14.14 Ouroboros

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Title Ouroboros
Episode # Season 14, Episode 14
First aired March 7, 2019
Directed by Amyn Kaderali
Written by Steve Yockey
On IMDB Ouroboros
Outline Sam, Dean, Cas, Jack and Rowena track a flesh-eating demigod but that turns out not to be their biggest threat.
Monster Gorgon
Michael (Apocalypse World)
Location(s) Raton, New Mexico
Lebanon, Kansas
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Dean: Yeah. Who would just let themselves be eaten? Hey, I'll say it again, my money's on witchcraft.

Rowena: Och, you. Always blaming witches.

Dean: 'Cause a lot of times, it's witches.
Rowena: Speaking of which, I'm also curious as to how your brother is managing to keep an archangel locked away inside his mind.
Sam: Because... he's Dean. And Dean is Dean. He's fine.
Dean: 'Dean, I see you standing alone by the truck reading this note. I see you and the tall man and the red-headed witch chasing me. I will always see you. Stop, or I will make you stop. Regards, Noah.' I'm on a first-name basis with some psycho pen pal. That's aces.

Castiel: Somehow he knows you. But you're not standing alone. Why doesn't he mention me?

Dean: Maybe you're not his type.
Rowena: Fine. Don't tell me. But using dangerous, mysterious magic, regardless of the cost that's a very on-brand me thing to do.

Sam: Well, thank you.

Rowena: Of course, Samuel. Until very recently, I was the villain.
Victim: You're just preying on -- on helpless men?
Noah: 'Helpless men' -- that's rich. No, I do eat ladies, too, but women have become so cautious lately. Must be all that finally waking up from centuries of misogynistic oppression. Good for them. Bad for you. It's so bad for him, isn't it, Felix?
Michael: Burning off your soul? You'll run out soon enough.

Jack: It's worth the cost.
Michael: I should've killed you when I had the chance!
Jack: I feel the same.
Michael: How dare you! I am the Commander of the Host! The Cleanser of Worlds! I will not be challenged by a child!

Jack: I am not a child! I'm the son of Lucifer. I'm a hunter! I am a Winchester!

Trivia & References

The Ouroboros is ancient Egyptian symbol depicting a snake eating it's own tail, that was adopted by the Greeks and most famously used in alchemy.
Sam: I mean, no pictures in his phone. And this place doesn't exactly scream 'snake guy.'

Rowena: Not enough Pantera posters, for one.

Dean: Okay, so, what? This guy's some real Houdini?
Castiel: Okay, um... these killings -- it seems like there's a ritualistic quality to the crime scenes, right? It's almost liturgical. It means religious.
Rowena: I believe we are hunting a gorgon, an ancient cursed being, with an affinity for snakes and a hunger for human flesh.

Dean: Snakes for hair? That's like Medusa.
Rowena: You know about Medusa?
Dean: Oh, yeah. Clash of the Titans? Turns guys to stone?

In Greek mythology a gorgon was a creature whose gaze could turn a person to stone. The most well known are the three sisters -- Medusa, Stheno and Euryale -- who had live snakes for hair, and who would turn any person who looked on them to stone. There are two movies called Clash of the Titans, which both tell the story of Perseus and his battles against gods and monsters. Dean has possibly seen both the 1981 version of the movie and the 2010 version.
Dean and Castiel use the aliases "Page" and "Jones" for their FBI covers, referring to Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin.
The dog Rowena transforms Jack into is a Brussels Griffon breed.


While not fully named in the episode, promotional material lists the gorgon Noah's surname as "Ophis." Ophis is the Greek word for serpent.
Dean, Cas and Jack have coffee at a Mexican restaurant called El Sabrosa.
Continuity Error: While reading the note that Noah left him, Dean says, "I see you standing alone by the truck reading this note." However, the actual note does not contain the word "alone."

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