14.09 The Spear

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Title The Spear
Episode # Season 14, Episode 9
First aired December 13, 2018
Directed by Amyn Kaderali
Written by Robert Berens
On IMDB The Spear
Outline Sam and Dean enlist Garth to infiltrate Michael's monster army as a mole, while they split up and search for weapons to stop Michael once and for all.
Monster Michael
Timeline December 2018
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
Lebanon, Kansas
Joplin, Missouri
Omaha, Nebraska
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  • "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee
(plays over the teaser as the werewolf kills a man)
  • "Jingle Bells" by Elisabeth Oei
(playing in the parking garage as Sam kills the monsters and Michael forces Garth to attack Sam and Jack)
  • "Ode to Joy - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 'Choral' (Xmas Mix)" by Lorne Balfe, Russell Emanuel & Steve Kofsky (Extreme Music)
(playing as Sam, Dean, Cas, and Jack prepare to attack Michael)


Jack: Cas, the deal you made, why can't Sam and Dean know?

Castiel: They can. I just don't want them to. They don't need that burden, you don't need that burden.
Jack: Of course I do. You did that for me.

Castiel: You know the Empty said that it wouldn't come for me until I had finally given myself permission to be happy. But with -- with everything we have going on, with Michael still out there. I don't see that happening anytime soon. This life may be a lot of things, but it's rarely happy.
Garth: Look Sam I knew this is a risky one. Besides, I'll just pull the old fake swallow and spit it out later cough syrup trick.

Sam: What?

Garth: It used to work on my Mom. Well most of the time.
Dean: Listen to me. Michael conned me, kept me trapped and drowning inside my own body. Now When you and Sam were possessed by Lucifer I-I thought I understood. But I didn't, not really. So yeah, if we get a chance to trap him, I'll take that. But I won't be truly happy until he is dead, and I kill him. And now I have a chance to do that. So yeah, I'm good. Let's go.
Dean: Look we didn't come to fight you for it. We came to ask.

Dark Kaia: You should know by now I won't give it up.

Dean: Well, then you should just kill me. There are people that I care about, my family. And they're in danger. Michael, the one who tortured me, the one who tortured you, he's gonna hurt them and kill them. And then worse, thousands will die. And the only thing in this world that will stop him is the spear in your hands. So if you're not going to give it to me. Kill me.
Dark Kaia: I came here to escape a life of running from monsters. But here it's no different, not for me. Michael's monsters haven't stopped hunting me. At least over there I understood things, the world, my place in it. The magic I used to get here. Magic from my home, it doesn't work here. To get back I need help.
Jack: Why am I here. Why didn't you just kill me?
Michael: Your present, powerless condition? Why would I bother? Are you familiar with Kansas City? The people, the terrain? Back in my world, I enlisted a garrison to invade it. We leveled it. Death from above. But there was human resistance, things got messy. Trying something different this time. An insurgency from within. My monster army turning every last man, woman and child. A wave of transformation. Vampires or werewolves, it won't matter which, everyone they turn will be mine. No muss, no fuss.
Michael: When I gave up Dean you didn't think to question it, to ask why? Dean was... resisting me. He was too attached to you, to all of you. He wouldn't stop squirming, to get out to get back. So I left, but not without leaving the door open just a crack.

Castiel: Why wait?

Michael: To break him. To crush and disappoint him, so completely that this time he'll be nice and quiet for a change. Buried, and he is. He's gone. And now, I have a whole army out there, waiting ready for my command. Ready for this.

Trivia & References

The central plot of the episode has many elements that parallel the action movie Die Hard. In the movie, the villian and their henchman seize an office tower called the Nakatomi Plaza (named Hitmoi Plaza in the episode), and it is up to the hero to stop their evil plan. The episode is also set around Christmas and Die Hard is considered a popular Christmas movie.
Werewolf Bro: My friend EY, he made the change. Says he's immune to silver now. Pretty cool, right? The only thing that can take him down now is the full Ichabod. Says he's never felt so great, called archangel grace, the ultimate power up. A real Chug Jug... Dude Fortnite.
"Full Ichabod" is a reference to Icahbod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow who faced off with the Headless Horseman. Sam previously compared Garth's physical appearance to Icahbod Crane in 9.12 Sharp Teeth.
In the online video game Fortnite, the Chug Jug is a health item that 15 seconds to consume and grants the player full health and full shield.
Michael snapping his fingers to signal his army could be seen as a reference to "the Snapture" from Avengers: Infinity War, in which the antagonist Thanos snapped his fingers, causing half of all living creatures to be killed in the universe.


Alex Rose, who played Brett the Vampire, previously played Crowley's Demon in 8.17 Goodbye Stranger.
Like Raphael, the Apocalypse World Michael takes on a female vessel after losing his original male one.
We learn that Garth and Bess Myers have had a child, an unnamed daughter.
Castiel reveals that the Impala's tape deck is become broken and Dean has been unable to listen to his music while driving.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts