‘The Winchesters’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 5 “Legacy of a Mind”


This week’s episode of The Winchesters reveals a hidden secret from Ada’s past while Mary and John tiptoe around their budding feelings for one another as the gang hunt down an unexpected monster. Read on to see what happened in this week’s episode.

Ada’s Secret

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The gang are set on yet another local monster hunt where a politician is mysteriously found dead, his brain all but liquified, though his skull is completely intact. Law enforcement are baffled, so the gang question the man’s assistant, who informs them he’d been having nightmares and odd behavioral changes in the weeks leading up to his death. Mary and Lata agree it sounds like a djinn, with Ada chiming in that they are known to affect people in their sleep before draining the life from them.

They believe the djinn must be using a local warehouse as shelter, so they visit half a dozen (much to their dismay) before finally finding the djinn. Of course, he spots them quickly and sprints away (employing some impressive acrobatic skills in the process). He and Ada make eye contact as he does, and it’s clear the two know one another, though the young man doesn’t stop. Lata sees the exchange and quickly asks Ada if she knows the djinn they are after. She does; his name is Tony, and he is her son.

She explains that Tony is only half djinn. She met his father, Ali, and though they were different, they fell in love and tried to make it work. Ada even thought it might, as Ali used his abilities for good, but when the need to feed was too great, he became something darker. A group of hunters tracked his trail of bodies and killed him. Ada returned home only to discover she was pregnant. She thought Tony might not inherit Ali’s abilities, but when he turned 17 and the djinn marks appeared, she could no longer hide it. Tony accidentally wandered into her dreams, saw her fear of him, and ran away.

He’s Outside, Looking In

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The gang is understandably shocked at Ada’s reveal, but she explains that Tony would never hurt anyone. John argues that their job is to hunt down the monsters, and they set about trying to track Tony’s whereabouts and discover a bus pass and necklace that Ada knows Tony will return for (it belonged to Ali). She and Carlos stake out the warehouse while Lata asks a friend at the coroner’s office for the Congressman’s x-rays.

Tony shows up to the warehouse (or so Ada thinks) and tells Ada that he’s been using his abilities to help people. He’s able to feed without killing, and the worst he’s done is give a man a mild headache. He tells her that he heard a sound that drew him to Lawrence. While trying to help the Congressman with his nightmares, he saw an akrida bug in his mind and also heard the name of the next victim: Eric Fisher. With that, he vanished, and Ada jolts awake before she can apologize for hiding his abilities from him.

With the x-rays in hand, Lata shows the crew the three small needle-like stingers that embed in the victims brain. Unfortunately, they also likely have a supernatural element and can’t just be removed physically but must also be removed mentally.

Mary, John, and Carlos head to the warehouse where Eric Fisher is repairing the building to warn/save him from the akrida. Unfortunately, their thinly-veiled fake cover of being building inspector students on their first building inspection doesn’t go over well, and they are all ambushed by one of the too large bugs. They narrowly escape, but not before it attacks Eric, who is shoved aside by Mary. Instead of Eric, Mary is injected with the stingers and quickly falls ill.

Mary Faces Her Demons

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Knowing Mary will need someone to walk her through unlatching the stingers, Ada intercepts Tony to ask for his help in saving Mary. He agrees, and at the bunker, tells them he’ll need a volunteer, as it’ll take all his strength to get John into Mary’s mind and hold him there. He agrees ,and after a quick knock out punch from Carlos, he meets Mary in her mind. Together, the duo face down two of her worst memories to locate the stingers. The first she faces was her very first kill, a werewolf who turned back to his human form to beg for mercy. The second, the true location of the stingers, is five-year-old Mary holding a knife after her parents informed her the monsters she feared are very real and it will become her job to hunt them.

Facing that heartbreaking moment with John’s support, Mary is able to remove the stingers and wake up. Thanks to Tony’s help, the crew now know more about the akrida, including the fact that their leader is collecting the essence of the exotic monsters they’ve been killing, and those monsters were summoned by some strange sound (like a radio signal). It’s this revelation that causes them all to turn up the radio … to Rockin’ Roxy.

Mary and John

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Mary and John also did some heavy flirting with one another, though both shied away from actually telling the other how they feel. John tries to teach Mary about his ongoing project, a motorcycle, only to find she knows just as much (if not more) than he does about vehicles. Millie encourages John to open up to Mary, but after Mary tells John she’s thinking of leaving Lawrence all together, he shuts down a little. In fact, he tells her he supports her idea and is even going to gift her the motorcycle he’s been working on.

Meanwhile, Mary goes to Ada for relationship advice when Ada’s past with Ali is revealed. Realizing Ada has some experience with a relationship where both parties are from very different worlds, Ada only tells Mary that she should open up, and the struggles are part of falling in love. Though they haven’t known each other long, it’s clear both are quickly developing strong feelings for one another.

Winchester Stupid Count: 1

If you’ve been following along with our The Winchesters podcast, On The Road Again, you’ll know of our newest segment. All season, we’ll be keeping track of moments our lovably hardheaded Winchesters have thrown themselves into danger or generally made some questionable decisions. Knowing these characters, the count is expected to be high by the end of the season. Without ado, this week’s incidents include:

  • Mary saving Eric by leaping between him and the akrida, getting herself bitten in the process.

The Winchesters airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on The CW. You can find our other coverage of the show here. Additionally, be sure to check out On The Road Again, Nerds & Beyond’s podcast covering all things The Winchesters!

Brianna works full time in the publishing industry, passionately building books to bring to the masses. Her first fandom was Harry Potter, which she joined at age 11. Her love for books took her abroad to earn her Masters Degree at University College London, after which she lived in New York City, and now resides in Austin. She loves all things fandom including Supernatural, Doctor Who, and more. Ever the introvert, she can usually be found reading, playing with her dog, listening to music and practicing yoga. Brianna joined the Nerds and Beyond staff in 2018 where she unites her love for all things "nerd" with her passion for writing. Find her on Twitter here: @bookbag09

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