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23 April 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Supernatural #4x19 Jump the Shark (episode review)  
Here are my thoughts on tonight's episode. I even took notes, big geek that I am. *g* If I missed anything, chalk it up to bad note-taking, and my stupid satellite service/CW affiliate airing the show in super-zoomed, blurry full screen :P

So we start out during the teaser with some unknown woman being chased by some invisible baddie. She gets dragged underneath the bed by said baddie, presumably.

Oh, and there's a picture of John WInchester on the night stand.

Hmm, boys look a little groggy. And Sammy is brushing his teeth!! Heee :D

Phone rings, turns out it's John's. Dean answers, it's a kid looking for John. The kid says he's John's son. Oh, Dean's reaction. Whoa.

Dean and Sam are in a diner and Dean is convinced it's a trap. He takes the necessary precautions: holy water and silver. Sam insists it's a possibility, mentioning the boy's birthdate and noting that John was on a job and a couple of pages of his journal are missing. He tells Dean that John is no monk and something could have happened. Dean: "Now I'm thinking of Dad's sex, stop talking!" Heh.

When Adam joins them, Dean's still very wary and is aiming his gun at Adam underneath the table. As Adam passes the Holy Water and silver tests, Dean puts the gun away. Sam is more open and wanting to learn more about the kid. Adam apparently didn't know much about John and thought he was a mechanic. They tell him that John is dead and Dean says "a car fell on him." *snerk*

Wow, my heart ached for Dean a bit when they were in the house and Adam was telling them about some of the things he did with John. Especially when he looked at the picture of the two of them and said "he took you to a ball game?" Adam asked Dean how John celebrated his birthday. Oh, Deeeeean. :(  You can really see the glimmers of Dean wanting the easier, apple pie life.

Sam and Dean examine the bed from under which Adam's mom was dragged. There's a tunnel/passage underneath, and the boys do the old Rock-Scissors-Paper to determine who's going to go down there, just like in Heart! *g* I love it. And of course Dean chooses scissors, as always! Love his reaction - "Every time"... and then when he's crawling down there, "why didn't I pick paper?"

Dean finds blood. Not good.

When he and Sam were talking about Adam, Dean said the reason John ripped those pages out of his journal and didn't tell Adam what he did meant he was protecting Adam. Sounds like it to me...

Sam wants to help Adam and train him, saying "I know what it's like to want revenge." Saaaaaaaam. :( Oh, that hurts.

They find a newspaper clipping of a case of missing bodies, which was the case John was working on at the time. Turns out the bartender, who'd also gone missing along with Adam's mom, was a cop who had worked on the case. He was helped by a "specialist", aka John. Interesting....

Sam tells Adam how John really died, by the hand of a demon. Adam thinks it's over and Sam says it's never over. Wow. Total role reversal with Dean. Dean said this same exact thing in Shadow. (When Sam had looted the trunk of all their arsenal to prepare for the showdown, he'd told Dean what if they killed the YED and it'd all be over; he'd go back to school and be a real person again. Dean countered that it was never over, that there'd be other things to hunt. And now Sam is saying this very thing. Wow.)

Outside, whatever took Adam's mom nearly gets Sam, and starts dragging him underneath the car! Anyone else get a sort of The Benders vibe there?

We see yet another example of the role reversal when Sam insists they stay here and fight whatever it is, while Dean wants to take Adam and bolt, accusing Sam of wanting to use him as bait. Back in Something Wicked, Dean had proposed doing the same thing with that kid Michael in order to end the shtriga. Sam was the one who wanted to get Michael out of there and couldn't believe Dean wanted to use him as bait.

Sam is having another talk with Adam, telling him that all his connections (girlfriend, life at school, etc.) are weaknesses. The only thing they can count on is family. Dean pulls him aside and asks him to explain himself, saying that he's quoting Dad. Sam admits that he is, and that yes, he did butt heads with John for the longest time, but now he understands him. Dean says that he and Sam are stuck in this and there's no chance for them, but Adam still has a chance to go to school and have a career. He doesn't have to be cursed. Sam counters with "he's a Winchester, he's already cursed."

Dean wants him protected and Sam asks what makes Adam so special. Dean asks if Sam is jealous. Sam says "are you?" BINGO.

Dean goes out and explores the underground lair (or whatever it was... I really couldn't tell half the time where he was thanks to the STUPIDFULLSCREENZOOMEDINCUTOFFPICTURE!!! *cough* sorry....), wanting to find out what's going on with whatever is doing this. Sam stays with Adam and covers all the entrances to the house except the one under the bed. While Dean is exploring, he gets trapped and then encounters some remains, including Joe the bartender and former cop (and he says "Sloppy Joe"... *snerk*). 

But he also finds the bodies of Adam's mom and.... Adam?!!!

Talk about a twist. Although, I have to say something was up with that kid. I thought it was a bit strange how easily he seemed to accept what Sam and Dean do for real. Especially the way he just said "your my brothers... I have to believe you."

Meanwhile, Adam's mom appears to Adam and Sam. Adam goes to her and Sam begs him to get away from her, saying she's not his mother, she's not human. Adam's face changes and he says "I know." And whack! Hits Sam with the butt of the gun.

It turns out "Adam" and his "mom" are really ghouls, who'd killed both of them and could take on their bodies, personalities, thoughts, etc. But they've got Sam all tied up and are trying to feed off him by drinking his blood!

The mom ghoul says "his blood tastes different."  Yeah, no kidding. *sigh*

She taunts him and says "he [Adam] really was your brother."  Really? Hmm... well, I know that demons are capable of lying. I wonder if ghouls are as well? Or it's part of the taunting? Who knows, really. And I guess it's plausible that John wasn't a monk after Mary had died, and would want to protect a child like that after having him with a woman who didn't know about what he does exactly (or did she?).

Poor Puppy (er, Sammy) is losing blood when Dean gets out in time and ends the ghouls (heh, nice shot blowing the mom's head off!). He unties Sam and helps him up (awwww :)). Sam says "thank you" and Dean returns "that's what family's for." Awwwww. :)

They decide to burn Adam as they burned John back after IMTOD. Sam doesn't seem too happy and says that maybe they can bring him back and have Cas do something. Dean says he's in a better place. As they stand and watch Adam's body burn (like they did John's in ELAC), Dean tells Sam he knows why he and John butted heads so often; because Sam is more like John than Dean will ever be, even though Dean dresses like John and listens to the same music.

Sam says he takes that as a compliment. Dean: "You can take it anyway you want to."

Wow. I guess that's about all I can say.

So, this was one of the deaths that was rumored to happen in April, I guess. I went into this expecting Adam to die; I just didn't know how it would happen. I thought that either a MOTW would get him, or the kid himself would be a MOTW. Guess I was sorta right.

I thought Jake Abel did a nice job. He did have features that were reminiscent of both Sam and Dean (or Jared and Jensen, I guess), and maybe even a little bit of John (JDM).

Preview for next week's ep looks good. Sadly it will be the return of a character I don't particularly like...and I'm sure most of you know who I'm talking about so I won't say anymore. *g* But it does look interesting. I'm looking forward to it.

Oh! One last thing. Both boys looked so pretty tonight. I know they usually do every episode, but they were truly hot looking tonight as well... from all I could see anyway *curses Dish/CW affiliate for leaving me with half of faces/parts of arms instead of a full picture* lol

 
 
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angels3angels3 on April 23rd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved the episode but I was so sad that they never got the chance to meet each other. :)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on April 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I did too, and I agree. I would've liked to have seen them meeting each other too. :)
faerieirish2087faerieirish2087 on April 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Can I just say, I ♥ your review? I wanna post mine up too but I'm too exhausted. Lol. Maybe I'll rewatch it tonight and take notes too. *G* I don't like the character who is coming back either. I think we share the same thoughts. Hee! :) She's in the impala?? *Sniffle* Lol. The boys did look exceptionally pretty tonight. Poor Sam. :( Why is he always getting the blunt of things? :/ I'm iffy about this episode.
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) I'm glad you liked it. Did you post a review?

Oh, cool! *hi-fives you* :D Meh... no Impala for her. LOL. I hope we don't have to see much more of her.

Yeah, there was quite a lot of Sammy whumpage in this episode.

The way they emphasized the role reversals made me hurt. :(
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winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on April 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
TTTHNAAAAAK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
I have read so many summaries, but I was asking my self : where si JESS!!!! jesss??? But then, you appear. OHOHOHO GOOOOd all is more clear to me!!! THANK YOU I DIEE TO WATCH IT!!! AND NO LINK DAMN!

THANK YOU JESS AS ALWAYS :o) I am your fan, ;)
jessm78jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: TTTHNAAAAAK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Awwww sorry I was later with my review hon!! LOL I had to get all my thoughts together!

I hope you get to see it soon!

You are very welcome :D And yay I love my fans! ;)
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on April 24th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
hahahahahahahah
Well I am your fan #1! hehehehe. Hey, by the way, thanks for comment that of that the scene when sam is dragged by the monster, you remembered the episode " the benders" then, that make me realize that the writers are losing creativity! all the same again! gggggrrrr I want new things!:O)
Re: hahahahahahahah - jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Well - winchesterwoman on April 25th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Well - jessm78 on April 25th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
put a date! - winchesterwoman on April 25th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: put a date! - jessm78 on April 25th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Me too - winchesterwoman on April 26th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
__hor__hor on April 24th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Which character don't you like?! XD
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: tee hee (Chicago 08)jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Hee... female, name is 4 letters long and starts with an R. ;)
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Joining the club - winchesterwoman on April 25th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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hahahaha - winchesterwoman on April 25th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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heheheheheheh - winchesterwoman on April 26th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
anastdeananastdean on April 24th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
I liked the episode I wish there was a boys hug though, so much blood and no hug..
Next week sounds interesting, but we'll see.
jessm78jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I agree hon, a hug would have been nice to see.

Yeah I think interesting is a good word for it. I guess we will see how it turns out.
kaz? bonne?: spn - boys & cardatenshiblue on April 24th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Good review, and thanks for articulating some things I was reacting to, with, like, specifics? ;D

Sam tells Adam how John really died, by the hand of a demon. Adam thinks it's over and Sam says it's never over. Wow. Total role reversal with Dean. Dean said this same exact thing in Shadow. (When Sam had looted the trunk of all their arsenal to prepare for the showdown, he'd told Dean what if they killed the YED and it'd all be over; he'd go back to school and be a real person again. Dean countered that it was never over, that there'd be other things to hunt. And now Sam is saying this very thing. Wow.)

This, and...

We see yet another example of the role reversal when Sam insists they stay here and fight whatever it is, while Dean wants to take Adam and bolt, accusing Sam of wanting to use him as bait. Back in Something Wicked, Dean had proposed doing the same thing with that kid Michael in order to end the shtriga. Sam was the one who wanted to get Michael out of there and couldn't believe Dean wanted to use him as bait.

...this, and thanks for the specific episodes, I was getting the deja vu vibe but without decent memory of where/what episodes were being echoed/role-reversed.

Dean's line at the end about Sam being so much like John - which yeah, we knew - but I think also, Dean doesn't recognize how much Sam is his creation as much as John's.

I miss younger Sammy. I see glimpses of him but an episode like this one leaves me sad. I worry that his compassionate/ more sensitive traits, which I loved, are being written out/subsumed by Dean. Good for Dean, not so good for Sam.

I hope you don't mind if I friend you. :)

Edited at 2009-04-24 04:00 pm (UTC)
jessm78jessm78 on April 24th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
No problem! I'm glad you liked. :)

Yeah, they both totally jumped out at me, mostly because I just finished a season 1 DVD marathon (*g*), and I'd read a little picspam/meta discussion on Shadow recently that brought up that scene.

Very good point about Dean not recognizing that Sam is also his creation. And you can really see that in those role reversal scenes. Plus I'm also remembering that scene from last season (Malleus Maleficarum I think) where Sam told Dean he had to be more like him since Dean's year was almost up and Sam had to face the world alone.

I miss younger Sammy, too .. the more vulnerable, sensitive and compassionate Sammy. We do get little glimpses of him from time to time, like when Dean was immediately taking precautions against Adam and Sam just wanted to hear him out and find out more about him (I think, anyway). Dean is, in a way, becoming younger Sam. And while that's not totally a bad thing, it does make me sad. :/

Don't mind at all! Thanks for friending me. I just friended you back. :)
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The Sarcastic Kitty: Peter_Facinellioresteia on April 25th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
I still have to sound off on my actual feelings but I had some issues with it and didn't at the same time.
jessm78jessm78 on April 25th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think I know what you mean. Looking forward to reading your thoughts about it. :)