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“Dog Dean Afternoon” rocked and barked or barkingly rocked! What a fun, happenstance episode. We had a “monster of the week”, animals, and the Winchesters hunting again, side by side. What more could be asked of any Supernatural writer? Oh, besides Jensen Ackles acting like a dog and doing so brilliantly! This is reviewing rather than a recap, with a few, funny bits! Let’s begin with our guest star, Steve Valentine(Chef Leo).

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I personally love this guy from his numerous, diverse roles but the longest running was Dr. Nigel Townsend on Crossing Jordan. To see him in a guest spot for my fav show was delightful! Chomping down on cats with a reticulating jaw(the Discovery Channel) was highly gross and knowing this fandom, much more offensive than shredding the animal shelter’s keeper immediately following. I appreciate that “the little show that could” appears to have crossed a financial line to book actors such as Felicia Day(Charly), Valentine and coming soon, Tim Odmunson from Psych.

The beforehand “Then” preview readied us with the funniest and much-loved eps going back to Dean fearfully screaming over a cat. In spite of this being a stand alone episode, the writers, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, gave us a truly “old school” hour: a monster hunted by the Winchesters a la solo!  And who else jumped when the taxidermist is frightened by the massive, stuffed bear? Knowing in the next shot, he’d be killed?! Me!

Games of Thrones or Breaking Bad anyone?! Most likely we’ll keep seeing these iconic pop culture references whether it’s to clothe a ratty rat or to describe characters moving to the dark side! Someone loves the shows and loves to share!

Does anyone else melt when the Winchesters call up Kevin(Osric Chau) to do his hoo doo? No one will ever take Bobby’s(Jim Beaver) place but techno-nerd Kev is moving up the corporate hunter ladder quickly. There is nothing that he can’t discover.

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Dean(Jensen Ackles) as doggy Dean was perfection! From fetching paper that Sam(Jared Padalecki) tosses into the trash to gruffing at the mailman, Jensen accomplished “pooch” subtly and skillfully! And who didn’t enjoy Dean’s sultry, come hither directed at the pinked out poodle?! Porn music and poodle, Dean rocked sexy!

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Also yelling at a pigeon pooping on the Impala was laugh out loud funny and I bet there’s footage for the gag reel! Typical Dean to pull out his gun to shoot a bird giving him lip. Last but not least is Dean hanging out of the car window, blowing in the wind with the shepherd, Colonel. All in all, great fun Mr. Ackles!

As usual when it comes to blood and gore, we’re not spared any visuals. Sam’s carotid artery slashed and gushing left me speechless. Of course this can happen because of Zeke but it took me aback. Zeke has no choice but to save Sam but not before Sam hears the chef asking, “What are you?”  In the beginning of the episode, Dean uses the word “everybody” to Sam and you see the question cross Sam’s face.  With Chef Leo, Sam hears someone else verbalize something hinky about him. We know this can’t continue before he holds Dean down for the truth. Not gonna be pretty.

As Sam/Zeke lays passed out, Dean attempts to rescue him.  Leo is stronger and faster and outmatches Dean. The monster ties Dean up and casually converses about his cancer, organ eating and his upcoming enjoyment at eating the two brothers. When Dean sees Sam on the floor and growls, “What did you do to my brother?”,  instant familial feels.

Dean does escape, running out of the kitchen into the alley where Leo follows him. Just desserts that Dean calls the pack of newly released dogs to tear the guy apart. Another gory scenario with just the right amount of spatter!

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The brotherly discussion over the hood of the Impala felt like home. Sam questions Dean again about what Leo could’ve meant when he was trying to kill him. Dean almost looks like he’s gonna spill the secret beans here stating that Leo got “possessed by something he couldn’t control and it was only a matter of time before it took over…”. Verbalizing his fear perhaps regarding Zeke in Sam? I think Dean’s just at the confessional brink.

The writers regaled us with another gleeful tale and believable performances from both Ackles and Padalecki. Several times this season, Dean has appeared dense: from not knowing who Clarence the angel is on “It’s a Wonderful Life” to not making the connection between SNART, the taxidermist and hunting. In spite of Sam being the scholar, Dean holds his own as a street smart, knowledgable hunter. I hope for the sake of “Dean’s” integrity, that the dumbing down stops. If you have a thought, please express it!

I loved this episode! For Supernatural to be so bleak and hopeless sometimes, the show nails comedy! Will life get darker for the Winchesters? We know so, it’s the Winchester way.  Til we meet again, stay supernatural.

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