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"About a Boy"
Writer: Adam Glass
Director: Serge Ladouceur
Air Date: February 3, 2015




If you BELIEVE in yourself, anything is possible, especially a second chance.
If you BELIEVE in yourself, you can live
your life fully and not hide from temptation.

you had a chance to start over, knowing what you know now,
BUT you had to go
back to your 14 year old body, would you?
A fresh start? Addiction free?
Teenage angst?

"Now, who's Hungry?"




A Cart man (Christian Westerveld) watches through the Roundup Bar window as
 Bartender (Nels Lennarson) accuses JP (Jason Wingham) of stealing his money
and shoves JP out onto the pavement,
on my mother, JP, I see your face in here again, I'll kill you."
JP rises complaining, "Like Hell. This is
freakin' America, man. You can't just ..."
JP turns on the Cart man,

"What you looking at?"


JP walks to his car. A Hulking man appears behind him and squeezes a HEX bag.
There's a flash of light. JP
The Cart man rushes over to find
a pile of smoking clothing.
Awed, his gaze lifts to the sky. Aliens?




James Gang's, "Ashes, The Rain and I" plays while a visual montage displays
memories and Deans' research efforts to rid
himself of the Mark. Dean sits on the floor
of his cluttered bedroom (Tex Mex
Wrappers & coffee cups) with a huge book of lore.
taps and enters, "Caught a case."
Sam hands Dean a tablet depicting
JP as a missing person.
"Apparently, something is taking people. And leaving
their clothes."
Dean tells Sam to check it out. That's not what Sam had in mind.
"Dean, you haven't left the bunker in a week."
Charlie forgave him; he needs to forgive himself.

Dean feels he's "not exactly batting 1,000 here."


Being supportive, Sam knows hiding's "not helping you.
You need to get back in the game for your own good. You can beat this, Dean."
Dean asks, "Do you really believe that?"
"You're damn right I believe!" Sam assures him.
Dean's skeptical, "You know, you also believed in the Easter Bunny till you were 12."
Sam denies this, "No I didn't. Look, I was 11."
Dean corrects him, "And a half."
(Did the Easter Bunny even visit Sam?)
Dean gives in, "Okay."




Back at the Roundup Bar, Sam and Dean question the Cart man.
He recalls
smelling "flowery flowers."
sighs, "Look. We all know what's going on here, okay?"
Dean cautions him, "Don't say it."
He says it, "Aliens. Dude was abducted. Believe me, I know. May 2003. Those suckers, they grabbed me, and
they probed me everywhere." Sam and Dean start walking away. "I'm talking everywhere."
Dean remarks, "the wheels just came flying off the bus."
Not demons. So, "Couple of little green dudes and a bucket of lube?"

They speculate, fairies? Angels?
Dean would "rather have the little green dudes." (?)
Sam will scope JP's residence while Dean checks out the bar.
looks uncomfortable; Sam offers to switch places.
assures him, "Look, it's a dive bar. It's my comfort zone, hmm?"
He gives the keys to Sam.




Dean seats himself at the bar mumbling, "Screw it. I'm gonna believe in myself. ...something dark and strong.
Hey, did you know that guy that went missing, J.P.?" 
A beautiful world weary woman listens in.
The bartender answers, "Look, I'm sorry to hear about what happened. ... [JP's] a lowlife.
That night, I had to kick his ass out of here for stealing my tips. Whatever J.P. got... probably had it coming."
Dean tosses back his shot.
His heart pounds. He touches the Mark on his arm.
The woman offers some information.
She knew JP, "I would not buy a used car from the guy. But he was harmless."
His problem? "You're in here getting stunned while the sun's still up, your life's a regular Charlie Foxtrot. Trust me."
(Herself and Dean included)
A Hulking man sits by the window.
Dean introduces himself. The woman is "Tina." (Kehli O'Byrne)
Dean orders more drinks.



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Shots consumed, Dean and Tina sit at a table.
Tina asks how Dean knows about the "Royale Motel in Scranton."
He was "snowed in" for a week. 
Tina was there for three months, "after my father drank all our money away.
Lived on white rice and Tic Tacs until they kicked us out. Good times."
Dean confides, "My Dad was always working, so I came up with about 101 different ways to make mac and cheese.
Add ketchup for spice, mmm? Tuna, hot dogs, fluff marshmallow mix."
Sam thought it was "exotic."


Tina toasts, "here's to crappy childhoods." They're hitting it off.
Dean's cell rings.
He apologizes but Tina rises to go, before he "falls hopelessly in love" with her.




Dean watches her as Sam reports that JP was close to being evicted; he"blasted Neil Diamond 24/7.
His bathroom was, "Like staring into the Devil's butt." Sam "saw it."

Dean asks, "You saw the John or ...?"
Sam snaps, "Don't!"
Dean grins.
Tina leaves the bar followed by a Hulking man.
Dean's concerned an
d follows saying, "Sammy, I think I've got something."
He leaves Sam dangling.


Outside, Dean hears Tina scream followed by a flash of light.
Dean inspects the dumpster area and discovers Tina's clothes.
Hulking man appears and squeezes his HEX Bag.
There's a brilliant flash of




14 year old Dean (Dylan Everett) awakes and checks out his small cell.
tests the bars on the windows and notices his hand. "Seriously?"
After wiping
away 20 years of grime,(SOME SYMBOLISM THERE)
 he checks his face in a mirror and new clothes. "Seriously?"
(Aw. His hoody's the same colour as a ginger bread man.)
Tina (Madeleine Arthur) in the next cell, also 14, calls out to him.
"Dean? It's me, Tina. Please tell me you know what the hell is going on."
They share what they remember. Dean tells Tina to "stay calm."
Tina's overwhelmed, "Stay calm? I'm a freakin' tween, and you look like some One Direction reject.
And we're in some freaky serial-killer basement. I can't..."
Dean reassures her, "Tina, I'm not gonna let anything happen to you, okay?"
Tina wonders how he can stay so calm and he replies, "Practice."
They notice another boy and guess he's JP. The basement door opens.
The Hulking man opens Tina's and JP's cell.
JP starts to scream. Tina attempts to help but she's thrown to the floor.
Dean tries to break into their cell to help.
JP loudly protests as he's dragged away, "This is freakin' America,man! You can't do this!"



Sam enters the bar and calls Dean's cell.
It rings
in a jacket on the bar. The Bartender silences the phone.
Sam asks him, "Hey, buddy? Where did that jacket come from?"
He claims it was from his "Bar Mitzvah. It was a magical night."

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Sam unleashes his anger smashing the Bartender's head against the bar,
"Why don't you try that again?"
bartender coughs up a new answer.

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A covered tray slides under Dean's door. Dean lifts the cover to reveal a large slice of frosted cake with pink rosettes.
Dean starts
chowing down until Tina wisely speculates that it might be poison.
Dean stops eating.
 breaks an iron post from the bed and gets to work on the bars.


Sam inspects the crime
scene finding Dean's shoe and gun.
The gun is coated with a
powdery yellow residue that smells like flowers.

Dean pulls
one of the bars free. "Yahtzee!" The Hulking man returns to the basement.
tells Dean to get out and get help. Dean realizes he can't help her by staying.
He wiggles through the window while Tina screams to distract the Hulking man.
"What are you screaming about,




Sam researches yarrow and its magical properties.

(More on Yarrow:  )

There's a knock at the door. Sam grabs a gun before opening it.
He doesn't immediately
recognize young Dean. "Yeah?"
Sammy." Dean brushes past Sam who stares, recognition dawning.
Dean proceeds to the washroom to retrieve his
duffel bag.
Sam stammers, trying to wrap his mind around this. "Wait a second.
You're a ... How?"
tells him, "some Scarface looking dude, bright light. Next thing I know, I wake up looking like Bieber."
Dean gets
his gun and asks if they have any grenades.
Sam slows him down, "Don't!
Wait, wait. Wait a second. Talk to me."


Dean's impatient, "Really, Sam? Now? I got no grass on the infield, and a girl's gonna die.
Sorry if I'm
not in a chatty mood. Look, you wanted me back in the game. I'm back in the damn game. Come on."
Outside the motel room, an older lady drops her motel key.
Dean picks it
up for her,"Ma'am, allow me." She's impressed by his polite behavior and tells Sam,
"Your son is so polite."
Sam's dumbfounded but thanks her for the compliment. Sam's now the "father" figure for Dean.
Dean impatiently drums on Baby's roof.




Sam gets into the Impala. Dean adjusts the seat for his younger legs.
Sam's knees drive up close to his chin. "Wait, uh, maybe I should drive?"

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Dean reluctantly agrees. Sam instructs him, "Okay. Seat. Seat. Seat."

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Sam, having been filled in, asks, "Cake. Why would they give you cake?"
Dean doesn't know and adds only that the cake was dry.
After several sidelong peeks, Sam's still bewildered,
"This is insane. You, you're like, what, you're like 14? How does it even feel?"
Dean reveals how weird it is. "There was a Taylor Swift song on the bus that I hopped to the motel,
and, I liked it, Sam. I liked it a lot. ...My voice is weird, and I've got like nine zits,
and I have zero control over this. I mean, it's up. It's down. It's up for no reason."
Sam's heard enough, "Yeah, thanks. Let's just call it puberty."


Sam fills Dean in on Yarrow, which indicates they are "dealing with a witch. Yarrow's a flower. They use it in a ton of spells."
Dean's pumped. They have witch killing stuff and they can "light Sabrina's ass up. Right?"        
He reveals that the plus side to being 14 is that the Mark of Cain disappeared.
Maybe they should not reverse the spell.
Sam's disbelieving, "Wait a second. Are you saying you want to stay like this?"
Dean doesn't want to stay 14, but given a choice between
"being a psycho rage monster/borderline demon or a teenager, well..."
He also likes the idea that he has a "virgin liver. So, what do you say when we're done doing
our hero thing, we take her for a test drive?"
Sam laughs because Dean can't drink for another 7 years.
Dean doesn't find that funny.
Sam insists, that it's "kind of funny."



Yarrow grows beside the house.
Hearing the Hulking man coming down the stairs, Tina 
fearfully gazes at the window. Her cell door opens.

Sam and Dean arrive with flashlights.
Dean goes to the window and calls, "Tina?"
There's no answer.
"All right, let's go."
Sam says that he's "way too big to fit in." 
Dean hacks on him, "First time you ever had to say that, huh?"
Annoyed, Sam dryly informs him, that's "Big talk coming from the dude wearing underoos."
Dean concedes and tells him to find another way in.
They separate.
Dean squeezes back through the window.




Dean searches with his flashlight and finds an old skull.
He senses someone watching and quickly turns, but there's no one there.
He takes a few steps and the Hulking man grabs him in a chokehold.
Sam appears and hits the man on the head.
They point their guns at the man.

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The Hulking man (Mark Acheson) assures them that Tina is alive upstairs with the Witch, the "worst person in the world."
The Hulking man has, "been with her for centuries. Things I've seen her do.
My sister and I, she made us hurt people, kill people, and when we tried to escape,
she caught us and tortured me, and then she made me eat poor Gretel's heart."  
They guess his identity. He's Hansel of the Brothers Grimm without the happy ending.
Hansel offers to help them, "If you're going to fry that candy-coated bitch, I want in."
Sam asks how to reverse the spell. It's the hex bag, "Squeeze it, and you'll return to your proper age." 
Hansel makes an offer,
"Look, we waste the witch; I give you the cure. Deal?"




Tina, gagged and tied to a chair, watches Katja, the witch, chop veggies.
Katja (Lesley Nicol) complains that JP "didn't have much meat on his bones."
She tests the stew base. (Is that JP's finger?)
 "Mmm. Wunderbar. Don't worry, liebchen. You're too good for soup.
I'm thinking a nice, sweet chili glaze, a few hours roasting in the oven. And an apple in your mouth."
She throws wood into a huge walk in oven.
Hansel enters followed by Sam and Dean.
Katja scolds Dean for running away and tells Hansel to take care of them.



Dean and Sam tell her that Hansel is not a fan of hers and she shouldn't have made him eat his sister.
Katja denies this.
They realize they've been betrayed. Hansel grabs Sam's gun and knocks him down.
Dean can't light the Witch Molotov. Hansel turns Sam's gun on him.
Katja sends the Witch Molotov smashing against the wall.
Dean gets down beside Sam.
"Now," Katja asks, "Who's hungry?"
Katja grumbles that Dean's too scrawny.
Sam asks her to explain the whole "Fountain of Youth" hex.
She prepares some garlic explaining. "In the olden days, if a child went
missing, ah, the young died all the time. Now, though, with all your Amber Alerts
and your milk cartons, a person fillets one rug rat, and people get so angry."
Dean quips that he "Blames Obama."



Katja had to improvise. "I take adults no one will miss and give them back their youth."
And "Kentucky fry them" adds Dean.
Sam reaches for his knife.
Dean distracts them by asking if "people kind of taste like chicken."
Katja waxes poetic about the delicious "buttery" taste of American children less "gamier" than European children.
Dean plays along and asks if she's a tourist.
She's there for "business not pleasure. An old friend is causing trouble, and the Grand Coven asked me to take care of her.
Poor, stupid Rowena."
Dean recognizes the name, "Wait, Rowena? She got red hair, a thing for ritzy hotels?"
Katja's amazed, "How do you know that?"




Sam leaps up and punches Hansel. Katja uses her witch power to slam Sam against the shelves.
Hansel easily knocks Dean aside and gets on top of him. Katja opens the fiery oven.
Sam struggles to rise. Hansel throws Dean and he slides to the floor.


Katja orders Hansel to "turn" Sam and he moves to grab his hex bag but it's gone.
Dean holds up the hex bag and squeezes it.
There's a bright flash of light and Dean returns to his age.



Dean stabs Hansel and stuffs the Hex bag in Katja's mouth keeping her from cursing.
Pushing her face, he shoves her into the oven. A brutal death awaits.
She screams in agony and bangs on the door.


Dean silences her by slamming the grate.
The Mark of Cain glimmers in his eyes.

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Outside, Tina's astonished, "That was crazy. Like psycho crazy. And you do this all the time?"
Dean replies, "All the freakin' time."
Sam disagrees, "Not all the time."
Tina asks if they will turn her back but the Hex bag burned with Katja.
Sam offers to try and reverse the spell but Tina reconsiders, "I got three ex-husbands, 50 grand in debt, and
not much else. I was kind of a crappy adult. Maybe I'll do better this time around.
Get out of town, get a fresh start. This is my second chance.
Everybody wants a second chance, right?"
They offer to give her a lift. Dean wants his keys back.


Sam hands Tina all the cash they have as she waits for her bus.
She thanks them and gives Dean a kiss, "Thanks for everything. And hey, we'll
always have the Royale Motel, right?"
Dean smiles. Sam finds the comment questionable.
Tina leaves.
Sam and Dean regroup in the bright morning light.




Dean wonders about the "Grand Coven" and thinks it sounds like "an 80's hair-metal band.
You know, lot of hair spray, lot of eye shadow,
lot of keytar."
asks if the Mark's back. Dean shows him. Dean said he had to.
realizes, "I know. You saved me, and you saved Tina, and pulled a Dean Winchester. Thank you."
replies, "Anytime."
Sam wishes the Mark was gone but he wanted Dean back,
now here you are, and you didn't Hulk out. So, I'll take the win.
As for the
rest of it, the Mark, everything else, we'll figure it out.
We always do."


They get back in Baby. Dean seems content, "Oh. I'm back, Baby."


He fires her up and the radio cuts in with Taylor Swift's song, "Shake It Off."


Dean looks at Sam, shrugs and they drive away listening to the song.


"Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Shake it off, shake it off'"



Cute, cute é cute.

Adam Glass wrote an old Season One feeling MOW episode.
The Season's Arc, the Mark of Cain, was not ignored. Dean was clearly given an
option of ridding himself of the Mark.
The script also linked in the Grand Coven's animosity towards Rowena. The Winchesters speculated on the Grand Coven's significance.
The theme reflected previous scripts with its treatment of lost and missing teenagers
(See "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "The Things We Left Behind").
And the message is upbeat. Rather than believe that missing teens have been "devoured by monsters,"
we are given the option of believing that they may have found a second chance and are out there living better lives.
Jody Mills might have another visitor in her "Wayward Daughters" home.
Sign the petition for a Spinoff:

 The concept of "believing in yourself" and it "never being too late for second chances"
were heartening.
Old suspenseful horror revived full force: the creeping, the footsteps coming down the stairs, the skull,
the sense of being watched, and the repulsive, monstrous, child killing villains.
The ghastly horror of burning to death was diabolical especially for a witch.
R. I. P. Katja.




 The problem of clothes.
Just how exactly did Tina and Dean end up with a new wardrobe? (Creepy much?)
Dean is wearing Younger Dean's jacket at the end, but there's no way he'd be wearing the same pants.
(No offence.)
The humour involved a lot of "penis" jokes but were representative of a "Teen" Dean mentality.
The adult world seemed preoccupied with "BUTT" humour.
There were a few "game" references, too.
Initially, the episode seemed to delve into the world of a sick pedophile.
When the witch was revealed, it was almost a relief; but, it did promote new reflection on this old tale.

The Hansel and Gretel Witch brought to life was a little CHEESY but it was
treated with the right touches of humour and horror and originality.
              ("BITCH" COUNT: 2x)   
Although this episode DID NOT PASS THE BECHDEL TEST, Tina, old and young, was a fleshed out, intriguing character.
(Removing the gag would have allotted for an interesting conversation and remedy.)
The story was "About A Girl" as much as "About A Boy."
The stereotypical witch was given new twists, aided by long- time cohort Hansel. Clever enough to adapt to
modern times to feed her addiction, she also works for the Grand Coven. (Assassin?)   

Castiel and Crowley were ABSENT. (Sadly, too much this season.)
Sam, early on, assumed the role of a supportive nurturer, although he may not have realized it
until the woman mistakes him for Dean's father.
Sensitive to Dean's needs Sam encouraged, supported and protected Dean.
He went into total protective mode with the Bartender.
It was entertaining to see Sam in a more challenging, prominent role,
although he should have killed Hansel instead of being SIDELINED against the wall.
Yes, this was a "filler" episode and some of the lines (Easter Bunny/ German expressions) were jarringly bad.
Most of the script delivered classic humorous and memorable moments.
Sometimes the FILLING is the best part.

(See bolded text for awesome lines.)



Serge Ladouceur / Bradley S. Creasser

















Carefully selected voice overs in the montage, the creepy background music, and the MOC HEARTBEAT
added suspense.
Lots of creepy sounds: the HEX bag spell (electric
fizzing, game vanishing noise;  creaking doors, jangling keys, footsteps,
grunts, and door slams in Hansel's basement. The LONELY TRAIN WHISTLE, heard
in the cell, linked Dean to Sam
while he searched by the dumpster.
CUCKOO CLOCK sounding in the kitchen added atmosphere.

Appropriate song choices related to plot & characters:

"Ashes, The Rain And I" James
a Matter of Time" Headwater
"Fever for Rock and Roll" Bradley & Dymond
It ended with "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift, generating a lot of fun.($)


(Floor: Mark of Cain design. Wallpaper: Hansel & Gretel)


Simply the Best!




Everyone loved talented young Dylan Everett;
but, a large part of this episode's
success was due to Jared Padalecki.
Assuming the father role,
he nailed comedic timing and expressions.
He was intimidating dealing with the

Congratulations Jared Padalecki!





1. What's your relatable moment?



1. What's your favorite Mac and Cheese Addition?



Nels Lennarson (Bartender) was Walt in 5.16. "Dark Side of the Moon"

Mark Acheson (Hansel) the Tooth Fairy in 5.06. "I Believe the Children Are Our Future"


Dylan Everett also in 9.07 "Bad Boys"


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# cheryl42 2015-08-15 13:41
Thanks for the fun review of a fun episode (although I think my blood sugar was elevated a few points). I really enjoyed it (but I also liked BB's too). I guess if you buy into the witch from Hansel and Gretel snagging adults and turning them into children mysterious shrinking and stretching clothing shouldn't be too outrageous. I agree Jared doesn't think he is funny but his comedic timing is really pretty dam funny. He was a standout in this episode for sure.

A good episode to end your SPN career with Adam Glass.
# LEAH 2015-08-16 17:49
Thanks for the entertaining review Wednesday. I enjoyed this episode. I thought the actor who played young Dean was great! I am craving something sweet right now. As for the Blechdel test, which I had to look up, I would think that a male oriented show that is focused on 2 brothers, their late Dad, their friends and ally's (dead and alive) who are frequently male would almost always fail that test. Two women conversing in SPN would almost always be about the brothers, Crowly, or Cas in some fashion or by some connection. A conversation that was about politics, literature, or sharing recipes would seem unlikely in this show. Maybe I am misunderstandin g the test.
Barbara Maake
# Barbara Maake 2015-08-16 21:09
I enjoyed your review of this Ep. Wednesday. I thought it was a lot of fun because Dylan E. did a fantastic job of playing young Dean- I thought he captured him perfectly. It made me wish so much that we could have back funny, lighthearted adult Dean! I loved that Sam had an actual role to play in this ep. and I thought his reactions to Teen Dean were priceless. I only had a couple of gripes. First, Damsel Sam had to be rescued AGAIN, this time by teeny tiny teen Dean, and right after he had to be rescued by tiny waif-like Good Charlie. Also, I wasn't wild about the Hansel and Gretel story, partly because this witch seemed like such a caricature compared to every other witch ever shown on the series. I liked that the witch tied into Rowena's story, but wasn't her explanation contradicted in a later episode? Didn't Olivette tell Rowena or Crowley that there is no Grand Coven anymore because they had been wiped out by the MOL? But this witch made it sound like she had just recently been sent to the US by the Grand Coven to take care of Rowena. Oh well, I'm sure that will all be clarified in S11. ;) Anyway, this was a fun episode, and a nice change of pace from the grim, dull ones that made up much of the middle of the season IMO.
# Suzkatoon75 2015-08-17 04:37
Jared/Sam was HILARIOUS in this episode but I do need to admit that others did a great job too. Great review!
# MTgin 2015-08-17 15:15
I really like the eps that have other actors play the "boys"...or when either of them play something other than themselves. I watch first for the story, then again for the acting. NOW, I must watch again to catch all the small details you pointed out in your piece. I missed it before, but I really like the references to "believe" and "second chances". I often think it's just coincidence when there are threads that make such miraculous web in this show....but, just as any number of characters have come to the realization that supernatural creatures really DO exist, I have learned that the writers and show runners DO use the tiniest details and words to keep us engaged on a number of levels.
As far as "relatable moments" I've gotta go with #1 Hiding out when depressed (and doing "research" ually sudokus or SPNing on the web)...and the messy bedroom, but that's pretty much ALL the time, not just when depressed. :)
# BoGirle 2015-08-18 08:33
Hi Wednesday. Nice piece. As usual you've managed to find some things that I missed the first time. I really like that about your reviews. I liked this episode OK, but I wasn't crazy about it. Dylan Everett was really terrific.. he had all of Jensen's moves down and he was funny. I had two problems with the character though; first I could never believe that tiny, slender Dylan could ever be Jensen. I didn't believe that Dean would have looked like that at 14 or that any 14 year old with that shape could ever grow into someone with Jensen's physique. That took me out of it a bit. Then the Dean Dylan was playing was season 1-3 Dean; happy go lucky, snarky, fun loving Dean, not season 8-10 Dean and certainly not MoC Dean. That created a disconnect for me. I know it was a younger Dean's body, but it was till 'now' Dean with all his experiences and problems. And as NJSPNfan brought up on the discussion page; what was holding back THE DARKNESS!!!! while Dean was 14 and didn't have the Mark?

And yes, Jared was his usual hysterical and responsive self and it was nice to see him have SOMETHING to do for a change, but I still felt that he was largely underutilized in this episode which is typical for the way Sam is usually treated in an episode by Adam Glass. He stands around reacting to things and rarely, if ever drives the action forward, and that was the case here as well. Yes he was funny, but he was relegated to comic relief for the most part. And Sam's utter uselessness at the end of the episode was infuriating. He takes one hit from the witch and is down for the count, while teeny, tiny wee Dean is pummeled repeatedly by a dude who has a solid foot and 100 lbs on him and STILL saves the day? Kills Hansel AND the witch single handedly while Sam flails on the floor? Grrrrr.......Ho w was this the same Sam who was so physically intimidating at the bar? :( Sam is totally inconvenient in that fight scene to making Dean the hero in this moment, so lets make him look like a moron and an incompetent. Yeah... so long Adam Glass and good riddance.

And about the witch; why even bring up the Grand Coven if you aren't planning on doing anything with it? More of J.C's "lets throw things at the wall and see what sticks" way of show running? I am assuming that the entire Grand Coven idea didn't "stick" after all which is why this tid-bit, delivered with such portent went absolutely nowhere. It's annoying after the fact.

I also thought that there was a really great missed opportunity to really explore the role reversal. It was pointed out several times in the episode that Sam was now in the position of looking out for Dean. This was true of pretty much all of season 10, but especially evident in this episode as they considered letting Dean stay young to escape the mark. Perhaps a scene where Sam gets Dean out of a scrape and then Sam comments on how many times Dean did that for him when they were kids? It bugs me how often the show DOESN'T comment of the obvious especially lately. A scene that really drew a parallel to the brothers flip flopped roles was basically right there and completely ignored. Sad.

Oh, and don't even get me started on the 'John Winchester is a bad father' trope; I guess it was convenient to have Dean complain about his childhood in THIS episode and then hail John as a hero in another episode.....the inconsistency drives me nuts. So, I liked some things, and not others. At least I didn't actively dislike the episode which for season 10 is actually saying a lot.
# anonymousN 2015-08-19 02:28
And yes, Jared was his usual hysterical and responsive self and it was nice to see him have SOMETHING to do for a change, but I still felt that he was largely underutilized in this episode which is typical for the way Sam is usually treated in an episode by Adam Glass. He stands around reacting to things and rarely, if ever drives the action forward, and that was the case here as well. Yes he was funny, but he was relegated to comic relief for the most part. And Sam's utter uselessness at the end of the episode was infuriating. He takes one hit from the witch and is down for the count, while teeny, tiny wee Dean is pummeled repeatedly by a dude who has a solid foot and 100 lbs on him and STILL saves the day? Kills Hansel AND the witch single handedly while Sam flails on the floor? Grrrrr.......How was this the same Sam who was so physically intimidating at the bar?
This is the reason why the curious case of Dean winchester was an infinitely better episodeQuote:
Oh, and don't even get me started on the 'John Winchester is a bad father' trope; I guess it was convenient to have Dean complain about his childhood in THIS episode and then hail John as a hero in another episode.
# BoGirle 2015-08-19 07:02
This is the reason why the curious case of Dean winchester was an infinitely better episode
Yes it was and Sam was crucial to the plot in that episode as well.
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