So how did this whole body swap thing go down, exactly? While Sam and Dean are working a run of the mill ghost case for a former babysitter of theirs, one Gary Frankel spots them in the diner/eatery place he works and does some intense staring at Sam. Later, Sam gets a tranquilizer dart to the neck and afterward, wakes up in the middle of the woods, eventually figuring out, after being picked up by the cops and taken back to Gary's house that he's, yep, in Gary's body! He tries to get a hold of Dean, but Gary has conveniently gotten rid of all of their cell phones. Which Dean doesn't notice? I guess when "Sam" is there, he doesn't need to check his phone? Moving on!
Gary has, meanwhile, tried to kill Dean while they were getting rid of the ghost, but couldn't go through with it. They go out to a bar to drink and celebrate the vanquishing of the ghost, and this is when Dean finally starts to figure out that he's not really Sam, thanks to his positive attitude, and him going off with the cougar. Took you long enough, Dean! At least he did figure it out, though. It would have been kind of ridiculous if he never did.
But! Nora and the Trev-meister have Sam tied up, and we find out what the dealio is. Turns out, the demons have put a bounty on Dean's head and are sending the word out to all of the witches and Satan worshippers of the world. They plan to kill Dean and get rewarded in return. But, because Gary is having second thoughts about going through with actually killing Dean, Trevor decides they've got to call in some big guns - a demon - despite Sam trying to warn them how stupid they are. And stupid he is, because once the demon takes over Nora, she kills Trevor, of course. Duh! Stupid Trevor.
Things could get very bad, however, because she also figures out that Sam isn't in his body. Which means his meat suit is up for grabs! Uh oh. She goes to find them, right when Dean is confronting Gary about who in the hell he is and what he's done with Sam. After Nora-demon beats on Dean for a while, Gary comes through with some Latinating, with help from Dean, to exorcise her. Is it just me, or has exorcising demons gotten a lot easier than it used to be? In any case, the demon smokes out of there.
Afterward, Gary switches with Sam back to their proper bodies, then whines a bit about his life. Sam tells him to grow a pair before he and Dean take off. And here I will note how much Sam and Dean have changed perspectives over the course of the show. In season 1, Sam was pissed about the way they were raised; that they didn't get to have a normal life. Here, he seemed to be at peace with it and actually kind of happy they didn't have the normal suburban lifestyle. Dean, on the other hand, used to think the way they grew up was awesome and cool, but now realizes they were really missing something. Granted, that's been going on for a while with him, but it's interesting anyway how they've kind of turned 180s on the matter. Something they have not turned 180s on? Their taste in music and food, which was nicely featured in this episode as well.
And now, for a smattering of some of my favorite lines of the night, though there were quite a few...
"I would love to have the sex with you." - Gary, in Sam's body, to the cougar woman, after she has had to be pretty explicit about her sexual intentions
"Oh, you shake it up baby." - Dean, about Sam and his shakeable salad
Sam is looking through Gary's stuff... "Smart kid." Sees a bunch of Star Wars t-shirts. "Virgin." Sees a copy of Busty Asian Beauties. "Frustrated virgin."
"You satanic little bastard." - Sam re: Gary and his witchy ways
"Why shouldn't I be happy? I've got a gun, I'm getting drunk. I look like this." - Gary, in Sam's body of course
"That was a nice thing to say." - Dean, after Sam has told Gary he wishes he had his life
"Totally lied. His life sucked ass." - Sam
Next week looks exciting! The boys travel back in time to stop Anna from killing their parents before they were born!