Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole. Yes, Dean, we know, but who will get to bring home the black, 1967 Chevrolet Impala, “Baby,” when the Supernatural TV series ends its long first run on The CW (if it ever does)? The news is happier than one would expect for anything connected to the beleaguered Winchester brothers — Sam and Dean — played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
Both boys get John Winchester’s car, or a version thereof. And? It’s the best thing that Daddy Deadest (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) ever did for either of them, (well, except for that time he traded his soul for Dean’s life.). EW reports Padalecki said Ackles gets original recipe Baby, and added, “I get Baby Two.”
According to the report, Ackles corrected his on-screen brother, saying, “No, you’ll get Three. Two is stunt. It’s beat to s—.” Surely, he said, “Shinola,” where the EW article truncated. The fantasy drama also stars Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, who “the boys” would probably say can share Baby Two.
Through the seasons, the Impala — no, she’s Baby — has been something of a non-human (and non-demon, non-angel, non-ghost, non-monster, non-god, etc.) character in
its her own right. While she’s been the unsung heroine of multiple episodes, three episodes have shone the spotlight on her.
The first is Supernatural 4.03, “In the Beginning,” in which (thanks to Castiel; Misha Collins) Dean travels back in time and convinces his young father, John (Matt Cohen), to buy the used Impala, instead of a played-out VW bus. I recapped that episode. You can find the scene in question, here.
Watch it, now.
The second is Supernatural‘s season five finale, “Swan Song,” episode 5.22, which was also a series wrap for Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke. In it, the Prophet Chuck (aka Carver Edlund, aka God, as played by Rob Benedict) frames the story beginning with Baby rolling off the GM assembly line.
Throughout the episode, Baby serves as Sam’s memory bank. It is ultimately family memories — set in the Impala — which empower him to overcome Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) control of his body and enable him to jump into the pit (i.e. Hell).
More recently is the fourth episode of Supernatural, season 11 (i.e. last season), “Baby,” which premiered Wednesday, October 28, 2015. The entire episode is told from the Impala’s point of view. The Brothers Winchester eat in it, talk in it, have sex in it (not with each other!), sing in it, bleed in and on it, and decapitate monsters in it.
Don’t miss this highlight reel from Supernatural, 4.11, “Baby.”
Even without “Swan Song,” and “Baby,” the Impala (dubbed “Metallicar” at my former employer’s website, thanks to the show’s Mullet Rock soundtrack) is as much a core character as are Dean, Sam, Bobby (Jim Beaver), Castiel (Misha Collins), Crowley (Mark Sheppard), and John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Let’s give the
devil angel her due.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Supernatural TV series? What do you best like about Baby’s treatment over the long run of this spooky CW drama?