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|image= [[File:Finalepromo.jpg|350px]]
|title= Survival of the Fittest
|episode= Season 7, Episode 23
|director= [[Robert Singer]]
|writer= [[Sera Gamble]]
|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995117/ Survival of the Fittest]
|download=
|outline= [[Dean ]] convinces Cass [[Castiel]] to join them in their attempt to kill [[Dick]]. They succeed in killing Dick, only for Dean and Cass to be whisked away to Purgatory.
|motw=[[Dick Roman]]<br>[[Leviathans]]<br>[[Crowley]]
|timeline= May 2012Immediately after [[7.22 There Will Be Blood]]
|location= Whitefish, Montana ([[Rufus's Cabin]])
|map= Whitefish, Montana
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|Locations= Whitefish, Montana
}}|prevep= 7.22 There Will Be Blood|nextep= 8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin
}}
|Synopsis=
[[Dick ]] knows that [[Dean ]] and [[Sam ]] need [[Crowley]]'s [[Demon Blood|blood ]] for the leviathan[[Leviathan]]-killing bone. He believes that Crowley has hidden some away in case of emergency and the two begin to work out a deal together. He offers Crowley and his demons control over Canada while the leviathans Leviathans will keep the U.S.A. Plus, plus they will leave the [[demons ]] alone in exchange for betraying the Winchesters, giving them the blood of another demon rather than his own blood. Crowley accepts and hands Dick a really, really, really long contract, specifying the terms and conditions of their pact. Meanwhile, the brothers are looking for the bone of a righteous person and, while driving, catch a report on the radio about Dick being at SucroCorp. Following a joking idea from Dean, they break into a nunery crypt and find a nun that they think fits the bill of being a righteous person and start to remove her bones from her crypt. Back at Dick's office, he and Crowley finish going over their contract and sign it.
Sam and Dean go back to the cabin and perform a ritual to summon Crowley there. HoweverMeanwhile, he does not arrive. Meg shows up instead, along with Castiel. Dean goes outside where Cass is waiting and tries to talk with him, but he starts to speak about testing on animals. He finally snaps out of it and informs the brothers that are looking for the angels in his garrison have been wiped out bone of a righteous person and that Kevin Tran is missing. Just then, Crowley teleports in and, after threatening Cas and Meg and realizing that Cass is now insanewhile driving, gives Sam and Dean catch a vial filled with bloodreport on the radio about Dick being at [[SucroCorp]]. They ask why he came late and he responds that Dick captured him and made him Following a deal. He insistsjoking idea from Dean, however, that he lied to Dick about accepting his offer they break into a nunnery crypt and find a nun that they think fits the blood in the vial really is his. He then goes away, but not before promising bill of being a righteous person and start to get Meg after all is said and doneremove her bones from her crypt. He also informs them that Castiel could be very helpful in killing Back at Dick's office, but Castiel denies knowledge of what he and Crowley is talking aboutfinish going over their contract and sign it.
BobbySam and Dean go back to the cabin and perform a ritual to summon Crowley there. However, in the meantimehe does not arrive. [[Meg]] shows up instead, has bought a machete along with [[Castiel]]. Dean goes outside where Cas is waiting and tries to steal a trucktalk with him, while still in Louise's bodybut he starts to speak about testing on animals. He accidentally touches some iron and is pushed finally snaps out of it and informs the maid's bodybrothers that the angels in his garrison have been wiped out and that [[Kevin Tran]] is missing. Just then, Crowley teleports in, and, after threatening Cas and Meg and realizing that Cas is now insane, but repossesses her when gives Sam and Dean a vial filled with blood. They ask why he came late and he spots a newspaper article about responds that Dick captured him and becomes enraged againmade him a deal. At SucroCorpHe insists, however, that he lied to Dick tells Susan to fetch "the arm" from a freezer about accepting his offer and Kevin tries to get out of that the room that he's been locked up blood inthe vial really is his. A Leviathan lab tech brings a young girl in He then goes away, but not before promising to get Meg after all is said and orders her to have a seatdone. She introduces herself as Polly to KevinHe also informs them that Castiel could be very helpful in killing Dick, but otherwise remains silent, under the influence Castiel denies knowledge of the Leviathan-tainted corn syrupwhat Crowley is talking about.
The Winchesters finally mix [[Bobby]], in the three bloods meantime, has bought a machete and tries to steal a truck, while still in [[Louise]]'s body. He accidentally touches some iron and is pushed out of the fallen maid's body, but repossesses her when he spots a newspaper article about Dick and pour becomes enraged again. At SucroCorp, Dick tells Susan to fetch "the mixture onto arm" from a freezer and Kevin tries to get out of the nunroom that he's bone they stolebeen locked up in. Nothing happens A Leviathan lab tech brings a young girl in and they realize they orders her to have no way of knowing for sure whether it will work or nota seat. Cass returns with ham sandwhiches for She introduces herself as Polly to Kevin, but otherwise remains silent, under the brothers, careful not have use ingredients poisoned by influence of the Levaithan, and insists that he cannot go with them to kill DickLeviathan-tainted corn syrup.
Susan brings Dick a case and informs him that The Winchesters finally mix the "delegates" are on their way. He then opens three bloods of the case fallen and takes out a severed arm...belonging to the real Richard Roman. Dick and Susan go to greet pour the delegates while Kevin starts picking mixture onto the lock on the door with a pinnun's bone they stole. He gets out, then notices Dick Nothing happens and the delegates having a meetingthey realize they have no way of knowing for sure whether it will work or not. Dick explains to his fellow Leviathans his plan to take over the entire U.S. and has Cas returns with ham sandwiches for the lab tech bring in Polly. He demonstrates a new dairy creamer additive he's created that kills skinny humansbrothers, whose trait of being thin is careful not prefered to use ingredients poisoned by Levaithan for food. It also breeds out other undesirable traits. It's injected into Pollythe Leviathan, who throws up and dies. Kevin heads towards the exit, but before insists that he can escape, he is re-captured by Susancannot go with them to kill Dick.
Outside, Dean Susan brings Dick a case and Sam hack into informs him that the "delegates" are on their way. He then opens the surveillance cameras using case and takes out a trick they learned from [[Charlie Bradbury]]severed arm...belonging to the real Richard Roman. They spot Dick on and Susan go to greet the camera in delegates while Kevin starts picking the conference room still talking to lock on the delegatesdoor with a pin. Then they check another camera and see Dick in another office. When they check a third cameraHe gets out, they then notices Dick walking in and the delegates having a hallwaymeeting. They realize that he has had a bunch of Dick explains to his fellow Leviathans take his form plan to confuse themtake over the entire U. All of a sudden, Louise arrives S. and has the lab tech bring in Polly. He demonstrates a pick-up truck and Sam recalls that shenew dairy creamer additive he's the maid at the motel they stayed at near the Alpha Vampire's laircreated that kills skinny humans, whose trait of being thin is not preferred by Leviathan for food. It also breeds out other undesirable traits. He figures that itIt's Bobby injected into Polly, who throws up and goes after himdies. Bobby tries to kill Sam by choking himKevin heads towards the exit, but sees his reflection in a window and stops himself. He disappears and the brothers take Louise to a hospitalbefore he can escape, he is re-captured by Susan.
Back at Rufus's cabinOutside, Meg criticizes them for not taking care of Dick Dean and Sam explains that more Leviathans morphed hack into the surveillance cameras using a trick they learned from [[Charlie Bradbury]]. They spot Dick's form on the camera in order the conference room still talking to protect the originaldelegates. Cass once again says he can't help them Then they check another camera and Dean gets angry at him, telling him to clean up his messsee Dick in another office. Cass teleports awayWhen they check a third camera, then comes back with they see Dick walking in a game of Twisterhallway. Meg points out They realize that, since Cass was the Leviathans' original vessel, he can tell which has had a bunch of Leviathans take his form to confuse them is the "real fake Dick Roman." That nightAll of a sudden, Bobby reappears Louise arrives in a pick-up truck and requests Sam recalls that she's the maid at the motel they burn his flask stayed at near the Alpha Vampire's lair. He figures that it's Bobby and goes after him. Bobby tries to prevent kill Sam by choking him from becoming , but sees his reflection in a vengeful spiritwindow and stops himself. The boys oblige He disappears and Bobby moves onthe brothers take Louise to a hospital.
LaterBack at [[Rufus's cabin]], Dean finally convinces Cass to accompany Meg criticizes them for not taking care of Dick and tell him Sam explains that more Leviathans morphed into Dick's form in order to protect the planoriginal. Cas once again says he can't help them and Dean also alludes gets angry at him, telling him to Castiel clean up his mess. Cas teleports away, then comes back with a game of Twister. Meg points out that , since Cas was the Leviathans' original vessel, he has forgiven can tell which of them is the "real fake Dick Roman." That night, Bobby reappears and requests that they burn his flask to prevent him for all he didfrom becoming a vengeful spirit. The boys oblige and Bobby moves on.
The following day the plan begins. They drive through a SUCROCORP sign to call attention to themselves and Meg acts as a distraction while the other attempt to infiltrate the building. Sam gets split up from Dean and finds KevinLater, who informs Sam that they must blow up the laboratory containing the creamer. Dean finally convinces Cas to accompany them and Cass find the real Dick, who thanks Cass for getting him out of Purgatory and then throws tells him across the roomplan. Dean stabs Dick in the chest, but he is not affected by it. Dick taunts them, only also alludes to have Castiel pull his head back so Dean can stab his through the head with the real weaponthat he has forgiven him for all he did.
Just The following day the plan begins. Meg drives the [[Impala]] through a SucroCorp sign to call attention and acts as a distraction while the others attempt to infiltrate the building. Sam splits up from Dean and finds Kevin arrive, who informs Sam that they must blow up the laboratory containing the creamer. Dean and Cas find the real Dick starts to pulsate an aura around , who thanks Cas for getting him out of Purgatory and then throws him as across the room. Dean stabs Dick in the chest, but he diesis not affected by it. With a loud explosion of black goo, Dick is gonetaunts them, only to reveal that have Castiel pull his head back so Dean and Cass have disappeared as well. Crowley and two demons appear and take Kevin, leaving Sam entirely alonecan stab him through the neck with the real weapon.
ElsewhereJust as Sam and Kevin arrive, Dick starts to pulsate an aura around him as he dies. With a loud explosion of black goo, Dick is gone, only to reveal that Dean and Cass find themselves in a dense, dark forestCas have disappeared as well. Cass tells Dean that they are in Purgatory before promptly disappearingCrowley and two demons appear and take Kevin, while Dean stands surrounded by glowing eyesleaving Sam entirely alone.
Elsewhere, Dean and Cas find themselves in a dense, dark forest. Cas tells Dean that they are in [[Purgatory]] before promptly disappearing, while Dean stands surrounded by glowing eyes.
|Characters= * [[Impala]]
* [[Dean Winchester]]
* [[Sam Winchester]]
* [[Dick Roman]]
* [[Kevin Tran]]
* [[Susan]] - a leviathan * [[Louise]] - who is possessed by Bobby * Polly - thin girl killed by Dick's dairy creame
|Pad_of_Definitions=
* [[Borax]]* [[Clairsentience]]* [[Deals and Pacts]]* [[Demon Blood]]* [[Gank]]* [[Ghost Possession]]* [[Gorilla-Wolves]]* [[Impala]]* [[Leviathan]] * [[Prophet]]
* [[Purgatory]]
* [[ProphetRufus's Cabin]] * [[LeviathanStar Wars]]
* [[SucroCorp]]
* [[Table of Death]]
* [[The Word of God]]
* [[Rufus's Cabin]]
* [[Star Wars]]
* [[Gorilla-Wolves]]
 
|Music=
* "[[Carry On Wayward Son]]" by Kansas
:''(plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events; also played in [[1.21 Salvation]], [[2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two]], [[3.16 No Rest for the Wicked]], [[4.22 Lucifer Rising]], [[5.22 Swan Song]], and [[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]])''
* "Vincent" by Don MacLean
:''(playing on the radio when Dean finds Cass Cas in the car)''  * "Born to be Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
:''(plays during the Impala's return)''
|Quotes=
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' Well... let's bone this nun.
''[Sam makes a face.]''
'''Dean:''' Sorry.
}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Sam:''' We should call Castiel.<br>
'''Dean:''' Dude, on my car, he showed up naked, covered in bees.<br>
'''Sam:''' Yeah, I am not really sorry I missed that.
}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Crowley:''' You know what I like about you?<br>
'''Dick:''' Lack of pretension?<br>
'''Crowley:''' You're smarter than you look.<br>
'''Dick:''' Oh now you're just flirting.
}}
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'''Dick:''' We need America. They're so fat.
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'''Castiel:''' How important is lipstick to you Dean?<br>
'''Dean:''' Not very.
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'''Meg:''' ''(to Dean)'' Go ask him, he was your boyfriend first.
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'''Dick:''' Oh, eat up. The sushi's made of fresh orphan.
}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 '''Dean:''' So, what's it feel like?<br>'''Bobby Singer:''' What? Going vengeful? It's an itch you can't scratch out. Look... I'm done. Go get Dick. But don't do it 'cause you think it'll scratch the itch. Do it 'cause it's the job. And when it's your time... go.
}}
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'''Bobby:''' Here's to running into you guys on the other side. Only... not too soon, all right?
}}
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 '''Dean:'''Yeah, but you know what? Bottom of the ninth, and you're the only guy left on the bench... Sorry, but I'd rather have you, cursed or not. And anyway, nut up, all right? We're all cursed. I seem like good luck to you? ''[Castiel stares at Dean.] '' What?<br>'''Castiel:''' Well, I don't want to make you uncomfortable, but I detect a note of forgiveness.<br>'''Dean:'''Yeah, well, I'm probably gonna die tomorrow, so...
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'''Castiel:''' So, can I ask, the plan? <br>'''Dean:''' Well, according to Crowley, Dick knows we're coming. So we're gonna announce ourselves, ''big.'' ''(cut to the Impala crashing through SucroCorp's front gate and giant glass sign)'' <br>}}  
|Trivia_References=
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The title of the episode "Survival of the Fittest" is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_of_the_fittest a phrase ] commonly used to refer to the idea that in evolution, the organisms best suited to their environment will survive. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_of_the_fittest source]. }} {{TriviaQuote |Text= This is the last episode to be written by [[Sera Gamble]]. Sera has been with the show since the beginning - her first episode was [[1.03 Dead in the Water]] with [[Raelle Tucker]] and she has written 29 episodes in total. Sera took over as showrunner in Season 6 after the departure of Eric Kripke. Showrunner for Season 8 is returning writer [[Jeremy Carver]]. }}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dick:''' The blood of one sadly unimpressive demon in New Jersey. All I ask is that you give it to Frick and Frack, tell them it's yours, stand back, and let them come to me...<br>
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frick_and_Frack Frick and Frack] is a term used to refer to two people who are closely linked in some way. Its origins date back to a Swiss comedy ice skating pair.''
}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Meg:''' There goes the Empire's last hope.<br>
:''This a reference to the [[Star Wars]] movie The Empire Strikes Back. When Luke leaves his training with Yoda prematurely, the spirit of Obi Wan says to Yoda: "That boy is our last hope." However, in Star Wars, Luke is the hope of the Rebellion, rather than the evil Empire.''
}}
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'''Dean:''' Shut up, Meg.<br> :''This could be a reference to the cartoon series Family Guy, in which Peter Griffin often uses the line on his daughter Meg. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sni55NW3tTo Watch on YouTube].''
}}
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One of the radio announcers heard talking about [[Dick Roman ]] is named Lawshe, a reference to [[Michael Lawshe]] who is Supervising Sound Editor supervising sound editor on the show. }}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''' Look, did you come here to, uh, donkey-punch your old grudges or to help us end Dick? Pick a battle.:''A [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_punch donkey punch] is a sex act, where the back of the head of the receiving partner in sex is punched, supposedly causing a tightening of the muscles.''}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The [[Impala ]] returned to the Show after an absence of 17 episodes. She was last seen in [[7.06 Slash Fiction]], when [[Frank Devereaux]] advised the boys to change cars to avoid the police and the [[Leviathan]]. She had just been given a new engine fit-out in real life. [[Jim Michaels]] posted [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENAMGt1tCig this video of the car] afterwards.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
[http://whit-merule.dreamwidth.org/55266.html Transcript of portions] of Crowley's contract with Dick by white_merule . }}
|Minutiae=
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
This is the last episode to be written by [[Sera Gamble]]. Sera had been with the show since the beginning - her first episode was [[1.03 Dead in the Water]] with [[Raelle Tucker]] and she had written 29 episodes in total. Sera took over as showrunner in season 6 after the departure of [[Eric Kripke]]. Returning writer [[Jeremy Carver]] took over as showrunner in season 8. }}{{TriviaQuote |Text= This is the first season of ''[[Supernatural ]]'' to have 23 episodes. Every other season to this point had 22, except Season season 3 which had 16 due to the [[WGA Strike|Writers'Strike]]. }}{{TriviaQuote |Text= The original working title for the episode was "Get Dick".
}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
Proud Of of Supernatural, SPN Finale, Impala, Purgatory, Survival of the Fittest and GetDick all trended on [[Twitter]] leading up to, and during the finale. }} {{TriviaQuote |Text=[http://theadamwilliams.tumblr.com/post/91292821113/were-the-gorilla-wolves-the-monsters-dean-first-sees According to VFX I/O Coordinator] [[Adam Williams]], the "[[gorilla-wolves]]" that [[Dean]] and [[Castiel]] first encounter in [[Purgatory]] were visual effect models made for the [[Leviathans]] that they ultimately decided not to use, and re-purposed as "gorilla-wolves."}} 
|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
* [[7.23 Survival of the Fittest (Transcript)]]
|Promotion=
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995117/ Episode title] * Written by [[Sera Gamble]] and directed by [[Robert Singer]]
* [http://au.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/spoiler_chat_daily_meet_parents_on/298931 Recurring character for last 3 episodes]
* [http://www.twitlonger.com/show/h59ss6 Finale Official Synopsis]
* [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2012/05/19/winchester-radio-w-guest-james-patrick-stuart-spn-s7-finale Winchester Radio's podcast with James Patrick Stuart]
}}
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