Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #37 – “Tall Tales”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 2 Episode 15 – “Tall Tales”

  • 00:41 – The previouslies all seem to be made up of the boys slinging insults at each other. I approve.
  • 01:13 – The teaser starts with a professor and a female student who’s wearing white (or at least whitish). Given the show’s usual tropes, I assume he’s the Inevitable Teaser Death and she’s the villain of the piece.
  • 02:24 – This professor is incredibly bad at reading social cues.
  • 03:49 – Judging by the weird transformation that’s happening to the student’s face, my 01:13 prediction is about to come to pass.
  • 04:29 – Professor be dead, yo.
  • 05:24 – Looks like it’s one of the episodes (like the prank war one) where the boys are going to be jerks to each other. I’m already grinning in antici…pation.
  • 06:18 – It’s Bobby! And in my head I hear the Seinfeld audience cheering like Kramer just burst into Jerry’s apartment.
  • 07:08 – So we’re going to be flashbacks as the brothers tell the story so far to Bobby. Simple structural device. I like it. Though I’m surprised Sam’s taking the lead narrator role. That just seems more of a Dean thing to do.
  • 07:38 – Looks like we’re gonna be dealing with urban legends.
  • 08:38 – Dean’s apparently slamming back shots of something called purple nurples. I suddenly suspect we’re going to be getting our Rashomon on with Sam & Dean’s versions of events being a little different from each other, like the old X-Files episode with Luke Wilson.
  • 08:59 – Dean’s floozy, Starla, is a mess.
  • 09:27 – Dean objects to Sam’s portrayal of him so far with a “Whoa, that’s not how it happened.”
  • 09:49 – In Dean’s telling, he’s significantly more sober and ‘Starla’ (who is now unnamed) seems to be considerably classier. They’re still slugging back purple nurples though.
  • 10:19 – Dean’s got quite the ego about what the ladies think of him. Kind of curious about how Sam’s going to come across in Dean’s view.
  • 10:59 – Apparently as shrewish and channeling Alex Lifeson’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech.
  • 12:38 – Back to Sam’s version. Apparently the Janitor is Mr. Exposition this time. And Dean is cramming so much food into his mouth that he’s unintelligible. This is fun.
  • 13:01 – Apparently the professor had a problem keeping it in his pants.
  • 13:16 – A big flaw with the campus’ “room 669” urban legend. There is no room 669, nor indeed a 6th floor of any kind.
  • 14:04 – In this version, Dean screwed up Sam’s computer after browsing “bustyasianbeauties.com,” which is not a real website (the research I do for these blogs is harrowing.)
  • 15:37 – The skeptical frat boy who dismissed the urban legend earlier seems to have just gotten abducted by aliens. Knowing this show, there’s going to be a lot of anal probe type jokes coming soon.
  • 15:44 – Bobby doesn’t believe the alien thing.
  • 17:23 – And we just got a whole bunch of probing comments.
  • 17:45 – Frat boy says that wasn’t the worst thing and Dean voices my thought: “How could it get any worse? Some alien made you his bitch!”
  • 18:01 – Cutting to frat boy and little grey alien slow dancing to “Lady in Red” made my laugh so hard I started choking on my Diet Coke. Incidentally, that song seems a lot less sincere since de Burgh cheated on the woman it was about with a 19 year old Irish nanny.
  • 18:44 – There’s actually evidence of the alien abduction.
  • 19:33 – Okay, the way super sensitive Sam’s coming on to the abductees housemate, this has to be Dean’s version of events. It’s weirdly reminiscent of Sybok.
  • 20:36 – Dean finds a connection between the victims so far: “They’re both dicks.”
  • 21:28 – “It’s not food anymore! It’s Darwinism!” is a line I’m going to have to try and use in everyday conversation.
  • 21:53 – Bobby just doesn’t have time for the boys crap, and I can’t see I blame him.
  • 22:26 – A guy staring at a drain immediately leads me to start saying “we all float down here, Georgie.
  • 23:24 – This scene of the boys breaking in is really well shot.
  • 24:38 – Looks like drain staring guy’s cause of death was just your everyday sewer alligator.
  • 25:51 – Someone looks to have been messing with the Impala. Dean’s not happy. He becomes even less happy when he discovers a money clip with “S.W.” engraved on it next to the car. Oh, now he mad.
  • 26:38 – And now the boys frustration has boiled over into a physical fight. A semi-childish wrestle-fight, but a fight nonetheless.
  • 26:58 – Bobby’s figured out what’s going on. Good for Bobby.
  • 27:15 – It’s a Trickster, apparently.
  • 27:51 – And Tricksters are like demigods. Bobby name checks Loki and Anansi.
  • 28:36 – Turns out that the Janitor that’s been flitting around in the background is the Trickster and he’s been using Weekly World News as the inspirations for his pranks. If he had used the British equivalent, The Sunday Sport as inspiration, this episode would have featured a whole lot of female nudity. Good thing we dodged that bullet.
  • 29:13 – The Trickster is indulging his appetites with a huge amount of food and two women in scanty clothing, one blonde, one brunette.
  • 31:24 – That’s our boys. Still fightin’ all over the world.
  • 33:09 – Always nice to hear a bit of Barry White.
  • 33:57 – Two women in their underway and a big round bed does seem like almost the perfect trap for Dean. It’d be teh perfect trap if the bed also had “Magic Fingers” available.
  • 34:20 – It’s not a trap. It’s a bribe to get Dean to leave the Trickster alone.
  • 35:32 – Okay 31:24 was a fake fight to make sure the Trickster let his guard down so that Sam & Bobby could act as reinforcements. Also, the actor playing the Trickster is having a great time doing so. He’s really familiar too, but I cannot place where I’ve seen him.
  • 35:55 – Trickster’s response? Conjure up Leatherface to attack Sam.
  • 36:20 – There’s something innately hilarious about Dean getting beaten up by lingerie clad women.
  • 36:51 – And Dean manages to stake the Trickster after catching a pretty solid stake throw by Sam. The boys are co-operating again!
  • 38:27 – Apparently the “Trickster” that got staked was also an illusion. The real Trickster is still around. I’m guessing this means they might use him again some day.

Hilarious. It’s been a while since the show did a truly comedic episode and even longer since it did a good one. This one comes out in full force and is pretty great. I’m still laughing at the “Lady in Red” visual with the tiny alien. The Rashomon approach for most of the first act is also a technique I’ve greatly enjoyed. Bobby’s turn as the exasperated straight man in the motel room held the whole thing together.

With a comedy episode, there’s not a lot of analysis I can really do. Just ask if it was funny. This was, ergo it was a good episode.


2 thoughts on “Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #37 – “Tall Tales”

  1. Just stopping at random to tell you I’ve made my way here from the pilot, even though I watched the show myself twice because you are HILARIOUS. I’m really enjoying these!

  2. Pingback: Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #55 – “Mystery Spot” | Thoughts of a Lost Limey

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