Supernatural: Let It Bleed
September 15, 2021 6:37 AM - Season 6, Episode 21 - Subscribe

Dean's worst fears comes true when Crowley's demons kidnap Ben and Lisa in order to get to him.


Bobby: Well, that's the bad news. Our pal Cass didn't stop in last night just to mend fences.
Dean: What did he do?
Bobby: Stole something.
Dean: What?
Bobby: The journal of one Moishe Campbell.
Sam: "Moishe"?
Bobby: Of the New York Campbells.
Sam: Uh, so we gotta get it back, right?
Bobby: Or just read the copy I already made. Hi. Glad to meet you. Bobby Singer, paranoid bastard.

Dean: All right, so, who's this Phillips guy?
Bobby: Phillips isn't his last name. It's Lovecraft.
Sam: Wait. H.P. Lovecraft? Let me see that.
Dean: Am I suppose to know who that is?
Bobby: Horror writer? At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulu.
Dean: Yeah. No. No, I'm... I was too busy having sex with women.

Crowley: God, how long's it been, Dean? Since my so-called demise, yes?
Dean: Crowley, let them go now. Or I swear...
Crowley: Right, right. You'll rip me a cornucopia of orifices.

Bobby: I hear you have a large collection of Lovecraft's private letters.
Judah: Yeah. World's largest.
Bobby: Wow, you must be catnip to the ladies.
Judah: I'm in a long-term online relationship, so...

Judah: Are you working on this with the other guy?
Bobby: Other guy?
Judah: Yeah, uh, you know, trench coat, looks like Columbo, talks like Rain Man?

Crowley: Your chocolate's been in my peanut butter for too long.

Balthazar: Do I look like a manservant to you? No? No. Then quit ringing for me, please.
Sam: This is important.
Balthazar: I was drinking a '75 Dom out of a soprano's navel. *That* was important.

Balthazar: I know I'm going to live to regret this, but... I'm officially... on your team. You bastards.
Dean: And we should believe you why?
Balthazar: Would you believe I had a shred of decency?
Sam: No.
Balthazar: Aww. That hurts. Okay. You're right.

Crowley: As long as I have the woman and the boy your fop-coiffed little heroes will be scouring the earth for them. Therefore not you and not me. Everybody wins.

Bobby: You're not exactly from Milwaukee, are you?
Dr. Eleanor Visyak: Not exactly.
Bobby: And not that I'd have minded, but you kind of fibbed about your age too.
Dr. Eleanor Visyak: Just slightly. Nine hundred years.

Crowley: I've got your, uh... What are they? Ex-lady friend and not-kid.

Balthazar: Drinking your feelings, Sam? I thought that was your brother's bag.
Sam: Stressful times.


When the demons come for Lisa and Ben, Ben is reading Cthulhu Tales, a 2008 collection of Lovecraftian comic book stories.

This was Antony Holland's final acting role before his death on July 29, 2015, at the age of 95.

This episode's title, "Let It Bleed" is also the title of a hit song by The Rolling Stones; yet another classic rock nod.

As Bobby leaves Judah's you can see the video game "Cthulhu Saves the World" being played in the background.
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
It's funny but I had completely forgotten about Balthazaar after my first run through the season. He's actually pretty charismatic and interesting so I don't know how that happened.

Bobby gets around, it seems, though he doesn't make a parade of his conquests as Dean does.

Dean calls Lisa "honey" when she regains consciousness after the exorcism. I don't think we ever hear him use another term of endearment in the entire run of the show. Dean did love Lisa and Ben, but for him love is something you do, not something you talk about.

Besides the huge violation that it was for Dean to get Castiel to wipe Lisa and Ben's memories, I don't know how that would work. There are a number of pictures of Dean in the Braedens' house, to say nothing of Lisa's dead boyfriend and a lot of damage from their abduction. Even if Castiel cleaned all that up too, the Braedens' friends, family and neighbours would all know about Dean and would surely mention him at some point, so Castiel would also have to alter the memories of everyone who knew them, and... yikes.
posted by orange swan at 6:42 AM on September 15, 2021

Yup. Totally with Sam on this one. That’s some shady crap Dean pulled whitewashing Lisa’s and Ben’s memories, especially given what we’ve discussed previously regarding this show’s treatment of women. I swear every decision Dean makes this season drags me further and further away from being a Team Dean supporter to the Team Dean sucks side.

Plus, I still say Cas is getting the short-shrift from the boys. Maybe (absolutely) his plan has flaws, but he has earned some loyalty and trust.
posted by sardonyx at 8:43 AM on September 15, 2021

What Dean has Castiel do to the Braedens still blows my mind but not enough to get over how I cannot imagine how it could possibly work for more than two minutes. Even if it did work perfectly with no negative consequences for Ben or Lisa it would still be fucked up, it just seems both fucked up and the writers throwing up their hands on resolving this entire arc. From a Doylist perspective I like it better than killing them off, but that's about the best I can say about it.
posted by jameaterblues at 8:39 PM on September 15, 2021

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