*Kids play hide n seek in a big barn with a bespectacled boy. Gruesome death for the caretaker, but it’s always fun to start off an ep with bloody impalement on a piece of farm equipment.
*Sam starts to read about Oz, but answers the phone. D-dog? I love it. Now we know where Dean got the idea about hiding things from Sam–John. Sonny was a surrogate father for two months after Dean stole to feed Sam. Everybody is OK to go to the Catskills? Zeke? Lol! John left Dean at Sonny’s to punish him for stealing.
Sonny’s an ex-con.
*Dean hit the sheriff? Lol! Now we know where Dean learned to escaped handcuffs. Sonny spots bruises on Dean. Werewolf. John? Dean recalls Sonny’s place with fondness. Sonny explains how the tractor killed Jack. Ghost stuff, uh oh.
*Sam, house, finds Dean’s old bed. He carved a warding off sign on bedpost. The housekeeper tells him there’s a ghost haunting the farm.
*Dean, barn – EMF galore – finds bespectacled boy, Timmy, with action figure fighting monsters and adorably teaches him to shake hands properly–best Kung Fu grip. Jack yelled a lot, says Timmy, it got suddenly cold the night he died.
*The housekeeper tells Sam a torrid story about Howard and Doreen and Jack. Howard died, swore he’d get revenge on Jack. The brothers torch and burn Howard’s bones. But the housekeeper is brutally drowned, screaming, in the bathtub with the shower curtain while Jack tries fruitlessly to get in.
*Cus’s Place – Dean remembers Robin, the waitress he met here–who now owns the place. Dean flourished with Sonny, who wondered if Dean was into the occult. Dean wouldn’t tell him why he put salt around his bed, but Sonny said he did 15 years in jail for being loyal to his biker gang. Robin does NOT recall Dean fondly, and he hustles Sam out. They learn of the housekeeper’s death, and her missing rosary beads.
*Dean finds Timmy being bullied by two other boys and reveals his FBI badge. They used to call Ruth the warden, Timmy weird. Dean warns them to leave Timmy alone. He tells them to leave and Timmy to stand up to them once.
*Sam sees that Dean was a wrestling champ at 16.
*Robin comes to give Timmy a guitar lesson.
*The other two kids are mowing the lawn and Ruth’s rosary gets tangled in the mower. When he goes to remove it, it roars to life, spewing blood everywhere. Timmy watches from the window. A ghostly hand drops to his shoulder.
*Timmy was found alone in an abandoned building, no parents. He ran away from every place but Sonny’s. Looks like ghost possession. Sam takes the barn and finds some creepy drawings up near the ceiling.
*Dean finds Robin and remembers their teen selves. She’s expected to take over the diner but wants to be a photographer; he wants to fix cars–no responsibility. She kisses him, he lies that he’s kissed lots of girls. They practice. Dean orders Robin out, but she refuses. He asked her to the school dance after promising not to leave–but he left. Timmy tells them he’s sorry, he can’t stop it. Thing start to break and fly at them. Sam enters before Dean can stop him; they are all stuck in the house, locked in. Timmy says he can’t control her. Quickly, Dean makes a salt circle for them to stand in. Sam asks Timmy about the fire. There was a car accident. His mother saved him, pushed him out before the car blew up. He hid and cried for his mom in an empty building–she had changed. She gave him the action figure. Dean burns the figure on the stove, but the ghost doesn’t leave–Timmy is the anchor!
*His mom can’t let go and is protecting him from the grave, realizes Sam. Robin, terrified, leaves the circle, pursued by Dean. Who are you? Robin demands. The hideous-looking ghost knocks Dean and Sam down and starts killing them. Dean tells Timmy to try, tell her to stop and go away, let her go, you’ll be okay, do what’s best for you, even if it hurts the ones you love. Timmy tries, but not strongly enough, and Dean orders, gasping, Kung fu grip! It works. She ends the torture and turns beautiful. I love you, too, says Timmy. She disappears, going into the light.
*Dean tells Robin this is the family business and he didn’t go off to become a rock star. You look pretty rockin’ to me, she says. She’s happy with her life. She kisses his cheek. Dean hugs Sonny and says goodbye. Sam asks how Dean knew telling Timmy to tell his mother to leave would work. A good guess, says Dean. Sam asks him why he left when Sonny’s was such a good fit, but Dean says it just didn’t feel right to him. Then he remembers the night of the school dance–he was dressed, ready to go, and Sonny came to tell him his father was here and they had a job, whatever that means. Sonny called John “a real piece of work” and offered to ask him to come back later, but Dean, clearly disappointed, looked out the window to see the Impala and 12-year-old Sam waiting in the back seat, and told Sonny no. “Thank you, for everything, but I have to go,” he said, shaking Sonny’s hand.
*”Dean, thank you for always being there, for having my back–I know it hasn’t always been easy,” says Sam. ” I don’t know what the hell you’re talkin about,” says Dean.
There will now be a quiz, please put your books away and get ready!
1. On first watching, I wasn’t thrilled with this episode. This teen Dean seemed wrong to me. On second viewing, I liked it more. I give it an 8. You?
2. So, Dean got his first kiss at 16. I always figured Dean was an earlier starter in the romance arena. What did you think of his romance with Robin?
3. I liked Sonny. I thought he was very good for Dean, a positive role model. I found myself wishing Dean had told Sonny to tell John to drive around for two hours so he could go to that dance. But it would have been OOC for Dean. What did you think of Sonny?
4. The ghost seemed kind of stupid. Didn’t she understand these people were merely disciplinary figures in her son’s life? Why did she kill those two people? I can understand harming the bully, but Ruth and Jack, not really.
5. I loved the last exchange between Sam and Dean. I hope Sam remembers it when he learns about Zeke. Because Zeke is the ultimate in having Sam’s back.