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Supernatural Episode: "Clap Your Hands if You Believe"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Dean is abducted from a crop circle while investigating a UFO sighting. He quickly discovers he isn't dealing with aliens but rather with fairies. Sam searches for him and stumbles upon a world occupied by elves, gnomes and a leprechaun.
Original Air Date: Nov 19, 2010

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Season 6, Episode 9
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Length: 42:15
Aired: 11/19/2010
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" Season 6, Episode 9

In primetime television's second homage to The X-Files this week, Dean and Sam make like Mulder and Scully as they investigate what looks to be a series of alien abductions. Well, the real truth is out there. Actually, it's so far out there it makes UFO sightings seem like your normal, everyday occurrence. The Winchester brothers enter the world of fairies.

Ben Edlund is responsible for "Clap Your Hands if You Believe" and I don't know about you, but an Edlund-style episode is exactly what the doctor ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love this season, but it can be seriously dark and depressing at times. There's soulless Sam and loveless Dean (he's lost Lisa, Ben and Old Sam). So this tale of fairies (Tinkerbell) and Starman (Sam) and Jiminy Cricket (Dean) has so many funny one-liners and humorous situations that at one point I kept laughing through an entire commercial break.

The X-Files tribute

Earlier in the week, ABC's Castle paid tribute to The X-Files in its own fun way. There were several references to the show, plus, it had its own alien abduction that didn't actually turn out to be an alien abduction. Supernatural went a step further and created a show open in the style of the opening credits from the show that starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. It's a testament to this critically-acclaimed sci-fi favorite that eight years after the series goes off the air, it's still being referenced. That's a mark of a show that made a huge impact on TV.

Favorite parts of the themed open: 1) Cas is in it even though he wasn't in the episode; 2) The disco ball from the "Lady in Red" scene in Season 2's "Tall Tales"; 3) Sam and Dean doing their best David Caruso from Season 5's instant classic, "Changing Channels."

Funny Moments:

-Just about everything RoboSam says is hilarious. If Sam stays like he is in this episode, I may be on board with him never getting his soul back. He's a little bit child-like as he navigates through the world sans soul. Dean's teaching him how to act like he cares and Sam's questions are cracking me up. It kind of reminds me of the movie Starman but with a decidedly twisted Supernatural spin. This Sam's no innocent; but the way he views the world is so different now.

-Frustrated Dean practically has me on the floor laughing. I feel so bad for the guy. His reactions to Sam are classic; he's to the point where he just tells his brother to fake like he has a soul, and then he has to deal with being abducted by "aliens." And right when he starts to believe his close encounters are with the extraterrestrial kind, he finds out what really nabbed him are itty bitty fairies.

-RoboSam didn't go that extra mile to save Dean from his captors. He looked for leads at some hangout for those obsessed with UFO sightings. While he was there he met a girl and quickly hooked up with her back at his hotel room. Dean walked in on them. Poor Dean.

-I'm not sure what the better line is: "Fight those fairies" or "Empathy, man, empathy!" Actually, I'm 90% sure it's "fight those fairies!"

-Dean almost sits on the bed where Sam just had sex but quickly thinks better of it.

-Sam gives Dean a couple shots to deal with the situation.

-Sam fakes his way through comforting Dean. He puts his hand on Dean's knee, making Dean very uncomfortable. Sam quickly removes his hand.

-Dean vs. Tinkerbell. Dean wins by trapping the fairy in the microwave and nuking it. Genius.

-Dean and Sam: Big guys drinking out of tiny tea cups.

-Dean jumps on the fairy that's following him and while he sees the real thing, innocent bystanders see something completely different. They see him jump the DA who's a little person. Dean's taken to jail and labeled homophobic.

The last scene of the episode is a bit of a downer for me. Sam and Dean are leaning against the Impala, and Sam turns down a beer while Dean drinks one. Dean knows his soulless brother killed the bad guy instead of making the deal that could get his soul back. Dean asks him about it and Sam says something about making deals never being a good thing. Dean just doesn't understand how Sam thinks anymore so he naturally wonders whether he's having second thoughts about getting his soul back. "You're not are you?" "No." That wasn't a convincing "no." Not even close.

Random Thoughts

-Dean's not exactly making having a soul sound like a good thing.

-It's a little confusing to tell but I'm assuming the dirty looking guy following Dean around is another leprechaun assigned to the first-born Winchester because Dean had been to the alternate fairy reality and back. This means he's marked and so dirty bad guy beat him up when Sam didn't cooperate.

-Brennan's story was sad. The watchmaker couldn't make watches anymore because of his Parkinson's disease; that's when the leprechaun came to him to make a deal. The elves would help him but, unfortunately, this help wound up coming with a price: his first born son. And they didn't stop there.

-The rules of the fairies: 1) Only people who have been to the fairy realm and back can see them; 2) To win favor, leave a bowl of fresh cream for them; 3) Fairies hate iron; 4) They burn when touched with silver; 5) If you spill sugar or salt in front of them, no matter how powerful they are, they must stoop to count each grain. That's how Sam ended up disposing of the leprechaun.

-There was an X-Files opening theme and an episode title straight out of Peter Pan; there was also a guest star with some serious sci-fi street cred. That was veteran actor Robert Picardo who played the bad guy. He was The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and Richard Woolsey in the Stargate universe. But I will always love him most for his role as The Cowboy in the sci-fi movie Innerspace.

-Loved the use of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" during the Dean versus Tinkerbell scene. Loved the way the director handled that scene too.

-Sam thinks his brain works better now. That's not a good sign.

-I feel like I praise them on a weekly basis but Jensen and Jared rocked the comedy like nobody's business. I love when they get to go all out like this and just have some fun. It's a refreshing change from the normal doom and gloom (mixed in with some humor here and there). They are just so good this season.

Favorite Lines

(There are too many to name so I'm going with my five of my favorite Ben Edlund lines from "Clap Your Hands if You Believe.")

"What about when they're no more leads for the night. I mean are you just supposed to sit there in the dark and suffer even when there's nothing to be done at that moment?" "Yes." "What?" "Yes. You sit in the dark and you...you feel the loss." "Absolutely, but couldn't I just...do all that and have sex with the hippie chick?" "No!"

"What am I supposed to do?" "Fight the Fairies! You fight those fairies! Fight the fairy!"

"You better run, man. I think the fourth kind is a butt thing." "Empathy, Sam, empathy!"

"Your brother was abducted?" "Yeah." "Oh my God!" "It's fine. I mean, I've had time to adjust." "Did it happen when you were a kid?" "No, like half an hour ago."

"So you're saying suffering's a good thing." "I'm saying it's the only game in town."

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In primetime television's second homage to The X-Files this week, Dean and Sam make like Mulder and Scully as they investigate what looks to be a series of alien abductions. Well, the real truth is out there. Actually, it's so far out there it makes UFO sightings seem like your normal, everyday occurrence. The Winchester brothers enter the world of fairies.

Ben Edlund is responsible for "Clap Your Hands if You Believe" and I don't know about you, but an Edlund-style episode is exactly what the doctor ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love this season, but it can be seriously dark and depressing at times. There's soulless Sam and loveless Dean (he's lost Lisa, Ben and Old Sam). So this tale of fairies (Tinkerbell) and Starman (Sam) and Jiminy Cricket (Dean) has so many funny one-liners and humorous situations that at one point I kept laughing through an entire commercial break.

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