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Supernatural #4x13 After School Special (episode review)

My thoughts after watching this episode for the first time...

So I was feeling pretty crappy for most of the day today, but leave it to the boys to make me feel better.  Although, parts of this episode were pretty sad. :( I'll get to that, though.

First, the shallow/squee-worthy stuff...

Like last week, both boys were so gorgeous tonight!  Janitor!Sam! Coach!Dean!  *squeeee*

Okay, moving on...

We open on a girl getting picked on as she enters the cafeteria.  She ignores the bully kids and sits with another girl, who sympathizes with her.  Picked on girl calls this one a "fat pig" or something like that. OUCH.  That was mean.  Way to pick on someone who was just trying to help.  Of course, this girl (again I am really bad with names...) hasn't forgotten that one bit, and once bitch!girl enters the bathroom, she unleashes deadly swirlies on her.  

The way that gunk (which we later learn is ectoplasm) comes out of her ear or nose or whatever reminded me of Asylum somewhat.  So that was my clue we were dealing with something very similar here.

This girl whose name I've forgotten is interviewed by our own Sammy.  She says she attacked the other girl against her will.

Sam suggests to Dean that they stick around the school a bit.  Dean isn't too keen on it, but goes along with it anyway.  I love Sammy the Janitor :D And Coach!Dean...  I already saw part of that scene in the little "sneak peek" online, but it's priceless!! I love how Dean throws the dodge ball at one of the kids, kid nearly gets knocked down and Dean gives him a half-hearted "sorry!" as he passes.  And the other kid telling him their usual gym teacher doesn't like them playing dodgeball because it's dangerous.

Sam pays a visit and Dean tells him "the whistle makes me their God!" Hee hee!! Oh, Coach!Dean, you are made of win!

The kid getting his hand chopped off by the food processor thingy was gross :P They didn't show much of it but still, the idea... :P

I liked how they interspersed the flashback scenes in between the present.  We got a bit of rock and roll! I've heard that song before but I can't think of the name... it sounded like it was Foreigner, though.  Colin did a great job as Young!Sam, and Brock did a very convincing Dean, even down to the accent (heh... he called his teacher "Sugar" and "Sweetheart"...).

But this makes me wonder... Sam and Dean were in high school together? Isn't there 4 years between them? If Sam is a freshman (grade 9), then Dean should have graduated already.  Here, they're only 3 grades apart.  So this begs the question... did Dean get left back for some reason, or was Sam skipped ahead a grade? I like to think it's the latter.

Anyway...  I liked how they showed the different experiences Sam and Dean have with their first days of school.  Dean is all smooth and bravado, while Sam is quiet and brooding.  Totally works.  I loved how Sam defended Barry when Dirk was picking on him. 

Heh... Dirk called Sammy "midget."  I guess this was before Sam's growth spurt took place, right? *g*  On another shallow note, I love his SamHair (complete with bangs) and his SamPlaid!

We could also see the beginnings of those "I want to be a normal kid" feelings that we saw in Sam in the Pilot.  I liked the conversation between him and his teacher after the teacher gave him an A on his paper.  That he should do his own thing.

Sammy got the upper hand on Dirk! Whoooo! Sammy kicks ass! "Dirk the Jerk." Heh.  I really felt for Sam (and even Barry) in those scenes.  I used to get picked on/teased when I was in school. Mainly elementary school.  Not quite to that extent (although I did get a black eye once... long story).  The kids who did it were basically like little psychos.  Not that I want to judge anyone, and who knows... maybe some of them *did* have issues like Dirk did.  But they were relentless, and sadly hardly anyone in my school wanted to discipline them and stop their behavior.  Luckily I went to a different junior high school after graduation so I was able to escape them.

*cough* Anyway...  

When Sam and Dean went to visit Dirk's father, that scene was quite sad. :(  The way things were for Dirk as a kid, pretty much explaining why he behaved that way thanks to his mother having cancer and the kids actually calling HIM names.  You could tell Sam looked like he was starting to feel some remorse for getting the upper hand on him, especially when the dad mentioned the kids calling him "Dirk the Jerk".

Which reminds me... oh, poor Sam almost blaming himself for Barry committing suicide, saying that if they'd stayed at that school a little longer, he maybe could have helped the kid. *hugs Sam*

I liked how they tried to make us think it was Barry's spirit causing the trouble, when it turned out to be Dirk's.  Nice touch when that girl attacked Sam and said "you got tall, Winchester." I'm glad Dean got to her before the spirit could do anymore harm to Sam! *protects him*

The whole way they were looking for the lock of Dirk's hair so they could burn it and be free of the spirit reminded me of Provenance a little... the way Dean burned the doll that had the little girl's hair so her spirit would stop killing people.

LOL... gotta love it when Dirk's spirit was destroyed and the boy it was possessing just collapsed on top of Sam, almost crushing him.  I can't remember Dean's line, though Sam's reaction was great.  Like "yeah terrific, now get this guy off me before he crushes my lungs." LOL

Liked how Sam went back to visit the teacher at the end.  Aw. :)  The way he thanked him for his advice to do his own thing, told him he did go to college... "but I grew up, things change..."  Oh, have to see the double meaning behind that. :(  And then the way the teacher said "As long as you're happy.  Are you happy, Sam?" and the zoom in on Sam's face.  It's pretty obvious what the answer to that question is.  *shudder* And I don't really want to think much of it.

All in all, it was a pretty cool episode.  Love me some flashback episodes.  And I loved Young!Dean being protective of Young!Sam, saying he was going to go after that bully (Dirk).  And then we see in the present Dean being protective again, saying he was going to go after the spirit that attacked Sam (in the body of that girl).

Next week's ep looks really enticing, too.  *g* Looking forward to it!

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