Supernatural: Clip Show
October 31, 2021 6:55 AM - Season 8, Episode 22 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean try to figure out how to cure a demon. Crowley starts killing victims that Sam and Dean have saved from previous jobs. Castiel and Metatron begin the trials to close the gates to Heaven.


Castiel: I like this bunker. It's orderly.
Sam: Oh, give us a few months. Dean wants to get a ping-pong table.
Castiel: I've heard that. It's a game, right?

Crowley: I'm sexting you an address. Check it out. Then we'll talk.

Sam: So you know what Max was doing?
Abaddon: Fella screamed the basics.

Sarah Blake: What about you?
Sam: Me? Pretty much the same, I guess.
Sarah Blake: No, you're not. You're not the same. Look, it's been years, and I can't even imagine the things you've been through. But I don't know. You just seem... more focused, confident, like... you know what you want. [pats him] You grew up, Sam. I do miss the old haircut, though.

Castiel: [picking up some things for Dean at a convenience store] Where's the pie?
Store Clerk: I think we're out.
Castiel: You don't understand...[grabs him by the neck] I. NEED. PIE!
Metatron: Put the virgin down, Castiel. We need to talk.

Jane: Cool coat.
Castiel: No, it's actually quite warm.
Jane: Cute and funny. Okay. [she leaves]
Metatron: I should have picked a better-looking vessel.

Sam: That wasn't a normal exorcism. They changed the words.
Castiel: I believe "lustra" is Latin for wash or cleanse.
Dean: Oh, yeah, 'cause that was the most freaky thing was the vocabulary.

Crowley: I think the people you save, they're how you justify your pathetic little lives. The alcoholism, the collateral damage, the pain you've caused -- the one thing that allows you to sleep at night, the one thing is knowing that these folks are out there, still out there happy and healthy because of you, you great, big, bloody heroes. They're your life's work, and I'm going to rip it apart piece by piece because I can, because you can't stop me, and because when they're all gone, what will you have left?

Dean: Soup's on. There we go. [sets down tray]
Sam: A half-drunk beer, jerky, and three peanut-butter cups?

Sam: [gets a phone call from 666] How'd you get this number?
Crowley: Ah, first things first... what are you wearing?
Dean: Oh, okay, hanging up now. Hang up.

Dean: "Class 5 infernal event"?
Sam: Yeah. See, the Letters have this whole rating system. The Exorcist would have been a class 2.
Dean: All right, so, what makes this puppet show so special?
Sam: It was weird.
Dean: Weird how?
Sam: No clue. One of the files just had a note written in the margin about room 7B and the word "weird" with three exclamation points.

Metatron: You're Castiel. Kevin Tran told me about you.
Castiel: He did?
Metatron: Yeah. According to him, you and I have a lot in common. We're both free thinkers. We're both on heaven's most wanted list. I thought we could socialize, maybe grab a bite.

Sam: So we have a dungeon.
Dean: Finally.

Dean: Son of a bitch!
Crowley: Son of a witch, actually. My mommy taught me a few tricks.

Sam: So you really think this'll work?
Dean: Dude, we got needles, we got thread. We've seen Young Frankenstein about a thousand times. We're golden.

Abaddon: [after having her head sewn back on] Morning, sunshines.
Dean: It worked. [to Sam] You owe me a beer.
Abaddon: And I owe you both so, so much. I can't wait to tear out those pretty green eyes.
Sam: Good luck with that.
Dean: We figured kitty didn't need her claws.
Abaddon: [looks down; realizes her hands haven't been re-attached] Then I'll stump you to death. It'll be swell.

Dean: The Men of Letters kept files on every demonic possession for the last 300 years, I mean, we've got Borden, Lizzy, all the way to Crane, Ichabod.

Dean: How you feeling?
Sam: Honestly, ummm... my, uh whole body hurts. I feel nauseous and like I'm starving at the same time. And everything smells like rotting meat.
Dean: I've had that hangover. Jäger, man.


Sam and Dean saved Sarah from a haunted painting in the season 1 episode "Provenance" (ep. 1.19), saved Tommy in "Wendigo" (ep. 1.2), and saved Jenny in "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" (ep. 7.5).

During a call to Sam and Dean, Crowley mentions "his droogs". This is a reference to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

Sam says that they need to find case #1138, which is a nod to George Lucas's first film THX 1138. The numbers 1138 are also seen throughout the Star Wars universe.

The title of the episode is the name for a classic TV episode format. In a traditional clip show, the writers use a throwaway plot to revisit highlights of past episodes (in the past, this was helpful for catching people up since episodes weren't available on demand). Here, the Supernatural team continues the season arc, but clips are utilized.

Crowley asks the Winchesters if they have been following the news, specifically The Denver Times. This is a fictitious newspaper; the real Denver newspaper is The Denver Post.

When Crowley is counting down Sarah's death he says 5 and 4 in English. As he continues on and says 3 in French, 2 in German and 1 in Spanish.

When Crowley is talking on the phone as Sarah is dying, the numbers shown are 666. This number is often associated with the devil.

Marv (Metatron) wants Castiel to go to a place that has the "greatest caramel apple crepes" and talk while eating. Yet a couple seasons later, Marv becomes human and supposedly eats for the first time, going on and on about how good food is.

Crowley uses the Supernatural book series to find people Sam and Dean have saved, first Tommy from season 1, then Jenny from season 7. However, Chuck Shurley, the author of the Supernatural book series, "vanishes" at the end of season 5, meaning Crowley can't have found out about Jenny from the books.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total)
It was not smart of Sam and Dean to leave Abbadon unattended, but even less smart for them to put Humpty Dumpty back together again in the first place. They surely could have found a less powerful demon to experiment on.

Poor Jenny Klein. All that girl ever wanted to do was bake yummy treats, and first there are hearts in her cupcakes (that had never happened before!) and then she herself gets baked in the oven.

Poignant moment when Sam learns that the woman he passed up for the sake of hunting has married and had a daughter and is living a full life, while he's still just... hunting.

Castiel's literal humourlessness and lack of knowledge of pop culture references is unique to him. No other angel we've seen has demonstrated anything of the kind. Is he a neurologically atypical angel?

Mark Sheppard's delivery is not to be equalled. Nice bit of character development when he says he's the son of a witch. As we learn later on, he actually is, and it's probably his having learned witchcraft that has made him an especially powerful demon. You'd think, given his skills, that he would have had better options for acquiring those three extra inches below the belt than selling his soul, though.

Also... if there's a bisexual character in Supernatural, it's Crowley. He's flirty (not to mention sexually sadistic) with everyone.
posted by orange swan at 7:12 AM on October 31, 2021

The area where Cas and Marv go on their beer & snack run date is Deep Cove in N. Van (though you can't buy beer at corner stores in Canada). Despite making fun of Deep Covers while in highschool, it's a great secluded neighbourhood - except during Summer, when it's overrun by tourists. Lots of young families rather than get-off-my-lawners. If I had a job near/ there or could work remote, I'd totally consider living there.

Bit surprised that Marv wanted crepes when Honey Doughnuts & Goodies is right there. Double checking on gmaps Arms Reach (where they have lunch) is more than decent and a good date spot. Haven't had the crepes there. Angels looking down on "abominations" is another thing from SS before this show did it.

Reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, unless stored in pristine conditions, only last about 20 years before they start crumbling.

"Then I'll stump you to death." was more macabre than I expected from this show. Good going. I'm not begrudging Thing/ Ash's Hand/ Stubbs (the zombie rebel without a pulse) knockoff homage at all though. I bet the effects peeps drooled at the opportunity to film that bit. The severed hand in Stubbs were some of the greatest sequences in computer gaming.

Shepard takes sleezebag to the next level sublimely, and is often called upon to do so on other shows.

As for Crowley's "3 inches" - I wonder who it was that he cared about enough who could hurt him that much? General inferiority doesn't feel like it'd be enough to push this character to soul-selling, especially given arcane lineage and know-how.
posted by porpoise at 3:56 PM on October 31, 2021

Cas, you’re indoors in the bunker. You’re recovering from a gut wound. You can take off the trench coat.

How many times have Sam and Dean messed up and done incredibly stupid things on the firm belief they were doing the right thing? I know this has been a common lament of mine, but they (and especially Dean) need to give Castiel a break for some of his poor decisions, especially since independent thinking and decision-making are relatively new skills for him and he’s very unpractised in both.

They may be running low on groceries but they have JiffyPop for movie night—of course!

Apparently, hand-cutting stupidity has a long history amongst not just hunters but Men of Letters.

I love that the Supernatural books are being used as oppo research by Crowley! That’s so clever! (And funny for the viewers.)

As a warrior, Cas is extremely out of practice.

Evil Crowley is just so good. He know exactly how to hit the boys and how to cut them deeply.

That hex bag seems awfully large to be stashed in the cell phone.
posted by sardonyx at 5:07 PM on October 31, 2021 [2 favorites]

They surely could have found a less powerful demon to experiment on.

Bobby's storage containers that Sheriff Mills had to muck out, where he stored boxed leviathan heads. Although the bodies were probably burnt.

Wait, why didn't the boys burn Abbadon's body? ick I'm not sure I want to know what they did/ wanted to do with Abbadon's headless body. The tshirt that she's wearing, from the shop girl, is freshly laundered looking.

But, yeah, idiot-stick for plot's sake not to lock the hands that the boys chopped off in a secure box someplace.
posted by porpoise at 8:42 PM on October 31, 2021

This show will keep aging into being able to do flashbacks to itself, but I wonder how surprised a minor supporting actor from Wendigo was to get a call back in 2013.

You would think the angel factions just literally never thought of trying negotiation and actually, that sounds kind of plausible, you could name some obvious exceptions but why would the average angel ever think to negotiate, 'be not afraid' is not normally a request.

Sarah’s death is exceptionally brutal and this was an episode where someone performed brain surgery on herself with her own severed hand. (I don’t really understand how a hex bag fits inside a phone, I’m willing to be a little forgiving but man that was rough to watch.)

I spent the last ten seasons of this show mainly single and working the same job in the same city while my friends got married, bought houses, had kids, all these cool things, and I've had my own life and I wouldn't trade for theirs, but oh man I've been in that conversation between Sam and Sarah so many times. (My hair is better now though. Grayer, but better.)
posted by jameaterblues at 10:10 PM on October 31, 2021 [1 favorite]

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