Supernatural Season 9 Review “Dog Dean Afternoon” – The Show Goes to the Dogs, In a Good Way

Dog Dean Afternoon

In this episode of Supernatural, called “Dog Dean Afternoon,” Sam and Dean get back to doing what they do best and go out on a case. Only trouble is, the only way to solve it is to turn Dean into an animal – literally.

In the fine tradition of comedic episodes that trace their heritage all the way back to the first season, this was another stunning example of how this show can mix in the absolutely ludicrous with the frightening. The man (creature, whatever) they were chasing was definitely scary and there were a few moments (especially when he was swallowing the cats) that reminded me of why some of my friends find this show too scary to watch.

This episode also gave Jensen Ackles the chance to cut up and use his comedic chops, as he has done in the past in great episodes such as “Yellow Fever.” When they showed the wonderfully hilarious clip of Dean screaming at the cat from that episode, I knew we were in for another treat. Dean as a dog was so delicious that it was like having my cake and pie and ice cream all rolled into one. I am still recovering from a cold I caught last week and I laughed so hard during this episode that I kept sending myself into coughing fits that quite literally took my breath away. And yet, it was totally worth it to see Dean barking at a mail man, scratching behind his ears, lusting after a poodle and (in my favorite scene of all) getting into an argument with a pigeon.

But as is always the case with this show, it wasn’t just fun and games. Sam once again found himself in mortal danger (is it just me, or does that seem to be happening to him more than ever since Zeke jumped in his meat suit?) and Zeke had to pop in to save him. That of course caught the attention of Stetson Man, who subsequently wanted to eat the younger Winchester. While I don’t deny that Sam would make a tasty meal, it did cause Sam to get more suspicious and Dean to have to lie to his face again. When Sam finds out the truth he’s going to remember all the times his brother lied to him like that and it’s not going to go over well.

My favorite bits:

Hearing the “Saving people, hunting things” line again. Aw, I missed that.

All the clips from the funny episodes – Dean screaming over the cat, Sammy’s lost shoe. Oh yeah, this is gonna be good.

Cowboy hat and a forked tongue? Two things that don’t go well together.

Finding out that Kevin was still on his all-out drunken ‘fest.

Sam pointing out that they needed to get out there doing what they do best.

Sam holding up the.. well, whatever that thing was in the taxidermy place. Was it wearing a dress??

“I don’t like the way that one’s looking at me.”

I love the bunker and all, but I have to say the sight of the boys in a seedy motel again made very me happy.

“I always knew I’d find the source of all evil at a vegan bakery.” – You and me both, Dean. You and me both.

The guy describing hunters as “selfish dicks who define themselves by what they kill.” He meant different hunters, I know, but still. Ha!

Stetson Man eating the cat. Ick.

Dean suspecting the dog. Hey, considering their past experiences, it wasn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.

“Hey boy, you speak sign language?”
“That’s monkeys.”

Sam calling up Kevin and casually asking how to speak to a dog.

Colonel asking Dean to change the radio station.

“You call this classic rock? Next think you know they’ll be playing Styx.”

Colonel’s opinions on classic rock making me laugh so hard I nearly coughed myself to death. Totally worth it.

Dean inadvertently fetching the trash out of the can.

Dean barking at the mailman.

Sam informing Dean that he was a dog.

“Ruh-roh.”

“Whoa, hey, I don’t have the urge to sniff butts.”
“Yet.”

“I hate to break it you, hoss, my sack’s emptier than Santa’s after Christmas.”

The best part was not the fact that Dean could hear all the animals, but that all of them sort of sounded like Dean. A pigeon using the term “ass-hat”? Classic.

The dog demanding a belly rub from Sam. That was hilarious.

Dean letting the dogs out.

Dean hearing the mice.

“We even know how to kill this guy?”
“Well, empty one of these in his head. See what that does.”

Dean smelling the cancer in Stetson Man.

Dean calling his “pack” for help.

“Come on, Sam. Don’t make me lick your damn face.”

Dean telling Colonel that he wished they could take him on the road with them.

Colonel announcing that he barfed in the backseat of the Impala.

The spell wearing off just as Colonel was about to tell Dean the real reason they were put on earth. Haha!

Sam asking why Stetson Man wanted to know what he was. Uh oh.

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