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Okay, sometimes the mediocre and bad episodes are more fun to recap than the good ones. They’re easier at least. Let’s see if that’s true here or not.

Interesting how there’s no “Now” or “Then” segment. We go straight to a bar and one nice looking older lady is in there having a watered down margarita. There’s this place around the corner from here that does the best “Mango” ritas. They’re so thick you can stand a spoon up in them. One sip and I’m talking in Spanish and I don’t even know the language. In walks in our strapping Sam Winchester and just by the goofy look on his face we can tell he’s out of character. Especially when he says “I would like to purchase some alcohol please.” Then he flashes his ID proudly announcing he’s 26. Is it me are does he seem a lot older than that? The bartender rolls his eyes, not in the mood for the goofy behavior. If it were me, I’d be humoring him. Especially when he orders a banana daiquiri. I’d be all over that! “Wow, what a great choice for a sasquatch like you. It doesn’t threaten your manliness at all! Want some extra fruit with that? Oh, and I’ll make sure you get the purple umbrella.

Here’s a clue this isn’t Sam either, just in case we didn’t pick up on it. “Sam” greets Crystal with a handshake of his left hand. Sam isn’t left handed. Plus he says his name is Gary, which is actually true. “Gary, I don’t want to embarrass you, but you are just a stunning looking man.” Lucky chick. She gets to say in person what we dream of saying to his face every day! The answer though is priceless. With one huge grin he answers, “I know, right?” Then he looks at himself in the mirror and plays with his hair. Man, why couldn’t we see Jared act like Gary through the whole episode. That would have been awesome!

“Gary” gets his frou-frou drink complete with purple umbrella and that has to be one the most ridiculous things we’ve ever seen with Sam Winchester. It’s up there with Dean and his pink band-aids. He talks with Crystal, who’s obviously there to pick up guys. Sadly, this version of Sam hasn’t been schooled in pick up lines. She asks if he’s having a good time. “Like the best night ever.” Oh yeah, the anti-Sam. She wants to make it better and he doesn’t catch on. So she spells it out for him. “With me.” “Gary” gets this goofy grin, figuring out she’s talking about “sex.” She’s actually embarrassed. “Crystal, I would love to have ‘the sex’ with you.” I’m sorry, but I don’t care how gorgeous the man is that I’m trying to pick up. If he uses words “the sex” I’m gone! She suggests they go and the camera pans to the real person inside, a wimpy kid with dark hair. That right there is why I have a problem with this episode. It doesn’t sell the body switch well with Gary in Sam clothes acting like Gary. She compliments him on his jacket. Man lady, you are horny. Gary eats it up and roll credits.

WTF show? I have no idea where you’re going with this.

Thirty six hours earlier in Housatonic, Massachusetts. The oh so pretty Impala pulls into a farm property. What do you know, it’s raining! They’re in the living room with a woman and her family who haven’t seen them since they were young boys. She has cookies and lemonade. Why isn’t Dean chowing down? Oh yeah, that sort of thing is cliché now. Sam admits the last time they saw her was the summer before sixth grade. Man have they changed. She remembers that Sam assigned himself his own reading list and Dean laughs about that before rolling his eyes. We get it, Sam’s a dork.

Sam tells the woman’s daughter her mom was the best babysitter they ever had. You know, that’s not something Sam usually says and I know it’s really him. Mom feels the need to explain. When she was a maid at the “Mayflower” out on the Interstate, John used to pass through town and leave the boys with her while he went off to “work.” Hey, it’s work lady. Really hard work. Fuck with your head hard work. She recalls that one time he didn’t come back for two weeks. “He loved you boys so much.” Sure, but two weeks? That’s half assed parenting love. The daughter, Katie, asks if they know what he did all that time. She said “little Sammy” tried to tell her, but she didn’t believe him, not at first. Sam then fills her in. Their dad was an expert at getting rid and ghosts and so are they. Ghost, demons, monsters, angels, stupid people, you name it babe! No, I only wish he said that.

Dad comes in with suitcase in hand. He believes this ghost crap, that’s for sure. Dean says they have a poltergeist. It started a month after they moved in. Bumps, knocks, scratches on the walls, breaking things, and then it attacked Katie two nights ago. She shows them what the thing did. She has “Murderd Chylde” carved on her stomach??? And they’re still in the house acting all casual about it? Hello, that is the point where I grab the keys and get the fuck out. Call the experts from the hotel. Which BTW how did she find Sam and Dean? Demons and angels can’t find them but she can? Dean assures Katie everything will be fine and tells the family to take a vacation. Yeah, the one they should have taken TWO DAYS ago.

In honor of the most brilliant The Big Bang Theory, whenever I find a plot hole in this episode (and there are many) you’ll see the code word. The code word is…
So, for that last paragraph we get Bazinga! Bazgina!

Now, they’re at the Patriot Burger Diner. Dean is getting the food and serving it to him is the loser from the first scene in the most ridiculous fast food uniform I’ve ever seen. Why do people do that to their employees? Isn’t minimum wage insulting enough? The white belt alone would get their asses kicked. Forget the funny hat. Gary serves Dean the bacon burger turbo, large chili cheese fries, and a “health quake salad shake?” Dean is embarrassed, admitting it’s not his. Okay, first thing, remember the glory days when Sam was never spotted eating? Considering his boring affinity with salads, I say bring that gag back. It was far more interesting. Second, why isn’t Dean 300 lbs by now? He eats nothing but bacon cheeseburgers and fries, drinks a lot, spends most days in the car, and I don’t see them doing calisthenics in the motel room. Maybe he gets on the treadmill every morning and we don’t see it.

Dean gets to the table with the food and Sam throws on that dressing and shakes it like he’s starving. Dean is disturbed. “Oh you shake it up baby.” Sam rolls his eyes and continues. Dean mentions that poltergeist aside, their old babysitter looks pretty good. Sam dismisses that. “Hey dude, don’t tell me you still got the hots for our babysitter.” Geez Sam, didn’t you notice that her attention was mostly on you? I didn’t think so. Dean brought that up as a bigger point. She’s doing good with husband and kid and they’re hanging tough over their “Amityville” issue. No, they’re acting completely stupid with just like those folks in Amityville.

Sam only answers “yeah.” Dean, not exactly thrilled with Sam’s conversational skills, gets to his point. Does he ever think he’d want something like that, “Wife, rugrats, the whole nine.” Sam says that’s not his thing anymore. Dean ends the conversation, for he actually believes him. So what’s new about the case? The house they’re in is old and there’s a legend that the old owner, Isaiah Pickett many years back hung a woman in his backyard for witchcraft. Her name was Maggie Briggs. While Sam gives the particulars Gary is seen over at the counter in that really stupid uniform giving Sam the evil eye. Okay, that’s weird.

Sam is walking down the town street at night and is on the phone with Dean. No luck, there isn’t even record that Maggie Briggs existed, let alone where she was planted. He walks into the little park area and hangs up, then hears a noise. He looks around suspiciously then gets a huge tranquilizer dart to the neck. Hey, that looks like it’s meant for an elephant. They’re much smaller in Chuck. Then again, we are dealing with the ginormotron, so a big one is probably necessary. I do like the way Sam loses coherence in slo-mo before doing a face plant. Nicely done.

Later it’s raining (shocker!) and Sam is on the ground in that totally ludicrous uniform. If anyone found him, they probably figured he got his ass kicked for wearing it. It’s also hilarious they have something that tacky for someone that size. He really looks stupid. Too bad he didn’t have the silly hat on. That would have been icing on the cake.

Sam wakes up and doesn’t even react to the stupid uniform he’s in. I guess he’s seen enough horror in his life. He’s walking down the street and a cop car pulls up announcing on the radio they found him. He calls Sam “Gary Frankel.” Sam asks who. The cop says his family is worried sick about him and Sam goes “my brother?” He must still be out of it. The cop tells him to get in the back and he does? Huh? Sam, the guy who’s been running from the cops for years? Bazinga!

The cop pulls up to some modest looking townhome and now Sam doesn’t get it at all. Where are they? Home of course. Then his “parents” rush out and he gets a hug bear hug from this woman he doesn’t know, which startles the crap out of him. He asks what’s going on and goes “lady, who are you?” I love Sam’s bothered expressions like this. It reminds me of how good they were in “Changing Channels.” The father asks in authoritarian tone if he’s drunk. “And who are you?” Sam asks, doing awesome in freak out mode. The woman tells him to answer his father. Now Sam really doesn’t understand. He doesn’t until he sees Gary’s reflection in the cop car window. “Who the hell is that!” he shouts. The father is really angry, using the “young man, I’m very surprised at you.” “Yeah, tell me about it” one very bothered Sam replies. Hee, I liked that. Out of sorts Sam always manages to work so well.

Next “Sam” is at the motel, flexing his muscles in the mirror. “Oh yeah, bring it!” Then the camera shows a wimpy looking Gary on the other end in Sam’s grey undershirt. Dean walks in wondering where the hell Sam had been. He’s been trying to call him for hours. Gary covers by giving Dean his bacon burger turbo and a large chili cheese fries. Dean is pleased to see that but wonders how that took him two hours. Gary covers, he just lost track. Oh, and they have to leave. The maid came in and saw the guns. Dean reluctantly agrees. So, while Dean is in “the head” Gary takes Dean’s cell phone, then the ones in the car and disposes of them in the dumpster. Dean will notice instantly they’re gone, right? Right?? What’s that you say? Bazinga!

Gary waits in the car and Dean comes out. Gary, being the recluse that he is, asks Dean with excitement if he can drive. Now that I get. What teenage boy wouldn’t want a chance to drive a bitchin’ car like that? Hell, what middle aged woman wouldn’t? Dean agrees and they go through the ritual of exchanging seats. Gary sits behind the wheel, excited as can be, saying “this is so sweet” and revs the engine. This is where Dean should have figured it out. Right here! Brother went missing for two hours, cell phones are gone, and Sam’s gone giddy over driving the Impala. Bazinga! Dean isn’t amused by this behavior for some reason and watches Gary put the car in gear. He tells him “reverse.” Gary puts his foot on the gas. “Reverse!” Gary floors it and the car goes crashing into the dumpster.

First, it’s a darned good thing the Impala is made of that old American steel, for a car today would have been crumpled by the dumpster. The Impala is a tank. Second, what does Julie Siege have against the Impala? Did one Christine her when she was a kid or something? This is her third act of heinous vandalism against the Impala. She’s only written five episodes and the Impala has been in four of them. Dean, now beside himself, clarifies. “It’s in reverse!” Hee, my kids don’t listen to me either. Teenagers are so thick headed! A mortified Gary cowers as they switch positions, apologizing profusely. “Shut up,” Dean tells him. The Impala peels away unharmed.

Sam is in Gary’s room calling Dean’s “other other” cell. One thing I do love in this episode is how they pulled off showing one person on one side of the mirror and a different one in the reflection. The way Jared and Colton James pull this off is brilliant, not to mention how they were shot by Robert Singer. Sam leaves a frantic message, telling Dean “I think I’m in the wrong body. And I think I’ve got asthma.” The disconcerted tone is quite clever. He’s wearing a loser’s Star Wars shirt. At least it’s the original movies. He calls the motel and is told those “guys” checked out in the middle of the night. “One leather jacket, one sasquatch.” I’ll never tire of Sam being called that. So Sam stares in the mirror, staring down Gary, and asks “who are you?” What’s really interesting is they sold this despite being so different in size.
Sam looks through Gary’s stuff. He’s in Advanced Chemistry so obviously smart. Clueless but smart. He sees more Star Wars t-shirts and figures out Gary is a virgin. Were you at 17 Sam? I demand a random conversation in a future episode where Sam and Dean mention the ages they lost their virginity. And with whom. Sam pulls a box out from under the bed and it’s another sighting of “Busty Asian Beauties”! To me, that gag never gets old. “Frustrated virgin,” Sam says. Oh, the kid also has some witchcraft items in there. “You little satanic bastard,” Sam says. Ha! Takes one to know one. Sam wants to look more, but frustratingly is called to breakfast.

Sam’s wardrobe choice is interesting and he so is not a stripped hoodie kind of guy. It zaps all the prettiness right out of him. Ditto for the sneakers. He sits down and the father already has a stick up his ass. He wants to know what happened last night. “So do I, believe me,” Sam answers. If this is what Sam was like as a teenager, I want to see more. What a great attitude. Dad is talking about the plan. SATs, MIT, a full ride, that sort of thing. How does getting drunk fit with the plan? Sam, attitude in check, looks at the guy and says, “Listen buddy, no offense, but at the moment I couldn’t give a rats ass about your plan.” That amuses the sister to no end. That amuses me to no end.

The father gives an “excuse me” so Sam changes the subject. “Have I seemed moody lately, withdrawn, any occult fixations?” The mother is surprised but Sam doesn’t stop. “Let me guess, I’m amazing at Latin.” Oh yes. Well that’s one thing both Sam and Gary have in common. “Any of the neighborhood pets go missing recently?” Okay, I’m howling here. If my son started asking me this sort of stuff out of the blue I’d be throwing holy water on him. These poor clueless parents. Nah, forget poor. I really love how Sam doesn’t seem to care. Then he asks if anyone has seen him with a book, an old book, big and leather bound. Judging by the alarmed look by the sister, she has. Sam sees the blank look on the parents and figures out he’s probably hiding it. Then he eats a piece of his mother’s toast. Oops, he’s allergic to wheat gluten. Sure enough, Sam comes out of the bathroom looking mighty green. He’s that sensitive? I’ll skip the code word for now, but that’s suspicious. He runs into sister who wonders if he’s crazy for bringing up that book in front of mom and dad. If they knew about it he’d be grounded for a decade. Naturally, Sam wants to know where he keeps that book.

Dean and Gary are at Fisherman’s Wharf and Dean mentions they’re working today. They have to go scour tombstones for Maggie Briggs’ body since Sam couldn’t find out where she was buried. Oh, but Gary knows exactly where she’s buried. In the basement at Isaiah Pickett’s house. He’s spent a lot of time researching that legend. The real truth is she was carrying his illegitimate child so he killed her and buried her in the basement. What do you know, that’s the house they’re trying to get rid of the poltergeist. Wouldn’t the basement be the first place they checked?? At least the second place after the attic? Bazinga! They climb into the car and Bob Seger’s “Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” comes on. I’m shocked this show doesn’t do more Bob Seger since Kripke is from Toledo and Phil Sgriccia is from Michigan. The guy is legend in those parts. Gary loves the song and wants him to turn it up. Dean probably knows something is up now. The look says it all! His look isn’t “cool.” It’s “what have you done with my brother?”

Sam is at high school now leaving new messages for Dean. He’s also now wearing an ugly down vest to go with his awful striped hoodie. Anyone want to speculate how much Jared was laughing when he went into wardrobe and saw that outfit? He runs into two friends asking if he’s alright. They heard about last night. First Sam says he’s Gary and then goes “Gary is okay.” They instantly notice he’s talking about himself in the third person. Don’t you hate it when people do that? Sam goes for the quick, “Got drunk, no big thing,” and wants to know his locker number. His friend asks if he’s still drunk. “Yeah, I see like three of you now,” Sam says. “Now what’s my locker number?” I love teenage Sam.

Sam goes to the locker, easily breaks into it and finds the giant witchcraft book. He notices this is a very bad book. This is where I’ve read some criticism over why did Sam stay in Gary’s house and go to school? It’s my guess that since he had no idea where Dean was, looking for that book was the better option. It would at least tell him what was happening.

Dean and Gary go down to the basement and Gary is all smiles with his gun, again acting all goofy. Dean looks at him with worry now and asks “Are you alright?” Yeah, he’s onto something. What do you know, they go down to the basement and see an area that looks like a body is buried there. It’s covered in Willow Moss, which grows on WITCHES GRAVES. No one noticed that before? Bazinga! Dean gets out a shovel and starts digging the fresh dirt with ease. Yeah, no settling of the ground there over the years. Gary stands in the back holding the gun. Except he’s pointing it at Dean and looking nervous. After much hesitation he says “Hey man, I’m really sorry about this.” Dean asks for what but doesn’t look. Come one Dean, look! No matter, for Gary goes flying just as he’s about to shoot.

Dean rushes over to help him, calling out “Sam!” Aw, he still cares despite the nutty behavior. Gary is spooked now and wants to get out of there but Dean reminds him they have to burn the body. Then Dean goes flying. The ghost of Maggie Briggs appears and she’s pissed! She stares down Dean and rushes at him before disappearing in a burst of flames just as she gets to him. A stunned Dean looks over at Gary, who’s standing over the burning body with a huge grin on his face. “Dude, that was sweet.” Do kids even say that anymore? Dean fakes enthusiasm and it’s priceless!

Sam is walking away from the high school with the book in his hands. He’s so getting out of there. Except the two dweebs from earlier, Trevor and Nora, try to stop him. “I’m just not feeling like myself, okay?” Sam says. That’s an understatement. So Trevor plays up the “talk to me friend” stuff but Sam tells them he’s got to go. Trevor calls out to him and “zap!” there’s a dart in Sam’s neck! Whoa, something finally got interesting! Nora is horrified and Trevor asks what else was he supposed to do? Of course I’m wondering how outside of a crowded high school no one notices a kid getting hit with a tranquilizer gun and dragged away, but for this one case since I’m curious I’ll dismiss. Sasquatch falls to the ground again and man, how does this sort of shit always happen to Sam?

Dean and Gary are in a bar and the waitress is serving them both shots of whiskey. This must be a dream for a 17 year old! Dean orders a cheeseburger with extra bacon, oh, and a fried egg on top. That on The Simpsons is called the “good morning burger.” Homer Simpson would be drooling. Gary then says he wants one too. Dean should have pulled his gun right there. Instead, he does ask the proper question, “Who are you and what have you done with Sam?” Gary covers nicely, claiming that they are celebrating. Good thing Dean figures it out here or I would have had to apply hints with a sledgehammer.

Dean plays along, toasting too and telling him nice work today. Gary admits he had a really awesome day. Dean is really suspicious now. As Gary tries to recover from the punch of the liquor, Dean questions the “really awesome day” part. It was a random, boring ghost hunt. For you maybe Deano! So Gary asks the question, “I can’t be in a good mood?” NO YOU CAN’T! You’re Sam Winchester! You’re always brooding. Come on Dean, shoot him!

Dean at first does an “I guess ” and then he realizes who is he kidding. “No, actually, that’s really not your style Sam.” So Gary says the one thing that disturbs Dean the most. This is where I really really wish Jared was doing this scene instead, for I would have loved to have seen him say this. “Well then, it’s a new me. Come on, why shouldn’t I be happy. I’ve got a gun, I’m getting drunk, and I look like this.” He motions circles around his face with his fingers, and Dean is now really bothered.

Gary goes on because he’s really wasted now, asking if he’s ever felt like his future’s been decided for you. Uh, yeah, just about every day, right Dean? Dean confirms this, and I think some biting sarcasm would have been better in his answer. Gary rambles on about being unable to fight the plan, the stupid stupid plan and then he figures out Dean is very suspicious. So, he shuts up, claiming he’s drunk. Dean says it’s alright and raises his glass. “I’ll drink to that.” You see, I would have done what Dean did, which was let it go for now. After all, the few times we’ve seen Sam drunk and drugged, he is pretty loopy. So Dean stops again and realizes what’s happening. “Is it just me or are we drinking together?” Gary points out they don’t do it that often. “You can say that,” Dean says. So, this is where I figure Dean knows something isn’t right, but he’s having too good a time right now. Again, I don’t blame him.

Gary then says “You’re a good guy Dean.” “Oh, you are drunk,” Dean says. You see! Sam only says that stuff when he’s wasted. Their bacon cheeseburgers arrive and Gary gets all serious. “No, I mean it. You really are a good guy.” Dean doesn’t know what to say. Then Gary goes into a major orgasm over his bacon cheeseburger. The burger is good but the bread alone is giving him fits. Dean goes back to being disturbed. Later Dean is alone and sees “Sam” leaving with that blonde woman from the teaser. Gary turns around while he’s leaving and tells Dean like a goofy seventeen year old “We’re gonna do it.” Man, why or why couldn’t we have seen Jared do that!! There’s the gotcha! Dean knows that isn’t Sam.

Back to Gary in the mirror, Sam on the flip side, and he’s tied to a post in a tacky looking basement, complete with wood paneling and worn furniture. I really wish my basement looked that bad. There’s something about dated basements I adore. Mine is just unfinished concrete walls. Sam struggles, wondering what’s going on. Trevor, who we learn in this scene is a dick, yells loud he can’t hear him since his parents are out of town. Trevor calls Gary, who’s in bed with leopard skin sheets in some sort of sex lair. He’s shirtless. Now I just bust into tears. Why, oh why, for the love of God, is Jared not in that scene??? You’re killing me show!

Trevor asks Gary where’s Dean. Trevor tells him the motel, but Sam’s on the other side (still weeping) now alarmed at the mention of his brother. “You mean you haven’t killed him yet?” Trevor asks. Sam is freaking out, asking why they want to kill Dean. Gary on the other end says he was building up to it. It’s kind of sweet he hasn’t done it because he figured out Dean is a good guy. Plus he’s not a killer. Trevor points out the obvious problem, which is he’s looking at Gary with this other dude in it. Gary is actually surprised by this. Hello, you did a body switch, right? Gary then pulls the best logic ever. Whatever he says, no one is going to believe him. Your life does suck, doesn’t it Gary? Trevor orders him to just hurry up and kill the son-of-a-bitch already. Gary can’t do that right now, because Crystal comes out of the bathroom. In a dominatrix outfit. Okay, that does it. Now I’m bawling, kicking and screaming! Why oh why oh why???? Need hunky man there. Gary says the blatantly obvious, he is in way over his head.

Sam is still struggling with being tied up while Trevor is nervous that Gary won’t go through with it. Sam gets to the part we all want to know, how do they know who Dean is? Trevor, who is about the brattiest teenager I’ve ever seen, mentions that Dean is Hell’s most wanted. Sam is appalled. “Have you idiots been talking to demons?” If your teenager wants to mess with this stuff, just make them watch this show. They’ll learn quick. Sam tries talking sense into them, pointing out they’re just kids. They have no idea what they’re getting into. All Trevor sees is greed, since there’s a price on Dean’s head and he wants his reward.

Nora tells the story. About a month ago they were down there goofing around with the book…but moron here says “I wouldn’t exactly call praying to our dark overlord goofing around.” Oh boy, this kid is so this week’s red shirt. “Don’t be a loser Trev,” Nora says. “Yeah, Trev,” Sam says too. I do so love snarky Sam. Nora goes on. The lights flickered and Gary went into a trace. He drew a picture even though he can’t draw. It’s a downright perfect pencil drawing of Dean. Aw, how many fans want that??? Whoever the artist is, you can make a killing! Yes, this episode is all about missed opportunities.

The voices in Gary’s head said there was a bounty out on this guy. The word had gone out to every witch and Satanist out there. Nora gets all dreamy over Gary being the one to spot them. So, one month later, Dean just happens to show up in his fast food restaurant??? Really??? That’s some awesome luck. Nah. Bazinga! “And the Freaky Friday crap?” Sam asks. I was wondering when a reference like that would make its way in. That was Gary’s idea too, he’d go in Trojan horse style. She’s saying all this praising Gary as a genius, which actually he’s just some kid who thought it would be cool to mess around in a gorgeous body. One we don’t see. I’m still simpering here over that. Trevor is still upset that Gary won’t go through with it. Sam decides to scare the crap out of Nora, and it so works. “You listen to me, you are making a terrible mistake. We’re talking about a demon deal, killing somebody. This isn’t a game. You’re crossing a line you won’t come back from. Believe me.”

Nora turns to Trevor all scared, but Trevor being a dickhead he is doesn’t buy it. He has a better idea. He opens the book. He doesn’t have to kill Dean. Why not summon a demon? “I’m calling up one of these bad boys, turning these punks over and getting paid dollar, dollar bills y’all!” Oh, this kid is toast. Nora hates the idea, ditto for Sam. Come on Nora, get some balls! Sam’s tied to a chair and can’t save this idiot. Nah, the kid needs to learn the hard way.

Back to the motel and Gary comes in from his tryst, sneaking in while Dean is sleeping. He grabs a gun nearby (I’m assuming that’s Dean’s, which is weird considering Dean always keeps it under his pillow. Maybe he went knife this time, or is trapping Gary. I’ll stop speculating now). Gary nervously holds up the gun, points it at Dean’s bed, cocks the gun and there’s a shadowy figure behind him shaped like Dean. Sure enough, he turns just in time to have Dean grab his arm and punch him hard in the face. “You’re not Sam. Who the Hell are you?” Duh!

Back to Sam, who’s in a much worse predicament. Still tied to the post, Trevor does his demon summoning thing. Sam begs him not to do this and Nora agrees, but she still stands in the back nervously not doing anything about it. Wimp. Trevor does it anyway because he’s got shit for brains, even though Sam rightfully points out he’s going to get them all killed. Trevor finishes and at first it seems nothing happens, but then Nora has collapsed. Trevor asks if she’s okay and what do you know, she has black eyes now. “Oh yeah, I’m peachy.” Yep, things just went from bad to worse. You know, it could be the spell, but isn’t some form of black smoke required? That’s usually how people get possessed right? Oh, what the hey. Bazinga!

“So what’d you call me for here Skippy.” Great nickname! I use it all the time for clueless morons. She looks like she’s going to eat him but he points out they have Dean Winchester. She’s interested. Sam tells him to keep his mouth shut but this kid wants to die and tells her he’s at the Cloverleaf motel. She then turns around and with glee sees that it’s Sam in a Gary suit. She laughs and pinches his cheeks. “Well aren’t you just 98 pounds of nothing.” Sam points out the kid is a moron. Yeah, like she hasn’t figured this out.

She isn’t a moron though, wondering if Sam’s in this body then who’s in Sam’s. Trevor tries to say a dangerous warlock named Gary and from the name alone everyone knows better. Heck, my cat’s name is Gary and he’s more menacing. She’s delighted because she gets Dean and Sam’s meatsuit, an empty vessel waiting to be filled. She’s impressed. I must admit, I love the way this actress, Sarah Drew, is selling this demon act. She does evil much better than her goody two shoes counterpart. So, Trevor asks about his reward. Sure, he gets her undying gratitude. Trevor, being the moron he is, doesn’t take this well. Dude, this is a real demon who can rip your heart out with one grab! “Be quiet you idiot!” Sam says. She says he should consider himself lucky. Trevor is just that stupid though, and gets demanding. “We worked our asses off here and I want my reward!”

Nora!demon freezes with a huge look of ire, then turns around with a menacing glare. Trevor backs off and says please. Oh, you’re way too late now buddy. She bats her eyelids and gives him that malevolent smile, asking what he wants. Man, he’s even stupid with his request. He wants a million dollars. Sam tells him to run. Stop trying Sam, just let the idiot get what he deserves. She points out he should have ten million, since a million isn’t enough these days. So he agrees, but he also wants Mindy Schwartz to fall in love with him. I’m hoping Mindy Schwartz hasn’t so far because she sees he’s a moron. Sam just rolls his eyes, accepting this kid probably does deserve what’s coming to him. “Love, money, sticking to the basics. I can respect that,” Nora!demon says in such a delicious way. She is so leading him on it’s great. She then chooses to give him her counter. Bam! Her fist goes through his heart. Trevor flinches, Sam flinches. Trevor quivers and collapses and Nora!demon with absolute delight licks her bloody hand. “Yep, tastes like moron.” Bye bye stupid red shirt!

So now, ONLY now, Dean decides to check his voice mail messages through the motel phone. There are 38 of them. Gary is tied to a chair while Dean listens to SAM’s voice (huh??) tell him he’s in the wrong body and the guy right next to him is not him. “Check your friggin voice mail dammit!” Sorry, I can’t let this mistake pass. Bazinga! “Alright pal, either you start talking or I start waterboarding.” Listen to him Gary, Dean is an expert in this sort of thing. Gary pleads for his life and doesn’t want to die. Hey dude, you should have thought of that before switching bodies so you could kill someone! Geez, are teenagers really this clueless?

Dean wants to know where Sam is. He’s in his friend’s basement. His parents are out of town. Oh, and his friend is now dead in said basement, but no one seems to care about that. Dean catches onto the word parents and wants to know how old this kid is. 17. Dean can’t take time to absorb that, for he’s flung into the mirror on the wall and knocked unconscious. Gary looks and there’s Nora!demon all evil. Her black eyes flash letting him know it’s not really her. Meanwhile, back at the basement, Sam still can’t break loose. Of course the reason why can be told in the mirror. He’s a 98 pound weakling. He looks at his reflection and gives a frustrated “dammit.”

Back at the motel, and Nora cuts Gary loose while Dean is still out on the floor. She plays the reward card, asking him what he wants. He can have anything. Of course Gary smiles and buys into it. He wants to be a witch for real, and really powerful. Hello, stupid, you kind of already are. You don’t need a demon deal for that. Kids and their low self esteem! She understands his motivation, but points out there’s one small formality first. He’s gotta meet the boss. “You know, your satanic majesty or whatever the kids are calling it these days.” Yeah, satanic majesty was circa 1967. She’s a little behind the times. Gary so doesn’t want to meet the boss. Now he’s FINALLY seeing this is serious shit. Honest, are kids really that dumb these days?

Gary doesn’t want to bother Satan, but Nora!demon insists he’s going to want to meet him. It’ll be easy. He’s going to ask you one question and all you have to say is yes. HUH????? How can that be??? I thought Sam had to be in there to say yes. All it takes is one punk kid with a spell and Lucifer has his vessel? Bazinga! Bazinga! Bazinga! No, no, this can’t be right. Nora’s diabolical plot is interrupted by Dean charging after her with a knife. She of course beats him to the punch and shoves him away, kicking the crap out of him.

Gary, who must be book smart but totally lack common sense, starts reciting in Latin the demon exorcism. She turns away from Dean and now turns her wrath toward Gary, choking him and lifting him off the ground like what normally happens with Sam. Except I wish I was watching it actually happen with Sam’s body. Jared does funnier faces when choking. No, I’m not bitter, why do you ask? Dean hops up and continues the exorcism. Dean winces in pain so when she charges him, Gary continues. So it goes back and forth. Gary, Dean, Gary, Dean, Gary, Dean…and he ends with “Adios bitch.” Gary corrects him though, saying its “Adinos.” Black smoke repels from her. Yeah, that’s what we’re supposed to see. There must have only been enough budget for one black smoke visual effect.

Next Gary and Sam are sitting in front of a cauldron and Gary is reciting the spell. Nora and Dean watch in the background with nervous anticipation. A wave of golden light swirls all around and Gary and Sam switch places. Sam looks in the mirror and sees it’s him. He’s all relieved, Gary’s all disappointed. Listen here you little brat, you’re due for an ass kicking! So now that everything’s back to normal, it’s time for Dean to give Gary the what for. Gary gives a casual “my bad” but Dean isn’t going to let him off that easy. “My bad?” Dean says. “Kid, my bad ain’t going to cut it. See, if you were of voting age, you’d be dead. Because we would kill you. So you either straighten up and fly right or we will kill you. Are we clear?” Then he and Sam take turns kicking Gary’s ass. No, instead Gary just says it’s crystal clear.

It’s raining (shocker!) and the Impala pulls up in Gary’s driveway. Gary isn’t at all pleased to get home. So Sam goes into some strange speech. “Gary, take it from someone who knows, shut up man, your life ain’t that bad.” Gary points out Sam met his parents. “Yeah, so what? It’s your life. If you don’t their plan for you, tell them to cram it. Rebel a little bit in a healthy non-satanic way of course.” Gary looks at Nora, who just wants to go inside because it’s raining and everyone’s getting wet. Oh, but Sam’s not done yet. “By the way, you want to know why Nora’s into witchcraft? She doesn’t like Satan you moron she likes you.” I can buy that. Boys often need to just be flat out told these things. Gary doesn’t believe it, but Sam says he knows. Yeah, Sam and every other person on the planet. It’s pretty obvious.

“Trust me kid, I wish I had your life.” Oh, this is just wrong. Sam Winchester giving advice to a teenager on how to control his life. Yeah Sam, how did that go for you? How is the fact that you rebelled against your dad and he died before you had a chance to set things right go for you? Gary asks if he does and Sam nods. Oh, Sam is so lying. I know that face. Gary smiles and goes inside finally. Dean, who is giving Sam that look as if his brother still isn’t there, tells Sam that was a nice thing to say. “I totally lied. Kid’s life sucked ass.” You see, this is where Dean should be laughing or something. Instead, he’s really bothered again. Gee Dean, you didn’t like Sam different and now you don’t like Sam normal? Bazinga!

They climb into the Impala. “All that apple pie family crap, it’s stressful, trust me. We didn’t miss a damned thing.” “Or we don’t know what we’re missing,” Dean says. Okay, so we go full circle. Sam doesn’t want a family, Dean does. Second verse, same as the first. Dean starts the car and Bob Seger comes on again. Sam winces and tells him to turn it down. So the music wasn’t blaring when they got there? Maybe Sam was humoring Gary and Dean on the way. “Welcome back Kotter,” Dean says, not exactly sure if he’s pleased Sam is back. They pull away and roll credits.

Huh, that’s pretty disappointing. Way too sunny an ending for what just happened. For one, Gary got off too easy. After all, he just caused the death of his really stupid friend not to mention almost got Sam and Dean killed. Anyone devastated, or even remember the fact that Trevor is lying in a pool of his own blood in the basement? Anyone getting upset over what’s going to happen when his parents get home? Bazinga!

Now that this poorly done parallel of normal vs. abnormal family life is done, can we get to the freaking teenage free apocalypse? Pretty please?


Ellen D
# Ellen D 2010-02-06 19:24
Great review! I laughed as much here as I did when when Sam was telling Gary's dad to cram it (or whatever he said).

I too wish that we had seen Jared as Sam doing the scenes with Dean and the lady at the bar...that first scene was GREAT and it's sad we didn't see more of Jared's comedy acting! (no matter what Jared says, he is good at comedy!!)
# Rose 2010-02-06 22:51
I have to say, for me, this ep just pushed Bugs out of the number one spot for worst episode! Sooooo many holes in the plot I actually cringed in a couple of spots. And like you, I think they really missed the boat with not having Jared portray Gary in his body. Every time Dean or anybody for that matter looked DOWN at Sam it was just so wrong.

I watched it again this afternoon but it was actually worse because I kept picking out more holes in the plot. Seriously, enough with the sophomoric scripts!

I haven't seen The Song Remains The Same yet since we don't get it until Wed in Canada on Space but I hear it's miles better! Here's hoping...

# Tlieso 2010-02-06 23:56
Great recap. All the goofy face Sam pics are awesome. I did enjoy this episode. Honestly I don't really care about plot holes in this type of episode. If it was one of the big myth (or whatever you want to call it) like this weeks I would but this was just entertainment. I did wonder why Dean wasn't checking his phone but that was really the only one that jumped out at me besides Sam sounding like Sam on the phone. Maybe I was just missing Castiel too much to notice the others. lol I do agree that there wasn't nearly enough Sam as Gary in it. He was hilarious.
# Randal 2010-02-07 06:13
Oh, Alice, that's a load of rich, creamery butter. Randal hates when people talk in the third person.

When watching this, I noticed the holes (the worst for me: The Yes tied to body alone? Oh, Plato), but the funny parts, even if awkwardly done in spots, made me chuckle enough to suspend even more disbelief. Now that they're listed out, all I'm going to notice in the future are the plot holes. So yeah, thanks. 8-)

Re: black smoke. What's funny is that we didn't see any way back in Devil's Trap when the mailman (I think it was a mailman) got possessed in the crowd, then zapped a fireman. It's Kripke's fault!

Teenage wasteland: to be an advocate in a devilish sort of way, the Winchesters were fighting monsters whereas Gary's dad looks like a CPA.
# Suze 2010-02-07 11:35
A couple of chuckles but basically crap. The brothers switching bodies would be funnier and involve fewer weedy spotties and their toast rack torsos clogging up the screen ... Enough of the fluff, now bring on the gloom, doom and buckets of blood. We're here for the Apocalypse, not Sam and Dean's Bogus Journeys! :roll::
# Jasminka 2010-02-07 17:38
Bazinga’? – you rock, woman! Loved this! The way you pointed out the holes (yeah, unfortunately there were some, but, hey what the hell?) made me die from laughter, so here’s a ghost talking to you (no, no, don’t send them after me… moment of thought…. Oh, do send them after me!)
Don’t mind me, I’m dead tired, that biz trip I had to take was exhausting. I’m not good at professional politics and small talk…

This episode was fun, nevertheless (and just like you I would have loved to see Jared in that scene with wannabe-domina) . I loved how Jared played with his handsome appearance here, making a nice fool of himself. Loved that.

Thanks for an ever fun-to-read recap and the screencaps!!!

Cheers, Jas

Randal… watched Kate & Leopold a bit much?

# AndreaW 2010-02-07 19:20
Alice, I agree that Sammy looks older than his 26, but in a positive way. I mean, he looks more manly than ever. Can you believe that the lanky and cute college boy from Season 1 turned into this "stunning looking man"? Dean was manly from the beginning, but it's as though "darling little Sammy" just grew up.

Here I am, being very shallow again. I apologize to the gentlemen on this board. ;-)
# Karen 2010-02-08 08:41
Hi Alice
Loved the recap…all the Bazinga’s had me laughing.
Although this episode could have been better, ok a lot better, it still had some good moments. I could be wrong,but I get the feeling you took great enjoyment in being able to use "Bazinga" as many times as you did.:lol:

I’m starting to think that maybe Julie Siege really doesn’t know or understand Sam and Dean’s characters as well as she should. I found both this and Fallen Idol had some real continuity issues.
# Sablegreen 2010-02-08 11:12
Funny Recap Alice. Thank you for not completely blowing this one away. I liked it, but I know many didn’t.

Yea...the episode has holes, but it was so funny they can be overlooked. And when people are looking to be uplifted from a show, ‘holes’ get pushed to the background. I much prefer this episode over the sad ones we've seen lately. The fans need some light stuff once in a while. Maybe they just wanted the fun stuff and really didn’t care much about continuity. Really I laughed so much at some of the Sam/Gary parts I was crying! I really LOVED Gary backing the impala in to the can. I laughed so hard!!! It would have been fun to see Jared in that scene instead of Gary…AND of course the bedroom scene

The sad part is that a lot of those 'holes' could have been addressed easily in the script and without much extra dialog. Yea…the throwing away of ALL cell phones was a story flaw…in fact Gary even through away John’s phone from the glove compartment. SO BAD!!! I guess we can hope the boys went back and recovered them. So much is done off screen in the series because of the low budget

As for Sam going to school as Gary, I didn't know others thought that weird. Gary was the only link he had so I can see why has would have to follow Gary's life. No other choice. And as for teenagers being that moronic…..I REALLY hope not.

As for Dean, I think at first he just let some things go because he is more into his own sympathy world right now. He is still reeling from the guilt of Jo and Ellen and feeling very sorry about everything. But when he did realize it, I agree with you, he REALLY needs his brother to play the little brother role right now. (No matter how old Sam is, and no matter that they both agree Dean needs to let Sam do his thing, to Dean, Sam will always be a ‘little’ brother, and I really wish Sam would play that role for Dean for a while, it would really help his brother cope, and that, in turn, would help Sam) So it was nice for him to have his brother like he wanted for a while and he just let it go...and that was disturbing to me. In their world, that kind of indulgence can be dangerous, and indeed it turned into that.

I also found it disturbing when Dean was being beaten by Nora!demon that he looked to Gary. He already knew it wasn't his brother, but, I think, that just brought back to Dean the reality, that the fun he had with this ‘Sam’ wasn’t real, and how much he missed.
# bevie 2010-02-08 13:21
Wow! I really agree with what Sablegreen said. Especially about Sam being Dean's little brother again for a while. It looked like Dean really enjoyed for a while having his little brother back even if it wasn't him. I thought Dean was really hoping that Sam was really Sam there for a bit.

I enjoyed the episode for what it was and the only thing I would have changed would have been for Jared to have played the part of Gary. I keep thinking how much fun that would have been to see.
# Supernarttu 2010-02-08 14:02
I am also one of those "It didn't suck" -people. Kinda for the same reasons that Sablegreen above pointed out. It was a really funny eppie and the plot holes didn't bother me, 'cause I was enjoying myself. Bugs is a perfect example of a eppie that doesn't work (for me atleast) in practically any level 'cause the whole package was ruined. This one had a few hiccups but that won't stop me watching it again :-)