|In this much-anticipated, landmark episode, Dean and Sam come across an enchanted pearl that grants the owner his heart's desire. Dean tries to wish for the archangel Michael to be removed from his head, but apparently his true heart's desire is to have his father back, so John Winchester suddenly appears here from 2003.
Of course, the family reunion comes at a price.
- Dean to Sam: (about shooting bad guys) “They always talk too much.”
- John to Dean and Sam: “So, you saved the world, and it’s all true. God, the devil, you boys smack in the middle; now you live in a secret bunker with an angel and Lucifer’s kid?”
- Sam to John: “When I think about you – and I think about you a lot – I don’t think about our fights. I think about you on the floor of that hospital, and I think about how I never got to say goodbye.”
- John to Dean: “My fight, it was supposed to end with me…with Yellow Eyes. And now, you… you are a grown man, and I am incredibly proud of you. I guess that I’d hoped eventually you would get yourself a normal life, a peaceful life, a family.”
Dean to John: “I have a family.”
- John to Dean, Sam, and Mary: “Alright. Near as I can tell, we have two choices. We can think about what’s coming, or we can be grateful for this time that we have together. Now me? I choose grateful.”
- Dean to Sam: “I’m am good with who I am. I’m good with who you are. ‘Cause our lives – they’re ours. And maybe I’m just too damned old to wanna change that.”
|Jeffrey Dean Morgan
(Pawn shop owner)
|Name: John Wayne Gacy's ghost|
|Motivation: Presumably murder|
|Fate: Killed by Sam Winchester|
|Name: Pawn shop owner|
|Fate: Killed by Dean Winchester|
|Name: Time-paradox Zachariah and Castiel|
|Motivation: To correct the time paradox|
|Fate: Zachariah: killed by Sam Winchester
Castiel: expelled (via angel-banishing sigil) by Sam Winchester
- Sorry, but did Max really think she could get away with stealing a classic car in a small town?
- Why does an abandoned house still have electricity, running water, and towels?
- Why didn’t Dean and Sam test John with holy water, etc. to make sure he was real?
- If John had remained, what list of things might have gone wrong, besides Mary dying and the boys' lives being altered?
- Will Mary's experience.with John and her memories of him have any effect on her feelings for Bobby?
- Will the teenagers in town end up being a problem for the Winchesters, or an asset?
- At the end of the episode, John told Dean he’d had a dream. Does he truly think what happened was a dream, or does he simply not want Dean to know about the future?
- Although Dean didn’t seem to know it (and he tried very hard to concentrate on having Michael removed from his head), his true heart’s desire was to have his father back
- The Winchesters had a hunter friend named Bart Kemp who lived in Boston until the pawn store owner killed him for the skull of Sarah Good and other occult possessions
- The Lebanon Vista Theater was showing two horror movies: Beetlejuice and Hell Hazers
- Dean and Sam use aliases in town. The locals know them as Dean and Sam Campbell
- As this episode is happening, Castiel and jack are out hunting with some of the alternate universe (AU) hunters
- Bringing John from 2003 into 2019 created a temporal paradox in which Sam finished college/law school and became a famous lawyer and public speaker, while Dean continued hunting and ended up on Lebanon, Kansas’ most wanted list for murder, assault, and credit card fraud. The temporal paradox got the attention of the angels, who sent Zachariah and Castiel to investigate and correct the problem. If the paradox had remained, present-day Dean and Sam would’ve ceased to exist, and Mary would’ve died and returned to heaven
- Temporal-paradox Sam believes that performing at your best means you can’t have hobbies or distractions, like family. This means he probably did not marry Jessica, and likely disowned his criminal brother
- This is the first time we’ve seen Castiel with his wings intact since he lost them in the fall from heaven in season 8
- Dean says that he used to blame John and Mary for the way his life and Sam’s turned out, but now he accepts their life and he’s happy with who they are
- The name of the pawn shop was Precious Pawn
- There was a "Family Business Beer Company" neon sign hanging up in the Main Street liquor store. Jensen owns a brewery by that name in Dripping Springs, Texas
- The name of the pizza parlor was "B & E" or "Big B Little E". Could this be a reference to Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, two of the show's writers and producers?
- Catherine Barroll, the actress who played Marta the postal clerk also payed a doctor in season 7 “Time After Time”
- In this episode, the ghost of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was linked to Gacy's cigar box. Historically, it's not clear whether Gacy smoked a certain brand of Cuban cigars (the name on the cigar box said Club Cigaro Cubano), but he was known to smoke cigars, even when he was on death row. Interestingly, when Sam burned the cigar box, he didn't salt it first. He only used lighter fluid
- Using the ghost of John Wayne Gacy as a monster in this episode was a nod to Sam's hobby of memorizing serial killer statistics and his long-term fear of clowns. Gacy was known to dress and perform as a clown at social and charity events
- The name of the hardware store in town was Matheson's Lumber and Home Center. This was likely a nod to Craig Matheson, production manager on Supernatural since 2009
- The 300th episode received a lot of build-up on social media and in the news. There was even a large 300th Episode party for people attached to the show, cast, and crew. Here are just a few video tidbits about the episode and some clips from the party:
- The pawn shop owner had several occult items for sale:
Glory hand/hand of glory: the preserved (pickled or dried) hand of a hanged man, which is believed by some to have magical powers
Gris-gris or Grigri bags: in West African voodoo, gris-gris bags are talismans thought to protect the bearer from evil magic and bring good luck. The small, cloth bags could contain a variety of items, including crystals, herbs, roots, bones, and personal effects
Anointed dove's blood: in voodoo, wicca, and some other belief systems (including ancient Greek and Roman polytheism), anointeddove's blood can be used to make special oils or pigments thought to have magical properties
- The pawn shop owner stole the skull of Sarah Good, and tried to sell it to the Winchesters. Sarah Good (1653 - 1692) was a housewife who was accused of witchcraft and hanged during the Salem witch trials in 1692
- The pawn store owner called his scimitar "Chrysaor" and said it was a magical weapon that could cut through anything. In Greek mythology, Chrysaor is the brother of Pegasus, the winged horse, and son of Poseidonand Medusa. He was supposedly a mighty warrior who carried a golden sword
- Dean refers to the collection of occult items as “31 flavors of weird”. This alludes to the well-known Baskin-Robbins' ice cream franchise (1945-present) tagline that the shops have 31 flavors of ice cream
- In this episode, the Winchesters find a Chinese pearl called a baozhu, that can grant wishes to the bearer. "Bao zhu" is the Chinese word for firecracker, but the idea that this item is magical is apparently fictional
- The movie theater in downtown Lebanon was playing "Beetlejuice" and "Hell Hazers". Beetlejuice was a 1988 comedy/horror film, and "Hell Hazers" was a fictional horror film that was being produced for the Supernatural episode "Hollywood Babylon" (season 2)
- In this episode, February 7th was "Skip Day". There is an "unofficial" holiday called National Skip Day during which high school seniors skip school. It does not seem to be on February 7th; it's normally in the spring, closer to the end of the school year
- In this episode, the ghost of John Wayne Gacy was tied to his cigar box. Gacy (1942-1994) was a serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenagers and young men. He did dress and perform as a clown at children's parties and other events. He was executed in 1994
- Time-paradox Sam was giving what looked like a TED talk, a type of motivational speech. TED Talks were started in the 1980s by Richard Wurman and Harry Marks
- Zachariah teases Castiel by saying "Come on, Constantine". Castiel's character was based somewhat on John Constantine, a fictional.character that was introduced by DC Comics and eventually became the subject of a motion picture in 2005 (the same year Supernatural's Pilot debuted). Like Castiel, Constantine wears a suit and trench coat, and battles evil
- Zachariah referred to the time paradox as a “disturbance in the force” referring to the Star Wars movie franchise (1977 - present) in which the force is an invisible energy that surrounds all things and can be used for evil or good
- Zachariah berates Sam, saying "Speak, Ubu. Speak." This is a reference to "Sit, Ubu. Sit." tagline from the Ubu Production Company, founded in 1982
- "Til it Shines" -- by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (plays as the Winchester family is talking and eating dinner)
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