Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 2

Everybody Loves A Clown

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on The CW
8.6
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After the events at the hospital, the brothers have no idea where the demon that killed their mother is hiding. While biding their time trying to come up with an idea, they investigate murders committed by a killer clown.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I actually found myself being bored with this episode.

    7.0
    This episode was okay. I thought that this episode was really boring. Maybe it is because I do not have a fear of clowns. I did like that they had Sam and Dean deal with their feelings towards their father's death. The best part of the episode was when the killed the creature. They did a good job hiding who was the clown creature. I didn't suspect the blind guy. I just hope that this season picks up. Last season I thought that Supernatural was better than Smallville. This season both shows have just been okay.moreless
  • Clowns, ugh!

    9.0
    The episodic nature of the first season wasn't so bad, but it got kind of played out and I was hoping that the second season had a more story centered plot. The way this episode opened up it looked like another random hunting quest, but then it does a great job of incorporating the story with the hunting quest. Towards the middle it looks like Dean and Sam are gonna get right back on their feet on hunting the demon, but then the 51 hour time limit really gave them an excuse to go hunting. Although the story of the killer clown isn't as well developed as some of the stories, it did enough to be entertaining and the twist of who the true culprit is. Not to mention this episode was thoroughly amusing and funny, like when Dean gets punched in the nose after thinking he's slick for stealing the gun from the girl, Dean joking to Sam about getting that bearded lady's number, amongst other funny moments.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatuaral it takes place after the events of the hospital and they are tring to track down the killer of there mom and while doing that they happen to come across a killer clown that is taken peoples lives and they must figure out a way to deal with it and that is why i gave a 9 it was very intense and very interesting and i think it was exciting to see this kind of story and i thought the main plot is heating up but this story about the lcow was just avargemoreless
  • Two plots: one weak and the other very strong.

    8.3
    I knew that at some point, Sam and Dean would get back to taking individual jobs and tracking down to supernatural entities, but I didn't like how little they focused on it. For me, it's all or nothing: I would've rather seen them focus the whole episode on finding the clown or focused the episode on Ellen and Ash. The entire clown sub-plot seemed to exist simply to fill in time.





    Despite my opinions on it, clowns creep me out more than anything, so I liked they finally chose a killer supernatural clown as their next job. Every time I saw him outside of the children's house, I would get chills.





    I think the most powerful part of the episode, as well as the most effective, was Sam and Dean arguing about how they're dealing with their father's death. They obviously had very differing views on the man and are taking it in different ways, but Dean's cathartic release, where he smashes the crap out of the car, was powerful, emotional and a perfect way to end the episode. It's almost like a season's worth of anger and rage built up and finally released in those thirty seconds. Plus, it helped to have Ash, a "Lynyrd Skynyrd" roadie who looks like an idiot but is actually extremely smart. He really stole the show here, in terms of humor.



    So far, Season 2 has been solid. Only two episodes in, and it's bringing the same amount of chills, thrills and tension that I've come to expect from the show.moreless
  • The Rakshasa part is a bit weak; the rest of the episode, fortunately, is great.

    7.0
    First of all, I want to raise the glass for Philip Sgriccia, who managed to direct a wonderfully looking episode out of a not-so-brilliant, at least in my opinion, script: visually, "Everybody loves a clown" is awesome, scaring and cleverly shot. Plus, the cinematography - as stunning as ever - and the art direction (brilliant!) concur to create the proper hallucinated atmosphere.



    Then, I must say that both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki deliver some amazing performance: they cope with the loss of their father believably and struggle with each other and with their grief very touchingly. In the final scene, when Sam confesses his sense of guilt and Dean gives vent to this sorrow by raging on the Impala, they acted masterfully: I was really moved by their chemistry together and by the diverse way with which they express their inner pain. Seeing Dean attacking furiously the Impala was shocking and explained his insanity more than any word.



    Unfortunately, the episode is weak in at least two points: first, the presentation of the Roadhouse and its inhabitants left something to be desired (the registered message on John's cellphone was a little too obvious gimmick, in my opinion) and the whole Rakshasa affair was a bit silly, very black-and-white (here's the evil monster: kill it!) and unchallenging. I agree with Eric Kripke when he says that episode worked much better when the clown was simply a clown: much, much scarier.



    All in all, not my favorite storyline. The episode scores above average only thanks to Sam and Dean's character development.moreless
Ken Kramer

Ken Kramer

Mr. Cooper

Guest Star

Nicole Muñoz

Nicole Muñoz

Nora

Guest Star

Julius Chapple

Julius Chapple

Nora's Dad

Guest Star

Chad Lindberg

Chad Lindberg

Ash

Recurring Role

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Alona Tal

Alona Tal

Jo Harvelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Ash tells Sam that he went to MIT, "It's a school in Boston." MIT is actually in Cambridge.

    • When Sam and Dean are about to stop the clown from killing a little girl's parents in the house, Sam is in a room that is dark when we get a shot of him. Then it is lit when we get a shot of Dean with the room in the background. The light is on then off depending on the camera angle.

    • Dean supposedly opens the steam valve by turning the handle down, perpendicular to the horizontal point. In reality, that closes off steam. A handle running parallel to the pipe means the steam line is open.

    • In the scene where Sam and Dean are walking down a road and discussing Dean's lack of feelings, Sam is/isn't holding a cell phone depending on whether it is a close/far shot.

    • After Sam stabs the clown, Dean pulls the knife that was under his arm out and throws it on the floor. The camera cuts to Sam, and then Dean turns the steam off and is shown pulling out the same knife from the exact same spot again.

    • Near the end of the episode when Dean is taking the last drink from the beer bottle, his hand switches position from the neck to the bottom depending on the camera angle.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode in which Sam and Dean cry together.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sam: More murders?
      Dean: Two more last night. Apparently they were ripped to shreds, and they had a little boy with them...
      (Sam tries to complete Dean's sentence)
      Sam: ...who fingered a clown.
      (Dean gives Sam a strange look)
      Sam: What?

    • Sam: Where did you learn to do all this?
      Ash: MIT. Before I got bounced for fighting.
      Sam: MIT?
      Ash: It's a school in Boston.

    • Sam: Well, before we go stabbing things into Cooper, we're gonna wanna make damn sure it's him.
      Dean: You're such a stickler for details, Sammy.

    • Sam: No, no, no. That's not what this is about, Dean. I don't care how you deal with this, but you have to deal with it, man! Listen, I'm your brother, all right? I just want to make sure you're okay.
      Dean: Dude, I'm okay! I'm okay, okay? I swear, the next person that asks me if I'm okay, I'm gonna start throwing punches!

    • (abandoning the minivan)
      Sam: You really think they saw our plates?
      Dean: Don't wanna take the chance. Besides, I hate this freaking thing anyway.

    • Second Girl: Mommy, Daddy, they shot my clown!

    • Dean: You don't know? I thought that, once the demon was dead and the fat lady sings, you were going to take off, head back to Wussy State.
      Sam: I'm having second thoughts.
      Dean: Really.
      Sam: Yeah, I think. Dad would've wanted me to stick to the job.
      Dean: Since when did you give a damn what Dad wanted? You spent half your life doing exactly what he didn't want, Sam.
      Sam: Since he died, okay?

    • Ash: You ever been struck by lightning? It ain't fun.

    • Dean: (to Ellen) Was there an article in Demon Hunters Quarterly that I missed? I mean, who are you? How do you know about all this?

    • Dean: Excuse me. We're looking for a Mr. Cooper. Have you seen him around?
      Amazing Papazian: What is that? Some kind of joke? (removes his glasses, showing he's blind)
      Dean: Oh God, I'm sorry...
      Amazing Papazian: You think I wouldn't give my eye teeth to see Mr. Cooper, or a sunset, or anything at all...?
      Dean: (aside, to Sam) Want to give me a little help here?
      Sam: Not really.
      Dwarf Clown: Hey, Barry, is there a problem?
      Amazing Papazian: Yeah, this guy hates blind people.
      Dean: No, no I don't...
      Dwarf Clown: Hey, buddy, what's your problem?
      Dean: Nothing, it's just a little misunderstanding.
      Dwarf Clown: Little? You son of a bitch...
      Dean: No, no, no, I'm just... can somebody tell me where Mr. Cooper is? Please?

    • Sam: You're right.
      Dean: 'Bout what?
      Sam: About me and Dad. I'm sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I'm sorry I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean, for all I know he died thinking that I hate him. So you're right. That what I'm doing right now is too little...too late. I miss him, man and I feel guilty as hell. And I'm not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know. I'll let you get back to work.

    • Mr. Cooper: You two have never worked a show in your lives before, have you?
      Dean: Nope. But we really need the work. So... and ah, Sam here's got a thing for the bearded lady.

    • Jo: Am I going to see you again?
      Dean: Do you want to?
      Jo: I wouldn't hate it.

    • Dean: Hey man.
      Ash: Yeah?
      Dean: By the way, uh, I dig the haircut.
      Ash: All business up front, party in the back.

    • Ash: If this fugly bastard raises its head, I'll know. I mean I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie.

    • Dean: You got to be kidding me, this guy's no genius, he's a Lynyrd Skynyrd roadie.
      Ash: I like you.
      Dean: Thanks.

    • Dean: You still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on the television.
      Sam: At least I'm not afraid of flying.
      Dean: Planes crash!
      Sam: And apparently clowns kill.

    • Dean: Oh God, please let that be a rifle.
      Jo: Nah, I'm just real happy to see you.

    • (driving a minivan)
      Dean: This is humiliating. Feel like a freakin' soccer mom!

    • Sam: All right, Dean, it's just we've been at Bobby's for over a week now and you haven't brought up Dad once.
      Dean: You know what, you're right. Come here, I want to lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, maybe even slow dance.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The scene with the clown chair in Mr. Cooper's office wasn't in the original script. Like the other comedic beats of the episode, the scene was ad-libbed on set to make Sam (and Jared Padalecki) more uneasy.

    • Music: Time has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers, Shambala by 3 Dog Night, Do That to Me One More Time by Captain & Tenille, Mudd Walk by Bad Poodle

    • The end credits feature "In memory of our friend, Peter Ellis." Peter Ellis directed two episodes, "Bloody Mary" and "The Benders," and died in April 2006.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 12, 2006 on TV3
      UK: February 11, 2007 on LIVING
      Portugal: March 19, 2007 on AXN
      France: September 17, 2007 on TF6
      Germany: December 17, 2007 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: June 24, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: December 14, 2008 on Net 5

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Title:
      Everybody Loves a Clown was a 1965 song released by Gary Lewis & The Playboys. It went to #4 on the Hot 100.

    • Dean: You still bust out crying every time you see Ronald McDonald on TV.
      Ronald McDonald is the main McDonald's restaurant mascot. He is a clown wearing red and yellow (McDonald's colors).

    • Dean: Check it out. 5-0.
      This is a reference to the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). It was on CBS and had 282 total episodes. Created by Leonard Freeman, Hawaii Five-O was an elite investigative unit that reported to the Governor of Hawaii.

    • Nintendo DS Game
      The sound effects coming from the little boy's Nintendo DS during the scene in the fun house was from the video game Donkey Kong.

    • Dean: I know what you're thinking - Why'd it have to be clowns?
      This is an allusion to the Indiana Jones line from Raiders of the Lost Ark - "Why'd it have to be snakes?"

    • Ash: I mean I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie.
      This quote refers to famous Drag queen, Divine, who became infamous after completely chewing and swallowing actual dog feces in the film Pink Flamingos.

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