Supernatural: Angel Heart
May 4, 2015 10:45 PM - Season 10, Episode 20 - Subscribe

Claire Novak returns to Supernatural in search of her mother. When she gets injured, Castiel arrives at the hospital with the Winchesters.
posted by cfoxhi (8 comments total)
It was good for Cas and the boys to have a worthy opponent in Tamiel. He was both creepy and powerful.
posted by cfoxhi at 10:54 PM on May 4, 2015

Castiel had the pop culture upgrade from Metatron last season, and he was just AT the place, he knows it's not "The Hot Topical." And Dean didn't correct him. Cas was trying to make Claire laugh! Awwww.
posted by tomboko at 3:00 AM on May 5, 2015 [4 favorites]

Kind of not a bad episode, all things considered. Still rather like Claire, and her Grumpy Cat.

Poor mom. But at least she and Jimmy were finally reunited.

I'd love to see this spinoff.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:56 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

This episode felt a lot more like it came from the early seasons of the show and that's a good thing. We had the other episode that was also somewhat reminiscent with the slug things, but it didn't quite get there. This one did, and I concur, Tamiel was definitely a great threat for the Winchesters. No, I didn't get a little teary eyed at the ending, nope. NOPE.

I would also watch that spin off a thousand times more than the Chicago whatever spin off thing that was supposed to be. It's very fascinating to see how a lot of the people who are made aware of the "Other," that being the monsters of the world, ultimately end up getting sucked into it as hunters or what not. A bump in the night just can't be shrugged off as a bump in the night anymore for these folks.

Grumpy Cat for the win!
posted by Atreides at 7:13 AM on May 20, 2015


Castiel: [giving Claire a present] I got it at the Hot Topical.

Dean: Agents Clapton and Page.
Sheriff Coltrane: [looks at Claire] And your little friend?
Dean: Oh. Uh... Yeah. It's "bring your daughter to work" day at the Bureau.

Castiel: It's too dangerous. I can't let anything happen to you.
Claire Novak: Anything *else*, you mean.

Dean: So you wanna bench me again? All right. Fine. I'll stay and babysit. But if anything happens, anything at all...
Castiel: We'll call you. No fighting.
Dean: Yeah, tell her that.
Claire: ...
Castiel: *Both* of you.

Claire Novak: How did you... ?
Sam: [holds up postcard] Also, you checked in under the name "Claire Novak". A little pro-tip? Use an alias.

Claire Novak: You guys are credit card scammers, too?
Sam: Yeah. Hunting monsters doesn't exactly pay the bills.
Claire Novak: Then why do you do it?
Sam: To help people, make a difference.
Claire Novak: That's it?
Sam: That's not enough?

Dean: You already got your revenge. You go down this path; our path... It's not a long life.
Claire Novak: I don't know. You seem pretty old.

Castiel: Should I leave Claire alone?
Sam: What? No, man. She's family. Well, I mean, she's not exactly family, but she's close enough. I mean, you two have history. Simple as that.
Castiel: So you don't think she's better off on her own?
Sam: Cass, she *just* turned 18.
Castiel: You were alone when you left for college at that age, weren't you?
Sam: Yeah, but that's different.
Castiel: How, Sam?
Sam: Here's all I know: going it alone, that's no way to live. You being there for her, even if she thinks she doesn't want you to be there for her, that's good. For both of you.

Dean: [playing mini golf] It's in the hole! It's in the hole!
Claire: ...
Dean: Bill Murray? Caddyshack? It's a classic!
Claire: Haven't seen it. Not a fan.
Dean: How dare you!
Claire: You done?
Dean: Yeah, I'm done... I'm done with your whole generation.


Dean and Claire bond over mini golf in this episode. In real life, Jensen Ackles and Kathryn Newton (who plays Claire) are both avid golfers.

When Sam and Dean meet Castiel at the hospital, Dean says, "Three men and a lady. Let's do this." This is a reference to the 1990 film Three Men and a Little Lady, sequel to the popular comedy Three Men and a Baby.

When Castiel gives Claire the Grumpy Cat stuffed animal he says, "I got it at the Hot Topical." This is a reference to the store Hot Topic, which is known for carrying merchandise from different fandoms, including Supernatural.

The FBI aliases Sam and Castiel are using are Agents Clapton and Page. This is a reference to guitarists Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, who both used to play in The Yardbirds.

The title of this episode is taken from the 1987 Mickey Rourke thriller Angel Heart. In the movie Harry Angel, a P.I., who double-crossed on his deal with the Devil, sets out killing all who might know his true identity, little knowing that his patron Louis Cypher is the Devil.

In this episode Amelia Novak is played by Leisha Hailey, a recast from the original Amelia, who was played by Wynn Everett in "The Rapture" (ep. 4.20).
posted by orange swan at 9:59 AM on December 10, 2021

It makes no sense that Castiel wouldn't have zapped Claire and Amelia to a safe place before he went off in search of Tamiel. It would have taken him seconds. Alternatively, we've also seen angels bring people back to life, so he could have saved Amelia once she got stabbed. This show wasn't very good at closing up the "Castiel could solve this problem in seconds" plothole.

Castiel getting Claire a stuffed Grumpy Cat was typical Castiel tone deafness. It was cute that she kept it.

The wrapping job on Dean's present was so bad.

It's a relief that Claire will be living with Jody Mills. Eighteen is too young to be on her own. Sam was, but he had a scholarship and was in school, which gave him both funding and structure -- and it was still difficult for him to be without family support at such a young age.
posted by orange swan at 10:02 AM on December 10, 2021

The boys helping Claire learn at least the basics instead of trying to dissuade her outright felt tonally different. But kind of cheesy and unbelievable in a general "olds" thing*, Cas getting a hug included.

The critic in me says "spinoff bait," the charitable says that they see her toughness and potential and gave a lvl 1 hunter her level up training to advance to 2.

Yeah Atreides, the Chicago spinoff idea was dead before arrival, and WhiteWolf would have sued and won so hard, for a VtM ripoff.

Kind of appreciate the show acknowledging that Padalecki and Ackles are... a decade older than when the show first started.

*Sam: "Never got a chance to find out. My mom died when I was a baby. ... No, it's ok. I got to know her later in life." - is such a dad joke
posted by porpoise at 8:37 PM on December 11, 2021

Angels who are so bitter about protecting gross dumb humans they just start eating them instead seem pretty par for the course at this point.

I don’t know if this was just a really throwaway joke but I thought “Agents Plant and Page” was one of the times they’re pushing it on musical references till the sheriff answered her phone as Coltrane.

We probably didn’t need a ton more of it than we ultimately get, but the Novaks have a whole epic plot going on through two thirds of this show’s run that’s maybe epic on a smaller scale than the Winchesters/Campbells, but is brutal to watch play out in the fringes. I don’t know if I’d call Claire the character whose perspective on this story I miss the most, but gosh she has a wildly different experience of the Great Winchester Doom Vortex than basically anyone else.
posted by jameaterblues at 10:06 PM on December 28, 2021

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