A man suffering from cancer goes to great lengths to “cure” himself. His treatment comes in the form of eating animal organs and innards. Because in the shaman world, this means he temporarily takes on the powers of whatever animal he eats.
In order to get to the bottom of this investigation, Dean downs a potion and becomes Dr. Dolittle in order to question a witness. Said witness is named The Colonel. And he’s a dog. Don’t you love when Sam and Dean go that extra mile in order to solve a case?
“Dog Dean Afternoon” isn’t my favorite funny episode but it did provide some laugh out loud moments and I just adored seeing Dean interact with these different animals, bond with The Colonel and exhibit some dog tendencies.
There was some Seke (Sam and Zeke) action as Chef Leo the villain slit Sam’s neck and Zeke was forced to surface in order to heal Sam’s body. Me thinks Sam has to know something is going on at this point. He tells Dean the bad guy asked him what he was. I mean, his throat was cut and then it was all better. I had hopes that Dean would come clean but he didn’t. So, once again, we have Dean lying and Sam getting knocked out. Boo.
My favorite moments from “Dog Dean Afternoon”:
-Dean and The Colonel barking after the mailman. I wonder how easy or challenging this was for Jensen to play. He did a good job getting into the spirit of this episode.
-Sam rubbing the Yorkie’s belly. That was a part of the deal. The Yorkie wanted the “big one” to rub his belly and then he’d talk. He wanted Sam to adopt him. Jared’s expressions in this scene were so great.
-Dean and The Colonel scenes were pretty awesome even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the voice. But I really liked that Dean gained an empathy for dogs — he wouldn’t let The Colonel stay in the car with the windows open and he freed the animals from the shelter. Plus he didn’t complain about a dog being in the Impala. Loved how they both stuck their heads out the window.
-I’m not sure why they showed all those funny bits from episodes past in the previously segment, but I’m sure glad they did. It was so damn good to see that giant, talking, suicidal bear again. And Dean’s rant from “Yellow Fever” continues to be epic. As does his scared scream from the same episode.
-That taxidermy guy’s place is not a place I’d want to go. Ever.
-Sam and Dean’s aliases were Agents Michaels and Deville — that’s Bret and C.C. from the rock band Poison.
-Ew to the eating the cat scene. So gross. Same goes for that concoction that Dean had to drink.
-Loved that the mice had children’s voices.
-Sam and Dean unwittingly playing fetch was funny.
-I’m okay with the dog wanting to change the station when it was playing Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” I can’t even believe Sam and Dean were listening to that song. But going off on Styx and Dennis DeYoung? UNACCEPTABLE.
-I don’t know what to make of the Dean and The Colonel scene when they’re scoping out the female French poodle. That is a French Poodle, right? I’m bad with dogs.
-Dean antagonized Chef Leo like only he can. That way he’d delay eating Sam and go after him. Smart thinking, Dean.
-What’s the real reason dogs exist? Come on, writers! Fess up! How convenient Dean’s mind meld with animals wore off right when he was about to be let in on the secret of (a dog’s) life.
-I don’t know. I think they could have taken The Colonel with them. The Winchesters have a home base now. Kevin can take care of him when Sam and Dean are away from the Men of Letters bunker. It could have worked.
Guest Star Goodness
–Steve Valentine played the cowboy hat-wearing animal entrails eater. Valentine was a series regular on NBC’s Crossing Jordan, a show that went of the air in 2007. He also played a shrink on an episode of NCIS and was in the 100th episode of USA Network’s Psych, the one that paid homage to the movie, Clue.
-The voice of the yorkie was Leslie Jordan — he’s done so much over his career but I think I know him best from his guest starring stint as Beverley Leslie on Will and Grace. He definitely has a distinctive voice. Other credits include: Hearts Afire, Boston Public and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
-That was Jessica Harmon who played the S.N.A.R.T. co-founder — she was one of the sunglass-wearing douchebags at the vegan bakery. Although…it turned out she was sprayed in the eyes with venom so she had no other choice. Anyway, thanks to one of Jared’s tweets, I found out she was in a previous Supernatural. She was one of the psychic kids — Lily — in season two’s “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1.” Lily’s power was she could kill with her touch. She accidentally caused the death of her girlfriend. And then she was murdered — she was last spotted hanging from the Cold Oak water tower.
What They Said: Favorite Quotes
Episode: “Dog Dean Afternoon”
Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
Dean: “Always knew I’d find the source of all evil at a vegan bakery.” Sam: “What’s that smell?” Dean: “Patchouli, yeah, mixed with depression from meat deprivation. Hey, you know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people. And douchebags.”
The Colonel: “You call this classic rock? Next thing you know, they’ll be playing Styx. And Dennis DeYoung? A punk.” Dean: “Dennis DeYoung’s not a punk. He’s Mr. Roboto, bitch!”
Sam: “I think you might be a dog.” Dean: “What?” Sam: “You’re scratching your head. You’re barking at the mailman. You’re playing fetch.” Dean: (whimpers) “Ruh roh.”
Dean: “How long am I gonna have the urge toâ€¦” The Colonel: “Sniff butts? Dean: “Oh, whoa. Hey. I don’t have the urge to sniff butts.” The Colonel: “Yet.” Sam: “Do you really have theâ€¦” Dean: “No! Come on!”
The Colonel: “Where are we headed?” Dean: “To the shelter.” The Colonel: “To sniff out more clues? Maybe dig up something we missed?” Dean: “All right. One more doggy pun out of you and I’m gonna have your nuts clipped.” The Colonel: “I hate to break it to you, Hoss. My sack’s emptier than Santa’s after Christmas.”
Dean: “Hey, dick move, pigeon.” Pigeon: “Screw you, asshat.”
Pigeon: “That’s right, Sally. Go cry to mama.” Dean (pulls gun out): “Oh that’s it, you son of a bitch.”
Dean: “You think that because the windows are open, that that’s some sort of treat? Huh? No. The dog’s coming in.” The Colonel: “Respect.”
Dean (to Sam): “I’m being extorted by a dog. (to the Yorkie) “What do you want? Bacon strips? Snausages?”
Yorkie: “I want a belly rub.” Dean: “All right.” Yorkie: “Not from you, sweetie. From that big one. Over there. Hi!”
The Colonel (after Dean lets the animals go): “I didn’t peg you for a softie.”
Sam: “Whoa. Oxycodone, Tramadol, Methadone.” Dean: “Oh, Guess he likes to cook comfortably numb.”
Chef Leo (to Sam): “Ahh, screw the sharktopus. You’re my main course.”
Chef Leo: “Wolf trumps dog.” Dean: “Maybe, but not a whole pack.” (whistles for shelter dogs)
Dean (to Sam): “Don’t make me lick your damn face.”
The Colonel: “Back off, tofu breath.”
The Colonel: “I’m gonna be pooping wheatgrass with these two.”
Dean: “Wish we could take you on the road with us but it’s no life for a dog.” The Colonel: “Don’t sweat it. I get carsick anyway. I was afraid to tell you earlier but I barfed in your backseat.”
Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.
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