Supernatural Review: "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"

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Having no soul is supposed to be a bad thing. However, last night's Supernatural, “Clap Your Hands If You Believe,” showed us another side to soulless Sam.

For one, Sam is unknowingly funny. Sure I miss the old version, but without his soul, he lacks a filter that allows him to say and do exactly what’s on his mind.

The scenes where Sam half listened to Dean running from the bright light, trying to convince Dean that it should be ok to have sex with a girl instead of suffering over his abduction, and checking out the waitresses were hilarious.

Do They Believe?

Even his comments on the way the Crystal lady’s house smelled and needing bigger cups for his tea, illustrated some of his humorous lines. Sam doesn’t realize that his words come across as comical which makes it that much funnier.

Dean also continued to be the witty character that he is, with lines about Tinkerbell, Lucky Charms, and “Nipples?” He was the focus of the fairy abductions, but his dilemma didn’t keep him from spitting out snarky lines. He even gave some great facial expressions that enhanced the humor in his words.

While the episode essentially focused on a “monster of the week,” it also proved important to the season story arc.

First, it was revealed that there was a King Fairy. This tied into the Alpha creature storyline. It also got Sam to ask Dean if he serviced the King Fairy. How many times do you think he had to do that line without laughing?

Secondly, the leprechaun expressed the capability of retrieving Sam’s soul back. It’s interesting to learn the different levels of magic between all of the creatures that exist. It’s also hard to believe that a fairy can have the power over the devil.

This begs the question: What is the most powerful creature out there?

An Unusual Scene

For a moment, I thought Sam would take up the leprechaun deal. Yet, his lack of soul and feeling allowed him to see the downside of the bargain. There always ends up being one.

So, when, the episode drew to a close and Dean confronted Sam about not taking the deal, I was glad with Sam’s decision. However, when Dean asked if Sam still wanted his soul back, the shot of his face left me wondering too. When the brothers finally get the opportunity to retrieve the soul, will Sam actually take it?

This was a fun episode that at first poked fun at aliens and the X-Files before focusing on the world of fairies. Humor, drama, the monster of the week, and a connection to the larger story made me appreciate the strength of this season. It also makes me feel as if Supernatural has a couple more seasons left in it.

I’m certainly on board. Are you?


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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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@ Piecar: Thanks for spotting that. All fixed.


Even though I do agree it was a funny episode, the change of style that this season has brought along does make me think this will indeed be the last season. It's still funny, original and I love seeing the guys in a different light, but I don't think they could keep doing this for another season and I'd rather have this series end on an up-note than have it turn into one of those series that jumps the shark.


Loved this episode.. Was the funniest yet! bring on season 7!!!


“Third kind already? I think you better run, man. I think the fourth kind is a butt thing.� Don't think I will ever stop laughing at that line. Made so funny by the fact that Sam was so dead serious when he said it.


When Supernatural tries to be funny, they never fail. The acting and writing makes them absolutely hilarious when they want to be. I still think back and laugh when I think about the scene when the bothers were checking themselves into a mental intuition. Loving this season so far and Sam being unknowingly funny is fun to watch even though I do miss the old sweet and caring Sam. I was worried that since it's the sixth season the writers would have ran out of ideas and the shows quality would start to decline, but that is surely not the case.


Loved that Sam and Dean switched roles. I like Sam being tougher this season. Agree with Tom that they should move on with the 'a war is coming' stuff. That's getting old. Other than, loving the brothers! Especially Dean!


Brother, you've got to proofread your posts. "Having a soul is supposed to be a bad thing..." I'm pretty sure you mean 'having no soul' I'm no spelling nazi, but that changes the entire point you're making, doesn't it?


It was a very great episode. It had the dark humor, brotherly love, and the monster to kick in the butt. The three key elements of a good episode of Supernatural. I love how all the elements mesh well together with this season. Very happy that these later episodes are a lot better than the first one was of the season. It was also very cool to hear a David Bowie song in the show. Happy to see the classic rock is still an element being used.


Halley, the opening sequence was for this episode only, it parodied the X-files - I thought it was obvious.


Ok this episode was awesome but wtf was with the new title sequence?? I didn't like it at all. Other than that this episode was amazing and Sam being funny was hilarious! It's like Dean and Sam switched roles.

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