#1 Manic Depressive Teddy Bear – “Wishful Thinking”
You just don’t get more absurd that this.
This show has prided itself on attacking every sacred institution imaginable. It’s ruined Christmas, Birthday parties, fairy tales, parenthood, mellon ballers, so why not teddy bears? What do you visualize when the impossible happens and your teddy bear comes to life? In the twisted world of Ben Edlund (who ends up with three entries on this top ten), Teddy becomes a bipolar nut job. A “girl drink drunk” who shares the same affinity for Busty Asian Beauties as Dean.
If you look past the life sized manically depressed bear (which is awfully hard to do), this is the scene where Jared and Jensen reach new heights of comedic genius. How they end up with the new roles of “teddy bear doctors” and react to the sight of Bigfoot is classic and tops every expression they’ve had in the entire series. It just doesn’t end with them staring with befuddlement at the giant stuffed animal, who watches tragedy on the news and proclaims “Tea parties? Is that all there is?” Sam and Dean have an actual side discussion about how they should waste the bear, which proves to be even more absurd. Then Sam pulls it all together. “Besides, I get the feeling the bear isn’t really the core problem here.” You think? Sorry, but I’m laughing hysterically just typing that line.
Then there’s Audrey, the young girl that was responsible for her teddy bear coming to life. She wished for him to come to life at the wishing well, but doesn’t like how “”¦he’s sad all the time, not ouch sad but ouch in the head sad, says weird stuff and smells like the bus.” She adds a lot of funny to this scene too, especially since she’s all alone because her parents wished themselves to Bali. Finding the right supporting characters is important in making these scenes work, and Audrey is golden.
Oh, but as a bonus, I’m tying in with this scene with another brief but hilarious bear bit. You could argue these are two scenes, but in my mind, it’s one long continuation. So how does a teddy bear end it all? Apparently, he can’t. The setup uses all the classic elements of suspense, panning off to the side before the deed is done, but instead of the usual blood splatter we get fluff flying. The camera goes back to the still alive and well bear, who cries out in frustration. It’s wicked, very dark, and one of the funniest damn things I’ve ever seen.
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That’s a countdown everyone! So, what’s your funniest scenes? Are there any other Top Tens you’re dying to see? I’m taking suggestions (Suze already has the top ten villains suggestion). I hope you found this little exercise worthwhile as we plow through this long hiatus. I know I’m still laughing.