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25 February 2011 @ 10:57 pm
SPN #6x15 The French Mistake (episode review)  
Okay, here's my review/recap of this episode. And let me just preface this with if you don't want anyone to harshen your squee too much, maybe you shouldn't read. I didn't tear this episode into pieces, but I wasn't squeeing my head off about everything. I realize many other people probably are, and I respect your opinions so I really hope you can respect mine. Sorry if I sound overly defensive but there are times where I feel I really need to be. :/

Where to begin...

I'll begin with my take on the episode overall. Sadly it didn't really wow me too much. I did read the advance reviews and maybe it was a mistake because most of them told me I'd laugh my ass off. Despite that though, I didn't set my expectations that high. I was nervous about it ever since I first heard about it, but decided I'd go into it with an open mind and try to think positive.

Well, parts that I really worried about weren't as bad as I thought they would be (mostly), but honestly I wasn't LMAO, ROFLPIMP or any of that. I found quite a few of the in-jokes cute, and I did laugh at Sam and Dean's attempts to act (especially Dean's intense expressions) as well as a few other things, but I wasn't laughing till I was crying in parts where I probably should have been. I was just kinda like "heh..." in those. Maybe I have an injured funny bone or maybe it's just that my mind has been preoccupied with planning my wedding, but... eh. I REALLY tried to love this one. I really tried to give it a chance and like I said, a lot of the jokes were cute but I'd say this one was a lot like Hollywood Babylon, which I liked quite a bit, but wasn't LOL'ing at it the whole time either. I'll talk about this more later, because there were things I did like very much.


According to Dean, Alcohol = "Hunter's Helper". Heh.

Balty shows up to perform a spell, he's all in a hurry telling them that Raphael is after all of them, he's sending a bounty hunter and meanwhile, Cas is underground. Hmmmmm, interesting, that last part. He gives Sam a key and tells them to run with it.

Eep, that bounty hunter guy is kinda scary looking.

Boys are in TV Land now. Er... TV Studio Land.

Brian Doyle-Murray is kinda awesome as Bob Singer. :) Awwwww @ boys not knowing what the hell is going on.

And the in-jokes begin. They talk about cutting certain scenes and a scene featuring the boys talking on the hood of the Impala about their feelings is mentioned as a possible cut. Singer: "Then you answer the hate mail."

"Jensen" aka Dean is lead over to a makeup table and it's a kinda cool touch having actual pics of the boys taped up on top. Makeup girl gives Dean a touch-up. "Oh crap, I'm a painted whore." Heh.

Meanwhile Puppy is doing an interview... awww, poor clueless Puppy. :)

Dean meets up with him later and asks why they'd want to know about their personal lives, or something like that. Sam: "According to the interview, not many people do." HAH! Yeah, right. Sometimes I wish.

They go outside and see a few Impalas in different stages of disrepair. Poor Dean... "I feel sick." Hee.

They find Cas who tells them that Balty put them in an alternate universe type thing. Dean calls it a "clown factory." Apparently the key Balty gave Sam opens a room with all the weapons he stole from Heaven, and he'd given it to them to keep it safe.

Almost forgot the name thing. "You're Jensen Ackles and I'm something called a Jared Padalecki." "What, you're Polish now?' And then in this scene, Dean refers to him as "Padaleski" and Sam corrects him. Heh.

Then Cas seems different and he's this guy named Misha. Dean: "Meesha? Jensen? What's up with the names around here?" And now come the Misha in-jokes. "I'm gonna tweet this one." So in this AU the Minions are called Mish-amigos and he makes a tweet about "J-Squared" and how he feels like one of the boys now.

Now we're in "Jensen"'s trailer. He's got a helicopter apparently and a huge aquarium. Hee, the copy of Supernatural magazine was a cute touch and I liked Dean's "nice Blue Steel, Sam" crack. Sam goes online and finds out that Dean was in a soap opera. He pulls up a clip of Jensen in DOOL! Heh, I gotta admit that was pretty awesome.

Back on set they find out that the weapons are all made of rubber. Singer is watching them and says that at least they're still talking to each other.

And we meet Clif (who Sam first calls "Clint"...heh). He asks Dean where he wants to go and Dean just tells him to take him to  "Jared"'s place.

"Jared" has a huge mansion and Sam thinks that he must be the star. There's a huge tanning bed and Sam asks, "What am I, Dracula?" Aw. :) Dean lifts the cover and says he's George Hamilton Dracula. So apparently "Jared" is totally full of himself as shown by all the different paintings of himself, and..... Ruby?

Dean hears a noise, pulls back the curtain and tells Sam that he has a camel out there.

"It's an alpaca, dumbass," says Ruby... or at least they think that's who it is. She kisses Sam and he is FREAKED OUT, bug-eyes and all.

Wow, so "Gen" and "Jensen" don't get along. And "Gen" seems like a real biatch, doesn't she? The boys are still quite freaked to learn that Sam-er, "Jared" is married to her. Loved Dean's reaction after she tells him that alpacas are the "greenest" animals. Some other interesting charities she has... otters?

Dean: "You married Ruby? Fake Ruby?" Sam: "I should find out her name."

So "Jared" has a poker table in his office, too. And that huge photo above the desk - is that a manip of him as a cowboy? The boys are maxing out his credit cards to buy... what, exactly? Did I miss that?

Yep, "Gen" really is pretentious the way she corrects Sam on her name. She leads him upstairs and he is soooo awkward. In this whole scene it's obvious that he's just playing along. Dean meanwhile sacks out on the couch.

Boys back on set. Singer says that Dean-er, "Jensen"'s enthusiasm is refreshing. The boys get their deliveries. "Misha": Priority. What's in it?" Sam: "Part of a dead body." "Misha": "Oh, cool."

Okay, so this was one of the few parts that actually did have me laughing quite a lot. The boys are doing a scene and are failing miserably at trying to acting. What got me in particular were Dean's intense expressions and doing the gravelly voice. He tells Sam to look anywhere but at the camera.

Eh, I don't know why, but the "Misha" tweeting bits kinda fell flat to me... I mean they were a bit amusing, like when he was actually spelling out "ROFLMAO" and stuff, but... maybe I'm just not into the whole Twitter thing that much anyway. *shrugs*

So they think the boys are smuggling drugs with all the deliveries.

Our boys wonder if there are no hunters at all in this reality, maybe there is no supernatural, and thus no angels. Interesting idea...

Crap, the bounty hunter guy is here. And he catches up  with our boys but can't kill them. Because I assume there is no supernatural type stuff in this AU? Yep, Sam says that there's "no magic in the house." They wail on the bounty hunter and the crew thinks they're beating up an extra to death.

Hey, the crew guy in the yellow shirt (Garwin Sanford) is the guy who played Deacon in Folsom Prison Blues! *has geek moment* They think that Kripke should get up there but Sera (whom I've heard is lending her real voice here) objects, and besides, Kripke is up in a cabin writing something.

Back to "Misha" in his car, tweeting about having the feeling that someone's in the back of your car - when the bounty hunter grabs him.

Another in-joke. Talking to Bob Singer, Dean asks him what kind of douchebag names a character after himself. Heh. The boys aren't happy with this whole setup. Singer tells them they can't make up lines. Sam isn't happy about this.

And now here comes the element of this ep that I did like quite a bit: the brothers sticking together. Dean tells Singer: "You heard my brother - that's right, I said 'brother.'" He tells him that they're not actors, they're hunters and where they come from, they matter to that world. He ends by telling Singer they quit and they walk off the set.

"Misha" is simpering and whining for the bounty hunter to spare him. But the guy shows him no mercy, kills him and then tries to call Raphael.

And now Puppy-er, Sam, makes me love him even more. He wants to go back and tells Dean that their friends are back there. Dean thinks they have it better off here. He mentions Sam having a huge mansion and being married to Ruby, and how great is that. (WTF, DEAN?? Is that in character for him at all, after how much he hated Ruby? Or is he trying to separate this girl who just looks like Ruby from the actual demon?) Sam counters by saying that they won't mean the same thing here; they're not even brothers here. (AWWWWWWW.)

And now Kripke shows up. Is it me or did that actor look familiar? He kind of reminded me of the guy in that couple from Scarecrow, the ones that Dean met while they were eating and he ended up saving them from the scarecrow? Wonder if it's the same guy... maybe not, but he looked kind of like him. A cover of Variety is mentioned. And the "extra" who is really the bounty hunter shows up and...

Kills Kripke! And Singer! And a whole bunch of other crew members! Singer's "Noooooo!" as he shoots Kripke and the slow-motion plus the music in the background was kinda amusing. Anyway all this killing takes place until Dean beats the guy senseless, Sam joins in and gets the key! They fall into the sigil and we get a freeze frame just before going to commercial.

Pretty cool meatsuit Raphael has now. She's about to attack our boys when Balty shows up. He tells her the weapons are gone and she's about to go after him when Cas shows up. So, Cas has the weapons now. I knew he was up to something, though I'm kinda confused about his role in this AU. So the guy we saw who eventually got killed was actually "Misha", not Cas as "Misha"? That's what it looked like to me. So the fact that Cas was pretty much MIA this whole time had me thinking he was up to something.

Sam's pissed that Cas used them as a diversion. Cas says that if he loses against Raphael, they lose everything. He then apologizes and says he'll explain when he can just before he leaves. I guess we will find out more about this whole thing soon.

Heh, Sam is knocking on the door to make sure it's solid and thus real. Aw. :) Dean says they're in moldy old Home Sweet Home where things are after them and they're broke again.

Sam: But at least we're talkin'.

I wanna hug Sam. So bad.

So that's about it. Again, I'm really sorry that I couldn't say I absolutely freakin' loved every single minute of this ep, laughed my ass off, etc. I mean I could, but I wouldn't be very honest. Again I did find some of the in-jokes cute, and the scene where the boys tried to act made me laugh quite a bit, but that was about it. That's not to say I 100% hated it. Like I said, there were some things that made me laugh, and I loved the thread about the boys sticking together. But... I dunno, there were eps that made me laugh even more, especially Clap Your Hands If You Believe. I discussed it with my Mom after it ended and she felt the same way. But hey, those who loved everything about it, I'm glad that you did.

And I reiterate that I didn't hate this one. It still had its moments. And the boys were gorgeous as always. :)
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Paigekate_mct on February 26th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this. You would have a lot of self-confidence and a great sense of humor to make fun of yourself like that. Very enjoyable. Loved how both boys checked out Gen's ass. Also, did anyone notice that they put Genevieve down as Genevieve Padalecki, that had me snickering. Can't wait for next week.

Edited at 2011-02-26 04:12 am (UTC)
jessm78jessm78 on February 26th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it and I really wish I could say the same. Please don't think I hated it - I just didn't love it as much as other eps. I'm not dissing them making fun of themselves. I just felt like I wasn't really part of the joke as a fan. *shrugs*

I do think they had her as "Padalecki" in part to make sure no one was lost on the joke.

Next week's does look pretty cool - can't wait for it.
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jsluv: number1jsluv on February 26th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Great Review....I wasnt over the moon about it but like you said it had its moments and I was most worried about how they were going to play up the Gen, Jared thing and it wasnt too bad. I didnt come in this one with HIGH hopes so it didnt disappoint me, which is a good thing. Thanks for the review, Loved it and I do love how the boys stuck together :)
jessm78: Jensen Ackles: You Rock from CC'10jessm78 on February 26th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks. I was a bit nervous about posting this review because so many people seemed excited for it before it aired and I thought I'd get flamed or something. I agree, the Gen/Jared thing wasn't too bad. I didn't have high expectations for it either so it wasn't as awful as I might have thought.

Glad you liked my review :) I love when they boys stick together.

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laurel2010 on February 26th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I agree, this episode wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst, either. I did like all of the inside jokes they had for the fans. It just felt a little out of place from the series...I kept having this "What????" sensation. The boys made it work. I had to love how I checked twitter afterward and Misha texted exactly what he did in the episode about J2 and being one of the guys LOL. I just burst out laughing.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 26th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's exactly how I feel about it - didn't love it but it wasn't the worst I've ever seen either. You hit on what I was thinking was watching. At times I felt like I wasn't really part of the joke... that whole "what??" feeling. Regardless the boys did a very good job. LOL, why did I totally expect Misha to do that?? That's great :D
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Veronica: SPN - The simple daysaelrindel on February 26th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with you. It wasn't as funny as they set it out to be in the reviews but I think the boys did a wonderful job with this one and it did have its moments (the poking each other with the knife, Misha's high-pitched voice during the death scene, their horrendous "acting"). I really just liked the main idea, that Sam wouldn't live in that successful, "safer" world if it meant Dean wasn't his brother. <3 Plus Castiel. I really liked that they brought back his earlier self, all on a mission.

I believe they were searching around to buy that ancient bowl that was used by Balthazar at the beginning for the ritual.
jessm78jessm78 on February 26th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. I was even a little nervous about posting this because so many people were so excited about it and I thought I'd get flamed or something. I agree, the boys did a great job. Oh, totally - I loved that idea.

Oh! I remember that now... thanks :)
CeCe Away: sam diaper pastecece_away on February 26th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Can I just say Happy Happy Birthday!

It was a silly episode. I laughed, esp. as Kripke was being shot slow-mo. Hilarious.

But that's all it was, just a bunch of fluff, nothing substantial in this one, except that Cas has the weapons and Rapheal is back. Sooooooo, when's the Mother of All going to come back?
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in BDBRjessm78 on February 26th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)

Yeah, I admit I did laugh as Kripke was being shot. That was a good one.

Exactly. It was mostly fluff but they did set the stage for some more serious stuff with Cas and Raphael. Guess we'll find out more about that soon. I'm looking forward to them getting back to the Mother of All, too.
Melcoltshot_1 on February 26th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Hey Happy Birthday!!! It's almost over - but I hope you had a good one!!

I thought the episode was hilarious. I need "Its an alpaca, dumbass!" on a t-shirt STAT!!!
jessm78jessm78 on February 26th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) Well it was mostly good, but I'm in a crappy mood now because I seem to be the only person on LJ who didn't absolutely love this episode. *feels very alone*
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Amy: SPN - Sam - Um Wowames1010 on February 26th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
Ummmm...well...I did laugh in parts, so that was good. And Misha was great!


jessm78: Supernatural: Sam grinning in TKAAjessm78 on February 26th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Me too, I wasn't totally stone-faced throughout the whole thing. Misha done good too :D

;) Hee, love the icon!
shadownick133shadownick133 on February 26th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
Great review.
I have one question about this episode, are we suppossed to think that Sam went to bed with Gen (had sex)? Cause that is kinda creepy
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam grinning in TKAAjessm78 on February 27th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

I think it could be taken that way, although it was pretty ambiguous (and I agree it is a bit creepy). And then Sam later told Dean that he spent the whole night researching, so I'm not sure what to make of that. Maybe he was just with her a little while to keep up appearances and then snuck out to do research.
ckll: pic#drivesingckll on February 26th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
It's ironic that many of us who enjoyed the episode but they didn't enjoy the rpevious s6 eps, those who enjoyed the previous didn't like this one much.
jessm78: Supernatural: AHBL Sam and Deanjessm78 on February 27th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
I agree hon, it is very ironic. I guess it shows that anything can happen.
CaptainLon: Sam || In A Cage || SPNcaptainlon on February 26th, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
I can't for the life of me remember Deacon from "Folsom Prison Blues" or who he is in this one. Refresh my memory! XD

Actually I looked at Dean's comment about Sam being married to "Ruby" as Sam in this world being marrid to the hot chick playing Ruby living in a huge house XD

I didn't love the episode either so don't worry. It's not like I love the show less now or that it's the first time I don't love an episode XD It was okay, but so awkward!! XD

Also don't you think Jared looked freakishly young in this one? I'm in love all over again! haha
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jessm78: Supernatural: Sam grinning in TKAAjessm78 on February 27th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Deacon was the guy who ran the prison in that episode, the guy with black hair who was breaking up the fights between Dean and the other inmates, and then at the end he helped them escape (and almost got killed by the spirit).

LOL, yeah I guess it could be looked at that way :)

I'm glad I'm not the only one! I was seeing almost everyone on my flist squeeing about how everything in the episode was wonderful and I started thinking "what's wrong with me?" LOL

Oh yes! He does look very young there... mmmm sweet young Sam/Jared :D
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anastdean: picDean 5x8 car scene 2anastdean on February 26th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Don't be sorry dear. I'm a huge squeeeeeeeee kind of person every week but this time I don't think I'm screaming that much. I thought it was a filler and they shoved too much at our faces. The guys are always pretty though.
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on February 26th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I had to go out last night, so I dvr'd it. So I watched it by watching a scene and then rewinding if I didn't hear something well enough or 'get' something.
I thought it was very funny and that the guys did a good job portraying confused Sam & Dean.
Like you, I adore Brian Doyle Murray---he ROCKS!
That dude you're thinking of is from Folsom State Blues, but since you are also an SG1 fan, you recognize him from there as well, he played Sam's boyfriend---can't think of his name off the top of my head now. He was in at least 6-8 episodes.

I loved all the funny things---the alpaca in the backyard, the poker table in Jared's office, the DOOL bit, the Misha stuff "Hola Mishamigos!"......But I also loved the more serious stuff between Sam & Dean where Dean reminds Sam that he's been 'taking the hits' since he's been 6 mos. old and wouldn't he rather just stay there where there was no Heaven or Hell? Sam's "We're not even brothers here....".....and Dean's little smile at that was so great.

One moment when I did laugh my butt off the couch was during the shooting scene. Very sick of me, I know! But when the bounty hunter killed Kripke with that big shotgun and then whipped out a small gun to shoot Singer I cried with laughter. That and the dude with the accent (is that supposed to be Serge?) who was dodging bullets by just moving side to side cracked me up.

Overall, I tend to like the dramatic episodes of SPN. I'm not one of the people who write hate mail when the guys talk about their feelings---I love it! So yeah, I prefer those episodes, but I do enjoy watching the guys get to be funny.

I can't make heads or tails of the promos for next week. Totally confused!
jessm78jessm78 on February 27th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I think my problem is that they hyped this episode so much in all the articles that maybe I was expecting more? Even though I didn't have my expectations to high anyway.

I agree that I did love Sam and Dean try to act and being all awkward throughout the whole thing. That really had me laughing :D

Yes! I was going to mention that he was also Narim (the guy with the thing for Sam in SG-1 - and also Dr. Weir's husband Simon in SGA) but I wasn't sure how many other fans of SG-1 would get it. :)

I think the serious stuff between the boys really did it for me. The whole idea that they much prefer being together and talking to each other in their own world despite all the stuff they have in this one. I loved that scene you described. Perfect.

I kinda treat this episode as more in line with Hollywood Babylon, although the jokes were definitely not as subtle here as they were in that one.

Jared and Jensen really did a great job with what they were given, honestly. They really made it work with, as I mentioned, Sam and Dean's awkwardness throughout the whole thing and their attempts at acting. Hee :D

I'm still trying to figure out the promo for next week. Seems like it's going to be very intense!