I’m slacking again on the Supernatural posts. This one is a little late, but I wanted to have time to really talk about this episode. Supernatural is full of violence, suspense, and evil with some love thrown in to really hit us in the feels. However. about once a season (twice if we’re lucky) they throw in these great episodes. They move along the big plot lines, but mostly just show the boys having fun. Sam always seems to almost die and you get a few really touching moments that make you want to cry. This is one of those episodes.
In season 2 we had Tall Tales and Hollywood Babylon, season 3 there was Bad Day at Black Rock, A Very Supernatural Christmas (I’m gonna fudgin’ kill you!), Mystery Spot,and Ghostfacers. (Holy Crap Season 3 was awesome). Season 4 had Monster Movie and The Monster at the End of This Book, season 5, Changing Channels and The Real Ghostbusters, and Swap Meat. Season 6 had Weekend at Bobby’s (this one kinda counts even thought the boys aren’t in it much), Clap Your Hands If You Believe and The French Mistake (this was a pretty joyless season so these breaks were very much needed), season 7 was light on the humor with only Season 7, Time for a Wedding! and Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie (which I’m tempted to not count because clowns freak me out too). And finally season 8 was the worst for comedic breaks. I think they were going for that with Hunteri Heroici, but it fell a little short for me. I would argue that Everybody Hates Hitler is the only one to approach a fun episode in season 8 (yes, yes I remember LARP and the Real Girl, but this one also fell flat with me since the boys were still fighting. No amount of Felicia Day can make up for Sam and Dean not getting along). The only reason I really like EHH is because of the scene where Sam and Dean are heating their hands over the burning corpse and Aaron states what we are always forgetting: These guys are psychopaths. Seriously I’m obsessed with a show about killing and desecrating remains. I need to be reminded of this every once in a while.
OK I said all of that to point out that it has be a long time since we’ve had a legit funny episode. The French Mistake is probably the last real, honest to goodness episode like this and it aired in Feb. 2011! It was about time. I had my doubts going in. The previews looked a little odd. Dean barking at the mail man when taken out of context looks more goofy than funny, but in the flow of the episode it was genius.
This episode had a ton of gems. There was the cracks at hippies from Dean and then the unexpected conversation with the pigeon. Both actors did so well with this whole “talking to animals bits” and what could have been a really cheesy, kid show type interactions were hilarious. I may have laughed a few times randomly thinking about Dean playing fetch with Sam. Haha. I didn’t realize what he was doing until the gave it back to him again. That’s totally something I would do if I was stressed out about something and not watching what I was doing.
So I’m not going to break down every little joke, every funny thing that Dean did (I will say that Dean checking out the poodle was both hilarious and creepy), but I will leave you with some clips of those funny moments. They can remind you of how great this show is. Also I will mention that almost all of these funny episodes were followed by heart wrenching episodes where we lose someone. If that doesn’t make you anxious enough I will also point out that Sam now KNOWS something is up and is not going to let it go. I may end up being right about when he will find out about Zeke. (My prediction was not this next episode, but the next one.) So keep that in mind while you’re laughing it up. We’ll probably be crying soon.
- ‘Supernatural’ Goes To The Dogs As Dean Becomes Man’s Best Friend (scooprocket.com)
- Supernatural: Dog Dean Afternoon (11-5) (cwtampa.cbslocal.com)