. I want to see her be more inquisitive about how all this stuff works, or to have some other kind of recognizable personality trait. The running gag about Sock trying to trick her into dressing up at least gave her a bit of business to play, but in the end it was just another riff on the fact that Missi Peregrym is hot, you know?
What did everybody else think? And do you think the death promised in the promos will be Ken Marino, or perhaps Josie, who was slightly less redundant than usual this week?