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Quick Reaction: 6x09 Clap If You Believe

And Home! In the SNOW no less. I hope the boys aren't filming outside tonight...it'd mess with the continuity I'm sure.

Speaking of which, let's get to the episode...

I must admit, due to a fear of aliens, I never watched the X-files very much. I've seen an episode here and there, but have mostly blocked it from memory. It was also on back in the days before I built up my tolerance for low-level horror. That being said, my brother and sister were huge fans, so I've seen the theme song more than once...I got a kick out of the Supernatural tribute to it....especially because I know there's a fair amount of overlap over the years with former X-files crew working on Supernatural.

So, aliens! ...and Robert Picardo! 

And apparently having no soul means that you say exactly what all of us want to say, but are too socially conditioned not to. I like how Dean tells Sam that he's going to be his conscious, and Sam starts calling him Jimminy (sp?)...very fitting for the episode.

Of course it was quite obvious that the watchmaker was behind it all. Watchmakers are always behind it all (religious jokes FTW!).

Dean "abduction" was hilarious. Both because of the frantic way he tried to communicate to Sam about what was going on, and the way Sam was so relaxed and joking about it all - and flirting with the waitress. Poor Dean. I mean, I know Sam doesn't care about him, but if he's such a good hunter, you'd think he'd know what the definition of "good back-up" is...apparently not.

Dean still has the same ringtone he had in S2.

I loved Sam telling the girl that his brother has been abducted but he's "had time to adjust" and then she asks if it's been years, and he's like "no, it was like a half hour ago." Hahaha...ok, I know on some level this is horribly tragic, but soulless Sam is pretty damn hilarious.

Not to mention hot. Apparently it was Sam's soul that was keeping him clothed all those years....I LOVED the scene of Dean walking in with Sam in bed with that girl....and not just because Sam was in bed with a girl...solely for their reactions. So funny.

Now, I'd like to point out that although I'm technically not supposed to be noticing their clothes on these episodes and I'm just supposed to be watching and enjoying...I did notice that while he was abducted, Dean's cozy jacket, which he has own for about two episodes every season since S1, got all torn and cut up. I'm going to have to stay tuned to see if the Winchester Amazing Secret Tailoring Skillz(tm) come into play again and the coat gets repaired.

Dean describing the abduction was also hilarious! Oh man...first the "incandescent grabby douchebags" was hilarious, than him describing shooting and hacking at them all hyper about it...hahaha..."They seemed surprised! I don't think anyone has done that before!" This is a lesson for everyone: Do not try to abduct Dean Winchester, you will have bitten off more than you can chew. I also loved Sam telling him to go take a shower, and Dean saying "yeah, and now I'm going to take a shower!"

So good....

The conversation where Sam is trying to understand WHEN it's appropriate to sleep with a hippie chick was funny...but I had a feeling Dean should have been trying to sell the whole "soul" thing a little bit better....we'll return to this, obviously...

Ok, what happened next? I don't even remember. I guess they start looking up aliens while Sam stalks the watchmaker. Oh yeah, and then Tickerbell attacks...and that was also awesome. I loved Dean's "nipples?!" which I actually couldn't hear because my friend was laughing so hard....I didn't blame her...but luckily we were recording while we watched, so we could go back after and confirm that he indeed said "nipples"...and OH MAN...only on Supernatural can they get away with MICROWAVING TINKERBELL!  I really love this show.

So, the trick is that only Dean can see these fairies...but Sam believes him.  So they go see the fairy lady.

This whole scene was also hilarious......(let's count how many times I use the words "hilarious" and "awesome" in this review?...actually, please don't).

I liked Dean's "forcibly interacting" or however he put it...really good.

ETA: I can't believe I forgot to mention "Did you service Oberon, King of the Fairies?" AH hahahaha....(the funny thing for me is that Oberon was in a play I did once, and he happened to be played by a crossdressing lesbian....so, yeah...I either picture her, or Rupert Everett, who also played Oberon in a movie...the latter is not a bad picture at all...so I can only guess the amount of Dean/Fairy slash fic that's going to come from this...because we all know it's going to happen.) 

What next...more stalking of the watchmaker? Dean seeing the elves? I guess that was it. 

Then Dean gets stalked himself by that guy in the red hat....and just in case you were wondering why Dean was so freaked out, my friend found me this after the show was over: The dude was a red cap.

So, Dean accidentally tackles a Little Person while yelling about fairies....and gets arrested. Smooth Dean....the question of why he waited around for the cops was never answered, but maybe some people tackled him and made a citizen's arrest. Who knows.

Dean gets thrown in the slammer, where he has to defend his non-homophobic little-person-phobic honour...(ironically, I actually do have a friend who has an irrational fear of little people....actually, come to think of it, doesn't SAM have a fear of little people? Well, I guess it's not specifically said....just implied).

Sam goes after the fairies...I kind of didn't really get why the fairies were all passed out on cream...did the watchmaker drug them or something? I didn't understand why the watchmaker and Sam could just walk up to the safe after the watchmaker made such a big deal about not being allowed before.

Anyway, so they get the spell book....meanwhile, the Red-Cap tracks Dean down. Then the Leprechaun shows up and kills the watchmaker and offers Sam a deal for his soul - Sam shoots him. So, both Winchesters are getting a beatdown from fairies. Only, Sam eventually thinks of trying the salt thing, so he wins the day and saves them both.

Finally, we get a nice conversation-on-the-hood-of-the-impala scene, where our battered heroes drink beer from their favorite green cooler and talk about their feelings...or in Sam's case, lie about their decisions.

Because Robo!Sam who is so knowledgeable on other people's tells, doesn't seem to realize that he has his own...so, when Dean asks him if he wants his soul back, Sam lies poorly. Somehow, it still appears as though Dean believes it. Poor Dean. He really should have sold it better. So far, he's told Sam that having a soul means that instead of having sex, he'd be suffering. Personally, I can't blame Sam for thinking "why the  hell would I want that?...Sex is fun!"

The sad thing is, it's not like Dean can really describe all the good things Sam is missing...like, I don't know, loving and caring about people. First off, even people who are good about talking about emotions have difficulty describing love, secondly, Dean is hardly good at talking about positive emotions.

Over all of course, this was another MOTW. But it was a REALLY FUNNY one. It was so entertaining, it felt like it only lasted a half-hour at most! Ben Edlund really knows how to write a great episode.

I'm calling it now, btw: Sam's soul coming back is going to be the season closer, and not sooner...(and I really hope not later)

So, to sum up: HILARIOUS. AWESOME.

Until next time.... 

Comments

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claudiapriscus
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
You should re-check out the x-files. Like 85% of the episodes had nothing to do with aliens. The middle seasons were full of horror-comedy. And sometimes just straight up comedy. I miss the x-files, sometimes. If nothing else, they did one of my favorite holiday episodes ever.

The one odd thing with this episode is that it feels like it should have been longer. Like the third harry potter movie, where there were a ton of plot details cut for obvious reasons, but it seemed kind of unfinished as a result?

I enjoyed it. There were some great one liners.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking it would have been cool if they had explained the red-cap thing. Though, I guess I often yell at them for over-explaining, so maybe I'm just unsatisfiable :P

Maybe many years from now I'll check out the X-files. I know that the basic thing was that Mulder always went in wanting it to be aliens and it always turned out explainable or something...or maybe not...anyway, it still just creeped me out so much, and I get kind of sick of male-female co-leads where it's all about UST...though, yeah, I probably have it all wrong, because, you know....only seen one or two episodes here and there.
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raloria
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
Nice recap! I loved it and like you, my review is going to be full of "hilarious". :P

The watchmaker said a line about the cream being like tequila to the elves before he and Sam got to the spell book. I noticed most of the eppy was filmed on the Watchman set. ;) Would love to find that last scene though.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
It's too bad they don't google-streetview the railway lines around here...though, I suppose you could find the railway lines and then streetview the roads that cross them...might take a while.

Ah, ok...so I missed that line about the cream being like tequila.
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msninacat
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm calling it now, btw: Sam's soul coming back is going to be the season closer, and not sooner...(and I really hope not later)

Or the season opener to Season 7. You know they like torturing us. ;D

Also I feel like an uber nerd now because in reading a lot of reviews, no one knew what a Red Cap was until the show was over and I yelled "OMG Red Cap" when the dude popped up. I guess it just helps with my beta work since I'm a friend's canon whore for her HP nano. lol
katsheswims
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I've been surprised no one knew it was a red cap either. I also yelled out as soon as I saw the guy. (And surprisingly enough I think the first time I heard of a red caps was in a Supernatural fanfic.)
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baruchan
Nov. 20th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Robert Picardo! He brings back good memories...he just made me want to watch all the Doctor-centric Voyager episodes again.

I already found a fic request asking for Dean being taken into Faerie, deaged and servicing Oberon. ;p

Also, I snerked at the Red Cap. I love it when the show brings in some subtlety - they should have more of that. :D
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I already found a fic request asking for Dean being taken into Faerie, deaged and servicing Oberon. ;p

Even when it's not incest, they still find a way to make it squicky...DEAGED! Sigh...*shudder*
trystan830
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
oooh very cool about that guy being a redcap! wow.

and i had three possibles for when Sam gets his soul back: 6x11 (right before hiatus, but i don't think so), 6x12 (right back from hiatus, but i still don't think so), or 6x22. (but maybe not, cause that batshit part of the fandom will get all batshit about it. but from a storytelling POV, i'm still thinking 6x22. ;)
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm hoping for 6x11/6x12, but I really don't think it's going to happen. They'll drag it out to 6x22, and, as a commenter above pointed out, we might not even get to see it until 7x01.
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elliemurasaki
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Apparently it was Sam's soul that was keeping him clothed all those years

We always knew he does emotional-connection sex, except when it's Doctor Cara, but that was while he was pretending not to have an emotional connection to Ruby. Now, no soul, no emotions to connect with, so no reason not to have casual sex.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
except when it's Doctor Cara, but that was while he was pretending not to have an emotional connection to Ruby.

I disagree with you there. I don't think Sam ever had emotional sex with Ruby either...I mean, obviously he was emotional while having sex that first time...but I don't think Sam ever had feelings for Ruby beyond a weird begrudging friendship.

I think the non-emotional sex with Doctor Cara was a sign of how being hepped up on demon blood made Sam act a little differently.

Now, no soul, no emotions to connect with, so no reason not to have casual sex.

I DO agree with this. That's exactly what's happening. Soul or not, sex is fun...and the bonus to not having a soul is that you don't yearn for the heightened sexual experience of having feelings for the person you are having sex with.
katsheswims
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I also loved this ep. It was hilarious. But there were the undercurrents of misery and sadness between Sam and Dean.

I recognized Dean's ringtone and knew it was one he had before, but is it still the same from S2 or did he just change it back? I remember it rang in S5 a few times (particularly I'm thinking of when Sam called to want to get back together after thier break) but I can't remember if it was the same ringtone then...

In the preview for the next ep. it said December 1 (or 3-whtever day is Friday), so I think they're skipping showing a new ep on Supernatural next week! I don't know why they would do that, but I hope it was a mistype/misplayed thing.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's the same ringtone he had in S5. I'd have to go back and listen. It's definitely the same one he had in S2...so, yeah, either he never changed, or he went back to it.

Sadly, the December 3rd thing wasn't a mistype. They're running repeats during American Thanksgiving...I guess because Americans are too busy to watch TV that weekend, so the ratings wouldn't be good.
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akadougal
Nov. 21st, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Had to wait until now to watch and therefore to read.

Yes. I really enjoyed this episode and I'm finding myself fond of RoboSam.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 21st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Jensen and Jared are both so good at comedy - even though RoboSam is heartbreaking on one level, you can't help love him for being so hilarious. :P
seesmooshrun
Nov. 24th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Red Cap link! Explains so much. Enjoyed your review. :-)
hells_half_acre
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
marlowe78
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Bit late, but whatever, right?

Loved this episode! Nearly as much as the one with the dog (did I comment on your jolurnal? Can't remember, so long ago..)

ROBERT PICARDO!

(why? What else should I say????)

Fairys - ha! I think this put a spanner in SO many fanfictions, as it seems the only thing the Winchesters hunted before season one were ghosts, poltergeists and some creatures. Damn... all the funny and good stories about fairies have to be rewritten - or proclaimed AU :-D
But I agree with you, Edlund knows his stuff. Great story-writer.

Poor Dean indeed. He's going to be put through the ringer this season - and I was so hoping for something else. Well, nothing light, but maybe a bit more hopeful?

Ah, well.

I'm still holding out hope that we'll get some soul into Sam sooner than e22. As much as I agree with you that Sam soulless is amusing, it hurts me in connection to Dean. So... I'm still hoping (please, if you know more, don't tell me!)

I thought about that red cap-guy too, but I admit only after reading in gaelicspirit's ramble, where she referred to the man as "Red Cap", to give him a name.

Dude, when Dean came back and SAm was ... well, having sex. Dean looked AMAZING in the lighht, didn't he?

And did you notice: JP actually DOES have chest-hair! I was worried that all the men in the world lose their testosteron and actually ARE smooth-chested.
I'm holding out hope that JA has some hairs as well (I don't want a furry Jensen, but a little manlyness would be awesome ;) )

Oh. Did I turn shallow again?
Who cares, right?

Fun episode. Lets see what we'll get tomorrow (Saturday for me) - uh... there isn't another strange holliday over there, right?
hells_half_acre
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Fairys - ha! I think this put a spanner in SO many fanfictions, as it seems the only thing the Winchesters hunted before season one were ghosts, poltergeists and some creatures.

So few people seem to realize this anyway :P Or that they didn't know that what killed Mary was a demon until midway through S1.

As much as I agree with you that Sam soulless is amusing, it hurts me in connection to Dean. So... I'm still hoping (please, if you know more, don't tell me!)

I don't know anything! I completely agree with you though - Soulless Sam is amusing (it's fun to see Dean play the straight-man, and JP stretch his comedic muscles), but the empathetic part of me is just BLEEDING for Dean right now...he's so horribly alone now.

I was worried that all the men in the world lose their testosteron and actually ARE smooth-chested.

Hahaha! I know! It even looks like he has the attractive kind of chest hair...unless he groomed it up a bit before the shoot. I feel sorry for JP having to wax before all those shirtless scenes now though...ouch.

Thinking back to those soccer pictures of JA - I don't remember any chest hair, so either it was just when they were filming 6x03 and he was freshly waxed too - or maybe he actually doesn't have chest hair.

Wait...did I just write an analysis of chest hair as though it were a serious topic? Hahaha...oh man.

Fun episode. Lets see what we'll get tomorrow (Saturday for me) - uh... there isn't another strange holliday over there, right?

Not to my knowledge! But I'm one country north :P Also, it's not tomorrow sadly, but the day after tomorrow. It's Wednesday here.
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