After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.
Can I just tell you now that I don’t like clowns, so the title is wrong. I’m not necessarily scared of them, they just give me the heeby jeebies. Also, setting the recap of the previous episode to “Time has Come Today” by The Chambers Brothers was genius.
To get the whole clown part of the story out of the way, the Winchesters are tipped off to a string of killings that may surround a traveling carnival. Children claim a clown followed them home wanting to play. When the children let the clown in, the clown would slaughter the parents, then disappear. Wanting to check around without looking suspicious, Dean and Sam get jobs working as janitors at the carnival. They figure the killer clown’s next set of victims when they overhear a kid telling her parents about a clown that waved at her before vanishing.
The brothers stake out the family’s house and stop the evil clown from attacking the parents. They realize the clown could be a Rakshasa, a demonic being from Hindu mythology that are known as man eaters. It attached itself to the traveling carnival and every few decades comes about and devours people. Eventually Dean and Sam find the carnival worker (the blind knife thrower) who is the Rakshasa and kill it.
The killer clown is a nice way of bringing in the monster of the week type format to give the brothers something to do while they wait for important information. It also adds a bit of levity after the heaviness of the previous entry. Sam’s fear of clowns was fun, but not made into something overly silly. “At least I’m not afraid of flying,” Sam points out. “Planes crash” Dean exclaims. “And apparently clowns kill” Sam counters.
The bigger part of the episode is the introduction of Ellen Harvelle (Samantha Ferris) and her daughter Jo (Alona Tai) along with Ash (Chad Lindberg) and his amazing mullet. At the beginning of the episode we find the brothers are at a loss as to what to do next. Sam and Dean hang out at Bobbie’s junkyard fixing the Impala, or at least Dean does while Sam keeps asking if he is okay. Sam finds a four month old message on one of John’s old burner phones from Ellen saying she can help him. Ellen is a friend of John’s (not that he never bothered to mention her to his sons) and runs a Roadhouse bar hunters tend to frequent.
I have no doubt this bar remains a staple to the series (I have seen it pop up in one or two of the random episodes I have seen in syndication) along with the newer characters. I really enjoy the series expanding out the hunter world. During “As I Lay Dying” a bigger mythology was established and having more experienced people like Ellen, Jo, Ash, and Bobby around helps develop the mythos.
A question I had from the last episode was did John leave the information he gathered about Azazel for his sons to find? The answer is sort of. John left the information about the weather patterns and crop reports he used to track where the demon has hit, but not anything else. Like the demon’s name or how to summon it. Wanting to find Azazel (though they are not sure how to kill it now the Colt is missing), Dean and Sam give the information to Ash. While Ash works on figuring a way to track the demon, Sam and Dean take care of the freaky clown. When the job is finished, Ash shows them his new invention. A computer designed to alert him when the patterns of Azazel’s return arises. For the moment, the yellow-eyed beast is quiet.
Throughout the episode, Sam attempts to prod Dean about his head space after the death of their father. Dean just works on the car and keeps quiet. Sam on the other hand is feeling guilty about fighting with John before his death. He even goes so far as giving up going back to school and being a hunter full time like Dean. It is what his father would have wanted him to do. Dean continues to deflect his feelings with jokes (his favorite defense mechanism), but it is obvious John’s sacrifice is eating him up along with whatever his father whispered to him. He has been keeping that a secret from Sam as well. Dean and Sam formed such a close bond in the first season and it is pretty obvious that bond is going to be tested big time. Their disconnect in how to grieve for their father may play a large role in that.
What did you think of “Everyone Loves a Clown”? Do clowns freak you out? Were you happy to meet Ellen, Jo, and Ash? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not post any spoilers for future episodes.