Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 15

Tall Tales

20
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on The CW
8.9
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The Winchester brothers seek the help of their family friend Bobby while investigating a series of unexplained happenings on a local college campus.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • How each brother saw the other!

    9.0
    Sam and Dean flash back their own versions of events to Bobby. Brilliant acting from Jared as a prissy know it all and Jensen is amazing as the drunken lecher. Makes me love the brother relationship even more, as it becomes more and more believable, true love/hate.
  • What do a ghost, an alien abduction and an alligator in the sewer have in common? Only the Winchester brothers could know.

    9.8
    I don't know what I liked more - the silly sibling rivalry moments or the Trickster's sense of humor. Dean as a drunken letch, Sam as a slightly gay tight- um, backside. It's about time we had some lighthearted moments on this often edge-of-your-seat show. Sure, the Trickster killed a couple of people, but he did it with such STYLE. Bringing in Bobby as the adult role model was great, too. You could tell he just wanted to slap both boys in the back of the head and tell them to snap out of it! My only complaint? We didn't get to see enough of the Sam/Dean wrestling match. That could have gone on for a few more minutes if you ask me...moreless
  • If this was supposed to be comedy relief, it failed to make me laugh.

    3.8
    I mean; here, I thought it was going to be an episode spoofing the tabloid industry. Perhaps, with some over-the-hill newspaper hack using tulpas to boost his sagging career in journalism. But, no! We get a flashback episode where all the suspense, generated by the different deaths, is cancelled out by the contrasting p.o.v.'s of the Winchester brothers. With Dean's overly-macho one not even getting a chuckle from me! The only reason I did not rate this episode an abysmal number one is due to the pair of gorgeous female extras dreamed up by the Trickster. They, at least, were hot!!moreless
  • The first Trickster episode!

    9.0
    I must admit that the Trickster is an awesome choice for a monster of the week: he's witty and saucy, stylish and biting, with a deadly sense of humor and smart-ass attitude that is really charming. Plus, its power is both subtle and awe-inspiring (bending and creating reality out of thin air), and it offers endless story possibilities.



    Richard Speight Jr. is unbelievably good as this demigod and it's perhaps safe to say that, thanks to him, the Trickster turned out to be one of the two really lovable monsters of this show (the other one being, at least in my opinion, the Shapeshifter of "Monster Movie", 4x05).



    "Tall Tales" has also the most hilarious scene of Season Two (the slow dance with the aliens on the notes of "The Lady in Red" by Chris De Burgh) and its storytelling technique (the alternate versions of Sam and Dean, and Bobby's constant recollection of the story) is both effective and brilliantly funny (the editing of this episode was really top-notch).



    Great performance by all the cast and professional direction by Bradford May. The script by John Shiban is really good, even if Jeremy Carver outdid it with the second Trickster episode, "Mystery Spot" (3x11).moreless
  • Another filler episode, but one that lays on the humor.

    8.5
    I've gotten used to the idea of Supernatural following big plot revealing episodes with some filler ones, and this one didn't seem to really do anything except bring some humor and hilarious Sam and Dean pranks.



    The episode, whether or not it was a filler, was certainly creative. It involved Sam and Dean telling the story of what happened on their hunt to Bobby. However, they both believe they've done something to each other's possessions, so their stories don't exactly match up. Watching Sam hug the frat guy and try to console him was hilarious, and watching Dean tell the story as if he were the most attractive man on Earth was even more priceless.



    The one thing I liked a lot about the episode was the inclusion of Bobby. If there's one character I can see sticking around with the Winchester brothers, it's definitely Bobby. He has the same amount, if not more, knowledge as Sam and Dean and seems to be an all around good character



    I'm hoping for the next episode to be a little better. Not that this one wasn't, it just felt a little too filler to me.moreless
David Tom

David Tom

Curtis

Guest Star

Barclay Hope

Barclay Hope

Professor Arthur Cox

Guest Star

Tara Wilson

Tara Wilson

Co-Ed

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Richard Speight Jr.

Richard Speight Jr.

Trickster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the final scene when we see the alleged dead Trickster in the chair, as the scene starts, you can see Richard Speight's chest rise as he takes a deep breath and holds it.

    • In the end, the bed and disco lights are still on the stage even though all the stuff that the trickster supposedly conjured up faded away when he was stabbed. This should have alerted Sam and Dean to the fact that the trickster was still alive, as seen at the end of episode.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Sam: There was this guy. He was a research scientist. Animal testing.
      Dean: Yeah, you know, a dick. Which fits the pattern.

    • Sam: How would you feel if I screwed with the Impala?
      Dean: It'd be the last thing you ever did.

    • Sam: You know something? I've put up with a lot from you!
      Dean: What are you talking about? I'm a joy to be around!

    • Trickster: Mr. Morality here, he brought a lot of girls up here. Got more ass than a toilet seat.

    • Jen: So now she haunts the building, and anyone who sees her doesn't live to tell the tale.
      Curtis: Well, if no one lives to tell the tale, then how does the tale get told?

    • Dean: These punishments, they're almost poetic. Well, actually they'd be more like a limerick, but still…

    • Bobby: If you two had bothered to pull your heads out of your asses, it all would've been pretty clear.
      Dean: What?
      Bobby: What you're dealing with.
      Dean: I got nothing.
      Sam: Me neither.
      Bobby: You got a trickster on your hands.
      Dean: That's what I thought!
      Sam: What?!? No you didn't!

    • Janitor: Sorry I'm dragging a little ass today, boys. Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.
      Dean: Yeah, hard not to.

    • Dean: Look, man, I--I gotta tell you, I dig your style, all right. You know. I mean, (gestures to scantily clad women) I do. I mean… phew! And the, uh, slow-dancing alien... (both laugh)
      Trickster: One of my personal favorites.

    • (Dean continues on telling his version of the story)
      Sam: So you and this guy, Curtis, you were in the same house?
      Frat Guy: Yeah.
      Dean: You heard of what happened to him right?
      Frat Guy: Yeah, he said it was aliens... but you know, whatever.
      Sam: Look, man, I know this all has to be so hard...
      Frat Guy: Not so much.
      Sam: But I want you to know... I'm here for you. You brave little soldier. I acknowledge your pain. Come here. (hugs him) Too precious for this world.
      (cuts back to actual time)
      Sam: I never said that!
      Dean: You're always saying pansy stuff like that.

    • Classy Girl: My God, you are attractive!
      Dean: Thanks. But no time for that now. You need to tell me about this urban legend. Please? Lives are at stake.
      Classy Girl: Sorry, I can't even concentrate. (gazing at Dean) It's like staring into the sun.

    • Bobby: You're bickering like an old married couple.
      Dean: No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, uh, Siamese twins,
      Sam: It's conjoined twins.
      Dean: See what I mean?

    • Sam: Dean. This is a very serious investigation. We don't have time for any of your blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah... blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah!

    • Sam: Maybe we should get some help. I'll call Bobby. Maybe he's run into something like this before.
      Dean: Oh, I'm sure he has. Just your typical haunted campus, alien abduction, alligator in the sewer gig. Yeah, it's simple.

    • Dean: You have to give those purple nurples a shot... phew!

    • Sam: I'm telling you, Dean, this is made by some kind of jet engine.
      Dean: Oh... what do you mean? Like some saucer-shaped jet engine?
      Sam: Well, what else can it be?
      Dean: What the hell?!
      Sam: I don't know.
      Dean: Well seriously dude, what the hell?!
      Sam: (yells) I don't know!! I mean first The Haunting, now this? The timing alone. There's gotta be some sort of connection here.
      Dean: What? You mean between the angry spirit and uh... the sexed up ET? What could the connection possibly be?

    • Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... hold on a minute!!
      Sam: What?
      Dean: C'mon, dude, that's not how it happened!
      Sam: No? So you never drank a purple nurple?
      Dean: Yeah, maybe that, but I don't say things like "fiesty little wildcat" and her name wasn't Starla.
      Sam: Then what was it?
      Dean: I don't know... but she was a classy chick. She was a grad student. Anthropology and folklore. We were talking about ghost stories.

    • Sam: Dude... were you on my computer?
      Dean: Uh...no...
      Sam: Oh really? Cuz it's frozen now, on... on bustyasianbeauties.com? (Dean walks away) Dean... would you, just... don't touch my stuff anymore, okay!?!
      Dean: Why don't you control your OCD?

    • Curtis: They did tests on me then uh.. (drinks shot) they probed me.
      Dean: They probed you?
      Curtis: Yeah, they probed me... Again and again and again and... (drinks shot again) ...and again and again and again and then one more time.
      Dean: Yikes.
      Curtis: That's not even the worst of it.
      Dean: How can it get any worse? Some alien made you his bitch?
      (long pause)
      Curtis: They... they made me slow dance.

    • Sam: Dean, I... I'm...
      Dean: Hey, me too.
      Bobby: You guys are breaking my heart. Could we please just leave?

    • Sam: (yelling) Your dirty socks in the sink! Your food in the fridge!
      Dean: What's wrong with my food?
      Sam: It's not food anymore, Dean! It's Darwinism!
      Dean: I like it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 11, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 14, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: June 18, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: April 2, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: August 19, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: March 15, 2009 on NET5
      New Zealand: May 8, 2009 on TV2

    • This episode received its own special article at www.weeklyworldnews.com. Oddly, the article explains one thing that goes unmentioned in the episode itself: the stakes used to kill a Trickster must be dipped in the blood of one of its victims.

    • Music: Lady in Red by Chris DeBurgh, Walk Away by James Gang, Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe by Barry White, Next to You by JunkFood

    • The opening of clips from previous episodes featured scenes exclusively showing Dean and Sam goofing around, pranking each other, and calling each other names.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Dean: I don't know, man. I think they're called Purple Nurples.
      A Purple Nurple is a type of alcoholic cocktail drink that is made by putting coconut rum, triple sec, Blue Curacao, cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. The ingredients are then shaken up and strained into a glass for serving.

    • Chainsaw-Wielding Cannibal
      This character references Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre series of films from 1974, starring Gunnar Hansen.

    • Dean: This is my shuttle co-pilot, Major Tom.
      Referencing to the main character of two famous David Bowie songs. For the first time, Major Tom appears in the 1969 hit Space Oddity, on the album of the same name ("Ground Control to Major Tom..."). In 1980, Major Tom returns in the song Ashes to Ashes, on the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) ("Do you remember a guy that's been in such an early song? I've heard a rumor from Ground Control...").

    • Magazine
      Weekly World News (WWN) is a mock tabloid newspaper published by American Media Inc. Its editor in chief is Jeff Rovin. It combines wire reports of strange news with in-house writings and columns, all fictional.

    • Dean: What? You mean between the angry spirit and uh... the sexxed up ET?
      ET refers to the Academy award winning movie E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie was about a boy named Elliot who becomes friends with an alien whom he names E.T.

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