5.12 – SWAP MEAT
Robin’s Ramblings
Robin Vogel
I have never been disappointed in an episode of SUPERNATURAL before, but I was not impressed with last night’s “Swap Meat.” The performances were terrific, and some scenes stood out with humor and more, but the entire show was ruined for me for one reason: Dean would never watch his brother behaving that out of character and not do something about it! It made Dean himself seem out of character, and that drove me crazy!
The opening scene, with Sam calling the bartender “barkeep,” flashing his license like he’d just turned legal, agreeing with Crystal that he was really good-looking, ordering a daiquiri—I laughed, anticipating a fun episode. His realization that she wanted to have “the sex” with him? Priceless! After that, with the exception of just a few scenes, blah. 
I understand why the decision was made to keep the actor playing Gary with Dean and Jared with Gary’s real family, but it would have been more challenging for the actors to keep it the way Jared did at the beginning. Watching him playing with a teenage boy inside him made for such a funny scene! 
There are two things niggling me, and here they are: Did Gary sleep with Crystal and lose his virginity in Sam’s body? Or did he decide her outfit and whip were too scary and high-tail it out of there? We never did find out. The other niggle is this—if the demon brought Gary to Lucifer in Sam’s meat suit and Gary said yes, does that count? Is it legal? I don’t think so. I would imagine Sam himself would have to say the magic word, not someone else inhabiting his body. Can we check any laws on any books on this? It seems relevant to me.
Sam’s search of Gary’s room was hilarious. Each item turned up a new fact—Advanced AP Chem and Physics, intelligence. Star Wars t-shirt, virgin. Busty Asian Beauties magazine, frustrated virgin. Witchcraft accoutrements, “Gary, you little satanic bastard.” LMAO! When they called Gary down to breakfast, Sam was annoyed at the interruption, just like any kid involved in something would be. â€œMom” had to call him twice.
I loved Gary’s sister; what a hoot she was, berating him for discussing his evil book at the breakfast table. Sam so craftily questioned Gary’s family, asking if any animals had gone missing on the block, and if he was proficient at Latin. LMAO! It’s fortunate they put his behavior down to his having gotten drunk, or they might have shipped him off to an asylum. I also roared when he snatched and ate the toast off “Mom’s” plate, not knowing about the wheat intolerance. He paid!   It was amusing
Sam goes to school, running into Nora and Trevor, two of Gary’s friends. He is forced to ask them for his own locker combination, feigning still being drunk from the night before as his excuse.  He’s able to break into the locker using just his own ear to hear the clicks of the numbers, and in there finds the evil book Gary used to switch bodies with him. When he tries leaving campus alone, Trevor shoots him in the neck with a anesthetic dart, the same type Gary used to capture him and switch bodies with him the first time around.
Turns out these three kids were fooling around in Trevor’s basement and tuned in to some demons who had Gary, a non-artist, pencil a beautiful drawing of Dean. It’s his wanted poster—the demons want Dean dead! Trevor, Gary and Nora want to collect the bounty the demons are offering. 
Sam, firmly tied up in Trevor’s basement, overhearing this horrific information, tries to explain to Nora and Trevor that killing a person is wrong, and that dealing with demons has deadly consequences.  He gets through to Nora, but not Trevor, who is annoyed that Gary hasn’t already offed Dean.  
Problem is, Gary, after helping Dean snuff out a ghost that was giving a former Winchester babysitter a problem by scratching “murderd chylde on her daughter’s stomach, had taken a liking to Dean—and besides, he was in bed, getting ready to get laid with Crystal. Nora only pretended to be into this witchcraft stuff because she liked Gary. 
Dopey Trevor, over Sam’s pleas, decides to summon a demon.  The demon, which possesses Nora (and the actress plays both shy Nora and bitchy demon brilliantly), is thrilled to learn Dean is in a nearby hotel and Sam in another body that can just be taken to Lucifer. She repays Trevor by killing him, then lapping his blood from her hand.  Trevor reaped what he sowed. Idjit!
May I also say how much I enjoyed Gary’s additions to Dean’s case. That he knew where the witch’s body was buried was fantastic. That he aimed a gun at Dean while he was digging her up, not so much. I was grateful for the ghostly intervention; it saved Dean’s life. I found it a bit too convenient that she only slammed one of them into the wall at a time, however. It gave Gary a chance to burn her up while Dean got his wall time. It saved Dean’s life when Gary was about to shoot him.
Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth exorcism of the demon inhabiting Nora? Apparently Dean has made it his business to memorize that thing! He and Gary did it in tandem, one taking over when the other stopped, but they got it right and sent her to hell. Great job, guys!
Dean orders Gary a bacon cheeseburger with an egg on top (which he loves, since he can eat the bread), they drink shots and beer, Gary uses words like awesome and brilliant, he thinks the 5th rate ghost case they solved was awesome, he’s in a great mood—and all this puzzles Dean but takes forever to clue him in to the fact that Sam isn’t Sam. He talks about not liking that there is a plan out there for him, but that is one thing Sam and Gary have in common. Of course, Gary’s is MIT and Sam’s is to become Lucifer’s vessel, but Dean gets it when Gary says it’s just nice kicking some ass.
The brothers went to this Massachusetts town to solve a case for a former babysitter
—Donna, their favorite. Sam would have been 12, Dean, 16, and he apparently had the hots for her. Donna explains to her daughter, Katie, that she once had them with her for two weeks. John always came back, hurt sometimes, but he loved his boys. Sam explains to Katie that their father hunted ghosts, and now, so do they. It’s the first time either of them ever explained it so simply, like they had taken over the family lawn business. I like that. Later, over a meal, when Dean eats a burger and Sam, a salad, Dean asks Sam if he’d like to have a wife and rugrats. Sadly, Sam says not anymore. I got the idea Dean wanted a shot at it. Later, Sam tells Dean he felt Gary’s family life sucked ass and they weren’t missing anything, apple pie family life is stressful. â€œOr we didn’t know what we were missing,” counters Dean.
So is Sam convincing himself a life like Gary’s is something he never had and now would never want, while Dean is wishing that he might still have a stab at it? 
I’m not sure what this show was all about, and wonder if I ever will.