Summary: This episode was written by Adam Glass and is a Monster of the Week focused on what happens when the fountain of youth, kind of, finds the boys.
The episode begins with a guy named JP who is drunk and stumbles out of a bar to meet with his untimely disappearance.
We find the boys back at the bunker, with a pretty rocking CLASSIC ROCK song playing, as Dean pours over the books again, looking for clues to curing his mark. Sam comes in and shares a case he found. At first Dean is hesitant and says he’ll stay at the bunker but Sam pushes him, convincing him to leave the bunker (which he hasn’t left in a week).
The boys go to the town and find an itinerant man who says he saw it. Of course he thinks it’s aliens, which amuse or perhaps bemuse Sam and Dean. They split up to investigate and Dean goes to the local bar to find information while Sam goes to JP’s place. Dean meets a girl and after some flirting she leaves but he notices a very aged Old Spice guy following her. He tracks them down and sees she, like JP, has disappeared except for her clothes. He turns and the Old Spice guy reaches out and boom, flash.
Next thing we see is a YOUNG DEAN in a cell. The girl, Tina, is next door and they are all children. The Old Spice guy shows up and takes JP, who is heard screaming off screen. YOUNG DEAN (who is played so excellently by Dylan Everett) figures a way out but before he can get Tina out, Old Spice (OS) guy returns. She tells Dean to get out while she distracts OS.
Meanwhile Sam is trying to find Dean and gets all protective Sam as he threatens the guy at the bar for information. The next thing we see is that Dean shows up at their motel room and Sam (kudos to Jared Padalecki here) encounters the YOUNG DEAN and has the most hysterical look of confusion ever. Sam and Dean have some great banter and Dean ponders that this young body may be the cure to the mark since it was no longer on him – his body had been reset sort of. Glass does well with the brother dialogue in these scenes, in my opinion, so congrats to him.
Sam and Dean track down the place where the children are being held (by tracking the flowery flower smell), and they encounter Old Spice guy, who turns out to be HANSEL. Yes, Hansel from the Hansel and Gretel fame. He tells a sad tale of woe of how the witch made him eat his sister and I have to admit I was having Levichester feelings…remember when Levichester Sam admitted to eating his brother? Good times.
Anyway, Hansel Old Spice says he wants to help kill the witch and the three of them go to save Tina from the big brewing pot of children’s nightmares. Of course, Hansel is like totally not gonna kill his momma figure. The witch blathers on but reveals that she came to America to find a rogue witch. They put two and two together and realize it’s Rowena. Just as that revelation settles, a fight ensues and Dean has to make a choice when he sees the witch go after the injured Sam. He clutches the hex bag that Hansel Old Spice used to turn the adults to children, which reversed Dean back to OLD DEAN. Dean gets up and saves the day by killing Hansel and throwing the witch into the fire.
The episode ends with Tina deciding she didn’t want to turn back to an adult – three exes and 50 grand in debt makes her want this new life. The boys take her to the bus station – as they do so many girls – and afterward talk about Dean saving Sam, the revelation about Rowena, and then Dean gets into the car and Taylor Swift blares as they pull out onto the street.
What do you think Rowena’s end game is and why are so many people after her?
Do you think Dean is back to his old self? Or is this a respite?
So how many more concussions can Sam Winchester suffer before we try to get NFL doctors to take a look at him?
So what are your thoughts, reactions, feelings? Leave them here!