Supernatural: Dog Dean Afternoon Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, November 08, 2013
Shortly into Dog Dean Afternoon, Dean gets off the best line of the new season thus far when he states that the only people who wear sunglasses indoors are “…blind people and douche bags!” And we are off and running! Dean and Sam do something we have not seen in a while as they actually take on a new case. Supernatural can sometimes get so deeply involved in its ongoing seasonal plotlines that it sometimes forgets that some of its best episodes are some of its most simple ones. The boys are off to investigate the death of a taxidermist in Enid, Oklahoma who was constricted to death by a man taking on the traits of a snake. Later, the same man takes on a cat’s claws, killing a worker at an animal shelter. The only witness to both murders was the taxidermist’s dog who was taken to the shelter after his death.
Dean has Kevin Tran craft a spell which will allow Dean to communicate with the dog. The spell works…a bit too well. Not only can Dean now telepathically hear the dog but other animals as well. But the spell also has the drawback. Dean starts to take on the traits of a dog and soon he is chasing a wadded up that Sam keeps trying to throw away and yelling at the mailman through their motel window. While “questioning” the other dogs at the shelter one, in exchange for a bell rub from Sam, gives them the information they need to find a local chef who is using magic and animal parts to temporarily gain the powers of the various animals. When the Angel Ezekiel uses his powers to heal Sam, the chef is determined to ingest Sam to gain his unique powers.
I was laughing out loud right from the opening credits which featured highlights from some of the show’s most hilarious moments. This is the kind of episode that Supernatural does once or twice a season and they almost always hit it out of the park. “Dog Dean Afternoon” delights with both brilliant dialog and sight gags including stuffed Squirrels dressed as princesses and characters from Game of Thrones, demanding canines, and Dean’s wacky argument with a pigeon who’s determined to defecate all over the Impala. Sam has to rein Dean in from taking out his gun and shooting the offending bird!
There’s so much to see and laugh at that we can overlook a villain who was ordinary by the show’s usual terrifying and well-conceived standards. I would not be surprised if the writers started out making this a straight-forward episode and then knew their killer was less than compelling and made it into a farce, but perhaps I am not giving them enough credit. In any case, it was great just to have Sam and Dean back on the road, taking on a new case without having to worry about angels, demons, or the end of the world.
Mania Grade: B+
Episode: Dog Dean Afternoon (Season 9, Episode 5)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Eric C. Charmelo
Directed By: Tim Andrew
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Bros.