Trial and Error

Season 8, Ep 14, Aired 2/13/13
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  • Episode Description
  • Kevin translates the tablet and finds the way to close the gates of Hell. He tells Sam and Dean that in order to do so, one person has to face three tasks designed by God, one of which is killing a hellhound, and the brothers argue about who should complete the tasks.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jared Padalecki

    Sam Winchester

  • Jensen Ackles

    Dean Winchester

  • Osric Chau

    Kevin Tran

  • Andrew Dabb

  • Kevin Parks

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  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • brought me back to the good seasons past :)

    By Karone4824, Oct 03, 2013

  • Awesome episode. Perfect supernatural from start to finish.

    By chrisalpha, Sep 06, 2013

  • Don't deal with the devil!

    By rkoenn, Feb 20, 2013

  • Trail and Error

    By hell693, Feb 17, 2013

  • Finally the stakes are raised!

    By vampman87, Feb 16, 2013

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Dean: I haven't had my own room... ever. I'm making this awesome. I've got my kickass vinyl. I've got this killer mattress. Memory foam--it remembers me. And it's clean, too. There's no funky smell. There's no creepy motel stains. (Sam drops a gum wrapper on the floor) Really?
      Sam: Sorry.

    • Dean: Look, I'm gonna feel dirty saying this, but you might want a salad and a shower.

    • Sam: So, what--God wants us to take the SATs?
      Kevin: Yes. Uh, He works in mysterious ways.
      Dean: Yeah, mysterious douchey ways.

    • Ellie: And, well, her last album was a bunch of holiday songs for dogs. My favorites were "Jingle Bark Rock" and "Don't Pee on This Tree: Happy Arbor Day."
      Dean: So she's the Devil?
      Ellie: Pretty much.

    • Dean: (cooking) Impressed?
      Ellie: I do like a man who can handle his meat.

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    Notes (2)

    • Music: I Touch Myself (Divynils)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 17, 2013 on SPACE
      Australia: February 25, 2013 on ELEVEN
      Norway: April 12, 2013 on FEM
      August 14, 2013 on Sky Living
      Finland: December 11, 2014 on Sub

    Allusions (10)

    • Sam: Trials, uh, like, Law & Order?
      Referencing the long-running TV franchise, created by Dick Wolf starting in 1990 with Law & Order. There have been three spinoffs since then, with episodes often drawing on headline-grabbing real-life crimes as the basis for its fictionalized plots.

    • Dean: Get between him and Clifford the big dead dog.
      Referencing the gigantic (25') tall) red dog, Clifford the Big Red Dog, first published in a series of books in 1963 written by Norman Bridwell. Initially a runt, Clifford grows to giant thanks to the love of his young owner, Emily Elizabeth. The books were made into an animated PBS series starting in 2000.

    • Dean: Well, let's go visit the Beverly Hillbillies.
      Referencing the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, the grizzled patriarch of the hillbilly family. When he finds "oil in them there hills," he moves his family to Beverly Hills and comedy hijinks ensue.

    • Cindy: Keep it coming, Ken Doll.
      Referencing the Mattel doll, Ken (aka Ken Sean Carson), perpetual boyfriend/husband/significant other to Barbie (Barbara Millicent Roberts) since 1961.

    • Dean: Do not let J.R. and the gang out of your sight.
      Referencing the primetime TV soap opera Dallas (1978-1991, CBS), which features the rivalry between two Texas families, the Ewings and the Barneses. J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was the oldest son and the one responsible for most of the scheming and backstabbing among both families. The series was continued on TNT in 2012.

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