Supernatural: Into the Mystic
December 27, 2021 12:45 PM - Season 11, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean investigate a case at a Kansas retirement home in which people are fatally bashing their own heads in after hearing a mysterious piercing sound.


Arthur: I've been, uh, staying here, actually. My wife left me. Via text, if you can believe it -- a whole series of emojis.
Dean: Wow. What did you do?
Arthur: Oh, I didn't stand for that. Uh-uh. Fought fire with fire. Sent her the poop emoji.
Dean: Well, that's one way to fly.
Arthur: I should have sent the heart. I can be so stupid.... I just wish she'd call me back.

Sam: Turns out Harold was stealing the other residents' Viagra.
Dean: I know. A real dick move, huh?
Sam: ...

[Eileen and Mildred are signing to each other while Sam, who is standing nearby, talks on the phone with Dean.]
Mildred: I got dibs on the other guy. You can have the tall one. I'm not much of a mountain climber anymore.
Eileen: Are you sure you don’t want both?

Dean: I don't like using Mildred as bait.
Sam: Are you worried about her? So does this mean she has a shot?
Dean: Well, I always did have a thing for Blanche on Golden Girls.
Sam: Seriously?
Dean: Hey, don't judge what you don't understand, Sammy.
Sam: No, I'm -- I'm not judging. I just always had a thing for Sophia.
Dean: Yeah, I could see that.

Dean: Your... hand is... still on my knee.
Mildred: I could move it up.


After Dean confides in Lucifer, who he at that point believes to be Castiel, Lucifer touches his shoulder as Castiel often does when attempting to comfort Dean. Dean looks freaked out and later talks to Sam about how something seems off about him. If you look at all the scenes in which Castiel touches Dean's shoulder, he always touches his left one. Lucifer put his hand on his right one, which is a subtle sign to Dean that something is not right about his friend.

The photo of teenage Sam and Dean in Sam's memory box was created using actual childhood photos of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. You can see the photo and a listing of the visible items in the memory box on the Supernatural wiki page for Sam's memory box.

The sign that Sam uses as he tries to say "thank you" is actually the sign for "fuck", or, in some deaf communities, "fuck you".

Sam is revealed to know a little sign language, which he learned while in college. In real life both Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins have reportedly taught their children sign language.

The rock aliases "Osbourne" and "Butler" used in this episode are a nod to Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.

This episode shares its name with a Van Morrison song.

Lucifer tells the angel at the park that he is here to save the world, dubbing it "Lucifer ex machina". This is a variation of "deus ex machina", a Latin saying meaning "God from the machine", an expression of a divine intervention saving an otherwise hopeless situation.

The song "Wonderful! Wonderful!" by Johnny Mathis, which is playing when the Impala pulls up to the retirement home, is the same song used 20 years before on The X-Files episode "Home" (ep. 4.2).

When Sam and Dean are questioning Mildred Baker about the Banshee, she says "This isn't the first time I've dealt with something like this. " This is a nod to the fact that the actress who plays Mrs. Baker, Dee Wallace, appeared in The Howling, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and The Frighteners.

When Mildred says to Dean, "I'm not gonna bite. It never really was my thing," it may be an allusion to the fact that in Dee Wallace's character in The Howling was bitten by a werewolf but was killed the moment after she transformed into a werewolf herself for the first time, and never had a chance to do the same to anyone else.

First appearance of hunter Eileen Leahy, played by Shoshanna Stern, who becomes a recurring character through the remainder of the series.

The short sword used by Eileen to kill the Banshee is actually an Amazonian sword used by the Amazons. The Amazons appeared in "The Slice Girls" (ep. 7.13) which featured Dean witnessing Sam shoot his Amazon daughter Emma.
posted by orange swan (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It was cute that Dean rather enjoyed a bit of flirty banter with Mildred -- so long as she kept her hands to herself.

In this episode, we meet Eileen. I didn't remember that she appeared this far from the end of the series.

I liked that it was Mildred and Eileen who ultimately took care of the banshee, Mildred by being the one to activate the sigil, and Eileen by stabbing the banshee.

This banshee can cross the ocean?
posted by orange swan at 12:53 PM on December 27, 2021

The Supernatural threads are showing up on the main Fanfare page again! Yay! What changed?
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:57 PM on December 28, 2021

They're showing up because they're new. There were no threads for episodes 11.11, 11.12, and 11.13 (the old threads were posted by multiple people, and I suppose they just got overlooked), so I've been creating them. After tomorrow it's back to the existing threads, sigh.
posted by orange swan at 5:16 PM on December 28, 2021

The last time they talked about retirement or what would happen to them when they’re old, Dean was the one blowing off the possibility and even Sam was a bit wistful about the idea. The partial reverse here was for a lot of reasons, but Dean was smart enough to know something else was bothering Sam way more than their very probable early deaths. But Sam putting the brochure in the box of his most special things after Dean says he forgives him for Purgatory is a lovely touch.

Eileen! Hi Eileen! And agreed, she definitely should have been the one to the kill the banshee and I’m glad the story let her, and even have slightly complicated feelings about it after. Considering their effects budget they did a nice job with that banshee design, too.

Is this the most Lucifer and Dean have ever interacted with each other? though of course Dean doesn’t know that. I get the sense that having to actually pretend to be Castiel is a vast annoyance to Lucifer, but not so much he can’t enjoy using Castiel to put one over on Dean, the dude whose relationship with Sam has personally and specifically fucked up his master plans on more than one occasion.
posted by jameaterblues at 8:57 PM on January 17, 2022

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