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Supernatural Episode: "In the Beginning"

Season 4, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Dean is sent back in time and meets his parents when they first fall in love. He also encounters his grandfather, who may be hiding a secret that is key to Dean and Sam's mission.
Original Air Date: Oct 2, 2008
Guest Cast Mitch Pileggi: Grandfather Amy Gumenick: Mary Matthew Cohen: John Winchester
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Season 4, Episode 3
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Length: 42:40
Aired: 10/2/2008
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"In the Beginning" Season 4, Episode 3

Castiel did his mind meld thing on Dean and bent time to send him back to 1973 where he encountered his dad, mom and grandparents. In what turned about to be an origins episode, Dean finally learned the truth about his mom and her family; how the Yellow-Eyed Demon (YED) became involved in their lives; and even how the beloved Impala became the Winchesters' car of choice. I don't know about you guys, but when the end credits hit, I was seriously speechless. Good thing I quickly got over it because I had to write a column about "In the Beginning" and figure out how to capture everything that happened in this episode without sounding incoherent. It was satisfying in so many ways. Yes, I know Sammy was in this one for all of two seconds, and I really miss it when the boys aren't together in the Impala on the way to their next case, but we got so many answers on things that involved the younger brother and one big question that will probably play out for the rest of the season. The Answers Mary's past Sam and Dean's mom came from a family of hunters. She was a hunter! And a very good one, she was sort of kickin' Dean's butt there outside the diner. I really didn't see that one coming. I always thought she would have some sort of knowledge about the supernatural, just not from a hunter's point of view. And how much did Sam remind me of her when she told Dean she wanted out of hunting, that she wanted a normal safe life with a husband and kids. But I was also reminded of Dean when she told the YED she would kill him for murdering John. Speaking of Mary's deal with the YED Again, I always thought Mary had made some deal. I thought maybe it was because li'l Dean was terminally ill or something like that. But I really liked the way this all went down. The Demon broke John's neck. Mary was so in love with him, plus the Demon just killed her parents, so she made the deal to bring John back to life. Now it makes so much sense why she apologized to Sam in "Home." We've waited since Season One to get the answer to why she walked passed Dean and said "Sam. I'm sorry." Did you notice they played that clip during the recap as well? Back when Dean first got to the diner and he took a peek at the newspaper that read "April 30, 1973," all I could think about was that it was almost ten years to the day before Sammy was born. The Demon's involvement with the Winchesters Well we saw how the YED became interested in the Winchester/Campbell family; specifically how he became interested in Mary. That thing sure liked to play favorites. He took a "liking" to Mary. Sam eventually became his favorite. How creepy was it when the Demon in Grandpa's body sniffed Dean to see if he was one of his psychic kids? He handpicked strong parents and arranged for bad things to happen to them. He offered them a deal and said that when he comes back in ten years they'd have to give up something. And it wasn't their souls. Other answers On a much lighter note, we also found out a couple of awesome things, like the origin of Sam and Dean's names. They were named after Mary's late mom and dad: Samuel and Deanna. I do think it's kind of funny Dean was named after a woman. Just sayingDean encouraging John to buy the '67 Chevy Impala was priceless. The Questions The Demon's End Game The Demon also said that he had some sort of end game. How tied into this whole Lucifer apocalypse is this going to be? What was that whole psychic kids Survivor game that went down in "AHBL Part 1" all about? And more importantly, what is happening to Sam? The demon blood that he swallowed as a baby makes him big and strong and powerful. Plus, Sam was going through something when he got in the car with Ruby. I know we only saw him for a split second, but there was this whole undercurrent of something not quite right going on. I can't wait to get more answers on this. Dean's purpose Castiel sent Dean to 1973 for the truth. He led Dean to believe he could stop whatever it was that started the entire nightmare for the Winchester family, but that was never the reason. After all, he kept telling Dean he had to stop it. Once they were back to the future, he said it again, but in such a different context. Castiel said Sam was headed down a dangerous road. I assume it's the fact Sam's has been using his powers. Then he said that he and his posse had no idea where it's gonna lead so it's Dean's job to stop it. "Or they will." Those words were scary to hear, but exciting at the same time. This all harkened back to Season Two, when it was Dean's mission to save Sam. Although John said if he couldn't he'd have to kill him. Wonder if those words are going to be weighing on Dean's mind for the near future? Sam's agenda "Ready?" "Definitely." Where in the world was Sam going with Ruby? This is the second time this season he's left Dean sleeping in the hotel room. "In the Beginning" ended with a "to be continued." Next week, are we going to learn what they were up to while Dean was playing Marty McFly? Or will that happen sometime down the road? Cause the previews looked like something else was going on. Let's just say I'm getting anxious. We got some questions and answers about Sam's past, now it's time to get some on his present and I guess his future too. Other thoughts I don't know about you guys, but Season Four is rockin' like nobody's business. Jensen said in an interview with TV Guide Network that this the season of payoffs. And so far, that's what's been happening. It's so satisfying it's not even funny. I feel like we're being rewarded for our loyalty to this awesome show. The casting was pure excellence. Bringing in Mitch Pileggi of X-Files fame was a cool move. I just saw him on an episode of Brothers and Sisters too. He was scary after the YED possessed him. They got the right actors to play Mary and John as well. I could see Samantha Smith and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in these two. Amy Gumenick (Mary) did an amazing job. I wish we had seen more of Matt Cohen (John). He used to be on a show called South of Nowhere. One thing was a little weird. The actress who played Deanna Campbell (grandma) was Allison Hossack. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't she play the mother in Reaper? The one with the guy named Sam who hunts down demons and just may be the son of the Devil? I also remember her from her days when she was on Another World. Dean was completely heartbreaking in this episode. After Mary told him she would never want her kids to be raised in a hunter-type of environment, my heart broke for him. When he told his mom that on November 2, 1983 to not get out of bed, my heart broke for him. And also, when he arrived too late to stop Mary from making the deal my heart broke for him. Jensen did such an incredible job. But he has been doing that all season long, and all series long for that matter. Dean Van Halen = awesome. When I watched Samuel Campbell do his gruff "I'm a seasoned crusty hunter schtick," I saw the John Winchester post-Mary's death; the one we saw in "Dead Man's Blood" and "Salvation"; the one with the one-track mind who was hard on his kids (See "Something Wicked"). Again, Sam reminded me of Mary she wanted to run away with John. Sam ran away to college just to get out of the hunter life. Didn't you immediately feel the connection between John and Dean in that diner? We met a young Daniel Elkins, which was very cool. It was odd to see Dean in the minister garb without Sam being there. But it was great to see where Sam and Dean got their hunting instincts from; it runs in the family. Part of me thought there was going to be a Marty McFly moment and Mary would unknowingly develop a crush on her son. For those of you who haven't seen it, go rent Back to the Future. Right now. Dean had more flashes of hell. I wonder when those are going to start to kick in even more. I'm really hoping that with Supernatural being one of the few scripted shows on Thursday night (the vice-presidential debates were on), that more people sampled Supernatural. I hope they liked it and they stick around for more goodness to come. Final Thoughts on "In the Beginning" This one was definitely a jaw-dropper especially for those of us watching Supernatural since Season One. It was an awesome episode, one I'll probably be referring back to all season long. I'm beyond glad Dean now knows the truth of what kicked off a nightmare that has never really ended for his family. I'm wondering how much he's going to tell Sam about his experience. I'm also wondering what this means for the brothers as we go on. Jeremy Carver crafted a well-written episode and it answered so many questions and posed a few more, something a really good episode is supposed to do. General Questions What did you guys think? Were you upset Sammy was only in the first five seconds of the show? Were you satisfied with what you learned? What was that song that was playing at the end of Mary and John's date? Are you prepared to be as grossed out as I am regarding next week's episode? Just from the previews alone, I'm a little scared. Favorite lines below...(please add yours) show less
Castiel did his mind meld thing on Dean and bent time to send him back to 1973 where he encountered his dad mom and grandparents In what turned about to be an origins episode Dean finally learned the truth about his mom and her family how the Yellow-Eyed Demon YED became involved in their lives and even how the beloved Impala became the Winchesters car of choice I dont know about you guys but when the end credits hit I was seriously speechless Good thing I quickly got over it because I had to write a column about In the Beginning and figure out how to capture everything that happened in this episode without sounding incoherent It was satisfying in so many ways Yes I know Sammy was in this one for all of two seconds and I really miss it when the boys arent together in the Impala on the way to their next case but we got so many answers on things that involved the younger brother and one big question that will probably play out for the rest of the se read more

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