spn gnd screenshot jpg 'Supernatural': Jensen Ackles directs Jared Padalecki and Jewel Staite in 'Girl Next Door' clipJensen Ackles was back behind the camera, “Supernatural” fans, for this week’s episode, “The Girl Next Door.” Last season, Ackles’ directorial debut was praised by critics and fans alike, and we’re expecting no different for his second shot at bossing his pals around on set.

As we saw last week, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Ackles) are in the hospital in this episode — Sam’s been knocked unconscious after some head trauma (like he hasn’t had enough of that!) and Dean has a broken leg.

Judging from this newly released clip, Sam does some hunting solo once Bobby busts them out.

Either that, or he has a really trippy dream. You never know with this show.

In the clip, we see Sam tracking Amy (Jewel Staite) through the woods. Amy is a high school friend of Sam’s who turned out to be a brain-eating monster. The Winchesters had weird childhoods, okay?

It seems that Sam let her get away when they were kids, because when he happens upon her now, she’s about to make dinner out of a potential drunk driver. At least she’s not chowing down on good Samaritans, right?

We’re particularly looking forward to this episode — which airs Friday at 9 p.m. EST on The CW — not only because we love Ackles’ directing, but because we’re looking forward to the return of Colin Ford as young Sam. Don’t miss it!

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie