#4 â€“ Sam's Shoe Ordeal â€“ â€œBad Day At Black Rockâ€
It would be impossible to do a list like this without including something from â€œBad Day At Black Rock.â€ After all, Iâ€™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 â€œbest ofâ€ list Iâ€™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 rabbitâ€™s foot, Samâ€™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.
No, the scene selected is an epic one of struggle and defeat. After a frustrating tussle with a broken sewer grate when a larger than normal wad of gum attacks his shoe, Sam must deal with not only the loss of the gum, but the shoe it was on. With his fly away hair and sorrowful pout, Sam is forced to admit to Dean in disgrace, â€œI lost my shoe.â€ Then we get the close up on now shoeless foot, which reacts just as sheepishly.
Yeah, I made that sound more dramatic than funny, but itâ€™s all about reaction in comedic scenes like this. It isnâ€™t just Samâ€™s howlingly funny answer to Deanâ€™s question. Itâ€™s that his hapless effort happens in the background, while Dean's on the phone, staying completely ignorant his brotherâ€™s ordeal. Even Bobby says what we were all shouting to the TV when the phone conversation takes place, â€œLook after your brother you idgit.â€
One doesnâ€™t look at Jared Padalecki with his 6â€™ 4â€ frame and think â€œphysical comedy,â€ but he proved throughout the episode big guys can pull it off just as great as anyone else. The creative minds somehow managed to work his size to his advantage. This is also one of those rare times where Sam gets to be the buffoon to Deanâ€™s straight man. Come to think of it, itâ€™s the only time. Jensen brings quite a bit to the table too, for even though he plays it straight, Dean doesnâ€™t stop short of rolling his eyes over Samâ€™s pathetic situation or flat out tell him, â€œyou suck.â€ Ah, brotherly love.
So what do you think? Did I pick the right scene?
This time, I couldn't get the video clip to work (I'll insert it when I do). So here's the priceless money shot, and another link to YouTube.