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TV Recap: 'Supernatural' Episode 714 - 'Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie'

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Supernatural Episode 714

"Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie"

Written by: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin

Directed By: Mike Rohl

Original Airdate: 10 February 2012

In This Episode...

The boys head to Wichita Kansas, where a guy has been hickied to death. Huge welts cover his body from the suckers of an octopus, and a bite has been taken out of his neck. A visit to the man's widow and daughter revealed that he had only been to his daughter's birthday party for a few minutes the night prior. The little girl, Kelly, admits that she told her dad the closet monster would get him. According to her drawing, that closet monster looks an awful lot like an octovamp.

Another night, another death. This man was gored through by a unicorn's horn. It wasn't his son Billy's birthday, but he attended a birthday the night before - Kelly's. Kelly's birthday was held at Plucky Pennywhistle's, a Chuck E. Cheese-like establishment, but their mascot isn't a mouse- it is clowns. Sam, phobic of clowns, draws the short straw and visits the pizza place. A couple of interesting things he discovered there: children are encouraged to draw their fears on placemats (management says it is a good developmental tool) and the drawings are put on the wall. Two are missing: Kelly and Billy's. Sol, the janitor, hears Sam asking about "weird stuff" happening there. He knows something and tells Sam to meet him after work.

Sam and Dean return, only to find the place crawling with emergency staff. Sol is dead. The story is that he was killed when the ball pit cleaner malfunctioned, but one look at the corpse, and Dean identifies the wound as a shark bite. Now that the boys have figured out where the trouble is localized, they just have to find out who and what is behind it. In the morning, Sam returns to interrogate the staff. Dean hangs out, doing his best not to seem creepy, and watches what the staff members do after their interrogation, hoping one will act suspicious. They don't, but one kid, Cliff, says he heard weird things in the subbasement. When a frazzled mom yells at her kid, the guys split up: Dean checks out the weird noises in the subbasement, and Sam watches the frazzled mom, thinking she may be the next victim.

It is Sam who is the next victim - and he is being chased by clowns. When he shoots them, the bullets create a poof of glitter rather than blood, and the clowns just keep coming. Dean has better luck in the boiler room, where he finds a flaming altar and all manner of magic-making tools. This lair is the work of Howard, the terrifyingly cheery employee who works the prize counter. As a child, his brother drowned because his parents weren't paying attention to his cries for help, so now when he sees children's parents being mean, he uses the kids' own fears to destroy the parent. Sol died because he was going to tattle, and he sent the clowns after Sam because Sam was mean to him during the interrogation. Dean uses Howard's own magic against him: he throws one of Howard's drawings into the fiery altar. Howard's brother comes to life and with the flick of his wrist, Howard drowns from the inside out. With Howard dead, the spell is broken and the clowns chasing Sammy explode in a shower of glitter.

Dig It or Bury It?

This episode had everything: octovamps (though you didn't get to see them), killer clowns, and a unicorn that farted rainbows (no joke!) It was lighthearted and weird and silly and just generally a fun hour of television.

Sibling Rivalry

Sam's fear of clowns is all Dean's fault. When they were kids and Dean was tasked with babysitting, he would dump Sam at a Plucky Pennywhistle's while he went trolling for chicks. Dean swears that he thought his brother loved Plucky's, but Sam most assuredly did not. At the end of the episode, Sam gives Dean a jumbo rainbow slinky from the prize room (Dean always wanted one and Howard wouldn't sell it to him - he had to earn tickets). Dean gives Sam a gift too: a little Plucky clown doll. The clown is left in a broken heap on the side of the road.

Spooky Humor

Dean: "Octovamp? Vamptopus? That's crazy even for us. Right?"

Dean: "I'm sorry for psychologically scarring you." Sam: "Which time?"

Dean: "99.99999% of all clowns won't hurt you."

Prophecies?

A guy who the Winchesters exorcised once before is back, possessed and killing again. "Maybe I like it."

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