As they walk away, Dean wigs a bit with a skeeved-out jig.
Dean: Is it on me? I feel like I have the crazy on me.
Sam: You did sit in some glitter.
Dean: Makes me want to believe in UFOs again.
As they try to figure out their next move, they spy Mr. Brennan buying loads of cream. They follow him and see him take it back to his watch shop.
Dean: You stick with half-and-half; I’m going to check out the store. No hippie chicks.
Aside—as Sam follows the watch guy, I caught sight of some of the location set pieces. They had a marker for I-65 and a mileage sign that said St. Louis and Kansas (couldn’t see the mileage). Nice touch, show! I-65 is really an interstate in Indiana…not exactly near Elwood, and it runs North and South and both St. Louis and Kansas would be West of Indiana, but still! It was a good touch bringing it a bit more mid-west USA rather than Vancouver. *approves*
Dean picks the lock and sneaks into Brennan’s store, then back into the office, pulling his knife as he enters. Once there he sees many, many little men (like tiny little, not like Little People, Big World little) running around fixing watches and drinking cream. He sneaks back out and calls Sam, his voice slightly shaking with the whole being weirded out thing.
Dean: It’s full of Keeblers over here, like the story with the shoe guy and all the elves? You think Brennan made a deal with a faerie?
Sam says he’ll get back to him and makes his way over to Brennan (who is back at the bar, drowning his sorrows). He goes up and shines him on a bit, complementing his watch work.
Sam: If I didn’t know better I’d say you have a bunch of elves working for you.
Brennan looks over at him, terrified.
Sam: Except I do know better and you’ve got a bunch of elves working for you! How does a father trade his son for a bunch of watches? I am assuming you have a soul, so what’s your excuse?
Brennan: It wasn’t like that.
Meanwhile, Dean is (presumably) making his way back toward Sam when he spies that freaky-looking guy in the red cap watching him from across the street. Dean makes an about-face and starts walking the other direction and Red Cap follows him. Red Cap was the creepiest thing about this whole episode—mainly because I never did figure out what he was.
Sam and Brennan are sitting at a table and Brennan is confessing all. He supported his family with his watch making until Parkinson’s basically took his hands away. His grandmother always believed in faeries and the like and had a book she’d left him on the subject so, desperate—and totally not thinking it would work—he took it down one day and read a spell.
If there’s anything this show has taught me it’s that anything I might think won’t work, totally will just to spite me. That and classic cars and classic rock will never go out of style. *wink*
Anyway, he reads this spell, he says, and a leprechaun appears and tells him that not only can he fix his hands, but he can save his business by giving him workers—all he wanted in exchange was a place to rest and the fruit and fat of the land. Which, as it turns out, translates into Your First Born Son. And many others. There is a way to reverse the spell, but it’s in the book in a safe in his office and the elves won’t let him near it.
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