Stranger in a Strange Land
Airdate: October 11, 2018
Directed by: Thomas J. Wright
Written by: Andrew Dabb
|This season 14 premiere sets a tense stage for the season. Dean, possessed by Michael, is loose in the world and trying to gather individuals to himself, but we don't yet know his end game. Meanwhile, Sam, Castiel, Mary and the other hunters keep up a fervent search for Dean while also doing what they do -- hunt monsters. Against this backdrop, Jack struggles to come to terms with life without his grace, and Castiel's plan to gather information about Dean's whereabouts leads him into trouble.|
- Dean/Michael to Anael - "You don't recognize me with this pretty face?"
- Nick to Sam - "Must be weird -- you looking at me and seeing him."
- Mary to Sam - "I have to think about the good, Sam. Because if I don't, I will drown in the bad. For Dean's sake, I can't do that. We can't do that."
- Castiel to Jack - "You did well."
Jack to Castiel - "All I did was get punched in the face."
Castiel to Jack - "To be fair, we all got punched in the face."
Episode Title Cast
- What does Michael want? What's his end game?
- Angels can normally see the faces of demons (and other angels) hiding inside human vessels, so why didn't Castiel know he was walking into a bar full of demons? Why didn't he smite the demons angel-style instead of using an angel blade against so many? And at the end of the episode, why didn't he try to heal his own face, or Jack's or Sam's? What's up with Castiel these days?
- What did Sister Jo say to Michael when she finally told the truth about what she wants? Last season, Sister Jo set the Winchesters up to be killed when she'd agreed to work beside Lucifer and rule heaven with him, so is she helping Sam this time by tipping him off about Michael, or is she betraying Sam again in exchange for whatever she wants from Michael?
- Michael knows how desperate heaven is right now. Will he be willing to help the angels save heaven? It's probably what most of the angels (except for Sister Jo) truly want. If so, what will he demand from heaven in return?
- Why does Sam think he can control whether hell elects a new king or not? And why does he think that a hell without a ruler (and demons free to do whatever they want) is better than hell with a leader? What will the demons do about Sam's ultimatum?
- Since Nick is alive after Lucifer was stabbed with an archangel blade, does that mean Gabriel is also still alive in the alternate universe?
- Three weeks have passed since Dean said yes to Michael and disappeared. Since then, Michael has been traveling around the planet asking people (including religious and political leaders, and criminals), demons, angels, and monsters what they want
- Stabbing an archangel with an archangel blade only kills the archangel -- not the vessel, so Nick is still alive
- Nick is alive! Does this mean Gabriel's vessel is also alive in the alternate universe (AU)?
- Mary and Bobby definitely seem to have a thing for each other
- Jack feels worthless without his powers. But if Castiel is correct, Jack's grace will regenerate over time and he'll get his powers back
- Jensen trained with a speech coach so that the scene where he has to speak Arabic would sound authentic
- In this episode, one of the hunters was injured after being attacked by a rawhead. We've only encountered a rawhead once before in the series when Dean was attacked by one in "Faith" (season 1)
- Mr. Ketch is in London looking for a Newton-D-hyperbolic pulse generator; a British Men of Letters' weapon that Ketch helped the Winchesters use to extract Lucifer from his vessel (the president of the United States) in season 12 "LOTUS". If Mr. Ketch can find one of those devices, Sam hopes they can use it to extract Michael from Dean's vessel
- The demon bar where Kipling and Castiel met was called "Martha's Motown Meats", so perhaps it was located in Detroit, Michigan. If that's the case, it would have taken Sam and Bobby approximately 14 hours to drive from the bunker (in Lebanon, Kansas) to the bar. It seems from the episode that they drove through the night, which makes sense for a journey of nearly 1,000 miles
- When Dean/Michael was taunting Jamil, he accused the man of deserting his friends in Syria and leaving them to die. Jamil may have been a refugee from Syria's brutal civil war (2011-present/2018) that has caused countless civilians to flee the country
- The hunters were pursuing a group of vampires hunting along Interstate-90. I-90 (also called the East-West Transcontinental Freeway) begins in Massachusetts and generally runs northwest to end near Seattle, Washington. It's purported to be the longest interstate in the continental US. The hunters mentioned an attack near "Lacrosse", but they don't mention where Lacrosse is. There are three strong possibilities -- Lacrosse Indiana is near the I-90 corridor. But Lacrosse, Wisconsin and Lacrosse, Washington are also possibilities
- The line "It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how many times you can get hit and keep moving forward." is from the 2006 film "Rocky" about an underdog boxer who is faced with a championship fight
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) was an Indian civil rights activist whose non-violent protest tactics served as a guide for later civil rights movements
- Kipling ordered a dish he called a "Texas Trinity" consisting of sausage, brisket, and pork ribs. This dish appears to be fictional
- Kipling bragged that he rode with Genghis Khan and is 600 years old. Genghis Khan lived from 1162-1227, so Kipling would have to be at least 750 to 800 years old to have been alive at that time
- The saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." is attributed to Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (337 ad - 397 ad)
- Sister Jo performed healings at St. Anthony's Church in Duluth, Minnesota. There is no St. Anthony's church in Duluth, but there is one in Ely, MN, which is about 2 hours away
- Sister Jo mentions the Hallmark channel, which is known for family-friendly programming
- When Michael asked Sister Jo what she wants, she mentioned three well-known and expensive fashion designers -- Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton
- Bobby comments that Jack isn't ready for a "demon smackdown" referring to the television professional wrestling show "Smackdown Live"
- Kipling comments on Sam's physical beauty, referring to Sam as his "Beyonce". Beyonce Knowles is a popular musical performer
- "Shot Down in Flames" -- by AC/DC (plays during the season 13 recap)
- "Let Him Walk This Troubled Earth Again" -- by Yvonne Devaney (plays when Kipling and Castiel meet at the bar)
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