Airdate: February 23, 2017
Directed by: P.J. Pesce
Written by: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming
|As the episode title suggests, family conflicts are explored in this episode. Dean and Sam need help from Gavin McLeod to solve a series of ghost murders. But when Crowley refuses to help them find Gavin, Rowena intervenes and we learn that she has an interesting role to play in events surrounding her grandson. Meanwhile, pregnant Kelly meets someone who offers to protect her and her child, Crowley has a surprise captive at his palace, and Dean and Sam finally learn something about Mary's activities with the British Men of Letters.|
- Crowley to Lucifer - "You brag of your superior power. Well, genius trumps brute force."
- Lucifer to Crowley - "So, you could have had me back in the cage, but no. You needed your sad, little revenge. How do you think this is going to end?"
- "Mr. Ketch to Mary - "You're an excellent liar, Mary."
- Crowley to Dean and Sam - "Turns out that behind that whole moron facade, you and your brother are in fact morons!"
- Rowena to Crowley - "I'm your mother, Dear. Who better to crush your shriveled heart?"
- Why can't Castiel find Kelly, when two other angels and Dagon were able to find her?
- Does Mr. Ketch have a thing for Mary now? That could get awkward.
- Mary finally told the Boys that she's working for the British Men of Letters, but will she ever tell them about the Colt?
- How will Dean and Sam deal with Mary's current "job"?
- What do the Brits really want? Are they telling the whole truth about what they want from the American hunters? Is Mary lying to herself about the benefits of her involvement with them (as Sam lied to himself about Ruby, his psychic abilities, and drinking demon blood)?
- Now that Gavin is back in time, does that alter the current timeline? Is Abaddon still dead?Have any important historical details been erased?
- How long will Crowley be able to keep Lucifer under control? Lucifer can obviously communicate telepathically with Dagon (and presumably other demons), so his capture won't be a secret for very long.
- The only weapon we know that can hurt Princes of Hell was Michael's lance, and Crowley broke that. How will the Winchesters battle Dagon when the time comes? Is there another weapon, or can the Michael lance be re-forged?
- Crowley has been very busy plotting against Lucifer for a long time: he found Lucifer's discarded Nick vessel (presumably back in season 5?) and had his people strengthen it so it could hold Lucifer as a permanent vessel; he had his people replicate the cage in the form of shackles; and he secretly altered Rowena's spell so Lucifer's essence would be delivered to him after being expelled from the president in "LOTUS".
- Apparently, Dagon can kill angels without a weapon. Can all princes and princesses of hell do that? If so, why did Ramiel stab Cas with the Michael Lance?
- Mary is still telling Mr. Ketch, Dean, and Sam that she is putting her family first. Does she truly believe that? To many in the audience, her actions don't say that.
- When we first met Gavin in season 9, he was illiterate (until Crowley zapped him and made him able to read). But in this episode we learn that he was one of Mistress Alloway's students. Shouldn't he have been able to read?
- The Rolling Stones' song "Play with Fire" was also used in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (season 6).
- The name of Gavin't ship was "The Star".
- The museum where the murders happened was in Des Moines, Iowa. But when Gavin's bus arrives, the sign on the front of the bus says "Cedar Rapids".
- Gavin Devaney has played Gavin MacLeod since season 9, but when we initially met Gavin's character in season 6 (Weekend at Bobby's), Adam Groves played the part.
- Sam comments that museums are often filled with "ADHD" spirits. ADHD is the acronym for the medical condition "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder". People (including children) with ADHD may be hyperactive and have difficulty controlling impulses and concentrating. Sam was implying that ghosts can't control their activity level and impulses.
- When Dean is at the museum, he picks up an Aztec dagger and comments that the Aztecs were serious about killing, and he liked the idea of hunting an Aztec ghost. The Aztecs were a pre-Columbian society in Central Mexico; they were known to practice ritual human sacrifices.
- Crowley tells Dean "You and Bullwinkle fix this mess..." This refers to the cartoon characters Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his friend Bullwinkle Moose. Crowley has referred to Sam and Dean as "Moose and Squirrel" many times.
- Dagon says to Kelly "Come with me if you want to live." This line is from the science fiction movie franchise "The Terminator" (1984) and the sequel "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (1991). Charlie Bradbury also repeated this line to Dean in "Pac Man Fever" (season 8) when Dean entered Charlie's dream to rescue her from a Djinn.
- Dagon tells Kelly that she is "Rosemary complete with Baby". This refers to the 1967 novel Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin. A movie based on the book was released in 1968. The story deals with a woman who is pregnant with the devil's child.
- A "Timber Trooper" seems to be similar to a Boy Scout or Cub Scout, but the organization appears to be fictional.
- One of the school teachers mentions her students repeatedly writing papers about "Bleak House". She may have been referring to the 1837 book by Charles Dickens, but was more likely referring to the 2005 television series based on the Dickens novel.
- Dean suggests that they can "stop Fiona from going Casper", alluding to the cartoon character "Casper the friendly ghost".
- Crowley says that Gavin should want "happy hour at Hooters and Cubs tickets". "Hooters" is a restaurant chain that features suggestively-dressed waitresses. The Chicago Cubs baseball team won the World Series Championship in 2016.
- "Beam him up, Scottie" is similar to a line "Beam me up, Scottie" from the original Star Trek television series.
- "Play with Fire" -- by The Rolling Stones (plays during the montage at the end of the episode)
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