6.11 Appointment in Samarra

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Title Appointment in Samarra
Episode # Season 6, Episode 11
First aired December 10, 2010
Directed by Mike Rohl
Written by Sera Gamble and Robert Singer
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1627708/
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Death: Don't roll your eyes, Dean. It's impolite.
Death: What do you think the soul is? Some pie you can slice? The soul can be bludgeoned, tortured, but never broken. Not even by me.
Sam: Exactly, Dean! It's my life! It's my life, it's my soul. And it sure as hell ain't your head that's gonna explode when this whole scheme of yours goes sideways!
Tessa: Wow. They'll just let any slack-jawed haircut be Death these days.
Sam: I need some advice.

Balthazar: Advice?
Sam: Angel advice.
Balthazar: Well, then go ask your boyfriend.

Sam: Cas can't help me.
Tessa: Just so you know, when people die, they might have questions for you. Well, you know,

not you' but Death.
Dean: You mean like, "how did Betty White outlast me?"

Tessa: "What's it all mean?" is popular.
Dean: Enjoy the ride down, pal. Trust me -- sauna gets hot.
Tessa: It's destiny.

Dean: Give me a break. I've spent my whole life fighting that crap. There's no such thing as destiny, just like there was no apocalypse -- just a bunch of stuck-up mooks who didn't want us human slaves asking questions. Well, I say the little girl lives.

Tessa: Do you know what's amazing? You don't actually buy a word you're saying.
Sam: Dean doesn't care about me. He -- he just cares about his little brother, Sammy, burning in hell. He'll kill me to get that other guy back.
Death: Today, you got a hard look behind the curtain. Wrecking the natural order's not quite such fun when you have to mop up the mess, is it? This is hard for you, Dean. You throw away your life because you've come to assume that it'll bounce right back into your lap. But the human soul is not a rubber ball. It's vulnerable,impermanent, but stronger than you know. And more valuable than you can imagine. So - I think you've learned something today.
Death: You and your brother keep coming back. You're an affront to the balance of the universe, and you cause disruption on a global scale.


The title of the episode refers to a story by Somerset Maughan. Based on an old Middle Eastern story, which as follows:

The speaker is Death.

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
Dr Robert is played by Robert Englund, most famously known for playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street Series
The scene where Dean is put into a medically induced near-death experience is similar to the plot of the movie Flatliners. Michael J. Fox also did the same thing in The Frighteners.
Heart Attack Guy: What does it mean?

Dean: Everything is dust in the wind.
Heart Attack Guy: That's it?

Dean is quoting the Kansas song "Dust in the Wind."
Bobby: Don't say, "here's Johnny."
Bobby is referring to the iconic moment in the Kubrick movie of Stephen King's story The Shining where Jack Nicholson's character chops down a door with an axe, calling out "Here's Johnny!" in imitation of the opening of the talk show The Johnny Carson Show. Watch the scene
Tessa: Dean, what the hell? I was in the Sudan.
Tessa is referring to the ongoing war and genocide in Darfur. The Horseman War tells Sam he was in Darfur when he was called back to do his part to start the Apocalypse in 5.02 Good God Y'All.
The plot of Dean filling Death's shoes for a day is loosely similar to the basic plot of Bruce Almighty, where Jim Carrey is asked to fill in for God and given God's powers and responsibilities.