Supernatural: Regarding Dean
March 10, 2017 1:38 AM - Season 12, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean seek out Rowena's help after a spell begins to erase Dean's memory.
posted by cfoxhi (6 comments total)
I love Rowena. It's crazy to think she's been on the most episodes besides the big 4. It had been Ruby up until sometime last year. Rowena gave up that grimoire far too easily. Maybe she's got magic photocopying powers. I loved the post-its in the car and the moment Dean flashed the "witch killing bullets" post it. Clever.
posted by cfoxhi at 1:43 AM on March 10, 2017

This episode is kind of a hoot on so many levels.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:27 AM on March 10, 2017 [2 favorites]

I sort of liked this episode - but I felt like the production thought it was funnier than I did. Like, I had just been talking to someone about how it had been a while since Supernatural had done an all-out over-the-top comedy episode, and wishing we could have another goofy Trickster episode again, so during the slo-mo bull-riding scene at the very end I was thinking "wait, is this supposed to be a funny tag like back when Jensen did the 'Eye of the Tiger' lip-synch at the end of 'Yellow Fever'?" I mean, I thought amnesia-Dean was amusing, but not enough to warrant that slo-mo scene.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:09 PM on March 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Sam: All right, look, we know we're dealing with a witch, right? Maybe you got hexed.
Dean takes his jacket and gun off and tosses them on the bed. He turns to Sam in slight amusement.
Dean: Dude... if a witch got a clear shot at me, I would be dead, okay? I wouldn't be freakin', uh... Dory.
Sam: Dory?
Dean: I'm not gonna apologize for loving that fish. Not to you, not to anyone.

Sam: Look, I think Dean's been hexed okay? He's been forgetting things.
Rowena: Maybe he's just drunk. Oi!
Sam: He's not drunk.
Rowena: We could do a memory spell. But did his hair fall out? His body too?
Sam: What?
Rowena: From the neck down, is he smooth like a Ken doll?
Sam: I don’t know. And I'm not checking either.

Dean: [watching security videotape of himself] Okay, whoa. There I am.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: Wait, wait, wait.
Sam: What are you doing?
Dean: I'm trying to read my lips. "Now salsa you mittens".
Sam: You can't read lips.
Dean: I can't read lips.

Dean: Okay, so wait. So — so djinns don't grant wishes, and sirens aren't all hot chicks?
Sam: Yeah. Sorry to break it to you.
Dean: Huh.
Sam: This is crazy.
Dean: What?
Sam: Me giving you "the talk". You know how many times we've had to tell some civilian that monsters are real?
Dean: Yeah, but monsters are real. And we're the guys that kill 'em, man. I mean, come on. Best job ever.
Sam: Yeah. If you like greasy diner food, crappy motel rooms, more than one Apocalypse.
Dean: I don't know. We kinda sound like heroes to me.

Sam: [after Rowena and Dean have re-emerged from a room where they were doing a spell to restore Dean's memory] Hey. Is that it? Is it done?
Dean: Who is this hippie?
Sam: ...
Dean: Look at his face. Oh! Kind of like the time when I ate all of your Halloween candy. You remember that? Classic.
Sam: Not funny.


Sam and Dean's aliases, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, are references to band members of the English rock band The Who in which they were the bass guitarist and drummer, respectively.

The title refers to the Harrison Ford movie, Regarding Henry. Henry gets shot in the head and the heart and survives, but with total amnesia, and has to re-learn everything about his life and how to live it.

When Rowena is talking to Sam about possible spells used on Dean, she mentions to Sam that a witch may have cast an obliviate spell on him resulting in him not remembering what happened to him. Obliviate is a memory wipe spell used in the Harry Potter book and movie series.

This is not the first time that Dean has experienced a form of memory loss and Sam has had to explain to him that ghosts are real; they had a similar conversation in the season 4 episode "It's a Terrible Life".

John Badham, who directs this episode, is a director known for Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, Short Circuit, and a host of other movies. More recently he has been dabbling in TV shows, including Supernatural.
posted by orange swan at 1:23 PM on January 19, 2022

The Loughlins have those Reader's Digest omnibus books on their shelves. I wonder how they're relevant to witchcraft.

Dean's memory loss is very selective. He can't remember his own name, but he still remembers how to read and how to shoot a gun.

The more we learn about the MacLeod family history, the more we know how much it sucked. Rowena and Crowley seem to have become the snakes they are by way of a lot of hardship and trauma.
posted by orange swan at 1:26 PM on January 19, 2022

This one isn't a favorite of mine, but I think it's sweet and in character that when Dean is holed up in the bathroom trying to hold on to who he is, he doesn't talk about hunting or his car or saving the world, he just starts naming people he loves.
posted by jameaterblues at 9:45 PM on March 27, 2022

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