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Most Batshit Crazy Plot of the Season (Perhaps Series)
 
I know what you’re thinking, the entire “The French Mistake” episode.  Yeah, but that was an alternative universe and given the angel storyline, it’s plausible.  If I’m voting, it’s Fairies.  
 
Let’s follow the WILDLY bouncing ball.  People are disappearing in a small town.  Aliens are responsible.  The freakshow rides into town, and so does Sam and Dean.  



 
“If you want to add glitter to that glue you’re sniffing, that’s fine, but don’t dump your whackadoo all over us, we’d rather not step in it.  The only thing you’re missing is a couple dozen cats sister.”  
 
Dean investigates the field alone while Sam tails a suspect.  Dean calls Sam just in time to be chased down by the bright lights of an...alien starship?
 
Dean:  CLOSE ENCOUNTER, CLOSE ENCOUNTER!!
Sam:  Close encounter?  First?  Second?
Dean:  THEY’RE AFTER ME!
Sam:  Better run man.  I think the fourth kind is a butt thing.
Dean:  EMPATHY SAM, EMPATHY!



 
Sam investigates Dean’s disappearance (after taking time to finish his beer and check out waitresses) and finds the alien watchers' compound.  The doctor on Star Trek Voyager presents him all sorts of sightings evidence, but no real clue on how to track down and hunt one.  
 
Sam:  So they’re real.
Wayne:  Like I said, the truth is out there.
Sam:  How do I get them?  You hunt ETs, I need to know how to get them.
Wayne:  You and me both (hands him papers).
Sam:  My brother was abducted.
Sparrow:  Your brother was abducted.  Oh my God!
Sam:  It’s fine, I’ve had time to adjust.
Sparrow:  Did it happen when you were kids?
Sam:  No, half an hour ago.
(Sam goes back to the paper)
Sam:  So you’ve been hunting UFO’s for three decades now and you have zero data and no workable leads.  Have you considered the possibility that you suck at hunting UFO’s?
 
Dean does return though, firing his gun and waving his knife.  He goes back to the motel room and...Sam is in bed with Sparrow the hippie chick.  




After being overjoyed by Dean’s return, she has to ask what it was like.  
 
Dean:  They were grabby, incandescent douchebags.  Goodnight.
Sparrow:   Too soon.  
 


Once Dean’s calmed down a bit, he tells Sam the story. 
 
Dean:  Well God help me, there was a bright white light...
Sam (putting his hand on Dean’s knee):  It’s okay, safe room.
Dean:  And suddenly, I was in a different place, and there were these beings, and they were too bright to look at, but I could feel them pulling me toward this...table.
Sam:  Probing table!
Dean:  Don’t say that out loud.
Sam:  Right, so what did you do?
Dean:  I went crazy.  I started hacking and slashing, firing, they actually seemed surprised.  (He shows a proud smile).  I don’t think anyone’s actually done that before.  I had a close encounter Sam, and I won.  
Sam:  You should take a shower.
Dean:  I should take a shower.  
 
Naturally, this all results in Dean giving soulless Sam a lesson about how not to act when his brother disappears.  
 


Sam:  OK, look, brings up a question, so, say you got a soul, you're on a case, and your brother gets abducted by aliens.
Dean:  You do everything you can to get him back.  
Sam:  You do.  But what about when there are no more leads for the night--are you just supposed to sit there in the dark and suffer? Even when there's nothing that can be done at that moment?
Dean:  YES.  You sit in the dark and you feel the loss.
Sam:  Yes, but couldn't I do all that AND have sex with the hippie chick?--it'd be in the dark.
Dean:  NO!  You'd be suffering, and you can't just turn that off for the night!
Sam: (Waitress comes over with the check and gets a come-hither look from Sam.  Dean frowns at him). Why not?
Dean:  Because if you had a soul, your soul wouldn't let you. 
Sam:  So are you saying, having a soul equals suffering.
Dean:  Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.
Sam:  The million times you almost called Lisa, so you're saying suffering is a GOOD thing.
Dean:  I'm saying it's the only game in town.  

Even in the safe haven of the motel room, Dean is not safe from the bright lights finding him again.  A hilarious attack by a kung fu pixie and Dean's use of the microwave as a weapon, all to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” proves the culprit is not little green men.  



Sam:  What the hell was it? 
Dean:  It was a little naked lady, OK? A glowing, hot naked lady, nipple, and, she hit me (sulks).
Sam:  I'm not supposed to laugh, right?
(Dean annoyed reaction says yes) 
Sam:  Shot in the dark here but did this little lady have wings?
Dean:  What the hell made you say that?
Sam:  She did, didn't she?  One of the fringier theories I came across, what crazy crystal lady was yammering about, what if these abductions have nothing to do with UFO's? Say these encounters have been going on for centuries--extra-terrestrials with ultra-terrestrials? People nowadays say space aliens, but they used to call them (shows latpop to Dean).  
Dean:  Smurfs?
Sam:  Fairies.  
Dean:  Come on.
Sam:  There's a straight line between ET's and fairies.  Glowing lights, abductions, it's all the same UFO stuff, just under a different skin.
Dean:  You seriously think the secret with the UFO's is--
Sam:  You were the one who pizza rolled Tinkerbell.  I'm just doin' the math.

So, it all comes back full circle to crazy cat lady from the beginning.  Sam and Dean settle into her calico mobile home with their fairy size cups of tea and listen to the expert speak.  

 

Dean:  Why are the fairies abducting people?
Marion:  There is much theory and little fact.  We know they only take first-born sons, just like Rumpelstiltskin did.  Personally, I think they're taken to Avalon to service Oberon, King of the Fairies.
Sam:  Dean, do you service Oberon, King of the Fairies?
(Ignores Sam disdainfully) Dean: Let's say fairies are real--what can we do about them? How can we FORCEFULLY interact with them?
Marion:  To win a fairy's favor, leave a bowl of fresh cream. 
Dean:  MORE forcefully? 
Marion:  All fairies hate iron. The Dark fairy burns when touched with silver.  Spill sugar or salt in front of them; no matter how powerful, the fairy must stoop to count each grain. 
Dean:  Well alrighty.  That's. . .wow, a lot to absorb.
Marion smiles. Dean thanks her. She urges them to finish their tea. 
Dean (looking around the decor):  I love the feel. 
Sam:  It's like Sedona AZ crapped in here.
Dean:  Pewterific.
Sam:  Do you have bigger cups?
 
So how does it progress from there?  Sam and Dean figure out the watchmaker brought the fairies to town to save his business, there are fairies working in the workshop, and alien dude is really a leprechaun orchestrating the takeover of the town.  But none of that matters to the crowning pile of nuts on this mega sundae of bat shit crazy.   Dean inadvertently attacks a midget thinking he’s a fairy chasing him, and the guy turns out to be the town DA.  As Sam and the watchmaker watches the cops haul a hysterical Dean away, he shouts to his brother his deep words of warning. 

“FIGHT THE FAIRIES!  YOU FIGHT THOSE FAIRIES!  FIGHT THE FAIRIES!!”



Even Ben Edlund didn’t anticipate the scores of gay people reading this quote on Twitter and thinking it was an anti-gay slur!  By the time Sam defeats the all powerful leprechaun just by emptying a salt round onto the floor, "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" without a doubt is the most bat shit crazy sequence of events ever to be done on this show.  To think we didn't believe "Changing Channels" could be topped.  

 

Comments  

Melanie
# Melanie 2011-06-20 23:55
Awesome, Alice. I love, love loved the batshitcrazines s that was Clap Your Hands If You Believe.

"It'd be in the dark.' Cracks me up everytime I think about it. (Its why I have a fairy as my icon here :) )

All of it, such a lot of fun.
Far Away Eyes
# Far Away Eyes 2011-06-20 23:57
Clap Your. Hands. If. You. Believe.

Nuff Said.

I really really wish I could get the chance to meet Ben Edlund. He's my new writing hero and I adore his episodes the most probably out of any of the writers on the show. It's amazing the things he does with both comedy and drama, the daring leaps he'll make and dives off of cliffs that would seem only to have one ending: disaster. And yet, they don't do that. They fly and amaze and entertain in ways that no one would ever expect.

Incredible all around.

Oh, and I am so glad I'm not the only one that gets chills whenever Dean threatens to kill someone. The way he does it, damn, I so would NOT want to be on the end of one of those threats. I think even Samuel knew he was in deep. You're talking about a guy who has faced down everything from Angels to the YED to Lucifer---and lived (okay so he died a lot, but STILL). You really think he's not gonna get out of that place and make good on his threat? Really? Go ask his previous kills----oh wait, you can't!

Good finish to the awards either way.
rmoats8621
# rmoats8621 2011-06-21 00:40
Wow! Great job on the awards. I agree with all except maybe an award for first time directing.? Jensen did a fine job directing "Weekend at Bobby's". I don't think I saw where you mentioned that, but I could be mistaken.

As for Ben Edlund, you're so right! I saw him at PaleyFest and I was so captivated by him. He seems to me to be a very fascinating man and a true asset to the show. However, I wouldn't want to get rid of Robert Singer's and Eric Kripke's influence on some of those scripts. I really liked "Appointment in Samara" which Singer co-wrote with Gamble.

Hopefully, they'll be able to get a few new writers in that will have some idea of what the show is about without throwing it into such a crazy loop like this past year. Ben Acker seems to be promising new writer to the show. I look forward to hearing what they all have to say about Season 7 at Comic-Con this year.
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2011-06-21 08:59
Thanks Alice, these awards were super. I too love Ben Edlund, he's my kinda of guy, crazy but sane. "Clap If You Believe" was pure entertainment, I love that episode, I chortle everytime I watch it.

I do miss some of the old writers though. Like Cathryn Humphries, Julie Siege and Raelle Tucker (I think she writes for True Blood now). They brought a lot of emotion to the show. It would be nice if one or two of them could write next season. What do all of you think?

Thanks again for the entertainment value. It makes time at work go down so much easier (inventory time in the library, very boring). Actually I should be working right now, but hey, I have my priorities!
Julie
# Julie 2011-06-21 10:04
Thanks Alice,
One of the few positives at the end of every season is that at least we have your awards to look forward to.
This year`s did not disappoint, I have loved reading all of them. I would like to add another honourable mention in the `Tortured look telling the entire heart crushing story` moment, for me this came in The Man Who Would Be King at the moment when Cas mentioned Superman and Dean crumbled realising the truth, he does not even have to speak to reduce me to tears now!
I especially loved your recap of the `fairy` episode, if anyone asks me why I love this show so much I might just say `Read This`! It`s a perfect ad for everything wonderful about it.
The final one is the one which I most approve of! I think that Ben Edlund is a genius, mad but a genius, and I could not agree more with your proposal. How can someone produce the insanity of said `Fairies` and `The French Mistake` and also incredible heart wrenching stuff like `TMWWBK` and of course `Abandon All Hope`? The saddest and most poignant thing I have ever seen on any screen, TV or Movie
Look forward to Season 7`s.
Oh and thank you for the recognition of `the Death Stare` :-)
Ju
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2011-06-21 11:22
Jensen Ackles is such a genius at showing feeling with just an expression. And the "I will kill you stare", gives me chills.
Ellie
# Ellie 2011-06-21 11:59
nO thanks to Ben Edlund writing 16 episodes. I could tolreate two . We will have to agree to disagree on Mr Edlund although I loved Clap your Hands .
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And I do agre about Samuel lost potential there I think.
Tim the Enchanter
# Tim the Enchanter 2011-06-21 16:27
Heh. Heh. Heh.

For a season that was so dark (and at times utterly depressing) overall, there were some amazingly funny episodes/moment s in it. I think that while the acting scene in The French Mistake is wet your pants hilarious, overall Clap Your Hands If You Believe is much funnier. You don’t need the inside jokes to be able to appreciate it and both Sam and Dean are brilliant in it; Dean’s frustration with Sam is hilarious (you can nearly see him counting to three any time Sam does/says something disagreeable), Sams lack of anything resembling a restraint/sensi tivity button. He’s like a small, innocent child. Love it.

Am I the only one who liked the plastic piece of crap? It was new and shiny, it vociferously endorsed passenger safety and it had a Sammy butt groove. I mean, what more do people want out of a car?

You know, who needs an Emmy or a Golden Globe when you’ve won the award for ‘You better drop dead now because this stare means I’m going to fucking kill you in a horrible way” or ‘Best Bathroom Moment’ (and what a moment!)

Thanks Alice
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2011-06-21 16:38
Woman, coming back from a gruesome day at work, this was exactly what I needed to cheer up!

Thank you ever so much for this soul-saver! Love, Jas

Fight the Fairies!!! I want that t-shirt... (I know, I might just have a fetish about t-shirts... perhaps because I look dreadful in them?)
Pragmatic Dreamer
# Pragmatic Dreamer 2011-06-21 23:11
Alice,

These awards were fabulous! I bow again to your greatness!

Things I really enjoyed:

1. Celine Dion's Career thwarting a perfect romance.. Heartbreaking!

2. Giving Ben Edlund a Maple Leaf as a thank you gift. The man is freaking brilliant! Although, I suspect he's very hard to have a straight-line conversation with, and he would be murder to interview.

3. Best Dean Tortured Moment.. Totally agree with your pick, because this is the moment when Dean realized the idea of combining family and hunting was never going to work. You could hear his heart breaking. And you could feel the gut punch as his self-esteem took another
body blow.

4. Dean's Badass Moment to Samuel... Yesssss. (What is it about a man making death threats that is so "deadly", excuse the pun.. Must be something evolutionary, or the smouldering eyes, she mutters to herself.)

5. Daddy Dean... My lady parts were sobbing quietly in a corner, begging "Just one more baby, please????"

6. Clap Your Hands If You Believe.. I have tried to explain this episode to friends, but to no avail. Although Fight The Fairies is occasionally a chant around my house! But I have the T-shirt design... Tinkerbell in the circle with the line through it, and perhaps there's a strategically placed microwave, and below that graphic - Fight The Fairies!

I'd like to thank the Alice Academy for these awards. They're trophy-worthy themselves!
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2011-06-22 11:24
I would so buy that t-shirt!
Far Away Eyes
# Far Away Eyes 2011-06-22 13:51
I quote this episode all the time. I would so wear that t-shirt.
nancyL
# nancyL 2011-06-22 19:29
Alice, a great finish to a great season.

I agree, why exactly did Crowley and/or Castiel bring back Gramps and the cousins? Was it because Cas didn't want to bother a 'retired' Dean? We may never know.

Just how old are Jared and Misha???? Twelve? I feel sorry for Sadie. :-)

I am sorry Alice, but the only part of 'Clap' that I liked, was microwave oven vs fairy.

BEST DESTRUCTION OF AN UNWANTED PIECE OF CRAP (sorry) PLASTIC. Love the picture. :lol: :lol: :lol:

'Smoke on the water' lullaby, a prelude to the 'unretiring' of the Impala. :D

What is the saying: 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'. Meg's actually happy to see Dean.

Here's a story for Ben to write for season 7; two actors, by the name of Jared and Jensen, find themselves in the home of hunter Bobby Singer. He wants to know who these two 'idjits' are and where are the Winchester brothers? :lol:

Thanks Alice, for making the hellatus a bit less painful.