I need to come clean. I still don’t know how I feel about this episode. There were some great comedic moments, and the concept was interesting enough, but it never quite connected for me for some reason. So bare with me as I try to figure out why!
At first I thought maybe the concept was too outside the box for my taste. But then I remembered that I’m a fan of Supernatural, so that can’t be it. The entire “Then” segment was a montage of reminders that I can get down with some pretty weird concepts. But as I replayed everything in my head I realized my issues with the episode all stemmed from one major problem. I really hated those animal voices. I knew Dean would be communicating with a dog, but it wasn’t until the spell took effect that I realized what that meant. The dog would have to talk. That’s fine, but did he have to talk like that?
The bad voice work wasn’t limited to Colonel either. I had an issue with every animal voice throughout the episode. They all felt way too cartoonish for the show. It’s one thing if you’re watching a Disney movie, but not for a show like this. The animals would have been better served if they were given more character instead of becoming strange caricatures of themselves.
I can think of a handful of episodes throughout these nine seasons where I thought a character’s voice, or lack of voice had effected the episode overall. Way back in the pilot I remember absolutely loathing the voices they used for the ghost children. Mainly because they were clearly not children’s voices, but adults attempting to sound like children. There’s not much in this world that is more creepy than a ghost child, so why not use kids voices? Alternately, in last week’s episode I was really happy with the decision to not have the Wicked Witch talk at all. I felt she was much creepier without all the “I will get you my pretty!” stuff.
I don’t mean to to sound so down on the episode. There were certainly some fun moments. Like I said, the concept was interesting. Going into it I was really excited about the prospect of Dean adopting dog characteristics. Jensen Ackles certainly delivered on that front. His comedic timing is phenomenal. Dean “barking” at the mailman made me so happy. I also laughed out loud as he subconsciously played fetch with Sam’s napkin. Then there was the scene where he argues with a pigeon. I could go on, but I’d rather hear what you guys thought. Did you have any favorite Dean/dog moments?
We also had a really great moment from Jared. He’s been transitioning from Sam and Zeke so seamlessly these past five episodes but he it still never ceases to amaze me. During Sam’s fight with the chef, he gets clawed pretty badly across the neck. In a matter of seconds he transitions from Sam to Zeke just long enough to heal himself, then right back to Sam. Some really impressive work from Jared.
It seems Zeke is getting pretty comfortable taking control of Sam’s body whenever he wants. His ultimate goal is to heal himself, and if Sam’s body is in danger, he is in danger. But in the process he’s taking ownership of Sam’s body which is not good. Jensen Ackles is doing a great job of expressing Dean’s growing panic about this. Dean has no one to talk to about his concerns for Sam, so every indication we have that Dean is worried is shown through non-verbal expressions. Take the last scene of the episode for example:
Sam: “I can’t stop thinking about what he said.”
Dean: “Come on, Sammy. The guy was out of his freaking gourd.”
Sam: “Yeah, but why would he ask that? Why would he want to know what I was?”
Dean: “Who the hell knows? He was all jacked up on juice. He was possessed by something he couldn’t control. It was…just a matter of time before it completely took over. You can’t reason with crazy, right?”
Sam: “I don’t know.”
Dean: “Well, I do. Trust me Sammy, you got nothing to worry about.”
It’s clear that Dean is coming to the realization that it’s just a matter of time before Zeke takes over. His face said it all. Of course, the threat has always been there. But for whatever reason, the chef’s own loss of control is what leads Dean to the realization that the longer Zeke is possessing Sam, the more likely it becomes that Sam will lose control for good.
So I guess my main question is why Dean hasn’t called Cass. As far as we know Cass has no idea that Zeke is possessing Sam. I would love to get his opinion on the situation. I also think Dean really needs to talk this out with someone else who cares about Sam and can give him some perspective on the situation. Sam is getting closer and closer to figuring it all out and I’d much rather have Dean come clean then face the fallout. What do you think Cass would tell Dean if he knew about Zeke? I’m hoping we’ll get to find out in the next episode when we finally get to see Cass again!
So there it is. There were definitely things I liked about this episode, and some I wasn’t so crazy about. I’m guessing many other people shared my mixed feelings about “Dog Dean Afternoon”. I do wonder if it’s one of those episodes that will improve with more viewings. Only time will tell!
As usual there were some funny quotes and interesting moments worth mentioning.
Game of Thrones taxidermy. Is it weird that I was kind of impressed?
Dean: “I don’t like the way that one’s looking at me.” Dean was not so impressed with the taxidermy.
Sam: “Witches or Hippies?”
Dean: “What’s the difference?”
“You know who hunters are. They’re selfish dicks who define themselves by what they kill.”
Dean: “That doesn’t look so bad. (drinks) I was wrong.”
Dean: “So call Kevin. The spell tasted like ass and was a bust.”
I thought it was pretty funny that Colonel was a classic rock snob.
Dean: “He’s Mr. Roboto, bitch!”
Dean: “How long am I gonna have the urge to…”
Colonel: ”Sniff butts?”
Dean: “Woah, I don’t have the urge to sniff butts.”
Sam: “Do you really have the…”
Dean:”No. Come on!”
Dean:”One more doggy pun out of you I’m gonna have your nuts clipped.”
Dean hanging out the car window. He just looked so happy.
Dean: “You think we like that?”
Dean: “You think because the windows are open, that’s some kind of treat?”
I got physically uncomfortable watching Dean give the poodle the silent “How you doin’?”.
Dog wants a belly rub from “the big one”.
Chef: “How the hell did you do that?”
Sam: “Do what?”
Chef: “Don’t play coy. I want to know what you are. Screw the sharktopus, you’re my main course.”
Dean: “Don’t make me lick your damn face.”