You wouldn't think that a sci-fi show could bring the laughs better than 89% of recent 'SNL' episodes but "Supernatural," with some heavy-lifting from the gorgeous goofball Jensen Ackles and straight-man Jared Padalecki, continues to bring the hilarity. "Dog Dean Afternoon" follows the Winchesters' escapades after Dean mind-melds with a dog in order to solve a horrific murder.
Take your own pet for a walk, and let's dive in, shall we?
The writers take a page from the scripts of the soaps Ackles cut his teeth on, and allow the brothers to interact with roommate and prophet Kevin off-screen. After last week's vacation in Branson, Kevin is now nursing a massive hangover in one of the bunkers back rooms. Sam’s sympathetic, but he's ready to get back on the road after three days of rest. Dean, of course, wants Sam and the angel curled up inside of him to lay low for a little while longer so both of their batteries can re-charge. But Sammy can't sit on his hands when there is "a human pretzel" just three hours away. It's a little bizarre and reassuring that the brothers who shoot the heads off ghouls (and if those ghouls hurt your brother, mash it to pulp) and dig up moldering corpses, are appropriately disturbed by the stuffed and posed dead animal carcasses that litter every inch of the taxidermist's shop and now crime scene. Apparently when they're dressed characters from “Game Of Thrones,” it's even creepier.
Thankfully, the graffiti scrawled on the window came branded with an insignia for an animal rights group, S.N.A.R.T (Showing No Animal Rough Treatment,) is the best lead the boys have, so they follow up on its founders, who are something much worse that "witches or hippies": Vegans. Our burger-coveting Dean is having none of it. "I always knew I'd find the source of all evil at a vegan bakery," he grouses. (For the record, vegan chocolate chip cookies taste a vaguely like plants but are surprisingly decent).
The owners and married couple quickly cop to tagging the shop as a "scare tactic" but got a shot of instant karma when they were they were ambushed and "maced" by a mysterious person. "So now we look like total douchebags because we have to wear our sunglasses inside" to conceal their inflamed, infected eyes. Sam does his internet-fu and quickly surmises the couple weren't maced, but sprayed with venom. It all fits because the poor taxidermist was constricted by a “freaky ass mega-snake monster!" Dean hopes. "Nagini!" I say. "Crocodile Dundee" the stylist says becuse the villain is a sinister-faced man searing a tan 10-gallon hat and buttery tan leather jacket as he bribes his way into an animal shelter. All that's missing is the crocidile tooth choker but that would only impede the disjointing of his jaw and expanding of his throat as he pulls an adorable cat from the cage and swallows it whole! Imbued with feline superpowers, he slices the poor, nosy assistant before ripping out his throat.