14.13 Lebanon

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Title Lebanon
Episode # Season 14, Episode 13
First aired February 7, 2019
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Andrew Dabb
Meredith Glynn
On IMDB Lebanon
Outline When Sam and Dean find an object with the ability to grant their deepest desire, they believe they finally have a solution for Michael, but are soon shocked by the sudden arrival of their father.
Monster John Wayne Gacy
Zachariah
Castiel
Timeline February 7, 2019
2003
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
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Music

  • "Till It Shines" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
(plays over the montage of the Winchester family eating their final dinner)

Quotes

Eliot: I mean, think about it. Where did they even come from? Them or their weird sidekick with the trench coat. And what about that kid with the dumb Bambi look on his face all the time?
Sam: I-I know you need -- or you want some sort of rational explanation for what happened here, but there isn't one. My brother and I, we hunt things. Evil things that shouldn't exist.
Dean: And we are damn good at what we do.
John: So, you saved the world?

Dean: More than once.

John: Then 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: Dad for me? That fight that was a lifetime ago. I don't even remember what I said, and -- I mean yeah. You know what? You did some messed-up things. But I don't I mean, when I think about you and I think about you a lot I don't think about our -- our fights. I think about you I think about you on the floor of that hospital. And I think about how I never got to say goodbye.

John: Sam. Son. I am so sorry.

Sam: I'm sorry, too. But you did your best, Dad. You -- You fought for us, and you loved us, and that's enough.
Dean: Basically, uh, if you don't go back, Sam never gets back into the life, um, and Mom, she, uh...

John: What?
Dean: Well, without everything that we did -- with God, The Darkness -- she never comes back. Sam thinks that she'll just fade away.

John: Okay. I mean, me versus your mom? That's -- That's not even a choice.
John: Dean. I, uh -- I never meant for this.

Dean: Dad, we pulled you here.
John: No, son. My fight. It was supposed to end with me, with Yellow Eyes. But now you -- you are a grown man, and I am incredibly proud of you. I guess that I had hoped, eventually, you would get yourself a normal life, a peaceful life, a family.

Dean: I have a family.
John: All right. Near as I can tell, we have two choices. All right, we can think about what's coming. Or we can be grateful for this time that we have together. Now, me I choose grateful. So, to whatever brought us together, we owe you one. Amen.
Sam: Once we send Dad back it's like none of this ever happened. He -- He just goes back to -- to to being Dad.

Dean: You saying you wish things would be different?
Sam: Don't you? Can you imagine -- Dad in the past, knowing then what he knows now? I I think it would be nice.

Dean: Yeah. I used to think that, too. But, uh, I mean, look, we've been through some tough times. There's no denying that. And for the longest time, I blamed Dad. I mean, hell, I blamed Mom, too, you know? I was angry. But say we could send Dad back knowing everything. Why stop there? Why not send him even further back and let some other poor sons of bitches save the world? But here's the problem. Who does that make us? Would we be better off? Well, maybe. But I got to be honest -- I don't know who that Dean Winchester is. And I'm good with who I am. I'm good with who you are. 'Cause our lives -- they're ours. And maybe I'm just too damn old to want to change that.
John: My girl. I miss you so damn much.

Mary: Me too.
John: You two. You take care of each other.
Sam: We always do.
Dean: Good to see you, Dad.
John: I am so proud of you boys. I love you both so much.

Dean: I love you, too.
John: Dean. No, I'm okay. I just I just had one hell of a dream. Yeah. No, it was a good one. I'm on my way back. I'll see you soon.

Trivia & References

This was the 300th episode of Supernatural. A party to celebrate was held for the cast and crew on the 16th November 2018. See 300th Episode Celebrations for a round-up of all the celebrations. Supernatural is the longest running U.S. sci-fi show ever on television.
Dean: The skull of Sarah Good. She was executed during the Salem witch trials.
Sarah Good was one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft and was hung along with four other women during the Salem witch trials.
Terry: Now, this -- it's called the Chrysaor. Supposed to be able to cut through anything. Sliced up your pal real good with just one swing, but you -- oh you're a big boy. You might take some work.
The Chrysaor was the golden sword of Sir Artegal in Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queene.
Dean: They always talk too much.
A reference to the trope of Evil Gloating, or monologuing, in which the villain indulges in a long speech that often either reveals their plan or allows the hero time to escape or fight back. In this scene it may also be a call back to the scene in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones is confronted by a sword-wielding assassin, whom Indiana just shoots.
Beetlejuice, All Saints' Day and Hell Hazers are playing at the Lebanon Vista movie theater when Sam and Dean arrive.
Sam: Dean, listen to this -- uh, hangman's rope, fairy dust, John Wayne Gacy's cigar box.

Dean: So we're talkin', like, 31 Flavors of weird, huh?

A pervasive occult belief is that a hangman's noose has mystical abilities, such as healing various ailments.
John Wayne Gacy was a real serial killer who became known as the "Killer Clown" due to his dressing as the character Pogo the Clown for children's parties. He was executed at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994. He was reportedly cremated which is why his ghost is tied to the old cigar box. Incidentally, Gacy was indirectly referenced by Dean in 2.05 Simon Said after seeing Andy's van. He also asked Martin Creaser if his clown drawings were "original Gacy's" in 5.11 Sam, Interrupted.
"31 flavors" is a nickname for Baskin-Robbins, who are known for their 31 flavors slogan.
Sam: Listen, Jack and Cas are out with Jules and her crew, but when they get back, they can give us a hand cataloging of all of this.
The hunter Jules is named after the Managing Editor of the Supernatural Wiki, Jules Wilkinson, who, along with her crew, is rather fond of cataloging aka maintaining the SuperWiki. The character Jules also appeared in 14.03 The Scar.
Sam: You're not gonna believe this. It's called the Baozhu. It's one of eight ancient Chinese treasures. I-It's a pearl that grants wishes.
The Baozhu is one of the Eight Treasures or Eight Precious Things. The wish-granting pearl or flaming pearl symbolizes the granting of wishes.
Among the artifacts in the pawn shop can be seen a hockey mask like that worn by Jason Vorhees, the villain of the Friday the 13th horror franchise. In 2008, Jared starred in a remake of Friday the 13th .
Dean: According to the Internet, you run a law firm and love kale. Wait till you check out your, uh, wannabe TED Talk.
TED Talks are short presentations people can make that cover any topics, which are posted online for free distribution.
Dean: Well, I mean, I'm still hunting, but you're Internet famous. So, what -- is there two of us running around here?

Sam: No, I don't think so. I think it's a temporal paradox. We pulled Dad here from 2003, right? So time is self-correcting. Our timeline is changing to this new one.

A temporal paradox, is time traveling principle, specifically a "grandfather paradox" where something that is changed in the past, will affect the future.
Zachariah: Earth -- where you're always stepping in something. Come on, Constantine.

Castiel: I don't understand that reference.

This is a reference to the famous comic book character John Constantine. Castiel's outfit -- a rumpled suit and tie and trench coat -- are based off of Constantine's long-standing look.
Castiel also said that line in 5.13 The Song Remains the Same. Gadreel said a variation of it in 9.23 Do You Believe in Miracles?
Zachariah: Yeah, we sensed a -- well, let's call it a disturbance in the Force. And in Heaven, well, we're -- we're not super fond of those.
This is a reference to the Force in Star Wars, which is the energy field which connects all things.
Zachariah: So, I'm going to ask one more time -- who's been playing Back to the Future? And you're going to tell me, or he -- What's the phrase I'm looking for? He -- oh -- murders you all.
Back to the Future is a trilogy of movies from the 1980's about a young man who goes on a series of adventures in a time traveling DeLorean, altering history due to his actions for both the better and the worse.
Zachariah: What did you do, Sam? What did you do? Say it. Speak, Ubu, speak.
"Speak, Ubu, speak" is a reference to the vanity card for production company Ubu Productions which would speak the phrase "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog." at the end of the programs they produced.

Minutiae

Jared and Jensen are the only actors to appear in all 300 episodes of Supernatural. However, Jensen only appears as Dean in 299 episodes.
John Winchester's age at the time of 2.01 In My Time of Dying would have been 52 years old. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan's return to Supernatural in "Lebanon", he is now the same age as John Winchester was in his last appearance. However, as John was pulled from 2003, Morgan is playing John 3 years younger than he actually is.
One of the early reported ideas for the 300th episode at Comic-Con 2018 was for it to be done from the perspective of the town's people of Lebanon, Kansas, and see their perceptions of Sam and Dean in the town. An element of this idea was retained with the teenager Eliot talking about Sam and Dean's mysterious nature, as well as the Winchester's interactions with the local bartender, Jackson, and the mail woman, Martha.
On Twitter, actor Zenia Marshall who played Stacy, dubbed the ship of Max and Stacy "Stax."
The monkey on the counter in the pawn shop is the same monkey that used to be on the bar in Harvelle's Roadhouse, and was last seen in Rocky's Bar in Dean's subconscious.
In Lebanon, the Winchesters are well known in the town and go by the aliases Sam and Dean Campbell. Campbell is Mary's family name. Also, in 7.07 The Mentalists The Campbell brothers, seen in a photograph, also existed and specialized in paintings and writings said to be produced by spirits. They were Allen Campbell and Charles Shrouds and were actually a gay couple who posed as brothers.
Sam and Dean appear to have become something of an urban legend to the kids of the town who note their strange actions, including the times Sam and Dean have driven around with a living being in the Impala trunk.
The bar in Lebanon sells Family Business Beer, which also featured in Rocky's Bar.
A Castle Storage facility can be seen near Main Street in Lebanon, Kansas.
The Impala is stolen again and taken on a joyride in this episode. In 11.04 Baby, the car was stolen while the Winchesters were at a restaurant, but they were unaware of the theft as it was returned by the thief, their valet, when they were done eating.
The current date is given as February 7, 2019, the same day that the episode aired. In Lebanon it is known as "Skip Day" when the kids skip school. Ironically some fans skipped school or work to watch the 300th episode.
Sam and Dean appear to be driving a black 1956 GMC 100 -- most likely one of the many classic cars to be found within the Bunker's motor pool. John previously drove a black 1986 GMC Sierra Grande after handing the Impala's keys off to Dean.
Sam and Dean come up against the ghost of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. This is the second time that they've come up against the ghost of a famous serial killer, having faced the ghost of H.H. Holmes in 2.06 No Exit.
Dean: A serial killer clown, I mean this is like the best worst thing that's ever happened to you, because you love serial killers and hate clowns.
It has previously been established that Sam is fascinated with serial killers and has a paralyzing fear of clowns.
John: And you've done this whole time-travel thing before?

Dean: A few times. Actually, uh, our grandfather, your dad -- he's the one that helped us find this place. I think he'd be real happy to know you're finally here.

Sam and Dean have time traveled in 4.03 In the Beginning, 5.13 The Song Remains the Same, 6.18 Frontierland, 7.12 Time After Time, and 11.14 The Vessel. In 8.12 As Time Goes By, Henry Winchester had fled through time from 1958 to escape the grasp of the Knight of Hell, Abaddon, who later killed him in 2013. Henry was a member of the Men of Letters, who tells Dean he intended to induct John into the order when he was old enough. Henry helps the boys find the Key to the Bunker.
Dean: Dad, none of this would have happened without you.

John: It's good. It's fine. I-I went out takin' out Yellow Eyes. I mean, that was the point, right? I mean, get the thing that killed Mom.

The Winchesters' referred to Azazel as "The Demon," "The Yellow-Eyed Demon" or "Yellow Eyes." His name -- Azazel -- was only revealed by the demon Casey to Dean after John's death in 3.04 Sin City, however John knew to use the Sigil of Azazel to summon the demon, hinting that he knew of Azazel's name. While John was aware of the Princes of Hell, as noted in his journal, it is not known if he was aware that they too had yellow eyes.
Lebanon, Kansas, causes some form of interference with angels, making the area seem "muddy" to their senses.
The Winchesters are shown to now carry angel blades in sheaths on their belts.
The fight between John, Dean, and Sam in the dark recalls the fight in the dark between Sam and Dean in Sam's apartment in 1.01 Pilot
In the alternate timeline, Dean is wanted for assault, murder, and credit card fraud, and discovers he has a lot of beheadings on his record. Dean's mugshot in the alternate timeline is the same one that was taken in 2.19 Folsom Prison Blues. Sam runs his own law firm, loves kale, and is Internet famous. Castiel is still a loyal and unquestioning soldier of Heaven. As the war with the Darkness never happened, Mary Winchester was never resurrected and remains dead. Additionally, Castiel uses Jimmy Novak as his vessel despite not needing to possess him in 2008 to safely communicate with Dean.
TED Talk Sam mentions not having enough time for a family life, suggesting that in the alternate timeline Sam never ended up marrying Jessica Moore even without Dean dragging him back into hunting.
In the alternate timeline, Castiel is wearing his original trench coat which his current self discarded in 9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here.
The alternate timeline Castiel's introduction to the restaurant patrons is almost identical to how he introduced himself to Dean during their first meeting in 4.01 Lazarus Rising down to shattering the lights and displaying his wings. The major difference is that this Castiel is much more menacing in his introduction.
This version of Zachariah is killed for the second time on the series. His death in this episode mirrors his death in 5.18 Point of No Return where he makes the mistake of getting in the face of a Winchester to taunt them, putting himself within their striking range. The Apocalypse World Zachariah was killed by Jack Kline.
This is the first episode in which John tells Sam and Dean he loves them, and the third time Dean has directly told a family member he loves them, after Mary in 12.22 Who We Are and Sam in 14.11 Damaged Goods. Dean also said "I love you" to his memory of Mary in Heaven in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon.
It's shown that in 2003, the Impala was still owned by John Winchester. It would be two years before he discovers Azazel had resurfaced and goes off to hunt him alone, leaving the Impala to Dean. The 2003 Impala is distinguished by the KAZ 2Y5 licence plate, and the side spotlights, which were removed from the Impala in 3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me by director Steve Boyum and never replaced.
As in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two, Sam and John share a tearful nod before John disappears.

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