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‘The Winchesters’ 1×02: “Teach Your Children Well” review

Actual people saving?! We love to see it!

The Winchesters 1×02, Season 1, Episode 2, “Teach Your Children Well” aired October 18, 2022 on The CW

We start with a (literal) trip in 1972 that ends in a very monstery attack. (Don’t do drugs kids.) A newspaper article about this missing teen leads the hunters to a hippie commune where they put their search for Samuel on hold to look for the missing teen.

In this episode, we also get a better look at the groups dynamic and issues between John and his mom. Plus, we need to talk about that ending! Let’s break down all the things that happened in The Winchesters 1×02! 

Dad’s (still) on a hunting trip

Mary and her crew continue on their search for Samuel Campbell and their hunt leads them right into a glob of mostly dead zombies. Samuel’s cryptic trail is starting to frustrate the gang, but Mary doesn’t waiver. She is determined to find her dad, but her tunnel vision is ruffling some feathers with the squad. Despite the tensions, John always seems to understand her desire to find her dad – and answers.

Mary and John may have two totally different levels of hunting, but they are the same wave length with it comes to navigating the emotional baggage they have with their respective families. Each conversation and stolen glance in this episode just strengthen their growing bond. 

Mama drama 

John and the team make a pit stop to see Millie, but she is not happy that her son has been MIA. And after looking through some of Henry’s things, she is not too pleased to have him following in his dad’s footsteps. Ada tries to smooth things over with Millie by giving her the info on where the kids are staying, and it’s nice to see these women have a bit of an understanding. Millie is worried about her boy and we totally get it. Ada is Team Mom on this one and so are we.   

The Winchesters — “Teach Your Children Well” — Image Number: WHS101b_0247r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Nida Khurshid as Latika Dar and JoJo Fleites as Carlos Cervantez — Photo: Elliot Brasseaux/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dance break 

The core four is getting more and more tense as they take a case of a missing college student. Carlos may be annoyed about the power struggle with Mary, but he is BEYOND excited to go undercover to find the missing teen. Gotta say, we are LOVING the musical references and moments that The Winchesters is so dutifully serving.

Musically themed fake names and awesome tunes are as much a part of the Supernatural universe as the monsters. And it’s awesome to think that the musically themed fake names were originated by Carlos, a friend of Sam and Dean’s parents! 

Monster commune 

The crew goes undercover to a hippie commune to look for leads on the missing teen and it gets groovy. There are flower crowns, smoke clouds and a creepy ass monster in the woods that is masking themselves as a person from the victims past to lure them in and attack. 

Google shmoogle  

They don’t have the internet, but they have Latika and vast knowledge of lore. When the crew clashes on just what exactly the monster is, Latika figures it out with the help of Ada! It’s not a mimic, it’s a monster that preys on disobedient children. Without the internet, this is such a cool way for the show to be able to showcase the lore. Between Latika and Ada, they have the lore covered. 

Meanwhile, Ada brewed a tea that helped her get some answers about the monster box from the demon that possessed her. It’s a risky move, but Ada definitely seems like a risk taker, especially when it’s in the pursuit of answers. 

The Winchesters — “Teach Your Children Well” — Image Number: WHS101fg_0003r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Meg Donnelly as Mary Campbell and Drake Rodger as John Winchester — Photo: The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Not your mom 

After John’s clash with his real mother, Mary is worried that the monster is going to target John next! They were right to worry because a fake Millie showed up at the motel room to snatch John up. Never fear though – the remaining members of the Scooby gang are on the way to save him and the others!

The squad finally works together and are able to find the monsters lair. And to the delight of the young hunters, they are able to save the (formerly) missing teen and the commune leader! 

Actual mom 

After the happy ending, John takes Mary get her car and she gets to meet Millie! It’s brief, but hopefully we will get to see more of them interacting as the season unfolds. John and Millie finally have a heart to heart about Henry and the Men of Letters. They still have a lot to work through, but this conversation is a great start. We don’t expect full emotional stability from any Winchester, but we love to see them communicating. 

Getting the band back together 

Carlos and Mary don’t get super deep into their drama because at the end of the day, they all have the same goals – to hunt monsters. Mary may really want to find her dad, but they all still really want to help people along the way. Even though it’s only the second episode, it’s very clear that these characters really care about each other. 


After the (seemingly) happy ending, we see a mysterious cloaked figure go in and bottle the essence of the monster they just killed. With all of the rings and the general witchy vibes, we are hoping that this is our favorite witch – Rowena! Who do you think it is? 

What did you think of The Winchesters 1×02? Let us know your thoughts! 

Watch The Winchesters on Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. 


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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