Friday, January 29, 2010

Swap Meat

Okay, Thursday is not my best night. I wrote this up last night---and posted it to my own blog! Sorry!

What the hell. Every time Trish stays with me and we watch SPN together, the TV tricks out. Last time I missed 20 minutes, and this time, after the scene in the bar where “Gary” was ordering a banana daiquiri and agreeing with the woman at the bar that he was very good-looking, then the picture went black, then you could hear the Law and Order theme, then a goofy movie with a giant gumball machine came on (this sounds like one of my dreams), then we see Sam walking down the street in a GOOFY costume before being pulled over by the police. When he’s escorted “home” and told to listen to his “father” he freaks out, especially when he catches a glimpse of his reflection in the mirror and sees a teen-aged boy looking back at him.

Finally we’re back on track, and we see Sam checking out his arms in the mirror (Mary pauses the DVR). When he turns away, we see it’s the teen-aged boy who’d been so delighted about being 26 in the bar. He gets Dean to let him drive the Impala, and he guns the engine—right into the trash.

Sam investigates the kid’s room, finding Busty Asian Beauties, Star Wars t-shirts and a cloth with markings (pentagram?) and a sword. Immediately he suspects satanic stuff, and when he’s called to breakfast, he quizzes his parents about “his” behavior. Turns out his sister knows just what he’s into and clues him in on the whereabouts of his special book—his locker at school.

So Sam, wearing a hoodie and doing a fair impression of a teenager, goes to school and finds a “very bad book” in Gary’s locker. Meanwhile, Dean and Gary are hunting a witch. Gary knows where the witch is buried and why and leads Dean into the basement of an old house. As Dean is digging up the grave, Gary holds a rifle on him, only to be blown back by the witch’s ghost when he tries to shoot. Dean is blown back, too, and the witch charges him, which Gary declares “cool.” But I don’t think it’s resolved. The two of them go drinking together and Gary gets drunk on one shot. He orders a bacon cheeseburger and is taken aback when Dean asks who he is and what he’s done with Sam. But Dean goes on to say, “Ordering bacon cheeseburgers now?” Gary runs off with a woman from the bar, saying over his shoulder, “We’re going to DO IT!”

Sam encounters Gary’s high school buddies, who tranq him and hold him hostage because there wasn’t supposed to be an occupant of Gary’s body while he inhabits Sam, and they don’t want him getting in the way. The high school kids, Trevor and Nora, spill the beans. Gary took over Sam’s body in order to kill Dean, because he’s on hell’s most wanted, and the kids want to collect the bounty.

Trevor doesn’t think Gary can go through with killing Dean, so he gets Gary’s book and plans a demon summoning.

Next we see Gary in the hotel room with Dean, looking at a lump in Dean’s bed. He gets Dean’s gun, aims, and Dean steps out of the shadows and punches the kid, finally cluing in.

Trevor calls the demon, who inhabits Nora’s body. He asks for the reward, but all she offers is her undying gratitude. Trevor pushes despite warnings from Sam, asking for millions and the love of a girl. She reaches into his chest and rips his heart out. “Tastes like moron.” He deserved it.

Gary is falling to pieces in Dean’s custody as Dean listens to his voicemail (FINALLY) and then Dean goes flying across the room as Nora appears. (DH pointed out that perhaps the Winchesters should lay down salt at their hotel rooms’ doors and windows.) She unties Gary and asks what he wants. He wants to be a witch for real, out from under his parents’ control. She says he can have it but he has to meet the boss, Lucifer. (Sam’s meat suit is empty, after all.) All he has to do is say yes and he’ll get his reward.

Dean attacks but Nora slams him back and stalks Gary. Gary starts an exorcism, which pisses Nora off, but Dean chimes in, and the two work together to exorcise her. I liked that bit. Then Gary repeats the spell, putting him and Sam back in their rightful bodies.

Dean and Sam drive Gary and Nora home. Sam tells Gary he doesn’t have it so bad and if he wants to get his dad off his back he needed to rebel in a non-Satanic kind of way. He told the kid Nora was into witchcraft because she liked Gary. Gary was all happy. Dean turned to Sam after all was said and done. “That was a nice thing to say.”

“I totally lied,” Sam said. “Kid’s life sucked ass.”

Dean is surprised when Sam said, “All that apple pie family crap is stressful. We didn’t miss a thing.” So was I. Sam from even 2 years ago wouldn’t have said that.

I liked the episode (would have liked it better if I’d SEEN THE WHOLE THING, DAMN YOU CW) and will probably like it better on second viewing. It won’t be a favorite, but it was solid and fun. It probably would have fit better in an earlier season and I'm wondering what happened to Lucifer and Death, but...

What did you think?