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Recap / Supernatural S 02 E 02 Everybody Loves A Clown

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Recap of Supernatural
Season 2, Episode 2:

Everybody Loves A Clown
Mom, you know these guys?

Sam: [to Dean] About me and Dad. I'm sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I'm sorry that I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean, for all I know he died thinking that I hate him. So, you're right. What I'm doing right now, it's too little. It's too late. [pause] I miss him, man. And I feel guilty as hell. And I'm not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know.

Written by John Shiban.

Directed by Philip Sgriccia.

Airdate: October 5, 2006.

Sam and Dean meet a friend of their father who owns the Harvelle Roadhouse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She tells them about a case in Medford, Wisconsin, involving a circus clown spotted before vicious murders.

The brothers are still reeling from their father's death. While pursuing their father's research on the Yellow-Eyed Demon, Sam and Dean discover the Roadhouse, a bar frequented by hunters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ellen Harvelle owns the Roadhouse. Her daughter Jo works there. Ash is a regular patron and a genius who offers to help track the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Ellen has collected information on a rakshasa, a supernatural creature that takes the form of a clown in a circus in Medford, Wisconsin. Sam and Dean take the case, forcing them to work at a carnival.


Body count:

For this episode = 4 humans and 1 rakshasa.

For the series so far = At least 149 humans; 11 ghosts; 3 vampires; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shapeshifter; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo.

Tropes appearing in this episode:

  • Amusement Park of Doom: Cooper Carnival.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jo Harvelle.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: Jo lost her father when she was young, which comes up when she is talking with Dean.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ash may be a genius, but he has lots of quirks:
    • He first appears passed out on a pool table and sleeping through a fight.
    • He has a mullet, an earring in his left ear, and wears a vest without a shirt.
    • He lapses into Spock Speak interspersed with profanity.
    • He drinks the rest of Dean's beer after Dean leaves it on the bar.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Ash: Clowns? What the f—
  • Cute Bruiser: Jo Harvelle.
    Dean: [to Jo] You're not gonna hit me again, are you?
  • '80s Hair: Ash's mullet.
    Dean: I, uh, I dig the haircut.
    Ash: All business up front, party in the back.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ash was kicked out of MIT for fighting.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Harvelle's Roadhouse.
  • Hall of Mirrors: In the funhouse.
  • Horror Hunger: The rakshasa eats flesh.
  • Hurting Hero: Dean.
    Dean: Dude, I'm okay. I'm okay, okay? I swear, the next person who asks me if I'm okay, I'm going to start throwing punches.
  • Ignore the Disability:
    • Dean talking to the blind knife thrower:
      Dean: Excuse me, we're looking for a Mr. Cooper, have you seen him around?
      Knife thrower: [pulling off his glasses to show cataract eyes] What is that, some kind of joke?
    • He then compounds the problem with a little person:
      Dwarf: Hey buddy, what's your problem?
      Dean: Nothing, it's just a little misunderstanding.
      Dwarf: Little?! You son of a bitch!
  • Invisible to Adults: The rakshasa.
  • Knife Nut: The rakshasa.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Luckily for Dean, the rakshasa seems more interested in pinning Dean to the wall by his clothes, than causing fatal cuts.
  • Kryptonite Factor: The rakshasa can be killed with a brass knife.
  • Little People Are Surreal
  • Lonely Funeral: Only his sons are at John Winchester's funeral.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: This trait seems to be common in the hunter community.
    Jo: You know, I thought you were gonna toss me some cheap pickup line. [Dean chuckles, embarrassed] Most hunters come through that door think they can get in my pants with, a six-pack, and side one of Zeppelin IV.
  • Ludicrous Precision:
    Ash: But it's gonna take time, uh, give me...fifty-one hours.
  • Mangst:
    Dean: [to Sam] You know what? You're right. Come here. I'm gonna lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, and maybe even slow dance.
  • Monster Clown: The rakshasa appears as a clown to get children to let it into their homes. Then it kills the parents.
  • Must Be Invited: This is why the rakshasa appears to the children as a clown.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The parents think the clown is a product of childish imagination.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Dean starts to hit on Jo, but does not follow through as he is still grieving for his father.
    • At the end, when he starts hitting the Impala.
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: When Jo presses a rifle against Dean's back:
    Dean: Oh, God, please let that be a rifle.
    Jo: No, I'm just real happy to see you.
  • Percussive Therapy: Dean taking a crowbar to a car's window and then smashing up the Impala's trunk.
  • Portent of Doom:
    Ash: There are non-parametrics, statistical overviews, prospects and correlations, I mean...damn! They're signs. Omens. Uh, if you can track 'em, you can track this demon. You know, like crop failures, electrical storms...You ever been struck by lightning? It ain't fun.
  • Prophet Eyes: The blind knife thrower.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dean's reaction to Ash's appearance.
      Dean: You've gotta be kidding me, this guy's no genius. He's a Lynyrd Skynyrd roadie.
    • Jo seems to have been on the receiving end of Mike Damone's 5-point plan in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
    • Sam has a childhood fear of the mascot of McDonald's.
      Dean: I mean, come on, you still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on the television.
    • Ash makes a reference to Pink Flamingos:
      Ash: I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie.
  • Single Tear: Dean as he watches his father's body burn.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Ash.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Sam now seems determined to do what their father would have wanted, despite often being at odds with John while he was alive.
  • Tick Tock Tune: "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers plays over The Road So Far.
  • Titled After the Song: By Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
  • Viking Funeral: The Winchester brothers burn their father's body on a funeral pyre.
  • What an Idiot!: Apparently, there are at least 3 kids who don’t see anything wrong with letting a creepy looking clown into their house in the middle of the night.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Dean references this when Sam announces that the Monster of the Week is a clown:
    Dean: I know what you're thinking, Sam. Why did it have to be clowns?
    • Sam is visibly nervous when he sees a little person in a clown outfit, has to sit in a clown chair, and passes two hobo clowns.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The rakshasa kills the parents, but leaves the child unharmed.

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