Recap / Supernatural S 06 E 08 All Dogs Go To Heaven

Recap of Supernatural
Season 6, Episode 8

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Written by Adam Glass.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: November 12, 2010.

Sam and Dean go on the hunt for a werewolf, and find something surprisingly similar: a skinwalker disguising himself as a family's dog. To protect the family, he's killing people threatening them, and it looks like werewolf kills. Sam and Dean discover the Alpha skinwalker's plan: create sleeper cells of his kind and turn them loose upon humanity. To find and stop the Alpha, the brothers need the skinwalker!dog's help.

Body Count:

For this episode = 3 humans and 7 skinwalkers.

For the series so far = At least 431 humans (of which 6 were witches), 74 demons, 33 ghosts, 26 vampires, 19 zombies, 14 gods, 11 angels, 9 hellhounds, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 4 shapeshifters, 3 djinn, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 2 dogs, 1 crocotta, 1 lamia, 1 okami, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, and 1 wraith.

Tropes


  • The Alcoholic: Cal Garrigan.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Crowley makes it clear that the Winchesters refusing to work for him is not an option.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Lucky's family shows him more affection as a dog than anyone did as a human, so he grows to love them.
  • Becoming the Mask: A skinwalker disguises himself as a family dog, waiting for the call to attack and turn the family. He eventually grows to love the family, and almost dies to defend them.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Having caught up with Lucky at the dog pound, Dean gives him a choice between walking out wearing jeans or a dog chain.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Subverted; Sam and Dean exchange a Meaningful Look when Lucky barks at Cal, seeing it as proof that he's a werewolf. Turns out Lucky is a shapeshifter.
  • Cool Guns: Dean gets out a Heckler and Koch Sniper Rifle to take out the Alpha with a Boom, Headshot before he can send his activation signal to the sleeper cells. Unfortunately Dean can't get a clear shot at the Alpha, so Sam has to get in close with a pistol.
  • Downer Ending: Lucky is rejected by the woman he fought to defend, and leaves to once again live a life alone on the street.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: 'Lucky' was just a homeless bum on the streets, before the shapeshifters offered to make him powerful.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Soulless Sam falls naturally into the bad cop role, where as Dean can empathize with the shapeshifter's need for a normal life, so he plays good cop.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Crowley sends a kiss to Bobby.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Lucky shifts into his canine form to fight, but the other skinwalker just shoots him with a silver bullet.
  • The Nose Knows: The skinwalkers can scent Sam and Dean coming, so Dean uses a sniper rifle.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe; watching a park full of people playing with their dogs, the Winchesters wonder how may other sleeper cells are out there.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The "werewolf" they're hunting is actually a skinwalker, and he was a homeless man who was "recruited" off the streets. Now he's trapped between a family he loves (as their dog) and a ruthless pack of skinwalkers who are "recruiting" an army.
  • This Was His True Form: The skinwalkers turn human when they die.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The skinwalkers.
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