Supernatural

Season 6 Episode 9

Clap Your Hands If You Believe...

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2010 on The CW
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While investigating crop circles, Dean is abducted by the creatures responsible, only to discover that they are fairies. They release him, but Dean soon discovers that the fairies, which only he can see, aren't letting go so easily.

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  • "You sit in the dark and you feel the loss. "Absolutely, but I couldn't I just do all that, and have sex with the hippie chick?"

    9.5
    I don't know why everyone dislikes this episode. I thought it was hilarious. As far as 'Soulless Sam' goes, this is by far my favorite episode. Sam's my favorite character, so I hate that he has no soul for several of these episodes, but I was able to get some joy out of this one. I thought it was done very cleverly. It was meant to be a silly, fun episode and I fell like it passed my expectations. I liked being able to laugh at Sam's predicament and I truly enjoyed Dean throughout. I thought both actors did excellent at their parts and the jokes played out very well. Sorry guys, but no complaints here.moreless
  • I mean there's other cultures' lore, so fairies, why not?

    7.5
    To all those disappointed or irritated by fairies, I mean why? Why can't the Irish get their leprechauns? I mean we had an elephant god that was slaughtered by the devil. This episode was hilarious, but at the same time it's heartbreaking to see Sam like that. It was a cute filler, not their best but not a train wreck either.
  • Crop circles... abductions... red herrings... sammy having arbitrary sex and dean serv(ic)ing? Oberon... all this and more? Yikes.

    7.0
    While I have a particular penchant for Faeries (or Sidhe) as some of us call 'em... and truly I think Ben did a good job with their aspect of things... after thinking it and watching it over... I wasn't fond of this ep really. Things I did like; Sam having arbitrary sex. The (deputy?) D.A. who turned out to be a good guy for a change. I did really really like how clearly Sam dispatched the Leprechaun after he and Dean took more than just a few licks. But There's something lacking. The dialogue felt forced, the boys had to work too hard for the jokes (so much feeling out of character here) and honestly this could be just me... but I just don't get Ben's sense of humor. Course then again most people surmise I don't have one myself to that stands to reason.



    All in all it was a good ep. And I'm glad we got to 'see' Sam's uncertainty about getting his soul back, but, it just wasn't one that I particularly cared for. I hope this week's is better. Thanks Kast and Krew for all your hard work, it IS appreciated. And as always special love to Jensen and Jared. (Oh btw Jared... if anyone offers to make you bionic, dont' do it... don't ask... just please don't do it.)



    Thanks.moreless
  • A great homage to the X-Files!

    9.0
    I've often said that "Supernatural" is a huge part of the "X-Files" legacy. Not only were there many "X-Files" alumni involved with the show in its early years, but "Supernatural" took the familiar formula of the "X-Files" and improved upon it. For many fans, the strength of the "X-Files" was the core relationship (romantic or otherwise) between Mulder and Scully. Similarly, the strength of "Supernatural" has always been its treatment and exploration of the bond between Sam and Dean Winchester.



    So it was perhaps inevitable that "Supernatural" would do an outright homage/parody of "X-Files", right down to a hilarious take on the iconic opening credits. There were a ton of little Easter eggs strewn throughout the episode, from the musical cues to visual touches to certain lines of dialogue. It was never too distracting, but it was a welcome addition.



    The fact is, with the recent revelations about Sam, the writers needed to give the audience something with a lighter touch, and this episode fit the bill. With Sam no longer trying to pretend that he is whole (or even the "real" Sam), his open struggles with empathy and patience are a wonder to behold. In a way, it helps to mitigate the realization that we haven't really seen Sam for a long time. After all, while Soulless Sam is useful for tossing out the funny, no one wants him to stay this way forever. (And I believe that counts for the writers, too.)



    I'm not entirely sure where the whole fairy and leprechaun thing is supposed to fit in the "Supernatural" mythos. Granted, every pantheon seems to be represented somewhere along the line, and in the original folklore, the fairy folk were not exactly the most peaceful creatures. In fact, they tended to have a mean streak, and were not to be crossed. So it's not entirely ludicrous that they show up in this episode. Still, it may be best that they were handled in a more amusing fashion overall.



    The best of the self-parodying episodes of "X-Files" didn't just tweak the audience; they managed to reveal aspects of the evolving Mulder/Scully dynamic in the process. The same is true for this "Supernatural" episode. It's been said many times that Soulless Sam has acted a lot like Dean from the earlier seasons, and that continues to be the case. They are a bit more extreme at the moment, but Sam's constant leering and penchant for creature comforts are classic Dean Winchester. It's amusing to see Dean's reactions in that context.



    If there is one criticism that could be leveled at this episode, it is the unfortunate focus on deriving humor from the pejorative use of the term "fairy" for homosexual. For one thing, it's a bit obvious. But having Dean appear to be a gay basher is really not that funny. If it didn't step completely over the line of good taste, it came fairly close. That said, this is nothing new for the show, and so it's not as if this is a sudden reason for rebuke.



    By its very nature, this season of "Supernatural" has been bathed in darkness, much like the fourth season. It's clear that moments of levity will be few and far between. Perhaps for that reason, this episode was a welcome departure from the status quo, cleansing the palate for the next foray into the night.moreless
  • Why did Supernatural have to go here?

    3.5
    I'm sorry if this comes as a dissapointment to others, but I just was not impressed by this episode. For one the gay inuendoes were not funny to me. Two it did not progress the story any furthur from what we already know. Three the fairy idea to me was ridiculous, and the potential was lost when they went to the ridiculous side of it all. Four...Why would a leprecauhn have the same stregnth and ability an angel or such has. That makes no sense. In that case where were these leprecauhns when the mess was hitting the fan with Lucifer. I remembered reading an article in Sci-Fi magazine that implied these "Supernatural" fairies were not something to mess with. This episode only made a joke out of them. I looked forward to this episode since there is plenty of background and correlations between fairies, and aliens. I wanted to see what they could do with it. In the end this episode came across like a typical cliche season 6 episode. A desperate grab for something interesting only to fail miserably.moreless
Linden Banks

Linden Banks

Mr. Brennan

Guest Star

Trish Allen

Trish Allen

Marion

Guest Star

Devon Weigel

Devon Weigel

Sparrow Jennings

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dean: But till we get you back on the soul train, I'll be your conscience. Okay?
      Sam: So you're saying you'll be my Jiminy Cricket.
      Dean: Shut up. But yeah, you freakin' puppet. That's exactly what I"m saying.

    • Dean: (on the phone) UFO! UFO!
      Sam: Oh. Dude, stop yelling, you're breaking up. I didn't catch that last part.
      Dean: Close encounter! Close encounter!
      Sam: Close encounter? What kind? First? Second?
      Dean: They're after me!
      Sam: Third kind already? Better run, man. I think the fourth kind is a butt thing.
      Dean: Empathy, Sam! Empathy!

    • Sparrow: (after Dean is abducted by ETs) What were they like?
      Dean: They were grabby, incandescent douche bags. Good night.
      Sparrow: Too soon.

    • Dean: And suddenly I was in a different place. And there were these... beings. They were too bright to look at, but I could feel them pulling me towards this sort of... table.
      Sam: Probing table?
      Dean: God, don't say that out loud!

    • Sam: Look. That brings up a question. So, say you got a soul, and you're on a case. And your brother gets abducted by aliens.
      Dean: Yeah, then you do everything you can to get him back.
      Sam: Right, you do. But, what about when there are no more leads for the night? Are you supposed to just sit there in the dark and suffer? Even when there's nothing that can be done at that moment?
      Dean: Yes!
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Yes. You sit in the dark and feel the loss.
      Sam: Absolutely. But couldn't I just do all that and have sex with the hippy chick?
      Dean: No!
      Sam: It'll be in the dark.

    • Sam: What the hell was it?
      Dean: It was a... a little, naked lady, okay?
      Sam: It was... a what?
      Dean: It was a little, glowing... hot, naked lady, with nipples, and... she hit me.
      Sam: I'm not supposed to laugh, right? Right, okay, sure.

    • Marion: It's fairies.
      Dean: Fairies? Okay. Well, thank you for your input.
      Sam: What, flying saucers aren't insane enough for you?
      Marion: What newspaper did you say you work for?
      Sam: If you want to add glitter to that glue you're sniffing, that's fine, but don't dump your whack-a-doo all over us. We'd rather not step in it.
      Dean: Okay, we're--we're done.
      Sam: The only thing you're missing is a couple dozen cats, sister.
      Dean: Yeah, it's a blood-sugar thing. My apologies.

    • Marion: Personally, I think they're taken to Avalon to service Oberon, King of the Fairies.
      Sam: Dean. Did... you... service Oberon, King of the Fairies?

    • Sam: What am I supposed to do?
      Dean: Fight the fairies! Fight those fairies! Fight the fairies!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The opening credits are replaced with a parody of The X-Files opening credits, complete with spooky music. Footage from previous episodes, typically of the brothers posing as FBI agents, is used. Instead of the show's catchphrase, "The truth is out there," the credits here use "The truth is in there."

    • Misha Collins is credited but doesn't appear. This is the first episode where any series regular has been credited but not appeared.

    • Music: A Space Oddity (David Bowie)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: March 4, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: April 29, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Australia: June 6 , 2011 on ELEVEN
      UK: August 3, 2011 on Sky LIVING
      Spain: October 31, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: January 15, 2013 on Sub

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Dean: E.T. is made of rubber, everyone knows that.
      Referencing the title character in the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The small wizened alien is stranded on Earth when his people are forced to flee, and takes refuge in a nearby home. The boy living there, Elliott, befriends the alien and helps him to summon his people and return home.

    • Sam: So you're saying you'll be my Jiminy Cricket.
      Referencing the talking cricket from the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio, and including other references to the Blue Fairy and the song Wish Upon A Star, as well as the puppet himself. Pinocchio was created by Carlo Collodi in his 1883 story The Adventures of Pinocchio. Collodi's story tells of Gepetto, a woodcarver who makes a wooden puppet in lieu of a son and names it Pinocchio. Pinocchio aspires to be a real boy and runs away. The character is best known for the fact that his nose grows when he tells a lie.

    • Music: Five-note theme, UFO camp
      Referencing the movie 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The five-tone theme, composed by John Williams, is used by the aliens, and by the humans to respond. The notes are either G, A, F, (octave lower) F, C, or B flat, C, A flat, (octave lower) A flat, E flat. Also heard is the alien ship's much lower bass response.

    • Dean: If aliens are real, what's next? Hobbits?
      Referring to the works of J R R Tolkien, the creator of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, set in the mythical land of Middle Earth. Hobbits are relatively short hairy humanoids who prefer eating and drinking to becoming involved in the greater affairs of Middle Earth.

    • Dean: Smurfs.
      Referencing the small blue elf-like creatures created by Peyo in 1958. They were later brought to America and popularized in a children's cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera. All of them have a name consisting of their disposition or profession followed by the word "Smurf" (Brainy Smurf, Clockwork Smurf, Reporter Smurf, Grouchy Smurf), and speak in a language that consists of primarily using the word "smurf" as a replacement for other words. As established in the pilot, both Jess and Dean are fans of the series.

    • Marion: Just like Rumpelstiltskin did.
      Referencing the story, first collected in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales, of Rumpelstiltskin. This gnome-like creature bargains with a villager, spinning straw into gold in return for her first-born child. When she refuses, he gives her three days to guess his name. She eventually succeeds and Rumpelstiltskin disappears.

    • Dean: Freaking full of Keeblers over here.
      Referencing Keebler Cookies, which are promoted as being made by elves working in a hollow tree. Ernie Keebler is their leader, and there are a number of other elves. Besides cookies, the company also produces Munch-ems and Pizzarias, and uses the elves to promote those products as well.

    • Sam: Little big man.
      Referencing the 1970 film of the same name, based on the 1964 novel by Tom Berger. In it, Jack Crabb, a short but brave Caucasian, is adapted by a Pawnee tribe who give him his nickname, "Little Big Men." The movie chronicles his life as an Indian brave, snake-oil salesman, gunslinger, store owner, muleskinner, trapper, and Cavalry scout.

    • Dean: You think Lucky Charms really could have, you know, returned soul to sender?
      Referencing the General Mills cereal, first produced in 1964, that features the animated Lucky the Leprechaun. Lucky is inevitably trying to keep the kids from getting his "lucky charms," the colored marshmallow bits shaped likes moons, stars, diamonds, etc., scattered in with the sugar-coated oat pieces.

    • Title: The title is a play on words from the line, "Do you believe in fairies?...If you believe, clap your hands; don't let Tink die," from the book Peter Pan by Scottish author James M. Barrie. Tink, short for Tinkerbell, is a fairy and friend to Peter Pan. When one of the children says that they don't believe in fairies and Tink falls ill, they have to clap to show their belief and save Tink.

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