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Title The Thing
Episode # Season 13, Episode 17
First aired April 5, 2018
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Davy Perez
On IMDB The Thing
Outline Sam and Dean travel to Rhode Island in search of the Seal of Solomon.
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Fall River, Massachusetts
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  • "Better Luck Next Time" by Jay Ramsey
(playing on the booth jukebox in the diner)


Trivia & References

"The Thing" is a reference to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, about a shapeshifting tentacled alien intent on taking over the planet.
The Rhode Island setting and robed occultist, along with the The tentacled gods are a reference to the Great Old Ones of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. In 6.21 Let It Bleed it was revealed that in 1937, Lovecraft and his friends opened a portal to pen a door to an alternate dimension - Purgatory. A monster came through and possessed a woman, Eleanor Visyak. She spent her life ensuring the portal wouldn't be opened again.
Dean: Hit me!
"Hit me!" along with how Dean said it are a reference to singer James Brown, who would often use the phrase in his songs.
Dean: Okay. So we got the blood of a holy man. We've got fruit from the Tree of Life. But this piece of kryptonite -- we've been through every book in this place and we got squat.
Kryptonite is a radioactive substance that causes weakness in Superman.
Dean: There it is. Jinkies.
Jinkies is a catchphrase of Velma from the Scooby Gang, who Dean, Sam and Castiel had encountered in 13.16 Scoobynatural.

Waitress:Well, people love the Clam Cakes, but if you ask me, gotta try the Stuffies.

Stuffies are a New England dish of mincedclam adn breadcrumbs baked on a clam half shell.))
Dean: So what now? They're opening doors to different worlds and 'Buffalo Billing' chicks?
The phrase "Buffalo Billing chicks" refers to the chacrter Buffalo Bill from the novel (and movie) Silence of the Lambs. He was a serial killer who was murdering and skinning women so he could literally "wear" them.
Ophelia: Out great-grandfather Diego Avila was a member, well until he--

Marco: Went psycho, Jim Jones style.

Jim Jones was a US cult leader who lead over 900 followers in a mass suicide and murder in 1978.
Yokoth:' I mean us. It was supposed to be us, Glythr and I, together. But my love... they shut the rift before he could make it through.

Dean: Oh my God, that's tragic. It's like a Hallmark movie, but with tentacles.

Hallmark movies are made for television movies that screen on the Hallmark Channel. They are marked by melodrama and sentimentality. David Haydn-Jones who plays Ketch had appeared in over a dozen Hallmark movies.
'Dean: okay. I don't know what kind of kinky Keymaster/Gatekeeper thing you got going on here. But I think I'll pass.
Keymaster/Gatekeeper" refers to the original Ghostbusters movie in which Dana (Sigourney Weaver) is possessed by the demigod Zuul - the "Gatekeeper" - and her neighbour Louis (Rick Moranis) by Clortho who is the "Keymaster". A sexual ritual between them will open a gateway to allow The Destructor entry into that world. In Cthulhu Mythos, the entity Yog-Sothoth is sometimes referred to as "The Key and the Gate".I n Lovecraft's short story "The Dunwich Horror", Yog-Sothoth impregnates a mortal woman, Lavinia Whateley.


The Men of Letters Chapter in Rhode Island uses a variant of the Aquarian Star with an eye at its centre. It can be seen throughout the chapterhouse, and as tattoos on Diego Avila and the other Men of Letters and their legacies. The Eye recalls the Eye of Providence which is a symbol of the eye of god. It is strongly associated with Freemasons, and also features on U.S. paper currency.
The chant the Rhode Island Men of Letters open the portal using the ritual with the grace of an archangel, the Seal of Solomon, the blood of a most holy man and the fruit of the tree of life is "Insanidox Koth Munto, Yugoth". Yougoth chants "Insanidox Koth Munto, Glythur!" to open the portal and Opehelia chants "Panto Koth Munto!" to close it. Sam chants "Koth Munto Notox".
When Ketch brings Gabriel to the Bunker, Sam says that it can't be him because "we saw him die". However when Lucifer (apparently) killed Gabriel in 5.19 Hammer of the Gods, Sam and Dean had already left the hotel with Kali.

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