Interesting how thereâ€™s no â€œNowâ€ or â€œThenâ€ segment. We go straight to a bar and one nice looking older lady is in there having a watered down margarita. Thereâ€™s this place around the corner from here that does the best â€œMangoâ€ ritas. Theyâ€™re so thick you can stand a spoon up in them. One sip and Iâ€™m talking in Spanish and I donâ€™t even know the language. In walks in our strapping Sam Winchester and just by the goofy look on his face we can tell heâ€™s out of character. Especially when he says â€œI would like to purchase some alcohol please.â€ Then he flashes his ID proudly announcing heâ€™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, Iâ€™d be humoring him. Especially when he orders a banana daiquiri. Iâ€™d be all over that! â€œWow, what a great choice for a sasquatch like you. It doesnâ€™t threaten your manliness at all! Want some extra fruit with that? Oh, and Iâ€™ll make sure you get the purple umbrella.
Hereâ€™s a clue this isnâ€™t Sam either, just in case we didnâ€™t pick up on it. â€œSamâ€ greets Crystal with a handshake of his left hand. Sam isnâ€™t left handed. Plus he says his name is Gary, which is actually true. â€œGary, I donâ€™t want to embarrass you, but you are just a stunning looking man.â€ 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, â€œI know, right?â€ Then he looks at himself in the mirror and plays with his hair. Man, why couldnâ€™t we see Jared act like Gary through the whole episode. That would have been awesome!
â€œGaryâ€ gets his frou-frou drink complete with purple umbrella and that has to be one the most ridiculous things weâ€™ve ever seen with Sam Winchester. Itâ€™s up there with Dean and his pink band-aids. He talks with Crystal, whoâ€™s obviously there to pick up guys. Sadly, this version of Sam hasnâ€™t been schooled in pick up lines. She asks if heâ€™s having a good time. â€œLike the best night ever.â€ Oh yeah, the anti-Sam. She wants to make it better and he doesnâ€™t catch on. So she spells it out for him. â€œWith me.â€ â€œGaryâ€ gets this goofy grin, figuring out sheâ€™s talking about â€œsex.â€ Sheâ€™s actually embarrassed. â€œCrystal, I would love to have â€˜the sexâ€™ with you.â€ Iâ€™m sorry, but I donâ€™t care how gorgeous the man is that Iâ€™m trying to pick up. If he uses words â€œthe sexâ€ Iâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 youâ€™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, itâ€™s raining! Theyâ€™re in the living room with a woman and her family who havenâ€™t seen them since they were young boys. She has cookies and lemonade. Why isnâ€™t Dean chowing down? Oh yeah, that sort of thing is clichÃ© 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, Samâ€™s a dork.
Sam tells the womanâ€™s daughter her mom was the best babysitter they ever had. You know, thatâ€™s not something Sam usually says and I know itâ€™s really him. Mom feels the need to explain. When she was a maid at the â€œMayflowerâ€ out on the Interstate, John used to pass through town and leave the boys with her while he went off to â€œwork.â€ Hey, itâ€™s work lady. Really hard work. Fuck with your head hard work. She recalls that one time he didnâ€™t come back for two weeks. â€œHe loved you boys so much.â€ Sure, but two weeks? Thatâ€™s half assed parenting love. The daughter, Katie, asks if they know what he did all that time. She said â€œlittle Sammyâ€ tried to tell her, but she didnâ€™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, thatâ€™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 â€œMurderd Chyldeâ€ carved on her stomach??? And theyâ€™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 canâ€™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) youâ€™ll see the code word. The code word isâ€¦ So, for that last paragraph we get Bazinga! Bazgina!
Now, theyâ€™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 Iâ€™ve ever seen. Why do people do that to their employees? Isnâ€™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 â€œhealth quake salad shake?â€ Dean is embarrassed, admitting itâ€™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 isnâ€™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 donâ€™t see them doing calisthenics in the motel room. Maybe he gets on the treadmill every morning and we donâ€™t see it.
Dean gets to the table with the food and Sam throws on that dressing and shakes it like heâ€™s starving. Dean is disturbed. â€œOh you shake it up baby.â€ Sam rolls his eyes and continues. Dean mentions that poltergeist aside, their old babysitter looks pretty good. Sam dismisses that. â€œHey dude, donâ€™t tell me you still got the hots for our babysitter.â€ Geez Sam, didnâ€™t you notice that her attention was mostly on you? I didnâ€™t think so. Dean brought that up as a bigger point. Sheâ€™s doing good with husband and kid and theyâ€™re hanging tough over their â€œAmityvilleâ€ issue. No, theyâ€™re acting completely stupid with just like those folks in Amityville.
Sam only answers â€œyeah.â€ Dean, not exactly thrilled with Samâ€™s conversational skills, gets to his point. Does he ever think heâ€™d want something like that, â€œWife, rugrats, the whole nine.â€ Sam says thatâ€™s not his thing anymore. Dean ends the conversation, for he actually believes him. So whatâ€™s new about the case? The house theyâ€™re in is old and thereâ€™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, thatâ€™s weird.
Sam is walking down the town street at night and is on the phone with Dean. No luck, there isnâ€™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 itâ€™s meant for an elephant. Theyâ€™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 itâ€™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. Itâ€™s also hilarious they have something that tacky for someone that size. He really looks stupid. Too bad he didnâ€™t have the silly hat on. That would have been icing on the cake.
Sam wakes up and doesnâ€™t even react to the stupid uniform heâ€™s in. I guess heâ€™s seen enough horror in his life. Heâ€™s walking down the street and a cop car pulls up announcing on the radio they found him. He calls Sam â€œGary Frankel.â€ Sam asks who. The cop says his family is worried sick about him and Sam goes â€œmy brother?â€ He must still be out of it. The cop tells him to get in the back and he does? Huh? Sam, the guy whoâ€™s been running from the cops for years? Bazinga!
The cop pulls up to some modest looking townhome and now Sam doesnâ€™t get it at all. Where are they? Home of course. Then his â€œparentsâ€ rush out and he gets a hug bear hug from this woman he doesnâ€™t know, which startles the crap out of him. He asks whatâ€™s going on and goes â€œlady, who are you?â€ I love Samâ€™s bothered expressions like this. It reminds me of how good they were in â€œChanging Channels.â€ The father asks in authoritarian tone if heâ€™s drunk. â€œAnd who are you?â€ Sam asks, doing awesome in freak out mode. The woman tells him to answer his father. Now Sam really doesnâ€™t understand. He doesnâ€™t until he sees Garyâ€™s reflection in the cop car window. â€œWho the hell is that!â€ he shouts. The father is really angry, using the â€œyoung man, Iâ€™m very surprised at you.â€ â€œYeah, tell me about itâ€ one very bothered Sam replies. Hee, I liked that. Out of sorts Sam always manages to work so well.
Next â€œSamâ€ is at the motel, flexing his muscles in the mirror. â€œOh yeah, bring it!â€ Then the camera shows a wimpy looking Gary on the other end in Samâ€™s grey undershirt. Dean walks in wondering where the hell Sam had been. Heâ€™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 â€œthe headâ€ Gary takes Deanâ€™s cell phone, then the ones in the car and disposes of them in the dumpster. Dean will notice instantly theyâ€™re gone, right? Right?? Whatâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t want a chance to drive a bitchinâ€™ car like that? Hell, what middle aged woman wouldnâ€™t? Dean agrees and they go through the ritual of exchanging seats. Gary sits behind the wheel, excited as can be, saying â€œthis is so sweetâ€ 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 Samâ€™s gone giddy over driving the Impala. Bazinga! Dean isnâ€™t amused by this behavior for some reason and watches Gary put the car in gear. He tells him â€œreverse.â€ Gary puts his foot on the gas. â€œReverse!â€ Gary floors it and the car goes crashing into the dumpster.
First, itâ€™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. Sheâ€™s only written five episodes and the Impala has been in four of them. Dean, now beside himself, clarifies. â€œItâ€™s in reverse!â€ Hee, my kids donâ€™t listen to me either. Teenagers are so thick headed! A mortified Gary cowers as they switch positions, apologizing profusely. â€œShut up,â€ Dean tells him. The Impala peels away unharmed.
Sam is in Garyâ€™s room calling Deanâ€™s â€œother otherâ€ 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 â€œI think Iâ€™m in the wrong body. And I think Iâ€™ve got asthma.â€ The disconcerted tone is quite clever. Heâ€™s wearing a loserâ€™s Star Wars shirt. At least itâ€™s the original movies. He calls the motel and is told those â€œguysâ€ checked out in the middle of the night. â€œOne leather jacket, one sasquatch.â€ Iâ€™ll never tire of Sam being called that. So Sam stares in the mirror, staring down Gary, and asks â€œwho are you?â€ Whatâ€™s really interesting is they sold this despite being so different in size.
Sam looks through Garyâ€™s stuff. Heâ€™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 itâ€™s another sighting of â€œBusty Asian Beautiesâ€! To me, that gag never gets old. â€œFrustrated virgin,â€ Sam says. Oh, the kid also has some witchcraft items in there. â€œYou little satanic bastard,â€ Sam says. Ha! Takes one to know one. Sam wants to look more, but frustratingly is called to breakfast.
Samâ€™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. â€œSo do I, believe me,â€ 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, â€œListen buddy, no offense, but at the moment I couldnâ€™t give a rats ass about your plan.â€ That amuses the sister to no end. That amuses me to no end.
The father gives an â€œexcuse meâ€ so Sam changes the subject. â€œHave I seemed moody lately, withdrawn, any occult fixations?â€ The mother is surprised but Sam doesnâ€™t stop. â€œLet me guess, Iâ€™m amazing at Latin.â€ Oh yes. Well thatâ€™s one thing both Sam and Gary have in common. â€œAny of the neighborhood pets go missing recently?â€ Okay, Iâ€™m howling here. If my son started asking me this sort of stuff out of the blue Iâ€™d be throwing holy water on him. These poor clueless parents. Nah, forget poor. I really love how Sam doesnâ€™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 heâ€™s probably hiding it. Then he eats a piece of his motherâ€™s toast. Oops, heâ€™s allergic to wheat gluten. Sure enough, Sam comes out of the bathroom looking mighty green. Heâ€™s that sensitive? Iâ€™ll skip the code word for now, but thatâ€™s suspicious. He runs into sister who wonders if heâ€™s crazy for bringing up that book in front of mom and dad. If they knew about it heâ€™d be grounded for a decade. Naturally, Sam wants to know where he keeps that book.
Dean and Gary are at Fishermanâ€™s Wharf and Dean mentions theyâ€™re working today. They have to go scour tombstones for Maggie Briggsâ€™ body since Sam couldnâ€™t find out where she was buried. Oh, but Gary knows exactly where sheâ€™s buried. In the basement at Isaiah Pickettâ€™s house. Heâ€™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, thatâ€™s the house theyâ€™re trying to get rid of the poltergeist. Wouldnâ€™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 Segerâ€™s â€œRock and Roll Never Forgets,â€ comes on. Iâ€™m shocked this show doesnâ€™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 isnâ€™t â€œcool.â€ Itâ€™s â€œwhat have you done with my brother?â€
Sam is at high school now leaving new messages for Dean. Heâ€™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 heâ€™s alright. They heard about last night. First Sam says heâ€™s Gary and then goes â€œGary is okay.â€ They instantly notice heâ€™s talking about himself in the third person. Donâ€™t you hate it when people do that? Sam goes for the quick, â€œGot drunk, no big thing,â€ and wants to know his locker number. His friend asks if heâ€™s still drunk. â€œYeah, I see like three of you now,â€ Sam says. â€œNow whatâ€™s my locker number?â€ 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 Iâ€™ve read some criticism over why did Sam stay in Garyâ€™s house and go to school? Itâ€™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 â€œAre you alright?â€ Yeah, heâ€™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. Itâ€™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 heâ€™s pointing it at Dean and looking nervous. After much hesitation he says â€œHey man, Iâ€™m really sorry about this.â€ Dean asks for what but doesnâ€™t look. Come one Dean, look! No matter, for Gary goes flying just as heâ€™s about to shoot.
Dean rushes over to help him, calling out â€œSam!â€ 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 sheâ€™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, whoâ€™s standing over the burning body with a huge grin on his face. â€œDude, that was sweet.â€ Do kids even say that anymore? Dean fakes enthusiasm and itâ€™s priceless!
Sam is walking away from the high school with the book in his hands. Heâ€™s so getting out of there. Except the two dweebs from earlier, Trevor and Nora, try to stop him. â€œIâ€™m just not feeling like myself, okay?â€ Sam says. Thatâ€™s an understatement. So Trevor plays up the â€œtalk to me friendâ€ stuff but Sam tells them heâ€™s got to go. Trevor calls out to him and â€œzap!â€ thereâ€™s a dart in Samâ€™s neck! Whoa, something finally got interesting! Nora is horrified and Trevor asks what else was he supposed to do? Of course Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m curious Iâ€™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 â€œgood morning burger.â€ 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, â€œWho are you and what have you done with Sam?â€ 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 â€œreally awesome dayâ€ part. It was a random, boring ghost hunt. For you maybe Deano! So Gary asks the question, â€œI canâ€™t be in a good mood?â€ NO YOU CANâ€™T! Youâ€™re Sam Winchester! Youâ€™re always brooding. Come on Dean, shoot him!
Dean at first does an â€œI guess â€ and then he realizes who is he kidding. â€œNo, actually, thatâ€™s really not your style Sam.â€ 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. â€œWell then, itâ€™s a new me. Come on, why shouldnâ€™t I be happy. Iâ€™ve got a gun, Iâ€™m getting drunk, and I look like this.â€ He motions circles around his face with his fingers, and Dean is now really bothered.
Gary goes on because heâ€™s really wasted now, asking if heâ€™s ever felt like his futureâ€™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 heâ€™s drunk. Dean says itâ€™s alright and raises his glass. â€œIâ€™ll drink to that.â€ You see, I would have done what Dean did, which was let it go for now. After all, the few times weâ€™ve seen Sam drunk and drugged, he is pretty loopy. So Dean stops again and realizes whatâ€™s happening. â€œIs it just me or are we drinking together?â€ Gary points out they donâ€™t do it that often. â€œYou can say that,â€ Dean says. So, this is where I figure Dean knows something isnâ€™t right, but heâ€™s having too good a time right now. Again, I donâ€™t blame him.
Gary then says â€œYouâ€™re a good guy Dean.â€ â€œOh, you are drunk,â€ Dean says. You see! Sam only says that stuff when heâ€™s wasted. Their bacon cheeseburgers arrive and Gary gets all serious. â€œNo, I mean it. You really are a good guy.â€ Dean doesnâ€™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 â€œSamâ€ leaving with that blonde woman from the teaser. Gary turns around while heâ€™s leaving and tells Dean like a goofy seventeen year old â€œWeâ€™re gonna do it.â€ Man, why or why couldnâ€™t we have seen Jared do that!! Thereâ€™s the gotcha! Dean knows that isnâ€™t Sam.
Back to Gary in the mirror, Sam on the flip side, and heâ€™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. Thereâ€™s something about dated basements I adore. Mine is just unfinished concrete walls. Sam struggles, wondering whatâ€™s going on. Trevor, who we learn in this scene is a dick, yells loud he canâ€™t hear him since his parents are out of town. Trevor calls Gary, whoâ€™s in bed with leopard skin sheets in some sort of sex lair. Heâ€™s shirtless. Now I just bust into tears. Why, oh why, for the love of God, is Jared not in that scene??? Youâ€™re killing me show!
Trevor asks Gary whereâ€™s Dean. Trevor tells him the motel, but Samâ€™s on the other side (still weeping) now alarmed at the mention of his brother. â€œYou mean you havenâ€™t killed him yet?â€ 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. Itâ€™s kind of sweet he hasnâ€™t done it because he figured out Dean is a good guy. Plus heâ€™s not a killer. Trevor points out the obvious problem, which is heâ€™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, doesnâ€™t it Gary? Trevor orders him to just hurry up and kill the son-of-a-bitch already. Gary canâ€™t do that right now, because Crystal comes out of the bathroom. In a dominatrix outfit. Okay, that does it. Now Iâ€™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 wonâ€™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 Iâ€™ve ever seen, mentions that Dean is Hellâ€™s most wanted. Sam is appalled. â€œHave you idiots been talking to demons?â€ If your teenager wants to mess with this stuff, just make them watch this show. Theyâ€™ll learn quick. Sam tries talking sense into them, pointing out theyâ€™re just kids. They have no idea what theyâ€™re getting into. All Trevor sees is greed, since thereâ€™s a price on Deanâ€™s head and he wants his reward.
Nora tells the story. About a month ago they were down there goofing around with the bookâ€¦but moron here says â€œI wouldnâ€™t exactly call praying to our dark overlord goofing around.â€ Oh boy, this kid is so this weekâ€™s red shirt. â€œDonâ€™t be a loser Trev,â€ Nora says. â€œYeah, Trev,â€ 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 canâ€™t draw. Itâ€™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 Garyâ€™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??? Thatâ€™s some awesome luck. Nah. Bazinga! â€œAnd the Freaky Friday crap?â€ Sam asks. I was wondering when a reference like that would make its way in. That was Garyâ€™s idea too, heâ€™d go in Trojan horse style. Sheâ€™s saying all this praising Gary as a genius, which actually heâ€™s just some kid who thought it would be cool to mess around in a gorgeous body. One we donâ€™t see. Iâ€™m still simpering here over that. Trevor is still upset that Gary wonâ€™t go through with it. Sam decides to scare the crap out of Nora, and it so works. â€œYou listen to me, you are making a terrible mistake. Weâ€™re talking about a demon deal, killing somebody. This isnâ€™t a game. Youâ€™re crossing a line you wonâ€™t come back from. Believe me.â€
Nora turns to Trevor all scared, but Trevor being a dickhead he is doesnâ€™t buy it. He has a better idea. He opens the book. He doesnâ€™t have to kill Dean. Why not summon a demon? â€œIâ€™m calling up one of these bad boys, turning these punks over and getting paid dollar, dollar bills yâ€™all!â€ Oh, this kid is toast. Nora hates the idea, ditto for Sam. Come on Nora, get some balls! Samâ€™s tied to a chair and canâ€™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 (Iâ€™m assuming thatâ€™s Deanâ€™s, which is weird considering Dean always keeps it under his pillow. Maybe he went knife this time, or is trapping Gary. Iâ€™ll stop speculating now). Gary nervously holds up the gun, points it at Deanâ€™s bed, cocks the gun and thereâ€™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. â€œYouâ€™re not Sam. Who the Hell are you?â€ Duh!
Back to Sam, whoâ€™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 heâ€™s got shit for brains, even though Sam rightfully points out heâ€™s going to get them all killed. Trevor finishes and at first it seems nothing happens, but then Nora has collapsed. Trevor asks if sheâ€™s okay and what do you know, she has black eyes now. â€œOh yeah, Iâ€™m peachy.â€ Yep, things just went from bad to worse. You know, it could be the spell, but isnâ€™t some form of black smoke required? Thatâ€™s usually how people get possessed right? Oh, what the hey. Bazinga!
â€œSo whatâ€™d you call me for here Skippy.â€ Great nickname! I use it all the time for clueless morons. She looks like sheâ€™s going to eat him but he points out they have Dean Winchester. Sheâ€™s interested. Sam tells him to keep his mouth shut but this kid wants to die and tells her heâ€™s at the Cloverleaf motel. She then turns around and with glee sees that itâ€™s Sam in a Gary suit. She laughs and pinches his cheeks. â€œWell arenâ€™t you just 98 pounds of nothing.â€ Sam points out the kid is a moron. Yeah, like she hasnâ€™t figured this out.
She isnâ€™t a moron though, wondering if Samâ€™s in this body then whoâ€™s in Samâ€™s. Trevor tries to say a dangerous warlock named Gary and from the name alone everyone knows better. Heck, my catâ€™s name is Gary and heâ€™s more menacing. Sheâ€™s delighted because she gets Dean and Samâ€™s meatsuit, an empty vessel waiting to be filled. Sheâ€™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, doesnâ€™t take this well. Dude, this is a real demon who can rip your heart out with one grab! â€œBe quiet you idiot!â€ Sam says. She says he should consider himself lucky. Trevor is just that stupid though, and gets demanding. â€œWe worked our asses off here and I want my reward!â€
Nora!demon freezes with a huge look of ire, then turns around with a menacing glare. Trevor backs off and says please. Oh, youâ€™re way too late now buddy. She bats her eyelids and gives him that malevolent smile, asking what he wants. Man, heâ€™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 isnâ€™t enough these days. So he agrees, but he also wants Mindy Schwartz to fall in love with him. Iâ€™m hoping Mindy Schwartz hasnâ€™t so far because she sees heâ€™s a moron. Sam just rolls his eyes, accepting this kid probably does deserve whatâ€™s coming to him. â€œLove, money, sticking to the basics. I can respect that,â€ Nora!demon says in such a delicious way. She is so leading him on itâ€™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. â€œYep, tastes like moron.â€ 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 SAMâ€™s voice (huh??) tell him heâ€™s in the wrong body and the guy right next to him is not him. â€œCheck your friggin voice mail dammit!â€ Sorry, I canâ€™t let this mistake pass. Bazinga! â€œAlright pal, either you start talking or I start waterboarding.â€ Listen to him Gary, Dean is an expert in this sort of thing. Gary pleads for his life and doesnâ€™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. Heâ€™s in his friendâ€™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 canâ€™t take time to absorb that, for heâ€™s flung into the mirror on the wall and knocked unconscious. Gary looks and thereâ€™s Nora!demon all evil. Her black eyes flash letting him know itâ€™s not really her. Meanwhile, back at the basement, Sam still canâ€™t break loose. Of course the reason why can be told in the mirror. Heâ€™s a 98 pound weakling. He looks at his reflection and gives a frustrated â€œdammit.â€
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 donâ€™t need a demon deal for that. Kids and their low self esteem! She understands his motivation, but points out thereâ€™s one small formality first. Heâ€™s gotta meet the boss. â€œYou know, your satanic majesty or whatever the kids are calling it these days.â€ Yeah, satanic majesty was circa 1967. Sheâ€™s a little behind the times. Gary so doesnâ€™t want to meet the boss. Now heâ€™s FINALLY seeing this is serious shit. Honest, are kids really that dumb these days?
Gary doesnâ€™t want to bother Satan, but Nora!demon insists heâ€™s going to want to meet him. Itâ€™ll be easy. Heâ€™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 canâ€™t be right. Noraâ€™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 Samâ€™s body. Jared does funnier faces when choking. No, Iâ€™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, Deanâ€¦and he ends with â€œAdios bitch.â€ Gary corrects him though, saying its â€œAdinos.â€ Black smoke repels from her. Yeah, thatâ€™s what weâ€™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 itâ€™s him. Heâ€™s all relieved, Garyâ€™s all disappointed. Listen here you little brat, youâ€™re due for an ass kicking! So now that everythingâ€™s back to normal, itâ€™s time for Dean to give Gary the what for. Gary gives a casual â€œmy badâ€ but Dean isnâ€™t going to let him off that easy. â€œMy bad?â€ Dean says. â€œKid, my bad ainâ€™t going to cut it. See, if you were of voting age, youâ€™d be dead. Because we would kill you. So you either straighten up and fly right or we will kill you. Are we clear?â€ Then he and Sam take turns kicking Garyâ€™s ass. No, instead Gary just says itâ€™s crystal clear.
Itâ€™s raining (shocker!) and the Impala pulls up in Garyâ€™s driveway. Gary isnâ€™t at all pleased to get home. So Sam goes into some strange speech. â€œGary, take it from someone who knows, shut up man, your life ainâ€™t that bad.â€ Gary points out Sam met his parents. â€œYeah, so what? Itâ€™s your life. If you donâ€™t their plan for you, tell them to cram it. Rebel a little bit in a healthy non-satanic way of course.â€ Gary looks at Nora, who just wants to go inside because itâ€™s raining and everyoneâ€™s getting wet. Oh, but Samâ€™s not done yet. â€œBy the way, you want to know why Noraâ€™s into witchcraft? She doesnâ€™t like Satan you moron she likes you.â€ I can buy that. Boys often need to just be flat out told these things. Gary doesnâ€™t believe it, but Sam says he knows. Yeah, Sam and every other person on the planet. Itâ€™s pretty obvious.
â€œTrust me kid, I wish I had your life.â€ 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 isnâ€™t there, tells Sam that was a nice thing to say. â€œI totally lied. Kidâ€™s life sucked ass.â€ You see, this is where Dean should be laughing or something. Instead, heâ€™s really bothered again. Gee Dean, you didnâ€™t like Sam different and now you donâ€™t like Sam normal? Bazinga!
They climb into the Impala. â€œAll that apple pie family crap, itâ€™s stressful, trust me. We didnâ€™t miss a damned thing.â€ â€œOr we donâ€™t know what weâ€™re missing,â€ Dean says. Okay, so we go full circle. Sam doesnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t blaring when they got there? Maybe Sam was humoring Gary and Dean on the way. â€œWelcome back Kotter,â€ Dean says, not exactly sure if heâ€™s pleased Sam is back. They pull away and roll credits.
Huh, thatâ€™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 whatâ€™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?