Hidden in Plain Sight: The Secrets, Lies, and Duality of Ask Jeeves
There were many secrets being kept in 10x06. Lies, people and things being hidden behind doors, cheating, dual and mistaken identities of both people and things. It all leads back to one place in the end, and that is discovering who you are, who you want to be, and letting go of what you are not. It’s all about the choices you make, even when you feel like you’ve never been given one your entire life.
First, let’s talk about duality and mistaken identity. The shapeshifter in the episode was thought to be a ghost, or rather two vengeful spirits. The necklace Bobby inherited from Bunny turned out to be not only a necklace, but also a key, while the jewels that adorned it were fake. The silver Sam and Dean used to try and locate the shapeshifter wasn’t actually silver, but rather stainless steel. The maid turned out to be Bunny’s daughter, and also the shapeshifter who murdered Colette, Stanton, and Phillip. There was also a lot of dual/mistaken identity in 10x05 as well, making this a pretty major theme this season.
Dean himself is dealing with a lot of duality right now. Crowley told him he needed to choose a side, demon or human, but just as he embraced being a demon he was cured… or so they would like us to believe. Whether the curing process was actually 100% successful or not is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure and that is Dean still has the mark, so one way or another he’s living with a temporary fix at best. The shadows that fell over his eyes when he was putting a few too many bullets into Olivia sure did mimic his old demon eyes well. Instead of picking a side, right now Dean is struggling, caught somewhere in the middle, uncertain of what the future holds.
But this duality isn’t simply about his demonic and human natures, but rather who he is versus who he truly wants to be. I talked a bit already about how Dean is trying to turn back into a version of himself that we haven’t seen for a long time, because he doesn’t think he has enough time left to be anything but what he’s always been. Like the steel posing as silver, Dean wears his facade like a mask, but it’s only a matter of time before he begins to crack, or bend under all the pressure.