Oh boy, I'm gonna warn you all right now, Friday's upcoming episode, "The French Mistake" is a wild one.  I was fortunate again to get a full length preview of this episode and all I can say is Ben Edlund likes to push buttons.  Even his own! 
 
I'll give the warning right now.  If you don't want to be spoiled or ruined in any way, look away, now.  Don't even think about it!  I'm gonna share some spoilers here. Mostly teasers, I won't give away the farm, but it's enough. 
 
You sure you want to go on?
 
Really?
 
You want this?
 
Okay.... 
 
The French Mistake is different.  Very different.  It's classic Ben Edlund, as in season two Ben Edlund.  Think "Hollywood Babylon."  It is a chock full of inside jokes and self parody.
 
I was first worried that this episode would go too meta, but that's not the case. Primarily because this alternate universe of supposed current reality isn't actually current reality.  This is bizzaro alternate universe.  Jared and Jensen are very shallow and vain actors that don't get along.  It's implied that Jared is the star of the show and Jensen is a washed up ex-soap actor.  Misha is a freaking teenage girl.  Robert Singer the producer is played by Brian Doyle Murray (a great casting move if you ask me) and he's keen on taking any advice that will just get the job done, no matter how bad it looks.  "Season six" is always his validation.  Sera Gamble, Eric Kripke, everyone else are self absorbed and very "Hollywood."    
 
So with that in mind, we're still dealing with fiction, although there are plenty of inside jokes that hit a little close to home.  Here's some of the highlights (not in any particular order):
 
  • This all takes place at "KM Motion Picture Studios."  Knowing that means, "Kim Manners" I got a little choked up.  I'm pretty sure that's the real name of the studios now, but I'm glad they showed that.
  • The producers talk about cutting a weepy Impala scene.  The response, "You answer the hate mail."
  • Dean has some trouble getting Jared's name right.
  • Sam has to pretend to be Jared in a celebrity interview.  It's pretty funny watching him struggle through it, although the scene is short.
  • Dean plots an escape in the Impala.  It doesn't go well.  It doesn't go very fast.  
  • Misha's lingo when tweeting is funny!  He definitely writes like a teenage girl.  Beware Misha fans, we aren't Minions.  "Mishamigos" 
  • Thanks to Sam and YouTube, we see some of Jensen's past history.  I'm in awe they were able to dig up that footage!  Sam and Dean's reaction is too good.  
  • You'll love Dean's reaction when he finds out they're in Canada.  He doesn't have a love for the country.  "If I hear one more conversation about hockey I'm going to puke."  
  • When you see Jared and Genevieve's house, you will die.  Sam and Dean practically did.  The artwork alone gets you rolling (a shoutout to Working Girl).  Ditto for Jensen's trailer.
  • Sam and Dean have a complete blast spending Jared's money.  
  • Sam and Dean can't act to save their lives.  I about died over them ripping on the script.  Edlund doesn't even leave himself unscathed. 
  • An alert goes out to Sera Gamble (played by herself, although it's only ever her on the phone).  Among the problems listed in the call, the producers are alarmed that "Jensen is living at Jared's house."  
  • Jared and Genevieve's real wedding photo makes as appearance, as does Supernatural magazine and all the awards Supernatural has won through the years. 
  • I have NO idea how Ben Edlund worked an Alpaca into the script, but he did. 
  • Dean essentially calls Robert Singer a douchebag for naming a character after himself.  
  • Eric Kripke is working on a new pilot that sounds pretty awful.  "My God, they'll buy anything."  
  • Genevieve is great in this, playing the typical self centered actress.  She and Jensen don't get along either.  
  • There is one scene that got me hard.  Literally, fall on the floor laughing.  It's all because of a setting.  Just wait until you see Sam doing computer research in Jared's library.  I still burst into fits of laughter thinking of it.  
  • Sam and Dean share a pretty cool "what if" moment.  There are some things to this alternative universe that are appealing.  
 
I think Ben Edlund is living some of his wildest fantasies in this one.  Things get pretty screwball.  Throughout all this mess is an angel action story, and Sebastian Roche makes another great appearance.  I really like Balthazar.  I'm not going to reveal details about the angel plot, but there is a twist about this universe and the existence of anything supernatural.  
 
This is a very busy episode.  So much so, it's a little hectic at times. I wouldn't call it a perfect episode, but very entertaining.  No deep analysis will come from "The French Mistake."  Take it for what it is, another really crazy Sam and Dean adventure.  Enjoy and come back here on Friday to tell us what you think.    
 
Here's a clip released yesterday (you can also find this on our spoiler page):

 
 

Comments  

Nueva74
# Nueva74 2011-02-23 12:21
Awesome, thank you very much Alice for your preview !!

Oh and thank you for linking to my uploaded sneak video. It's always a great push for my YouTube SPN support channel and it really means a lot to me.
*hugs you*

I've linked to you preview on my YT - Bulletin. Hope this is ok for you :)

Lovely greetings, Nisha
Alice
# Alice 2011-02-23 21:08
Sure it's okay! Thanks for linking. Thanks for having such great clips.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2011-02-23 12:29
We were just wondering whether you got a preview for this, Alice, and there it is - so happy for you that you got the special preview!

And thanks for wetting my appetite. Now I can't wait to watch this!

Just a question: will this be the last episode before the hiatus?? :eek:

Much love, Jas
Nueva74
# Nueva74 2011-02-23 12:41
NO one more left. Episode 6x16 next week and then comes hiatus.. *sigh* :(
Tim the Enchanter
# Tim the Enchanter 2011-02-23 13:05
Oooooh, you're such a tease....

I looked away! (Actually, I just scrolled to the bottom) Go me! I will not do spoilers. For once in my life, I will not do spoilers. I will not do spoilers. Tim, this is your mantra for the next 3 days. (Despite ferocious temptation,) I will not do spoilers.

If I can just get through tonight... Where are my Season 5 DVD's?
Bevie
# Bevie 2011-02-23 13:40
Thanks a lot Alice.

I think I'm going to love this one a lot!

:P :P :sigh: :lol: :lol:
AndreaW
# AndreaW 2011-02-23 14:49
Alice, Changing Channels, as hilarious as it was, had a serious/angst side too. Is this the case here?
Alice
# Alice 2011-02-23 15:09
Not really. There is a small serious bit at the end, but honest I would classify this more like Hollywood Babylon than Changing Channels.
AndreaW
# AndreaW 2011-02-23 15:20
OK, that's what we need because I have the impression that Ep 16 is gonna be anything but light.

Thanks for sharing. :-)
Traci Bell
# Traci Bell 2011-02-23 16:56
I'm looking forward to the episode!
Pollyanna
# Pollyanna 2011-02-23 17:29
Thanks Alice!! I'm looking forward for this episode!! I just need relax with Supernatural!! And I loves Ben Edlund and his craziness!! LOL!!

Brazilian hugs!
nancyL
# nancyL 2011-02-23 18:00
First the 'Winchester Gospel' books, now a whole tv series about their lives. Poor Sam and Dean. :lol:

I loved the numerous Impalas, except the one without her tires. I agree with Dean, that was not good. :sad:

Alice, OMG this is going to be a fun episode. Is it Friday yet???? :D
nancyL
# nancyL 2011-02-23 18:22
I just had a thought:

Will we also see the reverse???

Meaning Jared and Jenson trying to be the real Sam and Dean Winchester??
I can just see Bobby trying to deal with two idjit actors. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
sn_chills
# sn_chills 2011-02-23 19:41
Quote:
I just had a thought:

Will we also see the reverse???

Meaning Jared and Jensen trying to be the real Sam and Dean Winchester??
I can just see Bobby trying to deal with two idjit actors. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Oh wouldnt that be awesome.
Melody Garcia
# Melody Garcia 2011-02-23 18:58
Oh Boy, can't wait for this episode! I just love it when the boys are funny! :D
Melody Garcia
# Melody Garcia 2011-02-24 13:45
Quote:
I just had a thought:

Will we also see the reverse???

Meaning Jared and Jenson trying to be the real Sam and Dean Winchester??
I can just see Bobby trying to deal with two idjit actors. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
That would be soooo fun as an episode! Jensen and Jared would'nt know anymore how to be real hunters, than Sam and Dean know how to act!!! Hahaha!
MetamorphicRocks
# MetamorphicRocks 2011-02-24 14:23
Alice, this is my first post! I've been crazy about Supernatural for years, though. I've also lurked on this site for quite a while, and have been consistently impressed by the level of thought expressed in the articles and in the comments about them.

I was excited about this episode before, but now, after this great preview, I can't wait to see it! It sounds like it will be so much fun!
Alice
# Alice 2011-02-24 17:36
Thanks for choosing my article for your first post. I do love seeing lurkers come out even once in a while to say hi! You're gonna love this episode. It may seem like that I gave away a lot, but really this isn't much. This episode has so much in it.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2011-02-24 18:56
Welcome to de-lurking, MetamorphicRock s. Feel free at anytime to repeat the experience :lol: . I'm happy to hear that you like what you find here, and I'd like to second what Alice said.

The waiting for this episode has become even more thrilling, can't wait...can't wait...

Cheers, Jas
Ra-e
# Ra-e 2011-02-25 02:39
omg! I can not WAIT until this episode!! thanks for all the spoilers.. I can't wait to see all of them playing "double agent" excellent! :0)
Julie
# Julie 2011-02-25 05:34
I dont think I have felt such a sense of anticipation about an episode since Swan Song, unless of course you count the cowboy one!!! :-) :-)
aldress
# aldress 2011-02-27 02:32
K so i was wondering if the details of the show were actually real. for example, was that really jared's house, dean's trailer, and do they actually not talk to each other?
Jenny
# Jenny 2011-07-22 17:11
I was wondering the same thing!!