Warning!!!!!!!!! Do not read if you haven't seen tonight's episode or the preview for next week's episode! There will be things discussed, and you will be spoiled, and don't give in to the temptation! Experience the glory for yourself.
It looks like next week's the start of Sam's extreme downward spiral. They haven't come across a demon, aside from Crowley, all season, so I think the trauma of having to hunt down and exorcize a demon is going to drudge up more bad memories than he can take. This will really be interesting to see how Sam handles it, especially since it looks like Dean is down for the count and can't help him handle things. Plus, the return of Mark Pellegrino is always a good thing. He kills it as Lucifer.
Bits and Pieces From "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie of Nightmare-Inducing Clowns"
What a glorious brotherly moment at the end of the episode! Sam was covered in glitter! Dean apologized for inadvertantly causing Sam's clown phobia! Sam got Dean a giant slinky, even though Dean never said he wanted one and Sam wasn't there to see Dean pining for it! Dean laughed! A for real laugh! I must say, I was equally happy and sad with Dean laughing like that because we haven't seen him that genuinely happy since "Free To Be You And Me" in season 5, and that's a long time to be mirthless.
Poor Sam and his clown phobia. Those were some creepy clowns, too. Creepy, glitter-exploding clowns. Excellent comedic work by Jared in this episode, especially with the facial expressions, trying to contain his fear and failing.
Lots of call-backs in tonight's episode, but my favorite was the fact that Dean said way back in "Houses of the Holy" in season two that unicorns shot rainbows out of their asses. He was right!
Ben Edlund, I want to see a Vamptopus in the next episode you write.
"They think the ball washer did it."
"The ball washer."
--Siblings everywhere, if they had the chance
Maybe someone should check to see if Dean is sick because he spit out food. On purpose!
Why doesn't Sam watch Shark Week? I'm with Dean. It's a whole week of sharks! How can you not watch that???
I really want to go play skeeball now. I used to rock at skeeball! The trick is to bank the ball off the side of the ramp because if you find the sweet spot, you can get the 100 every time. It's much easier than just throwing the ball up the ramp.
Props to Dabb and Loflin for a great script tonight. Now if they could only write those types of episodes all the time...
I could probably go on and on, but I'll open the floor to comments. What were your favorite moments from tonight's episode? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Are you freaking out about what's going to happen to Sam next week? I am going to be traveling and won't be able to see it live, phooey.