11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley

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Title Don't Call Me Shurley
Episode # Season 11, Episode 20
First aired May 4, 2016
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Robbie Thompson
On IMDB Don't Call Me Shurley
Outline When Amara unleashes a dark fog on a small town, causing residents to go rabid, Sam and Dean attempt to protect the town. Meanwhile, Chuck returns with a proposition for Metatron.
Monster The Darkness
Rabids
Timeline
Location(s) God's Bar
Lebanon, Kansas
Hope Springs, Idaho
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Synopsis

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Good Vibrations" by Brian Wilson
(playing in God's construct of a bar when Metatron is transported there)
  • Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Chorus "Hallelujah!" by Tallin Festival Chamber Orchestra
(plays when Chuck shows his true visage to Metatron)
  • "Don't Answer the Door" by B.B. King
(playing in God's construct of a bar as Chuck and Metatron talk)
  • "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
(playing as God and Metatron rewrite his autobiography)
(sung by Chuck over the closing montage)

Quotes

Sam: Dude, quit ironing my shirts with beer!
Chuck: I did some great stuff as Chuck. I mean, I-I told you about my blog.

Metatron: Oh. Oh, right, yeah. Your, uh. Your cat-pic blog.

Chuck: Yeah. They're super cute. So there's that. And I traveled, a lot, you know. And, uh, I dated. Yeah, I had some girlfriends. Had a few boyfriends. Oh! And I learned how to play guitar.
Metatron: You invented souls! Souls! Try shining a light on that. How did that make you feel?

Chuck: Nauseous.

Metatron: You know what? No. That is not G-O-D talking. That's Chuck talking. And I get it -- when you were on Earth, you had to go full method. Well, it's time for you to get back into character.
Chuck: I was stupid. Naive. I thought if I could show my sister that there was something more than just us, something better than us, then maybe she'd change. Maybe she'd stop... being... her. But... every time I'd build a new world... she'd destroy it.
Deputy Harris: It's not an infection. She says it's a mirror. She's showing us all the truth.

Dean: Darkness.

Deputy Harris: The light was just a lie. It will all be over soon. He's not gonna save them. It's all going away... forever. But not you Dean.
Chuck: You know I love those guys, but the world would still be spinning with demon Dean in it. But Sam couldn't have that, though, could he? And so how is Amara being out on me?

Metatron: It's not. But you helped the Winchesters before.
Chuck: Helped them? I've saved them! I've rebuilt Castiel more times than I can remember. Look where that got me.
Metatron: So you're just gonna let Amara win?

Chuck: Eh, it's her time to shine.
Metatron: You know, I was a crappy, terrible god. My work was pretty much a lame, half-assed rewrite of your greatest hits. But at least I was never a coward. There he is. That's the guy I know, the guy I love. I remember the first time I saw you. All the angels were terrified, but I wasn't. The feeling of your light was... was just beyond measure. And then the unthinkable. You picked me to help you with your tablets.

Chuck: You were just the closest angel to the door when I walked into the room. There's nothing special about you, Metatron. Not then... not now. Now... I've been called many things -- absentee father, wrathful monster. But, coward... I am not hiding. I am just done watching my experiments' failures.

Metatron: You mean your failures, Chuck.
Metatron: You want to write the best-selling autobiography of all time, you explain to me -- tell me why you abandoned me. Us.

Chuck: Because you disappointed me. You all disappointed me.

Metatron: No, look. I know I'm a disappointment, but you're wrong about humanity. They are your greatest creation because they're better than you are. Yeah, sure, they're weak and they cheat and steal and... destroy and disappoint. But they also give and create and they sing and dance and love. And above all, they never give up. But you do.
Sam: We're not gonna make it.

Dean: No, no, no. There's no quittin' here.
Sam: We're never gonna make it.
Dean: Sam, listen to me. That's not you talking, it's the fog.
Sam: You were gonna choose Amara over me. Over everything.
Dean: Sam, No!
Sam: Look, I'm sorry. I didn't mean that, Dean. I can't fight this, you gotta go. You got to get out before you get infected. Go before I hurt you!

Dean: No. I'm not leaving you -- ever! Stop this! You hear me, you dick?
Chuck: We should probably talk.

Trivia & References

"Don't Call Me Shurley" is a reference to a famous scene from the 1980 comedy Airplane! in which a character upon being asked, "Surely you can't be serious?" replies with "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."
Metatron: Yeah, Toto. I got a feeling we aren't on Earth anymore, either.
Toto is Dorothy's dog in the book and film of The Wizard of Oz. When she enters Oz, she says "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Metatron: God... You've come back. I can't believe you've come back. I-I didn't mean what I said about Supernatural. It's underrated, due for a reboot. And this bar -- it's not crappy at all. It's just like the one in Cheers. Everybody knows my name. And the lights are very forgiving-
Cheers was an 1980s sitcom set in a neighborhood bar in Boston. A line in the theme song refers to it as a place "where everybody knows your name."
Hope Springs, Idaho is a reference to the saying "Hope Springs Eternal," taken from Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Metatron: So whatcha been up to?

Chuck: Oh, I've been super busy. Yeah, I traveled. I started a blog. Mostly just picture of cats. They're so cute. And, uh -- Oh, I signed up for Snapchat! And I started a new series of books. Revolution. But I don't think it's going anywhere.

Revolution was the name of the TV series that Eric Kripke made after Supernatural. It was cancelled after two seasons. After the airing of the episode Kripke tweeted that "Robbie Thompson, good guy that he is, ran it all past me. I wildly approved."
Chuck: You know what humanity's greatest creation has been? Music. That and nacho cheese. Even I could have dreamt up that deliciousness. But music... is magic. A lot of remarkable music was created in this space. B.G.'s Canteen. Now it's not as well known as the Bitter End or the Gaslight, but some amazing musicians got their start on this stage. I'm hoping that you and I can tap into some of that old magic and finish what I started a few months ago.
The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe are famous rock and folk venues in New York City.
Metatron: You want to get the old band back together. Lennon and McCartney ride again.

Chuck: Well, I'm kind of Lennon and McCartney, so... But every writer needs a good editor. I did some of my best work with you, Metatron.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the main songwriters for the English band The Beatles.
Sam and Dean use the aliases Agent Greer and Ehart, reference to Kansas members Billy Greer and Phil Ehart. The Twitter account for Kansas tweeted during the broadcast and acknowledged the shout-out.
Metatron: I assume you're aware that she's... out and about. Tanned, rested, ready.
"Tanned. Rested. Ready." (or "Tan, Rested, and Ready") was a slogan somewhat jokingly used for both Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's 2016 presidential campaign and former U.S. President Richard Nixon's abortive attempt at a political comeback in 1988.
Deputy Harris Hey dispatch, this is 3 William 56. You got your ears on?
3 William 56 is the call sign for Sgts. Murtaugh and Riggs' cruiser in the Lethal Weapon film series. The phrase "You got your ears on" is commonly used by CB radio users to find out if another is on the airwaves.
Metatron: I'll tell you, there's some great bones in there. I'm thinking what's missing -- maybe less about detail and more about balance.

Chuck: How do you mean?
Metatron: You're giving the wrong stuff too much real estate. Like that chapter about being Chuck.
Chuck: Mmhm. And what about it?
Metatron: Once you've explained the Vonnegut performance art... That should be it. Mo one cares about the rest.

Chuck referenced writer Kurt Vonnegut before in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, comparing writing himself in his story to the novel Kilgore Trout, where the main character confronts the author character.
Metatron: There are two types of memoir. One is honest,.. the other not so much. Truth and fairy tale. Now, do you want to write Life by Keith Richards or do you want to write Wouldn't It Be Nice by Brian Wilson?
"Life" is a memoir by musician Keith Richards. "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story" is a memoir by musician Brian Wilson.
Metatron: There are no revelations in this book! And that's weird, given who you are!
Revelation is the final book of the New Testament. It deals, in part, with prophecy and the Apocalypse.
Chuck: This is me.

Metatron: Really. This? This pile of self-doubt and nebbishness flooded the Earth? Followed up Sodom with a blockbuster Gomorrah?. Created as much as he punished? No! Uh-uh!. the guy I worked for -- total badass. And yes, he could be a dick. No, that guy... had some stories to tell. And he has a lot to answer for.

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in the Bible. God passed divine judgment on these cities and destroyed them for their wickedness.
Metatron: Hold up a mirror and show us who you are. Warts and all. Write for an audience of one -- you.

Chuck: Dance like no one else is watching.

Writing for an audience of one is a belief held by many writers, including Kurt Vonnegut and Jim Steinbeck. "Dance like no one else is watching" is a reference to this inspirational quote by William W. Purkey: "You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth."
Chuck: I am being. She's nothingness. It's not exactly the makings of a fun two-hander, you know?
Being and Nothingness is a book by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Sartre's main purpose in writing the book was to demonstrate that free will exists.
Chuck: I took responsibility... by leaving. At a certain point, training wheels gotta come off. No one likes a helicopter parent.
A helicopter parent is one who takes an excessively close or overprotective interest in the life of their child.
When Chuck gives himself a little pat on the shoulder after he finishes his book, it recalls what the character Brian (played by Anthony Michael Hall) does after he writes his essay in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.

Minutiae

Live tweets from writer Robbie Thompson, Rob Benedict and friends during the broadcast.
Sonja Bennett, who played Deputy Jan Harris, previously played Pamela Clayton in 2.09 Croatoan.
Dawn Chubai, who played a Reporter, previously voiced a newscaster in 5.10 Abandon All Hope...
Rob Benedict's cover of "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" is available for free download at the official WaterTower Music SoundCloud page.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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