Supernatural: Season 9, Episode 7

Bad Boys (19 Nov. 2013)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Dean and Sam visit Dean's old boy's home that's now being haunted by a ghost.

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Dean gets a call from an old friend named Sonny (guest star BLAKE GIBBONS) asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions. Another murder occurs while Sam and Dean are at the house, so they scramble to find the culprit before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, Dean looks up an old girlfriend (guest star ERIN KARPLUK) and recalls his time at the house. Written by Anonymous

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Erin Karpluk who plays Robin in this episode also appeared in Season 1 episode 21 as Monica the mother of the 6 month old baby. See more »

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Bringing Back Old School Supernatural
13 March 2014 | by (Moncton, NB, Canada) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. I know that shows can't stay the way they were back when first aired. Characters evolve, circumstances arise, new characters introduced. It wouldn't be plausible if we saw adorable Season 1 Sam now, especially after all he's been through over the past decade. But that doesn't mean I don't miss the good ole' days, when hunts were about ghosts and urban legends, and life for the boys was (relatively) simple.

"Bad Boys", on the other hand, definitely felt like a trip back in time. From the creepy cold open (I'm a sucker for ghost stories, which was what got me into the show in the first place) to the death in the bathtub (reminded me a bit of "Dead in the Water" where Andrea almost drowns in her tub; and loved the nice touch of playing "Ave Maria" in the background), to the whole creepiness surrounding Timmy. It was perfect!

As awesome as the ghost story was, however, I absolutely adored Dean's story line in this episode. I loved the flashbacks of young Dean (plaed by Dylan Everett,who did a phenomenal job recreating Jensen's mannerisms!) and his transition from juvenile delinquent to young man, going through his first crush, first kiss, and basically doing things normal teenage boys get to do. Blake Gibbons was fantastic as Sonny, an ex-con who learned from his mistakes and essentially became the father Dean had never had. Equally strong is Erin Karpluk as Robin, Dean's first love. Nice chemistry between her and Jensen. But I still think Dylan Everett stole the show here, especially at that final scene, where he abandons Robin to leave with his father, and sees Sammy at the window of the Impala. Everett did a great job conveying his emotions here,from hurt at having to leave his once chance at having normalcy to love for his baby brother, the one he'd gladly give up normalcy for.

This leads to my only issue. How could Sam have not known that Dean was missing all that time as a teen? Or why mention it so casually? Would he have not been freaking out? Other than that, fantastic episode, easy ten stars!


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