Supernatural

Season 6 Episode 15

The French Mistake

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2011 on The CW
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When Raphael launches an attack, Balthazar transports Sam and Dean to a parallel world where they are mistaken for two actors named Jared and Jensen, who star in a TV series called Supernatural, which is about two brothers who hunt monsters for a living. The Winchesters must cope with some familiar faces in different roles when they discover that "Jared" is married to an actress who looks like the demon Ruby, and Castiel resembles a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins.moreless

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  • Pranksters!

    10
    I love it when Sam and Dean are put in these situations where they have to pretend they are someone else and then Dean just gets so fed up that he goes on a rant about how real hunters are extremely important and so on. Woops there goes their cover.... but no one believes him.... I loved this episode so much!
  • Misha !

    10
    To be honest I hadn't liked the previous episodes when they had touhed the fourth wall, but I have to admit I ADORE this one ! It was so funny and I kept laughing at the differences between (my dear) Castiel and Misha Collins. "Dear Mishamigos" OMG Hilarious ! I give it a 10 !
  • If theres a key, then there has to be a lock!

    10
    Aww I loved this episode. Was funny right from the start. Dean talking about how the names in that universe are weird (Jensen and Misha). Oh and Misha, AWESOME! I heard that he asked the writers to make the Misha in the epidose as douchie as possible, and he acted it really well. And I loved that he tweeted in it too. As for the rest of the epi, was funny. I was laughing all the way through it. And I liked how they got Gen in it too (although I don't think she can act, nothing against her personally) but that was good. Great epi Supernatural :Pmoreless
  • They got the 'Mistake' part right...

    1.0
    Awful. Simply awful. I wish I could scrape the memory of this episode from my brain. Even 'Bugs' was better than this tripe. Any respect I had for the actors went down a couple notches after watching this and I lost ALL respect for Misha Collins. The episode was nothing more than selfish, self-indulgent garbage and proves that there IS in fact a line when it comes to 'meta'. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was the work of writer Julie Siege, because it was THAT bad. But the fact that it was the work of Ben Edlund almost makes me weep.moreless
  • The meta episode to end all meta episodes!

    10
    This is the kind of episode that is nearly impossible to review. It is quite possibly the most "meta" episode ever written in the history of television, yet it is absolutely logical within the context of "Supernatural". That affirms the series' place as one of the true heirs to the "X-Files" legacy, considering how brilliantly that series managed to parody and self-reference itself while exploring character dynamics (at least, in the Darin Morgan satirical episodes).



    Having used episodes to poke fun at the television industry and the fans on more than one occasion, the writers take it to the next level and eviscerate the entire "Supernatural" production. Not one element of the show remains unscathed by the end of the hour. Eric Kripke is literally slaughtered. Jensen and Jared get to mock themselves and each other with the kid gloves completely off, and yet there's not one moment where it doesn't feel like Sam and Dean are trying to navigate their way through a bizarre alternate universe.



    The amazing thing is that this never, ever should have worked. Breaking the fourth wall is one thing; shows do it all the time. This outright shatters the fourth wall. It's the ultimate love letter to fans that have been standing by the production through thick and thin, and have given a show that might have died an early death a truly magnificent run. (With the potential, no less, of more to come.)



    Anyone neck-deep in the fandom of "Supernatural" had to love the jokes about Jared's supposed ego and Misha's endless tweeting. (Even more meta? Misha tweeting during and after the episode about the tweeting in the episode!) But ultimately, it displayed the talents of the cast in more ways than one can count. Jensen, Jared, and Misha all had to play their usual characters, versions of themselves, and versions of themselves playing versions of their characters. Take the "real" Castiel and compare it to the "alternate" Castiel, and there are wonderful subtle differences.



    It's not often that I laugh uncontrollably during "Supernatural" (or any television show, really), but the scene where Sam and Dean are trying to act in a scene with Misha is absolutely hilarious. Dean's adamant refusal to look anywhere near the camera, to the point of near-paralysis, in contrast to Sam's ridiculous over-emoting, was not only a great example of "bad acting", but a sly nod to the criticisms of the two characters over the years. (And how great was it that the exact same scene played out for "real" elsewhere in the episode!)



    Yet it all comes together because it actually advanced the season arc by tying into the angelic civil war. This gambit gave Castiel a cache of weapons to use against Raphael, after all. And buried in the hilarity was a deeper consideration. The alternate world was almost like a reward: they were rich, there were no monsters, there was no battle between good and evil. Yet in the end, Sam and Dean weren't brothers in that world. It was shocking to see them even talking to one another, apparently. And that was not something the Brothers Winchester could abide.moreless
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Guest Star

Carlos Sanz

Carlos Sanz

Virgil

Guest Star

Micah Hauptman

Micah Hauptman

Eric Kripke

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Balthazar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Kevin Parks: Gets us right up to where they... just before they hit the window.
      Robert Singer: You know, the part where they hit the window was the good part.
      Kevin Parks: Well, we can clean up, reset the window, takes about 95 minutes, basically, so we'd have to blow off the scene where they sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings.
      Robert Singer: Ha, right! You answer the hate mail.

    • Dean: Oh, crap. I'm a painted whore.

    • Dean: They put freakin' makeup on us. Those bastards.

    • Sam: For whatever reason, our life is a TV show.
      Dean: Why?
      Sam: I don't know.
      Dean: No, seriously, why? Why would anybody want to watch our lives?
      Sam: Well, I mean, according to the interview, not very many people do.

    • Sam: I'm just saying, we landed in some dimension where you're... Jensen Ackles and I'm something called a Jared Padalecki.
      Dean: So, what now, you're Polish?

    • Dean: Dear Castiel, who art maybe running his ass away from Heaven, we pray that you have your ears on. Breaker... breaker.

    • Dean: Misha? Jensen? What's up with the names around here?

    • Misha: You guys! You really punked me! I'm totally going to tweet this one. "Hola, Misha-migos. J-Squared got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys."

    • Sam: (seeing his counterpart's tanning bed) What am I, Dracula?
      Dean: George Hamilton Dracula.

    • Clif: We're not doing anything illegal, are we?
      Sam: Would it make you feel better if we said no?
      Clif: No.

    • Misha: (seeing Sam's package) Priority. What's in it?
      Sam: I bought part of a dead person.
      Misha: Oh, cool.

    • Sam: (reading the episode script) Who wrote this? No one says "penultimate."
      Dean: Gun. Mouth. Now.

    • Dean: Maybe we can't get out of, you know, Earth Number Two right now. But the least we can get do is get the hell out of the Canadian part of it. I hear one more conversation about hockey, I'm going to puke.

    • Sera: I'm trying to understand, Bob.
      Robert Singer: Well, uh, Sera, we don't really understand it ourselves. But it appears that Jared and Jensen were seen beating an extra to death.
      Sera: Huh.
      Jim Michaels: This is Jim here, Sera, and it wasn't all the way to death. Only partway, so that's a plus.
      Kevin Parks: He could definitely still run.

    • Sam: So the character in the show, Bobby Singer...
      Dean: What kind of a douche-bag names a character after himself?
      Sam: Oh, that's not right.

    • Robert Singer: Guys, you can't come to work on poppers, and smuggle kidneys in from Mexico. And make up your own lines as you go. You cannot make up your own lines!

    • Dean: You heard my brother. That's right, I said brother. 'Cause you know what, Bob? We're not actors. We're hunters. We're the Winchesters. Always have been and always will be. And where we're from, people don't know who we are. But you know what? We matter to that world. In fact, we even saved the son of a bitch once or twice. And yeah, okay, here, maybe there's some fans who give a crap about this nonsense...
      Robert Singer: I wouldn't call it nonsense.
      Dean: But... Bob Singer--if that even is your name--tell me this. What's it all mean?
      Robert Singer: Okay, this is good. I can work with this. I mean, we've all had our psychotic breaks, right? I can work with this.

    • Virgil: How do you do it? Live in this bloody shallow desert. Nothing greater than yourselves? Nothing but dirt when you die. No power, no magic.
      Misha: I'm not following you at all.
      Virgil: There's no magic in the universe.
      Misha: I'm sorry! Please...
      Virgil: Nothing but a bag of strings and pulleys.
      Misha: What?
      Virgil: You should thank me for what I'm about to do.

    • Eric Kripke: Bob, dude, what the hell, right?
      Robert Singer: Eric, thanks for coming.
      Eric Kripke: Of course.
      Robert Singer: I know you're busy. It means a lot that we can still, you know, call on you.
      Eric Kripke: I know. Misha, right?
      Robert Singer: Oh, I know, I know. it's just awful.
      Eric Kripke: Totally. Totally awful, yeah. Hey, it got us the front page of Variety, though, did you see that?
      Robert Singer: Front page. Really?
      Eric Kripke: Yeah.
      Robert Singer: But tragic.
      Eric Kripke: Yeah, tragic, that's what I was going to say.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Title:

      Referencing the song of the same name from Blazing Saddles (1974). In the middle of a brawl between the good guys and bad guys in the Western, it is revealed that they are fighting on a Hollywood set and a nearby choir of men are performing a musical number named The French Mistake.

    • Balthazar: You've seen The Godfather, right?
      Referencing the 1972 movie based on Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather (1969), which chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Corleone family as they battle the other New York City Mafia families for control of the crime empire. The movie spawned two sequels, in 1974 and 1990, and appears on numerous "Best Movie" lists.

    • Dean: Like... Bizarro-Earth?
      Referencing DC Comics and Bizarro, an imperfect white-stone-faced duplicate of Superman who thinks the opposite of normal humans. Good is evil, happy is sad, and so on. Bizarro eventually creates or comes from a cube-shaped Bizarro-Earth populated with Bizarro clones, who manage to function despite their civilization functions the opposite of Earth society.

    • Dean: And... there's no place like home.
      Referencing the popular 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, Judy Garland, who plays Dorothy, is famous for repeatedly delivering the line "There's no place like home." The line is also the theme of the movie, that the best place to be at the end of the day is at home.

    • Dean: No hell below us, above us only sky?
      Referencing the lyrics of the 1971 song Imagine, released by John Lennon on his Imagine album. The song speaks of all mankind coming together.

    • Homeless Man: Raphael, like the Ninja Turtle.
      Referencing the 1984 American comic books created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, which were spun off into three different television incarnations starting in 1987. They have also featured in movies and action figures. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four turtles mutated into giant human-ninja turtle warriors: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo. Dean made a similar allusion when he heard the angel's name for the first time, in "Free to Be You and Me".

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