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Awesome.

What? You want me to say more?

CLOWNS! POOR SAM!

Okay, let's start at the beginning. We begin with Sam making more dick jokes - and then being smug about it again. "So we got dick on dick?" "that's a vivid way of putting it"

Then it's off to Kansas to investigate freaky octopus death! Or is it a Vamptopuss? Octovamp? Seriously, some really great lines in this episode. I wish I could remember them all - Dabb and Loflin are really becoming some of my absolute favourite writers on this show, right up there with Edlund.

Sidenote: When I was a kid, I was afraid that octopuses and jellyfish would come up through the drain of the bathtub and kill me while I took a bath (this was made even more irrationally by the fact that I lived more than a day's drive away from any ocean.) I was also afraid of aliens. The only irrational fear that has stuck with me is my fear of spiders though.

I'm just going to go ahead and skip to Jared being awesome here...forgive me...but Jared is awesome. I love the way he plays Sam's irrational clown-phobia. Clorophobia? I love the phone call with Dean, where Dean orders him to go to Plucky Pennywhistle and Sam tries to pretend that the very idea doesn't freak him out...I also love that as soon as Dean hears that note of terror in his voice, he calls him Sammy - even if it's not tender, but teasing, it still points out that this is something from when Sam was little. 

On that note: I also love how we got a bit of back story, with Sam mentioning how Dean used to dump him at Plucky's when they were young so Dean could go hit on girls. Oh Dean...it's nice to know that you were a jerk older brother just as much as you were surely also an awesome one.

Eurasian woman! Yay for diversity!

The recreation of the shark attack from Jaws in the ball pit was awesome. 

Also, Dean's love for Shark Week was awesome.

I loved Sam playing bad cop...I was unsure why Dean discounted the happy-smiling dude. I mean, if anyone dinged any potential-serial-killer bells, it was that dude.

I absolutely love Dean becoming obsessed with the giant slinky. I also absolutely loved slickys as a kid. I also loved his comment wondering how he was supposed to hang out at a Plucky's without being conspicuous...seems he did a pretty good job! Even when he sat down with a random kid and told him to mind his mother and then ate his pizza...which was hilarious. I never went to those play-land places very often as a kid, but I went a couple of times when my little sister was a kid, and I remember the pizza being absolutely revolting too, as it has been sitting out under heat-lamps all day.

Okay, so, I know I haven't talked about the one thing you guys probably expected me to talk about: THE CLOCK! Hahaha...I loved it. It doesn't give me a date, but it DOES give me almost the exact length of the episode, which makes my timelining job a heck of a lot easier, since I don't have to guess on days or guess at driving times. I also love how they kept cutting back and forth to poor Sam being attacked by clowns. 

I saw a funny thing on tumblr the other day, where someone took a screen shot of Sam fighting leviathans (cool, calm) and then a screen shot of Sam fighting these clowns (terrified) and compared them....it was hilarious. But yeah, did I mention how awesome Jared is at playing Sam's fear of clowns? I love him repeating "if it bleeds, you can kill it" over and over...and I love that find out it's something Dean told him right before they parted ways...and, quite horribly, I also love how they DON'T bleed and he CAN'T kill them.

Also, I love the RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW caption. Oh Supernatural, I love you so friggin' much.

I also love how in the end it's Hoodoo! We've had a lot of references to hoodoo existing in the Supernatural universe (Beginning in the pilot, Dean says he was in New Orleans for some voodoo thing)...and sometimes it's references and bad, and sometimes as good, and I liked that ambiguity to it. That DEAN of all people saw it as a tool as much as he saw it as something that you had to watch out for. 

I love Dean's comment of "Yeah, that's completely normal" when he sees the hoodoo stuff in the basement. 

I, of course, also love the fact that when Happy Smiley tells him that he's gone after Sam with clowns, you can SEE Dean get really concerned even though his face barely changes. It's amazing what Jensen can do very subtly.

I also love how Dean knows enough about hoodoo that he talks the guy into explaining the spell components and then turns the thing on him.

I'm not sure if it's of not that the dude was afraid of his dead brother and drowning...seemingly both blaming his parents and himself for his brother's death.

I think my ABSOLUTE favourite part of the episode though was Dean laughing at Sam....and I'm saying that because it wasn't a snarky laugh or a grudging laugh, it was a full joyous "I love life" laugh...and man, I'm not sure we've seen one of those since S5, and even that one was short lived. And Sam really did look like he had been attacked by strippers on PCP.

Also, I absolutely love that Sam GAVE DEAN A GIANT SLINKY...and Dean wasn't embarrassed about wanting a giant slinky, he was like :D YAY GIANT SLINKY! THANK YOU SAMMY! :D

And then for all Sam's talk about surviving the clown attack being therapeutic, he still tensed up when Dean teased him with the clown doll. Some things never change.

In conclusion: As much as I was hoping that this episode would be the episode where Sam's clownphobia reveals all the difficulty he's been having fighting off Lucifer, and then the stress of clowns BREAKS HIS BRAIN AGAIN...I'm really happy with what actually happened. It was just to hilarious to be mad at, even though I really don't buy that Sam has been having THAT easy a time with the Hell-wall down.

And, random side note: Did Sam just ditch that stolen jeep in front of the Plucky's? Interesting. I mean, at least park it properly in a space or something, Sam...geez...though, I guess this way it'll get towed and returned to the proper owners. Also, was Sam driving that jeep from the very beginning of the episode? I wonder why they were in separate cars...maybe they had both been driving the jeep and Dean had just stolen the yellow car? Am I thinking too much about a tiny detail again?


Okay, so what did I miss that you want to talk about?


Date: 2012-02-11 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jillsjourney.livejournal.com
coulrophobia! hee.

i love how sam fought satan one on one for a hundred years and is mostly ok, but give him a clown and he freaks out.

the title card with the glitter was awesome too.

Date: 2012-02-11 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Haha, so true.

180 years of torture? Sam: I'm cool with it.

Clowns? Sam: NO! AHHHH!

Coulrophobia! *headdesk* Thanks!

Date: 2012-02-11 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgmama1of5.livejournal.com
Don't get me wrong, I loved that the boys had a genuinely lighthearted moment at the end.

It's just that the episode felt emotionally disconnected from the heaviness of last week. Dean shrugged his kid's death off that easily?

Date: 2012-02-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Um, yes? Mind you, I have a really jaded view of how attached men are to children that they didn't want,or know that they had...or only know that they had for a few hours when the kid was already 16.

Plus, she was technically a monster, and we all know how Dean feels about monsters (Sam and his demon-blood being the exception, of course).

So, yeah...I love Dean angst as much as the next person, but I actually would think it a little unrealistic if he was still all broken up about the monster baby that tried to kill him. That's just my opinion though...and obviously, I don't have kids or anything (and I'm incapable of having surprise children that I don't know about), so maybe I'm assuming the worst about the male gender. He was obviously conflicted about being the one to kill her when he was face to face with her - but I think once Sam took care of that, he just graduated to his usual "Ugh, that was a horrible experience and let's never talk about it again."

Date: 2012-02-11 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] percysowner.livejournal.com
I think the other thing is that the coroner said that whatever attacked the first victim did not have human DNA. So even if Dean was responsible for Emma's existence, he really wasn't even her father in a biological sense. At most he was truly a sperm donor, whose sperm (or perhaps the baby) was mutated so much it was no longer human and truly not his in any sense of the word.

Date: 2012-02-11 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Hmm, good point.

Date: 2012-02-12 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juppschmitz.livejournal.com
Ahaaa, but, you see, I think he really was upset about his daughter, but in his usual Dean way he completely brushes it off and doesn't want to discuss it. At least not with Sam. (Remember when Sam said she wasn't really his kid and he said, yeah, she really was?)

But that would be internal Dean and a case for fic writers... *hopes for angsty fic*

Date: 2012-02-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe78.livejournal.com
Hey there
I LOVED this episode. Seriously, if it didn't have sparkly sprinkles on it already, I'd sparkle it myself! Started right the second I saw the opening-splatter *giggles*

Jared IS awesome. He did so well with his fear of clowns - of Plucky especially, I guess.

On that note: I also love how we got a bit of back story, with Sam mentioning how Dean used to dump him at Plucky's when they were young so Dean could go hit on girls. Oh Dean...it's nice to know that you were a jerk older brother just as much as you were surely also an awesome one.

Yes, yes! Dean was an older brother. They are MEANT to torture younger brothers, while at the next moment defending them from bullies. It's a fact of life. Sadly, as a big sister, I had the torturing down pat but had my trouble with the protecting :-D But whenever there was a war with the neighbor's kids, be sure to have seen me fighting right along my brothers!
So yeah, like you I'm glad we got to see Dean's dickiness - but better, thoughtlessness. He wasn't even thinking that it would be not nice for Sam, and obviously Sam didn't mention it. Or maybe he did and Dean ignored it? Ah, possibilities...


Eurasian woman! Yay for diversity!


hee, thought the same thing! And a cool character as well. Liked her perky attitude.

Also, Dean's love for Shark Week was awesome.

Hee hee... "Dude, Shark week! How could you NOT watch it? A whole week of... man" :-D

I loved the slinky. I loved that he wanted one as a kid and never got one, and I loved that Sam knew it and got him one.

I think my ABSOLUTE favourite part of the episode though was Dean laughing at Sam....and I'm saying that because it wasn't a snarky laugh or a grudging laugh, it was a full joyous "I love life" laugh...and man, I'm not sure we've seen one of those since S5, and even that one was short lived. And Sam really did look like he had been attacked by strippers on PCP.

Yes, yes yes! I loved that laughter. The way it just burst out of him even though he surely was planning to be kind and nice to poor, traumatized Sammy. Loved how it lit up the screen and the whole scene, and yeah, I know it sounds cheesy but that's what it did. It lit up Sam as well, so I'm not so far off. It was a liberating laugh.
Still makes me happy to think about it...

I liked this episode, even though we didn't get any Sam-angst or Dean-angst. Basically BECAUSE we didn't. It was there, hinted at (with the clowns and the phonecall to Frank) but the episode was nice and fun. And I know a lot of people have different opinions on these interim-episodes, but... honestly they are what made me fall in love with this show. Not JUST them, but the mixture. It used to be never JUST the story of the week, but something more, and finally, finally, that what I was missing in the latest seasons is back now.
The hints at more are there, but subtle, and we get some interesting freeze-frames of who the Winchesters are (Dean still caring about any kid and still being the one to tell the kid to cut his mom some slack, Sam being afraid of clowns and being dumped at Plucky's, being quick with snatching up the subtle changes in witnesses, ...) and we get little snatches of the people they meet, and ultimately save.

So yes, I loved this episode. It made me smile and it made me want more.

Date: 2012-02-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yes, yes! Dean was an older brother. They are MEANT to torture younger brothers, while at the next moment defending them from bullies.

Exactly! The other line that I loved was at the end when Dean said "I'm sorry for psychologically scarring you." And Sam replied, "which time?" Hahaha...I'm sure my little sister would ask me the same question if I said the same to her, just as I would if my older siblings said it to me.

Loved how it lit up the screen and the whole scene, and yeah, I know it sounds cheesy but that's what it did. It lit up Sam as well, so I'm not so far off. It was a liberating laugh.

Exactly - I think the main reason why I loved Dean's laugh so very much is that you get that SMILE out of Sam...Dean's basically laughing at him, but Sam just sees his happy brother and laughs at himself right along with him, because how can he not when he's brought that much joy to Dean? It's just gorgeous. I love laughter.

And I know a lot of people have different opinions on these interim-episodes, but... honestly they are what made me fall in love with this show. Not JUST them, but the mixture. It used to be never JUST the story of the week, but something more, and finally, finally, that what I was missing in the latest seasons is back now.

Well said. This season has reminded me so much of S1/S2, and that's not a bad thing at all.

The hints at more are there, but subtle, and we get some interesting freeze-frames of who the Winchesters are (Dean still caring about any kid and still being the one to tell the kid to cut his mom some slack, Sam being afraid of clowns and being dumped at Plucky's, being quick with snatching up the subtle changes in witnesses, ...) and we get little snatches of the people they meet, and ultimately save.

Also, very well said. It was an episode that really just was about the Winchesters and their relationship with each other. Such a lovely episode.

Date: 2012-02-11 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dairygirl.livejournal.com
I burst out laughing for a good 20 seconds over the unicorn with rainbows coming out of its ass. Funny in the instance and in a reference to an earlier season's comment from Dean. I love call backs!

Plus Jared playing Sam's fear of clowns: priceless (and well executed)

Date: 2012-02-11 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I absolutely loved the call back too! And it was all the way back to S2, which just made it all the more awesome! It was a bit crazy to see the THEN clips of S2 though, because Sam was so LITTLE. Adorable.

Jared was so awesome, I love that guy.

Date: 2012-02-11 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] romanaone-fan.livejournal.com
THERE WAS A UNICORN FARTING RAINBOWS!! I LOVE EVERYTHING!!

Also the first six pages of my tumblr became pictures of slinkies and rainbows accidentally. Oops.

This was literally the gayest episode ever. It was fantastic.

Date: 2012-02-11 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
LOL so true. I loved it.

I don't follow that many Supernatural tumblrs, because they are constantly spoilery - but the ones that I do follow had slinkies and rainbows in record time! :)

Date: 2012-02-11 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katsheswims.livejournal.com
I think Dean originally discounted the smiling guy because after he left Sam's interrogation he let a kid stop him and didn't go off to hide evidence or run away like they assumed someone knowing the secret would do.


I loved Dean and the slinky!

Date: 2012-02-11 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Ah, that makes sense. I missed the line where they told us what signs Dean was supposed to be watching for. Thanks!

:)

Date: 2012-02-11 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
I liked this episode for much the same reason that I like (no make that LOVE) Monster Movie. It was stupid. And it made no apologies for being utterly stupid. The only reason Monster Movie still wins is because it was season 2(3?) and therefore you don't get that OH ITS SO NICE TO SEE YOU SMILE YOU'VE HAD NO REASON TO FOR 5 YEARS thing.

Two points:

- I thought Deam was a little callus with the guy who'd lost his brother as a kid. Yes he was killing people, but somehow I thought that Dean would at least identify with that pain. I mean, it's not like Dean coped brilliantly those times his brother died (I love that I can make that "those times", haha "Do you remember that time your brother died?" "Which time? Be more specific.")

- I think there has to be something more to Sam's fear of clowns. Because really, Sam didn't fear Hell, not really. And for anyone else that would be an irrational fear. And I get that irrational fears are... well, irrational. But it seems to be such a strong reaction that in the back of my head I was worried that a clown bad-touched Sam once. :/

DEAN LAUGHING AND SAM LETTING HIM AND ALSO LAUGHING TOO AND THE SLINKY AND THE GLITTER AND THE GAY AND MY HEART IS DANCING. :D

Date: 2012-02-11 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Monster Movie was early S4, and you are right, I think it was the last straight up COMPLETELY silly episode.

I thought Deam was a little callus with the guy who'd lost his brother as a kid. Yes he was killing people, but somehow I thought that Dean would at least identify with that pain. I mean, it's not like Dean coped brilliantly those times his brother died (I love that I can make that "those times", haha "Do you remember that time your brother died?" "Which time? Be more specific.")

Haha, Oh Supernatural...

But, I agree, I did expect that to be more of a POINT of SIGNIFICANCE to the story...but they sort of made it inconsequential, and I don't think Dean would treat any sibling relationship as though it were inconsequential.

Because really, Sam didn't fear Hell, not really. And for anyone else that would be an irrational fear. And I get that irrational fears are... well, irrational. But it seems to be such a strong reaction that in the back of my head I was worried that a clown bad-touched Sam once. :/

Yeah, it IS slightly weird. But, irrational fears are...I mean, a spider has never attacked me, yet, I still freak out whenever I'm near one. Furthermore, I even freak out when I'm near DEAD ones...so, there is absolutely no threat beyond grossness. It doesn't make any sense.

I have a feeling though, that after this episode, there will be a lot of speculation about clowns bad-touching Sam... because, yeah, the guy doesn't even fear hell. Also, with his fear of them being so high, it makes me wonder whether or not Lucifer used them in hell... which would have only cemented his fears.

DEAN LAUGHING AND SAM LETTING HIM AND ALSO LAUGHING TOO AND THE SLINKY AND THE GLITTER AND THE GAY AND MY HEART IS DANCING. :D

MINE TOO!! IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING!

Date: 2012-02-11 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
I don't think Dean would treat any sibling relationship as though it were inconsequential.

Yeah that I think was my main complaint. I mean, he called Cas and Gabe and Michael and Lucifer on being bad brothers. And there's always his "you're family!" thing. He looked after Adam as best he could in a truly shitty situation. He'd have more of a reaction that that, in my opinion.

Yeah I get that. Or at least, as far as someone with (as of yet) no known irrational fears (I like spiders OK?). But yeah, a grown man who's been to Hell being that scared of clowns? Something had to have happened at some point.

\o/

Date: 2012-02-11 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Indeed, so we are on the same page with Dean and the brother thing.

You are very lucky you do not have any irrational fears. I HATE them. It's ridiculous. Because you sit there thinking "there is absolutely nothing to be scared of in this situation" and then suddenly you are screaming and bursting into tears and then curling up like a ball in the corner...and whoever sees you is like "there is absolutely nothing to be scared of" and you're like "DO YOU THINK I DON'T KNOW THAT?!"

But yeah, I think if I had gone to Hell, I'd PROBABLY be able to get over my fear of creepy crawly things. But then, if I went to Hell, they'd probably torture me with creepy crawly things.

Date: 2012-02-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
As far as I know I have no irrational fears. But yeah, I'm probably lucky in that respect.

Oh if I went to Hell it would be awful and I'd become a demon in like... 5 seconds flat. Swear to god.

Date: 2012-02-12 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Me too! :P I'm only, at most, chaotic good to begin with.

Date: 2012-02-12 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
OK, what is this chaotic good business? I keep seeing it around and I don't know what it means.

Date: 2012-02-12 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Oh sorry. It's from D&D. Each character has an "alignment" - so, you can be chaotic or lawful evil, chaotic or lawful neutral, or chaotic or lawful good. (Or you can be neutral evil, true neutral, or neutral good).

So, for instance, Darth Vader is largely considered to be lawful evil...basically, evil, but wants to establish RULE with himself at the top. Chaotic evil are those who just want to watch the world burn. Neutral evils tend to be just brainless monsters.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have Lawful good, which would be Superman. Chaotic Good would be The Doctor. Captain Mal of Firefly would probably be neutral good, because he'll kill you, but only if a fair fight with the knowledge that you know there is a good chance you'll die.

The neutrals are harder to explain...lawful neutral are those who don't care whether the law is good or evil, they follow it anyway. Chaotic neutrals might be good one day and evil the next, they tend to just look out for themselves. True neutrals... I've never really gotten a handle on. I guess they're sort of like the emotionless people? Probably someone else could explain it better.

Date: 2012-02-12 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
Hahah and here was me thinking it was some psychology something or other... Still, so many things make sense now. :D I shall keep this for future reference.

Date: 2012-02-12 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Haha, well, technically it's psychology, it's just nerd-psychology ;)

Date: 2012-02-12 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
Nerd psychology is the best kind of psychology. :D

Date: 2012-02-11 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khek.livejournal.com
But really, did Dean know that the "fear of drowning" fear would turn into the guy's brother coming to drown him? For all he knew, the room could have filled up with water, or the guy would have been dragged over to the sink to drown. There was a figure in the picture, but it could have been the Hoodoo practioner drawing himself drowning.

As for the funny--you forgot the spitting! Dean spitting out pizza and Sam spitting out glitter! Both times, I almost choked on my soda. :)

This was such a fun episode. I've already watched it again. Twice! :)

Date: 2012-02-12 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Dean also saw the picture though - which the boy and his brother, and he put it together that it was his brother who drowned...and gave the dude his fear of drowning. But, yeah, I don't think he predicted that the BROTHER would come back and kill him.

Haha, the spitting WAS hilarious. :P

I still have to download a copy so that I can show my sister...I don't even have to timeline this one (they did it for me), but I still can't wait to watch it again.

Date: 2012-02-12 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msninacat.livejournal.com
So much fun! This is what a cracky SPN filler ep is supposed to be. XD

Date: 2012-02-12 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Agreed!

Nice appropriate icon ;)

Date: 2012-02-12 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msninacat.livejournal.com
I'm using the hell out of that icon this weekend. It pays to not get rid of old references. ;D

Date: 2012-02-12 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juppschmitz.livejournal.com
I loved the Ball washer. What? - Ball washer. - What? - Ball...

And Dean's Evil Lunch Ladies.

And seeing as I personally hate stories/books/films/episodes that jump backwards and forwards in time I adored the "right friggin' now".

Also I loved that Dean apologized after all those years. It's so Dean.

Date: 2012-02-12 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Agreed on all points!

So, planes and evil lunch ladies for Dean then? I thought it was funny how that was the first fear that came to his mind. :P

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