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Recap: Supernatural S 06 E 09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe

Recap of Supernatural
Season 6, Episode 9

Clap Your Hands If You Believe...

Written by Ben Edlund.

Directed by John Showalter.

Air Date: November 19, 2010.

Sam and Dean investigate a series of disappearances that seem to involve UFOs.


  • Anal Probing: Dean is on his cell phone with Sam when what appears to be a UFO's search light starts chasing him. Figuring that Dean is having a close encounter of the third kind, Sam advises "Third kind already? You better run, man. I think the fourth kind is the butt thing."
    • Later, there's mention of firstborn sons servicing Oberon. Sam asks if Dean serviced the fairy king.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: No aliens.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Notably averted.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Marion comes across as your average overly-cheerful hippie, but she's clearly an expert on fairies, and everything she presents as fact is true.
  • The Conscience/Morality Chain: Dean, even giving a Shout-Out to Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio.
    • "Empathy, Sam!"
  • Continuity Nod: The opening of "Clap Your Hands if you Believe...", which was itself a Shout-Out to The X-Files, was put together from clips of previous episodes—including the slow-dancing alien from the first Trickster episode.
  • Credits Gag: The credits are a Shout-Out to The X-Files.
  • Crop Circles
  • Dissonant Serenity: Sam. Half an hour after Dean is abducted, he's just "adjusted to it".
  • Distracted by the Sexy
  • Drunk on Milk: The watchmaker says that cream is like tequila for fairies. The little folk are shown passed out or staggering around.
  • Eye Open: At the end of the opening credits as a Shout-Out to The X-Files.
  • The Fair Folk: The fairy and watchmaker's elves looked like they were straight out of a live-action Disney movie, but the leprechaun and the redcap (a type of Fae that murders travelers and stains his hat with their blood) were larger and much nastier.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The Doctor as a UFO reporter.
  • Magically Binding Contract
  • Mistaken for Homophobe: Dean what did you think would happen if you attacked a man in the street shouting "Fairy!"?
    • Mistaken for Ableist: Made worse by the fact that he said "tiny fairy" and the man in question was a little person.
    • In a meta example, the twitter hashtag for the episode was #FightTheFairies, which caused quite a few fans to be Mistaken for Homophobe.
  • My Card: "All right. Listen. Call us if anything comes to mind."
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Misha Collins as Castiel. He doesn't appear this episode.
  • SoCalization: The man Dean tackles is stated to be the district attorney. The closest thing that Tipton, Indiana (where the episode takes place) has is a Prosecuting Attorney.
  • The Watchmaker: Mr. Brennan.
  • Throw It In: Jared and Jensen had fun with this episode. Jared ad-libbed "Do you have bigger cups?" and "Why didn't I do that earlier?"note , while Jensen ad-libbed "I'm just kidding".
  • Tractor Beam: Spotlight in the cornfield.
  • Vox Pops: Start of the episode.

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