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Title The Great Escapist
Episode # Season 8, Episode 21
First aired May 1, 2013
Directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB The Great Escapist
Outline
Monster Crowley
Naomi
Timeline
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Route 34, Colorado
Sante Fe, New Mexico
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Synopsis

Kevin is held captive by Crowley in an illusion of Garth's houseboat and is brought Crowley's half of the demon tablet by two demons pretending to be Sam and Dean to translate. At the same time, the real Sam and Dean receive a message from Kevin saying he is likely dead and sending them all of his notes on the tablet. Though they are unable to figure anything about the third trial out from the notes, a symbol in them points to an Native American tribe in Colorado that they think Metatron might be connected to. At a casino, they find the tribe is apparently gifted with immortality in exchange for giving Metatron gifts of stories and locate Metatron himself. Metatron explains that after God left, the Archangels decided to take over the universe themselves and not wanting that, he left and cut himself off so completely that he is unaware of who the Winchesters are or that the Archangels are all either trapped or dead. Sam and Dean try to convince Metatron to help them with their task. Kevin figures out Crowley has captured him and confronts Crowley who tries to kill him as he is no more use to him, but Metatron rescues Kevin who takes the second half of the tablet with him. Kevin and Metatron both reveal the third trial: to cure a demon. At the same time, Castiel hides from the angels by visiting all the Biggerson's in the country very quickly, but is eventually caught and Naomi reveals that she has wiped Castiel's memory many times and he has taken part in many atrocities he can't remember. However, one of the angels, Ion, betrays them to Crowley who forces Naomi to flee and retrieves the angel tablet from Castiel's stomach. After Kevin figures out the truth, Crowley leaves Castiel to Ion who Castiel eventually kills and escapes. He ends up on the road in front of Sam and Dean, badly injured and asks for their help.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Spanish Flea" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
(plays when the demons call Crowley from the hunters trap; also known as the theme to The Dating Game)

Quotes

Crowley: Remember, I want to distinct, authentic characterizations... I was born to direct!
Ion: It's as if we're in every Biggerson's at once, trapped in a quantum superpostion.
Naomi: You're the famous spanner in the works. Honestly, you came off the line with a crack in your chassis. You have never done what you were told. Not completely. You don't even die right, do you?
Sam: You rode a farty donkey.
Sam: You really haven't heard of us? What kind of angel are you? We're the frigging Winchesters!
Metatron: When you create stories, you become gods of tiny intricate dimensions unto themselves. So many worlds.

Trivia & References

The title of the epsiode is based on the 1963 movie The Great Escape about Allied POWs escaping a German prison camp in World War 2.
Naomi: There was that day back in Egypt... not that long ago, when we slew every firstborn infant whose door wasn't splashed with lamb's blood. And that was just PR.
Naomi is referring to the story in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an, of when Moses freed the Israelites who were enslaved by the Egyptians. He tried to make a deal with the Pharoah, and each time he refused to release the Israelites, God sent a plague. The ninth plague was the murder of all first born sons in Egypt by angels. The angels spared the Isarelites child, who they knew by the sign of the door lintel being marked with lamb's blood. the events are commemorated as the Jewish holiday of "Passover".
Demon Sam: So Special K, you keep your nose to the godstone.
Special K is a brand of cereal and also the nickname for Ketamine a veterinary tranquilizer also used as a party drug.
Sam: Hey, you remember when Dad took us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on that pack mule ride and your mule kept farting, just letting go like gale force?

Dean: Dude, you were like four years old. I barely remember that.

Dean had obviously forgotten about that trip years previously when in 2.09 Croatoan he said "Yeah, you know, all this driving back and forth across country, you know I've never been to the Grand Canyon?
Fake Demon Dean: Okay, whats the 10-20?
10-20 is police radio code for "what is the location?"
Sam: You used to read to me when I was little, I mean really little, from that old Classics Illustrated comic book... Knights of the Round Table.

Classics Illustrated was a series which adapted literary classics into comic books. It was published from 1931 to 1971. Issue 108 was Knights of the Round Table.

Minutiae

The motel is called the Two Rivers Motel.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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