Peace of Mind
Airdate: March 14, 2019
Directed by: Phil Sgriccia
Written by: Meghan Fitzmartin and Steve Yockey
|While Dean and Jack take a road trip to see Donatello and hopefully help Jack sort out his new situation, Sam and Cas head to a charming town to investigate some bizarre deaths.
- Dean to Jack (when the snake won’t eat): “Have you tried bacon?”
Jack to Dean: “Do snakes like bacon?”
Dean to Jack: “I don’t know. I like bacon.”
- Dean to Jack: “It’s not the snake that’s dangerous. It’s their bite.”
Jack to Dean: “Is…is that a saying?”
Dean to Jack: “It is now.”
- Donatello to Jack (about how he lost his soul): “God’s sister ripped it right out of me. That wasn’t my best day. But oddly, it wasn’t my worst day, either.”
- Castiel to Sam: “Sam, I know you want to be happy. And I know what it’s like to lose your army. I know what it’s like to fail as a leader, Sam. But you can’t lose yourself. You have to keep fighting.”
|Name: Chip Harrington
|Motivation: To create a perfect town of happy people
|Fate: Alive, but trapped in his own mind by his daughter, Sunny
- People in Charming Acres didn’t have modern devices like cell phones. So why did Ms. Dowling have an iPod and ear buds?
- What will happen to the town now? Will Sunny let people have free will, even if it means the destruction of the town?
- Jack seemed to have no emotion when he killed the snake, thinking he was doing it a favor. Is Jack headed down a dark road?
- Most of the main characters are still traumatized in some way because of recent events: Sam is reluctant to stay in the bunker because he feels guilty about the deaths of the alternate-universe hunters; Dean is recovering from being possessed twice by Michael; Jack’s psychological status and the presence of his soul are in doubt; and Rowena is also recovering from being possessed by Michael
- Castiel reads the Saturday Evening Post for relaxation
- Donatello says that losing your soul doesn’t make you bad or good or anything else, but is causes a loss of empathy, pity, and humanity. He also admits feeling empty inside without his soul
- Chip Harrington was a powerful psychic who was strong enough to block the entire town’s cell phone signals, explode someone’s head from five miles away; and keep an entire town under a mind-control spell 24 hours a day
- Donatello believes Jack may be the most powerful being in the universe
- The episode's title may be a reference to the title track and 1976 debut album from the band Boston. The song is also featured in a scene from "Hookman" (season 1):
- The movie theater in Charming Acres was playing "Scooby Doo". Scooby Doo is best known as an animated televisionseries launched by Hanna Barbera in 1969, but there was a motion picture produced in 2002. However, since Charming Acres didn't seem to promote modern films and music, it's unlikely that the film version was playing in the theater on Main Street. It's more likely that Scooby Doo was a reference to the Supernatural episode "ScoobyNatural". Dean's large sandwich may have also been a reference to the ridiculously large sandwich his animated character ate in "ScoobyNatural"
- Donatello Redfield lives in Lewis, Oklahoma, which is approximately an 8-hour drive from the bunker in Lebanon, Kansas. It seems that Dean drove through the night to reach Donatello's by the next day, then drove straight back
- Bill Dow, the actor who played Chip Harrington in this episode also played Sam’s psychiatrist, Dr. Kadinsky in “The Born Again Identity” (season 7)
- Sam almost stabbing Castiel with his own angel blade was choreographed to mirror Dean nearly doing the same thing when he was under the influence of the Mark of Cain in "The Prisoner" (season 10)
- Sam and Castiel use fed aliases Scholz and Delp, referring to members of the band Boston. Tom Scholz was a songwriter and founding member, and Brad Delp was a vocalist
- Griffin and Castiel reference the 1981 science fiction film "Scanners" and its two sequels. In the films, people with powerful telekinetic abilities can attack others and cause the victim's head to explode
- Castiel says he reads theSaturday Evening Postto relax. The Saturday Evening Post is an American magazine that has been published since 1821
- Cas comments that maybe the Smiths are Mormons because they’re odd and unusually friendly. Some outside the Mormon faith have commented that Mormons seem to have an idyllic, traditional lifestyle
- Donatello refers to "Mr. Rogers" when trying to give Jack a way to find a moral center. Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003) was the long-time host of the public television's children's program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" (1968 - 2001). The show attempted to help teach children ethical and moral lessons
- Chip likes to think of himself as a “Good Samaritan”. This alludes to a bible story about a man who goes out of his way to help a stranger he finds injured by a roadside
- "We Live in Two Different Worlds" -- by Slim Whitman (plays when Sam and Castiel enter Harrington's ice cream parlor for the first time)
- "Pink Shoelaces" -- by The Chordettes (plays in Ms. Dowling's ear buds when she's vacuuming. Also continues playing when Castiel arrives at Harrington's to question Sunny about Sam's whereabouts)
- "Cheers 2" - by Roger Webb (plays when Cindy Smith is bringing out pot roast for dinner and Justin is looking for his cell phone)
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