Here's the thing: I really liked this episode. No, I loved this episode. But I'm not sure if I'm going to be watching it again any time soon, at least not for a long, long time. Those evil kids were creepy. As in, I might even see those beastie brats in my dreams. They kidnapped neighborhood tykes, fed off the moms until they died, and killed anyone who got in the way. It all started with that dad being offed by the power saw and it just got creepier from there. The changeling children formed an "unhealthy attachment" to these moms. When that one mother locked herself in the bathroom, the scene reminded me of "Crossroad Blues," as well as every time one of those Stepford changelings got anywhere near a mirror. She also locked her fake child in the car and proceeded to rig the car so it would drown the kid in the lake. When the mom got back home and saw Not Katie sitting in that chair dripping wet, the kid turned to her mom and said, "I'll have that ice cream, now." That last shot before break featuring her demented smile was scary times a thousand.
Kudos to Sera Gamble, who wrote "The Kids Are Alright." She brought the scares, the laughs and the angst for both Dean and Sam. We also learned more about Ruby. She's a demon and she wants to help Sam find out about himself. I'm kind of nervous for Sam. Why does Ruby want to help him so bad? Where did his visions go and will they come back? Ruby confirms what the Demon said last season: This whole situation is about him. What that really means I have no idea. Ruby tells Sam to check Mama Winchester's friends for clues. Problem is, everyone who knew Mary or tried to protect her secret died, in all sorts of ways. Sam also appears to be collecting secrets. Thanks to the season finale, we know that he hasn't told Dean he has demon blood coursing through his veins and that Mary recognized Yellow Eyes. Now we can add the presence of Ruby, and you can bet Dean probably won't be hearing about Mary's dead friends (including her uncle), either. Ruby dangles a little incentive in front of Sam to ensure he lets her help him every once in a while; she insists she can help him save Dean. Don't know whether to believe her, but I do have to say that I'm intrigued. Katie Cassidy's doing a good job so far, I definitely want to see what Ruby's up to next.
Can't forget about Dean - he had a busy, busy episode as well. He looked up an old hookup in the town where the changelings were running rampant. He "spent time" with her roughly eight years ago and when he shows up on her doorstep, he finds out she has an 8-year-old son. The kid is just so Dean. Mini Dean gets excited over an AC/DC disc he got for his birthday; he digs the hot chicks; and he uses words like "epic." Dean guesses that he's Ben's biological dad. I seriously love any story where Dean has to interact with a child, because he's such a pro at it. He teaches Ben how to stick up for himself and get his video game back from a bully. Sure, it involves violence, but it does the job. When the mom disagrees with Dean's tactics and leads her son away, Ben runs and gives Dean a hug first. That was such a cute moment. I wanted Dean to be the kid's dad, and you could tell he wanted to be Ben's dad, too. He's thinking about his legacy in the face of death, which is so incredibly sad. He knows a wife, kids and a house isn't in the cards for him, but, like Lisa, I saw disappointment on his face when he found out he wasn't a father. Where there was still some of that "I'm going to do whatever I want because I'm dying" attitude at the beginning of the episode, his nostalgic trip coupled with his brief brush with fatherhood resulted in a more reflective Dean. This was sad to me.
" One "kid" was named Dakota and I defy anyone to tell me that they didn't start thinkin' about Dakota Fanning at that point. Hope that wasn't just me.
" So glad Ruby wasn't lurking in the shadows like last week.
" Sam's a really bad liar. He was ordering a pizza?
" Dean drops Sam off at the Cicero Pines Motel. I just love that shot of Sam standing in front of the motel. Don't know why, but I do.
" The two ladies gossiping about Dean and Lisa at the party was just hilarious, especially when Dean tried to get away from them.
" It was so creepy when those three "kids" on the playground turned to Dean and stared at him.
" Dean and Ben helping the rest of the kids and the real-estate lady out of their cages and to freedom was classic. How can Dean not be his dad?
" Loved when Sam got all tough with Ruby and told her to tell him who she was.
" I really want Sam to tell Dean about Mary.
" Mama Changeling kicked some Winchester butt.
" Sam drove the Impala!
" I would've liked to see more Winchester-brother moments. The brothers in this episode seemed to be in two different places emotionally as well as physically a lot of the time.
"OK, Weirdy McWeird-ison."
"She was a yoga teacher. It was the bendiest weekend of my life."
"Gumby girl. Does that make me Pokey?"
"You don't know about Dean? The Dean? Best-night-of-my-life Dean?"
"Because you're tall. I love a tall man."
"Celebrity Deathmatch ensues? You're the sole Survivor!"
"I hear Six Flags is great this time of year. Go now. Avoid the traffic."
"I would have been proud to be his dad."
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Heres the thing I really liked this episode No I loved this episode But Im not sure if Im going to be watching it again any time soon at least not for a long long time Those evil kids were creepy As in I might even see those beastie brats in my dreams They kidnapped neighborhood tykes fed off the moms until they died and killed anyone who got in the way It all started with that dad being offed by the power saw and it just got creepier from there The changeling children formed an unhealthy attachment to these moms When that one mother locked herself in the bathroom the scene reminded me of Crossroad Blues as well as every time one of those Stepford changelings got anywhere near a mirror She also locked her fake child in the car and proceeded to rig the car so it would drown the kid in the lake When the mom got back home and saw Not Katie sitting in that chair dripping wet the kid turned to her mom and said Ill have that ice cream now That last shot be