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Who hoo! I finally get around to sharing this. All it took was almost two weeks of nonstop demanding family activities, an intense project at work, and more systems problems (Microsoft and Dell are both on my crap list right now) to make me think there was a definite demon plot to prevent this recap from getting done. Anyway, enough griping on my part; let’s just jump straight to the action. I should first note that my copy of the video is playing the last few seconds of The Vampire Diaries, which aired a really awesome episode before this one. The best one yet for that show by far and now the plot is kicking into action.

After another Now segment which reminds us in case we forgot that Sam started the apocalypse and Dean’s pissed about it, there’s teenage girl looking ominously like this week’s red shirt, watching of all things a bad Herbie movie. She picks up her hairbrush and brushes her hair while entranced by the video. I’m sure the impression is that she’s possessed, but it turns out she’s just extremely easy to amuse. She hears some rustling in the closet and goes to check it out. The creepy score follows her and she opens the door! It’s a bratty little kid with an obvious pencil-through-the-head prop and ketchup playing dead. She doesn’t fall for it. She sends the kid off, but he still has the nerve to ask if he could touch her boobs. What boobs? This chick doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her and those things on her chest are tiny bumps.

She goes back to Herbie and it’s a scene where the dog is attacking someone in the back seat. She hears something outside and goes to check it out by looking out the window. Oh, that usually never goes well. Fade to the next morning and there’s snow on the TV. Hey guys, the digital transition has been made. No more snow. The parents come home and babysitter is stretched out on the couch, but is unresponsive to the Dad’s attempts to wake her. He sees the blood on her head. Then he rolls her over and her skull is mangled pretty good. Time to scream out to the wife. So, she’s going to take this well? Better than a man? Yeah, probably.

It should be noted my video feed messed up again, so I missed out on a few great potential screencaps. I’ve been hearing the complaint from others in this area too. It seems that ever since WWHO TV went digital (in June), their tuner now is worse than ever and has constant issues reaching areas like, well, North Columbus. You know, a massive chunk of their market. No wonder The CW is having affiliate issues. They don’t care since they’re charging a fortune in retransmission fees to Time Warner Cable, Insight, Comcast, and DirectTV. We have to watch on the satellite now, which is fine for actual viewing but I can’t get the videos off that tuner for my computer. So, anyone hoping for clips from me for season five is going to be somewhat disappointed. Only one episode is clip worthy so far.

Sam and Dean are showing off the badges. Agents Page and Plant again? Isn’t this getting old? There are plenty of rock star aliases left. There’s uh, and there’s um, Daltrey and Townsend? Entwistle and Moon? Beck and Stewart? I could go on. Anyway, they’re investigating the babysitter’s death. The coroner is confused since he emailed the autopsy report that morning. “We had server issues,” Sam says in an awesome cover. That is so true. My life is ruined by at least one to two server issues a day, not to mention all these damned PC issues plaguing my laptop. Even Dean is impressed by that quick thinking.

The coroner shows the body. The skull is still a huge mess, and how does an actress list that on her resume? “Mangled body #1.” Sam gets queasy again. I get that’s a running gag, but come on Sam. Man up! They thought she was attacked by a wolf but the culprit is a press on nail. She clawed through her own skull? Eww, yuck. Apparently, such a thing is slow, hideously painful, but can be done. I kind of believe that. Lord knows I’ve wanted to scratch through my skull at work enough times. The corner speculates it’s a phantom itch. An extreme case, but apparently all she has to do is think about it and can’t stop scratching. He leaves, and suddenly Sam and Dean scratch themselves in the ways they often do, Sam under his necktie and Dean on his ear. Okay, I saw that coming, but it's still amusing.

Sam and Dean are talking with the now traumatized family and Sam is asking the usual strange questions about cold spots. Apparently he’s immune to strange looks and embarrassing situations. Dean works on pencil-through-the-head boy and can tell he's hiding something. He tries to get the truth from him by relating to him about bad babysitters. Dean had a sitter that only cared about Dynasty and bedtime? Way to date yourself there Dean! Heck, I’ll top your Dynasty and raise you a Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The kid still claims he doesn't have any information to shareso Dean tells him he knowshe's lying. He pulls rank and threatens to take him downtown. That gets the kid to fess up! They come out of the house and Dean has the damning evidence. Itching powder. The boy had put it in the babysitter’s brush. They of course know that itching powder can’t do that considering its ground up maple seeds. No, but it’s pretty funny when put in your shorts, huh Sam? Sam gets a call, and they’re off to another grisly scene.

They're in a hospital or nursing home and the same medical examiner is there? I guess this is a smaller town in Nebraska. Either that or they were short on extras on the set that day. A burned up corpse that was supposedly electrocuted was zipped up and taken away. Except that was one charred body and we all know that electrocutions aren't that elaborate. Right? No, I’m not going to prove it at home. Sam and Dean talk to the shaken elderly patient, who is muttering something about it only being a joke. "All I did was shake his hand." The man pulls out a harmless joy buzzer. The plot thickens.

Now, why someone like Dean, who pretty much throws caution to the wind constantly especially when ganking monsters, feels the need for safety goggles and long rubber gloves for his joy buzzer test is beyond me, but since it was obviously done for comedic effect, I'll let it slide. Just picture it. Dean in an elaborate getup like that with a raw ham on the table in front of him and Sam standing behind him a few feet away with his own safety goggles. Dean asks if Sam's ready, and Sam calls him “Mr. Wizard." Isn’t that reference really dated? Wouldn’t Sam have been more of a “Bill Nye Science Guy” viewer? Dean gives the call to put glasses on and Sam actually does it. Way to play along with big brother there Sammy.

Might I take time to mention how I love the theme of this week's motel room, Old Glory? It's not anything I'd do in my home, but it strangely works for a story involving the Anti-Christ. I love that the room divider this week is either wooden or metal planks representing the stripes on the American flag. It's great to see that kind of creativity on the sets in season five. Later you see a tacky flag lamp and flag pillows. Not to mention the checkered table cloth.

Dean puts the joy buzzer on the ham and it’s an instant light display. Lightening, buzzing sounds, smoke, sizzling, the whole nine yards. Within a few seconds the boys have one well cooked ham. Dean in astonishment jokes "That'll do pig, that'll do." How does Dean know all these children's movie quotes? It's my guess that in the weeks in between hunts all these guys do is watch TV, movies, and read. As a matter of fact, I want to see a whole episode of them doing that. You know, I might actually write that. I've been itching to get back to the creative writing. Or better yet, it can be one of those filler episodes for season seven.

The fried up pig has now gotten Sam's attention. “That crap isn’t supposed to work.” Dean mentions it doesn't even have batteries, then pulls out a pocket knife and cuts himself a piece of ham. The new theory is cursed objects. Dean starts chowing down while asking Sam if there’s any link between the joy buzzer and itching powder. When did Sam find time to research all this? They were made in different countries, but bought in the same store. He offers Sam a piece, but Sam refuses. What would have even been funnier is if Sam tried the ham and realized it was really good and they both pigged out. Opportunity lost. The attention to continuity in this episode actually got kind of boring.

They're off to a small local business known as "The Conjurarium." It sells all those hokey novelties, and Dean with delight finds a whoopie cushion. A Sam bitchface! There’s actually several in this episode. We got so few when Sam went darkside. You know, someone once on livejournal used to analyze every single episode in detail and report statiscally things like the number of Sam bitchfaces and the number of times Dean would irk Sam or use "son of a bitch." I miss those and wish I had time to do them. My inner geek adores statistics.

The owner comes out and I can't tell if the entire exchange with Dean is bad writing, bad acting or both. This part is way too over the top for my tastes. The owner randomly complains about how he's been there twenty some years and the kids don't come in and buy stuff like they used to. They're into iPhones and all that. Duh, it's called fun dude. Dean gets a rise out of the guy by getting him to admit this makes him mad and he hates them. Dean, thinking he has his man, plonks down a rubber chicken on the counter and with one zap of the joy buzzer melts the thing down to holy hell. The owner freaks and backpedals like a pussy and Sam with one perplexed stare states the obvious. This guy is not a powerful witch. Dean apologizes and they split.

Okay, this next part just disturbs me. Not that it isn't well done, it is, but I can take impalings, heads exploding, hands being cut off, babysitters clawing their brains out, and all sorts of bloody torture but anything involving teeth truly gives me intense shivers. We all have our vices I guess. So, will I be able to recap this scene without losing it a little? Likely not.

Suburban house, surburban dad, suburban girl. Dad is holding the girl's tooth and telling her the story about how she leaves it under the pillow and the tooth fairy...shudder...will come and get it and leave her a quarter. What twisted freaking adult came up with this ritual??? Of course nowadays a tooth is worth a dollar and even my kids think that's a ripoff. The little girl thinks the whole story is a bit nuts and wants no part of it, but Dad convinces her it'll be alright. What I don’t get is dad is holding a molar. The first teeth kids lose are the front teeth. They don’t lose molars until they’re at least 10. By the time this kid loses a molar, she should have cashed in several times with the tooth fairy. But, I digress. Kids front teeth are really small and don’t show up on the camera well.

Ughhh, you really want me to go on? Fine. Little girl, it what turns out to be a very smart move for her, sneaks into Dad's room and puts the tooth under his pillow. Then dad (eeeee, must continue) wakes up and finds a bearded man in a pink fairy outfit with a pair of pliers hovering over him. Nope, stopping here, even if the deed was shown via shadows on the wall. Pulling noises and screaming were enough for me. One more thing to cross off the “thing to ruin” list.

Man is in the hospital refusing a drink through a straw. Eww, I still can't think about it without cringing. Sam leaves the room, and why they're doing the FBI thing in normal clothes is beyond me. Dean is flirting with a nurse and that makes me smile, for we haven't seen him do that in a while. It only makes Sam roll his eyes. I really think Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, the writers of this episode, watched most of season two before writing this. Many of the brotherly quirks from that season are in here.

Dean comes over and gets the story from Sam about "toothless." Come on Dean, how would you feel if, never mind, I don't want to think about it. Sam got the description of the perpitrator. Large man, beard, wings, and a pink tutu. The tooth fairy. Dean speculates pain killers are involved. Maybe, but the guy got past locked doors and windows and didn’t trigger the alarm. He also left 32 quarters under the pillow, one for each tooth. Ouch, ouch, ouch, crouching into corner now. Happy place, happy place...This is even worse than Ren and Stimpy and the tooth beaver.

Dean can top Sam's crazy. Two kids upstairs have stomach ulcers from mixing pop rocks and coke. Another guy, “His face froze that way.” Sam needs more, so Dean obliges with a demonstration. Oh, that’s too good! How much do you want to bet Jensen is going to be berated into doing that face at every single con he’s at from now on? How long do you think he rehearsed that in front of a mirror? Sam takes in this news with his usual stoic behavior, and I’m wondering how could he not laugh at that? Who here thinks Jared blew a few takes before getting that right?

“I got nothing,” Sam says. Dean tells the story about how he thought sea monkeys were real. He’s talking about on TV ads, the sea monkey wife cooking the pot roast for the sea monkey dad and their sea monkey kids, dog in the sea monkey castle. He was six at the time, but he believed it. Dean figures out that everything that’s happening is based on lies that kids believe are true. Sam jumps into problem solving mode and thinks that whoever reshapes this kind of reality has the powers of a God, or a Trickster. Dean doesn’t agree, since whoever is doing this has the sense of humor of a nine year old. “Or you,” Sam says. Ooh, ding!

Dean is eating a giant ham sandwich back at the motel and Sam walks in. “Dude, seriously, still with the ham?” “We don’t have a fridge,” Dean answers. I’m not sure a fridge would have stopped him either. Sam has some info. He mapped out where all the strange incidents have happened. They form a circle around a two mile radius. In the center of it all is a farm house on 4 acres. “Our motel isn’t in that circle by any chance?” Sam says and asks why. Okay, you want to know. Dean holds up his palm, which has gone hairy. So, how would you react if your brother showed you that? Yep, Sam is squicked out.

“Aw, dude. That’s not what I think it is, is it?” A smiling Dean admits he got bored and that nurse was hot. Five seasons and this is the first time they went there! Sam is cringing, not laughing and then makes an awkwardly funny moment super funny. “You know you can go blind from that too.” Dean asks for five minutes and they’ll go check out that house. He walks away and Sam gets really pissy. “Hey, do not use my razor.” Dean smirks and we know that’s exactly what he’s gonna do. If anyone was counting Sam bitchfaces or Dean irking Sam in that one, it’s a fiesta!

The Impala pulls up in front of a farm house with the painted sky providing this week’s glory shot. Amazing how most of the glory shots involve the Impala. They walk up to the porch and Sam goes to pick the lock, but a young boy opens the door. Judging by the way he asks for id and asks why they don’t knock, this is a whip smart kid. They ask the boy if they can look around. He isn’t sure, so Dean pulls the “You can trust us, we’re the authorities.” Did that work in you when you were eleven Dean? I think not. The boy lets them in anyway.

They go into the kitchen where something is cooking on the stove. Sam asks what he's got there. “It’s called soup,” the boy quips. Remember Sam, asking a silly question… Sam smiles and clarifies. He had to cook his dinner while he was a kid too. The boy states he's not a kid. Sam holds out his hand and introduces himself as Robert. I guess Sam is Agent Plant in this scenario. The kid says his name is Jesse. Also, since Sam is the lone surviving demon psychic kid nee Lucifer’s vessel and this kid is demon spawn nee Anti-Christ, shouldn't have sparks or something flown between them? Kicked off at least a strange feeling in both of them? No, I would have thought the universe would have exploded. Or I guess there’s nothing happens.

Dean finds a drawing on the refrigerator. A bearded man in a pink tutu and wings. Dean asks if he drew that. Yep, it's the tooth fairy. His dad told him about it. He asks Dean if his dad ever told him about the tooth fairy. "My dad? My dad told me different stories." Oh Dean, you never did get to be a kid, didn't you? It's pretty sad. At least Sam was kept in the dark until he was 8.

The kid claims the tooth fairy isn’t a story, so Dean goes into twenty questions. What does he think about itching powder? "That stuff will make you scratch your brains out." Pop rocks and coke? "You mix them and you’ll end up in the hospital." Dean pulls out the joy buzzer. Jesse gets all scared. "You shouldn’t have that. It’ll electrocute you." Dean tells him its harmless, just a windup toy. It doesn't have any batteries. Jesse believes this. Dean even proves his point by shocking Sam with it, much to Sam's deep irritation, and there’s two more bitchfaces. Of course Sam doesn't end up like burnt toast either, so it’s clear this kid is doing something.

Okay, I can't believe how many people had issue here with what Dean did to Sam. I honestly believe that if Dean thought that any harm would come to Sam, he wouldn't have done it. Plus, it's also a good chance that Dean knows neither of them can be killed since angels will just bring them back. But I just took the scene to be going back to the good ole days when Dean did such things to get a rise out of Sam. He did. After all, that's what older siblings do.

Sam and Dean leave the house and Sam's upset about the joy buzzer thing. Dean brushes it off and is convinced the boy doesn't even know he's doing this. Time to dig up the family history. I do have issue with this. Sam finds out Jesse is adopted and gets the birth mother's name, Julia Wright, and address. She's that easy to find? How could the demons be looking for this child for years and Sam makes the link in one afternoon? He's smart, but not that smart. Or demons aren't that dumb.

They drive to another part of the state and enter a yard marked "No Trespassing" with overgrown grass and weeds everywhere. They knock on the door, do the presenting of the badges thing, yada yada. They ask about her son, she denies she has one. Sam tells the exact date, March 29, 1998. That's only a few weeks after my daughter was born. I sometimes wonder if she's demonic (I'm kidding!). The woman doesn't deny, so Sam asks if the birth was unusual. She freaks out and runs. Sam and Dean chase her into the kitchen where she tosses salt on them. Nothing happens. "You aren't demons?" I don't know lady, but there's a pretty close one in front of you. You obviously haven't learned about holy water either. "How do you know about demons?" Dean asks. Oh boy, story time!

I absolutely love this scene. There's nothing quite like telling a horrific story at the kitchen table. It should also be noted the episode goes pretty dark from here. Julia talks about how she was possessed. A demon took control and she watched herself do horrible things like kill people. "It wasn't you," a sympathetic Sam says, although that's hardly comforting, even though he can relate. It should be mentioned the entire time she tells this story, Sam and Dean aren't just empathetically listening, their expressions hint they’re actually feeling every ounce of her pain. It's like the three are having a trauma victims moment and it's quite powerful. What's also interesting is director Charles Beeson's choice to close in on Julia's face and mostly show the eyes. I think it brings out her personal torture more.

While possessed she figured out salt would repel a demon. It was in her head for months. How many? Nine months to be precise. That demons used her body to give birth to a child. Then, we're treated to a powerful flashback of her in some dingy basement going through some very painful labor. Something happened though, she managed to wrestle control of the demon after giving birth. She forced the demon out by ingesting a crap load of salt. She was left alone with a baby she couldn't kill, so she gave it up for adoption.

An unnerved Dean asks who was the father. No one, she was a virgin. Sam and Dean share an "uh oh" glance. Okay, this is another big issue brought up. If demons can make virgins pregnant, what's stopping them from having all sorts of demon spawn? You know, I don't have an answer to that other than the bible hints there could be multiple anti-christs but only one emerges with great power. This could be the writers playing with that. I'm buying it for now. Only because thinking about it too much makes my brains hurt.

She asks if they’ve seen her son. Dean tells her his name is Jesse and he lives in Alliance. He’s a good kid. If good you mean killing babysitters with itching powder, okay. I know, it’s not his fault. A shell shocked Sam and Dean leave and its obvious, they need some help. They come back to the motel room and no surprise, Castiel is there. You know, I love Cas, but his entrances are getting a little less shocking. Showing up in the back of the Impala would have been more fun. Cas got their message and says they’re lucky to have found the boy. Dean asks what they do with him. "Kill him," Castiel replies. Um yeah, Sam and Dean don’t like that.

Castiel goes onto explain his reasoning. The child is half human, half demon, but far more powerful than either. Other cultures have names for him (ones I couldn’t make out) but we all know him as the Anti-Christ. Oh yeah, I know him. Castiel sits down and really long farting noises go off. It’s obviously Dean’s whoopee cushion. Castiel shows no reaction. Dean’s surprised that the gag is going off without a reaction. Sam just has another bitchface going. Castiel pulls out the cushion and deadpans, “That wasn’t me.” Ah, nothing like a good long fart joke in the middle of a discussion about the Anti-Christ.

Sam moves on. He doesn’t get it, Jesse is the Devil’s son? “No, of course not. Your bible gets more wrong than it does right.” While I agree with Cas there, the only passage I found in the bible (but hey, I’m no theologian) is that the Anti-Christ is the “son of Perdition.” I took that to mean Hell, not the Devil. What Cas’ statement really means is the writers just gave themselves carte blanche to twist this story to their needs. I have zero objections with that. So, while the Anti-Christ is a demon spawn, he’s also one of Lucifer’s greatest weapons. Kind of like his demon blooded Sam meatsuit.

Dean asks the question I’m dying to know, why is the Anti-Christ in Nebraska? Geez Dean, you spend much time there? Where you are is the place that created Carhenge. That tells you right there something’s off. (Just kidding, I love Carhenge!). The boy’s power hides him from angels and demons. So he’s got that whole carved rib thing going too? Dean doesn’t see the problem since the kid has a force field around him. Apparently now that Lucifer has risen (no pointing fingers on blame), the child’s powers have kicked in.

Cas goes on with his doom and gloom story. This child will do more than bring toys to life. The demons will find him, Lucifer will twist him to his purpose, and will destroy that hosts of Heaven, aka the angels. You know Cas, to be fair, the angels might have this coming. Their destruction might not be a bad thing. Sam gets up and he’s ready to stand his ground. “We’re the good guys. We just don’t kill children.” Castiel has plenty of ammunition to respond to that. “A year ago you would have done whatever it took to win this war.” “Things change,” Sam counters. They have a stare down and Dean steps in with a cooler head but a firm position on the matter. “We are not going to kill children. But we can’t leave Jesse here either, we know that.” He wants to take Jesse to Bobby’s, let him be protected there.

Cas hates the idea that kidnapping the child is the answer. What’s happening in that town is what happens when he’s happy. In other words, don’t get him angry! We wouldn’t like him when he’s angry! Cas is about to find that out. Plus, holding the kid won’t be easy. With a thought he can be half way around the world. That would be a cool power to have. I could be in Cancun on my lunch hour. Ah, but those two margarita lunches are discouraged. I know from the Mexican cantina near my place of employment.

This conversation is now starting to get a bit too personal for Sam. The parallels are eerie or heavy-handed, take your pick. Sam uses the whole “he’s destined to go darkside but hasn’t yet” analogy. You know, like seasons two through four for him. Sam wants to tell the kid the truth, lay it all out for him. If he knows this, he might make the right choice. Sam and Castiel have another stare off and Castiel leans in all mean and gets in his final say. “You didn’t…and I can’t take that chance.” They stare down for a few more seconds while the score does this weird intense build-up music. Sam won’t back down, Cas won’t back down, Dean looks down feeling uncomfortable (as he should be) and then Cas is gone. Sam is alone to say what Dean says every time Castiel disappears. “Dammit!” I really wish he could have said “F***” and they bleep that out.

Julia is leaving her house at night and the mailman comes up. She is relieved and essentially tells him she’s having a rough day. “Talking with the Winchesters will do that to you.” Now stop complaining about how she knew what he was talking about. There is evidence is past episodes that sometimes the boys come clean about who they are and will leave a phone number for the person to call them if there’s any trouble. I’m not going to nitpick, I’m going to assume that’s what happened here off camera. It’s called benefit of the doubt. Now, what I will nitpick is if the demons were watching and saw Sam and Dean there, wouldn’t Lucifer have crashed that party pretty quick? I’m assuming they wanted to find the child first, but Lucifer could have been waiting for them in the motel room after following them. Anyway, the demon, which is the one that impregnated her, inhabits her body and they’re off to find Jesse.

Little Jesse is at home getting a glass of water when he hears something. Suddenly Cas is there and the boy drops his water. Castiel tells him not to be afraid and he won’t hurt him, even though he’s hiding a bright shiny knife behind his back. Oh Cas, you know you’re a terrible liar! Jesse cries out for his mom and dad, but Castiel tells him they're sound asleep and won't wake until morning. I'm presuming that means he did his angel mind trick on him. Castiel, with quite a pained expression, tells Jesse he's sorry and lifts up the knife. Jesse gasps and...the door is broken open.

Sam and Dean rush in and for some reason, they found time to change out of their suits before coming to Jesse's rescue (thanks Huppy for pointing that out). Castiel is gone and Jesse is still in the same spot looking pretty spooked. Dean asks "Was there a guy here, in a trenchcoat?" Jesse looks down toward the ground and it's Castiel the miniature action figure! He's even holding a minature knife. There's a golden merchandising opportunity! Dean picks up the figure and he and Sam both are really stunned. For guys that have seen it all, their thrown expressions are surprising.

Oh, the sadness just keeps on coming! Dean really means well and I don’t fault him for this, but how long would he have been able to hide the truth from this kid with his superhero plan? Dean holds Castiel and put him on the mantle. “Was he your friend?” Jesse asks. Dean lies and says no. Think about it, wouldn’t it have been cute if all three of them were action figures there on the mantle? Anyway, Jesse knows he did that, but he wants to know how he did that. “You’re a superhero. I mean, who else can turn someone into a toy?” Dean tells Jesse he’s Superman, minus the cape and go-go boots. You mean he’s Tom Welling? We all know who that comment was really for. Dean claims he and Sam work for a secret government agency. It’s their job to find kids with special powers. They want to take him to a hidden base in South Dakota where he’ll be trained to fight evil. You know, that is the exact type of lie a young boy would believe.

“Like the X-Men?” Exact like the X-Men Dean says. The guy they’re taking him too is even in a wheelchair. Oh Bobby! Yep, still sad for him. “You’ll be a hero. You’ll save lives, you’ll get the girl. Sound like fun, right?” Jesse is smiling, loving all this talk. So who here thought this was going to work? The two of you can put your hands down now. Dean goes flying against the wall. Julia walks in and then throws Sam there too. Oh come on, not the TK toss again. Forget the fact that it’s already been done to Dean too many times, Sam makes no sense. How can be immune to the bright ray of doom from Samhain and Lilith but can be tossed by a lower level demon? I’m okay if Sam’s powers are gone, but after Alastair couldn’t fling him last season, I figured we were done with that.

Julia tells “dreamboat” aka Sam, that she can’t hurt him, orders. As for Dean, it’s encouraged. She tosses him against the other wall in full force, and then back again. Jesse shouts out to leave him alone. Julia looks at him and tells him he’s beautiful (which he is) and he has his father’s eyes. She tells him she’s his mother. Jesse says she isn’t because he can tell there’s something inside her. “You’re half human, and you’re half one of us.” Dean speaks out she means demons and Julia pulls out her fist and forces Dean to shut up quick. Aw man, why can’t I have that power for my kids? Life isn’t fair.

She goes on telling Jesse that those people he calls his parent lied to him. He’s not theirs. Jesse says they love him but she asks is that why they leave him alone all day. She actually does have a point there. She gets mean though, pointing out he was lied to when they said the tooth fairy was real and his toys could hurt him. “They love you so much they made your whole life a lie. Look into your heart Jesse. You’ve always known you weren’t theirs, you’ve always known you were different.” Everyone has lied to him. Sam and Dean are not FBI agents and he’s not a superhero. Man, this is really harsh stuff for an 11 year old.

Jesse wants to know what he is. “You’re powerful. You can have anything you want, you can do anything you want.” Dean tells him not to listen to her, so Julia demon twists her fist more to get him to shut up. She goes on about how everyone has been treating him like a kid and not telling him the truth. She asks doesn’t that make him angry, so he clenches his fists, the lights flicker and flames start shooting out of the fireplace. Yep, not a kid to get mad. She promises him a world with no lies. He can come with her and start over.

Now it's Sam's turn to try and get through to Jesse by promising to tell him the truth, but Julia demon goes for the fist twist on him. Jesse actually wants to hear what Sam has to say and uses his power to get Sam off the wall. Julia demon is impressed, for the kid's more powerful than she thought. Sam apologizes for lying and tells Jesse who they are and that they hunt monsters. “Except when you are the monster, huh Sammy?” Boy, both angels and demons are never going to let him live that down, are they? Hunters too. And Dean. And every Sam hating fan out there (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Sam tells Jesse that is his mother, but the thing inside her is a demon. Julia tells Jesse that Sam has done nothing but lie to him. “Punish him!” You’re telling the Anti-Christ what to do? On that’s so going to backfire lady.

Jesse tells her to sit down and shut up, then with his mind throws her into a nearby chair and forces her mouth shut. Sam goes on, all tender and sympathetic. “There's kind of a war between angels and demons and you’re a part of it.” I’ll say! Sam tells him he can go with her if he wants, he can’t stop him, but if he does, millions of people will die. Jesse wants to know if he’s really half demon. “Yes. But you’re half human too. You can do the right thing. You’ve got choices Jesse, but if you make the wrong ones it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life.” Oh Sam, again with the personal experience appeal? Jesse wants to know why he’s telling him this. "Because I have to believe someone can make the right choice, even if I couldn’t." It's as if Jesse understands everything Sam's saying. I'm not sure if he trusts Sam instinctively because they both have demon power or because he fell for the puppy dog eyes, but Jesse expels the demon from Julia. Dean comes off the wall. Dean asks how he did that and Jesse says he just did. Dean calls him awesome.

The tough part of Sam and Dean's job is yet to come. They have to tell this boy the truth. Jesse asks if Julia is going to be alright. Eventually. Sorry kid, but she hasn’t been alright for a long time. This isn’t going to help. You see, I told you this gets dark fast. Dean picks up the Castiel doll off the floor. He tells Jesse he's a buddy of his and if there’s anyway he can turn him back. Jesse is still mad that Cas tried to kill him. Dean defends Cas. “Right. He’s a good guy. He was just confused. He realizes Jesse isn't budging for now and puts Cas on the mantle, resolving to talk about it later.

Jesse asks what now? Dean looks at Sam, who shrugs. Dean takes the lead. He wants to take him someplace safe, get him trained up. “You’d be handy in a fight kid.” Sam comes over, because he can see that Dean isn’t convincing him. “Jesse, you’re powerful. More powerful than pretty much anything we’ve ever seen. That makes you-” “A freak?” Jesse says. You see, he does get Sam! “To some people maybe, but not to us. We’re freaks ourselves.” Two really hot freaks.

Jesse asks if he can stay there. Dean says no. The demons know where he is and more will be coming. He doesn’t want to go without his mom and dad. Sam tells him family is important, and he’ll support him if he wants them to go, but it’ll be dangerous for them too. Jesse doesn’t understand. Dean handles this one and I’m adoring the Sam and Dean tag teaming on this one. “Our dad, he would takes us wherever he went.” Jesse asks where he is now. “Dead,” Sam says without hesitation. “A demon killed him.” Back to Dean. “Jesse, once you’re in this fight, you’re in it until the end. Win or lose.” Come on guys, he’s 11! This is just too much. Truth is good but laying it all out like this? I guess they have no choice.

Jesse wants to know what he should do. Sam admits they can’t tell him, it’s his choice. Oh, all three of these guys are killing me here! Wow, how sad that this boy has to go through this, and that Sam and Dean have to deliver the news. Jesse asks if he can see his parents, he needs to say goodbye. Dean says sure. The poor little kid, who right now is crushing my heart into wittle pieces, takes the long walk up the stairs, the melancholy score playing in the background. He stares at his sleeping parents, and then goes to his room. He drops down onto his bed, the weight of the world on his shoulders. Man this kid is a great actor. He stares at the bright blue poster of Australia on the wall.

Now Sam is playing with the Castiel doll. It's infectious! Dean realizes Jesse's been up there a long time and goes upstairs to check it out. They go in his room and he's gone. Hey, if I could do it, I'd zap myself to Australia in a heartbeat. Castiel, now in full sized live action hero, announces Jesse is gone and doesn’t know where he is. He put back the people hurt in the town back to normal, the ones alive anyway. Oh, so toothless gets his teeth back but will always have memories of that trauma to haunt him? I don't think his little girl is going to mention losing teeth anymore. Sam reads the goodbye note, yep, he's left so his parents can be safe. Great going guys. You lost the Anti-Christ! That's going to end well.

Sam and Dean are in the Impala and they're both pretty glum. Dean wonders if the kid is going to be okay, Sam hopes so. That’s Winchester speak for they’re both really scared for the kid. Dean states the obvious, by telling that kid the truth they've destroyed his life. “We didn’t have a choice Dean.” Yeah, Sam’s right there. It’s sad, but he’s right. “You know, I’m starting to get why parents lie to their kids. You want them believe the worst thing out there is mixing pop rocks and coke.” He wishes their dad lied to them. Sam, who's quietly brooding, can only say "me too." End credits. Wow, that was a downer.


# Supernarttu 2009-10-26 16:12
The kid playing Jesse was so cool. I usually am not that taken with the kid actors (Michael from something Wicked is still my fave, with weeSam and weeDean but that's about it) but Jesse was really interesting and my heart broke for him, truly. So sad to lose ones innocence at that age. It's not fair, but life never is. I liked the way this eppie was a light one at first and then turned dark (Mystery Spot came to mind after the first view because of that turn).
I loved Dean eating the ham. Sam had too many bitchfaces in this one (for me anyway) and the buzzer thing... I bugs me, and it don't so I'll leave it that.
I was a bit pissed with the whole adoption thing too, since the demons would (and should) have found Jesse in no time. At first I thought it might be because of his force field but after a bit of pondering, seemed too far fetched... Also with Julia leaving some info about herself when giving away a chils she's not sure is even human to the adopt agency. Just figured if you're gonna "run" then don't leave any trace behind.
And the whole "why wasn't Lucifer there the moment the demons saw Sam" -thing also bugged me. But maybe they'll be somekinda explanation later on. Maybe he doesn't need Sam that badly yet or... I got nohing, its late. *tirey smirk*
I loved the melting the rubber chicken -bit. Didn't see that coming, me and hubster laughed quite a bit. And the hairy palm. "gor bored, the nurse was hot" *double smirk* Dean, ah. I love you man.
Castiel was win(!!) for me. I like that tension between him and Sam. Since I'm spoiler-free this is just a speculation but I think (hope) that Anna will be the one to set Cassy straight on the whole guilt/blame thing...and possibly rat on his ass to SamnDean. :evil:
# elenaM 2009-10-26 17:48
This week's red shirt...hee...I take it that's a Star Trek reference.

I'm not saying trying to kill a kid is in any way ok, but I liked Cas having an edge, being just a little bit, well, scary... one of the things I loved about the angels in the first place, Reminds me he's not human, that he's still on that journey...I'm with Supernarttu, I like the tension between Cas & Sam too, I'd love to see more
# Sablegreen 2009-10-26 20:14
Love the review, Alice....keep them coming!!
I love Dean being back to normal...and teasing his brother again. Loved Sam's irritation too. I love to do that to my siblings...and I get it back so I don't always get away with it.

I really am not too pleased with the inconsistancies in the story this season...and there have been a number in each episode. You and other posters have mention them also. It just deoesn't make the show look put together, or well thought out, which is sad. This is a good show, and I like it to shne!
# Randal 2009-10-27 11:45
Another great review, but more bias next time, please. 8-)

I loved the buzzer gig and definitely side with elenaM on the Castiel As Jackass thing. It's certainly funny when they play around with his difficulties with human civilization, but he *is* an angel and he *is* powerful, and it's a good idea to remind everyone of that now and then. When you've been dealing with a black and white universe for, I don't know, millennia, and the apocalypse is extra nigh, you're going to revert to what you know, crutches and all that.

I know we'll get an explanation (I assume) of the whole Antichrist deal, I just hope it's internally consistent with their universe.
# Suze 2009-11-01 18:59
Angst, fart jokes, bad Casness and no blue-screen of doom spoiling my fun.

I'm happy.