This review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS for the episode to be discussed, if you do not want certain plot points or story spoilt, please do not read further.
This is one of those great Supernatural episodes that reminds us just how good the show's recurring cast can be, and brings back fan favourite Jody Mills. It's well known that Supernatural doesn't keep side characters around for long, with most being killed off in moments that make fans rage and cry, but thankfully it looks like Jody and her girls are here to stay, at least for a while longer.
When Sam and Dean get a phone call from Claire (the daughter of Cas' vessel Jimmy) they head over to visit the family of traumatised monster victims they helped to create. Whilst Claire is still struggling to try and live something of a normal life it's nice to see that Alex (former vampire pet) is living a fairly normal and happy life, and Jody even seems to be enjoying being a surrogate mother to the two of them, despite the difficulties.
Whilst Sam and Dean aren't a part of raising Alex and Claire the two of them can't help but step into something of a parental/mentor role this week, and we get to see some very mature moments from the brothers. Sam is kind and understanding, where as Dean is blunt and to the point, giving each of them different opportunities to bond with Alex and Claire.
We also get some great comic moments through the domestic set up this week, especially as the boys are awkwardly brought into family conflict over Alex's sex life whilst they gorge themselves on mashed potato and chicken-shaped chicken. It's laugh out loud funny as Jody tries to get them to back her up by pointing out that men don't always have a condom on them, and is met with deafening silence and panicked expressions from our heroes. It's great to see that despite going up against demons, gods and literally death itself something as simple as a sex talk can terrify them.
'As long as everyone wears a condom, we'll be fine.'
Whilst Claire's claims that there's a monster in town initially get chalked off to a mixture of trauma and her desire to be a hunter she's soon proven to be right as a victim from Alex's past returns for revenge. The family are taken captive by someone that Alex lured to her vampire nest when she was younger and badly beaten, with Jody suffering a broken leg and Claire being bitten in the process. Luckily the Winchesters arrive in time to save the day, and even Claire gets another monster kill under her belt.
Instead of sparking further chaos within the family unit the event brings Alex and Claire closer together and actually looks like it's made things better for all involved. Alex is even more determined to live a normal life, Claire becomes set on becoming a hunter and Jody agrees to help both girls be the person they want to be. The episode turns them from a group of survivors trying to live together into an actual caring family unit that's sure to be fine going forward.
'Don't You Forget About Me' might be a detour from the overall series arc, but when it's this entertaining, funny, heartwarming and bring back beloved characters (I challenge anyone to say Jody Mills isn't beloved by fans) it's well worth it.