Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.14, “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”

CLOWNS, UNICORNS AND SHARKS, OH MY! – Sam is forced to confront a childhood fear when a case takes him and Dean to Kansas to investigate Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie, a local pizza chain that hosts children’s birthday parties. Sam and Dean discover that the victims’ children had recently been to the restaurant and drawn a picture of their worst fear, which then came to life to kill their parent. While Dean confronts the man behind the magic, Sam is left to deal with some very angry clowns. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.

The Ramble

What were you afraid of when you were a kid? What are you afraid of now?

And how many of you (like I do) miss believing that covers were both bullet- and monster-proof?

But first – I know you have plenty of places to go read about the show and that there are recaps/reviews galore, so I appreciate you making this one of your stops along the way. And second – traveling there and back again inside six days did a number on me, so I’m once more writing this with a tired mind. I promise to do my best, but look to all ya’ll to help me fill in the gaps my brain just can’t grasp right now.

Thank goodness for our boys. And their unique brand of entertainment. I love our Show.

So…clowns.

Fear of them is the one thing Sam and I have in common. I’ve never really liked them – never found them funny. I saw Poltergeist when I was much too young and that scene where the freaky-assed clown jumps the little boy did me in. Fast forward about ten years and I’m reading and watching Stephen King’s It and Pennywise has me stepping over and around the grates in the sidewalk for the rest of my life.

This episode made me think about what I fear – much like Yellow Fever did – and how that has changed over the years. Now, I can say I have a fear of heights and water and the dark, but only truly when my daughter is around. It’s more the thought of something happening to her in any of those situations than those situations themselves. Since I became a mother, my worst fear is of losing her (to any degree you define that…for five minutes in a mall, or forever). So the things that used to just make me sweat now turn me inside out when she’s added to the equation.

Now, my daughter…that’s a different story. At five, she’d fit right in to the theme of these “draw your worst fears” place mats. She has recurrent nightmares about a “fisherman statue” as she calls it. She describes him a little like the Gordman’s Fisherman – yellow slicker, big hat, gray beard, all wet. He’s standing in her room, staring at her, and his sleeve is ripped. Always his left sleeve. She’s dreamed about him so often and jerked me from sleep with a scared cry so many nights I actually get a little afraid sometimes when I open the door of her bedroom that I’m going to see him.

Okay, so the THEN was basically for all of those who haven’t watched every single episode ever and revealed that Sam was afraid of clowns. Duh.

Then they did that inside-out storytelling thing I like, only this time, it’s with a twist because we go a little back-and-forth. Now I realize that this one was supposed to be a ‘funny’ episode because it’s funny that Sam’s scared of clowns, right? And yes, I will concede that the tired I’ve got hanging over me made me less prone to finding the funny they were throwing at us…but I didn’t really laugh throughout this one. I did chuckle several times, and one time had an all-out happy grin (tell me Dean’s genuine laugh doesn’t make you smile), but mostly I just felt bad for Sam. *laughs at self* What? I did!

It’s no fun being forced to confront your fear. And we all know he’s just this side of hanging in there…. I was kinda worried about the guy. And I also think that he’s maybe played the “I’m in control” façade a bit too well lately. Because even his brother seems to take it for granted that Hallucifer is a constant companion that Sam has to remind himself (with some serious scar rubbing) is not real. I don’t blame Dean for that – it’s kinda Sam’s own fault…and it’s what Sam wanted, right? Who wants to be reminded every day, all the time that he’s not “normal?”

Still, though, I couldn’t help but feel a bit bad for the guy.

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.

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