by Billie Doux
"Seriously. Dractapuss. Sea Biscuit the Impaler. Land shark. What's next?"
Classic Supernatural black comedy episode. And it was even relevant to the Winchesters because it addressed Sam's fear of clowns. Which actually had to do with his fear of abandonment, and specifically, abandonment by big brother Dean. I think. Although they never really explained why Sam was afraid of clowns. I doubt that he just associated them with bad pizza.
Anyway, the combination of absurdity and horror worked for me. I was pretty sure it was Howard the creepily dedicated employee, and voila. Howard succumbed to his childhood fear and guilt, just as Sam defeated his own. I enjoyed Sam as the bad cop, and Dean lurking around unsuccessfully acting inconspicuous. The unicorn, a.k.a. "Sea Biscuit the Impaler". The shark in the ball pit, which just made me howl. The guy in the lion suit unable to turn a doorknob with his paw, and the way Dean tackle-bounced him on a pile of tires. It's too bad we didn't get to see the giant robot with the laser eyes.
I'm not sure why they chose to use a 24-like ticking clock, but the end with "Right Friggin' Now" made me laugh out loud. And Sam's extended fight with the two Plucky clowns that bled glitter was great; I especially liked Sam spitting out the glitter in the end. I kept thinking that the reason for Sam facing his childhood fear like this was to set up a resolution of his Lucifer hallucinations, but no. Although maybe that's coming in a future episode.
Even though his close encounter with Amazons and fatherhood has made Dean swear off babies, baby names, bars, booze, or hot chicks of any kind, he gave the single mom employee's little boy some good fatherly advice. And he apologized for dumping young Sam off at Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie so he could troll for chicks. Maybe Dean is finally maturing. Nah.
Bits and pieces:
-- The black and white credits exploded in garishly colored glitter. Great title, too, although it was a bitch to type.
-- A unicorn with a rainbow coming out of its ass was mentioned in an earlier episode, but I don't remember which. Anyone?
-- The sign on the wall of the employee breakroom had a long list of employee "no's" that included mustaches, punk-style haircuts, earrings, piercings, tattoos, perfume and unnatural make-up. But Jean the manager was wearing earrings.
-- Fred Savage, like Gwyneth Paltrow, is now a Leviathan.
-- I am noticing that Jensen and Jared are splitting up a lot more, and doing scenes on their own.
-- This week: Wichita, Kansas, apparently the perfect spot for a land shark attack. Dean was agent Jones and Sam was special agent Johnson. And the room at the Tiki Motel with the red and green glowing lamps was exceptionally tacky and garish, even for Supernatural. It somehow fit with Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie.
Dean: (re: Frank) "I hope he finds something quick. This whole protocol du jour thing's really creeping my cheese."
Sam: "So we got dick on Dick?"
Dean: "So what are we looking for? An octovamp? A vampdipuss?"
Sam: "That's crazy even for us, right?"
Dean: "It does push the envelope."
Dean: "I can't argue with this. Leprechauns are deadly."
And that, of course, was a reference to "Clap Your Hands If You Believe..." Fight the fairies!
Sam: "They think the ball washer did it."
Dean: "The what?"
Sam: "The ball washer."
Dean: "The what?"
Dean: "Shark week, man. How do you not watch that? Whole week of shark."
Dean: "You're mainlining the Kool-aid, aren't you?"
Dean: "You're not using kid's nightmares to smoke people, Cliff?"
Cliff the lion: (slowly) "I don't think so..."
Cliff the lion: "Did you ever shroom in a ball pit?"
Ball pits are unnaturally weird. Can you imagine being stoned out of your mind in one?
Dean: "Yeah. About the size of a house, shoots destructo beams out of its eyes."
Sam: "At least I'll see it coming."
Dean: "Sam, I'm sorry for psychologically scarring you."
Sam: "Which time?"
Three out of four clown phobia sobriety chips,