Jack Rowand/The CW
February 11, 2012 at 05:45 AM EST

Season seven of Supernatural started off on anything but a light note. But that’s to be expected. Every season kicks off with a few intense episodes that launch us into the theme of the season and introduce the new threats facing the Winchester brothers.

What was unexpected was how somber the episodes that followed have been. Now, 14 episodes in, I think this is the first episode that has made me laugh out loud multiple times.

That’s not to say many episodes haven’t had great lines or the signature dark (and sometimes dirty) humor. But those moments have been a rarity this season more than ever. As I pointed out last week, this season has been about loss and shown that heroes pay big prices. But as a result of these darker themes, it’s been harder to find a laugh. (For me, any way.)

So this week’s episode came as such a welcomed escape from the depressing world we’d been watching the brothers live in. In it, childhood fears were coming to life and killing adults, and it all stemmed from crazy events taking place at a Chuck-E-Cheese-type place called Plucky Pennywhistle’s.

I’m pretty sure the writers intended this episode to provide a good laugh. I mean, when you pit Sam against evil clowns, have rainbows shooting out of a unicorn’s butt, and have Dean pining over a giant slinky, what else could your goal have been? (Also, did that Sam scene in the opener remind anyone else of Dean running from the Yorkie in “Yellow Fever”?) And I needed that. I needed a filler episode with a unique case, in a funny setting, with some amazing lines. (See below.)

Did you feel the same way, PopWatchers? Were you ready for a light episode with plenty of sweet brotherly moments? (Dean apologized to Sam for traumatizing him as a child, Sam gave Dean a giant slinky, Dean laughed for the first time in a long time when he saw Sam covered in glitter — and Sam seemed to love it as much as I did…shall I go on?) And what did you think of the episode? As you ponder my questions, enjoy some great lines. Yes, folks, it’s the return of…


Sam: So we’ve got dick on Dick?

Dean: Well, that’s a vivid way of putting it.

“Those are not the fun kind of hickeys.” — Dean

Dean: One of us needs to go talk to the naughty nanny. The other one stay here and shake down the place when the wife leaves to see what we’re dealing with.

Sam: Alright. I’m on the nanny.

Dean: I’m on the nanny.

Sam: I thought you said no hot chicks?

Dean: We don’t know that she’s hot.

“So, what’s the lowdown at trauma town?” — Dean

Sam: They think the ball washer did it.

Dean: The what?

Sam: The ball washer.

Dean: The what?

Sam: The ball–[exasperated]

“Shark Week, man. How do you not watch that? A WHOLE week of sharks…” — Dean

Dean: What’s my cover?

Sam: I don’t know. Hang back, act normal.

Dean: Yeah, a guy in his 30s hanging out at a Plucky’s alone. That’s normal. Not pervy at all.

“We don’t care that you broke bad or whatever…” — Dean to meth cooker

“You look like you got attacked by some PCP-crazed strippers” — Dean

Dean: Sam, I’m sorry for psychologically scarring you.

Sam: Which time?


*Not a quote, but I have to allow it.

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