Um. Can I just say? This episode is probably going in my top 10 ever. Yeah, I went there. I was cracking up for pretty much the entirety of the episode. This was perhaps the episode most like a love letter to everyone involved, from those who work on the show, to all of us fans out here in the world. So many little in jokes, I'm sure I didn't even catch them all on this first viewing. In short: awesome. Awesomesauce.
What happened to make it so great? You see, Balthazar, in attempt to hide the key to the storage locker of all the Heavenly weapons, decides to zap Dean and Sam off to an alternate reality with the key. The alternate reality just so happens to be one in which they are actually Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, actors on the show Supernatural.
Let's face it, most of the episode was spent with Sam and Dean trying to navigate this new world and figure out a way to get home, so there wasn't a ton going on with the plot. And that was perfectly fine. After heading home for the night, they realize that Jared is married to Ruby - aka Genevieve Cortese, along for the ride - and that in this world, they have loads of money and apparently don't talk unless they're filming.
They decide the best way to try to get back to their own world is to recreate the spell that Balthazar did to send them there in the first place, which requires them to buy a lot of stuff rather shadily. But in this non-supernaturalified world, the spell doesn't work. Because there was no apocalypse, there are no hunters, and heaven and hell don't exist. Are they going to be stuck in Oz forever?
If so, they won't be alone, because the angel hit man Raphael sent after Balthazar, Virgil, has followed the Winchesters into this alterna-world. But guess what! He doesn't have his special angel powers here either! Though he does still manage to steal the key Balthazar put in Sam's pocket. But hey, how ever will they get home? Virgil has a plan. He follows Misha to his car and - gasp! Kills the poor dear, in order to use his blood to make a super special phone call to Raphael across the void. Somehow, this call works, and Raphael sends a message that he'll open up the portal in the same place and at the same time that Virgil originally went through. Luckily, a nearby homeless man saw and overheard all of this, so he was able to inform the boys of the plan.
They manage to intercept Virgil before he goes through the void, and grab the key from him just in time to jump back through themselves. Raphael, in a shiny new female meat suit, is there waiting for them, demanding the key. Balthazar shows up before he can do any real damage and informs Raph that the boys never had the real key, they were just a diversion. He already gave the key to someone else - Castiel! Cas pops in and warns Raph to get out of there pronto, before he gets all medieval on him/her. Raph and Balthazar both take off, leaving Cas to come clean that he sort of knew about Balthazar's diversion plan, and that he would've done the same thing. And even though the boys ask Cas to please explain just what is going on in heaven to make things so bad, Cas just says he'll tell them later and leaves.
Random thoughts and highlights:
- The "acting" montage. Dean doing an extra gruff voice - "that's how he does it" ..shrug. Sam not knowing what to do with his hands, so he waves them all over the place. Misha getting increasingly frustrated, and his tweet after that they must've been on a bender.
- The Days of Our Lives clip! OMG. AMAZING. Especially since I may or may not have watched Days back in those days.
- The pictures in Jared's house - especially the cowboy one on the horse! As Misha would tweet - ROFLMAO!
- 'Eric Kripke' coming on set to fix things after everyone thinks the boys are having a psychotic break. He's more excited about a Variety cover and his upcoming Octocobra than he is upset about Misha's untimely demise. Plus, that death scene. Ha. Great.
- An alpaca? Ha, ok. Apparently alpacas and otters are Jared's dogs in this Supernatural reality.
- Dean considers that it might not be so bad to just stay in this world and live these lives, but Sam points out that they're not even brothers here. Aww.
- The mention of the impala brotherly bonding scenes! HA!
- Also the mention of "not many people do" watch the show. Sad but true facts.
- So much more. What are your favorite moments?
Quotes... I really could've just put the entirety of the dialogue here, but here are some of my favorites:
"Aw crap, I'm a painted whore." - Dean
"Dude, they put freakin' makeup on us. Bastards." - Dean
"We landed in some dimension where you're Jensen Ackles and I'm something called a Jared Padalecki." - Sam
"So, what, now you're Polish?" - Dean
"I wanna go home. I feel like this whole place is bad touching me." - Dean
"Misha. Jensen. What's up with the names around here?" - Dean
"Dude, we're not even in America." - Dean
"What am I, Dracula?" - Sam
"George Hamilton Dracula." - Dean
"Well, looks like you did all right." - Dean
"Yeah. Yeah. I should figure out her name." - Sam
"What's happening?" - 'Bob Singer'
"An atrocity is happening." - ? Didn't catch his name
"Yeah that's right, the scary man killed the attractive crying man, and then he started to pray." - Homeless guy
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