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I’ve just watched “Bad Boys” and confess that I seriously love this episode and season 9! From Sam’s morphing back and forth with Zeke, to all the guest stars who’ve added depth, to the episodes that just give us more Winchester story, the writers, cast and crew have upped their season 9 game! Directed by Kevin Parks, “Bad Boys” writer Adam Glass tweeted that Jensen Ackles also agreed that Dylan Everett played teen Dean well. These are my thoughts surrounding this insightful back story of Dean Winchester.

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From the initial cold “breath” in the barn to the final ghostly mama, “Bad Boys” felt like a season one episode. An identifiable monster, flickering lights, a ‘cute’, creepy kid and the Winchesters to the rescue, figuring it out as they go. It felt like home! Watching Sam peel off layers of tape that marked a kid’s bed, only to discover “D. Winchester,” made me tear up. Finding out that Dean experienced a normal life and enjoyed it but with one look, he gave it up: full on crying ensued. As far as we now know, Dean’s had two occasions to live normally and he walked away from them both.

The sign for Sonny’s(Blake Gibbons) home for kids, sets the tone for this episode. Is this twovlcsnap-2013-11-20-11h47m31s27 sonny home sign month foster home stint a surprise? Yes and no. It makes sense that Dean committed a crime and was punished but the revelation that John just left Dean there, is news.  Sonny, imperfect, ex-con that he was, loved and cared for those in his keep as evidenced by Dean’s filling him in on the family’s business. His admonition to Dean, “Sometimes you gotta do what’s best for you, even if it’s gonna hurt the one’s you love,” obviously stuck. Dean remembered Sonny’s words but never adhered to them.

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I’m not a John Winchester basher. The man made awful mistakes, was a crappy dad but with his circle of buddies, raised two honorable men.  Was leaving Dean at a foster work farm a good decision? Considering that John kept the boys close due to ‘Yellow Eyes” trying to get to him, I’d say no. But what IF John was giving Dean a way out? Sonny was willing to fight for him to stay, all Dean had to do was say. But when Dean sees Sam in the Impala, he smiles: in his sixteen year old mind, there was no choice.  In spite of enjoying a ‘home’, decent grades in school, wrestling, and even a girl, Dean chose Sam. Not John, not the hunter’s life but Sam, Dean chooses Sam.

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The Winchesters grab food at the local diner and when the cute, waitress Robin(Erin Karpluk, young Sarah Desjardins) doesn’t recognize him, Dean leaves abruptly. We learn that Robin and Dean had strongly connected, maybe as his first real love. His pain of leaving Sonny’s included Robin, leaving not only ‘a home’ but a relationship.

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It’s with Robin that Dean expresses hope for a future, “I want to be a rock star, but I also really like cars. Cars are freaking cool as hell. Fixing them is like a puzzle. And the best part is, when you’re done, they leave and you’re not responsible for them anymore.” Except when he says this, it seems deep, dark, and way too heavy. So is Dean talking about John who leaves his boys at the drop of a hunt? Or is Dean expressing his own responsibility with Sam? Let me know what you think please! And as fast as Dean defends John, he knows that John stunk big time as a dad.

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As heart string pulling as this episode was, it also reinforced Dean’s hard-core “daddy” traits.  When Timmy(Michael Kyer) grabs the ends of Dean’s fingers to shake hands. Dean instantly gets down on Timmy’s level, to show him how to shake like a man. After Timmy’s mom tries to kill everyone, Dean explains to Timmy that he has to let go, in a way that Timmy understood. Grabbing Timmy and hugging him tightly afterwards, was far better than Dean ever got

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In spite of it’s harshness, the episode truly just reinforces the depths of Dean’s love and sense of responsibility for Sam. This isn’t about a co-dependency or dysfunctional relationship. Dean’s choices are akin to oxygen or candy: you require one to live, the other is just, well candy. Since the minute John thrust baby Sam into Dean’s arms, to run him  out of a burning house, their bond melded.

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In the end, observant Sam voices a fragment of his feelings, “I thought that this was the worse of your life but realized that it was the best…”  Somber and emotional, Sam quietly thanks Dean for always being there, for having his back. And Dean retorts, “I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”  We so know better. Til Tuesday, stay supernatural….

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