Back and to the Future
Season 15 Episode 1
Airdate: October 10, 2019
Directed by John F. Showalter
Written by Andrew Dabb
|This episode begins exactly where the Season 14 finale ended -- with the Winchesters and Castiel facing a hoard of the undead (animated by souls from hell). Team Free Will escapes with some help from an unlikely ally. As the episode progresses, they also learn more about what the "wrath of Chuck" actually unleashed, and Sam begins to discover that his wound from Chuck's "Equalizer" has more than just physical consequences.|
- Dean to Belphegor: “So, when are you gonna get out of that body?”
Belphegor to Dean: “When I find another one. I mean, I would’ve jumped at the cemetery, but all those meat suits were a little too, uh… you know… wormy. Difficult to blend, if you will.”
- Castiel to Sam: “You shot me.”
- Dean to Sam (about the Chuck situation): “Just when we thought we had a choice, you know…whenever we thought we had free will? We were just rats in a maze. Sure, we could go left; sure, we could go right, but we were still in the damned maze.”
- Sam to Dean (about Chuck leaving them): “Good. ‘Cause if he bailed, it’s just us. For the first time, it’s just us…When we win this, god’s gone. There’s no one to screw with us. There’s no more maze. It’s just us. And we’re free.”
(John Wayne Gacy)
(Woman in White)
- How long will it take Dean to forgive Cas for withholding the knowledge that Jack may be dangerous, thus leading to Mary's death?
- How will Dean and Sam contain all the evil souls Chuck released from hell?
- Is Chuck really gone, leaving Dean and Sam in charge of their own lives for real this time, or is this another one of Chuck's stories that he's controlling?
- What is Belphegor's real agenda? Is he telling the truth about what he wants for hell?
- What’s the deal with Sam’s wound from the Equalizer? What did he and Castiel see when Cas tried to heal him? Is Sam going to start having visions again?
- A demon can still see if the meat suit it is inhabiting does not have any eyes. This goes counter to earlier examples, like the demon waitress in Lazarus Rising who could no longer see once her eyes were burned out by Cas' true form.
- If the Winchesters are correct, every soul and demon that they’ve ever sent to hell could be back in our world.
- The demon currently possessing Jack's meat suit is named Belphegor. He seems to know a lot about witchcraft and spells, and the last time he was in this world, humans were worshiping a stone phallic symbol, and were not very physically attractive.
- If Belphegor is telling the truth, there are 2-3 billion souls in hell. And now they may all be in this world.
- According to Belphegor, when Chuck opened all of hell's doors, he also opened the door to the cage that has been imprisoning Michael for years.
- Belphegor thinks Dean is gorgeous.
- Dean is apparently legendary in hell for the extreme torture skills he acquired while he was there.
- There is no bullet or exit wound when you are shot by the Equalizer. However, there are other side effects that we don't yet know about.
- When Dean and Sam were kids and Dean had to do something unpleasant (like removing a Band-Aid), he’d distract Sam by telling a stupid joke
- Dean refers to Jack as "our kid, sort of".
- Cas cannot heal or resurrect Jack once he was killed by Chuck. Cas also couldn't heal Sam's wound from The Equalizer.
- Sam is hopeful that he and Dean may finally have control over their lives, and seems to look forward to the possibility that they can destroy all these evil entities AGAIN and then live free of Chuck's interference.
- The Winchesters will always bet on each other; they like those odds as long as they're together, even if the task at hand seems impossible.
- The Bob Seger song, "Famous Final Scene", that plays during the opening recap and initial scene was also used in Road Trip (season 9) when Dean mourned Kevin and burned his remains.
- The split-second jump cut in the final second of this episode was a flashback to Dean and Sam closing the Impala's trunk in the series Pilot.
- Sam and Dean's line "We've got work to do" has been used three times previously on the show, usually in pivotal episodes including the Pilot.
- Cas fires a shotgun in this episode for only the second time ever in order to save Sam from the ghost of John Wayne Gacy. He also saved Sam's life with the use of a shotgun the first time in the episode Two Minutes to Midnight.
- There was a continuity lapse when the Woman in White says Dean took her home in the Pilot ; it was actually Sam.
- Ghosts in this episode chased Castiel and Sam on foot, which is illogical since they can materialize anywhere at will.
- This is the first time Dean and Sam have worn FBI windbreakers instead of suits when impersonating agents.
- All of the monsters Dean and Sam encounter in this episode are monsters they have killed and sent to hell already.
- In demon lore, the demon Belphegor is a Prince of Hell. He uses humanity's desire for wealth to seduce people into wrongdoing and damnation. In the Middle East, devotees onceworshipedhim in the form of a large phallus. When Belphegor is talking to Dean in the episode, he mentions that humans once worshiped a giant phallus. He may have been referring to himself. There are also several famous phallic-shaped monoliths that Belphegor could have been referring to, including the Rudston Monolith in England (from the Bronze Age), and the Ikom Monoliths in Nigeria (estimated 1,500 years old)
- At the beginning of the episode, the family name on the crypt where Dean, Sam, and Castiel take refuge is "Carver". This likely alludes to Jeremy Carver, who was a writer, producer, and show runner on Supernatural for several years.
- Belphegor asks if he and Castiel, Dean, and Sam can be "twinsies" referring to two people who wear the same or similar clothes, are usually close friends, and have a lot in common
- Belphegor accuses Castiel and the Winchesters of opening a "hell mouth", which is a term from the 1992 sci-fi movie "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" , and television series (1997 - 2003) of the same name. It' s interesting that Belphegor would know such a pop culture reference, considering he implied he's been in hell since the Bronze Age
- Sam attempts to evacuate the town by making up the story that there is benzene in the water. Benzene is a chemical that is hard to detect because it is colorless and odorless, but nevertheless has dire effects if someone is exposed and it is a known carcinogen.
- This episode takes place in Harlan, Kansas, which is an actual town 27 miles southwest of Lebanon, where the bunker is located. Route 281 runs right through town, as the sheriff indicated.
- "The Famous Final Scene" - by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (plays during the season 14 recap and opening scene)
- "Gimme What I Want" - by Tony Stafford, Jr., Michael Smith, and NineOneOne (plays when the two young girls are playing dress-up)
- "Too Good to be True" - by Lon Rogers & the Soul Blenders (plays when Dean and Sam find the abandoned car belonging to the victim(s) of the Woman in White)