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28 January 2010 @ 11:27 pm
SPN #5x12 Swap Meat (episode review)  
Okay I don't think this one is going to be as detailed as my reviews usually are... don't have a whole lot to say, but... for what it's worth...

I dunno, this episode left me a little... sad? Empty? Not sure what, really.

Jared did crack me up in the beginning though, with the way he was acting as Gary in Sam's body. Insisting proudly he could have a drink because he's 26 and shows his ID. He orders a banana daquiri and when the girl Crystal asks if he wants to get out of there and do something else... lol, loved his reaction, the whole "Crystal, I would LOVE to have the sex with you!" Hee.

This week the guys are in Housatonic, MA, following up with a woman who used to babysit them when their dad was away. The woman's daughter is being harassed by a ghost and has scratch marks in the form of words on her stomach. They think it's the spirit of a witch.

Is it just me or did the diner where Sam and Dean then show up look kinda like the diner they were in during the beginning of Death Takes a Holiday (where Dean asked Sam if he actually does hold him back)?

Anyway Gary overhears them talking about the case. The boys split up to search for info on the witch when Sam gets attacked by an arrow and passes out. He wakes up and it's kinda like Quantum Leap meets Freaky Friday.

Dean doesn't notice anything's up when Gary!Sam picks up dinner for them, although maybe just a bit when Gary!Sam asks to drive and ends up putting the Impala in reverse. He's really gung-ho on their hunt for the witch, and he asks Dean to turn up the rock and roll music, which kinda makes Dean raise an eyebrow.

It was kinda amusing though seeing Sam in a teen's clothes. *g* First in Gary's uniform, then in the Star Wars t-shirt. When he sees Gary's closet full of Star Wars t-shirts he proclaims "virgin." Then he sees he has Busty Asian Beauties magazine and proclaims "frustrated virgin." Hmmm... but Dean is a fan of Busty Asian Beauties as well....... *g*  

He tried to get a hold of Dean to tell him the guy with him isn't really him, he thinks they switched bodies and he thinks he has asthma. And it also turns out he's allergic to gluten when he tries to eat bread. Poor boy... lol. He tries to pass as Gary to his family and then to his friends at school. When he asks them what his locker combination is, they ask if he's drunk and he goes "oh yeah.. I'm seeing 3 of you now." Heh...

Turns out Gary has been getting into witchcraft and he finds an interesting book in his locker.

Turns out that Gary is supposed to kill Dean. Whoa. Gary!Sam aims his gun at Dean as they hunt for the witch's spirit but they both get knocked off their feet till Gary ends her. Gary's friends Trevor and Nora capture Sam and Gary's plan to kill Dean comes out. Apparently they've been talking to demons and Dean is Hell's most wanted. Gary went into a trance and drew a pic of Dean, when Gary's never been much of an artist. Hmm... flashbacks to Anna drawing all those freaky pics in IKWYDLS?

Dean is finally tipped off when Gary!Sam orders bacon cheeseburgers, which isn't like Sam given the salad thingie he ordered in the beginning at the diner. Gary!Sam also says the hunt was such an awesome time, which also isn't Sam's style. Gary gets into lamenting about your life being decided for you, and no matter how you fight you can't stop it. Hmmmmm. Dean actually can't believe they're drinking together. Gary!Sam guesses they don't do it often. He tells Dean that Dean's a good guy, Dean answers "you ARE drunk." Aw... that made me sad. :(

Anyway later back at the motel room Gary aims to kill Dean when Dean outsmarts him and kicks his ass. He tells him he isn't Sam and asks who he is.

Despite Sam!Gary's pleas that it's a mistake and they'll all be killed, Trevor summons a demon who possesses Nora. Trevor says he wants a reward for his troubles but Demon!Nora kills him. Then she finds Gary!Sam and Dean, who's been listening to the phone messages Sam has been sending him all this time. Gary tells her he wants to be a witch.

Looks like they are trying to draw some more parallels between Sam and Gary. Something about Gary getting away from a plan, from Daddy and MIT, and from being told what to do. She says she wants him to meet the devil, but he doesn't want to do that. She tells him he just has to say one little word - "yes" - and he'll be rewarded. Ugh... yeah, those are some parallels. :/

Both Gary and Dean exorcise the demon together. Then Gary does a spell to get him and Sam back in their own bodies. They take him back home and Sam tells him that if he isn't happy with his life at home he should rebel, in a non-satanic way. He tells Gary that Nora isn't interested in witchcraft, she's interested in him... and that he wishes he had Gary's life. After Gary goes back inside, Dean tells Sam that was a nice thing to tell him. Sam says he lied - the kid's life sucked, that the whole apple pie life sucks (hmmmmm, wasn't this something we heard from Dean back in S1? Bugs, if I remember correctly?). Dean tells him maybe they don't know what they're missing. He puts the rock music back on and Sam asks him to lower it. Dean: "Welcome back, Kotter."

Um... so, yeah... I dunno. This episode kinda left me wanting... Almost would've thought Dean would have caught on that this wasn't Sam earlier on, but he just raised an eyebrow at some of the irregularities. *shrugs* They were trying to draw some parallels between Sam and Gary. Gary being an ordinary kid, but he's so interested in witchcraft and I guess rebelling in a way from his family. The way Demon!Nora was talking to Gary, though, I'm guessing she was trying to draw the parallel to him and Sam with all that saying "yes" to the devil talk? Did she hope that Sam was in there somewhere and would hear her goading him? I'm a little fuzzy on that.

So I guess it wasn't too bad an ep... Jared did a pretty cool job with having Sam trying to pass himself off with Gary, and the funnier stuff in the beginning when he's talking to Crystal at the bar. And that interesting wardrobe he had (was that a hoodie I spotted for a while? *g*). But um... yeah... I was just kinda meh on it. :/

Next week's looks like it's going to be big, though. Looking forward to that.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
deej1957deej1957 on January 29th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Think I'll pass on this one. I'd pretty much decided that reading everyone else's comments, but your's clinched it.
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
I don't blame you - you really wouldn't be missing anything. It's pretty much another standalone ep. If you want to catch a few minutes here and there for Jared's funny bits and his interesting wardrobe (I swear it was a hoodie at one point, lol), that's pretty much it.
CaptainLon: Sam || Bad Day || SPN SMcaptainlon on January 29th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Girl, don't be a wet blanket LOL.
Jared is SO awesome in it! He had me laughing like a friggin' moron!! Sure the episode itself is far from the best, but I total enjoyed it!
Paige: SPN_Thursdaykate_mct on January 29th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I personally think Dean knew something was up the whole time but the bacon cheeseburger thing was the tipping point. The looks he gave Gary!Sam all episode said that he was suspicious but was waiting to see just what was going on, but that's my opinion.
jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Mm... yeah, he did seem somewhat suspicious throughout, although I was a bit surprised that he didn't say much when Gary!Sam threw the car into reverse. But I agree the bacon cheeseburger thing was pretty much the tipping point.
alleysweeperalleysweeper on January 29th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Did she hope that Sam was in there somewhere and would hear her goading him?

I'm thinking Lucifer needs Sam's body and it doesn't matter who's in it when they say yes, permission is granted and Lucifer can take it.
jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point. I totally forgot for a minute that she was talking to Gary in Sam's body. *slaps head* But you're right.
 Late Night Drops of Random: Sam-Holy Jesusmoondropz on January 29th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Nicely put! Is it wrong to be happy that the demon actually offed Gary's buddy? He was such a twit-he deserved what he had coming. LOL. I loved how Sam was trying to adjust to Gary's teenage body-but the best was Gary adjusting to Sam's-I'd like to buy a drink. No clue what to get-and to end with a banana daiquiri? *Rolls* This was kinda meh for me-although it did have some really cute parts!
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in ELAC (jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! LOL - not to me! I couldn't stand him either. For some reason he almost reminded me of Trent, the snobby kid in Friday the 13th with Jared. Oh, I loved that too! He's actually legal now - can get whatever his heart desires... and what does he get? A banana daiquri! LOL!

Glad I'm not alone in that! Overall it was kinda meh, but there was some cute stuff :)

 Late Night Drops of Random: Terminator Brothersmoondropz on January 29th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh, he was a twit-he needed to go down! *G* Normally I feel for kids-but this one was so bratty and self-centered. He got what was coming to him!
OMG, to go in-looking that fine-and order a banana daiquiri?! *G* And to go in showing off your ID-lmao. I can remember several people doing this when they were just newly legal-so proud to prove they were-lol!
I agree-I didn't hate this ep-but I didn't love it either. But very cute in parts!!! I'm glad I'm not alone in this either!
Melissa N. Tillotsonbrianshanelvr on January 29th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Dean would have caught on that this wasn't Sam earlier on

I thought that before, but then I'm starting to think.. maaybe he just has a lot on his mind.. annoying much.
jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Huh... yeah, I guess that could help explain it a little... so invested in this case to try to take his mind off all the craziness they've been dealing with the past couple of episodes?
Melissa N. Tillotsonbrianshanelvr on January 29th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
They should do a de-aged episode! :O *random thoughts* Anyway! It's like in this epi. and in BUABS what 'Sam' is saying is what he really believes, but then it's considered shit because he really didn't say it, ya' know?
shadownick133shadownick133 on January 29th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Nice episode, though I think it was kinda creepy that Gary had sex with that woman while in Sam's body (rapeish). Just a thought.
Дочь Электрика: чо?vedmarasputnaja on January 29th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
is it just me, or there really is a mistake somewhere near 16th minute? shouldn't there be Sam's reflection, and not just Gary? maybe I just miss something...
sorry, but it keeps bothering me XD
proofpic ---> http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/6118/whereissammy.jpg

jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Ooh, good catch! You mean the reflection on the Impala, right? Yeah, it really should be Sam's reflection.
anastdeananastdean on January 29th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I loved the episode, I actually love all episodes, but this was special.
The parts you noted were my favourites too.
You're more than welcome to stop by my place if you like to.
Why I loved it, it's in that Jared hotness. Jesus!!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on January 29th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Just stopped by and left a comment hon, I loved your recap. :)

I agree, the Jared hotness was in abundance!! I think I lost track of some of the storyline because I kept staring at the hotness LOL
anastdean: picJared Aussie close up lovelyanastdean on January 29th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I think I lost track of some of the storyline because I kept staring at the hotness LOL

You and me both. I think I only saw him and no episode. I think he has become even huger and hoter. I don't know how he does it, but seriously he is the prettiest man I 've ever seen:))
scottishwhisky: adorkablescottishwhisky on January 29th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Almost would've thought Dean would have caught on that this wasn't Sam earlier on, but he just raised an eyebrow at some of the irregularities.

Thank you! I was quite frustrated with Dean for not catching a ride on the clue bus a lot sooner. I think it might have been trying to beat us over the heads with "oh noes! They don't know each other any more!" But so many things that Gary!Sam was doing were in such stark contrast to basic things about Sam that the beginning and end of the episode clearly illustrated haven't changed (his taste in food, music, etc.) that I really think Dean should have caught on right away. Since when is Sam such a lousy driver that he can't tell the difference between drive and reverse? Since when does Sam make random hookups with rather hard looking older women in random bars in the middle of a case?

I was very meh on this episode, even besides the frustrations. I thought Jared was hilarious, and it drives me nuts that he apparently still thinks he's no good at comedy, when he so clearly is. It bugged me to no end that even though Gary and Sam were supposed to be in each other's bodies, the people responding to them were looking at the eye level of the actor that was actually there. Jensen should have been looking way over that kid's head and the kids and parents should have been looking at Jared's chest, but they didn't and it spoiled the illusion to me.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: tee hee (Chicago 08)jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who thought this! Hmm, yeah, I wouldn't doubt that was probably part of it, but I agree. I was surprised that Dean didn't have that much of a reaction to Sam putting the car in reverse. Even if he'd just said "what's going on with you?" or something like that.

Jared did a brilliant job with the comedy bits in this one. No matter what he says, he is great at comedy. That's a good point, it kinda bugged me too. I also found one instance where Gary!Sam was talking to Dean over the roof of the Impala, and you could see Gary's reflection on the car. Shouldn't it have been Sam's?
scottishwhisky: winchester brothersscottishwhisky on January 29th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I honestly thought Dean should have gone for the holy water. I mean, I know they have the tattoos, but there could possibly be some way of overriding that. We've seen stranger things. It just seemed like an extremely underwhelming reaction from Dean until he figured it out.

I totally agree about Jared. He had me rolling in that opening sequence. Someday he's gonna have to admit that he's good at the funny stuff.

Another thing I just thought of that didn't match up. When Dean finally checks his voicemail, IIRC, it's Sam's voice he hears leaving the messages. Which makes sense to the viewer because we heard Sam say those things. But it should have been Gary's voice. And yes, that reflection should have been Sam's. I think they would have been much better off if they'd let Jared continue playing Gary!Sam and the kid play Sam!Gary. It would have eliminated the continuity errors and the illusion dispelling moments and made the whole idea translate much better, IMO.
ckllckll on January 29th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Is it just me or did the diner where Sam and Dean then show up look kinda like the diner they were in during the beginning of Death Takes a Holiday (where Dean asked Sam if he actually does hold him back)?

It reminded me the one from S2 where Dean was eating fries (Children shouldn't play...?)

Yes, maybe the possessed girl wanted to tempt Sam to say the yes.
jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm now that you mention it... it does remind me of that one.

CaptainLon: Sam || EyesOfSorrow || SPN SIcaptainlon on January 29th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
JESSM! DO NOT advice deej to not see the episode! Man I laughed my head off! Not seeing Jared's job in this episode is a total loss! He's hilarious and the faces he makes and the slow-mo-dart-to-neck rocked and dead-pan!Dean OMG!