2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown
|Title||Everybody Loves a Clown|
|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 2|
|First aired||October 5, 2006|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||John Shiban|
|On IMDB||Everybody Loves a Clown|
|Outline||After listening to a message on John's cell phone from a woman named Ellen, Sam and Dean decide to track her down.|
|Timeline||One week after 2.01 In My Time of Dying|
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Dean and Sam cremate their father’s remains on a funeral pyre. As they say farewell to him, Sam asks Dean whether John had any final words. After a pause, Dean lies and says no.
While staying with Bobby, Dean is consumed with repairing the Impala, and refuses to discuss John’s death. Sam finds an old message on John’s cell phone and they track it down to an address. The boys borrow a Dodge Caravan from Bobby and go to Harvelle’s Roadhouse. Here they meet Ellen Harvelle and her daughter Jo who, to the boys’ surprise, knew their father and know all about demons. The Roadhouse is a regular haunt of hunters, and Ellen’s deceased husband Bill was also a hunter. Another regular at the Roadhouse, Ash, offers to help analyze John’s research on the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
While waiting for Ash to complete his work, the boys investigate a series of murders that have occurred while a circus is in town. A clown has been seen in the vicinity of the deaths. The boys get jobs working at the circus, but continue to clash over how they are dealing with their grief. When their suspicions are aroused after a little girl sees a clown her parents can’t see, they stake out the girl’s house and manage to save her from a clown who disappears as they shoot at it. Sam calls Ellen, who tells the boys the creature is a rakshasa that must be killed with a brass dagger. Suspecting Mr. Cooper, the carnival owner, the boys return to the circus. The real culprit is the blind knife thrower, who attacks the boys and traps them in the funhouse. Sam manages to kill the rakshasa with a brass pipe from the organ.
The boys return to the Roadhouse where Ash has set up a computer program to alert them to appearances of the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Ellen offers them her spare room, but they return to Bobby’s place. Back at Bobby’s, Sam admits he is not dealing with John’s death, but charges that Dean isn’t either. As Sam walks away, Dean picks up a tire iron and with rage and grief smashes into the Impala.
- Acting in Unison
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Cell Phone
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- Get this
- Harvelle's Roadhouse
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- Jo's Blog
- John's Cell Phone
- John's Journal
- Led Zeppelin
- Sam's Cell Phone
- Singer Salvage Yard
- Star Wars
- Table of Death
- The X-Files
- "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers
- plays during recap of previous events
- "Shambala" by Three Dog Night
- plays as Dean fixes the Impala
- "Do That to Me One More Time" by Captain & Tennille
- played in the van Sam and Dean take to the Roadhouse
- "Mississippi Mudd" by Tim P. & Stephen R. Phillips (Bosshouse Music)
- playing in the Roadhouse
Dean: You know what? You're right. Come here. I'm gonna lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, and maybe even slow dance.
Sam: Our Dad could.
Dean: Planes crash!
Dean: Nope. But we really need the work. Oh, and uh, Sam here's got a thing for the bearded lady.
Dean: Since when do you give a damn what Dad wanted? You spent half your life doing exactly what he didn't want, Sam.
Sam: Since he died, okay? Do you have a problem with that?
Sam: Very funny. Skeleton, actually.
Dean: I told him an urban legend about a homicidal phantom clown. I never said it was real.
Dean: What's that?
Dean: About what?
Trivia & References
- Lynyrd Skynyrd are an American southern rock band, originally active from 1966–1977; with the surviving members reuniting in 1988.
- May be a reference to the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Mike Damone, a character who claims to be an expert on women, recommends in his five point plan that, "When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV." Though referred to as Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin's fourth album is technically untitled.
- Ronald McDonald is the mascot for the fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s. This line is also considered by some to be to a fantext - gekizetsu's Letters from Sam to Stephen King.
Sam: Yes sir, last year through Texas and Arkansas.
Mr. Cooper: Doing what? Ride jockies? Butcher? A&S men?
- Carny lingo. A ride jock operates a ride, butchers are the guys who walk around the place selling drinks and food, and the Age & Scale men are the carnies that're good at guessing stuff, like age and weight.
- This is a reference to the John Waters film, Pink Flamingos, in which infamous drag performer Divine eats dog feces. Pink Flamingos is widely considered the epitome of bad taste films, and arguably it's Ash who makes this reference because he seems to fit the trash demographic Waters portrays and celebrates in his films.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown (transcript)
- These casting sides refer to Alex and Miles, later renamed as Jo Harvelle and Ash. Jo and Dean as having sexual interest in each other. Jo's role was revised to have more of a younger sibling relationship with Dean.
- Casting sides for Alex (revision 12th July 2006) 9pgs
- Casting sides for Alex (revision 14th July 2006) 11pgs
- Casting sides for Ellen
- Casting sides for Miles
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.01 In My Time Of Dying, 2.02 Everybody Loves A Clown by bardicvoice (October 2006); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Why Did It Have To Be Clowns?: "Everybody Loves a Clown" Season 2, Episode 2. Pink Raygun, March 27; archive link