Episode 11.21: All in the Family
Episode Title: Don't Call Me Shurley
Air date: May 4, 2016
Directed by: Robert Singer
Written by: Robbie Thompson
|In this amazing meta episode, Chuck Shurley makes an appearance, and reveals his true identity. We also learn that humanity has an "unlikely" advocate, and we get a glimpse of the "Samulet".|
- Sam to Dean - "Dude, quit ironing my shirts with beer!"
- Chuck to Metatron - "All the kneeling and stuff has always made me deeply, deeply uncomfortable."
- Chuck to Metatron - "Just don't use the 'G' word, okay?"
- Metatron to Chuck - "...'Revolution'...'Supernatural'. Maybe titles aren't your thing."
- Chuck to Metatron - "Nature's smart enough to know that sometimes there's no fixing things. Sometimes, you just have to wipe the slate clean."
- Dean to Sam - "No! I'm not leaving you -- ever!"
- Dean to god - "Stop this! You hear me, you D*ck?!"
|Rob Benedict ("Chuck")||Curtis Armstrong ("Metatron")|
|Tim Kelleher ("Sheriff MacReady")||Sonja Bennett ("Deputy Harris")|
- Where HAS the amulet been all this time?
- Now that Chuck has come out of hiding, how will he help the Winchesters? And will it be enough?
- Is Metatron truly on humanity's side now, or is this just another one of his tricks?
- Will we see a god-Lucifer reunion and/or reconciliation before this season is over?
- Chuck can simply turn the amulet off, which explains why it never worked for Dean.
- Metatron feels guilty about the wrong he did to humanity.
- Lucifer was not Chuck's favorite archangel, but Chuck also does not see Lucifer as a villain.
- Metatron is one of the few angels who have actually SEEN god. According to Anna in "Heaven and Hell" (season 4), only four angels have ever seen him. Who are the other three?
- Dean has apparently used beer to iron Sam's shirts before.
- Chuck considers music and nacho cheese to be humanity's greatest creations. Metatron considers humanity Chuck's greatest creation; but Chuck thinks nature is his greatest work.
- Chuck (god) does not have a soul.
- When Amara's fog infects a person, he/she can hear Amara's voice inside his head.
- Chuck blames Sam and Dean for releasing Amara.
- Chuck started his autobiography when Amara was released because he expects her to destroy creation (and possibly him, too).
- There is a photo of Bob Dylan on the wall in the booth where Chuck is sitting.
- Hope Springs, Idaho is a fictional place. The phrase "hope springs" is likely from the work of the 18th century poet, Alexander Pope, who wrote "Hope springs eternal from the breast of man..."
- Howard County, Idaho is also fictional.
- Sonja Bennett, the actress who played Deputy Harris, also played the nurse who tried to infect Sam with croatoan virus in "Croatoan" (season 2).
- "Croatoan" was another episode where Sam got infected by a lethal, contagious illness and Dean refused to leave his side.
- Toward the end of the episode, after Sam gets infected, Dean lets it slip that Sam is his brother and not just his partner. The sheriff seems not to notice.
- When Amara first appeared, a rushing grey smoke spread the infection -- not a fog. But Dean and Sam somehow knew to ask about a fog in this episode.
- The episode title references a line from the 1980 comedy "Airplane".
- Metatron calls the terrier dog "Toto", referencing the terrier of the same name from "The Wizard of Oz".
- Metatron mentions "Cheers" -- a fictional bar from a 1980s era sitcom.
- Metatron mentions "Revolution" -- a television series created by Eric Kripke that "didn't go anywhere" and was cancelled after two seasons.
- "Snap chat" is a social media platform for sharing photos and videos
- "BG's Canteen" appears to be a fictional place (at least, in terms of being a semi-famous music club), but The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe are actual venues known for having live music.
- "Lennon and McCartney" refer to John Lennon and Paul McCartney of "The Beatles".
- Sam and Dean use fed aliases "Agents Greer and Ehart", referencing two members of the band Kansas.
- Metatron mentions Chuck's "Vonnegut performance art", referring to author Kurt Vonnegut, who inserted his character into one of his stories.
- Metatron refers to two autobiographies by well-known musicians: "Life", by The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards; and "Wouldn't it be nice", by The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Metatron and Chuck seem to agree that one of the autobiographies is closer to the truth than the other one is.
- Metatron refers to the god who "flooded the Earth", which is depicted in the book of Genesis (Noah's flood). He also mentions the god who destroyed the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah -- also described in the book of Genesis.
- "Helicopter parent" is a colloquial term referring to parents who are too overly involved in the lives and activities of their children.
- "Good Vibrations" -- by The Beach Boys
- "Hallelujah Chorus" -- G.F. Handel; from "The Messiah" (plays when Chuck reveals his identity to Metatron)
- "Don't Answer the Door" -- by B.B. King (plays in the bar when Chuck and Metatron are talking)
- "Gimme Shelter" -- by The Rolling Stones (plays in the bar when Chuck and Metatron are talking)
- "Fare Thee Well" ("Dink's Song") -- performed by Rob Benedict (plays when Chuck is healing the infected people and returning to Earth)
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