Sam looking into ice pick killer case at the morgue. He sees he’s got three missed calls from a Lars Ulrich. (HEE! Lovin’ the return of the classic rock shout-outs.) But, he ignores them. Okay, see…I get that he wasn’t ready to tell Dean about the case, or that he didn’t want to hear Dean yell at him, or ask him if he was okay, or any number of things, but…it wasn’t all about him. I was irked that he was hiding from Dean, (even if he did need a break from his brother’s worry), but I was a little bit more irked that he wasn’t worried about his brother.
I just wanted Sam to step out of his head for a bit. But, y’know…maybe that’s just not easy for him to do right now. His head is so full of…of crap and has so many fissures and breaks inside of it…maybe right now thinking beyond that, beyond him is…well, beyond him.
I just wonder if things might’ve turned out differently if Dean had been part of this hunt from the start. If his trust hadn’t been tested again by Sam sneaking out, keeping something from him. *ponders*
Back in Whitefish Dean pulls up in old Jeep wagoneer, limps (sans cast) into the Quick Mart, and asks clerk (who is watching TV) if a “big guy” came in yesterday.
Clerk: That’s specific.
*scowls at smart-assed clerk*
Dean ignores the tone, trying to figure out what Sam might’ve bought, what triggered his vacay. Zeroes in on yesterday’s paper. Sees Ice Pick headline, takes paper and leaves.
Back at the morgue with Sam, we find out that the drug dealer’s body is missing pituitary gland, which triggers a flashback to the first Kitsuni hunt. YoungSam’s on his own in the flashback, in the library, tiredly marking a trail on a map, grumbling to his brother on the phone, “I’ve been looking at this for like…8 years.”
Took me a bit to figure out how old he was, but later Dean says the hunt was in 1998, so that would have made Sam 15. He was still a bit scrawny at 15.
Sam now does the same thing with the map, tracking the murders to a location. Later, sitting in the Impala, Sam’s staking out someplace, remembering getting a “triple red eye” (coffee) outside of the library back in ’98, and seeing a pretty blonde.
In the now, an SUV pulls up in lot where Sam is waiting in Impala. Muddy boots exit the vehicle, and we see an empty Impala.
Back in’98, YoungSam is looking for a book, sees pretty blonde. Gets on phone and is telling Dean how to kill the Kitsuni, “You stab it in the heart!”
I need to explore our Library more, I think.
That solved, he asks Dean, “How do you talk to girls?”
Aww…YoungSam. *pets him*
He pauses next to a magazine rack with an Inside America mag with Clinton on the cover, goes up to pretty blonde, sees moon/star necklace, tries to say ‘hi’ and she’s all “Go away.” Totally stung, YoungSam practically runs out, then sees blonde leave, and two other boys follow her around the side of the Library, backing her up against a tree. Sam tells them to leave her alone they think it’s funny that the scrawny kid is threatening them…until he goes TOTALLY Kung-Fu on their asses. Nice!
Aside: Colin Ford has Jared’s version of Sam’s quirks down pat. From the eye flinch, to the puppy-dog look. He’s brilliant.
So, Sam first meets Amy in 1998. Back in the now, though, Sam is stalking someone through a wooded area. And not being too stealthy about it either as he steps on a stick and ducks behind a tree. Whoops. Some random drunk guy is trying to unlock his car, and someone is watching him. Sam suddenly grabs that someone, presses a knife to her chest, sees the same sun/moon necklace, and says, “Hi, Amy.”
Amy remembers him. Says he got tall. Sam’s got the knife on her and makes her walk. Stammering, trying to defend herself, Amy says she has a normal life now.
Flashback to Amy fixing YoungSam’s bruised eye up, listening to music. She offers him a drink, heads to the kitchen where YoungSam can’t see, goes to the fridge and moves a Mason jar of brains aside (gack!), and grabs a coke. YoungSam says he likes the music they’re listening to (couldn’t hear it – ya’ll know what where they listening to? *must know*). John won’t listen to anything recorded after 1979, so he’s stuck doing that, too, since they’re in the car, traveling a lot. For his dad’s work. Amy says her mom “let’s the wind be her guide.” Like a hippie, minus the peace and love.
YoungSam bonds with her about moving all the time. Says it makes him feel like a freak to always be the new kid. Amy tells him he is a freak, but so are Jimmy Hendrix and Picasso. All the coolest people are freaks. YoungSam suddenly moves in and kisses her.
Back in the woods of now, Amy is hastily trying to reassure Sam that she’s not a killer… she’s “managing it.” (Oh, I see where this is going.)
Sam’s like, you spiked, killed 3 guys in 1 week. She says it’s not like that. She just had to. He says he can’t believe her and he’s sorry, but then…so is she. There’s a scuffle, but Sam loses. She doesn’t kill him (even though her eyes do this wicked red flash thing). She just rams his head into a tree. That’s…probably not good.
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