Recap: Supernatural S 03 E 02 The Kids Are Alright

Recap of Supernatural
Season 3, Episode 2:

The Kids Are Alright

Written by Sera Gamble.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Airdate: October 11, 2007.

Dean visits an old flame in Cicero, Indiana, who has a kid he suspects might be his. While they're there, Dean and Sam discover that the neighborhood is being overrun by changelings.

Body count

For this episode = 1 human and 6 changelings.

For the series so far = At least 201 humans, 15 ghosts, 6 changelings, 5 vampires, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 9 demons, 1 djinn, 1 god, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.


  • Adult Fear
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Apparently, one-night-stands with biker boys in leather jackets was Lisa's type.
  • Bad Liar: Sam tries to cover up his conversation with Bobby about breaking Dean's deal by claiming to be ordering pizza...while sitting in a restaurant.
  • The Bechdel Test: Passed. Lisa and Katie's mother talk about that Katie's mom isn't sure Katie is really Katie.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The blonde hunter's secret, which means that she is a demon, not a hunter.
  • Blatant Lies: Sam tells Dean that he was on the phone ordering pizza—in a restaurant.
  • Bloody Handprint: Subverted. The marks that Sam thought were blood are actually red dirt.
  • Brain Bleach
  • Cat Scare
  • Changeling Tale: Played for horror. A child is switched with a changeling so that it can feed on the parent.
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. Those aren't the real children.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Two of Lisa's friends drool over Dean this way.
  • Everything Is Racist: Being suspicious of demons is apparently racist now, according to the blonde, who finds Sam's reaction to The Reveal offensive.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Demon: Actually, Snide-But-Useful Stalker Demon, thank you very much. She says that she's different from other demons and wants to help Sam find out what Yellow Eyes wanted with him; if Sam lets her, she'll even tell him how to save Dean from Hell.
  • Groin Attack: Dean's advice to his probably-not-son on how to deal with bullies.
  • Has a Type:
    • For Lisa, it was rough-and-tumble biker types like Dean.
    • The blonde snarks that she has a thing for tall men like Sam.
  • Kid-anova: Ben. It's one of the many traits that make Dean think he's his child.
  • Kill It with Fire
  • Lamprey Mouth
  • Leave No Witnesses: Sam discovers that the Yellow-Eyed Demon killed all of Mary Winchester's friends to cover something up.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Dean is not Ben's father... probably.
  • Mama Bear: Lisa does not want Dean around because he might be a bad influence on Ben. She furiously orders him away when he teaches Ben to hit other kids (albeit to fight back against a bully). Saving Ben also turns out to be the key to her heart. When Dean returns the real Ben to her, Lisa softens up considerably and invites him in for a beer.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: A changeling's true appearance appears in a mirror.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The blonde demon handwaves Sam's knee-jerk wariness of her, telling him that not all demons are the same and some want different things. She does not explain yet why she is so different from them, though, or why she wants to help Sam.
  • New Old Flame: Lisa is introduced as a girl Dean spent a week with years before the first episode. Sam's lack of knowledge of her is explained away as Dean having gone off a trip by himself while Sam stayed behind with John. In the episode, Dean wants to go back to Lisa to have a little reunion (read: sex) with her before his untimely demise.
  • Nightmare Face
  • No Ontological Inertia: Killing the mother changeling kills her children.
  • The Reveal: The blonde is a demon.
  • Shout-Out: "Yeah. Generation of psychic kids, Yellow-Eyed Demon rounds you up, Celebrity Deathmatch ensues. You're the sole survivor."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sam tries to confront the blonde on why she's been following him. She deadpans "Because you're tall. And I love a tall man." Of course, it turns out to be a little more complicated than that.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The blonde likes French fries. A lot.
    Blonde Girl: [eats a French fry] These are amazing. It's like deep-fried crack. Try some.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The mother changeling feeds on children.