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Fan favorite Krissy Chambers(Madison McLaughlin) returns but not as the semi-innocent that she was when the Winchesters originally met her. “Freaks and Geeks” turns out to be a semi-safe haven for orphaned hunters. The reality turns out to be more dark and devastating than the kids or the Winchesters envision. An ex-hunter turned psycho, Victor(Adrian Hough) killed families to recruit the kids into hunting, attempting to grow the next better generation of hunters. But after the Winchesters get involved, ain’t gonna happen. This episode, written by Adam Glass and directed by John Showalter, gets right to the realistic matter of whether hunters, young and older, have the ability to live normal lives. Such is the ongoing dilemma surrounding the Winchesters: a normal life OR hunting. It seems the twain shall never meet.

Sam and Dean continue to reel after Castiel’s small nugget about Sam being injured in ways that even he couldn’t heal. Protective, Dean gives Sam a pass to ‘sit this one out, with the trials and all.’ Sam responds in kind, asking if Dean is ok not physically but emotionally due to Castiel’s beat down. This was a snarky, tit for tat moment between the brothers.

The opening scene with teens making out, seeing something peripherally and then being attacked is reminiscent of “Hookman’ UNTIL the attacker is beheaded! Unbeknownst to the three vigilantes, they’re caught on camera murdering someone. Sam and Dean scope the murders out because of probable vampire involvement. They arrive at the police department and watch the tape where Dean recognizes Krissy. Confiscating the tape, they call off the APB for the teens.

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Krissy won the fandom over with her smart ass-ness, kind of a young, female Dean. Sam and Dean left her and her hunter dad intact, encouraging the dad to leave the life, allow Krissy to be normal, to go to college. Apparently Krissy experiences some of that for a while but wakes up one morning with her dad dead in his bed, killed by a vampire. My question here: why wasn’t Krissy also killed but more importantly, why didn’t the guys question why she wasn’t also killed?

Dean and Sam bust Krissy and her cohorts attempting to execute a vampire who gives off all the vibes of a newly turned vamp. While the kids exhibit hunting skills, their motive for vamp killing is bacon wrapped in revenge.

The Winchesters meet Victor, the house daddy, whom they’ve met before. The last ‘hunter from their past'(a cop turned witch) didn’t connect well with the fandom but Victor, who lost his family to a Wendigo, takes in dead hunter’s kids, seems to be more likable although he ends up in the ‘human monster’ category.

After meeting Victor and seeing the semi-normalness of their lives, Dean asks Sam, “what do we think?” We know that Dean always has an opinion but asking Sam what do we think was a gem of a line!

The guys split with Sam watching the Brady Bunch and Dean quizzing the almost

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victim. We don’t ever see the guys change from Feds to hunters but after Dean gathers conflicting info about the dead vampire, he walks off, loosening his tie, much as Clark Kent did when changing into Superman. Yeah… Superman. Sam discovers the blue van hence the hooded man hence the perpetrator of the killing spree, Victor.

Victor has sent the kids out to kill another vampire and stages THEIR own house as a vamp gone killer crime scene which includes Sam’s death. Dean finds the kids’ bait before the teens arrive. Three guns target Dean and Krissy threatens to hurt him if he doesn’t stand down. In any kind of conflict, the strongest gets taken out first and Dean takes the boy’s gun quickly, deflating the tension. After educating the three youngins about newly turned vamps, they go home to find Sam tied up and Victor ready to commit murder, Sam’s.

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The kids learn that Victor killed their families to get them to hunt. The sidekick vamp grabs Aiden and Krissy puts a bullet through his eye, something we’ve seen Sam and Dean do once before. Krissy desperately wants to murder Victor. Dean tries to talk her down. Krissy pulls the trigger: once for her dad, once for Aiden, once for Josephine. The gun just clicks… empty. Victor is scared crapless and Krissy feels somewhat vindicated.

Dean wants to take Krissy to her auntie but this group feels like home for her which Dean understands and respects. With a promise of no more hunting unless a monster knocks on her door, Krissy lets Dean know he’s still cool for an old guy. Dean gives Aiden a fatherly pep talk: don’t mess with Krissy, she’ll kill you.

A couple of added thoughts about the episode. Bobby and Garth are mentioned which for Supernatural that normally means we’ll see them soon(yippee!). More foreshadowing or craziness is Sam being a father. Victor mentioned it several times which could mean something or totally nothing. I’m calling this a big something. We shall see.

Sam and Dean leave the kids living in a great house, on their own, in school, with one of them about to be an adult. By anyone elses standards, child abuse. By Supernatural standards, way ahead of the curve. For a filler episode this was good. Loved seeing Krissy whom we’ll see again I believe. Dean acknowledges that closing the gates of hell will give the kids a real chance to be normal… Sam agrees, mumbling under his breath. He would also like that chance.

Overall, “Freaks and Geeks” filled a gap and gave us info that when we watch later eps down the line, we’ll go “ahh…” So til next week…. stay supernatural.

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