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Quick Reaction: 9x05 Dog Dean Afternoon

Before we get to anything, I regret to inform you all that it's not looking good for the ol' iPod. Although it worked fine on the way to my friends house, when I left, it wouldn't do anything. I thought it was just out of batteries, but apparently not - I think.... I think it might be dead, you guys. It's a sad day. I've had that thing since 2008, where I bought it for $30 from a country music fan in a parking lot in the west end of Ottawa. We've had good times together.

Anyway, to lighter topics, let's actually talk about the episodes....because it was ridiculous and funny....

THEN: We've been ridiculous before, follks.

NOW: A taxidermist making little Game of Thrones themed mice - CUTE! But then he is ATTACKED! Well, actually, first someone breaks into his shop, and the dog just barks but stays by the bench....which, okay, disclaimer time: OBVIOUSLY, we're meant to throw out all sense of believability for this episode. But to indulge the more pedantic among you, here are a list of things we will henceforth be ignoring:
1. Dog behaviour - German shepherds would attack anything attacking their owner.
2. Cat behaviour - You can't put that many cats in a bag without getting clawed up.
3. Dogs and Cats, if they spoke, would not be sound like that.
4. Owls are actually stupider than other birds, because their eyes take up so much room they have smaller brains - mind you, maybe those small brains are super smart, what do I know.

Anyway, so taxidermist has a shotgun in easy reach, but is spooked by his own stuffed bear - which I thought was pretty hilarious, actually. Especially when he added the "every time" line. But then he's CRUSHED by a weird guy in a cowboy hat that has a snake tongue.

Cut to the men of letters bunker, where Sam and Dean have gotten Kevin back from Branson, but now Kevin is hungover from partying too hard - I love the excuses they have for not paying Osric Chau to be in more episodes.

Sam's found the strange death and wants to go check it out. Dean doesn't want to because he thinks Sam needs more resting time... of course, the problem is that EZEKIEL needs more resting time, but Dean can hardly explain that to Sam, who feels perfectly fine and has been getting 8 hours of sleep every night for the past week. So, it's off to Ohio (I think) where there is INEXPLICABLY MOUNTAINS! (Are there mountains in Ohio? I don't think so, but what do I know, I've never been there and I don't actually know where Ohio is without looking at a map - I am Canadian and my elementary school accidentally skipped teaching me US geography (or history for that matter).)

ANYWAY... I liked the dude that was the taxidermist friend. I liked his bizarre speaking cadence. So, the weird cowboy snake-dude ate all the entrails from the taxidermist shop. GROSS.

Oh hey, before they actually went into the taxidermist shop though, there was the spray-paint on the door and the symbol scrapped into it - which was an upsidedown equilateral triangle with a dog-paw inside it. "Gay Dogs?" I guessed, and then laughed like a dork at my own joke.

So, the gay-dog symbol leads Sam and Dean to a local animal rights group run from a vegan bakery...which might be Uprising Breads Bakery which is in my neighbourhood (this is what my friend thought), but I haven't been inside it, so I can't confirm or deny. She wasn't certain, so who knows. Might be worth an investigation.

The vegan bakers are wearing sunglasses inside. I liked Dean's line of "Do you know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and douchebags." And then I liked that once they talked to the vegan bakers, the vegan bakers echoed the line when they complained about having to look like douchebags because they were "maced".

But of course, it wasn't mace! It was SNAKE VENOM.

So, the boys don't know what their up against, because it's weird...

Meanwhile, cowboy-hat dude is slipping $100 to the dude at the animal shelter...nothing good can come from this. He goes after the cats. Me and my friend both quickly check to make sure her two cats aren't watching the TV at the moment - because sure enough he EATS one! Nooooooooooooooooo...save the kitties.

Sidenote: The animal shelter dude had really interesting eyes.

Also, who the heck gets a job at an animal shelter who cares so little for the wellfare of animals? Sigh.

Anywayyyyyyyyyyy... the shelter dude gets killed when he witnesses the cat-eating, thanks to CLAWS TO THE NECK!

So, Sam and Dean are confused. Because now the snake dude is stealing cats and the human victim has giant cat scratches. But then Dean recognizes the dog from the taxidermist place.... and the dog barks at the cop who is wearing a hat...and Dean realizes that the dog isn't a suspect, he's a witness.

Sam sicks Kevin on researching a way to talk to animals, and Kevin finds one - an Inuit spell. Now, I know "eskimo" is still okay to say in the US, but it's not okay to say in Canada, so I was really glad that Sam only said it once...because yeah, let's try not to be super offense here, folks. Also, the words Dean says aren't like any Inuktitut I've ever heard, but then, he might just be horribly butchering the language... I've only ever heard Inuktitut spoken by native speakers, after all... and I don't even know how universal the language is among the Inuit, there may be multiple languages they use and Inuktitut is just one of them. ANYWAY.... I should listen to myself when it comes to being pedantic about the believability of this episode.

Jensen was great in this episode. He's so good at comedy, and Jared is very good at being his straight man. I loved when he says that the drink doesn't look so bad, then drinks it, and just looks at Sam and says "I was wrong."

The spell doesn't work right away and they lose hope - until the dog tells Dean to change the station on the radio and starts complaining about Styx. Again, the comedic lines in this episode were great. I loved Sam's "Why are you arguing about Styx?!" And then Sam is trying to throw out his napkin and Dean keeps fetching it out of the garbage while he talks to the dog.... and then the mail man comes and Dean barks at him through the window... and yeah, we learn that while Dean's mindmelded with animals, he'll exhibit their behaviour.

So, cue comedy. I have to say that the bit with the poodle reminded me of the Torchwood S2 episode with Captain John checking people out as they drove through town - "look at the arse on that one." "That's a poodle."

They return to the shelter to interview the other dogs, and the Yorkie talks to them in exchange for belly rubs from Sam. Adorable.

Still, if you like animals, even with the comedy, it's a hard episode to watch, because shelters are sad places. And Dean agrees, and lets all the dogs out at the end of their visit... and honestly, I did not realize this was setting up a later scene.

Based on the info from the Yorkie, it's time to go to a local restaurant where apparently our monster is the head chef. Yeah, that bodes well. The little mice were cute. I also liked their reasoning for being eaten: "We have collapsible spines!"

But then there's noise in the main part of the restaurant so they go investigate to find that there's a private function going on - which they cancel while pretending to be health-inspectors. I was actually in a restaurant when it got surprised inspected (or at least, it seemed to be a surprise)... it's kind of disconcerting when you're sitting in a restaurant and you can hear the health inspectors making disapproving noises in the kitchen and the head waiter/owner dude looking increasingly frantic.

But I digress...

They get rid of the staff, but the chef is still about, so they split up to track him down. Guys. Nothing good happens when you split up. Sure enough, the dude ate a chameleon and has now gained the ability to blend into the wallpaper. He sneaks up behind Sam, who doesn't get a shot in time and gets throat slashed!! Zeke comes forward and heals him, because yeah, THAT won't be hard to explain, but the effort of it all makes Samzekiel pass out.

Now, of course, this just intrigues the chef and now he wants to eat Sam in order to gain whatever power he has.

No worries though, it's Dean to the rescue! Only he doesn't get a shot in time either (seriously, boys? SERIOUSLY!?) and the Chef ties him to a post after telling him he smells like a dog and wondering what exactly their mother was smoking when she gave birth to a dog-boy and a healing-super-power boy.

Dean counters with the fact that he can smell that the dude has cancer. I'd like to point out that the ability of dogs to smell terminal cancer was also a plot point on Teen Wolf - I guess this is a new dog-themed-thing trope!

So, we learn all about dude and his terminal illness and turning to magic and eating animals in order to keep living. Dude decides to eat a wolf heart in order to destroy Dean, and Dean escapes and leads him out into the ally, where he whistles for his pack! Hilarious. Just earlier today I was talking to a commenter on AO3 about how Dean would be sorted into Hufflepuff, and I think this is just more proof...dude's been a dog for a day, and he already has a pack that will come to his rescue! :)

Anyway, ripped apart by dogs is a good way to kill someone who was killing kitties!

Then Dean frantically tries to get Sam to wake up... "don't make me lick your face!" - no, make him! I'd have loved to see that, though I'm sure Jensen and Jared wouldn't have been too thrilled about having to act it out. (Another thing I learned from Teen Wolf fandom: Dogs will obsessively groom ill loved ones.)

Anyway, Sam wakes up. They take the German shepherd to the vegan bakers to have him be looked after. And the dog goes to reveal that dogs were put on the earth to- BARK BARK! And the spell has worn off. Dean is no longer a dog.

Sam is confused - what did the chef mean when he asked Sam what he was? Personally, I'd be more confused at waking up to find myself covered with my own blood but have no visible wounds, but hey, that's just me!  Dean tells him that the dude was insane and eating animals to take their power - and that it was basically like being possessed, and when you allow yourself to be possessed, then eventually...the thing will just take over.

Oooooooooo....ominous reason not to trust Ezekiel? Is he simply biding his time? So far he's been pretty willing to sacrifice power in order to do whatever Dean asks him... the most suspicious thing has been his desire not to be found by any other angel, nor have Cas around... possibly because he's not really Ezekiel?! That's a possibility I've seen floated... the plot thickens....

Anyway, fun episode. Not that much substance, mostly just ridiculous hijinks with very little effort put in to having anything seem realistic.

Next week looks to get back into some serious stuff, so perhaps this was our little reprieve.


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Nov. 6th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
It was fun! it had dogs and talking mice! There will be a new pairing on the kink meme for my bestiality kink!

mmm thats about it. Except my dog went bersek during the cat scene!
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:44 am (UTC)
Definitely a fun episode - and yes, PLENTY of fodder for the kinkmeme. Personally, I now want a fic with Dean licking Sam's face...not even sexually - I just want platonic face licking. :P

My friend's cats were unperturbed by the dog and cat noises, so that was good! I think dogs are a little bit more sensitive to sounds from the TV.
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
Ep actually takes place in Oklahoma, not Ohio. There are hills in Ohio, btw. I've seen them. However, there's no hills like the one they showed behind the motel in Oklahoma. That was more like South Dakota to me. ;)

I thought it was equally weird that the Colonel didn't attack the dude when his owner was being attacked. But then I chalked it up to maybe the animal sensed it was something non-human. *shrugs* I dunno! Like you said, with this one you need to toss the believability meter out the window. :P

And dude...what's with you typing "through" when it should be "threw" or "throw"? Just an interesting observation here... :)
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC)
And dude...what's with you typing "through" when it should be "threw" or "throw"? Just an interesting observation here... :)

Dude! That is a PROBLEM. Like all capital letters PROBLEM. I have this weird thing with homonyms - and through is a big one. My brain is broken somehow and I just end up typing words that kinda sound like the one that I want, but aren't. For instance, the other day I went to write frequently and it came out freakuently. It's not like I think that's how it's spelled or that I don't know how to spell frequently - I don't know why these things happen! But through/threw/throw is one that always gets me because spellchecks don't catch it and for some reason most of the time when I scan the sentence, I don't even realize that it's not the right word because it SOUNDS like the word I want. Similar problems with road and rode and write and right. And it's only with typing - if I were writing these things out by hand, I wouldn't do it. It's just something about how fast the typing thing is that makes me type homonyms to what I actually want. It drives me crazy.

ETA: Also, I know that "through" doesn't actually really sound like "throw" but apparently it's close enough that my brain makes the mistake. "Near-homonyms" is actually my problem. AND, when I scanned briefly through the post to fix the "throw"s, I realized that I had also spelled "throat" "throught" so apparently my brain just REALLY LIKES THE WORD "THROUGH" AND WANTS TO PUT IT EVERYWHERE! I swear, I should probably be studied by scientists. :P

Anyway, um... yeah... sorry?

Oklahoma! Oops! At least I got the O right. :P

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Nov. 6th, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
Ezekiel looks more and more to be Metatron (or maybe another crazy scribe from upstairs). I think Sam's eagerness for a hunt sounds a little fishy and I can just imagine Metatron reading the Supernatural books and going "Hey, I want to actually be in this story."

But... we will see!!
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Oooo! Interesting theory!
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Nov. 6th, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
I'll add two things, because they were lazy writing. Sam would never say Eskimo. He chided Dean last season for saying Indian. US people in general are lazy and dumb about native nations, but I thought only old people said Eskimo. It was weird too because Sam first says Inuit. And Dean made the guy explain entrails. How stupid do they think the audience is? Making Dean not know that word was unnecessary.

It still was ok, not as bad as some dog episodes.The part at the shelter was sad, I was happy Dean let them go.
Nov. 6th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Sam would never say Eskimo. He chided Dean last season for saying Indian. US people in general are lazy and dumb about native nations, but I thought only old people said Eskimo.

I wasn't sure, because I remember watching Oprah, back when she was doing new episodes, and she did one about global warming and they interviewed and Inuit woman from above the arctic circle, and the Inuit actually referred to HERSELF as "Eskimo" and...yeah, I was super confused by that.

It was weird too because Sam first says Inuit. And Dean made the guy explain entrails. How stupid do they think the audience is? Making Dean not know that word was unnecessary.

Ahhh, unnecessary dumbing-down. That explains it. Yes, I'm in complete agreement with you here. There's no need to explain those terms so that people understand. Does it matter if someone doesn't understand? Can they not tell by context of the rest of the conversation? Very annoying.
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Nov. 6th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
I must say this is by far my favorite out of the five eps, mostly because i didn't really expect its cracktasticness(sorry my English's crap) in the first place, and I laughed so hard my dog's giving me the stink eyes, I think I crept her out...and yeah partly because I'm a dog person.
I love Jensens' performance, though a little disappointed it wasn't Sam who drank it, but still, it's really sweet of Dean to volunteer to do it for Sammy.
I think I'm more in favor of Zeke being the bad guy, simply bcuz nothing good ever happened to the boys (without a price), it's like rule no.1 in Supernatural, so why the exception? Anyway, it seems like Sam finally noticed that something wasn't right, hopefully we'll learned more the next ep.
By the way, I love your quick reaction!
Nov. 6th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: awesome
Honestly, I was happy that for once this season, Dean actually got to do something that wasn't all about looking after Sam. The past two seasons were so Sam centric that they've made me lose interest in Sam, so having something more Dean centric for once, was a nice refreshing change of pace.
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Nov. 6th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Quick comment to one of your questions
Regarding dogs and sniffing out cancer, yes, it's a real thing that animals can do. Not any cancer mind you but I have read about some research on the subject. So maybe a trope, but it has basis in science.
Nov. 6th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Quick comment to one of your questions
Animals can smell epileptic fits too. So some people who have seizures have working animals who help them by alerting them if a seizure is coming on.
Nov. 6th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
While it wasn't an episode that stands up to in-depth scrutiny, frankly it was much better than I expected, primarily because the boys stayed in character. Dean unconsciously playing fetch was hilarious! And him being tied up and seeing Sam unconscious on the floor really harkened back to early season eps.

Having the dogs dispatch the bad guys was clever writing, they set it up without giving it away.

I wonder of Zeke wiped Sam's memory of actually getting his neck slashed, so Sam questions what snakeman said about him but not about his miraculous healing?

Nov. 6th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
And him being tied up and seeing Sam unconscious on the floor really harkened back to early season eps.

I liked that bit too. I'm a sucker for that particularly type of hurt/comfort trope-thing.

Having the dogs dispatch the bad guys was clever writing, they set it up without giving it away.

Yes. I really liked that part. Usually I see how the bad guy is going to go down, so it was nice to be surprised for once!

I wonder of Zeke wiped Sam's memory of actually getting his neck slashed, so Sam questions what snakeman said about him but not about his miraculous healing?

This is what I was thinking - but there's still the fact that Sam woke up with his neck covered in blood that didn't seem to have a source. I don't know, maybe it's different for the Winchesters, but when I wake up covered in blood, I tend to be a little bit more concerned about where it came from. :P
Nov. 6th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
love your comments!!

btw, about the spelling thing. We all have (or at least should have) an image memory of each an every word stored somewhere in our brain. You know, sometimes you see a word and it doesn't look okay - that's when you countercheck the look of this word with your stored image of the word. There's apparently not that much research on this, but I would suspect that it's sorted by sound - so all those through/threw or where/wear/were or to/too/two are stored very close together. It's like trying to grab the right socks from a filled drawer full of socks - sometimes you end up with the black instead of the dark blue ones ;) - and this even happens to non-native speakers as well!
Nov. 6th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting! This makes sense to me, as I'm the type of person who will sometimes reach into my sock drawer aiming for a blue sock and pull out a bright red one just because it was right next to the blue one that I was aiming for. :P
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sam is confused - what did the chef mean when he asked Sam what he was? Personally, I'd be more confused at waking up to find myself covered with my own blood but have no visible wounds, but hey, that's just me! Dean tells him that the dude was insane and eating animals to take their power - and that it was basically like being possessed, and when you allow yourself to be possessed, then eventually...the thing will just take over.

Sam can pass the blood off as being the chef's and assume that Sam got him in the fight. Not remembering can be explained by him getting knocked out right after. It's stretching it that Sam isn't picking up on more, but I'm still going with the theory that Sam may believe that with Cas becoming human whatever healing Cas did is fading and the memory loss is because the Lucifer insanity is coming back.
Nov. 7th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting theory! That's the first time I've heard that one.
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Nov. 7th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hey you :-)

I had loads of fun with this episode. Yes, it was silly. But it was kinda nice-silly. I didn't even mind the undoglike behaviour of Colonel, since nope, not every German Shepherd would bite someone who attacks their owners. Some are really big wimps.

What I was a bit surprised was that Dean let the dog into his car. Not that he wouldn't - of course he would! But he's been so offended when Sam had that dog in the car while Dean was in Purgatory, so I was a tad surprised.
Then again, maybe the DOG wasn't really the issue then, which is what I'm staying with. Dean is too much a dog-person to not like them.

Well.. what can I say. It was fun. And good acting - I didn't realize right away that Dean was playing fetch. I loved the calmness of it, the joking and indulgence and the brotherliness and worry between them. And hey, I recognized Snake-Dude. I love recognizing people from other shows.

Nov. 7th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)

Yeah, there's actually been more references on the show to Dean being anti-dog than dog-friendly, so I was expecting a reference to that too - but whatever! I think when Dean got back from Purgatory, it was mostly just about controlling his environment. Also, the spell seemed to give him a lot of empathy for dogs, so I think it's what changed his mind about letting dogs in the car (ie: when he yelled at Sam about leaving the dog in the car, saying "you think WE like that?")

I recognized Snake-Dude too, but I can't put my finger on what he's been in before and I'm apparently too lazy to look it up. :P
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Dec. 22nd, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Jensen was most excellent playing the comedic parts in this episode. And yes, Jared does a wonderful job at playing the straight man. If these roles would have been reversed, I dare say that it wouldn't have been as funny, and might even have been disastrous. Jared is a good actor, I just think he excels as much as Jensen in the comedic timing stuff. Jensen playing fetch, barking at the mailman, and arguing with the pigeon were wonderful scenes, that could have been silly and stupid, yet made extremely hilarious in the hands of Jensen. And yes, the way Jensen plays how awful the drink was so straight, he doesn't oversell it, he just states the fact - to me, that was genius. And perfect.

Shelters are very sad places. I thought it was great that Dean set all the dogs free. So perfect. Way back when we first got my dog, when I was a kid, my family went on a trip and we ended up having to leave my dog at a kennel. My dog was stuck in this small cage for a week, and when we went to pick him up he was a completely different animal. When we went to the cage to coax him out he just growled at us. It took awhile for my dog to get back to normal, but we all vowed never again.

I have heard the tale of dogs being able to smell or discern a human's illness. It makes sense given as to how there are programs out there where they train the animals to be companions, in a way, for ill people, and then there are the seeing-eye dogs. I really do believe they have a sixth sense about that disease/illness thing, so I thought it was really cool that Dean in his dog sense was able to smell out that the chef had cancer.

I did enjoy the episode. It was a great showcase for Jensen (and Dean), and you know me, I just love those episodes.
Dec. 22nd, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Definitely, after nine seasons, the writers know how to play to the boys' strengths when it comes to comedy. Jensen has a great capacity to be ridiculous, and I love when the writers are willing to take advantage of that.

But you're also right that Jensen knows when something is funnier undersold too - such as when he drank the gross drink. The guy just has amazing comedy chops, and given how serious Supernatural usually is, it's nice that every so often we get an episode like this one where we get to see Jensen's other strengths too.

Poor doggy left in the kennel! The problem is that they don't understand that you're coming back for them! In your mind, you know they just have to put up with the small cage for a week or so, but in their head that's what they're life is no and it's forever. SO SAD!

Anyway, yeah, enjoyable episode. :)

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