Season 7 Episode 14

Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2012 on The CW
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Episode Summary

The brothers return to Kansas to investigate a children's pizza parlor that is connected to the death of several parents whose children all attended parties there. While Dean confronts the individual responsible, Sam has to deal with his worst fear: clowns.

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  • One of my new favorite episodes

    Poor Sam - the same Sam who marched up to a Horseman of the Apocalypse and demanded his brother back, the same Sam who took on the most powerful incarnation of evil on the planet and won - almost has a full-frontal panic attack when terrorized by a couple of evil clowns. Remember his little clown problem? Dean actually tries to be supportive and not laugh his ass off, but you know how well Dean does supportive.

    In spite of, or maybe because of, the heartbreaking episodes, season 7 rocks! Maybe my favorite part is that this season, Sam & Dean are really acting like brothers again. After all the angels and demons spending seasons 4, 5 and part of 6 trying to tear them apart, it's so great to see them with their "us against the world" attitude back. They actually both laughed in this episode!moreless
  • I love this episode for two reasons

    This episode was a stand alone pure fun that reminded me of the old days of Supernatural.

    It was also a bit adorable - you can't see Sam's face mentioning clowns or seeing them, or Dean's playful jokes on him without thinking of that. I loved the writing too, like how it was going back and forth from "now" to "earlier" and how Sam's fear of clowns isn't just because, and in fact it goes way back in the brother's relation.

    But.. more importantly the fact that it was care-free.. no mess between the brothers, fights, or secrets whatsoever, which is something I really miss nowadays.

    Second reason I love this episode for is that It's a good way to pause from what's going on in this season.. From the early beginnings they started potential great arc stories: the leviathans and Sam's problem but they keep dismissing them - until the end of the season apparently - and dealt with Dean's emotional problems, that's fine with me though IMO it went a bit much so unless they resolve his issue this season, this all will be meaningless.

    Back to the episode, I really liked the actress who played the manager and how the two "evel" clowns attacked Sam didn't say a word, they just kept laughing and jumping and pointing and yet managed to beat him badly (>o<<)o------(^o^)o

    Great work 2J and every one elsemoreless
  • Hilarious

    This episode definitely reminded me of the first few seasons, back when they battled the weird and unexplained. I liked the fat that Sam was running away from the clowns after him. Especially, since a few episodes earlier, a hunter's daughter said he was as big as a car.
  • While eating a clown, one cannibal asks the other: Does this taste funny to you?

    Even though Supernatural is my favorite show, when an episode is sub-par, I have no problem rating it appropriately, as less-than-stellar.

    This episode was anything but.

    It was fantastic!

    It was awesome!

    It was superb!

    It was Supernaturally good.

    The action was great, but what really stole the show was the genius writing that produced non-stop banter and just plain FUN. The acting too was perfect all-around; the little nuances right on queue ... again, pretty much perfect overall. Added to the mix were a couple of gory deaths and - yup! - this was a nice reminder of the Supernatural that I grew to love in the first seasons.

    Give me more please! Just like this.

    Edit: Those that have rated it low should really re-read (and hopefully edit) your reviews and ratings. To me, while reading these low-rated reviews, it seems as though you are basing the rating on Cas and Bobby being gone, on episodes from the past, etc., etc. Note that this thread is only for THIS episode, and should be rated as such. To complain about the arc or storyline this season, do it on threads that deal specifically with that.moreless
  • One of THE MOST HILARIOUS episodes ever!

    SO much awesome to list:

    -Exploding clown make-up title card! LOVE!

    -Sam: "We've got dick on Dick." The Dick jokes will just never get old! (Yes, I'm 12. Or at least my sense of humor is.)

    -Dean: "Octovamp? Vamptopus?" Sam: "That's crazy even for us."

    -Sam: "I thought you'd sworn off hot chicks." Dean: "We don't know she's hot." Well, that didn't last long, Dean. Let's see how long you stay sworn off the booze.


    -ICYMI: UNICORN!!!!!!!!!! (Come on, a unicorn is worth more than one bullet point on the List of Awesome! In fact, it should have its own List of Awesome!)

    -I didn't think it could get any more awesome than a unicorn, then there was the *tink* off the horn and the Farting of Rainbows. I not only laughed my head off, I was also clapping my hands in gleeful delight. (This may have occurred more than once during this episode. Like maybe many, many times.)

    -Farting of Rainbows, people! How often do you see Farting of Rainbows on television?

    -Sam's Many Expressions of Fear at the prospect of facing clowns were indeed awesome.

    -I loved that Dean called him "Sammy" when he realizes why his baby brother is freaking out. You can just see him going into big brother mode, simultaneously protective and relishing the opportunity for teasing.

    -Just when you think they can't possibly come up with an entirely new and original way to gank someone, they give you a shark in a ball pit. Their homicidal creativity knows no bounds.

    -Sam: "The ball washer" Dean: "The what?" Sam: "The ball washer" Dean: "The what?" Sam: "The[huff of annoyance at being made to repeat 'ball washer' for Dean's juvenile amusement.]"

    -Dean: "Vamptopus, Seabiscuit the Impaler, Land Shark. Seriously, what next?"

    -How about a Giant Killer Robot with Laser Eyes?

    -Throw Dean into a kid's paradise, and what do you get? A Dean-sized kid. It's always fun to see Dean channeling his inner five-year-old, and watching his face light up at the sight of a giant slinky will never get old. Much like Dean's inner five-year-old.

    -Dean chasing and tackling a plushie and trying to catch a lion by the tail. I think there's nothing in this episode that wasn't funny!

    -RIGHT FRIGGIN NOW! Even the time stamps were hilarious. (By the way, Right Friggin Now and #ClownsKill trended worldwide on Twitter during the ep, even making it to first place.)

    -I was both laughing and cowering while Sam was being attacked by clowns. It was creepy as hell, but also hilarious the way sparkles kept flying like confetti!

    -Dean: "You look like you were attacked by strippers on PCP."

    -It was really good to hear Dean laugh again. And it looked like Sam felt the same way, because he was about to protest his brother's teasing, then he just looked at his brother laughing and smiled. And even fueled more laughter by sharing that he had been sprayed by the clown's lapel flower.

    -Dean: "I'm sorry for psychologically scarring you." Sam: "Which time?"

    -And Dean finally got his giant slinky! (Sam, if only you were as good at procuring pie as you are at giant slinkies.)

    -And Dean can just not let up with the big brotherly teasing. "Think of it as a clown phobia sobriety chip."

    -Speaking of sobriety chips, Dean stayed sworn off the booze for the whole episode! Good for you, Dean!

    -ARRKGH! The creepy clown doll winked at me!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sam first views the picture wall at Plucky's the picture of the shark is on the edge next to a pumpkin head monster. The shot pulls back to Sam looking at the wall and a second later back to the wall and now the shark is gone and there's a picture of a witch.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dean: Seriously, Frank, Pay phones? Come on, I'm getting the clap off this thing just touching it.

    • Sam: So, we got dick on Dick?
      Dean: That's a vivid way of putting it. You find anything on Wonder Woman?
      Sam: No. And there probably won't be. They are definitely gone. But might have found something over in Kansas.
      Dean: All right. Well, let's do it. But a few simple rules, okay? No babies. Heck, no baby mamas, no bars, no booze, no hot chicks of any kind.
      Sam: Wait wait wait. Did you just say...?
      Dean: Hey, you spawn a monster baby, see how quick you wanna dive back in the pool.

    • Dean: Bite look a little vampy to you?
      Sam: Yeah, no question.
      Dean: So what are we looking for? Octo-Vamp? Vamptopus?
      Sam: That's crazy, even for us, right?
      Dean: Does push the envelope.

    • Dean: Mom, Dad, nanny. That is a love triangle right out of Casa Erotica. Of course, in those the jealous wife tends to channel her feelings more productively.

    • Sam: How's business?
      Jean: It turns out not even Grim flippin' Death can slow down the birthday fun.

    • Sam: Go ahead, say it.
      Dean: I'm sorry. You--you look like you got attacked by some PCP-crazed strippers.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Ticking Countdown: Referencing 24, a TV series known for its unique real-time format and the use of a ticking clock to illustrate the change in time.

    • Sam: "If it bleeds, you can kill it."

      Referencing the 1987 movie Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, featuring a team of American soldiers in Guatemala conducting a rescue mission. An alien "predator" begins stalking and killing them one by one. The paraphrased line above is spoken when Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch Schaefer, finds traces of the seemingly indestructible creature's blood for the first time and tells his men that they can deal with it.

    • Dean: Shark Week, man, how do you not watch that?

      Referencing the Discovery Channel's annual summer marathon of shark-related programs. It first started in 1987, begins sometime in late July/early August, and often features shark-based theme for other Discovery Channel shows such as Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs.

    • Dean: Land Shark, what's next?

      Referencing the sketch character from Saturday Night Live, played by Chevy Chase. Described as "the cleverest of all sharks," the Land Shark's modus operandi involves going up to young women's apartments, posing as a plumber, delivery man, door-to-door salesman, dolphin, etc. They would inevitably open the door and be eaten. The Land Shark first appeared in a parody of the original Jaws movie, in SNL's first season.

    • Dean: While you were out being Dirty Harry, uh, Tyler's mom got pissy with him.

      Referencing police detective Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood in five movies from 1971 to 1988. The character is a cop who refuses to play by the rules, constantly challenges his superiors, disregards orders, and ultimately believes in justice rather than the letter of the law.

    • Dean: No Iron Giant.

      Referencing the 1999 animated movie based on the novel The Iron Man (1968) by Ted Hughes. The story features a young boy in 1957 who finds a giant alien robot in the woods near his home and befriends it, only for the military to mistake it for a deadly weapon.