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|title= Tall Tales
 
|title= Tall Tales
 
|episode= Season 2, Episode 15
 
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|imdb= [http://imdb.com/title/tt0939444/ Tall Tales]
 
|imdb= [http://imdb.com/title/tt0939444/ Tall Tales]
 
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/tall-tales/id207595116?i=216090088 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NK9NBE/ref=atv_dp_se_2_15/102-6268956-3507308 Amazon.com]
 
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/tall-tales/id207595116?i=216090088 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NK9NBE/ref=atv_dp_se_2_15/102-6268956-3507308 Amazon.com]
|outline= Sam and Dean get cranky with each other as the try to work out what is going on with alien abductions, giant alligators and deaths in a college town.
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|outline= [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] get cranky with each other as they try to work out what is going on during a case that involves alien abductions, giant alligators, and deaths in a college town.
|motw=[[Trickster]]
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|motw= [[Trickster]]
|location= Springfield University, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield%2C_Ohio Springfield, Ohio]
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|location= Springfield, Ohio (Springfield University)
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|map= <googlemap lat="39.939225" lon="-83.688354" zoom="8" width="300" height="300" overview="yes" controls="small">
 
39.924389, -83.806711, Springfield, OH, USA
 
39.924389, -83.806711, Springfield, OH, USA
 
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|prevep= 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign
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|nextep= 2.16 Roadkill
 
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[[Dean]] and [[Sam]] investigate the apparent suicide of an adulterous professor on a university campus. The local urban legend that seems most likely the culprit turns out to be a bust. Then a frat boy is humiliated when he reports being abducted by an alien. Puzzled, and increasingly antagonistic with each other, Sam and Dean fail to find any answers when again another urban legend appears to come to life - a scientist who used animals in his experiments is killed by an alligator in the sewers.
 
[[Dean]] and [[Sam]] investigate the apparent suicide of an adulterous professor on a university campus. The local urban legend that seems most likely the culprit turns out to be a bust. Then a frat boy is humiliated when he reports being abducted by an alien. Puzzled, and increasingly antagonistic with each other, Sam and Dean fail to find any answers when again another urban legend appears to come to life - a scientist who used animals in his experiments is killed by an alligator in the sewers.
  
Unable to make headway, Sam and Dean call [[Bobby]], who comes to the town to help them out. Bobby listens Dean and Sam's stories about the case, and their irritations with each other, and works out that a [[Trickster]] is at work. They track down the most likely culprit - a janitor in the campus building where the deaths occur. The Trickster attempts to bargain with Dean in order to escape, but the three hunters manage to trap the Trickster and a fight ensues before Dean stakes the Trickster in the heart. After the three leave the building, the body Dean staked disappears and the real Trickster appears; seemingly, it has used its ability to manifest things out of thin air to deceive the hunters into thinking they were killing it, as opposed to a solid apparition. As they leave town, Sam and Dean reconcile in a touching scene - much to Bobby's disgust.
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Unable to make headway, Sam and Dean call [[Bobby]], who comes to the town to help them out. Bobby listens to Dean and Sam's stories about the case, and their irritations with each other, and works out that a [[Trickster]] is at work. They track down the most likely culprit - a janitor in the campus building where the deaths occur. The Trickster attempts to bargain with Dean in order to escape, but the three hunters manage to trap him and a fight ensues before Dean stakes the Trickster in the heart. After the three leave the building, the body Dean staked disappears and the real Trickster appears; seemingly, it has used its ability to manifest things out of thin air to deceive the hunters into thinking they were killing it. As they leave town, Sam and Dean reconcile in a touching scene - much to Bobby's disgust.
  
 
|Characters=  
 
|Characters=  
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* [[Sam Winchester]]
 
* [[Dean Winchester]]
 
* [[Dean Winchester]]
* [[Sam Winchester]]
 
 
* [[Bobby Singer]]
 
* [[Bobby Singer]]
 
* [[Gabriel|Trickster]]  
 
* [[Gabriel|Trickster]]  
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* [[Curtis]]
  
 
|Pad_of_Definitions=  
 
|Pad_of_Definitions=  
* [[Weekly World News]]<sup>[[PoD]]</sup>
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* [[Acting in Unison]]
* [[Purple Nurple]]<sup>[[PoD]]</sup>
 
* [[Trickster]]<sup>[[PoD]]</sup>
 
* [[Anansi]]<sup>[[PoD]]</sup>
 
* [[Loki]]<sup>[[PoD]]</sup>
 
* [[Bustyasianbeauties.com]]
 
 
* [[Alcohol]]
 
* [[Alcohol]]
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* [[Aliases]]
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* [[Anansi]]
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* [[Bobby's Hats]]
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* [[Busty Asian Beauties]]
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* [[Costumes & Disguises]]
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* [[Dean's Amulet]]
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* [[EMF]]
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* [[Fights]]
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* [[Gank]]
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* [[Hugs]]
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* [[Impala]]
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* [[Loki]]
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* [[Porn]]
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* [[Purple Nurple]]
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* [[Table of Death]]
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* [[Trickster]]
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* [[Weekly World News]]
  
 
|Music=  
 
|Music=  
*"Walk Away" by The James Gang
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* "Walk Away" by The James Gang
 
:''(plays at the beginning of the episode; also played in [[1.13 Route 666 (episode)|1.13 Route 666]])''
 
:''(plays at the beginning of the episode; also played in [[1.13 Route 666 (episode)|1.13 Route 666]])''
*"Next to You" by Junk Food
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* "Next to You" by Junk Food
:''(plays during Sam's versions of events at the bar; The band [http://www.myspace.com/junkfood Junk Food] won a CW competition on MySpace to have their song "Next to You" included in the show)''
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:''(plays during Sam's versions of events at the bar)''
*"Brenda and Me" by The Rhythm Machine
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* "Brenda and Me" by The Rhythm Machine
 
: ''(plays during Dean's versions of events at the bar)''
 
: ''(plays during Dean's versions of events at the bar)''
*"Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh  
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* "Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh  
:''(plays when the fratboy is slow dancing with the alien)''
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:''(plays when the frat boy is slow dancing with the alien)''
*"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White  
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* "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White  
 
:''(plays when Dean enters the hall with the two girls on the red bed)''
 
:''(plays when Dean enters the hall with the two girls on the red bed)''
  
 
|Quotes=  
 
|Quotes=  
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Sam:''' Dean, this is a very serious investigation. We don't have time for any of your blah blah blah blah.}}
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'''Sam:''' Dean. Dean, what are you drinking?<br>
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'''Dean:''' I don't know, man, I think they're called purple nurples?<br>
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'''Sam:''' Okay, well listen. I think maybe we should go check out the professor's office.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no I can't right now, I've got some feisty little wildcat on the hook, I'm about to - zzzzp - reel her in. I'll introduce you.
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'''Dean:''' Come on, dude, that's not how it happened.<br>
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'''Sam:''' No? So you never drank a purple nurple?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Yeah, maybe that, but I don't say things like 'feisty little wildcat.' And her name wasn't Starla.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Then what was it?<br>
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'''Dean:''' I don't know. But she was a classy chick. She was a grad student, anthropology and folklore. We were talking about local ghost stories.
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'''Curtis:''' That's not even the worst... <br>
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'''Girl:''' My god, you are attractive.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Thanks. But no time for that now. You need to tell me about this urban legend. Please. Lives are at stake.<br>
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'''Girl:''' Sorry, I just... can't even concentrate. It's like staring... into the sun.
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'''Sam:''' Dean! What do you think you're doing?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Sam, please. If you wouldn't mind, give me five minutes here.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Dean, this is a very serious investigation. We don't have any time for any of your blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah! Blah.
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}}
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'''Bobby:''' No, come on. You're bickering like an old married couple.<br>
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'''Dean:''' No, see married couples can get divorced. Me and him, we're like, uh, Siamese twins.<br>
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'''Sam:''' It's conjoined twins!<br>
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'''Dean:''' See what I mean?
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'''Curtis:''' They did tests on me. And, uh... they, uh... They probed me.<br>
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'''Dean:''' They probed you?<br>
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'''Curtis:''' Yeah, they probed me. Again and a...again and -- And again.''[takes a shot]'' And again and again and again... And then one more time.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Yikes.<br>
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'''Curtis:''' And that's not even the worst of it.<br>
 
'''Dean:''' How could it get any worse? Some alien made you his bitch.<br>
 
'''Dean:''' How could it get any worse? Some alien made you his bitch.<br>
'''Curtis:''' ''(downs a shot)'' They...well, they made me...slow dance.}}
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'''Curtis:''' They... They made me... slow dance!
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' These punishments, they’re almost poetic. Well, actually they’d be more like a limerick, but still...}}
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'''Bobby:''' You got a Trickster on your hands.<br>
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'''Dean:''' That's what I thought.<br>
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'''Sam:''' What?! No, you didn't.  
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Sam:''' Your dirty socks in the sink! Your food in the fridge!<br>
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'''Dean:''' So, what is it, what, what, spirit, demon, what?<br>  
'''Dean:''' What's wrong with my food?<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Well, more like demigods, really. There's Loki in Scandinavia. There's Anansi in West Africa. Dozens of them. They're immortal, and they can create things out of thin air. Things as real as you and me. Make them vanish just as quick.
'''Sam:''' It's not food anymore, Dean! It's Darwinism!<br>}}
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Bobby:''' You're bickering like an old married couple.<br>
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'''Trickster:''' Sorry I'm dragging a little ass today, boys. Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.<br>
'''Dean:''' No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, Siamese twins.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Yeah, hard not to. Listen, we won't be long. We just need to check a couple offices up on three.  
'''Sam:''' It's "conjoined" twins.<br>
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}}
'''Dean:''' See what I mean?<br>}}
 
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Sam:''' ''(Dean tellng the story)'' Look, man, I...I know this all has to be so hard. But I want you to know... I'm here for you. You brave little soldier. I acknowledge your pain. Come here. [grabs him in a hug] You're too precious for this world.<br>}}
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'''Blonde Woman:''' Come on. Let us give you a massage.<br>
 
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'''Dean:''' Wha... You know, I'm a -- I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Really, I am, but... I-I'm gonna have to pass.<br>
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'''Trickster:''' They're a peace offering. I know what you and your brother do. I've been around a while. Run into your kind before.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Well, then you know that I... can't let you just keep hurting people.<br>
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'''Trickster:''' Come on! Those people got what was coming to them. Hoisted on their own petards. But you and Sam -- I like you. I do. So treat yourself... Long as you want. Just long enough for me to move on to the next town.  
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}}
  
 
|Trivia_References=
 
|Trivia_References=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' This is my shuttle co-pilot, Major Tom.<br>
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The boys relating their mutually contradictory accounts of events shown in flashback to [[Bobby]], who then determines the truth, is a take on the 1950 movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_%28film%29 Rashomon]'', in which four people tell mutually contradictory versions of events shown in flashback and the final account is assumed to be the truth. This narrative device was also used in an ''X-Files'' episode, "Bad Blood", on which [[John Shiban]] (the writer of this episode) was a co-producer.
:''Dean refers to Sam as "Major Tom" of "Star Command." This is a reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Oddity_%28song%29 the David Bowie song, "Space Oddity."] The song later plays during [[6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...]].''}}
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' Why don't you control your OCD?<br>
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The use of the [[Trickster]] character, in particular the names [[Loki]] and [[Anansi]], is a reference to the work of [[Neil Gaiman]], the novelist and graphic novel author of which [[Eric Kripke]] has admitted being a fan. Gaiman frequently uses Tricksters in his fiction, and his recent novel was concerned primarily with [[Anansi]]. Other tricksters in folklore mentioned by Sandy (S.E. Schlosser), Folklorist, in the [[Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray]] special feature, "The Devil's Roadmap" include Shakespeare's Puck, Coyote, Raven/Crow, and Br'er Rabbit.
:''OCD stands for Obsessive-Complusive Disorder, a psychiatric disorder.''}}
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' Looks like you lost it, Poindexter.<br>
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A [[purple nurple]] is an actual drink containing coconut rum, triple sec, blue curacao, and cranberry juice.
:''First introduced as a character in the Felix the Cat television cartoon series in 1958, the term "Poindexter" is now applied to people who are overly nerdy, geeky, or bookish.''}}
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'''Bobby:''' Let's get the hell out of Dodge before someone finds that body.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Starla! Starla, hey. This is my shuttle co-pilot Major Tom. Major Tom, Starla.
:''Dodge City, Kansas was the temporary home to Wyatt Earp and was known for several famous shoot-outs.''}}
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:''[[Dean]] refers to [[Sam]] as "Major Tom." This is a reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Oddity_%28song%29 the David Bowie song, "Space Oddity."] The song later plays during [[6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...]]. The name "Starla" for the blonde barfly (in Sam's version of events) is a possible reference to ''[[The Simpsons]]'', which featured a trashy, bleached-blonde barfly of that name (her most famous line is, "Can I have the keys to the car, lover?  I feel like changing wigs.")''
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The cinematography in the scenes depicting the alien abduction of the frat boy are highly reminiscent of The X-Files. John Shiban, the writer of this episode, also wrote for The [[X-Files]].}}
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'''Dean:''' Why don't you control your OCD?
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:''OCD stands for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_disorder Obsessive-Complusive Disorder], a psychiatric disorder.''
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' What? You mean between the angry spirit and uh... the sexed up ET?
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'''Dean:''' You mean between the angry spirit and the sexed-up E.T.? What could the connection possibly be?
:''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083866/ E.T.:] Huge schmaltzy 1982 Spielberg movie featuring a stranded cute alien and an even cuter seven year old Drew Barrymore. The alien had a long finger that glowed.''}}
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:''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083866/ E.T.:] Huge schmaltzy 1982 Spielberg movie featuring a stranded cute alien and an even cuter seven-year-old Drew Barrymore. The alien had a long finger that glowed.''
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The use of the Trickster character, in particular the names [[Loki]] and [[Anansi]], is a reference to the work of [[Neil Gaiman]], the novelist and graphic novel author of which [[Eric Kripke]] has admitted being a fan. Gaiman frequently uses Tricksters in his fiction, and his recent novel was concerned primarily with [[Anansi]].}}
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'''Dean:''' That's right where the frat boy had his close encounter.
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:''A [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_encounters close encounter] is an event in which a person witnesses a UFO. This could also be a reference [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_Encounters_of_the_Third_Kind Close Encounters of the Third Kind], another Spielberg movie about aliens who come to Earth.''
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}}  
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The name "Starla" for the blonde barfly (in Sam's version of events) is a possible reference to [[The Simpsons]], which featured a trashy, bleached-blonde barfly of that name (her most famous line is, "Can I have the keys to the car, lover?  I feel like changing wigs.").}}
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The [[Trickster]] reads a ''[[Weekly World News]]'' about a cannibal wielding a chainsaw, and later creates this cannibal to fight [[Sam]], [[Dean]], and [[Bobby]]. This could be a reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherface Leatherface] from ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Texas_Chain_Saw_Massacre The Texas Chain Saw Massacre]'', except the cannibal shown in the WWN is said to have killed his family, where Leatherface and his family are cannibals working together.
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The band [http://www.myspace.com/junkfood Junk Food] won a CW competition on MySpace to have their song "Next To You" included in the show. It plays while Sam and Dean are in the bar.}}
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'''Trickster:''' I don't mean to cast aspersions on a dead guy but, uh, 'Mr. Morality' here? He brought a lot of girls up here. Got more ass than a toilet seat.
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:''To [http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=get%20more%20ass%20than%20a%20toilet%20seat "get more ass than a toilet seat"] means to have the ability to "pull" the ladies.''
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The boys relating their mutually contradictory accounts of events shown in flashback to Bobby, who then determines the truth, is a take on the 1950 movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_%28film%29 Rashomon]'', in which four people tell mutually contradictory versions of events shown in flashback and the final account is assumed to be the truth. The method was also used in an X-Files episode, "Bad Blood", on which John Shiban (the writer of this episode) was a co-producer.}}
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'''Dean:''' Looks like you lost it, Poindexter.
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:''First introduced as a character in the Felix the Cat television cartoon series in 1958, the term "Poindexter" is now applied to people who are overly nerdy, geeky, or bookish.''
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The boys are staying in a hotel called "Kings Lair" in room 12.}}
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'''Bobby:''' Let's get the hell out of Dodge before someone finds that body.
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_City,_Kansas Dodge City], Kansas was the temporary home to Wyatt Earp and was known for several famous shoot-outs.''
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}}
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|Minutiae=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
A purple nurple is an actual drink containing coconut rum, triple sec, blue curacao and cranberry juice.}}
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The show was actually advertised in the ''[[Weekly World News]]'', via an interview with [[Dean]] and [[Sam]] in two issues of the paper. ''Weekly World News'' is a tabloid paper best known for its stories involving alien abductions, strange mutations, and Elvis sightings.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The laptop is confirmed as being Sam's.}}
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The band [http://www.myspace.com/junkfood Junk Food] won a CW competition on MySpace to have their song "Next To You" included in the show. It plays while Sam and Dean are in the bar.
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}}
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The Trickster states that he's met hunters before.}}
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The boys are staying in a hotel called "Kings Lair" in room 12.
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The show was actually advertised in the Weekly World News, via an interview with Dean and Sam in two issues of the paper. Weekly World News is a tabloid paper best known for its stories involving alien abductions, strange mutations and Elvis sightings.}}  
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[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1880647/ Matreya Fedor], who played the Alien, previously played [[Tyler Thompson]] in [[2.11 Playthings]].
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
Dean reads the Weekly World News.}}  
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[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0393953/ Barclay Hope], who played Professor Arthur Cox, also played Russell Wellington in [[10.11 There's No Place Like Home]].
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
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'''Dean:''' That's where the frat boy had his close encounter.<br>
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While masquerading as electricians, the brothers wear work jackets with patches saying "Ohio Connect DSL".
:''A [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_encounters close encounter] is an event in which a person witnesses a UFO. This could also be a reference [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_Encounters_of_the_Third_Kind Close Encounters of the Third Kind], another Spielberg movie about aliens who come to Earth.''}}  
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}}  
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The Trickster reads a Weekly World News about a cannibal wielding a chainsaw, and later creates this cannibal to fight Sam, Dean, and Bobby. This could be a reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherface Leatherface] from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Texas_Chain_Saw_Massacre The Texas Chainsaw Massacre], except the cannibal shown in the WWN is said to have killed his family, where Leatherface and his family are cannibals working together.}}
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The cinematography in the scenes depicting the alien abduction of the frat boy are highly reminiscent of ''[[The X-Files]]''. John Shiban, the writer of this episode, also wrote for ''The X-Files''.
 
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{{TriviaQuote |Text=
 
While masquerading as electricians, the brothers wear work jackets with patches saying "Ohio Connect DSL".}}  
 
  
 
|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
 
|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
 
* [[2.15 Tall Tales (transcript)]]
 
* [[2.15 Tall Tales (transcript)]]
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* [https://www.slideshare.net/JulesWilkinson/supernatural-215-tall-tales-casting-sides-for-frat-boy-6pgs Casting sides] for "Frat Boy" [[Curtis]]
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* [https://www.slideshare.net/JulesWilkinson/supernatural-215-tall-tales-casting-sides-for-the-janitor-8pgs Casting sides] for "Janitor" aka [[Trickster]]
 
 
 
|Promotion=  
 
|Promotion=  
* [http://supernatural.tv/gallery2/promos/s2/talltales/index.html Episode Stills]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Hl0WGe7X4 Promo]
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Hl0WGe7X4 Episode Promo: 2.15 Tall Tales]
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* This episode was promoted prior to its airing in the [[Weekly World News]] itself, which ran an interview with Sam and Dean (as in, the characters themselves). You can read the article [[Weekly World News|here]].
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==Episode Meta==
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*[[SPN Heavy Meta]] Season Two Meta Index
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*[https://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/9650.html 2.15 Tall Tales: Limerick Justice] by bardicvoice (February 2007); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190816011142/http://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/9650.html archive link]
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*Bond, Silvia. 2008. Your Basic Haunting, Alien Abduction, Alligator-in-the-Sewer Gig: "Tall Tales" Season 2, Episode 15. ''Pink Raygun'', August 26; [https://web.archive.org/web/20120326112136/http://www.pinkraygun.com/2008/08/26/supernatural-tall-tales/ archive link]
  
 
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|Categories=[[Category:Canon]][[Category:Episodes]][[CAtegory:Season 2]]
 
 
 
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2-15 Tall Tales.jpg
Title Tall Tales
Episode # Season 2, Episode 15
First aired February 15, 2007
Directed by Bradford May
Written by John Shiban
On IMDB Tall Tales
Outline Sam and Dean get cranky with each other as they try to work out what is going on during a case that involves alien abductions, giant alligators, and deaths in a college town.
Monster Trickster
Timeline
Location(s) Springfield, Ohio (Springfield University)
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Synopsis

Dean and Sam investigate the apparent suicide of an adulterous professor on a university campus. The local urban legend that seems most likely the culprit turns out to be a bust. Then a frat boy is humiliated when he reports being abducted by an alien. Puzzled, and increasingly antagonistic with each other, Sam and Dean fail to find any answers when again another urban legend appears to come to life - a scientist who used animals in his experiments is killed by an alligator in the sewers.

Unable to make headway, Sam and Dean call Bobby, who comes to the town to help them out. Bobby listens to Dean and Sam's stories about the case, and their irritations with each other, and works out that a Trickster is at work. They track down the most likely culprit - a janitor in the campus building where the deaths occur. The Trickster attempts to bargain with Dean in order to escape, but the three hunters manage to trap him and a fight ensues before Dean stakes the Trickster in the heart. After the three leave the building, the body Dean staked disappears and the real Trickster appears; seemingly, it has used its ability to manifest things out of thin air to deceive the hunters into thinking they were killing it. As they leave town, Sam and Dean reconcile in a touching scene - much to Bobby's disgust.

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Music

  • "Walk Away" by The James Gang
(plays at the beginning of the episode; also played in 1.13 Route 666)
  • "Next to You" by Junk Food
(plays during Sam's versions of events at the bar)
  • "Brenda and Me" by The Rhythm Machine
(plays during Dean's versions of events at the bar)
  • "Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh
(plays when the frat boy is slow dancing with the alien)
  • "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White
(plays when Dean enters the hall with the two girls on the red bed)

Quotes

Sam: Dean. Dean, what are you drinking?

Dean: I don't know, man, I think they're called purple nurples?
Sam: Okay, well listen. I think maybe we should go check out the professor's office.

Dean: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no I can't right now, I've got some feisty little wildcat on the hook, I'm about to - zzzzp - reel her in. I'll introduce you.
Dean: Come on, dude, that's not how it happened.

Sam: No? So you never drank a purple nurple?
Dean: Yeah, maybe that, but I don't say things like 'feisty little wildcat.' And her name wasn't Starla.
Sam: Then what was it?

Dean: I don't know. But she was a classy chick. She was a grad student, anthropology and folklore. We were talking about local ghost stories.
Girl: My god, you are attractive.

Dean: Thanks. But no time for that now. You need to tell me about this urban legend. Please. Lives are at stake.

Girl: Sorry, I just... can't even concentrate. It's like staring... into the sun.
Sam: Dean! What do you think you're doing?

Dean: Sam, please. If you wouldn't mind, give me five minutes here.

Sam: Dean, this is a very serious investigation. We don't have any time for any of your blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah! Blah.
Bobby: No, come on. You're bickering like an old married couple.

Dean: No, see married couples can get divorced. Me and him, we're like, uh, Siamese twins.
Sam: It's conjoined twins!

Dean: See what I mean?
Curtis: They did tests on me. And, uh... they, uh... They probed me.

Dean: They probed you?
Curtis: Yeah, they probed me. Again and a...again and -- And again.[takes a shot] And again and again and again... And then one more time.
Dean: Yikes.
Curtis: And that's not even the worst of it.
Dean: How could it get any worse? Some alien made you his bitch.

Curtis: They... They made me... slow dance!
Bobby: You got a Trickster on your hands.

Dean: That's what I thought.

Sam: What?! No, you didn't.
Dean: So, what is it, what, what, spirit, demon, what?
Bobby: Well, more like demigods, really. There's Loki in Scandinavia. There's Anansi in West Africa. Dozens of them. They're immortal, and they can create things out of thin air. Things as real as you and me. Make them vanish just as quick.
Trickster: Sorry I'm dragging a little ass today, boys. Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.
Dean: Yeah, hard not to. Listen, we won't be long. We just need to check a couple offices up on three.
Blonde Woman: Come on. Let us give you a massage.

Dean: Wha... You know, I'm a -- I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Really, I am, but... I-I'm gonna have to pass.
Trickster: They're a peace offering. I know what you and your brother do. I've been around a while. Run into your kind before.
Dean: Well, then you know that I... can't let you just keep hurting people.

Trickster: Come on! Those people got what was coming to them. Hoisted on their own petards. But you and Sam -- I like you. I do. So treat yourself... Long as you want. Just long enough for me to move on to the next town.

Trivia & References

The boys relating their mutually contradictory accounts of events shown in flashback to Bobby, who then determines the truth, is a take on the 1950 movie Rashomon, in which four people tell mutually contradictory versions of events shown in flashback and the final account is assumed to be the truth. This narrative device was also used in an X-Files episode, "Bad Blood", on which John Shiban (the writer of this episode) was a co-producer.
The use of the Trickster character, in particular the names Loki and Anansi, is a reference to the work of Neil Gaiman, the novelist and graphic novel author of which Eric Kripke has admitted being a fan. Gaiman frequently uses Tricksters in his fiction, and his recent novel was concerned primarily with Anansi. Other tricksters in folklore mentioned by Sandy (S.E. Schlosser), Folklorist, in the Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray special feature, "The Devil's Roadmap" include Shakespeare's Puck, Coyote, Raven/Crow, and Br'er Rabbit.
A purple nurple is an actual drink containing coconut rum, triple sec, blue curacao, and cranberry juice.
Dean: Starla! Starla, hey. This is my shuttle co-pilot Major Tom. Major Tom, Starla.
Dean refers to Sam as "Major Tom." This is a reference to the David Bowie song, "Space Oddity." The song later plays during 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe.... The name "Starla" for the blonde barfly (in Sam's version of events) is a possible reference to The Simpsons, which featured a trashy, bleached-blonde barfly of that name (her most famous line is, "Can I have the keys to the car, lover? I feel like changing wigs.")
Dean: Why don't you control your OCD?
OCD stands for Obsessive-Complusive Disorder, a psychiatric disorder.
Dean: You mean between the angry spirit and the sexed-up E.T.? What could the connection possibly be?
E.T.: Huge schmaltzy 1982 Spielberg movie featuring a stranded cute alien and an even cuter seven-year-old Drew Barrymore. The alien had a long finger that glowed.
Dean: That's right where the frat boy had his close encounter.
A close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses a UFO. This could also be a reference Close Encounters of the Third Kind, another Spielberg movie about aliens who come to Earth.
The Trickster reads a Weekly World News about a cannibal wielding a chainsaw, and later creates this cannibal to fight Sam, Dean, and Bobby. This could be a reference to Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, except the cannibal shown in the WWN is said to have killed his family, where Leatherface and his family are cannibals working together.
Trickster: I don't mean to cast aspersions on a dead guy but, uh, 'Mr. Morality' here? He brought a lot of girls up here. Got more ass than a toilet seat.
To "get more ass than a toilet seat" means to have the ability to "pull" the ladies.
Dean: Looks like you lost it, Poindexter.
First introduced as a character in the Felix the Cat television cartoon series in 1958, the term "Poindexter" is now applied to people who are overly nerdy, geeky, or bookish.
Bobby: Let's get the hell out of Dodge before someone finds that body.
Dodge City, Kansas was the temporary home to Wyatt Earp and was known for several famous shoot-outs.

Minutiae

The show was actually advertised in the Weekly World News, via an interview with Dean and Sam in two issues of the paper. Weekly World News is a tabloid paper best known for its stories involving alien abductions, strange mutations, and Elvis sightings.
The band Junk Food won a CW competition on MySpace to have their song "Next To You" included in the show. It plays while Sam and Dean are in the bar.
The boys are staying in a hotel called "Kings Lair" in room 12.
Matreya Fedor, who played the Alien, previously played Tyler Thompson in 2.11 Playthings.
Barclay Hope, who played Professor Arthur Cox, also played Russell Wellington in 10.11 There's No Place Like Home.
While masquerading as electricians, the brothers wear work jackets with patches saying "Ohio Connect DSL".
The cinematography in the scenes depicting the alien abduction of the frat boy are highly reminiscent of The X-Files. John Shiban, the writer of this episode, also wrote for The X-Files.

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