Reaper: A Fond Farewell
The episode contained all we love about the show: Sock's crazy but good-hearted antics, Ben's sweet, sensitive animal love and Sam's make-the-best-of-it attitude. Once again, we ventured away from the soul-capturing story arc and focused on Sam challenging the Devil in exchange for his soul. However, the quick soul-catching within the first five minutes of the episode did allow for a hysterical "White Rabbit" musical interlude with Sock later on. (Apparently you can get high from licking a toad? And here all this time we've been trying to kiss them hoping for a prince in return. One lick and you'll forget all about your designs on happily-ever-after.)
But we digress. Steve appears from heaven as a guardian angel and helps Sam translate that mysterious scroll sent from hell by Mr. Oliver's hands. Within the ancient script lies the incantation to summon the Devil instantly and force him to participate in a contest. Sam goes through some soul-searching to uncover the skill he truly excels at and comes up with quarters. Because nothing says talent like proficiency at a drinking game. Unfortunately, the Devil seems to have spent a lot of time on college campuses playing the game because the contest ends in a draw. The Devil agrees to another challenge, but only if Sam can make it worth his while.
Determined to get her boyfriend back, Andi gets Gladys to transcribe the note from hell and finds out that Steve misread the script. The new translation gives Sam a loophole to beat the Devil. If Sam can take advantage of the Devil's vanity, he can win the game. Andi agrees to give her soul to the Devil if he agrees to go at it again with Sam and wins. She then hatches a plan to play quarters on a mirrored tabletop. With the Devil's reflection staring back at him, he just can't concentrate on the task at hand and misses all but one shot. In the midst of a temper tantrum the Devil shatters the shot glass, forcing Sam to get another one. On his way he encounters Steve, who then breaks Sam's quarter-throwing hand. Unable to grasp a quarter, Sam loses the contest and Andi loses her soul.
In the end, Steve's instructions to thwart Sam's plans came from a higher power. Apparently God wants Sam tied to the Devil? We may never find out the answer. What we do know at this juncture is that the Devil owns both Sam and Andi, but it's not so bad because they have each other and they're in luuuuvvvv. Ben and Nina can live blissfully together now that Ben's grandmother thinks the demon has been excised out of Nina. (It was a close call, until Sock barged in on the exorcism causing a ruckus so Nina could pretend to be cured). And Sock is just hanging out, enriching everyone's lives with his brash brand of humor and charm.
What did you think? Will you miss the crew? Do you feel unfilled by the show's semi-cliffhanger ending?