However, all this nitpicking isn’t going to justify or help the episode. It’s just a weak effort that brings up some old issues from other episodes. So again we get a bratty trio that uses witchcraft as a means for personal gain. Didn’t we see that in “Malleus Maleficarum?” How about how Gary taking up witchcraft over frustration for having his life planned out for him? Naturally there is a Winchester parallel, a la Sam in “After School Special.” So Sam tells Gary he has a choice, just like the teacher told him as a teenager. Uh, how did that work out for you Sam? That also brings up the whole freewill vs. destiny thing. That’s all fine, but do we really want to see it played out with 17 year olds with the common sense of crickets?
The brotherly relationship is also a head scratcher. Dean asks Sam in the restaurant if he’s open to the idea of a wife and kids. Not shockingly, his answer is no. You know, the same answer he gave us in “Wishful Thinking.” Dean is still clinging onto his desire to have them, you know, the same things we learned a few times in season three like in “Dream A Little Dream of Me.” Good to know nothing has changed on those fronts. We also get to fondly remember last season’s “Sex and Violence” when Dean’s secret desire to have a brother to pal around with gets him in trouble. You remember, his desire to do things with Sam like get drunk together and share the same love for music. So how does he bond with Gary here? By getting drunk together and sharing the same love of music. There’s also the bacon cheeseburger thing, which is now very overdone. I won’t go through the list of bacon cheeseburger references but considering Dean doesn’t weigh 300 lbs, I’m assuming that’s not his complete diet.
What does Dean expect though? In the previous episode he smacks down Sam’s long overdue breakthrough, telling him to bury all his feelings. So what happens? Sam is acting withdrawn and burying his feelings. He has no desire for an apple pie life and around Dean it’s all business. He’s also back to doing what he’s always done, like eating salads (I still wish the running gag was around when Sam was never seen eating). Dean through Gary wonders why Sam isn’t outgoing or even lightening up a little? He’s bothered at the end when Sam gives Gary that strange pep talk and then tells Dean he lied? “That kid’s life sucks ass.” Dean doesn’t laugh. I laughed! Dean is bothered by that, by Sam dismissing common family life and by him telling him to turn the music down. Uh, Dean, he’s burying it, remember? Plus he’s acting like himself.