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Supernatural Episode: "Metamorphosis"

Season 4, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean encounter a man with a mysterious infection that transforms him into a flesh-eating monster. Sam thinks the man can be changed through reason to curb his newfound instincts, but Dean believes the most-humane thing to do is to kill him. Dameon Clarke guest stars.
Original Air Date: Oct 9, 2008
Guest Cast Jim Beaver Genevieve Cortese Dameon Clarke: Jack Montgomery
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Season 4, Episode 4
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Length: 41:22
Aired: 10/9/2008
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Metamorphosis" Season 4, Episode 4

Sam and Dean worked on an actual case that took them to Carthage, Missouri, where they dealt with a man who was turning into a flesh-eating monster. His situation paralleled Sam's in that they both had this darkness inside them they couldn't deny or completely control. Plus, Dean finally found out some of the secrets Sam has been keeping since he came back from hell.

While the case Sam and Dean worked on was interesting and thankfully brought up some issues for Sam, I have to say the whole Dean-Sam confrontational aspect of this episode took front and center for me. Dean witnessed Sam use his mind mojo to exorcise a demon. When Dean walked out and revealed himself to his brother and Ruby, I was kind of afraid for Sammy. And then Dean finally learned a couple truths the rest of us have known since the fourth season premiere:

• While he was in hell, Sam tapped into his powers. Repeatedly.
• His partner in crime happened to be Ruby.

On one hand, Dean felt betrayed. On the other, Sam felt justified for keeping these secrets. After all, once his secret was outed, Dean attacked Ruby; he walked out on Sam at the warehouse; and then he decked his brother twice in their hotel room. I'm sure Dean wanted to throw yet another punch when he found out Sam had known about the YED infecting him with demon blood when he was a baby. That one was a long time coming. Sam (and the audience) has known about it since the end of Season Two. Plus, Dean had just finished telling Sam everything that happened to him when he went back in time to Lawrence, Kansas, and met their mom and dad and grandparents. I seriously didn't know if Dean would ever tell his brother about what transpired when he went back to 1973. I'm beyond glad he filled Sammy in on how the Demon came into their lives.

The relationship between the brothers in this episode was volatile and filled with tension. Their vibe seemed off, except when Dean was telling Sam about their mom. They found themselves on opposite sides of the case, as well. But at least for the first time this season, we got to really hear what in the world Sam was thinking, what he was feeling. And even though he didn't put a lot of things into actual words, you could feel his pain. You could also tell he just wanted Dean to be on board with everything. And while I totally understood why Sam wouldn’t let Dean in on the fact he was using his powers, that doesn't mean I liked it. Dean's had some pretty heavy things happen to him: he got groped by an angel and led out of hell; plus, there was the whole Marty McFly trip he took. Castiel even told him he needed to stop Sam or his posse would. And guess what? He told Sam everything. And Dean's the one that's supposedly not the talker. It's role reversal time again, because Sam's been tight-lipped this season, not to mention all of last season too. At the end, when Sam and Dean were in the car, and Sam told Dean he was done using his powers, I have to admit, I wasn't sure whether to believe him. I guess only time will tell.

Other thoughts

• Sam really felt like this powers thing gave him an advantage, that it might have come from a dark place but he was using it to do good things, so it couldn't be all bad. How much is Ruby exploiting this? I just don't feel like she's on the up and up. After all, she's a demon.

• NuRuby had a little more spunk this episode, but I still need to see more of her to really make a judgment on whether she's a keeper or not.

• Dean told Sam that God didn't want him using his powers. That he needed to stop it or "Cas" would. It seems to me like Dean's buying the existence of God and angels. That's huge.

• I felt so bad for the flesh-eating dude. And I liked the similarities he shared with Sam, although it was laid on a little thick. I didn't care because we haven't gotten much insight to Sam this season. So even if I didn't like all of his actions or words, the show has finally started painting a picture of a Sam since his brother died and consequently came back to life. We needed that.

• In "Are You There, God? It's Me Dean Winchester," Meg called Sam out on his hanging out with Ruby. We already knew how Dean felt about Sam's association with Ruby. Even that demon Sam eventually exorcised had stuff to say about Sam and Ruby.

• "And yet here you are, sluttin' around with some demon. Real hero."

• "Shut your mouth."

• "Tell me about those months without your brother…about all the things that you and that demon bitch do in the dark."

• Um…what was the doomed demon implying here? Was he saying that there was something more going on between Sam and Ruby than just hunting down demons and honing Sam's powers?

• Yes, again, my inner wuss came out. I was totally grossed out by much of what the flesh-eating guy was doing and eating. However, I was totally freaked out when he broke that guy's wrist in the bar. That was not right.

• That Travis guy had dead meat written all over him.

• An angry Dean was once again an awesome Dean. I know he shouldn't have punched his brother, but he had to do something with that anger. He also caused a tiny bit of destruction to their hotel room.

• Loved Travis asking the brothers if Sam was still a "mathlete." Love when we find out little things about who they were in their past.

• Why didn't Sam use his mojo to get out of the closet? I was reminded of "Nightmare" during Season One, when he got out of that locked closet using his powers. At the time I never really thought it was going to be a one-shot thing. This would have been the perfect time to bring that power back. I know Sam said his mojo only works on demons, but it would have been some nice continuity if we saw him use supernatural means to open that closet door.

Final Thoughts on "Metamorphosis"

While I was happy to see the Winchester boys get in the Impala and head off to work a normal case, the brotherly discord was fascinating. Plus for the first time this season, we got a glimpse as to what's been going on with Sam. Secrets and lies were revealed and possibly new ones were formed, who knows. Dean punching Sam wasn't cool, but I understood why it happened. When he started to pack up and leave, I knew he wasn't going to, because he would never leave Sam. It was beyond sad when he told his brother that if he didn't know him he would probably hunt him. That had to be hard for Sam to hear. By the end, the two brothers continued to travel on two different paths. I'm wondering when things are going to straighten out for them. Even though I enjoyed their conflict this episode, I definitely want them back to being brothers soon.

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Sam and Dean worked on an actual case that took them to Carthage, Missouri, where they dealt with a man who was turning into a flesh-eating monster. His situation paralleled Sam's in that they both had this darkness inside them they couldn't deny or completely control. Plus, Dean finally found out some of the secrets Sam has been keeping since he came back from hell.

While the case Sam and Dean worked on was interesting and thankfully brought up some issues for Sam, I have to say the whole Dean-Sam confrontational aspect of this episode took front and center for me. Dean witnessed Sam use his mind mojo to exorcise a demon. When Dean walked out and revealed himself to his brother and Ruby, I was kind of afraid for Sammy. And then Dean finally learned a couple truths the rest of us have known since the fourth season premiere:

• While he was in hell, Sam tapped into his powers. Repeatedly.
• His partner in crime happened to be Ruby.

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Premiered: September 21, 2006, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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