Welcome back, Dean. We missed you.
Forgive me. I just have to do this. I have to sing . . . “The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town.”
Alright, I think I’m better now. “Two and a Half Men” had everything I wanted out of an episode of Supernatural. It had heart, mystery, a few WTF? moments, the boys together again, and a good dose of absolute hilarity. Not to mention, the final scene of the night that had me jumping up and down with glee and excitement. You know you let out a squee too. Last weeks episode was different. There is no other way to explain it (I would like to apologize for my heavy snark recap last week. This girl doesn’t do good with change, especially when it comes to the boys). This weeks episode, on the other hand, got Supernatural back to its roots. Sam and Dean in a car (the wrong car, but we can deal for now), hunting monsters (Shapeshifters, to be exact). Now there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get to it, shall we? For those of you who have seen Friday’s episode, onwards and downwards! To the rest of you SPOILER ALERT!
A few months have passed since Sam came and went. Dean and his surrogate family have moved to another home – Ben not liking the new adjustment. The run-in with the Djinn has made Dean overly concerned with the safety of Ben and Lisa (But who wouldn’t be). As Dean pulls the shotgun out of the still covered Impala, a look of yearning appears on his face (You were born to be a hunter, Dean. Don’t deny it). He puts it away as if he is being forced to. Later, he catches Ben handling the shotgun with awe on his face (I wouldn’t have done that if I were you). He knows what’s going on and tells Dean he also wants to be a hunter. Needless to say, Dean is outraged at the idea and tells (Or yells at) him that he will never shoot a gun in his life. Lisa confronts him and asks him what happened. He dodges her questions and as the scene plays out, seems not so happy with their situation anymore (Do I have to say, I told you so). The fact that he was forced (By Sam) to live that apple pie life is more apparent than ever to him. You can see he doesn’t want to be there anymore (Yet, I do think he wants to keep them safe. He does love them, but not enough to stay).
Later that night, Dean gets a call. It’s Sam (Yay!). He needs Dean’s help with a case. He refuses, but Sam is adamant about it.
Sam: “Look, I’m 30 minutes away and I will drive to your door if you don’t meet me.” (Does Sam know he moved? Does that mean they’ve kept in touch? Tell me Sera Gamble! Tell me!)
Dean: “And what’s so nuts that you have to threaten a damn drive-by?”
Sam tells him (I only assume, from the look on Deans face and the fact that we don’t hear anything) what is so important that he needs his help. The two meet somewhere secluded (Like two people who are forced to stay away from one another). Dean wants to know where “it” is. Sam points the back seat of his Charger. Dean looks into the back window. The thing so fearful, so dreadful, that Sam needed Dean’s help? A baby (I don’t know about you, but I’d say if this were season 2 or 3, I think the roles would be reversed).
Sam: “Welcome to the party, Guttenberg.”
As Dean attempts to teach Lisa how to shoot a gun, and is fearful to leave her alone (Because he is going to help Sam), she practically forces him to leave. The brothers meet up and Sam fills Dean in on the case.
The case: Someone or something has been murdering parents and stealing their children (Opening scene). Sam and Grandpa Campbell have figured out that all the cases are related (Same security company). Whatever it is, it’s fast and doesn’t like silver. The possibilities? Ghoul, zombie, shifter, or lot’s of other things.
Dean thinks they need supplies (Ones that can not be found in Sam’s arsenal). In my second favorite scene of the episode, the two wind up at a grocery store (It was so weird and awesome to see them not in their usual habitats). They pull diapers and baby powder from the shelves – not really knowing what their doing – and proceed to the check out counter as the baby, appropriately named Bobby John (Love it!), refuses to stop crying. Does anyone else think that in this scene we saw the old Sam and Dean? I do. And I think it was awesome.
Dean tries to quite the baby (Mocking him didn’t really work, but it was hilarious to see). A woman cuts in and tries to help the two. They seem appreciative, until they see her eyes in the store security monitor. She’s a shapeshifter! The woman tries to escape with the baby – Dean taking off some skin (It’s still disgusting) in the process. He almost has her until a security guard steps in – but the two manage to get away (Baby in tow).
At the motel (That’s more like it!), Dean is the caretaker of the baby. He holds Bobby John and starts to hum Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple (As women’s ovaries explode all over the world). Dean seems to have a knack for this Father thing. Sam is amazed, yet thinks that because of the hunter life that Dean has led, he will eventually be like their father. And that is something Dean definitely doesn’t want to be.
While doing research, Sam see’s that one of the missing baby’s father is still alive (Parents were separated), so he goes to have a chat with him (Dean is left to babysit). He reveals that his wife was cheating on him and that the missing baby couldn’t possibly be his. Meanwhile, during some much-needed quality time with – Dean’s old favorite – Mr. Magic Fingers (Oh, I missed you Dean), Dean see’s that Bobby John has now turned into the little African-American baby on the diaper box (After a nice giant splat of skin juice on the wall). Is he a shifter? You bet he is. Turns out that the shifters were using the security company to get into the couple’s home. When the father would leave, the shifter would disguise himself as the father and impregnate the wife (Ewww).
So what’s the best thing to do here, Sam? Take him back to Camp Campbell (No!). Dean doesn’t think that’s the best of ideas, but what else is there to do? (How about, anywhere else except crazy relative HQ?) Grandpa thinks that they should keep Bobby John and raise him, but Dean (Still not trusting the Campbell’s) doesn’t want him raised with hunters. So Grandpa offers him to Christian, who has been wanting a baby with his wife. He want’s to make the boy (sometimes) a hunter as well. Grandpa wants to hold/take the baby, but Dean will only give it to Sam. To me it seems, as if Sam has more reign over the Campbell’s than initially thought. Is he the one in charge?
As Christian welcomes his new son (sometimes), in walks a shapeshifter dressed as Grandpa Campbell.
Shapshifter: “You have something of ours.”
But he’s not just any old shapeshifter, he’s the alpha. He is the father of all shifters. He is the first shifter. He also has a few more tricks up his sleeves unlike his children. He can morph into anyone without shedding his skin, all he needs is to look at his victim (Which makes you think, is anyone who they say they are?). Sam and Dean take the baby into the panic room (Not as nice as Bobby’s). The Campbell’s try to stop the shifter (With darts? Really?). He kills my favorite Campbell, silent Mark (I actually liked you. The others? Not so much). Since the panic room is not as nice as Bobby’s, the alpha shifter manages to rip the door off, morph into Sam, throw him against a wall, morph into Dean, and then walk off with Bobby John (We’ll miss you. Not really). Dean, being Dean, want’s to know how to kill it. But, there doesn’t seem to be a way. He’s too powerful (It isn’t often that they don’t kill their monster).
After all the ruckus, we see Grandpa Campbell on the phone. There is someone else in charge. And he or she wants the shifter. A collector of monsters (Bela? Sam and Grandpa came back. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some once dead friends alive again as well)? A demon? Whatever brought back Sam and Gramp’s? I hope we find out soon.
Back at “home,” Dean seems less than happy to be there. He confesses to Lisa that he doesn’t know what to do. Should he stay and look after Lisa and Ben? Or should he just get as far away from them as he can? He can see himself becoming like his father if he stays there (The yelling. The over-protectiveness). Lisa doesn’t know what to do either, but she knows that Dean is a hunter. That he doesn’t want to be there. Things are different and she knows that (Wow. I hate you a little less, Lisa). She tells him to go (Yes!!).
You can start your happy dance now, because here comes the best scene of the night. Dean looks over the covered Impala as Smoke on the Water plays in the background. He pulls away the tarp (via a little slow-mo technique) The camera goes around the whole car; the lights, the dash, the bumper. Everything seems to be alright. The last thing we see is that wonderful smile on Dean’s face and the sound of tires screeching in the distance.
The boys are back. Or maybe they will be. Why didn’t we see Sam and Dean reunite with the Impala at the end? Personally, I don’t think Sam and Dean are going to jump right back into their old routine. I think that Dean is going to take some time on his own and go hunting by himself. I think the Campbell’s are a bit of a deal breaker for Dean. He want’s to be with his brother, but if that means being with the Campbell’s, a Sam and Dean hunter reunion isn’t in the cards right now. Oh, and how awesome is the glass/mirror breaking title opening? Could the mirror aspect be that nothing is as it seems?
Now, how about some of the best lines of the night? You know you want them, so here they come.
1. Grandpa Campbell: “Sometimes I wonder about you, Sam.”
Sam: “Sometimes I wonder about me too.”
I think that the showed us that Sam is really, Sam. Yes, he’s different. A year without your best friend and brother will do that to you.
2. Dean: (In reference to Bobby John’s car seat) “Who designed this thing? NASA?”
I love you, Dean.
3. Dean: ‘We can’t actually drop it off at a orphanage, they might get upset when it turns Asian.
Again. I love you, Dean.
4. Dean: (To Mark) What you got something to say? No? Alright, why don’t you just stand there and think at me.
5. Dean: “You can’t Angelina Jolie a shapeshifter.”
What did you think about Friday’s episode? Who do you think Grandpa Campbell was talking to? How good is it to have Dean back? Are you excited for next week’s episode (Cas is back!)? Tell me in the comments!