7.06 Slash Fiction

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Title Slash Fiction
Episode # Season 7, Episode 6
First aired October 28, 2011
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Robbie Thompson
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995121/
Outline
Monster Leviathans
Timeline
Location(s) Whitefish, Montana

Jericho, California
Manitoc, Wisconsin
St.Louis, Missouri

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Synopsis

Dean and Sam return to Rufus's old cabin in Whitefish, Montana, with a chained up Chet. The Leviathan is still under the influence of the witch Don Stark's spell and is unable to break free of his bonds. Bobby takes the opportunity to test as many means of killing supernatural creatures on him as he can, but none of the basics (eg, holy water) seem to work. Despite the fact that Chet doesn't seem bothered by any of Bobby's attempts at torture, he reveals that Edgar is still alive. He also tells them that he found them using an algorithm to track their known aliases. When the Leviathans were inside Castiel's body, they "got the download" and learned everything that Castiel knew about them, including their aliases. When they ask Chet why he's telling them anything, he laughs and says that not only is he not scared of them, but they also have more important things to worry about, which they'd know if they'd watched the news.

Just that morning, two Leviathans in the guise of Sam and Dean Winchester held up the First Bank of Jericho in California. During the robbery, they forced all of their hostages to enter the vault and then opened fire, killing them all. The Winchester brothers, who had been presumed dead for years, are now the subjects of a manhunt throughout the state of California. After watching the news, Sam wonders how the Leviathans were able to clone them, and a helpful Chet reveals that the Leviathans got their DNA from hair they left in a motel shower drain.

Sam and Dean are determined to go directly for the Leviathans that are imitating them. Bobby thinks they're being stupid, since they still don't know how to kill them, but they're determined, so he sends them to an old friend, Frank Devereaux, who's an expert in going off the grid. On their way, they stop at a gas station and Sam's goes into the convenience store for snacks. When the clerk recognizes Sam from the news, however, they leave in a hurry.

Meanwhile, Leviathan Dean and Leviathan Sam have been busy, hitting up a convenience store in Black Water Ridge, Colorado, and another bank in Manitoc, Wisconsin. Because they've initiated a crime spree across state lines, they quickly climb the FBI's most wanted list, and two agents, Agent Morris and Agent Valente, are on their trail. While in Manitoc, the agents get a report that Sam and Dean were spotted at a gas station 1,000 miles away. They're not sure how they traveled so far so quickly, but they leave to follow up on the lead.

Dean and Sam arrive at Frank's house, but it appears empty. They go inside, looking for Frank, and find him sitting in a room with a gun held on them. He recognizes them from the news and gives them his condolences regarding the doppelgangers. They tell him that Bobby sent them and that they need his help, and Frank reluctantly agrees after they remind him that he owes Bobby for saving his life in Port Huron. Once Frank starts talking, it becomes clear that he's an unstable government conspiracy theorist, but he is very thorough in his approach to making Sam and Dean disappear. He shreds all their credit cards and takes their old IDs, then tells them that they have to stop using rock star aliases: they're going to be Tom and John Smith from now on. He also tells them to use cash only, change their phones frequently, and stay off of cameras, before smashing Sam's old laptop and giving him a new one. He then demands $5,000 cash for his services before getting out a camera and taking Dean and Sam's pictures for their new IDs as "Mr and Mr Smith." Included among the new IDs are passports, Pennsylvania driver's licenses, and government IDs. Before they leave, Frank also gives them a map with the locations that the Leviathans have committed their crimes circled so that they can search for a pattern.

Back in Rufus' cabin, Bobby is still struggling to find something that will hurt Chet. Finally, frustrated by Chet's commentary, he cuts off his head with a machete. When he doesn't immediately heal himself, Bobby is relieved. He takes a break from the experiments and is upstairs when someone knocks on the door.

He opens the door to Sheriff Jodie Mills, who tracked him to this cabin after learning that his house had burned down. She has food and beer and tells him that she wanted to come thank him for saving her from the Leviathans at the hospital. She's determined to do what she can to pay him back, so she offers to cook and help him to clean up the cabin, then insists that he call her Jodie. Bobby goes down to the basement just in time to see Chet's head reattaching itself to his body. Chet mocks him, and Bobby picks up the machete and chops his head off again.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • Air Supply - All Out of Love (plays in the car while Dean silently sings along)

Quotes

Leviathan!Sam: Dead plants with creamy goo. It's like eating self-righteousness
Leviathan!Sam: You know I had a brother with this many issues once.

Leviathan!Dean: Yeah?
Leviathan!Sam: You know what I did?
Leviathan!Dean: Mmm?
Leviathan!Sam: I ate him.

Leviathan!Dean: Of course you did.
Leviathan!Dean: I'm not your brother. But I am Dean adjacent.
Dick: You shouldn't have. I love a muffin.
Crowley: 100% organic baby's uvulas. Gluten free.
Leviathan!Dean: You could be anything. You're strong, uninhibited, smart enough — believe it or not — but you're so caught up in being good and taking care of each other! ... You're wasting a perfectly good opportunity to subjugate the weak.
Dick: Don't roofie me and call it romance.

Trivia & References

The episode title "Slash Fiction" is a play on three references. First it is a reference to the Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction. Slash or slasher refers to a sub-genre of horror movies.
Slash fiction is also the name of a genre of fanfiction which pairs two characters of the same gender in a sexual relationship – see Slash for more information. There are a couple of references in the episode that compare Sam and Dean to a couple - Honey Bunny and Pumpkin from Pulp Fiction, as well as Mr and Mr(s) Smith. And the final scene was one that Jensen mentioned at Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2011 as one that both he and Jared thought made Sam and Dean sound too much like a married couple, so they rewrote a couple of the lines.
S.E. Hinton - famous author and Supernatural fan - has a part in the episode. Read Tweets by S.E. Hinton from the set.
S.E.Hinton under fire from Leviathan!Sam
Bobby: Great. Just what we need — a Mensa Monster.
Mensa is an organization for people who score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test.
Sodium borate, or borax, is a natural occurring boron salt found in the Middle East, South America, North America, and Asia. It is a common chemical used in all manner of products from water softeners to pesticides. At high concentrations it can cause skin irritation in humans.
Leviathan!Sam: Everybody be cool, this is a robbery!

Leviathan!Dean: Anybody moves and I'll execute every last one of you!

The robbery of the burger shop in St. Louis by the Leviathans references the diner robbery in Pulp Fiction almost line for line. Fake Sam's line is identical to Pumpkin's. When the fake Dean jumps up on a table, his line "If anyone moves, I'll execute every last one of you". is the same as Honey Bunny's in the movie - minus motherfucking. The promo for the episode had Leviathan!Dean being bleeped as he said "motherfucking." A surf-rock style guitar riff plays after their lines, somewhat reminiscent of the opening scene of Pulp Fiction. Bobby makes an additional reference to the movie by referring to the Leviathans as "Pumpkin" and "Honey Bunny" Diner scene with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction.
The first locations visited by the Leviathans are Jericho, California (1.01 Pilot), Black Water Ridge, Colorado (1.02 Wendigo), Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin (1.03 Dead in the Water). Sam recognizes the pattern of attacks just before they attack St. Louis, Missouri (1.06 Skin). It was in St. Louis that Sam and Dean first encountered a shapeshifter, and it was due to the shapeshifter that Dean's death was first faked. Ankeny, Iowa where the boys are arrested was where the events of 1.07 Hookman took place.
Sam: The usual?

Dean: Rhymes with sing songs!

Dean is referring to Ding Dongs - a small chocolate cake with a creamy centre. In the gas station the box Sam picks up is called "Bing Bongs".
Frank: Okay, we can Blue Steel you up some new I.D. - Mr and Mr Smith

Blue Steel was the name of a signature modeling pose belonging to the really really ridiculously handsome Derek Zoolander in the movie Zoolander. See Blue Steell for numerous references in the show, and by Jensen and Jared, to the look.

The alias' "Mr and Mr Smith" may be a reference to the eponymous spy couple in the movie starring Brad pitt and Angelina Jolie - Mr and Mrs Smith.
Dean: Nobody puts baby in a corner!

Sam: You know that's a line from...
Dean: Swayze movie! Swayze always gets a pass!

"Nobody puts baby in a corner" is a line from Dirty Dancing"
While mimicking Bobby, Chet reveals that he had lots of issues with his father, and his favourite singer is Joni Mitchell.
Dick: I like where your head's at, but sometimes less is more. Those boys coming back from the dead would strain credulity, even for the American media.
This line is a meta dig at the fact that Sam and Dean keep coming back from the dead. As Ben Edlund said at Comic Con 2010 "...these creatures, these poor men, cannot die. The cruel universe that will not let them die...That’s TV. TV will not let people die. "
Michael Hogan who plays Sheriff Osborne played Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica - who was actually a cylon impersonating a human!
Bobby putting Chet's severed head in a box could be a reference to the movie Se7en.

Minutiae

Bobby's confrontation with Chet, in which a chained Chet takes Bobby's form and taunts him before being beheaded, echoes the confrontation between Crowley and the Alpha Shapeshifter in 6.10 Caged Heat.
In the care the cars drive after they stop driving the Impala, there is a My Little Pony hanging from the rearview mirror. Dean cuts it down with his knife. At the end of the episode, it is in the trunk alongside the Leviathan heads.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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