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19 November 2010 @ 10:53 pm
SPN #6x09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe (episode review)  
Here are my thinky thoughts on tonight's episode... I thought it was pretty entertaining, although with some serious elements at the same time (as the light-hearted eps have been for the most part). Usual disclaimers apply - meaning NO bashing of any kind - character, cast or crew-wise. Thanks in advance...

Oh, where do I start with this one? I loved the X-Files homage, first with the caption on the screen when the episode opens. Then we see a young couple and the guy (named Patrick) is abducted - by aliens? We pull back and see a crop circle, and that's just what it looks like.

Love the X-Files inspired title card! And "The truth is in there." Heh.

OMG, it's Robert Picardo! The hologram guy from Star Trek Voyager and Woolsey from Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis! :D Here he's Wayne Whittaker Jr. talking about UFO sightings. Camera cuts from him, to Patrick's girlfriend, to the sheriff, and in the last cut we see a woman saying it's not UFO's, it's faeries.

Cue Dean and Sam's bewildered expressions. Heh. Wow, Sam is really snarking it up again, saying the woman is whackadoodle, etc. Dean explains to the woman that "it's a blood sugar thing." LOL. He still can't get used to this RoboSam and says that the old Sam would've given her the "dew-y eyed crap." But Sam is different and he just doesn't care. *sigh* :( Dean wants him to fake it and Sam is surprised, wondering what happened to being honest. Dean then says he'll be Sam's conscience.

Sam: "My Jiminy Cricket?" Cue jokes about Sam becoming a real boy. Aw...

They question this guy named Brennan, who's a watchmaker and father of Patrick. Sam is still being tough in the questioning. Dean thinks the guy is hiding something. He goes to check out the cornfield and asks Sam not to kill the guy. Sam says he's been around a whole year without Dean and that he's "fine." But to Dean it's not the same definition as "fine."

And we get more snarky Sam while Dean is in the cornfield, on the phone with him. He spots a UFO and is yelling things like "Close encounter! Close encounter!" Sam asks what kind - 1st, 2nd or 3rd? And says Dean better watch out because 4th might involve butts. Heh.

Holy crap, Dean actually gets abducted! But I just can't stop laughing... having flashbacks to Tall Tales here...

Sam flirts with a waitress. Huh...

Then he's in the cornfield and finds Dean's phone, and then ends up in a trailer park where Woolsey - er, Wayne, is. Another X-Files homage as he says "Like I said, the truth is out there!" A girl comes out of one of the trailers and overhears Sam as he tells Woolsey his brother was just abducted. She tells Sam she wants to help. Mm-hmmm.... *g*

Dean is brought back and returns to the motel room where he finds *drumroll* Sam in bed with the girl! Oh, Sammy.... *fans self*... I remember reading the spoilers for this and Jared told us at ChiCon that we'd see him in a sex scene before Christmas. I guess this was it. Anyway, Dean is pissed and Sam says "you're upset." Dean says he was gone for an hour and Sam's in bed with a girl. Sam says he was gone much longer than that and proclaims it a "UFO timeslip."

Oh yummy, Sammy in one layer. Thank you, Show. :D

The girl asks Dean what the UFO's were like. Dean: "Grabby little douchebags."

Okay, the scene where he describes to Sam what happened was cracking me up. Almost reminded me of the frat boy in Tall Tales with his "alien abduction" story. Love how Sam put his hand on Dean's knee.

Next the boys are eating and they have a conversation which is amusing in the fact that it's a total role reversal for them, but it still kinda breaks my heart. Sam says that say you have a soul and your brother is abducted by aliens. Dean says you do everything you can to get him back, and Sam asks what if there are no more leads for the night - are you just supposed to sit there in the dark. Dean answers of course, that you sit there and feel the loss. Sam asks if he can do that and "still have sex with a hippie chick." Dean says no, because his soul wouldn't let him. Sam deduces from this that having a soul equals suffering, like the million times Dean almost called Lisa. And then says Dean is saying that suffering is a good thing. Dean says it's the only game in town.

You know what this conversation seemed reminiscent of to me? Someone who has amnesia and is trying to learn as much about themselves as possible. Either that or someone who is having to learn how to use a part of their body again, like learning to walk again. *shrugs* I dunno, but that's what I thought of when this conversation took place.

Anyway, Dean sees a guy at the window giving him the "stink eye", but Sam doesn't.

Okay, the scene with Dean in the motel room had me LMAO. I'm sorry, but it was pure lunacy. When the little Tinkerbell thingy showed up, and then David Bowie's "Space Oddity" started playing in the background... Dean wrestling with it and trapping it in the microwave!! And turning the microwave on to fry it! His deranged "a-HA!" at the end, with the microwave going "ding!" before the cut to commercial was great. Kudos, Ben Edlund!

Dean's showing the carnage in the microwave to Sam, but again Sam can't see it. Dean tells him what happened and says it was a "little naked lady." Sam: "I'm not supposed to laugh, right?"

Aw, I love how Sam gets so excited when he's talking about the info he found! Dean calls them "Smurfs" but they're faeries.

They go to see the lady who was talking in the beginning about it not being UFO's, but faeries. I love how uncomfortable they look sitting there with her, having tea. She says they're from the "Fairy Realm", and only people who were brought there can see them (hence why Dean could see all this but not Sam). She tells them how to deal with them, about leaving cream for them, dumping salt on the ground that would keep them busy counting them, how they don't like iron, etc.

Huh, Brennan is hoarding cream for some reason... Dean goes inside his workshop and sees Tinkerbell people busy working on the watches. He tells Sam that it's "full of Keebler guys", lol. Sam questions Brennan and figures out what he did... sacrificing his son for all the work done on the watches. Brennan tells Sam he did it to support his family... he'd made watches to support them for so many years, but developed Parkinson's, so he couldn't work as much anymore. But he'd learned how to work the spell to call the faeries... it involved a leprechaun somehow.

And now "stink eye" guy is stalking Dean. Then he sees a little man, thinks he's one of the faeries and pounces on him - when he's just a regular guy and his family sees all this. And of course he gets arrested. Sam: "What am I supposed to do?" Dean as he's being taken away: "FIGHT THE FAERIES! FIGHT THE FAERIES!!" LMAO!

Dean's in a holding cell and the sheriff is trying to figure out what kind of hate crime is involved here. Heh. He also tells Dean he's all kinds of messed up.

Sam and Brennan are trying out the spell when Brennan gets stabbed by -- Woosley, er, Wayne! Figured there was something fishy about the guy. Turns out he's the leprechaun involved in this? He says that Brennan went back on his deal and there's a price. Then he tells Sam that now Dean is marked - "he's ours now." (so I guess the "stink eye" guy was going to kill Dean like Wayne did to Brennan?) Sam says "well, yeah... then there's me."

Wayne says that Sam is not like the rest and of course points out that his soul is missing. He says Sam's soul is far away, but not completely out of reach. Hmmmmmm... He says he can get it back for Sam with a price. But Sam says it's locked away in Hell. Wayne says "your Hell" and seems to be saying he can get it back with magic.

Sam: "You can make me a real boy again?" Awwwww. :(

And then he shoots Wayne with an iron. Which doesn't seem to be any good and he beats Sam up. Meanwhile, "stink eye"guy is doing the same to Dean.

Our boys are getting beaten pretty good when Sam suddenly stops shooting and spreads the salt on the floor, forcing Wayne to count it. He wonders why he didn't do it earlier. Wayne is distracted and Sam reads the spell, which works and makes both Wayne and "stink eye" guy disappear... saving both Dean and himself.

Aww, another heart-to-heart type scene on the hood of the Impala! With beer! Aw, I'm getting the fuzzies :D

Dean asks if Wayne really could have returned Sam's soul, and then asks why Sam said no. Sam said it was a deal, and when is that ever a good thing. He tells Dean that he still has all his brain cells, and if anything, his brain is better now. Dean wants to know if he has any second thoughts on getting his soul back. Sam answers him "no" twice.

Final thoughts..... Like I said in the beginning, I liked the nods to the X-Files, and this was a more light-hearted ep, which I appreciated. The Dean vs. Tinkerbell scene had me laughing so much, as did the "FIGHT THE FAERIES!" scene. And yet, like most light-hearted SPN eps, this one also had a serious side to it. That being the continuing idea that Sam doesn't have a soul, how it's affecting his personality and how it's affecting Dean. Their conversation in the restaurant was amusing in that it was a role-reversal, but it made me a little sad at the same time, as did the Pinocchio references about Dean being Sam's "Jiminy Cricket" and Sam being made a "real boy." Also, the way Sam said his brain is better now was a bit sad in a way. I see what he's saying - that the emotional part just gets in the way of his job of being a hunter and doesn't let him act as efficiently.

I still like to believe that he was being at least partly truthful when he told Dean he wasn't having second thoughts on getting his soul back, but I'm not really sure... I have to wonder if he is still unsure about getting it back. Why? First, in the convo I just referenced above, Sam learns that having a soul equals suffering. Then, he doesn't want his soul back from Wayne, and he tells Dean that it was a deal, and when is that ever a good thing. But yet he seemed to want to work with Crowley in the prior episode ... which does involve a deal. So that means that because the deal Wayne was offering involved Sam's soul, he wasn't totally sold on it. I think Sam is having a few doubts now, and I'm not too sure what to make of that.

I have to wonder if the whole concept of having a soul equals suffering bothers Sam because of how he probably suffered being in the cage in Hell, and he's reluctant to go back to that? Just a thought that hit me, although it's probably way off....

These are just my preliminary thoughts after having watched the episode for the first time. I did enjoy the light-hearted aspects of it, although the more serious parts had me a bit confused and maybe a little sad. I really hope things will get better. I'm sure they will at some point, but we'll just have to deal with a bit of frustration and some questions until then.
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Paigekate_mct on November 20th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be a good episode if it didn't leave us with more questions. I absolutely LOVED this episode! It was a wonderful homage to the X-Files! The total role-reversal was very interesting and Oberon's (thank you Shakespeare) comment about Sam's sould being not so out of reach had me thinking.

I think Sam is having second thoughts about getting his soul back because he knows what's probably gonna happen when he gets it back, the memories he already has of Hell are gonna be a lot worse with his soul back and he isn't sure he wants to go through that. Sad, but understandable.

Can't wait for next week!

Edited at 2010-11-20 04:21 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Very true. I really enjoyed it, especially the homage to the X-Files.

I totally forgot to mention that - it was interesting how he said that Sam's soul isn't totally out of reach. Makes me wonder if perhaps it won't be too hard to get it back ... maybe not totally easy, but not impossible. So many possibilities, I think we're in for quite a ride.

Can't wait for the next episode! Looks like a good one. It's in two weeks, though, right (week off for Thanksgiving)?
Paigekate_mct on November 20th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I meant two weeks from now *headdesk* It makes you wonder where Sam's soul is exactly if a Fairy/Leprechaun is confident of getting it back.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
No problem. :D

Me too. And about what you were saying about Sam's reluctance to get his soul back -- that's exactly what I was thinking. I can see him being really uncomfortable with the idea of getting it back and then be hit with all the scars of what happened to him in Hell. I can totally understand that, even if it makes me a little sad.
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on November 20th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Dean saying 'nipples' twice was *EPIC*

Sam had a lot of funny lines tonight--so did Dean. I loved Sam calling the fairy lady "Sister" and when he told her that "It looks like Sedona crapped in here." and when he put his hand on Dean's knee and told him it was a "safe room". =)
Notice how Dean looked at the bed and then decided to sit on the other bed---and how Sam told Dean that he should take a shower and Dean agreeing, "I am gonna take a shower."
Dean saying that there were a bunch of Keeblers in Brennan's shop was funny too. Oh, Ben Edlund, thank you! We needed some comic relief!

I'm worried that RoboSam might not want to get RealSam's soul back because he's afraid of all the suffering. He's already said that its easier to be RoboSam. I was glad that he turned down Wayne's deal though--I think he realizes that Crowley could make things very ugly for he and Dean if he reneged on the deal he has with him.

Next week looks interesting---it looks like they get the stuffing beat out of them. 2 weeks in a row. 3 for Sam. Ouch!

Great review!
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
LOL! I forgot to mention that, but I agree!!

They both had some great lines - and Sam was in fine form with the snark again :D

Those boys are just priceless. Ben did a great job with the funnies in this ep.

Me too. At first I wondered why he said he turned it down because it was a deal when he wanted to work with Crowley, but I do think the fear of suffering has something to do with it. Plus as you said, Crowley probably wouldn't be very happy to learn about this.

I am looking forward to next week's ep. Poor boys, they're really gonna need some TLC soon!

Thanks, hon!
Kristin: Spn (4x02) » Worried!Samkristypadalecki on November 20th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this episode! Even though they're trying to make the fact that Sam has no soul humorous, with his dialog and actions, I still feel sad at times seeing him that way. :( I also have a bad feeling that he is becoming less and less interested in getting his soul back, and it's worrying me greatly. *bites nails*
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in Mystery Spot (sigh)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
I did, too! It still makes me sad, although I'm trying to understand why he might be reluctant to get it back. I was thinking that maybe he's worried that he'll be hit with all the scars of what he went through in Hell (with the way he was asking Dean if "having a soul equals suffering" in that one scene). I could understand him not wanting to go through that, even though it makes me sad.

Here's hoping that he will go through with it... some spoilers have me a little worried, but I guess all we can do now is wait and see. *bites nails also*
erickajaneerickajane on November 20th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I think Sam is having second thoughts because of Dean's comments on suffering. According to Dean soul = suffering. Even though Sam can't feel fear right now, I think he knows logically the kind of suffering he has to look forward to, and it's not going to be fun.

I really loved this episode. I had my doubts because while SPN is amusing, I don't tend to like the comedy episodes as much. Silly me, Ben Edlund has never let me down lol. It was truly hilarious, comedy gold from both Jensen and Jared and it still had me thinking on Sam's soul searching gig.
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
I kept thinking back to that scene and I think it makes a lot of sense. Just the fact that he was in Hell he probably assumes he suffered a lot and isn't looking forward to experiencing any of that.

Yeah, with me the comedy episodes can be hit and miss, but this one was definitely a hit with me. Ben done very good. :D
ckllckll on November 20th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I liked Dean in this episode more than Sam, i must admit.
I didn't feel the usual humor/drama balance we had used to in previous seasons and i'm sure that Sam has second thoughts now.
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dean cracked me up a lot in this ep.

I think one of the reasons is that the fact that Sam doesn't have his soul was included in some of the humorous parts but it sticks out a lot and doesn't seem as funny sometimes. I think Sam is having second thoughts, but hopefully something will happen in a few eps (before the hiatus, I hope) that will make him reconsider.

Hope is really all we have now, lol
anastdean: picBoys hug anastdean on November 20th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
I loved it and the ending scene was dreamy beautiful. These men are dreamy beautiful. Huggles.
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam/Dean hug in Mystery Spjessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you, hon. I loved how that ending scene was shot. Jensen and Jared are sooo pretty. :D

CaptainLon: Sexy Soulless Sam || SPNcaptainlon on November 20th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
It's the first time I think a sex scene was cute LOL. But come on! I thought the hippie girl was adorable and then "Sam! We brought you brother back!" and both grins like idiots XD Oh and shirtless Sammy and what's that? Sam at bottom? ^___^ Lucky actress huh? lolz

I thought the episode was cute. Jared's amazing these days, Jensen is perfect at comedy (they both are) and his faces... oh love! lol

And I got a little christmas-y feeling by it!
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! I found it kinda cute too :D I'm so envious of that actress, lol

Me too, the boys really rocked this episode.

It did have a little Christmas-y feeling to it! Kind of whimsical :D
Daisy: Boys - straight faceddaisychain1957 on November 20th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hi Jess, such a great episode, so funny and good to have the boys working together, well when Sam remembered to work with Dean!!!! I do love this Sam, he's so funny but I am worried how he'll fair when he gets his soul back, he's going to be wrecked with guilt over what's he's done, or not done :((((
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
It was a great episode wasn't it, Susan? It's always great to see the boys working together. I like Snarky!Sam too, and I do worry about the fallout when he gets his soul back. He's going to need a lot of TLC.... *HUGS SAMMY*
CeCe Awaycece_away on November 20th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Of course Sam doesn't want his soul back -- why would he? Not!Sam logically would think he's thriving without the burden of his old emotions.

I totally get that, even though I know how wrong he is, and want it back for him.

Loved the Pinochio references -- so perfect. Awesome episode.
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on November 20th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Exactly. The way he said that his brain is "better" now totally reflects that. Not having the burden of those old emotions allows him to hunt more efficiently.

Yep, even though it bothers me and I really want him to get his soul back, I definitely understand where he's coming from.

The Pinocchio references were great. I enjoyed this one. :)
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jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 21st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you, Fabi :D