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{{InfoboxEpisode
|image= [[File: Third man.jpeg|300px350px]]
|title= The Third Man
|episode= Season 6, Episode 3
|firstaired= October 8, 2010
|director= [[Bob Robert Singer]]
|writer= [[Ben Edlund]]
|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1627721The Third Man]
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-third-man/id389003829?i=397488448 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046MKWU6 Amazon]
|outline= [[Sam ]] and [[Dean ]] call [[Castiel ]] for help with a case where police officers seem to have been killed by the plagues of Egypt.|motw= [[Raphael|Archangel Angels]]<br>[[Raphael]] |timeline= Two days after the events of [[6.02 Two and a Half Men]]
|location= Easter, Pennsylvania
|map=
|Locations= Easter, PA, USA
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|prevep= 6.02 Two and a Half Men
|nextep= 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's
}}
|Synopsis=
As Dean dreams of Lisa while asleep in the Impala, Sam works out, after a night of hot sex. He calls Dean - he has found a new case in Pennsylvania, and Dean drives in the . [[ImpalaDean]] drives to meet him there. So far, two Two police officers have died in strange ways: the first was liquifiedliquefied, his meat, bones, and other tissues changed to blood, and the second was so covered in boils, inside and out, that his airway was blocked and he asphyxiated. Sam and Dean go to question the first police officer's partner, [[Ed Colfax]], and find him behaving strangely. He is in full uniform and calmly scratching the faces off of all the photographs in his home. They question him and learn that the two dead police officers and Ed have something in common: a "kid with no face and a planted gun," named Christopher Birch. Ed believes that they are suffering divine retribution for what they did to Christopher. Before Sam and Dean can learn anything else, Ed collapses, dead. Sam removes Ed's police hat and finds a hole in the top of his head from which locusts emerge.
Sam and Dean believe that the deaths are related to the plagues of Egypt, so Dean prays to [[Castiel]] in the hopes that he will be able to answer some questions about the case. Sam is certain that Castiel won't appear, but he does. He reveals that the three police officers' deaths were perpetrated by someone using the [[Staff of Moses]], one of many holy weapon weapons that was were stolen from heaven in the confusion following the apocalypse. Castiel asks for Sam and Dean's help in retrieving the staff.
Sam and Dean tell Castiel that Christopher Birch's father, Darrell Birch, is probably using the Staff of Moses to avenge his murdered son. They confront him only to learn that it is Christopher's brother, [[Aaron Birch]], who is responsible for the police officers' deaths. Aaron traded his soul to an [[Angelangel]] for the staff. Unfortunately, the staff has been cut into pieces. In order to learn who has the other pieces of the staff, Castiel performs a reading that involves reaching into Aaron's chest. It will tell them who Aaron traded his soul to, but it is extremely painful, and while Dean protests the reading, Sam recognizes the necessity.
Castiel learns from the reading that [[Balthazar]], an angel and a good friend of his who he previously thought died in the war, made the deal with Aaron for his soul. Another angel appears and thanks Castiel for the information before attacking him. He tells Castiel that "Raphael says hello" as they grapple. Eventually, they fall through the window and land on Sam's [[Sam's Charger |car]], totaling it. The other angel flees and Sam and Dean question Castiel about the fight. He tells them that the other angel was probably a soldier of [[Raphael]], who wants to rule heaven and has started an angelic civil war to achieve that end. Raphael's ultimate goal is to put the [[Apocalypse ]] "back on the rails."
Castiel performs a ritual to locate Balthazar, and they find him in a large house. Castiel goes inside to confront Balthazar, who admits to stealing the Staff of Moses and other weapons but refuses to return them to Castiel. Balthazar tells Castiel that he is only following his example as a rebel, and that there's no reason to be involved in the angels' civil war because the fighting will never stop. He flees when Raphael appears with other angels outside the house. Sam and Dean banish two angels outside with an [[Angel Banishing Sigilangel banishing sigil]] and Castiel kills one inside with his [[Angel Killing Swordangel blade]], but Castiel is then confronted by Raphael and overpowered. Balthazar reappears and destroys Raphael's [[Vesselvessel]] with [[Lot's Salt]], which turns him into a pillar of salt. Sam and Dean then trap Balthazar in a ring of [[Holy Fire]] and force him to give up [[Aaron Birch |Aaron]]'s[[soul]] soul. They want to get more from him, but Castiel releases him because he owes him his life.
Dean and Sam try to find room for Sam's things in the Impala's trunk. Dean asks Sam if he's okay and why he was okay with Castiel torturing Aaron. Sam denies that anything is wrong, but admits that he is different. He claims it's because he's been hunting nonstop for the last year, but Dean thinks there's more to it.
* [[Dean Winchester]]
* [[Castiel]]
* [[Lisa Braeden]]
* [[Ben Braeden]]
* [[Raphael]]
* [[Balthazar]]
* [[Lisa Braeden]]
* [[Ben Braeden]]
* [[Ed Colfax]]
* [[Aaron Birch]]
* [[Officer Ed Colfax]]
|Pad_of_Definitions=
* [[Acting in Unison]]
* [[Aliases]]
* [[Angel Lore]]
* [[Angel Banishing Sigil]]
* [[Angel Blade]]
* [[Angelic Weapon]]
* [[Castiel's Handprint]]
* [[Costumes & Disguises]]
* [[Deals and Pacts]]
* [[Enochian]]
* [[Fights]]
* [[Holy Oil]]
* [[Holy Water]]
* [[Impala]]
* [[Law Enforcement Officers]]
* [[Lot's Salt]]
* [[Sam's Charger]]
* [[Sedation]]
* [[Sexual Encounters]]
* [[Soul]]
* [[Spells]]
* [[Staff of Moses]]
* [[Lot's Salt]]
* [[Angel Banishing Sigil]]
* [[Angel Killing Sword]]
* [[Vessel]]
* [[Enochian]]
* [[Holy Oil]]
* [[Castiel's Handprint]]
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'''Sex worker:''' (to Sam) Damn, you know how to play that mystery card.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' A case? When? ItBen... I know you're lying. Because I lie professionally, that's been how. Now tell your mom that you broke the damn thing and take it like a day and a half! <br>'''Sam:''' I like to workman. <br>'''Dean:''' Apparently. <br>'''Sam:''' Glad we hashed that outOkay? Okay -- okay.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' Ben, I know you're lying. (pause) Because I lie professionally, that's how.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Sam:''' (to Dean) You, molding the minds of tomorrow. Who knew?}} {{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''Still drivin' Still driving the plastic piece of crap, huh? <br>'''Sam:''' What's your mileage, again? <br>
'''Dean:''' Shut up.
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'''Sam:''' Were you, uh... were you racing me?<br>'''Dean:''' No, . I was kicking your ass.<br>
'''Sam:''' Very mature.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' Sweet. Blood, boils, locustsWe should call Cas.<br>'''Sam:''' Three You're kidding, right? Dean, I tried. It was the first and second and third thing I did, soon as I got topside. Son of your more popular Egyptian plaguesa bitch won't answer the phone.<br>'''Dean:''' YeahWell, but these guys ate their way out of a coplet's melongive it a shot. I don't quite remember that in the King James.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''' Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to Castiel to get his feathery ass down here.<br>
'''Sam:''' You're an idiot.<br>
'''Dean:''' Stay positive.<br>
'''Sam:''' Oh, I am positive.
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'''Sam:''' Like I saidspent all that time trying to get through to you. Dean calls once, son of a bitch doesnand now it's, 'Hello'?!<br>'''Castiel:'''t answerYes... he<br>'''Sam:'''s right behind meSo, what, isnyou -- you like him better or something?<br>'''Castiel:''' Dean and I do share a more profound bond. I wasn't he?gonna mention it.<br>'''CastielDean:''' HelloCas, I think what he's trying to say is that... he went to Hell for us. I mean, he really took one for the team.You remember that? And then he comes back without a clue, and you can't take five friggin' minutes to give him some answers?
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'''Sam:''' So whatWell, I thought the staff turned, you like him better, or something?a river into blood, not one dude.<br>'''Castiel:''' Dean and The weapon isn't being used at full capacity. I do share think we can rule Moses out as a more profound bond. I wasn't going to mention itsuspect.
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'''Castiel:''' The Sam, Dean, my 'people skills' are 'rusty.' Pardon me, but I have spent the last 'year' as a multidimensional wavelength of celestial intent. But believe me, you do not want that weapon isndown here. Help me find it. Or more people will die.}} {{TriviaQuote |Text='''Balthazar:''' Yeah, yeah. I'm sorry about that, you know. I wanted them to think, you know, so... they wouldn't being used at full capacitycome looking for me?<br>'''Castiel:''' What... is all this? What are you doing?<br>'''Balthazar:''' Whatever I want. This morning I think we can rule Moses out as had a suspect.ménage à -- what's French for 12?
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'''Castiel:''' SamWhy take them? Why run away?<br>'''Balthazar:''' Because I could! What? What? I me-- you're the one who made it possible. The footsteps I'm following -- they're yours. What you did, Deanstopping the big plan, my "people skills" are "rustythe prize fight? You did more than rebel." Pardon me, but I have spent You tore up the whole script and burned the last "year" as pages for all of us. It's a multidimensional wavelength of celestial intentnew era. No rules, no destiny. Just utter and complete freedom.
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'''SamBalthazar:''' [After seeing his car totaled] My carHey, screw it, right? I mean, dad's not coming back.<br>You might as well blow coke and jump on the bed. You proved to me we could do anything, so I'''Dean:''' OK, silver liningm trying everything. [smirks]What difference does it make?
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'''CastielAngel:''' We have to find the weapons and Balthazar before Raphael does. Whoever has the weapons wins the war. You think you can knife-fight an angel?<br>'''Dean:''' What happens if Raphael wins? What does he want? <br>'''Castiel:''' What heWho's always wanted. To end the story the way it was written.<br> '''Dean:''' You mean the Apocalypsefighting? The one we derailed? <br>'''Castiel:''' YesPeace out, that one. Raphael wants to put it back on the railsdouchewad.
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'''SamBalthazar:''' Hey, thereHoly Fire.You hairless ape.Release me. [shows his [[Angel Killing Sword]]] Yeah, I got one of those, too<br>'''Dean:''' First you're taking your marker off Aaron Birch's soul.<br>'''AngelBalthazar:''' You think you can knife fight an angelAm I?<br> '''Dean:''' WhoSam!<br>'''Sam:''' Unless you like your wings extra-crispy, I's fighting? Peace outd think about it.<br>'''Balthazar:''' Castiel, douchewadI stood for you in Heaven. [banishes Are you gonna let them--<br>'''Castiel:''' I believe the hairless ape has the angels by putting his hand on sigil]floor.
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'''BalthazarSam:''' You know Yeah. I mean... I've been hunting non-stop for the old frog in past year, kind of... kind of on the throat [frog climbs out of dead angelwild, you know? So, yeah, I suppose I's mouth]m a little rough around the edges.<br> '''CastielDean:''' Even Yeah, I get that. I just don't think I'm getting the whole scoop. You went to hell, Sam. And believe me, I know what that's does to a bad jokeguy.
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'''BalthazarSam:''': The footsteps You know what it does to you. It -- it tortured you. You know? I think it still does. But, Dean... I'm following, theyokay.<br>'''Dean:''' So you're yours. What you didsaying, stopping the big planwhat,the prize fightthat -- that you're stronger than me? You did more than rebel.You tore up the whole script and burned the pages for all of us.It<br>'''Sam:'''s a new era. No rules, no destiny. Just utter and complete freedomsaying we're different.
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|Trivia_References=
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The episode gets its title from the 1949 Orson Welles noir film noir ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Man The Third Man.]'' In relation to the episode, the "third man" may be a reference to [[Castiel]]. It can also be related to [[Raphael]], the third most powerful [[archangel]] (after [[Michael]] and [[Lucifer]] and above [[Gabriel]]), and [[Ed Colfax]]as the third police officer to be killed.
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In relation to the episode, the "Third Man" may be a reference to Castiel. It can also be related to Raphael, the third most powerful Archangel (after Michael and Lucifer and above Gabriel), and Ed Colfax as the third police officer to be killed.}} {{TriviaQuote |Text=In his dream about making love to Lisa, Dean didn't appear to still have Castiel's handprint on his shoulder (as first seen in Director [[4.01 Lazarus RisingBob Singer]]).}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=When Sam and Dean enter the morgue, the doctor in the white coat can be seen sitting at the a desk appears and talking to be medical personnel at the director of this episodeEaster, PA police station, [[Bob Singer]].}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=Castiel finds as Sam and Dean despite the [[Enochian]] Sigils that Castiel burned into their ribs to stop angels from locating them first walk in [[5.01 Sympathy For The Devil]]. This may or may not be because they contacted him.
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'''Dean:''' Whoa, looking . Lookin' sharp, Kojak.<br>:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kojak Kojak] was a 1970s series (unsuccessfully revived in 2005) about a bald and dapper New York City Police Department Detective , Lieutenant Theo Kojak played by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telly_Savalas Telly Savalas]. Kojak's Greek heritage, shared by actor Savalas, was prominently featured in the series. ''
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'''Dean:''' Sweet. Blood, boils, locusts.<br>'''Sam:''' Three of your more popular Egyptian plagues.<br>'''Dean:''' Yeah, but these guys ate their way out of a cop's melon. I don't quite remember that in the King James.<br>:''The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version King James] is an English translation of the Christian Holy Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 by the Church of England.''
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'''Dean:''' What Okay, but... what is -- what is Chuck Heston's disco stick doing down here anyways, anyway? I mean, don't you guys put away your toys?<br>:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlton_heston Charlton Heston], or Chuck Heston, played Moses in the 1956 film [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ten_Commandments_(1956_film) The Ten Commandments].'' :''The phrase 'disco stick' originally referred to the glow sticks used in nightclubs. More recently it has been used as slang for a penis, as in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga Lady Gaga]'s song "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LoveGame LoveGame]."''
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Castiel uses an Enochian ritual with myrrh, holy water, and human ('''Dean:''' You're saying your nukes are loose?:'s) blood to locate 'The phrase [[Balthazar]http://www.cfr.org/publication/9549/loose_nukes.html "loose nukes"]originally referred to poorly secured nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union which might be tempting targets for thieves or terrorists. Today, the phrase more broadly is used to refer to nuclear weapons, materials, and know-how that could fall into the wrong hands.''
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Castiel's use Aaron, the name of myrrh may refer to the fact that Balthazar boy who had the piece of Moses' staff, is often given as also the name of one of the Three Wise Men, whose gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrhMoses' brother.
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'''Dean:''' There's too No, not later. Now. Stop, all right? Too many angels, Cas! I don't know who's on first, what's on second.<br>'''Castiel:''' What is 'second'?!<br>'''Dean:''' Don't start that.:''In the 1930s and 1940s, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbott_and_Costello Abbott and Costello] had a comedy routine in which the members of a baseball team have peculiar names: Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third, and so forth.'' :''This may also be a reference to the 1994 film [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_in_the_Outfield_(1994_film) Angels in the Outfield], in which the failing California Angels baseball team receives angelic help to reach the division championship. ''
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'''Dean:''' I was expecting more Dr. No, less Liberace.<br>:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_No Dr. Julius No] is the villain in the James Bond novel and film [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._No_(film) Dr. No]. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberace Liberace] was a famous American entertainer and pianistwith flamboyant tastes.''
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'''Balthazar:''' Same thing happened to Lot's wife. Iodize the poor sucker, and your kitchen is stocked for life.<br>
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot_(Bible) Lot] was forewarned by angels of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. As he and his family left Sodom, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_names_for_the_Biblical_nameless#Lot.27s_wife his wife] looked back despite the angels telling them not to, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.''
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|Minutiae=
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'''Sam:''' Like I said, son of a bitch doesn't answer... he's right behind me, isn't he?<br>:''Dean says a variation of the same "there's somebody behind me" line in [[5.19 Hammer Of The of the Gods]].''
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'''Castiel finds Sam and Dean:''' You're saying your nukes are loose?<br>The phrase despite the [[http://www.cfr.org/publication/9549/loose_nukes.html "loose nukes"Enochian]] originally referred sigils that Castiel burned into their ribs to poorly secured nuclear materials stop angels from locating them in [[5.01 Sympathy for the former Soviet Union which might Devil]]. This may or may not be tempting targets for thieves or terrorists. Today, the phrase more broadly is used to refer to nuclear weapons, materials, and know-how that could fall into the wrong handsbecause they contacted him.
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AaronCastiel uses an Enochian ritual with myrrh, the name of the boy who had the piece of Moses' staff[[holy water]], is also the name of Mosesand human (Dean' brothers) blood to locate [[Balthazar]].
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|Promotion=
* [http://bit.ly/bSzi6F Title and character spoilersCasting Call] for episodes 1-3* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/09/supernatural-episode-603-third-man-official.html Short synopsisSynopsis] from SpoilerTV* [http://www.supernatural.tv/?p=2436 Official summary] from supernatural.tv* [http://www.tvguide.com/News/New-Vampire-Diaries-1021074.aspx Character spoilerSpoiler] by Tv from TV Guide* [http://twitter.com/sebroche/status/20340276240 Casting spoiler] from the actor's Twitter* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/08/supernatural-episode-603-third-man.html Further details on casting/character spoilersCharacter Spoilers] from SpoilerTV* [http://twitterpics.livejournal.com/demorebarnesbellevue/statusgallery/20500788628 Returning character spoiler0000b2rt Promo Pics]* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEd38Urynh0 Promo] from the actor's Twitter
* Set reports & photos:
** [https://web.archive.org/web/20100820111814/http://newsflic.blogspot.com/2010/08/sam-and-dean-winchester-from-cws.html Sam and Dean] from newsflic NewsFlic ** [https://web.archive.org/web/20100819193350/http://newsflic.blogspot.com/2010/08/two-men-fall-from-fourth-story-window.html Filming of a stuntStunt] from newsflic NewsFlic ** [http://salsa-babe.livejournal.com/207111.html Set report Report and picsPics] by salsa-babe** [http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/08/supernatural-new-collection-of-set.html Pics from the set] at spoilertv ** [http://www.supernaturallocations.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=9716224 Set Pics] from filming by supernaturalocations SpoilerTV ** [http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/1/post/2010/08/supernatural-filmed-some-s3-scenes-in-new-westminster-with-jared-jensen-and-misha.html On set photosSet Photos] by canadagraphs** [http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/08/10/jensen-ackles-jared-padalecki-supernatural-sexy/ Pics of Jensen and Jared] via Just Jared** [http://punkdimages.photoshelter.com/gallery/100809PI1-SUPERNATURAL-ONSET/G0000nFBQaeLy5QA/ On set images] by punkdimages** [http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticfront/sets/72157624571648011/with/4877491419/ On set photosSet Photos] by articfront** [http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/TS35JwLUjbA/Supernatural+Cast+on+Set On set picsSet Pics] by Bauer Griffin* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/09/supernatural-603-third-man-official.html Episode Synopsis]* [http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_spnparty/293553.html Promo stills] from [http://twitpic.com/photos/LauinLA @LauinLA]* [http://pics.livejournal.com/bellevue/gallery/0000b2rt HQ promo pics]* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEd38Urynh0 Promo trailer]* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwrfLWdnSLI Preview clip]
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==Episode Meta==*Ardeospina. 2010. [https://thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/episode-reviews/12249-qthe-third-manq-a-visual-review?showall=1 A Visual Review -- The Third Man]. ''The Winchester Family Business'', October 18; [http://web.archive.org/web/20190217222527/https://thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/episode-reviews/12249-qthe-third-manq-a-visual-review?showall=1 archive link]*[https://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/69286.html 6.03 The Third Man: Whoever Has The Weapons Wins The War] by bardicvoice (October 2010); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190816011142/http://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/69286.html archive link]*Bond, Silvia. 2010. Caught Staring: "The Third Man" Season 6, Episode 3. ''Pink Raygun'', October 12; [https://web.archive.org/web/20120326112136/http://www.pinkraygun.com/2010/10/12/supernatural-the-third-man/ archive link], [https://spn-heavymeta.livejournal.com/365076.html spn-heavymeta]*Chan, Suzette. 2010. [http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1843 Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 6.03: The Third Man]. ''Sequential Tart'', November 22; [https://web.archive.org/web/20190429203800/http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1843 archive link], [https://spn-heavymeta.livejournal.com/392914.html spn-heavymeta] [[Category:Canon]][[Category:Episodes|0603]][[Category:Season 6]]

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