XI : Winchester Brothers Report “What do you mean, killer bunny?”

A wise man once said, “And apparently, clowns kill.”
Sam was right in “Everybody Loves a Clown”, and he is right again 9 years later. In “Plush”, the monster’s not a rakshasa, but it share a few similarities with it : a focus on children, and disturbing face disguises. After the Suicidal Teddy Bear, Supernatural presents the nightmare trifecta known as Evil Rabbit, Mad Jester and Bloody Bozo! Sheriff Donna Hanscum, requesting back up. Officers Sam Elliott and Dean Savage, to the rescue.

Sam and Dean investigate the MOTW : “You know this rabbit?”

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“What’s up, Doc?”

Stan Hinkle’s killer is already behind bars. It’s 19 year old Mike Cooks, a Minnesota Tech student who went crazy after he put on a bunny mask he found at a thrift shop. Since then, the mask won’t come off and Mike seems to have acquired superhuman strength. Ask Dean, he almost loses his head when the rabbit man gets a hold of him.

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The bunny head finally comes off when Mike is shot dead after attacking Donna. Burning the rabbit mask does little to eliminate the problem. It seems the football team’s mascot has also gone mad. Armed with superhuman strength and a jester mask that won’t come off, they attack coach Phil Evans and put him in a coma.

It’s a ghost possession and all the costumes belong to Chester Johnson, a kid party performer, who according to his sister Rita, committed suicide. Our ghost still has one name to cross off his list. Enters Bloody Bozo, making his rounds at the hospital where Phil Evans is being treated, to finish him off.

“Wrongful death, vengeful spirit.”

Guessing there’s more to the story, the Winchesters demand Rita tell the whole truth.  The victims, Stan Hinkle and Phil Evans accused her brother Chester of being inappropriate with their children, leading Rita to question Chester’s very close relationship with her own son, Max. After defending him all his life, she leads Chester into a trap. Stan and Phil were only supposed to scare him…

Sam prays about the mytharc :  “What are you trying to say?”

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The last time we saw Sam in “Our Little World”, he looked terrified after being hit with a vision of the Cage. The first time we see him in “Plush”, he’s on his knees, praying for answers. He later explains to Dean that he prays because he’s wondering if God’s telling him that the answer to beating The Darkness in in Lucifer’s Cage, which means Sam would have to “go back” to his worst nightmare.

Sam faces the nightmare :  locked inside a cage with the monster

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Officer Sam Elliott is on the case, in the hospital elevator when enters Bloody Bozo. You can practically hear Sam counting in his head to calm his nerves. Sam fighting the clowns in “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” was amusing. The elevator scene is stressful, even for those of us without coulrophobia issues. When Bozo attacks, Sam disarms him and dispatches Chester’s ghost with iron. Instead of glitter exploding all over Sam, the show effectively conveys the feeling that Sam inside a cage, is no laughing matter this season.

Overall grade : 8/10

I give this one an 8/10. The MOTW was creative. I like the scary mask that won’t come off and the way the ghost animated hosts looked like toys that needed to be winded up when they weren’t killing. The mask that won’t come off also reminded of the Babylonian coin that wouldn’t come off the bottom of Lucky Chin’s well in “Wishful Thinking”. Tiamat? Darkness? You get a parallel, you get a parallel, everybody gets a parallel!

I talked last week about how pleased I was to see the Hunter Winchesters back in action with their tracking, evidence board and detective skills. The week before, I noticed the “Playthings”-like inn, the EMF, the lock  picking, and in “Plush”, the show makes good on its promise to go back to the basics. Salt gun! Holy water! Iron! and to top off this tasty throwback sundae, Sam hurriedly rummages through the trunk for supplies. This is all so “Jus In Bello”!

Best Sam moment : the coulrophobia was bad enough, now this?

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The elevator scene was really good. I like the way Sam regained control of himself fast enough to snatch the knife away from the clown. I felt so bad for Sam. Stuck in an elevator with a clown with no escape.

I don’t have a problem with clowns, but I did with this one because of who he’s supposed to represent. Sam in a cage, alone and scared, with a monster armed with a bloody knife he’s going to use on Sam?

The clown is Lucifer.

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Last week I was panicking and internally screeching about the death omens that were swirling around Sam. Billie the Reaper warned him in “Form and Void” that she was going to drop him into the Empty, “very soon”, and since that episode, the Cage has also been calling Sam’s name. I must be going through the stages pretty quickly, because like Sam, I’ve reached the numbness stage where it just seems like an inevitability that he’s going to end up in a horrible place, “very soon”.

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Now they even have him in an actual cage, with a psycho who’s ready to slice him. It’s like a dry run to his nightmare, in preparation of the real thing. Maybe I’m not so numb just yet. Just incredibly sad. Please don’t do this to Sam, again. There’s only so much one can take.

Best Dean moment/Best broment : Dean’s reaction to Sam’s discomfort with the clown picture

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“I know what you’re thinking Sam. Why did it have to be clowns?”

The quote’s from “Everybody Loves a Clown” but it still relevant. Look, just a little smile and no snarky comment. Coming from the man who threw a clown doll at his brother in “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”, this is growth. I approve.

The brangst. Oh, it’s back : “I’m saying, don’t count on God. Okay, count on us.”

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“He didn’t feel the need to show up for the apocalypse, why would he give a crap now?”

Unlike Sam, Dean doesn’t think the deadbeat who slept through Armageddon would suddenly care about their new problem. For Sam, the sibling connection between God and Amara could explain why God is talking a personal interest this time around.

I understand Dean’s skepticism. From the moment his mother, who believed in God and angels got destroyed by a demon, he’s had no use for the man on the tortilla. Sam like his mom has kept the faith and continues to pray, which is why I was a bit put off by the way Dean dismissed and shut down Sam’s prayers and visions in “Baby.” In “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester”, Dean told Sam “Don’t give up on this stuff,” if it helps you, and I was starting to think there was more to Dean’s drastic rejection of faith, even for Sam. Then Rita Johnson said something.

“I should have trusted my brother.”

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We know every sibling parallel has to do with the brothers and right now, Sam is the poster boy for emotional transparency. Who’s hiding something from their brother? Dean. And I think it relates to his refusal to hear about God and prayers. The bond he has with Amara bothers him, but as long as he’s not talking about it, he keeps it from becoming too real. Sam’s openness makes Dean uncomfortable, because Dean doesn’t want to be reminded of the things he doesn’t want to deal with.

Rita not trusting Chester (who was innocent if you believe Max), resulted in Chester being dropped head first into the rocks that broke his skull. Is this warning for Dean? Will him not trusting Sam with the Deanmara secret result in Sam being harmed?

Juicy Bit : “Sam, no.”

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If the elevator going down represents the Cage,  all the prison bars that litter this episode represent someone getting locked in. While the scene where the rabbit tries to crush Dean’s skull through the bars encourages us to keep an open mind as to who might be dragged to Hell, most of the foreshadowing points to Sam, and he himself acting like it’s something he would consider in order to defeat The Darkness, brings me closer to answering the question I posed last week. “Whose hand is this, anyway? These aren’t Jared’s longer and slimmer fingers, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be his in a couple of weeks.

Final verdict

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I’m scared. Sam, The Tower of Resilience is scared, and I don’t know what to do with that. I feel suffocated by all the prison bars everywhere and I’m more upset than I’ve ever been at the thought of someone going to Hell, probably because in my mind, they were never supposed to go there twice. The Empty starting to look real good.

I liked the episode. I think we’re back to crafting MOTW stories that have an excellent link to the brothers story and relationship. Kudos, season 11.

I liked the mask-shifting ghost, but what I liked even more was the deeper story that was being told here. Sam seems to be bound for the Cage and it seems Dean is being warned, rather strongly, to disclose his secret connection with Amara to his brother while he still can.

At first I didn’t understand why Sam prayed with his door open.

“You want privacy, close your door.”

I’m reading between the bars, and all I have to say is, DEFINITELY NOT. Nobody close any doors on Sam.

Are you as worried as I’m starting to be? I’d reach for a teddy bear for comfort but… ya know…

Merci,

Vee

XI : Winchester Brothers Report
11.01 “We Broke It, We Bought It”
11.02 “That Giant, Crazy Fart”
11.03 “And I have a fake badge”
11.04 “We’re home”
11.05 “That whole sensitive verbal massage”
11.06 “She overpowered me, end of story”

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37 thoughts on “XI : Winchester Brothers Report “What do you mean, killer bunny?”

  1. That Creepy Killer Bunny Just Given A Sewer Dumping qualifies as The Fifth Rider of the Apocalypse beside War, Famine, Pestilence and Death. Creepy Killer Bunny would not even need a phantom horse, Bunny could just hop along.

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  2. Thanks for pointing out all of the Cage images used by the director. That is why I re-watch several times. Yes, this is becoming a Sam story and there is little comfort in anything Dean provides as “comfort”. Finding another way does not seem to be an option( see the outtake of find another way- we need some levity).

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    1. What frustrates me is that they haven’t even talked about other ways. I hate the idea of the cage it never ends well. Again Sam thinks sacrificing himself is the way to go-how about not sacrificing anyone for a change?

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      1. I hate the idea of the Cage as well, and how quick Sam is to sacrifice himself. You can tell he’s considering it.

        “how about not sacrificing anyone for a change?”

        I think this is where Dean comes in. Now that he knows how serious Sam is about the Cage, he’s going to look for other avenues. “Sam, no.” He’s not just going to sit back and allow Sam to jump back into the hole. Dean might even get desperate enough to make a deal with Amara…

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        1. “I think this is where Dean comes in. Now that he knows how serious Sam is about the Cage, he’s going to look for other avenues. “Sam, no.” He’s not just going to sit back and allow Sam to jump back into the hole. Dean might even get desperate enough to make a deal with Amara…”

          I hope you are right. I can’t see any way that Sam can go to that cage and leave in one piece.

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          1. I know, I’m very worried this time around. It’s just too much. Too much torture, too much destruction, too much. Not to mention, Sam has battled so hard to put the pieces of his mind together. There will be nothing left of him. He won’t survive this. I’m just so scared and sad about this. I’ll give them this, they’re doing a good job keeping me invested in the fate of the character.

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    2. “Thanks for pointing out all of the Cage images used by the director.”

      Thank you. They really did a good job with the imagery. The one where Sam looks up and we see the bars on the elevator cage was powerful. It definitely made me think about what it must have been like for Sam in the real Cage. They’re painting quite a picture and it makes me relate to Sam’s Hell experience in a way I hadn’t before.

      “Yes, this is becoming a Sam story and there is little comfort in anything Dean provides as “comfort”.”

      The episode was very Sam centric and it does look like the Cage is going to be his story. Dean hasn’t provided anything concrete in terms of “comfort”, for now. I think it’s also because he’s only now understanding how serious Sam’s visions could be. He seemed a little bit in denial up until now. If Dean believes there’s a real threat that Sam could be going back to the Cage, he’s going to take action. That’s what he does when Sam is in danger. I’m thinking he might use Amara’s fascination for him and enlist her help, which of course turns into a deal that will come back to bite him in the butt.

      “Finding another way does not seem to be an option”

      They’re really presenting the Cage as the only solution but I think we’re going to see the brothers look for alternative solutions in the coming episodes. I hope.

      “( see the outtake of find another way- we need some levity).”

      I’ve been a little out of the loop these past weeks because I’m putting the finishing touches on my thesis. Do you have a link?

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  3. ” I’ve reached the numbness stage where it just seems like an inevitability that he’s going to end up in a horrible place, “very soon”.”

    Sadly I agree with you.
    REALLY Sam?? Haven’t you learned anything? Although TPTB might trick us and make it the right thing to do but…somehow I doubt it.

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    1. “Sadly I agree with you.”

      Yeah, it’s becoming difficult to stay in denial in the face of all the foreshadowing that’s going on.

      “REALLY Sam?? Haven’t you learned anything?”

      Wait. What did he do? Are you referring to the fact that it seems like he’s considering going back to the Cage?

      “Although TPTB might trick us and make it the right thing to do”

      I can see them doing that and I think Sam wouldn’t hesitate. When he was in the church, he pretty much said he was willing to go and pay for his sins as long as Dean got to have a life.

      Oh, these boys are breaking my heart 😦

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  4. Remember the boy who got his head stuck between the fence slats? Famous 1950s photo of police officer helping the kid get out without taking his ears off.

    Dean, the eternal boy.

    Served him right, by the way. Poor Sammy the only adult in the room. Can’t turn your head for a minute. Always up to something.

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    1. “Dean, the eternal boy.”
      Indeed! There’s always been a child-like quality to Dean. I think it’s because he never got to be a child. I find it endearing.

      “Served him right, by the way. Poor Sammy the only adult in the room. Can’t turn your head for a minute. Always up to something.”
      Lol, Sam told him to be careful. Next thing Dean does, he’s up close and personal with the rabbit and turning his back on it. Sam stayed a good 5 feet away.

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    1. “Could Sam begin to dread closed doors because of his own fear of the future?”

      I can definitely see him becoming nervous about closed spaces with the Cage constantly on his mind. I hope he doesn’t end up developing a slight tendency to claustrophobia in addition to his coulrophobia problem.

      “Dean did come by, rude big brother, but there if he is needed.”

      You bring up a good point which makes me notice something I missed before. This is actually the one of two times that Dean placed himself between Sam and his fears about the Cage. “There if he’s needed.” Dean’s position in this episode can be summed up in two words, “Sam, no.”
      Sam, no, stop relying on God, he’s going to disappointing you. Sam, no, don’t even think about going down the Cage road again. Sam, no, the answer is not over there. “Count on us”, count on me 🙂

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      1. “Count on us”, count on me

        I keep saying that Sam was told God helps those that help themselves-rely on yourself and your brother Sam! You can’y rely on Lucifer, he will ALWAYS let you down.

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        1. That’s a great point. It seems that while Dean completely dismisses the visions as being from God, Sam is too eager to believe they come from a trustworthy source. The man at the wheel in “Baby” might have been Lucifer, not John or Michael.

          Sam thinks his first vision is from God because he had it after he prayed but he forgets that angels also answer prayers and which archangel is the most connected to The Darkness? The one who kept the key to her prison in the form of a Mark. The more I think about this, the more I believe Dean’s right.

          It’s Lucifer talking to Sam, and Sam is falling under the spell. He’ not questioning the visions and I believe that his desire to punish himself, die and pay for his sins for releasing The Darkness has something to do with it.

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          1. I agree with you! I definitely think it was Lucifer or Michael talking to him in the car. He HAS to question these visions-he cant take them at face value-and even at face value they seem hinky…..I just hope Dean is paying close attention because I already can feel Sam thinking about how he will go to the cage without Dean knowing..SIGH

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            1. OMG. That’s something I didn’t even think about that.
              Plus, all Lucifer has to do, is threaten Dean’s soul, and Sam will follow the Devil without questions.

              That prayer in the church was very revealing when it comes to where Sam is mentally. He’ll do anything, as long as it means Dean gets to have a life. These boys are killing me.

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              1. “I just thought about something.
                Remember what Cain said? “Abel wasn’t talking to God. He was talking to Lucifer.”
                It’s official. Sam’s definitely talking to the Devil”

                OMG! You’re right! Wakeup and smell the coffee Sam!

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              2. So are we back again to Cains story-l and Dean is going to have to go to take back the mark of Cain and kill Sam in exchange for Sam going to Heaven?? UH

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