Supernatural, Episode 208 “About a Boy” Broadcast February 3, 2015
Written by Adam Glass
Directed by Serge Ladouceur
THEN: Rowena’s exploits are shown, Dean’s distant past in a boys home, his getting the Mark of Cain, and last week’s episode with Charlie getting beaten. NOW: Pendleton, Oregon. J.P. is thrown out of a bar. He stumbles to his car, unaware someone is in the bushes. A large man with a scarred face appears behind the drunk, grabs a small bag around his neck, which creates a bright white light, and J.P. screams. When the light fades all that’s left are clothes. Cue opening title sequence.
At the bunker, Dean continues to research the Mark of Cain. His sad music montage is broken when Sam enters to show him the disappearances that are baffling police in Oregon. Dean says Sam should check it, but his younger brother tells him he hasn’t left the bunker in a week–he needs to get back in the game. Dean consents to go. In Oregon, the pair interview the homeless man who saw what happened, giving them inconclusive results. Dean opts to go to the dive bar, while Sam will check out J.P.’s apartment. Inside the dive, the bartender says that J.P. got what he deserved after stealing tips from him. A woman at the bar introduces herself as Tina, saying that J.P. wasn’t that bad. As she speaks, a patron turns to listen to their conversation–it’s the man that made J.P. go poof. Several shots of alcohol later, Tina and Dean are still talking. Sam calls to share what he found at the apartment (nothing), and Tina makes her exit, followed by the man with scars. Dean notices the man. He hurries outside to hear Tina scream, then sees a flash of white light. Pulling his gun, Dean is too late; all he finds are smoking, empty clothes. Suddenly the man is behind him. The ominous stranger grabs the bag around his neck and all goes white. Dean wakes up in a barred basement. He notices his small hands and cleans a mirror for a look at himself. He’s a teenager. “Son of a bitch.” Cue first commercial break.
Dylan Everett did a sensational job as the younger Dean, matching many of Jensen Ackles’s mannerisms and inflections. He was Dean in this episode. Having a younger Winchester lead to many obvious jokes, and they are made, but one is made about his musical preferences and fans across America will be saddened by his choices. This leads into the most hilarious closing song in the show’s history, and one that will make purists cry. Jared Padalecki is playing the straight man in this episode with Everett and he does a good job, but he’s more reacting than acting. Adam Glass is able to weave in the Mark of Cain storyline smoothly, but fans will predict what it involves long before it’s brought up. Lesly Nicol from Downton Abbey has a fun part, as does Mark Acheson, but I can’t say who they are without giving a major spoiler. Once their characters are given names, their fates are sealed.
The good: Dylan Everett, Lesly Nicol, and that song.
Fun lines: “Don’t say it,” “He said it,” “Sammy, I think I got something,” “Son of a bitch,” “Why don’t you try that again?”, “I liked it, Sam. I liked it a lot,” and “How do you know that?”
The bad: Not much Jensen Ackles, an expected ending once names are given, and some unsurprising teen humor.
The final line: Watchable for Dylan Everett and Lesly Nicol, but not surprising. Overall grade: B