DETAILS

Writers: John Shiban
Director: Philip Sgriccia
First aired: Thursday October 5, 2006.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) listen to a message on John’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) cell phone from a woman named Ellen (guest star Samantha Ferris) and decide to track her down.
They are shocked to discover Ellen runs a road house that also serves as a gathering place for hunters like themselves. Meanwhile, at a small town carnival, a clown is persuading children to let them into their home so he can murder their parents.

John Shiban wrote the episode directed by Phil Sgriccia.

 

RECAP

Medford, WisconsinA couple and their daughter are visiting the circus, although the husband Norm isn’t impressed. Their daughter spots a clown and points him out to her parents, but he’s nowhere to be found. Later as they’re driving home, the girl spots the clown by the side of the road as they drive home. Later after she’s tucked in bed, she gets up and sees the clown on the lawn. She goes down and lets him in.

 

At Bobby’s, Dean and Sam are burning their father’s body and Dean denies that John said anything to him before he died.

One Week Later

Dean is working on the Impala and Sam is overly attentive toward him. Sam is angry at Dean for not doing anything, but Dean points out they’ve got nothing and all he can do is work on the car. Sam reveals he cracked John’s voice mail code and reveals a four-month old message from Ellen. Sam has an address and suggests they go check it out. They end up a roadhouse and find a dead body. Two women get the drop on them and one of them, Ellen, recognizes them. She introduces them to Jo, her daughter.

Ellen says she offered to help and knows about the demons from John when he passes through. They can’t offer help but offer the services of Ash, the “dead man” on the bar. Ash is impressed by John’s diary entries and is on the ball himself, and says he can figure out the demon’s location from John’s research. He’ll need time, and Sam notices a folder on some murders. Jo explains their father was a hunter who passed away, and she and Dean exchange condolences. Sam says they should check out the murders, apparently committed by a clown

It turns out the clown killed the parents and spread the girl, and all the circus employees have alibis. They wonder how the clown can move when typically spirits are bound to one place. Dean is also curious why Sam took the case. Meanwhile, at the circus in a funhouse, a parent is taking his son Alex through a fun house when the kid sees a clown. Later that night, Alex wakes up his dad to show him he’s brought the clown into the house.

Dean and Sam go to the circus and find out about the parents’ murders. Sam has a thing about clowns but figures if the clown is attached to a cursed item, they’ll have trouble finding it. They follow up on a “Help Wanted” add and after Dean manages to antagonize a couple of the circus performers, they find the owner, Barry Cooper. He quickly figures out they haven’t done circus work but Sam manages to convince him. Sam admits that he plans to stick with the “family business” since John’s death, but Dean is clearly upset.

Later Sam checks out the funhouse with the EMF sensor and reports to Sam, who is confronted by one of the circus performers, a blind knife thrower. Dean claims they’re writing a book on ghosts and then overhear a girl talking about seeing a clown. The brothers don’t see anything, and later that night they follow the girl and her parents home. Dean reveals Cooper was a lot manager on a previous circus with a “killer clown” problem and the problem may have followed him.

Later the brothers spot the girl taking the clown into the house and sneak in and blast it down with rock salt. It doesn’t work and the clown leaps through a window as it turns invisible. They run and ditch the van, and Sam hits on Dean about how he’s not dealing with it. Dean confronts Sam about how he’s trying to make things right, but it’s too late.

Sam calls Ellen, who has figured the clown is a rakshasa, which has to feed every 20-30 years, can turn invisible, and lives in squalor while sleeping on a bed of dead insects. They also remember that Cooper looks just like a picture of his father. The legend claims that they need a dagger of pure brass to kill the rakshasa.

Dean goes to the knife thrower while Sam sneaks into Cooper’s trailer but Cooper gets the drop on him. Dean goes through the man’s trunk and finds a clown outfit—the knife thrower is the rakshasa. It turns invisible and starts throwing knives at him. He runs outside and runs into Sam, who has an idea. They go into the funhouse but are separated. Sam goes for a pipe organ with brass pipes while Dean finds him just in time to get pinned to the wall by more invisibly-thrown knives. Dean turns on a smoke machine and the mist outlines the creature enough for Sam to stab it. Dean pulls himself free and they find the creature, dead.

Back at Ellen’s roadhouse, Sam gives Dean some time with Jo but he doesn’t want to get with her. Ash reveals he hasn’t found anything but he’s rigged a device to go off when it picks up any of the signs, and he’ll call them when he’s got something. Ellen offers them a place to stay but they Dean declines because there’s something he has to finish.

Back at Bobby’s, Sam apologizes for picking a last fight with John and that he’s trying to make up for it, but he’s not all right. After he leaves, Dean takes out his frustration on the Impala.

 

GUEST STARS

Recurring Role:
Samantha Ferris (Ellen Harvelle)
Alona Tal (Jo Harvelle)
Guest Star:
Julius Chapple (Nora’s Dad)
Quinn Lord (Evan)
Kirsten Williamson (Second Girl’s Mom)
Lexie Huber (Nora’s Mom)
Chad Lindberg (Ash)
Ken Kramer (Mr. Cooper)
Alec Willows (Amazing Papazian/Clown/Rakshasas)
Alexis Llewellyn (Second Girl)
Colin Naples (Midget Clown)
David Stuart (Evan’s Dad)

 

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TRAILER/CLIPS

 

 

MUSIC

Time has Come Today” by The Chambers Brothers
Shambala” by 3 Dog Night
Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain & Tenille

 

 

QUOTES

Sam: Where did you learn all this?
Ash: MIT.
Sam: MIT?
Ash: Yeah, it’s a school in Boston.

Sam: Well, before we go stabbing things into Cooper, we’re gonna wanna make damn sure it’s him.
Dean: You’re such a stickler for details, Sammy.

Sam: No, no, no. That’s not what this is about, Dean. I don’t care how you deal with this, but you have to deal with it, man! Listen, I’m your brother, all right? I just want to make sure you’re okay.
Dean: Dude, I’m okay! I’m okay, okay? I swear, the next person that asks me if I’m okay, I’m gonna start throwing punches!

(abandoning the minivan)
Sam: You really think they saw our plates?
Dean: Don’t wanna take the chance. Besides, I hate this freaking thing anyway.

Second Girl: Mommy, Daddy, they shot my clown!

Dean: You don’t know? I thought that, once the demon was dead and the fat lady sings, you were going to take off, head back to Wussy State.
Sam: I’m having second thoughts.
Dean: Really.
Sam: Yeah, I think. Dad would’ve wanted me to stick to the job.
Dean: Since when did you give a damn what Dad wanted? You spent half your life doing exactly what he didn’t want, Sam.
Sam: Since he died, okay?

Ash: You ever been struck by lightning? It ain’t fun.

Dean: (to Ellen) Was there an article in Demon Hunters Quarterly that I missed? I mean, who are you? How do you know about all this?

Dean: Excuse me. We’re looking for a Mr. Cooper. Have you seen him around?
Amazing Papazian: What is that? Some kind of joke? (removes his glasses, showing he’s blind)
Dean: Oh God, I’m sorry…
Amazing Papazian: You think I wouldn’t give my eye teeth to see Mr. Cooper, or a sunset, or anything at all…?
Dean: (aside, to Sam) You wanna give me a little help here?
Sam: Not really.
Midget Clown: Hey Barry, is there a problem?
Amazing Papazian: Yeah, this guy hates blind people.
Dean: No, no I don’t…
Midget Clown: Hey buddy, what’s your problem?
Dean: Nothing, it’s just a little misunderstanding.
Midget Clown: Little? You son of a *****…
Dean: No, no, no, I’m just… Can somebody tell me where Mr. Cooper is? Please?

Sam: I’m sorry.
Dean: ‘Bout what?
Sam: About me and Dad. I’m sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I’m sorry I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean, for all I know he died thinking that I hate him. So you’re right. That what I’m doing right now is too little – it’s too late. But I miss him, man and I feel guilty as hell. And i’m not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know. I will let you get back to work.

Mr. Cooper: You two have never worked a show in your lives before, have you?
Dean: Nope. But we really need the work. So… and ah, Sam here’s got a thing for the bearded lady.

Jo: Am I going to see you again?
Dean: Do you want to?
Jo: I wouldn’t hate it.

Dean: Hey man.
Ash: Yeah?
Dean: Oh by the way, I dig the haircut.
Ash: All business up front, party in the back.

Ash: If this fugly ******* raises its head, I’ll know. I mean I’m on it like Divine on dog dookie.

Dean: You got to be kidding me, this guy’s no genius, he’s a Lynyrd Skynyrd roadie.
Ash: I like you.
Dean: Thanks

Dean: You still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on the television.
Sam: At least I’m not afraid of flying.
Dean: Planes crash!
Sam: And apparently clowns kill.

Dean: Oh God, please let that be a rifle.
Jo: Nah, I’m just real happy to see you.

(driving a minivan)
Dean: This is humiliating. Feel like a freakin’ soccer mom!

Sam: All right, Dean, it’s just we’ve been at Bobby’s for over a week now and you haven’t brought up Dad once.
Dean: You know what, you’re right. Come here, I want to lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, maybe even slow dance.

 

TRIVIA

  • When Sam and Dean are about to stop the clown from killing a little girl’s parents in the house, Sam is in a room that is dark when we get a shot of him. Then it is lit when we get a shot of Dean with the room in the background. The light is on then off depending on the camera angle.
  • If you listen real carefully at the end when Jo asks Dean if she’ll ever seen him again, he replies, “Do you want to?” The last part of the sentence has Jensen going into almost a full-on Texan/southern accent.
  • This is the first episode in which Sam and Dean cry together.
  • Near the end of the episode when Dean is taking the last drink from the beer bottle, his hand switches position from the neck to the bottom depending on the camera angle.
  • In the scene where Sam and Dean are walking through wheat fields after they abandon the van, Sam is/isn’t holding a cell phone depending on whether it is a close/far shot.
  • The end credits feature “In memory of our friend, Peter Ellis.” Peter Ellis directed two episodes, “Bloody Mary” and “The Benders,” and died in April 2006.
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    ALLUSIONS

    • Dean: Check it out. 5-0.
      This is a reference to the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). It was on CBS and had 282 total episodes. Created by Leonard Freeman, Hawaii Five-O was an elite investigative unit that reported to the Governor of Hawaii.
    • Nintendo DS Game
      The sound effects coming from the little boy’s Nintendo DS during the scene in the fun house was from the video game Donkey Kong.
    • Dean: I know what you’re thinking – Why’d it have to be clowns?
      This is an allusion to the Indiana Jones line from Raiders of the Lost Ark – “Why’d it have to be snakes?”
    • Ash: I mean I’m on it like Divine on dog dookie.
      This quote refers to famous Drag queen, Divine, who became infamous after completely chewing and swallowing actual dog feces in the film Pink Flamingos.

     

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