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'Supernatural' recap: 'About a Boy'

A spell turns Dean into his 14-year-old self just in time for the Winchesters to come face to face with Hansel (of Hansel and Gretel fame).

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Supernatural

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
11
run date:
09/13/05
performer:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
broadcaster:
The CW, WB
genre:
Sci-fi, Drama

Supernatural‘s biggest strength is the bond between the Winchester brothers, but when a show focuses so heavily on two characters, it can be tough to keep things interesting, particularly when that show has aired more than 200 episodes. In other words, this show does a whole lot with a very little cast, and this episode was another example of how it does just that: Because for the Winchesters, life is … complicated. And thanks to the many complications that they face, there are endless stories for them to tell, and endless bodies from which to tell them. Confused? It will all make sense soon, I promise.

We start off the hour in Oregon, where a drunk stranger gets kicked out of a bar, and then, with the help of a scarred man and his necklace, said drunkard disappears, leaving behind nothing but his clothes. And so begins the mystery.

Well, not yet, because first, Sam has to convince Dean to get out of the bunker, which he hasn’t left in a week. Deep in lore research, Dean—who thankfully has returned to his junk food-eating ways—is desperately searching to find a way to remove the Mark of Cain, including looking into laser scar removal. But there’s only so much that re-reading can do, and if anyone knows that, it’s nerdy younger brother Sam, who convinces his bro that it’s time for them to hit the road again.

Sidenote: Can we talk about this camera angle with Dean sitting on the floor? Sam already looks tall, just in life, so this is extreme. Crowley would be having a field day with this moment.

Back to the action: Once in Oregon, Sam and Dean enjoy a quick chat with a homeless man who thinks that aliens abducted the guy. (And in a very meta moment, the brothers make a comment about fairies.) But after splitting up, Sam goes to check out the house of the man abducted, while Dean sniffs around the dive bar where he was last seen. After ordering “something dark and strong”—you mean like you are, Dean Winchester?—from the bar, Dean meets a lady friend. Multiple shots later, Dean and Tina discover that they both semi-lived out of the same hotel because they both had crappy childhoods. However, when Tina gets up to leave the bar (somehow she has the willpower to walk away from Dean) she’s followed out by creepy necklace man.

Dean’s not far behind, but it doesn’t do much good: He arrives just in time to be hit with the necklace—which is a hex bag!—and wake up in a basement dungeon somewhere. The real twist? He’s 14!

Teen Dean finds teen Tina in the cell next to him and quickly tries to find a way out, but it isn’t long until the creepy guy returns and takes away Tina’s cellmate before delivering both Dean and Tina a slice of cake. Doesn’t he know Dean prefers pie?! Of course, Dean eats the cake anyway, because he’s Dean. At least, until Tina mentions it’s probably poison. Honestly, if anyone ever wanted to kill Dean, they could do it with a good burger or a slice of pie. Or a beer. Or Baby. Sorry, I got distracted.

As Sam tries to figure out what happened to his big brother, Dean busts out of the witchy prison while Tina stays behind to create a distraction. Just like that, Sam hears a knock at his door. It’s Teen Dean! Everyone say hello to the amazing Dylan Everett, who kills it in this entire hour. It’s as if this actor took (and aced) a “how to be Jensen Ackles” class. Also, is that a real class and can I take it?

Now that Sam is reunited with his son brother, the Winchesters do what they do best: Try to figure out what the hell is going on, nearly get themselves killed, and then end things with an emotional chat and… a Taylor Swift song? We’ll get there.

NEXT: Oh hey, Hansel