Recap: Supernatural, Episode 6.15 – The French Mistake

Before Sam can do much more than twitch his eyebrows, Balty bops in very British and in a big stinkin’ hurry. Dean stands up quickly and the boys gape at the angel all, buzzahhh….

Balty (without preamble): You’ve seen The Godfather, right? You know the part where Michael Corleone sends his men to kill his enemies in one, big, bloody swoop?

He’s moving around the room, obviously looking for something. Dean backs up a step and mumbles, “Hey, Balthazar.”

He has to be having a mini-freak-out inside…especially if he has any idea what Balty told Sam the last time we saw him—how much he hated Dean. How much he wanted to see him dead. ‘Course, we have no idea if Sam even remembers that. Which made this little show of Balty’s rather suspicious…until the end.

Balty pours salt (I think?) into a caldron while recounting the deaths of each of the baddies (so to speak) in The Godfather.

Dean: I said ‘hey.’

Balty (patting Dean’s shoulder with a placating smile): You did. Twice. Good for you.

He starts to mutter, “Blood of lamb….” looking around. He kinda whooshes to the fridge, opening it up and peering inside.

Balty: Beer…pizza…blood of lamb! Yes!

Bobby’s got himself one freaky fridge. You look in mine you’d see milk, Gogurt, Coke, leftover chicken, beer, pizza, and *goes to check*…nope. No lamb’s blood.

Sam: Why are you talking about The Godfather?

Balty whooshes back over to the caldron and says, “Because that’s what we’re in right now. And, in the role of Michael Corleone, the Archangel, Raphael.

Dean moves around to stand next to Sam, keeping his eyes on Balty, demanding to know what the angel is talking about. Balty starts tearing up Bobby’s desk looking for something and finally finds the bone of…some kind of Saint. I didn’t catch it. Either time.

Balty: Your Mr. Singer does keep a beautiful pantry.

Mixing his concoction, Balty heads over to the window by the couch and says that Cas has gone deep underground and Raphael put a hit out on every Samaritan who has helped him out—including the brothers and Balty. Now, here’s where I knew there would be some kind of twist at the end because no way Balty was all about getting the brothers out of there just because an angelic hit man was after them.

Sam maybe, but not Dean. He hates Dean. So, something else was up, that much was clear.

Balty paints some kind of symbol with the blood mix on the window.

Sam: You expect us to just believe you?

Balty: Or don’t. He’ll go through you either way.

There’s a snap-fizz sound like electricity and Balty straightens up with a, “That’s all the time we have!”

He pulls his coat aside to retrieve something and exposes a wound on his side—apparently Raphael sent one of his “nasties” after Balty. He was flattered. He grabs something and hands it to Sam—turns out it’s a key, like the kind you get at a gym locker—but I couldn’t tell that at first. An invisible force of power throws Balty across the room and a scary-looking angel hit man dude stalks forward from the kitchen area. Balty screams, “RUN!” and thrusts his hands out, lifting the boys off their feet and throwing them through the window where they land…

…on a big stunt air mattress.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

4 Comments:

  1. Now this was a rollicking, super-meta episode. I mean, how many shows would have the brass to write in their creator and producers as characters, and then kill them off? More Ben Edlund wackiness, please.

    By the way, any clue on what The French Mistake means? (totally trying to Google that.)

  2. I know it’s a number from the Mel Brooks comedy, “Blazing Saddles.”

    That film parodies itself when the camera pulls back to show that the film is being shot on a present-day Hollywood set in the middle of Los Angeles.

    I think it’s that, and not the Urban Dictionary definition, that this title was referring to. And if you google it, you’ll know what I mean about the Urban Dictionary definition.

    Mel Brooks was playing on “The French Connection” and I think SPN was playing on Mel Brooks. *grins*

    My interpretation anyway.

    Ben Edlund is amazing. No question about it.

  3. Ok, found the origin of the title: from the song in Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles — which is only sorta as Sara Gamble in TV Guide claims “about breaking the fourth wall.”

    While the scene plays for laughs, “The French Mistake” is about, ahem, slashy-gayness– not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Jerry & George might say.

    check it out on YouTube (caution, NSFW)

    edit: just saw your reply, GS — looks like you beat me to the Googling

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