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.