Due to a little trip to my parents’ house for my birthday, I wasn’t able to recap 6×08 until this week. So now you’re getting two episode recaps and reactions this week! Beware there are spoilers in my recaps and reviews.
Recap: s06e08 “All Dogs Go to Heaven”View Spoiler »
Crowley sends Sam and Dean to Buffalo to retrieve another Alpha in order to someday get Sam’s soul back. All the evidence of the attacks points to a werewolf attack and, after a little research, the victims have both threatened a man named Cal. Sam and Dean wait outside his place all night for him to change but come up with nothing. When Cal turns up murdered, they suspect his girlfriend, but Dean isn’t sure about bringing her to Crowley without being totally sure she is. Dean turns out to be right – the werewolf isn’t the girlfriend, nor is it a werewolf at all, but a skinwalker who has been parading as the family dog, Lucky.
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Sam and Dean find “Lucky” at an animal shelter after he tried to run away from Sam and was hit by a car. They bring him to their hotel in order to find out just what has been going on. Lucky reveals that he had been turned into a skinwalker, along with others, to pose as family pets and in turn, make the family members into skinwalkers when their leader gives the go ahead. There are packs just like his in other towns all waiting to create more of their kind. Lucky leads Sam and Dean to their pack leader and discovers that Cal’s girlfriend and child have been taken by him. The pack leader threatens to kill Lucky unless he turns the woman and child. A fight breaks out and Sam and Dean take out all the skinwalkers except for Lucky, who does end up wounded but escapes.
Later, Sam admits that without his soul, he really isn’t Sam anymore and that he doesn’t care about Dean. The lack of his soul has caused him to do a lot of horrible things and hurt innocent people in the past year, but that he needs to be the real Sam again and get his soul back. Dean agrees.
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There wasn’t a whole lot of this episode that really interested me, to be honest.
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It served mostly to move the plot along – Sam and Dean still have to do whatever Crowley asks so they can fix Sam and that there is something weird going on with the supernatural creatures of the world.
What I did enjoy was the early scene with Crowley because, well, it’s Crowley (any Mark Sheppard fans will understand this because he is always fun to watch). I seem to be in the minority who finds soulless dick!Sam pretty amusing. Him whistling and trying to play catch with Lucky (in human form) was just hilarious. As much as I want Sam to be Sammy again, I still think this version is funny as hell – if you pardon the pun.
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Recap: s06e09 “Clap Your Hands If You Believe”View Spoiler »
Sam and Dean return to Indiana to investigate the apparent alien abduction of a high school student from a cornfield as well as three other people in the same city. They split up to find out what is going on and Dean ends up being abducted himself. Sam finds his cell phone in the field, but can’t find Dean anywhere and goes to talk to Wayne Whittaker, a famous UFO chaser who is also in town about this apparent abduction. When he turns up nothing, Sam leaves with one of the girls at this little UFO gathering Whittaker was selling copies of his UFO reports. Dean turns up in the field, gun and knife in hand like he was dropped off mid-fight and finds his way back to the hotel, only to find Sam in bed with the girl. Thinking he was only gone an hour and that Sam already gave up, Dean is pissed off until Sam points out that he had been gone all night.
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Dean is sure that aliens are the cause of these abductions. While he’s alone in the hotel room doing research, a little, violent ball of light pays him a visit and ends up getting zapped in the microwave. The only problem is, when Sam gets back, he can’t see the dripping mess that Dean sees in the microwave. Sam figures out what has been happening and it isn’t aliens – it’s faeries. They go to a woman they had spoken to earlier who was convinced that faeries were the reason behind the missing people in town. She gives them the low down on the fae (which Dean seems to uncomfortably and quietly agree with, having experienced it first hand). When they leave, they notice the father of the missing high school boy, Mr Brennan, loading cream into his car (a favorite drink of the wee folk). Sam goes to talk to Brennan while Dean ends up being arrested for attacking a little person he thought was the faery that had been following him since the abduction. Meanwhile, Sam gets Brennan to summon the leprechaun who had taken Brennan’s son in exchange to keep his business from failing. The leprechaun turns out to be Whittaker, the UFO chaser and kills Brennan. He offers Sam a deal to get back his soul, but Sam refuses. While Whittaker fights with Sam, the faery that had been following Dean throws him around the holding cell. Sam is able to distract Whittaker by spilling some salt and reads from the book Brennan used, banishing all the faeries back to their own realm.
In a quiet moment, Sam and Dean sit out on a background with a beer and Dean asks Sam why he didn’t take Whittaker up on his offer. Sam says that he didn’t want to make a deal for it and that he really does want his soul back, just not like that.
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First off – OMG X-FILES PARODY CREDITS AND OPENER. I was literally flailing when the credits started since TXF was my first big fandom. Side note: Many of the same people who worked on that show now work on Supernatural, cast and crew included. This episode was pure, unadulterated crack and I think that’s why I liked it as much as I did despite the fact that not much really happened.
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Soulless!Sam was his usual dickish, sarcastic self even after Dean is returned by the “aliens” (“probing table!”). I have to wonder about the addition of faeries to Supernatural lore. The most recent season of True Blood had the addition of fae as well… dare I say, crossover? Dean v. faery and the subsequent crazy that he went through post-abduction was absolutely hysterical. As far as the faery offering Sam his soul back and Sam refusing, that did not surprise me in the least. It’s far too early on in the season for that to happen, anyway.
Next week, we are on a break from new episodes. However, we do have a promo for the episode airing on December 3rd which looks AWESOME:
“All Dogs Go to Heaven” and “Clap Your Hands If You Believe” are available for download on iTunes.
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