8.21 The Great Escapist

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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
Monster Crowley
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Route 34, Colorado
Sante Fe, New Mexico
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  • "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)


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.


The motel is called the Two Rivers Motel.

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