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She doesn't, bringing up instead that they didn't part on the best of terms and why is he there. He takes off his jacket and she sees the huge welt on his forearm in the form of a circle with a mark in the middle. "Looks like it hurt." You don't know the half of it Jo. After Sam makes up a lame "burning it on a hot stove" story, he wants to square things. He mentions that John was an obssessed bastard, but he isn't his father. Funny how that's true, at least in this state. As we learn later though, the real Sam is John's carbon copy.

He tries to make the plea heartfelt, but Jo isn't falling for it. She asks about Dean. Uh, oh, wrong thing. After pointing out Dean is more like their dad, which is so not true, Sam breaks character and goes into a jealous snit, and bringing on the evil eyes. He goes onto insult her, saying that Dean thinks of her as a little sister and romance is out of the question. "He kind of thinks you're a school girl." Oh yeah, that's going to win her over. He then tries to make it sound like he cares, but Jo is too pissed.

Sam grabs her hand, upping the creep factor to eleven. "I care about you a lot." She tries to pull it away and he grips tighter, then gives her a bone chilling leer. "I could be more to you Jo." Yikes! Evil Sam is so scary! She tells him to leave and she yanks her hand away. Sam gives her a parting look, like he's going to snap her like a twig. She stupidly turns her back on him. Can't you tell he's psycho right about now Jo? Oh right, not good at reading hints. Sort of like Lois Lane on Smallville STILL not getting all the glaring clues about Clark.

All of a sudden, this giant beast grabs her from behind and wraps his huge arms around her, practically swallowing her in his chest. Sam easily overcomes her attempts to fight back, and stops her from smashing the beer bottle on his head after kissing her neck. She begs Sam to get off her, so he spins her around and pins her down against the bar. He has her in a headlock now and Jo is pleading in terror for him to stop.

We're gasping, wondering if they would actually allow a graphic rape scene on this show, especially when it's Sam doing the potential act. A few more tense seconds later, we find out when Sam bangs Jo's head against the bar, knocking her out. Then Sam scoops her limp body in his arms, and strokes her hair like he might actually go there. "It didn't have to be this way. (beat) Or maybe it did." The scene ends, and to this day we wonder if he went there, even though all evidence hints he didn't. Wow, I'm out of breath.

Oh, but the drama doesn't end there! A record comes on the Jukebox, "The Crystal Ship" by The Doors. I'm not a huge Doors fan, but that's one of their songs I do love. To fit the mood of the song, the shot goes into a slower motion, showing Jo being tied to a post, and Sam is in full fledged evil mode. Right now, Jared is totally blowing me away. Wow, to think we had no idea he had this in him (at the time). He's the creepiest villain this show has ever had.

Sam is behind her as she comes to and he asks what her mom told her about when her dad died. "You're not Sam," she says. "Don't be too sure about that. Answer the question." Jo clams up, so Sam pulls up a bar stool next to her and does a complete over-the-top Sam puppy dog look tinged with evil, while holding the knife to her forehead. "Come on, it's me. You can tell me anything, you know that." After exchanging a couple of terse "fine" comments, Jo gives the story about how her dad and John were on a stakeout, and her dad was bait.

Sam smiles at the idea of John dangling Bill like meet on a hook, and then acts like a little kid hearing a cool bed time story, eager to know what happens next. Man this evil act is delicious. John jumped out too soon and exposed her dad, and the hell spawn killed him. Sam taunts that wasn't right. "You see, it hurt him, but it didn't kill him"¦You see Bill was all clawed up, holding his insides in his hand, he was gurgling, praying to see you and Ellen one more time, so my dad killed him. Put him out of his misery like a sick dog." Then he sing-songs, just to rub it in worse, because evil beings do that. "My daddy shot your daddy in the head." Wow, can this get any better?

Jo wants to know how he could know that. "I hear things." Now she finally asks why he's doing this to her. Wouldn't that have been the first question? "Like daddy, like daughter, you're bait." He puts a gag around her mouth and that's when Dean bursts in. Sam grabs the knife and shifts into tortured brother mode. "I begged you to stop me Dean! I told you I can't fight it! My head feels like its on fire, alright." Dean holds the gun, but won't shoot. Sam issues the ultimatum. Kill him, or he's going to kill her. Dean looks at Sam but doesn't shoot. Sam yells at him louder. "Shoot me, shoot me!" The camera does the jagged shots of Sam and his extended arms demanding to be wasted, just to add to the already gripping drama. Dean considers it, looks at helpless Jo, then lowers the gun. He won't do it.

Sam is livid, and starts berating Dean. "What the hell's wrong with you Dean? Are you that scared of being alone that you'd rather let Jo die?" Dean whips around and splashes holy water from a flask at Sam. He smokes. He's possessed! "That's holy water you demonic son of a bitch." Suddenly, Sam's eyes go totally black. Cool!

Dean keeps flinging the holy water, so not!Sam jumps out the window. Dean cuts Jo's ropes and heads out in pursuit. "He was possesed?" Jo says all shocked. Dean rolls his eyes, reflecting what the rest of us think. Duh! Dean jumps out the window.

Now for a really cool dock scene, and I swear I've seen this locale in a few X-Files episodes. Or Smallville. Probably both. Dean searches a warehouse with gun drawn and spots not!Sam in the distance. He draws his gun but not!Sam ducks behind, uh, stuff. Dean asks the demon "Who are you?" while they both maintain their standoff. "I got lots of names." Luckily Dean only needs one. Bitch.


# ATsRock 2009-07-13 04:40
Alice, I see what you mean about the last scene, and the joke Dean made, but I love that scene, and I guess I'll always make allowances for the boys by assuming Dean wanted to lighten the mood between them. And it kinda worked. That joke is one of several scenes in which I always laugh, regardless of how many times I watch it. Another is in Lazarus Rising, when Bobby throws holy water at Dean. And, in Everybody Loves A Clown, when Sam makes the comment about the kid 'fingering the clown'. Dean's reaction is classic. But I digress...

I absolutely loved Jared in this episode. My favourite scene is when demonSam is taunting Jo. Brilliant, Jared. The facial acting and inflections in his voice, not to mention the body language. I wonder how much of that was written, and how much was Jared's addition. And his laugh when he's tied to the chair at Bobby's...that is one of (if not THE) best evil laughs I've ever heard.
# Supernarttu 2009-07-13 06:25
Wow, this was a super review!! I loved it to bits.
And the ep itself is in my top5 too 'cause its' soo... fricking awesome!! I love every bit of it and while I too would have loved a some kind of ramifications on this (allthough I remember Kripke some time saying, this was going to be another reason for Gordons manhunt on Sam but it fell apart 'cause Sterling K. Brown was too much attached on the other show and the whole writers strike in S3 or something like that) but it still doesn't spoil this ep for me.
I loved both Jensen and Jared in this one but EvilJared was just creepy as hell! In the Jo-scenes I would have ran screaming esp. after the whole wrist-gripping scene... Jared hands are huge and I can imagine him grabbing my wrist that way and totally (i have teeny hands *grin*) just smother them... *shudders BIG time* Jared was just SO good, I'm kinda sad he didn't get to show this side sooner 'cause I know the boy can act his ass off. Jensen has been great from the start but I've always felt they both are great and their chemistry is just the best thing ever on TV.
I could watch this ep non-stop for days and never get tired... I usually watch certain scenes with constant rewinding :D like your fave scene and the Jo-scene just because it's so freaking creepy and I just for one sec actually feared that MeginSam might rape Jo... And I'm convinced nothing of that sort happened (I don't care if I'm proved wrong, I'm in Denial Land *laalalaalaalaa * ;-) ) but it still was one of my fave scenes 'cause I don't remember a scene where I've felt so uncomfortable and it was SAM (even though it wasn't). Oh, Jared is a god :P and I bet he was really sweet in shooting this, making sure Alona was ok every step of the way... He's just that kinda guy... But he 'sold' that scene, he should play psychos more :-)
Ok, Jensen was just heartwrenching with his freaking out 'n' suffering Dean. Nobody does those haunting looks better *love* And I too loved those Dean will have to kill Sam -themse that S2 gave us... And I too wll, never tire of those... as long as they don't go through with it :D
I didn't really care for Jo too, I liked her more in this one where they weren't trying to jam the Jo-Dean thing down our throats... She seemed too young to me and No exit was just *yawn* Dean usually seemed more uncomfortable than flirty with her... But that's just me, I don't like the guys hooking up *grin*
Ok, this is becoming longer than your review, so I better stop before I my keyboards explode.

ps. For little bits, I esp. loved the Timberlake-eye roll, the confused-Dean-w ith-the-hotel-m anager-by-the-d oor, and the Bobby-and-Sam-h oly-water-in-th e-beer -thingy and the Jo's "he was possessed?!", (I can't not eyeroll at that and say "No Jo, that's just Sam on Thursday nights" every single time :D ) and the scene in the gas station (I love how Dean says "This guy?!" like a million times, he's facial expressions *heart*) with the "Am I speaking Urdu?" with Sams over the top shocked puppy -look just cracks me up every single time.
Ok, I'll stop now, sorry for the length again :D
# Bethany 2009-07-13 09:08
this episode was just awesome jared hit it out of the park. it was tense and thrilling and takes hold of the viewer, draws them in and doesn't let go. jensen was also brilliant (as always) he manages to keep dean stoic and relentless in his determination not to give up on sam and yet you can see dean crumbling and the fear he can't save his brother wells up inside him.

i also love bobby in this episode and i think you're spot on to say that bobby is a much better dad to them then their dad ever was. just that bit where he doesn't miss a beat as not!sam splutters over his holy water laced beer is just awesome.."don't con a conman" bobby has mad skills!
# Bevie 2009-07-13 15:32
Wow Alice! What a perfectly awesome recap!

The acting was more than excellent, and kept me in twisted up tummy land all the way through.

My heart was aching for Dean, terrified of Sam and so grateful for incredible Bobby the conman.

I was truly worried that not/Sam would rape Jo I could hardly breathe through that scene. I don't think that happened off screen though.

I really liked Jo in this episode, even though she was a little slow in figuring out it was not/Sam, for a potential hunter. She'll have to improve in that area if she wants to survive in her chosen career. I liked her finding and patching up Dean and her resigned "No you won't". (I'd like to see Ellen and Jo again, also hoping Ash somehow didn't die in the fire. They do kill off so many interesting characters).

As I mentioned in another post, I would have liked to see a scene where Sam was really concerned about his brother's well-being and perhaps doing some first aid on the botched up job Jo did on his poor mistreated shoulder.

Love the way Bobby is with the boys, and how he shows his very real concern for their well being. I certainly hope that Bobby survives in this series. I don't think I could take it if they do him in. Let Bobby live I say!

I am babbling on here, so I better go. Agree with the posts above about this outstanding episode. Will always be at or near the top of my most gut-wrenching episodes. :sad:
# elle2 2009-07-13 17:54

Awesome recap. THis is one of my favorite episodes all around. Both Jensen and Jared as well as Jim Beaver nailed it. I love the directing and the cutting back and forth to show how stressed and rattled Dean was -- it was also done quite well in DalDoM.

Jared was superb here, the whole... "My daddy shot your daddy in the head." As well as the look after he shot Dean and after he pistol whipped him -- fabulous.

All around it's a classic, one to come back to again and again and I never get tired of it.

REO's song is a bit upbeat although the lyrics fit what they're doing but it is a bit 'on the nose' as we know that they're back on the road again.

I do like Dean's little joke at the end because it sorta echoed Bobby's comment and Dean's joke back at his house. You are right though, Sam did not have any after effects that we'rea ware of other than his comment in JIB and that is a shame. Still, I like that they closed the loop of the whole hunters after Sam because like the FBI manhunt after Dean it would have just muddied the waters. They've got bigger fish to fry, such as angels and demons after them in Season 5...way cool.

Great recap. Thanks for delivering.
# Suze 2009-07-28 04:14
Great recap, I love this episode ...

I'm rather sorry they lost the Hunters hunting Hunters storyline though, I really fancied that! Not sorry we've seen no more of Jo, she was a bit too much of a standard permenatly imperilled yet spunky girl sidekick stereotype.

I'm glad Sam didn't spend ages having a crisis about being possessed ... We don't need any more angsty moments on the Impala! :lol:
# CitizenKane2 2010-10-08 10:38
Just a short note on "Born Under a Bad Sign", if this hasn't already been said.

According to the Supernatural Season 2 Companion, at the end, when Dean punches the no-longer possessed Sam, that wasn't scripted.

The Companion also points out the irony of that punch - all along Dean resisted attacking demon-Sam for fear of injuring his brother.