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Title The Born-Again Identity
Episode # Season 7, Episode 17
First aired March 23, 2012
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Sera Gamble
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995109/
Monster Lucifer
Location(s) Colorado, Northern Indiana.
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Sam has been awake for five days, tormented by Hallucifer. He tries in vain to use drugs to pass out and in his sleep-deprived state, is hit by a car. He winds up in the locked psychiatric ward at Northern Indiana State Hospital, being treated for a broken rib, lacerations and what the doctors call a psychotic episode. The doctors have administered several sedatives but Sam remains conscious.

In the ward, Hallucifer plays cat's cradle and reminds Sam that he didn't need to sleep when he was soulless. Dean arrives and tells Sam he'll find him help. Sam doesn't think he'll be able to find anything, saying they always knew putting his soul back in would end badly. Dean leaves.

At Rufus's Cabin, Dean calls some of Bobby's contacts but is unable to find help. He puts the journal on the table and goes to the fridge for a beer. The journal falls to the ground by itself and a card for Mackey's Taxidermy falls out. Dean calls and leaves a message.

Hallucifer comments that he and Sam being in a locked ward together is just like the Cage. Sam is eating a sandwich when he discovers it is full of maggots. He drops it and backs away while another patient, Marin, watches from his door before leaving.

At the cabin, Dean is looking for help online when he receives a call from Mackey. Mackey tells him about a healer named Emmanuel in Colorado. He claims that Emmanuel passed all the monster tests and healed Mackey's damaged eye with one touch.

Dean goes to Emmanuel's house in Colorado. He sees Emmanuel's wife Daphne tied up and fights the demon pretending to be Emmanuel. He reminds the demon that Crowley ordered demons to stay clear of Dean and Sam, but the demon says that because Dean hasn't killed Dick Roman, Emmanuel is more important. Dean kills the demon with Ruby's knife. Just then he sees Emmanuel, who is the spitting image of Castiel. Emmanuel doesn't recognise Dean, has no knowledge of demons and no memory of being an angel.

Hallucifer continues to torment Sam, lighting firecrackers in the ward. An orderly, Marcus, brings Sam his meal. Sam asks Marcus about Marin and he tells him she wasn't brought to the psychiatric ward because of an accident.

Dean and Emmanuel talk in the car on the way to Indiana. Emmanuel tells him that Daphne found him by a river, when he wandered into her path "drenched, confused and unclothed", with no memory. Daphne claimed God wanted her to find him. Dean mentions the possibility that Emmanuel was a bad guy, but Emmanuel says he doesn't feel like a bad person.

Marin brings Sam a stolen chocolate bar. She tells him that she hears her dead brother's voice. He wants her to kill herself to be with him, and if she doesn't, he'll do it for her.

Emmanuel tells Dean he can cure illnesses of a spiritual origin and should be able to help Sam. Dean goes on to tell him that he is unable to forgive his friend Cas, who betrayed him and caused Sam's illness. Emmanuel still has no memory and comments that Cas is an odd name.

Dean is confronted by demons at a convenience store. He kills one and another is killed by Meg. She is there because of rumours about a wandering healer. She has an ongoing feud with Crowley and doesn't want him to know about Cas. Although she wants to use Cas as a weapon, she agrees not to tell him his true identity yet. The three of them leave together.

Sam and Marin talk about her dead brother. She tells him how she feels cold before he talks to her, and how one day he got angry and set the room on fire, almost killing her. She says he was cremated, but she wears a bracelet he made for her with an injured hand - it's likely he bled on it. She steals a lighter and makes a ring of salt after Hallucifer blows Sam's ring away. They stand inside the circle and Marin's brother appears. He breaks the lights and pleads with Marin not to do it. She gives Sam the bracelet and he burns it, causing her brother to go up in flames. After Marin thanks Sam and leaves, orderlies enter the ward to restrain Sam. Hallucifer talks over Dr Kadinsky's shoulder as the doc explains to Sam that they cannot give him any more medication and should try surgery instead.

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Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers plays when Hallucifer lights firecrackers in the ward

Turn into Earth - The Yardbirds plays during Castiel's flashback montage.


Hallucifer: Tell the nice tweaker you’d be sleeping right now if the devil would leave you alone...
Dean: If I don't find something...

Sam: Then I'll die.

Hallucifer: Oh - you're upsetting me!
Emmanuel/Castiel: Your friend's name was Cas? That's an odd name.
Marin: I saw you yesterday, you didn’t look too happy with your in flight meal.
Meg: You're an angel.
Castiel: I'm sorry - is that a flirtation?
Dean: This ain’t going to go well.
Meg: I dunno, I believe in the little tree topper.

Trivia & References

The episode title "The Born-Again Identity" is a play on the 2002 spy thriller movie The Bourne Identity (which was based a novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum). In the film, the main character Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, finds himself suffering from amnesia, and his attempts to discover who he is. Along the way he finds he has a number of skills – speaking multiple languages, proficiency in hand-to-hand combat – that give him clues to his identity. The film was previously referenced in 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Hallucifer: Tell the nice tweaker...
Tweaker is a slang term for someone who is addicted to crystal meth.
The bar through the windscreen is reminiscent of the death scene in 2.13 Houses of the Holy where a pole bounces through a windscreen and impales a man.
Doctor: You're Sam Smith's brother?
Dean and Sam are using the aliases given to them by Frank in 7.06 Slash Fiction.
Dean: It's not like the guy's freaking Norman Bates.
Norman Bates was the serial killer in the Hitchcock movie Psycho, who killed his mother, kept her corpse in his house and assumed her identity. Previously mentioned in 5.19 Hammer Of The Gods.
Dean: Quit being Dalai-friggin-Yoda about this. Get pissed!
Dean has mashed up the names of two individuals known for their equanimity in the face of challenges - the spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama (whose name he mispronounces) and Jedi master Yoda.
Sam: It's all snake oil.
Snake oil is a derogatory term used to describe fraudulent medical practices.
Sam: Last faith healer we hooked up with had a reaper on a leash.
Sam is referring to the events of 1.12 Faith, in which he tried to find a faith healer for the stricken Dean.
Hallucifer: Narcissistic personality disorder. Okay, now this one I could have.
Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition characterized by egocentrism, arrogance, entitlement, a desire for control, and a lack of empathy. It is thought to be a way of compensating for a severe sense of personal imperfection and unworthiness. In 5.11 Sam, Interrupted which took place in a mental hospital, Dean's hallucinated doctor tells him he is "paranoid schizophrenic with a narcissistic personality disorder and religious psychosis".
While Dean is trying to find help for Sam, Bobby's journal inexplicably falls on the floor, and a card for "Mackey's Taxidermy" falls out. Mackey in turn leads Dean to Castiel. This is the third time such an event has occurred - a possible hint that Bobby's ghost is around. The other two events were Dean's beer disappearing in 7.11 Adventures In Babysitting and a helpful paper moving to the top of a pile in 7.13 The Slice Girls.
Emmanuel's wife Daphne may be a reference to Daphne from Scooby-Doo. Dean mentioned her in 2.11 Playthings.
Emmanuel: (about a demon) I saw his face. His real face.
In 3.16 No Rest For The Wicked, Dean, in the last 24 hours of the year he was given after his crossroads deal, could see demons' real faces:
Dean: I could see its face, its real face, under that one.
Meg: Dean, Dean, Dean. You got some 'splaining to do!
"Lucy, you've got some 'splainin to do!" was a catchphrase of Lucy's husband Ricky Ricardo in the 50/60s sitcom I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball.
Luci is a fandom nickname for Lucifer, first used by Gabriel in 5.19 Hammer Of The Gods.
Meg: You sure we wouldn't be safer travelling with a full-throttle angel?
A reference to the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
One of Sam's hallucinations is that his sandwich is full of maggots. In 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum, a witch's target nearly chokes to death after discovering that his burger is full of maggots.
Marin, the patient who is being haunted by her brother, is played by Kacey Rohl, the daughter of Mike Rohl who had directed ten episodes of Supernatural at the time of airing.
Meg: (to Cas) That was beautiful, Clarence.
A reference to angel Clarence from It's A Wonderful Life. The name was previously used by Meg in 5.10 Abandon All Hope.
Hallucifer: (about "The Three Little Pigs") I see that third little pig was smart. Went out and got some bricks.
In 3.05 Bedtime Stories, a man survived an attack that killed his two brothers by hiding next to some concrete blocks in a violent recreation of the Three Little Pigs.
Doctor: Welcome to the team, Nurse Masters.
Meg is using the name of her Season 1 meatsuit, Meg Masters.
Tweets from producer Jim Michaels during the episode.


#WelcomehomeMisha trended on Twitter before the episode source
In the beginning of the episode, Hallucifer says that Sam has been awake for five days.
Dean's phone number is 785-555-0128.
Emmanuel lived in Colorado.
Emmanuel said he got his name from bouncingbabynames.com. Attempting to access the website will give you a 403 error from the Web Server at GISHWHES.

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