Supernatural

Season 3 Episode 2

The Kids Are Alright

9
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2007 on The CW
8.9
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Episode Summary

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Sam and Dean track down Changelings that are pursuing mothers and their children. A boy they protect bears a strange resemblance to Dean, which at first makes Dean uncomfortable because he once had a one-night stand with the boy's mother Lisa.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The boys happen across a gated community being terrorized by evil Republican children....be scared.

    8.5
    A vast improvement over the season opener. Although the *ex starved broter is getting a bit tiresome the writers had their heart in the right place. Exciting in parts...and behold no fights between the brothers. I'm partnered with a realtor so I found the last part very amusing. The ending with more information coming out regarding the mother of our cute intrepid brothers is a welcome addition to the lore of the show. I like the character "guiding" them, she is malevolent and spritited at the same time. Writers: Please keep up this type of writing for the show and we could have a better season then I would have thought.moreless
  • The kids may be alright, but this episode is looking a little weak

    6.0
    The second episode from season three sees a considerable downturn in quality - there's a worrying sense that this season may be more standalone than last year, which would be a complete shame.



    Of course, there are a few interesting bits involving Ruby, but I'm finding this season's direction a tad on the boring side as of yet. Dean's blase attitude is definitely a defense mechanism, but it's already becoming increasingly annoying and as an anchor for this season, it pales when juxtaposed to last year's stroy arc.



    The main story involving the changling's had several creepy moments. Props to the creators for getting away with such a grisly demise in the pre-title sequence, it was very gory! And, again, with drowning the child - a haunting image made all the creepier by the scenes that follow. Very well done.



    So Ruby's a demon...too bad. It's a shame all of the hot chicks in this verse have to be evil. I'd like to see a romance blossom for one of the brothers.



    All in all, an episode that has its moments of creep-factor, but no overall impact. S3 isn't looking too good at the moment, I hope the writers can rectify this problem by bringing the driving arc of last year with Sam into the forefront, as well as Dean's ordeal, since the typically more interesting brother, as proven by this episode, cannot sustain an entire episode devoted entirely to his new situation.moreless
  • A great example of character development.

    10
    Every time I see Sera Gamble credited as the writer of an episode of "Supernatural", I know exactly what to expect from it: a brilliantly written and cleverly plotted script that delves into the depths of the characters; a morally challenging, philosophically intense episode that really keeps me thinking and wondering.



    And this is exactly what I got with "The Kids are Alright": Dean's reaction to his impending doom is believable and touching, and his relationship with Lisa and her son Ben so vividly portrayed that I really felt both sorry for him and caring. Sera Gamble showed (and she is the first to do so, in Season Three) a more heartfelt, warm side of Dean: his kindness and goodness of heart were never disputed, but from this episode we really start to see the depths of his character, his desires surface and his fears too, no matter how hard he tries to suppress them. And when he said to Lisa that he would have been proud to be Ben's father, a thing I could never picture the old Dean (pre-All Hell Breaks Loose) saying, I really understood how much the characters I started to know and care about in Season One were grown up and matured. And this script captures that spirit incredibly well, telling a disturbing story that is both frightening and fascinating.



    An honorable mention must be given to the Special Effects department and the Make-Up, because the Changelings are really, really scaring. This episode is definitely one of the most unsettling of the show and it's thus a pleasure to watch!moreless
  • Dean finds his clone (a mini version) and the brothers find a town with the creepiest children ever.

    9.0
    Two episodes into Season 3 and the quality remains solid. I thought that after the Yellow Eyed Demon died that it would be difficult for the pacing of the show to stay steady, but so far, I've been impressed. After the previous episode's "seven deadly sins," the changeling's in this one were very creepy. Every time one of the children spoke, it gave me goosebumps. Very strange indeed.



    Reading over some of the reviews, I saw some people complaining about Dean's seemingly nonchalant attitude towards dying and I absolutely agree. It's one thing for Dean to be using humor and sarcasm as a defense mechanism (he seems to use it for everything else), but its used so much and has been used so much already that it's becoming old fast. I couldn't agree more with Sam in terms of being sick and tired of the way Dean acts.



    Other than that minor detail, I felt this episode was much creepier in tone and just as good as last week. Seems Supernatural has still got it, even three seasons in.moreless
  • This episode was chilling.

    10
    This episode was very horrific and it looks like Supernatural writers are not running out of ideas any time soon. Changelings is a story I did not expect. And the scene where the mother drives her daughter in to the lake. That was chilling in every aspect of the scene. Ruby gets a little more of a back-story here when she helps Sam & tells him about his mother's friends. She was hilarious in this episode! The whole scene wit the fries. I also like how Dean connected withe child. Of course they save the day. This episode was so perfect!moreless
Kathleen Munroe

Kathleen Munroe

Diana

Guest Star

Margot Berner

Margot Berner

Katie

Guest Star

Todd Thomson

Todd Thomson

 

Guest Star

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson

Lisa Braeden

Recurring Role

Nicholas Elia

Nicholas Elia

Ben Braeden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Sam: That knife you had... you can kill demons with that thing?
      Ruby: Sure comes in handy when you have to swoop in and save the damsel in distress.
      Sam: Where you get it?
      Ruby: Skymall.

    • Dean: (points to large kid with Ben's game) Is that Humphrey? The one that needs to lay off the burgers?

    • (about the moon-bounce)
      Ben: You know who else thinks they're awesome? Chicks! It's like hot-chick city out there!

    • Dean: What? Someone had to teach him to kick a bully in the nads.

    • Sam: How many dying wishes are you going to get?
      Dean: As many as I can squeeze out.

    • Sam: Why are you following me?
      Ruby: I'm interested in you.
      Sam: Why?
      Ruby: Because you're tall. I love a tall man!

    • Dean: Y'know how I never mentioned my job? This is my job.
      Lisa: I so didn't want to know that.

    • Sam: So let me get this straight. You want to drive all the way to Cicero just to hook up with some random chick?
      Dean: She was a yoga teacher. That was the bendiest weekend of my life!

    • Sam: (trying to cover up his phone call) Oh, I was just ordering pizza.
      Dean: Dude, you do realize that you're in a restaurant?
      Sam: Yeah! Oh, yeah, yeah... (lamely) I just felt like pizza, y'know?
      Dean: Okay... Weirdy McWeirderton.

    • Sam: You're a demon!
      Ruby: Don't be such a racist.

    • Dean: Come on, smile, Sam. God knows I'm going to be smiling after 24 hours with Gumby girl. (chuckles) Gumby Girl... does that make me Pokey?

    • Dean: Hey. So, I, uh, met Ben. Cool kid.
      Lisa: Yeah.
      Dean: You know, I couldn't help but notice that, uh, he's turning 8. You and me... you know.
      Lisa: You're not trying to ask me if he's yours?
      Dean: No. No, of course not. He's not, is he?
      Lisa: What? No.
      Dean: Right.

    • Sam: Why would you possibly want to help me?
      Ruby: I have my reasons. Not all demons are the same, Sam. Not all of us want the same thing. Me? I wanna help you from time to time. That's all... if you let me, there's something in it for you.
      Sam: What could you possibly...?
      Ruby: I could help you save your brother.

    • Lisa: Ben may not be your kid, but he wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for you. That's a lot, if you ask me.
      Dean: You know, just for the record, you got a great kid. I would have been proud to be his dad.

    • Dean: We'll just drag the kids, lay them out, torch them in the front lawn. That'll play great with the neighbors.

    • Ben: No, don't go over there. Only bitches send a grown-up.
      Dean: You're not wrong.
      Ben: And I'm not a bitch.

    • Ruby: (eating a french fry) Ummm, these are amazing. It's like deep fried crack. Try some.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Brazil: November 14, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: December 23, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: February 3, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: June 15, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: September 1, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: September 14, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: November 13, 2008 on RTP 2
      Germany: February 2, 2009 on Premiere HD
      Finland: April 30, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: January 29, 2010 on Prima COOL
      The Netherlands: February 7, 2010 on Net5
      Slovakia: September 9, 2010 on Markiza

    • Music: If It Ain't Easy by Steve Carlson (Instrumental Version). 40,000 Miles by Goodnight City

    • Injoke: When Sam is trying to find out about Mary's friends, he asks about a Robert Kamble who died on the 19th of July 2001. July 19th is Jared Padalecki's birthday.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Ruby: Generation of psychic kids, you know, yellow-eyed demon rounds you up, Celebrity Deathmatch ensues...
      Celebrity Deathmatch is a wrestling parody on MTV that pits Claymation celebrity figures against one another. The show is known for its exaggerated violence and gore, with contestants suffering grotesque injuries, and the loser almost always meeting a very gruesome death.

    • Ruby: Ding-dong the demon's dead.
      This is referencing to the 1939 children's classic The Wizard Of Oz. When the house falls on the witch, everybody sings "Ding-dong the witch is dead."

    • Dean: Come on, smile, Sam. God knows I'm going to be smiling after 24 hours with Gumby girl. (chuckles) Gumby Girl... does that make me Pokey?
      Refers to the Clay-mation animated characters of the show Gumby, which first premiered on the Howdy Doody Show in 1956 and aired on NBC beginning in 1957. It had a total of 233 episodes over a 35 year period, as well as a 1995 feature-length movie adaptation.

    • Ruby: Doesn't change the fact that you're special, in that Anthony Michael Hall ESP vision kind of way.
      Referring to the USA Network TV show, The Dead Zone, starring Anthony Michael Hall as a man who can see the future by touching someone. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

    • Title
      Referencing the Peter Townsend song that was featured on The Who's album My Generation (1965). It was later used as the basis for a rockumentary film about the band in 1979.

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