Hi everyone! It's Susan, your Supernatural
recapper! This episode of Supernatural
once again focuses on Dean and his never ending struggle with the Mark Of Cain. Just when Dean thought he didn't have enough on his plate, now he's got to deal with one of the most horrifying things anyone can go through: puberty! Here's what happened on Supernatural
Dean gets transformed back into his 14-year-old self (and it's not a complete trip without a Beiber and One Direction crack). He also deals with zits and the inability to keep his erections in check. We also see the story of Hansel and Gretel (which is a hell of a lot darker than the Grimm version we all know). Then there's good old Mrs. Patmore from Downton Abbey...
and the Taylor Swift song just for the hell of it. Dean can fight demons and witches and angels like no one's business, but we all know just how hard it is to try and fight the catchiness of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off".
Dean is continuing to struggle with the Mark of Cain. He locked himself in the Bunker, doing neverending piles of research on everything from Cain to scar removal. Sam finds himself a case and insists that Dean to get out back in the game because he believes that Dean can fight the Mark Of Cain. I'm pleased to report that Dean has already given up his no-alcohol, no-burgers diet. I think we all knew egg white omelets and kale smoothies weren't going to be his only sustenance for the rest of season 10, much less the rest of his life.
Some people in Oregon begin to go missing, leaving behind nothing but their clothes. Dean investigates at a bar, flirts with a woman named Tina while they talk about bad childhoods, and they both come face to face with the bad guy, who touches a hex bag and magically transports them to a basement, in which Tina and Dean are both turned into teenagers.
Teenage Dean, whom Tina claims looks like "a One Direction reject," is of course used to this kind of crazy ass crap, so he tells Tina he will get them out. The man with the scarred face, who's holding them hostage, takes away another man-turned-teen and gives the remaining prisoners cake. Teen Dean, just like the adult Dean shoves the cake into his cakehole without even considering that it might be poisoned, which Tina brings up as he eats it. Side note: I felt as though I was committing a felony just by watching this episode, for obvious reasons.
When Scarface comes back, Teenage Dean escapes while Tina screams her head off. promising Tina that he will come back for her. He goes straight to the motel to find Sam. "Hiya, Sammy" is the only thing he has to say in order for Sam to figure out that this 14-year-old pre-pubesent kid just happens to be Dean. We're now in the 10th season of Supernatural
, so I guess we've reached the point where Dean being turned into a kid may not be at all surprising, but it's still great to watch.
They rush back to save Teenage Tina, offering a car ride full of some of the episode's funniest lines about how Teenage Dean has "no grass on the infield" and really likes Taylor Swift. As an upside, he no longer has the Mark of Cain. Teenage Dean considers taking the win and attempting to stay a teenager in order to avoid ever having the Mark again. Unfortunely, this doesn't happen, but if Jensen Ackles ever wants to leave Supernatural
, may God help the fan base, I suppose this would be one way to continue the story.
The bad guy who turned Dean turns out to be Hansel, from the fairy tale. He's helping the witch now that she killed his sister and made him eat her. Hansel turns the people into kids and the witch cooks them up. Mrs. Patmore has clearly turned a new leaf.
Sam and Teenage Dean try to kill the witch, but Hansel stops them. Just as Sam is about to be killed, Teenage Dean realizes that the only way to save his brother is to return to his bigger self, so he uses Hansel's hex bag to turn back into an adult. He then stabs Hansel and shoves the witch into her oven. Of course he does, because that's the only way this story could have possibly ended.
The witch is a fun character, especially since she's played by the actress who portrays Mrs. Patmore the cook on Downton Abbey
. I guess she's being typecast as a cook, though glazed children is a one hell of a step back from the kind of food the Crawleys eat.
There's also a great clue about the bigger story of this season. The witch reveals that she was sent to America to take care of a problem for the Grand Coven, and that problem is Rowena. It's VERY safe to assume that this big, mysterious witch organization will be important at some point later on in the season.
The hex bag was completely destroyed, so when Tina isn't able to turn back into an adult, she's fine with it because she was a crappy adult and is looking forward to her second chance. Dean seems a tad jealous, because the Mark of Cain is back, but he and Sam believe they can get through it together. As Dean gets back behind the wheel of the Impala, he turns on the radio and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is playing. He leaves it on, because even gruff, classic rock-loving adult Dean Winchester is a fan of Taylor Swift.
Personal note: When I was at the convention in SF, I was shaking it off to the same song Dean liked in this episode while I was in the elevator, headphones and all singing and dancing like I just didn't care. It was halfway through my display when I noticed Osric Chau behind me! He complimented me on my skills and I practically jumped out of that elevator. True story.
This concludes my recap of Supernatural
! Do as Dean does and stay classy!
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