Supernatural: I Believe the Children Are Our Future
August 9, 2021 4:25 AM - Season 5, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Dean and Sam investigate a series of bizarre murders that seem to be based on the kind of fairy tales and urban legends children subscribe to, and their efforts lead them to an 11-year-old boy whom Castiel deems a serious threat.


Castiel: [unknowingly sits on Dean's whoopie cushion]
Castiel: ...
Castiel: That wasn't me.
Dean: Who put that there?

Dean Winchester: [after roasting a piece of pork with a joy buzzer] That'll do, pig!

Sam: Dude, seriously... with the ham.
Dean: [Speaks with mouth full] We don't have a fridge.

Dean: The tooth fairy, the Pop Rocks and Coke, the joy buzzer that shocks you—they're all lies that kids believe.
Sam: And now they're coming true. Okay, so whatever's doing this is—is reshaping reality. It has the powers of a god. Or—of a trickster.
Dean: Yeah, with the sense of humor of a nine-year-old.
Sam: Or you.

Dean: Our motel isn't in that circle [where all the bizarre occurrences are happening], by any chance?
Sam: Yeah, why?
Dean: [shows Sam his hairy palm]
Sam: Uh, dude, fu... that's not what I think it is, is it?
Dean: I got bored... that nurse was hot.
Sam: You know, you can go blind from that too.
Dean: Give me five minutes... we'll go check out that house.
Sam: Hey! Do not use my razor!
Dean: [smirks as he heads to the bathroom; is totally going to use Sam's razor]


Dean and Sam use the names Page and Plant referring to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin.

This story is very similar to the novel Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The demon in that book is called "Crowley" and he invented queues and hold music to corrupt souls.

The title of this episode is the first verse of the George Benson classic "Greatest Love of All", best known for Whitney Houston's recording of it.
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
Dean using the buzzer to cook a ham, and then mowing down on the ham, was so him. The purchase of the whoopie cushion was too. Most 30-year-olds are not into whoopie cushion level humour, but Dean has never quite grown up in some ways.

Castiel nearly murdering a child is pretty extreme. He changes so much over the course of the series.

Jesse's quite a tragic figure. He never appears in any other episodes of Supernatural, which is surprising -- you'd think the writers would have found that a character with his powers would come in handy.
posted by orange swan at 4:36 AM on August 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

Sam and Dean are really lucky Jesse's belief>reality powers are selective and they didn't walk out of there as real FBI agents. I'm of mixed emotions that we didn't get to see see turbo-dysentery or whatever the whoopee cushion version of an electrified toy buzzer is.

Julia's hardcore and I would've loved to know much more about her. Delivering a baby alone and then exorcising yourself, damn. It would've been a nice counterpoint to another case where little boys on this show get to be heroes in training (little girls are just creepy.)

Castiel being all "well you made the wrong choice" with Sam is maybe glossing lightly over the fact that Sam only had the chance to kill Lilith because Castiel secretly let him out of the panic room so he could go kill Lilith, which at that point all the humans thought was a good idea, because the angels were lying to them. I wonder who else knows about that, actually.

Best of luck to Bobby getting handed an antichrist with reality powers who thinks he's Professor X. I have no idea what was meant to come of this idea but this god-powered runaway child is never mentioned again and no one ever tries to make another one, which makes the episode title extra hilarious and is the kind of utter nonsense I can rely on Supernatural to deliver. (Jack Kline sort of counts, but the devil possessing the US president to impregnate the aide he's having an affair with is an entirely different tier of nonsense.)
posted by jameaterblues at 8:01 AM on August 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

When Dean was talking about his babysitter, I expected the kid to ask "What's Dynasty?"
posted by sardonyx at 7:45 PM on August 11, 2021

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