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7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters

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|image= [[File:S7ep08promostill.jpg|300px350px]]
|title= How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters
|episode= Season 7, Episode 9
|director= [[Guy Bee]]
|writer= [[Ben Edlund]]
|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995124/How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters]
|download=
|outline= [[Sam]], [[Dean]] and [[Bobby]] become actual hunters when they track a creature that has been attacking people in the woods. Meanwhile, the local [[Biggerson's Restaurant]]'s special sandwich is making people crazy. |motw=[[Leviathans]]
|timeline=
|location= Wharton State Forest, The Pine Barrens<br>
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|Locations=
Wharton State Forest, Hammonton, New Jersey;Hammonton, New Jersey}}|prevep= 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!|nextep= 7.10 Death's Door
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|Synopsis=
Something kills and eats a camper in the Wharton State Forest, and [[Dean]], [[Sam, ]] and [[Bobby ]] squat in an abandoned house while they investigate that and a number of missing persons reports. Dean complains about their living conditions over the last few weeks, but Bobby is insistent that they need to follow [[Frank Devereaux]]'s advice and stay off the grid while the [[Leviathans]] are after them. Dean, though, is fed up and points out that the world is always on the verge of ending&mdash;maybe it wants to end. Bobby tells him not to think about it.
Sam's research uncovers conflicting reports about a creature dubbed the Jersey Devil hiding in the forest, so their first stop is to interview a park ranger. Chief Ranger Rick Evans meets them at a [[Biggerson's Restaurant]], and they question him about the state police's conclusion that a bear is behind the camper's death. As he eats a Turducken sandwich, he tells them that a bear wasn't behind it. Also, he and his assistant, Phil, have been finding partially eaten animal remains in the woods for a while now. When Rick mentions that he hasn't seen or heard from Phil in a while, Sam asks Rick if Phil could be missing. Rick is strangely unconcerned&mdash;just says that he should probably report it and continues eating his sandwich.
Bobby arrives at Biggerson's from the morgue and tells Dean and Sam that the wounds on the camper's body don't seem to have been caused by a Leviathan, a werewolf, or a [[Wendigo (creature)|wendigo]]. They take a break for lunch, and Dean happily devours his Turducken sandwich as Sam fills Bobby in on what they learned from Ranger Rick. They decide that something weird is definitely going on and that they need to search the woods themselves. Before they go, their unaccountably aggressive waiter shouts at his manager and storms out.
Once in the woods, Bobby's hunting and tracking skills quickly lead them to Ranger Phil's mangled body hanging from a tree. They call Ranger Rick, who arrives at the scene after dark and again seems strangely calm and disconnected. He uses his radio to call for backup just before he's snatched by something fast moving. Bobby, Dean, and Sam raise their weapons, but are too slow. Bobby urges them to turn off their flashlights and then closes his eyes to better hear the sounds the creature makes as it starts to eat Ranger Rick. Eyes still closed, he shoots his .30-30 rifle up into the trees... and hits his target.
While Dean watches, Bobby and Sam perform an impromptu autopsy on Gerald's body and are disgusted by the procedure, which uncovers a strange blue-gray goo throughout his body, disturbing stomach contents, and an extremely swollen adrenal gland. Dean is unaffected, however, and insists on heading back to Biggerson's Restaurant for dinner, where he orders another Turducken sandwich. As Bobby and Sam research Gerald on Sam's laptop, Dean seems unconcerned. Instead, he's strangely intent on his sandwich. When Sam and Bobby look around the restaurant they realize that everyone else is just as focused on eating Turducken sandwiches, and Sam snatches Dean's so that they can leave to investigate what's left of it.
Back at the abandoned house, Dean is irritated that Sam and Bobby won't let him eat his sandwich. He says that he feels fine&mdash;great, even. For once he's not upset about [[Castiel]] or the [[Leviathans]] because he just doesn't care anymore. Sam says that he sounds stoned, and Bobby points out that he's acting just like Ranger Rick and the rest of the dinner crowd at Biggerson's. They're still arguing when the half-eaten Turducken sandwich suddenly erupts with blue-gray goo.
While Dean sleeps off the effects of the goo, Sam and Bobby stake out the Biggerson's Restaurant. They see a nondescript truck drop off a shipment of meat and follow it back to an unmarked warehouse. Dean wakes up as they arrive, and they all watch as a car parks next to the truck. The Leviathan [[Edgar]] steps out, pulls a hooded figure out of the trunk, and forces him inside the warehouse.
The hooded figure is the Biggerson's waiter Brandon, and he has developed the same hyper-aggressive behavior as Gerald Browder. In the warehouse, Edgar greets the [[Leviathan ]] [[Dr . Gaines]] and tells him that he needs to be more careful because the adverse reactions that some people, like Gerald and Brandon, have to his formula are drawing attention. Dr . Gaines seems optimistic about his experiments, even his failures, but Edgar warns him that [[Dick Roman]] is coming and that he needs to burn his "mistakes."
Bobby, Sam, and Dean are still watching the warehouse when Dick Roman shows up. Bobby and Sam instantly know who he is: a famous billionaire and one of the 35 most powerful men in America. Dean realizes that Crowley was talking about Dick Roman when he mentioned "hating Dick" during their last encounter, and Bobby points out that the Leviathans must have big plans if they're taking the identities of men like Dick Roman. Bobby gets out an advanced listening device and plans to find a higher vantage point to spy on the Leviathans from.
In the warehouse, Dr . Gaines shows Dick Roman the results of his experimentation. The food additive that he's introduced into the Turducken has a "near 100%" success rate. It makes humans crave more at the same time that it alters their DNA, slowing their metabolism and causing weight gain, as well as stunting emotional responses. Dick Roman is unimpressed, however, because the .03% of people who reacted negatively to the food additive have drawn media attention. Dick and his assistant [[Susan]] lead Dr. Gaines up to an office, and Dick tells him that they're shutting his program down. Bobby, who has a high vantage point on a nearby building, listens in and watches through a pair of binoculars, horror-struck, as Dick forces Dr. Gaines to "bib" himself to atone for his mistakes. The ghastly ritual involves tying a lobster bib around Dr. Gaines' neck and then making him eat himself, starting with his right hand. Bobby starts to tell Dean and Sam what he's seeing, but a Leviathan finds him on the roof and knocks him unconscious. Bobby is taken hostage by Dick Roman, and Dean and Sam are determined to rescue him. While Dick talks to Bobby, Dean and Sam burst into the warehouse and spray the four Leviathans, including Edgar, that they encounter with sodium borate. Dick hears their screams and leaves Bobby alone to go deal with them, one gun from a pair of dueling pistols tucked into the back of his pants. The minute he's alone, Bobby starts going through the files on Dick's desk. He reviews them as he loads the second of the two dueling pistols, and something in the papers he reads gives him pause. He decides to take the papers with him and is just leaving Dick's office when Susan appears. He shoots her in the forehead and she stumbles back, giving him time to escape the room. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam are still dealing with the Leviathans, and Dick has Sam cornered. Bobby appears and shoots Dick in the back, and then Dean pours the last of the sodium borate over him. They run out of the warehouse, Sam and Dean reaching the van first and pulling it up to the back door. Bobby finally runs out, but Dick is right behind him and fires his pistol at them as Bobby jumps in the van and they drive away. Sam and Dean think that they've gotten away clean, but Sam sees Bobby's hat in the front seat and there's a bullet hole in it. Sam looks back, worried, and shouts Bobby's name. Dean echoes him.
|Characters=
* [[Susan]]
* Ranger Rick Evans
* [[Brandon]]
|Pad_of_Definitions=
* [[Aliases]]
* [[Biggerson's Restaurant]]
* [[Bobby's Hats]]
* [[Bobby's Numbers]]
* [[Borax]]
* [[Dean's Movie & TV references]]
* [[Get this]]
* [[Incredible Hulk]]
* [[Law Enforcement Officers]]
* [[Leviathans]]
* [[Biggerson's RestaurantStar Wars]]
* [[Zombie]]
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|Quotes=
'''Bobby:''' What the hell's a glamper?<br>
'''Dean:''' Sam?<br>
'''Sam:''' A high-end camper. TV, A/C, Wifi. Back to nature&mdash;zero inconvenience.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''' Hey! Uh, Brandon. We grab a booth?'''Brandon:''' Hey, uh, douchewad, a hostess will seat you. Do I look like a freakin hostess?'''Dean:''' Do you ''want'' to look like a hostess?
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'''Sam:''' Okay, so whatever turned Gerry Browder into a Pumpkinhead...and is currently turning Dean into an idiot.<br>'''Dean:''' I'm right here, right . Right here.'''Bobby:''' Is in the Turducken Slammer in Biggerson's.
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The episode title is a play on the famous book ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People How to Win Friends And and Influence People] '' by Dale Carnegie first published in 1936.
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[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2138746/ Olivia Cheng] who played the [[Leviathan ]] [[Susan]] used the Supernatural Wiki to [https://twitter.com/#!/ThatOliviaCheng/statuses/137998476750487553 research the role]:<br>:"Thanks for starting page for me on @SuperWiki, that's what I browsed to research #Supernatural before shooting" [https://twitter.com/#!/ThatOliviaCheng/statuses/137998476750487553 Source]"I caught up on #Supernatural through your contributions, I didn't know what a Leviathan was when cast." ([https://twitter.com/#!/ThatOliviaCheng/status/137999191149527040 SoureSource]).<br>[http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=2164 Interview with Olivia Cheng]by Sequential Tart
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[[Bob Singer]] did the voice over on the ''Soothing Nature Sounds'' recording ([http://twitter.com/TheJimMichaels/status/137712337913266176 Source]).
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'''Sam:''' Motel 6 just ain't leaving the light on anymore.<br>
  :''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motel_6 Motel 6] is a major chain of budget motels with more than 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada. Its tagline "We'll leave the light on for you" has been a part of its advertising campaign since 1988.''}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''' Of course, the sketch looks more like a Chewbacca head.:''[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Chewbacca Chewbacca] aka Chewie, is a Wookie who is friends with Han Solo in the Star Wars universe.''}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=The beer Dean drinks is called MargieKugel Beer. [https://twitter.com/#!/TheJimMichaels/status/137713152698748928 Made by the art department], it is named after [[Jerry Wanek]]'s mother combined with local Wisconsin beer Linenkugel. }}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Ranger Evans:''' You can call me Rick. Ranger Rick.:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_Rick Ranger Rick] is a children’s nature magazine that is published by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Wildlife_Federation National Wildlife Federation] for 7&ndash;12-year-olds, as well as the title character of the magazine.''
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The beer Dean drinks '''Brandon:''' Sidewinder soup and salad combo goes to Big Bird. TDK Slammer to Ken Doll. And a little Heart Smart for Creepy Uncle.:''[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Bird Big Bird] is called MargieKugel Beera very tall, very yellow, avian character from Sesame Street. Made by the Art department it is named after See [[Jerry WanekSam's Height]]'s mother combined with a local Wisconsin beer Linenkugelfor other references. [httpshttp://twitterwww.manbehindthedoll.com/#!/TheJimMichaels/status/137713152698748928 SourceKen] is boyfriend to Barbie, known for his plastic good looks.''
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:'''Dean''' New Pepperjack Turducken Slammer. Limited Time Only.
A [http://homecooking.about.com/od/turkeyrecipes/ss/turduckensbs.htm Turducken] is a dish in which a chicken is stuffed inside a duck which is stuffed inside a turkey. Each bird is first boned, and then the entire thing is roasted.
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'''Ranger EvansBobby:''' You can call me Rickdon't shoot Bambi, jackass. Ranger RickYou shoot Bambi's mother.<br>  :''[http://enwww.wikipediaimdb.orgcom/wikititle/tt0034492/Ranger_Rick Ranger RickBambi] is a children’s nature magazine that 1942 animated Disney movie about a young fawn called Bambi, whose mother is published killed by hunters.''}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=Sam and Bobby's zombie autopsy, in which they pull bizarre items from the creature's stomach, may be a reference to the famous shark autopsy in [http://enwww.wikipediaimdb.orgcom/title/wikitt0073195/National_Wildlife_Federation National Wildlife FederationJaws] for 7&ndash;12-year-olds, as well as where amongst other things, a license plate is found in the title character of the magazineshark's stomach.
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'''BobbySam:''' You don't shoot BambiOkay, jackassso whatever turned Gerry Browder into a Pumpkinhead - and is currently turning Dean into an idiot. You shoot Bambi:'s mother.<br>  'Pumpkinhead is a vengeance demon which possesses a corpse dug up from a pumpkin patch in the [http://wwwen.imdbwikipedia.comorg/titlewiki/tt0034492/ BambiPumpkinhead_%28film%29 1988 horror movie of the same name] is a 1942 animated Disney movie about a young fawn called Bambi, whose mother is killed by hunters.''}}
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'''BrandonBobby:''' Sidewinder soup and salad combo goes to Big BirdHe's sleeping it off. TDK Slammer to Ken DollTryptophan coma. And a little Heart Smart for Creepy Uncle. <br> [http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Bird Big Bird] is a very tall, very yellow, avian character from Sesame Street. See [[Sam's Height]] for other references. '[http://www.manbehindthedollurbandictionary.com/ Kendefine.php?term=tryptophan%20coma&defid=1522247 Tryptophan coma] is boyfriend the nickname given to Barbie, known for his plastic good looksthe sloth and sleepiness experienced by many after Thanksgiving dinner.Turkey is (falsely) believed to contain very high tryptophan levels and said to work as a sedative. This episode aired just before Thanksgiving 2011.''
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'''DeanBobby:''' Of course, Aren't you full up just playing Snuffleupagus with the Devil all the sketch looks more like a Chewbacca head. <br>live-long?:''[http://starwarsmuppet.wikia.com/wiki/Chewbacca ChewbaccaMr._Snuffleupagus Snuffleupagus] aka Chewieis a woolly mammoth-like creature from Sesame Street. In the early years, only Big Bird could see him. "All the live-long day" is a Wookie who is friends with Han Solo in lyric from the American folk song [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ve_Been_Working_on_the_Railroad I've Been Working on the Star Wars universeRailroad].''}}
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Sam and '''Bobby:'''s zombie autopsyNow, in which they pull bizarre items from you get a case of the creatureAnne Sextons, something's stomach, may be a reference to the famous shark autopsy in gonna come up behind you and rip your fool head off.:''[http://www.imdbpoets.comorg/titlepoet.php/tt0073195prmPID/ Jaws14 Anne Sexton], where amongst other things, was a license plate is found poet known for writing about her emotional issues and distress. She committed suicide in the shark1967.''s stomach.}}
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'''In order to tell Sam:''' Okay, so whatever turned Gerry Browder into a Pumpkinhead - and is currently turning Dean into an idiot -- <br> Pumpkinhead who [[Dick Roman]] is , Bobby shows the boys a vengeance demon which possesses a corpse dug up from a pumpkin patch in the news feature titled "The Rise of Dick." [http://enwww.wikipediayoutube.orgcom/wiki/Pumpkinhead_%28film%29 1988 horror movie of the same namewatch?v=cIleZSieU6Y Watch it here].
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'''Bobby:''' Now I have officially seen it all.<br>'''Sam:''' Bobby, what is it?<br>'''Bobby:''' He's sleeping it offmaking the doctor eat himself.:''This may be a reference to the following line from [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372588/?ref_=sr_1 Team America: World Police]:<br> '''Gary Johnston:''' OK, a limousine that can fly. Now I have seen everything. Tryptophan coma<br>'''Spottswoode:''' Really? Have you seen a man eat his own head?<br>'''Gary Johnston:''' No.<br>'''Spottswoode:''' So then, you haven't seen everything.''}}
[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term|Minutiae=tryptophan%20coma&defid=1522247 Tryptophan coma] is the nickname given to the sloth and sleepiness experienced by many after Thanksgiving lunch. Turkey is (falsely) believed to contain very high tryptophan levels, said to work as a sedative. This episode aired just before Thanksgiving 2011. }}
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'''The author of second article on Jersey Devils that Sam shows to Bobby:''' Now, you get a case of the Anne Sextons, something's gonna come up behind you and rip your fool head off.<br> [http://wwwis Dr.poetsKara Schwandt.org/poet.php/prmPID/14 Anne Sexton] Kara Schwandt was a poet known the set decoration office coordinator for writing about her emotional issues Season 1 and distress. She committed suicide in 1967one episode of Season 2 (source IMDB).}}
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In order According to tell ''[[The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean who [[Dick RomanWinchester]] is'', in the script for this episode, Bobby shows the boys a news feature titled term that was used for the Turducken Slammer victims was "The Rise of Dickmottled wretch." [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIleZSieU6Y Watch it here].
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* [http://storifyAccording to Sam, Mitchell Rayburn's wife is missing, but she's quoted in the ''Camping High Season Harshed by Human Burrito'' newspaper article as saying "I'll never get over it.com/superwiki/jim-michaels-live-tweets Live tweets] from [[Jim Michaels]] during airingWe were so excited to camp in the outdoors together, enjoying nature.And then nature ate my husband."}}|Minutiae=
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The author of second article on Jersey Devils first two folders that Sam shows to Bobby is Drtakes out of Dick Roman's briefcase are labeled "[http://en. Kara Schwandtwikipedia. Kara Schwandt was the set decoration office coordinator for Season 1 org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association NRA] Speech" and one episode of Season 2"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TED_%28conference%29 TED] Conference." Later in [[7.11 Adventures in Babysitting]], Dean mentions that Dick is at a TED Conference.
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According to Sam, Mitchell Rayburn's wife is missing, but sheThe red points on the map on Roman's quoted in the ''Camping High Season Harshed by Human Burrito'' newspaper article as saying "I'll never get over it. We were so excited desk appear to camp be marking somewhere in the outdoors together, enjoying natureWisconsin and Ohio. And then nature ate my husbandSee [[Bobby's Numbers]] for more information."
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The first two folders that hat Bobby was wearing when shot had not appeared in any previous episode. See [[Bobby takes out of Dick Roman's briefcase are labeled "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association NRAHats] Speech" and "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TED_%28conference%29 TED] Conference."
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The red points on [http://campl.us/gSEK View from the map on Romandirector's desk appear to be marking Madison, WI chair] Tweet pic of Jackles and Cleveland, OHthe tinfoil duck.
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The hat Bobby was wearing when shot had not appeared in any previous episode[http://storify. See com/superwiki/jim-michaels-live-tweets Live tweets] from [[Bobby's HatsJim Michaels]]during airing.}} 
|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
* [[7.09 How to Win Friends And and Influence Monsters (Transcript)]] 
|Promotion=
* [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/82248105503887360 Guy Bee] to direct
* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/08/supernatural-season-7-episodes-titles.html Episode Title]
* [http://pics.livejournal.com/bellevue/gallery/0002q5bz HQ promo picsPromo Pics] by ontd_spnparty* [http://www.ksitetv.com/9575/supernatural-7-9-how-to-win-friends-and-influence-monsters-images/ promo Promo Images] by ksittvksitetv* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qndkEXfGEhM Promo clipClip]  * [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2011/11/19/winchester-radio--spns-how-to-win-friends-w-guest-guy-bee Winchester Radio podcast for this episode with guest Guy Bee]
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