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Supernatural Review: "The French Mistake"

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After seeing the previews for this episode and hearing about how “meta” it was going to be, I wasn’t sure how I would receive “The French Mistake.”

I enjoyed similar episodes like “Changing Channels” and “The Monster at the End of the Book” for their ability to poke fun. It’s always nice to see mentions of the fandom, as well as recognition that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sure, Supernatural is a show about brothers that fight demons, ghosts, monsters, and every other type of evil being. Yet, it also thrives on its cleverly written humor, references, and the fan base that tunes in week after week.

In an Alternate Reality

So, yes, Dean, we do care about watching a television show about your lives. It’s fascinatingly entertaining.

Of course, some people may have found this episode terrible because of its diversion from the current season’s plot lines. Frankly, I didn’t mind.

As much as I enjoy the mythology and general core of the show, I do appreciate the chance to take some time off and allow Supernatural to mock itself and tip its hat to the dedicated fans. There were so many little nuances and inside jokes, that I’m pretty sure I’d need to watch it a couple times to pick up on all of them.

The scene that made me laugh the hardest was when Sam and Dean attempted to act. Dean tried to find his mark and put on an extremely serious face, while Sam awkwardly spoke his lines and tried not to stare into the camera. It was perfect comedy. Even the way everyone around the brothers couldn’t believe what was going on, added to the hilarity.

Then there was the ever enjoyable Misha Collins who got a chance to stretch his acting range by playing Misha Collins as an ugly sweater wearing, Twitter maniac who simply wanted to be Jared and Jensen’s pal. It was great to see him “acting” his deep growl of an Angel voice, as well as squeal in frightened panic.

Plus, Misha tweeted live! “Hola mishamigos. J2 got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys.” Talk about blurring the reality lines.

The jokes about Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki, who play Dean and Sam, occurred throughout most of the episode. YouTube videos of Jensen’s soap star days, giant photos of Jared on horseback, the idea that in real life they are vain, overly rich, and pretentious, were only a few of the many self referential jokes.

Jared’s real life wife, who played the character of Ruby, showed up to play Jared’s wife in the episode. Confusing? Not as confused as Sam and Dean were in trying to put the pieces together. It was a nice touch.

Even the members behind the camera jumped in the line of joke fire. Making fun of Bob Singer for naming a character after himself, Eric Kripke getting gunned down (along with what seemed like everyone), and the general production of the show took the behind the scenes reality of the show to a whole new level.

Overall, this was a fantastic episode that utilized its humor efficiently for a fun fan look at Supernatural. I’m all prepared to return to the monster storylines, but breaking the fourth wall for one episode was worth it.

What were some of your favorite moments or what made you think Supernatural should have avoided this meta episode? Sound off below.

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

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Tilly

This was honestly one of my favorite episodes ever. I laughed out soo many times. I loved how Bob Singer kept saying Season 6, loved when Sam and Dean tried tried to act and loved that Dean's credit card got declined. There was sooo much to love. How can I forget Mischa he was hilarious. Love it.

Bobbie-whited

Oh come on guys how could you not like this ep. It was amazing when dean meet the real "Uncle Bobby", I think they could have done more with this ep maybe have a Gilmore girls reference dropped somewhere but for what it was still an amazing show. They moved the plot line a bit too with 1 Rafael and his new body and 2 the weapons are now in Cas's control. cant wait for the next ep.

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I don't watch a lot of TV, but Supernatural is my one "don't miss" on my calendar. My sister and I have had "Supernatural" night every week starting with episode 1,(well, ok, I caught #1 the second time around after my sister told me about it) and this one is officially my all time FAVORITE! Clever! Thank you!

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C'mon - In all this adoration, we've neglected the title and its genesis - you remember, 37 years ago, Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise - "Come on girls, They've hit Buddy!". Throw out your hands, Stick out your tush, Hands on your hips. Give them a push, Don't be surprised, You're doing the French Mistake!

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I have only been watching since first of the year, but I have fallen in love with Dean n Sam. Go supernatural

Modwild

I loved it. Their comedic episodes are some of their best. Watching the Polish Jared Padalecki trying to look normal while standing on his mark, his arms swinging all around...I was laughing out loud. This show pulls off drama and comedy so well and that's why it never gets boring. If it gets too dark, in comes an episode like this to throw us off the track to sheer enjoyment. Bravo!

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yeah i never liked french kissing...i dislike it 2..

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I loved this episode! I have been with this show from the beginning and have loved every bit of it!!

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Did anyone else notice the Trickster/Gabriel as one of the crew members?

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I loved the look arrogance on kripke as he walked right into two more shotgun blasts; like he was the boss.

Supernatural Season 6 Episode 15 Quotes

I'm not wearing any makeup. Oh crap. I'm a painted whore.

Dean

Producer: Well, we can clean up, reset the window. Takes about 95 minutes, basically, so we have to blow off the scene where they sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings.
Bob Singer: Ha! Right. You answer the hate mail.

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