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: What did you do to that boy? When I cast the transformation spell, I felt something else pushing back, some other thing inside him. It's volatile magic, powerful and it's stitched to him like some kind of parasite. I was curious before, but now I am worried, so I'll ask you again, Sam. What did you do?

Sam: Okay, listen. Jack's being careful. We're all being careful. That's all you need to know.
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?
Castiel: But, Jack... you know, Sam and Dean, they're human, and they're very extraordinary, brave, special humans, but they're -- they're still humans. And humans burn bright, but for a very brief time compared to, you know, things like us. And eventually, they're gone, even the very best ones and we have to carry on. It's just -- It's part of growing up.
Jack: What's the point of being a cosmic being if everyone I care about is just gonna... leave?

Castiel: The point is that they were here at all and you got to know them, you -- When they're gone, it will hurt, but that hurt will remind you of how much you loved them.
Jack: That sounds... awful.

Castiel: It is, but it's also living. So when Dean wakes up -- and he will wake up -- we just have to remember to appreciate the time that we all have together now.
Michael: That's not very nice. And if were not being nice, what if... you couldn't breathe? That's a terrible feeling, isn't it? What if you were also blind?

Dean: Sam.

Michael: And what if you just hurt? But... fun as this is, I think... no more games. This time, you all die. This time, the world burns.
Michael: How dare you! Burning off your soul? You'll run out soon enough.

Jack: It's worth the cost.
Michael: I should have killed you when I had the chance.
Jack: I feel the same.
Michael: 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!
Jack: I'm me again.

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?
Harry Houdini is a famous magician and escape artist.
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 later makes another reference to Clash of the Titans when he mentions things coming out of Medusa when she was killed.
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.
Rowena: Yeah, well, assuming you're not all paralyzed or eaten... off with his head.
"Off with his head" is a common phrase associated with decapitation.
Noah's story of the black snake and the chicken is an African folktale from Liberia known as "Black Snake and the Eggs." You can read it here.


While not fully named in the episode, promotional material lists the gorgon Noah's surname as "Ophis." Ophis is the Greek word for serpent.
While examining the body of one of Noah's victims, Dean blames witchcraft only to have Rowena call him out on it. This is a possible nod to the fact that the Winchesters often blame witches for strange murders and always check for hex bags along with EMF and sulfur.
While greeting Castiel, Rowena takes on a noticeably flirty tone.
Dean, Castiel 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." Dean may have simply been paraphrasing a bit while reading to Castiel.
Castiel not being able to heal Dean is possibly due to Michael inhabiting his body as in 13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive it was revealed that Castiel was incapable of healing Gabriel due to his being an archangel. Its also possible that Michael, being on the verge of escaping, blocked Castiel's healing on purpose.
While playing Michael, Ruth Connell slightly tweaks her accent to sound less Scottish, as well as the cadence of her voice.
Michael reneged on the deal he made with Rowena, just as he had done with Dean in 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll.
Its shown that consenting to becoming a vessel does not need to be done verbally. Rowena gave Michael the needed permission simply by nodding her head. In the past, consent has always been given out loud.

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