Supernatural fans were treated tonight to a charming and hilarious episode just before the mini-hiatus–no new episode for Black Friday, but the show will be back on December 3rd–as writers put a new spin on the classic fairytale.
More specifically, this episode was a tale about fairies, leprechauns, elves and little people, complete with a clever nod to the story of the shoemaker and the elves.
Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) started off the episode hunting what appeared to be aliens. Mysterious disappearances looked like UFO abductions, but were soon revealed to be caused by fairies instead, stealing first born sons from throughout the town and carting them off to the realm of the fairies.
In a twist on traditional fairy rings, which–according to lore–are entrances into the land of fairies, the disappearances happened in carefully crafted crop circles.
Dean, being a first born son, found himself abducted by the fairies, only to be returned when he opened fire with his trusty pistol. This led to further attacks, culminating in a moment that proved Dean can think on his toes: he trapped the attacking fairy in his motel room’s microwave and cooked it until it exploded.
Through a fae-loving townslady, the Winchesters brushed up on fairy lore and headed off to save the day, freeing one man from the curse of the wicked leprechaun and ensuring no more abductions would take place. In a most fascinating twist, the leprechaun ringleader wasn’t defeated by iron or silver or guns but salt–and not in the typical way.
Classic fairy folklore states that no matter what kind of fae, if salt or sugar is spilled in front of them, they must count every grain. Sam saved the day with a little salt, buying himself enough time to complete the ritual that broke the spell that gave the fairies leave to stay in the town.
As always, some of the most subtle moments were some of the best, like Dean complaining about the lack of punctuation on the internet versus the more proper book-based research Sam was tasked with. The banter between Sam and Dean was spot-on, though different from seasons past. With Sam de-souled and Dean saddled up to help his brother “get back on the soul train,” the humor was more dry, with Sam’s ineptitude with empathy taking center stage and Dean being dubbed Sam’s “Jiminy Cricket.”
Supernatural takes a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but returns Friday, December 3rd at 9/8c on The CW. Catch up on past episodes every weekday morning starting at 10/9c on TNT.