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From here on out, it's parallels galore. "They feed once, they're a monster forever." Hmm, unleash dark powers and"¦ Jack's in a bar, looks in the mirror, and even though the reflection is normal, his eyes see a monster inside. This is important for later. Sam wants to save this guy because there's hope that even though he's starting to turn, he may never take the final step. Hmm, unleashing dark powers inside doesn't mean"¦ As Travis points out though, "It's pure base instinct"¦You think he can stop himself because he's nice?" Whoa, who exactly are they talking about here? Sam refuses to kill Jack unless he does something to get killed for.
Here it is. Despite all the explosive stuff we've gotten so far, this is not only my favorite scene of the episode, but one of my favorites of the series. We FINALLY learn why Sam has been acting so deceptive. It starts with another discussion in the Impala and Dean doesn't like the plan. He wants to be sure Sam can kill Jack when push comes to shove and passes another one of his heavy handed comments in the process. "Nice dude but he's got something evil inside of him, something in his blood. Maybe you can relate." Sam in a fit of anger demands Dean stop the car, now. Dean doesn't understand, so Sam makes it perfectly clear. "Stop the car or I will!" Dean pulls the car off to the side, Sam gets out and starts going off on Dean. The brothers airing grievances in front of the Impala. It feels so right.
"You want to know why I've been lying to you Dean? Because of crap like this. The way you talk to me, the way you look at me like I'm a freak. Or even worse, like I'm an idiot, like I don't know the difference between right and wrong." Dean comes back with his "strolling a dark road" stuff, thus making Sam madder. "You have no idea what I'm going through, none!" Dean demands to be enlightened. Okay Dean, just remember, you asked.
"I've got demon blood in me Dean! This disease pumping through my veins and I can't ever rip it out and scrub it clean. I'm a whole new level of freak!" The close up on Sam's face on that last line is incredible. Jared deserves tons of praise, for Sam's venting of the long building frustration over his misfortune is astonishing. We feel every bit of it and the close up on Dean's shocked face poignantly reflects the heartbreak. Sam finishes, "And I'm just trying to take this curse and make something good out of it (heart wrenching beat), because I have to." Awesome stuff. That shut Dean up and he's willing to talk to the freak. The other freak. I told you about the parallels!
They find Jack, he thinks they're nuts and sends them away. He runs off and ends up stalking a chick, and this sets up the one funny moment of this emotionally heavy episode. Sam and Dean barge in with flamethrowers into this woman's apartment only to find Jack talked himself out of the attack. "We're here to save you I guess." Dean's words are of little comfort as she threatens to call the police. They scram quick.
Let's burn through the next chunk of this. Freak goes home, Travis is there and is ready to kill him and his wife because the she's pregnant. Freak gets angry, breaks free and Travis becomes his first human feast. They go for mega gross out factor, which satisfies those who expect nothing less from this show. Jack unties the wife who runs for her life. Sam and Dean arrive, see mostly eaten Travis, and then Dean is knocked out on the coffee table, Sam on the floor. This happens right after a sorrowful Sam says "I guess you were right about Jack" to Dean. Yeah, great time to find that out.