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Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #4

#4  Sam's Shoe Ordeal,  "Bad Day At Black Rock"

It would be impossible to do a list like this without including something from "Bad Day At Black Rock." After all, I've never seen a better screwball comedy from any comedy show, let alone a paranormal drama. In pouring through the scenes there were several great ones, but when doing a "best of" list I'm forced to go with something iconic. While I love the brilliant choreography of the fight gone bad then good when Sam unwittingly grabs the rabbit's foot, Sam's fateful mishap with a smoking air conditioner and curtain rod, and Dean saving the day complete with Batman complex, none of those scenes made my ultimate selection for this list. 

 

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Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #5

#5 - The Impala "Upgrade" - "Lazarus Rising"

I usually find I'm more stricken by humorous moments when they come from nowhere in the middle of intense episodes.  "Lazarus Rising" up to this point was pretty damned intense.  Actually, what happened after this bit was as well.  This scene wasn't something we were expecting when Dean is finally reunited with his baby after his long time in Hell.  Sam throws him the keys, his eyes widen, and he's all smiles as he approaches his beloved Impala.  "Hey sweetheart, you miss me?"  He gets in to the trademark creak of the door opening and rubs his hand along the steering wheel.  Everything about him is pure joy. 

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Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #6

#6 - Dean's Death Montage "“ "Mystery Spot"
 
This is a prime example of why Supernatural is so great. Death can be funny. The genius behind this show tapped into comedic gold just by killing off one of the two leads again, and again, and again. They just had to do so with all sorts of cartoonish ways. Then, they even figured out how to make the psychological torture that Sam goes through hilarious as well. 
 
The underlying concept is simple.  Dean dies, and Sam wakes up, and it's Tuesday all over again. Oh, but Sam just doesn't wake up. He wakes up to Asia. Heat Of The Moment. With Dean saying "Rise and Shine Sammy" before taunting his brother by turning up the music and lipsynching the words. And we thought Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe in the Groundhog Day movie was disturbingly funny. That had nothing on the Winchester boys.     

Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #7

#7 - The Chief, "Criss Angel Is A Douchebag"
 
This is the scene that inspired me to do this top ten funniest moments list in the first place. How can it not be acknowledged? It's really hard to get a fast one on Dean Winchester, so when it does happen, it better be good. It was. I certainly can't think of a funnier threat to a manly guy like Dean than to set him up with a gay dom who refers to himself in third person as "The Chief". "I think I've been had," a very uncomfortable Dean explains. "Oh, you ain't been had until you've been had by The Chief." Bwah!!

Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #8

#8 - A Very Special Torture Scene, "A Very Supernatural Christmas"
 
Anyone that's read my stuff knows how much I love dark humor. This is dark with a capital D. After all, it is a gruesome torture scene. At Christmas. In a pristine suburban house owned by Pagan Gods disguised as Ozzie and Harriet that looks like a holiday store threw up on it. A Merry Christmas indeed.    

Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #9

#9 - Bugs Attack - "Bugs"

It's not uncommon in the history of network television. Some of the funniest moments end up being the unintentional ones.

In the case of "Bugs," and particularly the scene in the attic where the bugs inexplicably manage to chew through the cedar roof and attack all while Sam, Dean and family watch like morons with no line of defense but a can of bug spray and a lighter, the fright factor is so absurd it turns out funny. By the time the bugs do get through, which is pretty much in no time, all that's left to do is flail arms and wait until dawn, which thank heavens comes two minutes later. I've seen sunrises before, and no, they don't happen in seconds. It's a wonder the show wasn't cancelled after that.

The scene itself isn't the real funny part though. It's the stories told by Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Kim Manners on filming that scene. Those interviews are infamous and funny as hell. "The Bee Story" is so legendary in fact, supernaturalwiki gave it it's own page. Here is an excerpt from one interview:

Jensen: Jared and I responded well to him. He directed in a fashion that we really liked. It's a set where guys can be guys. He was not someone who directed behind a screen by the telephone somewhere in L.A. like "do it over and over and lets close up and move on to the next set". He was in there. A story about another episode that he directed, Bugs. This was a scene where we had to get into this tiny, little room with 65,000 bees. And the whole camera crew and the set crew got this full body bee outfits on and it is "Alright, Jared Jensen, hop on in."

Jared: And don't swat them, cause that makes them angry.

Jensen: And I'll give it to Kim, he said, "You know what if you guys do not have bee suits on, I'm not either." And he went in there in shorts and a t-shirt and a monitor and sat down on a box and directed us from inside the room with bees crawling all over our faces. It's that kind of relationship with Kim.

What's funniest of all those was after all that trouble, the bees didn't even show up on the film. They had to CGI them in. Here is Kim Manners' take:

"They bring in six hundred bees, or however many bees, and I was like 'Oh my god, I can't wait to see the dailies!` But you watch the dailies and you can't tell there's one bee in that room - they just don't read on camera or they were too sluggish. (...) And you just start laughing because you put your crew in a room with hundreds of bees and then you can't even tell if there are any bees on camera. It's a bizarre job sometimes."


You be the judge, but this scene is so bad I have to laugh. It certainly can't be taken seriously.




Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #10

Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Scenes - #10

The mood among the fandom lately has been downright sour. Dean fans vs. Sam fans, Jensen fans vs. Jared fans, Ruby haters vs. Ruby lovers and my favorite so far, The CW haters vs. The CW haters. No lovers in that mix.

So, to lighten the mood, especially since come late February the winter weather has rendered us downright miserable, I've come up with the perfect hiatus killer. It's time to recall with delight the Top Ten Funniest Scenes for all seasons of Supernatural.

When chopping down a massive list, I usually come up with arbitrary rules to make the process easier. Not this time. I watched, and depending on how hard I laughed, that's what made the mix. Remember also, these are funniest scenes, not funniest episodes. So, while Hell House in its entirety is a treat, I couldn't single out one scene that stood above the rest. Same with Ghostfacers.

Considering it's a long hiatus and the arduous process of sharing video clips is involved, I'll be revealing one episode a day for the next ten days. Today, it's a bonus, for I'll also share my choice for Honorable Mention as well as #10.

Honorable Mention: Hell Hazers II, Again!

Some of the best comedy comes from self depreciating humor and inside jokes. "œHollywood Babylon" was loaded with those devices, making some funny laugh out loud lines. My personal favorite is Sam running at the mention of seeing the cast of The Gilmore Girls. When recalling the episode though, only one scene stands out. One that not only makes fun of the very genre that makes Supernatural thrive, but makes light of the ludicrous writing that plagues so many sequels in horror and other action genres. In other words, redundancy can be funny. So can inserting scenes from other episodes that were never quite on their game, turning them into really bad movies.

This is on the list mostly because of a personal slant, thus the honorable mention ranking. Recently I attended McG's panel for Terminator Salvation at New York Comic Con. In one of the questions he made fun of himself for getting his start with the Charlie's Angels movies. So, when I pulled out this clip yesterday to share for viewing, I finally got that inside joke and its hysterical. Considering this episode contained several slams on McG, even giving the shallow producer of Hell Hazers II that name, the mention of the Charlie's Angels movies becomes ten times funnier.



#10 - Count Dracula orders pizza - "Monster Movie"

A guy paying for a pizza with a coupon is not funny. Count Dracula paying for pizza with a coupon is borderline strange. When Count Dracula's diabolical session of cheesy torture with Dean, dressed strangely in lederhosen, is interrupted by a pissy pizza delivery dude not at all intimidated or impressed with the whole Vampire act, doesn't care if garlic is on the pizza, and wants his money now because he has other deliveries, that's amusing. When dastardly Count Dracula finally does pay, pulling out a coupon from his costume, it's hilarious. Comedy is all about timing, and that punchline wins.


Recap: "After School Special"

Once in a while, it's beneficial to look backward before going forward. Sure "After School Special" isn't embroiled with the presence of angels and Ruby leading Sam toward the darkside, but it is welcome look back at Sam and Dean's history. Thanks to crisp plotting that mixes all the elements of horror, drama, action, and comedy perfectly while giving thought provoking character studies, this episode is a big winner.
 
It's taken me a while to wrap my hands around this one since there's plenty to examine. That instantly earns kudos for Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, the writers of this episode, for I love being challenged to think.   Also worth noting is a brilliant first time Supernatural appearance for director Adam Kane (credits previously are Pushing Daises and Heroes). He offers a few new tricks that add huge depth to the unfolding of this very busy story.