Supernatural: Free to Be You and Me
August 6, 2021 4:08 AM - Season 5, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Sam decides to stop hunting and takes a job at a bar, but his attempt at leading an ordinary life is thwarted when several hunters drop by to deal with a demon-sighting in the area. Dean and Castiel try to find the archangel Raphael in their bid to stop the apocalypse.


Dean: So, find God yet? More importantly, can I have my damn necklace back, please?
Castiel: No, I haven't found him. That's why I'm here. I need your help.
Dean: With what? A god hunt? I'm not interested.
Castiel: It's not God. Someone else.
Dean: Who?
Castiel: It's an archangel. The one who killed me.
Dean: Excuse me?
Castiel: His name is Raphael.
Dean: You were wasted by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Angel?

Castiel: [appears behind Dean]
Dean: [sees Castiel in the mirror right behind him and jumps] God! Don't do that!
Castiel: Hello Dean. [stares at Dean from inches away]
Dean: Cass, we've talked about this. Personal space?
Castiel: My apologies.

Raphael: I'm warning you. Do not leave me here. I *will* find you.
Castiel: Maybe one day. But today you're *my* little bitch [exits].
Dean: [as he follows Castiel] What he said!

Dean: Do we have any chance of surviving this?
Castiel: You do.
Dean: So, odds are you're a dead man tomorrow.
Castiel: Yes.
Dean: Wow. Well, last night on earth. What, uh, what are your plans?
Castiel: I just thought I'd sit here quietly.
Dean: Dude, come on. Anything? Hm? Booze? Women?
Castiel: ....
Dean: You have been with a woman before? Right? Or an angel, at least?
Castiel: ....
Dean: You mean to tell me you've never been up there doing a little cloud seeding?
Castiel: Look, I've never had occasion, okay?
Dean: All right. Lemme tell you something. There are two things that I know for certain, one: Bert and Ernie are gay. Two: you are *not* gonna die a virgin. Not on my watch. Let's go.

Chastity: [to Castiel, screaming] Get out of my face! Leave me alone! Bastard! Screw you, jerk! I'll kill you! [to Dean] Screw you too! God! Oh! Jerk! [storms off]
Dean: What the hell did you do?
Castiel: I don't know. I just looked her in the eyes and told her it wasn't her fault that her father Gene ran off. It was because he hated his job at the post office.
Dean: Oh no, man.
Castiel: What?
Dean: This whole industry runs on absent fathers. It's, it's the natural order. [bouncers appear at the end of the hall] We should go. C'mon.

Dean: Where have you been?
Castiel: Jerusalem.
Dean: Oh! How was it?
Castiel: Arid.

Dean: Hi. Alonzo Mosely, FBI. [displays FBI ID] This is my partner, Eddie Moscone.
Castiel: ....
Dean: Also FBI.
Castiel:  [reaches into his pocket and displays his ID, upside down]
Dean: [yanks the ID out of Cas' hand and puts it back right side up] He's uh, he's new.

Dean: [Just before killing a vampire] Eat it, Twilight!

Dean: All right fine. Where is he?
Castiel: Maine. Let's go. [reaches two fingers toward Dean's forehead]
Dean: [flinching back] Whoa whoa!
Castiel: What?
Dean: Last time you zapped me someplace, I didn't poop for a week! We're driving.

Castiel: [pouring oil around Raphael's empty vessel] When the oil burns, no angel can touch or pass through the flames, or he dies.
Dean: Okay, so we trap him in a steel cage of holy fire, but, uh, one question... how the hell do we get him here?
Castiel: There's... well, almost an open phone line between a vessel and his angel. One just has to know how to dial. [leans over and mutters some strange words in the vessel's ear] I'm here, Raphael. Come and get me, you little bastard.


When Castiel is hesitant about going with the prostitute, Dean says "Dayenu", which is a Hebrew word. It is the name of a very famous Passover song of giving thanks. In this context, is roughly means, "Be grateful to God for these gifts".

The FBI Agent names used by Dean at the police station is a character from Midnight Run. Alonzo Mosely was also used there by someone impersonating Mosely, an actual FBI agent.

In a deleted scene for this episode, Sam and Lindsey had sex.

When Dean suggests that the gas station mechanic vanished into thin air, Deputy Framingham replies, "Uh, no Kolchak." He is referring to the 1970's TV show Kolchak: The Night Stalker, a supernatural thriller about a newspaper writer who investigates mysterious crimes, which is often cited as the inspiration for the The X-Files.

Lindsey is impressed that Sam finished The New York Times Saturday crossword while in the kitchen. The NYT Monday crossword is dead easy, Thursday is challenging, and (for an average person) the Saturday puzzle takes two dictionaries, an encyclopedia, wideband internet and two hours to finish. The Sunday is merely challenging but twice the size of other days.

Dean cites the Chinese Basket Trick as proof of God's existence. That trick is a sex act depicted in ancient Chinese watercolour paintings and sexual manuals. It involves a supine male and a woman suspended in a crotchless basket by a strong rope, which is attached to a springy tree branch.

While Sam is scrolling through his phone contacts Bobby and Chuck are listed, obviously Bobby Singer and prophet Chuck Shurley. Another name of note is Adam, most likely Adam Milligan, Sam and Dean's half-brother.
posted by orange swan (2 comments total)
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" is on the soundtrack for this episode. Incidentally, Jensen Ackles has done a pretty decent cover of that song.

Wouldn't that ring of fire run out of fuel before too long, or at least eventually? Wouldn't someone see fire through the windows and come investigate, even if it is an abandoned house?

Lindsey had noooo idea what she was prying into. And "Keith Samuel" is not such a bad pairing of names.

Sam still loves and misses Jessica, four years after her death. It's a shame we never got to see what Jessica was like before she was killed. We know she loved and was very supportive of Sam, but the thing is she was a Stanford student too, which means she must have been intelligent and high achieving, and had her own ambitions.

And Castiel still hasn't gotten laid.:(
posted by orange swan at 4:15 AM on August 6, 2021

I didn't get the Keith Samuel joke/disdain either, but beyond that I liked Lindsey.

I always figured the holy oil had some kind of blessing/magic done to it to allow it to burn longer (or burn infinitely unless manually extinguished). Maybe I just made that drew that assumption from the fact the oil had to come from the Holy Land, and I was equating it with Hanukkah, although I'll admit that's a pretty big stretch.
posted by sardonyx at 9:52 PM on August 7, 2021

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