7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie

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Title Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie
Episode # Season 7, Episode 14
First aired February 10, 2012
Directed by Mike Rohl
Written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995107/
Outline Sam is forced to confront his childhood fear of clowns when he and Dean investigate a rash of strange murders centered around Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie.
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Location(s) Wichita, Kansas
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Quotes

Sam: So, we got dick on Dick?
Dean: Hey you spawn a monster baby and see how quick you want to dive back in the pool.
Dean: So what are we looking for? Octovamp? Vamptopuss?
Cliff: If this is about the meth lab that fireballed up in Butte, it wasn't me. Okay, it was my brother, but, um, we got the same fingerprints.
Dean: I'm sorry, you look like you got attacked by some PCP crazed strippers.

Trivia & References

The title refers to the chain fast food place in the episode "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magic Menagerie", which is similar to the real life chain Chuck E. Cheese, which combines kids arcade games, entertainment and fast food. The name "Pennywhistle" may be a parody of Pennywise, the evil fanged clown in Stephen King's novel (and subsequent movie) It.
The opening sequence of Sam running from the clowns recalls the opening sequence of 4.06 Yellow Fever, where Dean, infected with Ghost Sickness which amplifies fear, is running in terror from a Yorkshire Terrier. That episode also featured a countdown clock.
This episode features the second variant on the Title Card for the season. The first one was the exploding wedding cake for 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!.
Dean: I am the Eggman


Dean's code phrase to Frank is a quote from the Beatles song "I am the Walrus", from their Magical Mystery Tour album, which ties in with the fantastical theme of the episode.
Following the scene with Sam's fight with the clowns at the beginning of the episode, the episode returns to sixty hours earlier, with a digital clock on the screen. Throughout the episode it counts down the events leading to the fight, until the fight occurs and the timestamp reads RIGHT FRIGGIN NOW
Dean: Fred Savage. Really? Yeah I know big mouths are everywhere.


Fred Savage is an actor, best known for his role as a child in the late eighties series The Wonder Years. He is the second actor Frank has said is a Leviathan. The other was Gwenyth Paltrow.
Dean: You got anything on Wonder Woman?


Dean is referring to the Amazons. One famous queen of the Amazons was Hippolyta. In DC Comics' Wonder Woman, Hippolyta is the mother of Diana, also known as the superhero Wonder Woman.
Dean: So what are we looking for? Octovamp? Vamptopuss?


In 6.15 The French Mistake, Kripke was said to be writing the movie Octocobra - a shoutout to the SyFy monster mashup movies like Sharktopus.
Dean: Mom, Dad, nanny. man that is a love triangle straight out of Casa Erotica.


Casa Erotica is one of Sam and Dean's favorite Porn series.
Michael Beck who played Howard is the husband of Julie McNiven who played Anna.
Dean: I can't argue with this. Leprechauns are deadly.


Sam and Dean encountered a Leprechaun calling himself Wayne Whittaker in 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe.
Dean: Close, but no Seabiscuit.


Seabiscuit was a famous racehorse in the US in the 1930s and 1940s.
In 2.13 Houses of the Holy, when Dean is disputing the existence of angels, he acknowledges to Sam that there is a lot of lore on them, as there also is on unicorns: "In fact, I hear that they, they ride on silver moonbeams, and they shoot rainbows out of their ass." In this episode as the unicorn canters away, it is seen to shoot rainbows out of its ass, thus confirming Dean's "lore".
The scene where Saul the janitor gets attacked by a shark in the ball pit recreates the iconic first attack in Jaws.
Dean: Shark week man. How do you not watch that? Whole week of sharks!


Both Jensen and his wife Danneel have spoken of their fascination with sharks. Danneel has tweeted her excitement over watching Shark Week, which airs on the Discovery Channel and Jensen has also admitted he loves watching it source.
Dean: You mainlined the koolaid, huh?


To "drink the koolaid" means to be brainwashed, a phrase that came into popular usage after 918 followers of cult leader Jim Jones drank koolaid laced with cyanide on his command and died at Jonestown in 1978.
Dean: We don't care if you broke bad or whatever.


Dean is referring to Breaking Bad a series on AMC about a high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with cancer, starts producing methamphetamines in order to make money.
Cliff: You ever 'shroom in a ballpit?


Cliff is referring to taking what are commonly known as magic mushroom, which have an hallucinogenic effect.
Sam: Getting my ass kicked by those juggalos tonight was...therapeutic.


Juggalo is a slang term for followers of the band Insane Clown Posse.
Sam: If it bleeds, you can kill it.


This is a line from the movie Predator.
Dean: No can do, Hermano.
Hermano is Spanish for brother.
Dean: The one guy who was gonna rat, he got Bruced.


The mechanical shark used the movie 'Jaws' was named Bruce.
Dean: Seriously - dracupus, Seabiscuit the Impalaer, Landshark...what's next?.


Landshark was a recurring character in Saturday Night Live sketches.

Minutiae

Sam and Dean are staying at a tiki themed motel called the Tiki Motel.
Sam and Dean use the aliases Agent Johnson and Jones, respectively, in this episode.
Sam and Dean use John's Journal for research.
With hoodoo, Dean summons an apparition of Howard's drowned brother, who causes Howard to drown on land. Similar deaths occurred previously in 3.06 Red Sky At Morning, caused by a ghost.
From Jim Michaels - The basement scene in Plucky's for last night's episode was shot underneath the Stages that housed Smallville's sets for 10 years! Source.

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