Episode Title: Clap your hands if you believe
Air Date: November 20th, 2010
Network: The CW
It’s been an ok season of Supernatural to date. After a year of angels & demons and Armageddon story lines, the brother’s Winchester have returned to hunting (mostly). Sure, Sam’s return from hell had the ticket of body but no soul (his soul is being held hostage by Crowley, a former crossroads demon who now rules over Hell).
But I’ve enjoyed the return to the focus on the brothers this season, and the ‘monster of the week’ formula. I have missed the stories focusing on urban legends and American ghost stories, so it’s been really nice to have a little of that back.
Friday’s show, titled “Clap your hands if you believe,” returns us to some of the humor the show has done so very well in the past.
Warning: Spoilers abound…
Right from the get-go, you know this is going to be a great episode. The opening credits are a parody of the classic X-Files opening sequence, complete with a tagline of: The truth is in there.
A string of strange disappearances in a small town bring the brothers to investigate. Crop circles, alien abduction theories and one lady who swears it’s all faeries are what they find. Dean continues to try to get new Sam to care about people, to empathize and be human – no small feat given his current soulless status.
A conversation with the father of the first victim leaves Sam & Dean suspicious, so they split up, Sam watching the father while Dean goes to check out the crop circles in the area. This leads to a hilarious cell phone conversation while Dean is running from a circle of light in the sky:
Dean: “UFO! UFO!”
Sam: “Whoa, dude – stop yelling, you’re breaking up. I didn’t catch that last part.”
“Close encounters! Close encounters!”
“Close encounter? What kind? 1st? 2nd?”
“They’re coming after me!”
“3rd kind already? You better run man. I think the 4th kind is a butt thing”
“Empathy, Sam! Empathy!”
Dean disappears in a flash of light, leaving new Sam to figure out what’s going on. He starts with the UFO hunters camped out near town where he confronts someone who has been hunting and researching UFO’s and aliens for thirty years. Another great one liner comes of this conversation:
“You’ve been hunting UFO’s for over three decades and you basically have no concrete data and zero workable leads. Have you considered the possibility that you suck at hunting UFO’s?”
Shortly after this, Dean returns, freaked out and talking about ‘grabby, incandescent douchebags’. He explains that when he got wherever they took him, they started pulling him toward a table so he pulled his gun and started shooting, at which point ‘they’ freaked and sent him back. He thought they were surprised by his fighting back.
Later, when he is alone in the hotel room, a tiny ball of light blows open the door and attacks him. He traps it in the microwave and kills it, whatever it is.
Now we learn that he is seeing things that Sam can’t – Faeries.
The premise of the show is that all the alien abductions ever reported are actually encounters with faeries. Glowing lights, abductions, crop circles – all faeries. They only take the first born sons – like Rumpelstiltskin wanted. Once you’ve been taken, your eyes are opened to the faerie world and you can see them where other’s cannot. This falls inline with a lot of other faerie mythology. They also introduce other elements of faerie mythology, like Oberon, King of the Faeries and that they are repelled or hurt by Iron. There is even a watchmaker with a workshop full of faeries.
It reminded me immediately of the old Tex Avery cartoon, The Peachy Cobbler. You can check that out on youtube if you don’t remember it.
Or the Looney Toons version – Yankee Dood It.
I know some people get put off on episodes like this one, where they plant tongue firmly in cheek and make fun of the show but I absolutely love them. I couldn’t stop laughing. Dean almost always has a good one liner or two in any given episode, but in these, almost every line is a one liner – it’s hilarious!
Plus, the episode is full of all sorts of easter eggs and nods to various faerie stories in pop culture, especially Disney, so it’s fun to try and catch them all.
Of course, this being Supernatural, they had to take a darker twist on faeries. In this case, the watchmaker summons the faeries to help him keep the business going, cure himself of Parkinson’s, and they do it, but at a price – taking his first born son and then setting up shop to take the first born sons of others in the town and basically holding the watchmaker hostage. Sam and Dean learn they have to get a spellbook, protected by the faeries, in order to get rid of them.
Great episode, tons of humor. You can actually watch this episode online at cwtv.com – they seem to run about a week behind, so you may have to give it a couple days to update (they’re still showing last week’s werewolf episode, “All dogs go to heaven” as of this writing).
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