I laughed every time I saw a promo for this episode, so my expectations were high. Fortunately, I wasn't disappointed. I laughed so hard I almost hurt myself -- especially during the Sam belly rub scene, and Dean leering at the French poodle with the porn music in the background. This episode showed how terrific Jensen Ackles is at doing comedy. Yes, he can act convincingly like a dog. Of course he can.
While comic Supernatural episodes are usually very funny, there's always something creepy, sad and/or gross out about them. They managed to hit all three categories this time. They did indeed address the unhappy life and often inevitable death of pound animals with the belly rub addict and the elderly dog who knew she would never be adopted. The taxidermy came across as nearly as creepy as the monsters we see on this show. (The Game of Thrones joke went right over my head.)
And the animal lover in me was creeped out by the "endangered animals as a delicacy" thing. The cat-eating in particular was a bit much. I had to tell my cats to leave the room. They didn't, but they watched most of the episode with their paws over their eyes.
The Colonel, our canine guest star, looked a lot like Bear on Person of Interest and I kept thinking that dogs, or pigeons, for that matter, wouldn't speak so intelligently; they'd probably sound like Doctor Seuss. (I've imagined that if my cat Spike could talk, he'd say "feed me now!" and "pet me now!", and that's about it.) But hey, this is fantasy. I did like that Chef Leo got smacked with animal karma and ended up dog chow. I wonder if eating the heart of an angel's vessel really would have cured his cancer?
But why didn't Chef Leo just stab Dean while Dean was tied up? Why slow down the action to eat a wolf heart? That felt like they just needed time for Dean to get out of his bonds. A bit clumsy. And it was a bit too neat that the Colonel ended up with the nice vegan couple in the end. And Zeke saved Sam's life again. How did they ever manage without him? Sam is very smart. If he doesn't know by now that something is wrong, it's out of character.
The Colonel was about to tell Dean the real reason for the existence of dogs when the spell abruptly wore off. That's okay, Dean. The answer is probably "42".
Bits and pieces:
-- Best title ever. Well, almost. "The Monster at the End of This Book" and "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" are probably my favorites, but "Dog Dean Afternoon" is pretty darned cute.
-- No Kevin or Castiel, and Crowley is still languishing unseen in the dungeon. It's that uncomfortable time in the season when the arc stops dead so that we can get stand-alones.
-- This week: Enid, Oklahoma. The boys were agents Michaels and DeVille. Bret Michaels and CC DeVille? They were also impromptu, unconvincing health inspectors.
-- The vegan animal rights couple were ridiculed a bit, but they turned out to be cool, didn't they?
-- Why does Dean hate patchouli? What's patchouli?
Sam: "How is that kid still recovering from Branson?"
Dean: "What can I say? He's an amateur. The Slippery Nipple shots at the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede nearly killed the guy."
And if we show him sick in the bathroom, or telling Sam about Inuit spells, we'll have to pay him for an episode.
Sam: "Poor guy's a human pretzel. You tell me what's got that kind of strength."
Dean: "A demonic luchador?"
Dean: "Always knew I'd find the source of all evil at a vegan bakery."
Dean: "You know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and douchebags."
And David Caruso.
Dean: "Hey boy. You speak sign language?"
Sam: "That's monkeys."
Dean: "I don't have the urge to sniff butts."
The Colonel: "Yet."
Sam: "Do you really have…"
Dean: "No! Come on!"
Pound dog: "I need a Raquel Welch poster and a rock hammer."
Fluffy pound dog: "I want… a belly rub."
Fluffy pound dog: "Not from you, sweetie. From that big one, over there."
Very funny the first time through, but I didn't love it as much the second time. And I'm taking half a point off for cat eating. Two and a half ghastly refrigerators out of four,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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