Supernatural: Hello, Cruel World
September 18, 2021 5:32 AM - Season 7, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Sam begins to have difficulty distinguishing between reality and his hallucinations. The leviathans destroy Castiel's body and break loose.


Dean: I gotta move and I need backup, and that means you.
Sam: Wh-- wait. You sure about that?
Dean: I know, you're bonkers. But, luckily I just need ya to keep the engine runnin' and wait by the back door. Just don't, uh, don't let Satan change my presets.

Bobby: Either Sheriff Mills is having an ObamaCare insured opium dream, or something's eating folks down at Sioux Falls General Hospital.

Sheriff Jody Mills: Bobby Singer -- my hero!
Bobby: That's the roofies talking.

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Bobby: [walking in on Sam shouting at "Lucifer"] Hey, Sam. You, uh... havin' a little bag-lady moment, huh?


During the scene when Castiel starts seeping with leviathan blood actor Misha Collins was violently ill and had to throw up between takes.

When Dean replies that he's fine, Bobby quips, "Course. Just lost one of the best friends you ever had, your brother's in the bell jar...." Bobby is referring to the 1963 novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which is about a young woman's descent into insanity.

Sam says he can't follow up on a lead with Dean because he's "5150'd". That's the California Welfare and Institutions (WIC) code used for an involuntary psychiatric hold. It is also police code for someone who is crazy.

When Sam says he's not seeing white rabbits he is referencing the 1950 film Harvey where the main character has a possibly imaginary friend named Harvey who is a six-foot tall white rabbit

Dean introduces himself as Special Agent Ian Anderson. Ian Anderson is the flautist and front man for the band Jethro Tull.

Sam and Lucifer (as Dean) enter an office building for Morning Star Enterprises. The Morning Star was one of Lucifer's names before he was cast from Heaven.

When Sam and Dean get out of the car, Sam gets out of the passenger seat, but then realizes that the keys are in his own hand, which tells the audience that "Dean" was a hallucination.

The little girl possessed by the Leviathan is watching Dr. Sexy MD, which is a parody of Grey's Anatomy referenced in Changing Channels (ep. 5.8).
posted by orange swan (2 comments total)
I don't know if this is the case or not, but it seemed like they spent all this time setting up 'stopping God, but it's your friend this time' , and then over the break, decided they didn't actually have a good plan to get out of that and dumped that storyline as soon as possible.

The Castiel explosion into a lake seems awfully anticlimactic, considering all that came before.
posted by dinty_moore at 2:35 PM on September 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

I'm legit really fond of the scene where Dean improvises a way for Sam to stay grounded that could only come from him, both because he's Sam's brother and because he has an objective understanding of pain in Hell vs. pain on Earth in a way almost nobody else in the universe would.

But yeah, I would be curious to know if this was the original plan for where the storyline with Castiel was meant to go, or if there was a plan, because it veers so quickly back into the monster stuff (kind of) in a way that would only work if Leviathans were somehow a scarier and more meaningful threat than Castiel as God, and boy howdy that was not the case.
posted by jameaterblues at 8:21 PM on September 20, 2021 [1 favorite]

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