Sunday, February 27, 2011

Episode Review: The French Mistake



Hey, guys! So, we’ve had our fair share of –hilarious- episodes, right? From Ghostfacers, to Yellow Fever, to Changing Channels. Who thought it could get funnier? I sure didn’t. But that is exactly what “The French Mistake” is. In mine, and judging on the twitter feed, everyone else’s opinion, this episode was the funniest Supernatural has ever been. I was initially worried that after all the hype over this Meta episode, the actual thing wouldn’t be impressive. How wrong I was…
On a rainy day, out of booze (OH NO), Bobby’s out on a “supply run” while Sam and Dean are stuck at home. Guess who pays them a visit? The beautiful man that is Balthazar. Yes, I said beautiful, people. The man makes everyone swoon.
Balthazar: Hello, boys. You’ve seen the Godfather, right?
Dean: Balthazar?
Balthazar: You know, the end where Michael Corleone sends his men to kill his enemies in one, big, bloody swoop.
So, I don’t know how many of you understand the Godfather reference but basically, shit’s going down.
While Dean tries to get his attention, Balthazar gathers items (Dead Sea Brine, Lamb’s blood) and throws them into a bowl while I’m sitting here going WHAT’S GOING ON.
Sam: Why are you talking about the Godfather?
Balthazar: Because we’re in it. Right now. Tonight. And in the role of Michael Corleone – the Archangel Raphael.
Dean: Do you mind telling us what you mean?
No, Dean. He needs one more thing first! The vertebrae of a lesser saint. Awesome. After confirming that Bobby keeps a “beautiful pantry,” it’s then explained to us that Raphael’s had time to get better, per say, after being whoop assed by Balthazar with Lots Salt and now, he’s after everyone that helps or helped Castiel who by the way is “deep, deep underground.”
Balthazar: Including both of you. And so much more importantly, me.
Of course, the Winchesters question him while he draws some kind of sigil on the window but there’s no time for more explanation. Raphy’s here. Dramatically thrown to the other side of the room just after he gives Sam a key, he tells them to run as an angel called Virgil storms into the room. When they don’t make a move, he flings them through the window and they land gently on stunt mattresses. You read that right.
Bob Singer: CUT.
[Applause from the crew]
Crew guy: Real good on the fall. Way to go.
Bob: Jared, Jensen! Outstanding! That was just great!
Crew guy 2: Supernatural, scene one, echo, take one, tail slate, marker!
Welcome to the Meta Episode.
Sam: Should we be killing anybody?
Dean: I don’t think so.
Sam: Running?
Dean: Where?
A hilariously very confused Sam and Dean examine everything, even wobbling a piece of fake, plastic, broken glass as Bob Singer, along with two others, decide on how to cut a scene. Freeze frame? Hate mail? Deep, heart to hearts between Sam and Dean in the Impala? They talked about it all.
Crew man: That’s a wrap on Jared and Jensen!
Sam: Who the hell are—
Interviewer: Jared, three minutes.
So the interviewer pulls “Jared” away, with Dean following, asking where they’re going, only to be pulled away by the make-up artist and she brings “Jensen” to the vanity claiming that she needs to remove his make-up. “I’m not wearing any make—“ Yes, buddy. You are. The tainted make-up wipes prove it!
Dean/Jensen: Oh, crap. I’m a painted whore.
I LAUGHED LIKE A PAINTED WHORE. And so did everyone else! And why shouldn’t they? I kid you not, the good lines just kept on coming…
Seeing Jared once again, Jensen look at him seriously, saying:
Jensen: They put make-up on us, those bastards…
So Sam confirms it for us. They are in a TV set. Even better, the TV set of Supernatural. Not only this, in this alternate universe they are themselves. By themselves, I mean this.
Sam: Look, I’m not saying it makes sense, I’m just saying that we landed in a dimension where you’re Jensen Ackles and I’m something called a Jared Padalecki.
Dean: Oh, so what, now you’re polish?!
I die a little bit inside every time I hear that.. Good kinda die. From here on out we had an arsenal of hilarity that had everyone in stitches of uncontrollable giggles.
Firstly, Jensen and Jared moments. Apparently.. These two don't talk, aren't buddy buddy and so everyone finds it weird that they're walking around as if inseparable. Weird.
So we see references to Jensen’s life via the trailer. An old camera here, a football trophy there, a guitar and several trophies. Perfect! It doesn’t give much away about Jensen’s life. Jensen’s a private person. Bingo.
Before we move on, I just want to point out that it was HILARIOUS when Sam pointed out to Dean that Jensen was in a soap opera.

After our nice moment in the trailer, Sam and Dean try to figure out a way to recreate Balthazar’s spell, going around the set to look for the ingredients, only to find that they’re all props! Everything! Even the Impala. My heart broke… And Dean felt like puking. Finally figuring out how to get out of the set (which is via their personal driver) Dean asks…
Dean: “Where the hell are we, anyway? … [Seeing a “Vancouver” sign] Dude, we’re not even in America.
Later on, he makes a comment about doing bad things if he hears anymore talk of hockey. The stereotypical references to Canada had me giggling like a fool.
Then we get references to Jared’s life. A tanning bed (The guy isn’t naturally tanned?!), the otter and alpaca which refers to his charity work in real life and most of all, his wife. Yep. Genevieve Padalecki was there, starring as Genevieve Padalecki and making snarky quips at Dean! Or rather, Jensen.
Dean: Dude, you have a camel in your back yard.
Genevieve: It’s an Alpaca, dumbass.
After very awkwardly figuring out that “Ruby” is married to “Jared,” she explains how Alpacas are the greenest animal and that she’s going to an International Otter Adoption Charity dinner. Checking her out as she walks away, Dean says “Well, looks like you did alright” to which Jared replies “Yeah… Yeah… I should figure out her name.”
Dean: Wait… You and Ruby?
Genevieve: Do you honestly think that’s funny, Jensen?
Dean: Right. Right. ‘Cos you’re not Ruby. You… I mean, how could you be? You… are Of course! You are the lovely actress that plays Ruby. [Awkwardly laughing] And you… are in Jared’s house because… you two are, uh…. Married! You married fake Ruby?!
HAHAHA. That’s all I have to say on that.
Genevieve: You’ve never even been to our house.
Dean: Well… now that I know there’s an alpaca out back, I’m definitely coming back.
Genevieve: Alpacas are the greenest animal.
Dean: Right. Right! That is so important…
I couldn’t breathe. Let’s just put that out there. But don’t judge. I’m not crazy. Pretty sure everyone else was having a hard time breathing, too!
Secondly, Castiel! Or Misha, as he is known by everyone.
Dean: His names Misha. [Making a face] Misha?
Sam: Wow. Great.
Dean: Misha? Jensen? What’s up with the names around here?
So “Misha” Is a tweet crazy actor. Who tweets EVERYTHING.
Misha: You guys, you really punked me! I’m totally gonna tweet this one! [Pronouncing everything slowly] “Hola, Mishamigos. J-squared got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys.”
Misha: Ooh, priority. What’s in it?
Sam: I bought part of a dead person.
Misha: Alright, cool.
Dean: So… bad news. Looks like we’re gonna have to do some acting.
Sam: [Makes a WTF face] What?
THEM TRYING TO ACT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST THINGS I’VE SEEN. Those caps were so necessary. Dean’s pouty, serious face and Sam’s over exaggerated hand gestures… I was laughing so, so hard.

So after a break in which Sam says “Who wrote this?! Nobody says Penultimate!” to which Dean replies “Gun. Mouth. Now.” Misha tweets…
Misha: “IMHO, J&J had a late one last night. ROTFLMAO”
It has to be said that while typing and speaking out what he was typing, Misha spelled out “IMHO” and “ROTFLMAO.” Letter by letter.
Last tweet from Misha is one posted once he gets into his car.
Misha: “Ever get that feeling someone’s in the backseat?” … “Frowny face.”
Yes. Especially when there IS someone in your backseat. I was highly unimpressed by the Misha death! SERIOUSLY.
Homeless Witness: The scary man killed the attractive crying man.
But on a better note, what was amazing was that @mishacollins tweeted tweets by Misha on the show as they happened. I don’t think I can love the man more than I already do.
So hilarity aside, Virgil, heaven’s weapons keeper, busts in around the set after Sam and Dean beat him up, killing everyone. THEY KILLED SUPERNATURAL. AU Bob Singer, AU ERIC KRIPKE. He killed them all. Well, all except one.
Returning to the set so Raphael can snatch him out of this Alternate Universe, Virgil gets sidetracked when Dean and Sam tackle him to the ground and beat him up. But Raphael's here and he pulls Dean and Sam out, instead. Or should I say she?

Dude does. Dude's Raphael. And she... he demands that Balthazar give him the weapons that he stole. But what does Balthazar reveal? That Cas has them all.

Raphael: Castiel.

Castiel: If you don't want to die tonight, Back Off.

Well that sent the bitch running.
After getting back to Bobby's it's explained to us that Sam and Dean were the stick to Virgil's game of catch and that Balthazar used these two "Marmosets" as distractions since he needed time to find heaven's weapons. An annoyed Dean and Sam are given an apology by Cas but he explains that he would've done the same because Raphael cannot win the civil war in heaven.
And then angel go poof.

It's really worth the watch, guys. Watch it over and over again!

Thumpa, out! ;)

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