Season 6 Episode 11

Appointment in Samarra

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 10, 2010 on The CW
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Death agrees to help Dean get Sam's soul back, but requires Dean to serve in his place for 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sam decides that he doesn't want his soul back and turns to Balthazar for assistance. The rogue angel agrees to help, and informs Sam that the spell required needs the blood of his father... or a father figure.moreless

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  • WOW !!!!!

    Best episode ever
  • A very good episode where Dean gets to plan grim reaper for a day.

    After half a season with no soul, Dean finally gets Sams soul back...But the question remains will be he the same as he was? And will deaths "wall" really stop Sam from remembering all of the horrors from hell? Season 6 is turning out to be quite a good season. There was a nice appearance from Robert Eugland in this episode and the general primise of the episode was quite fun. Dean having to take over the role of death for 1 day was interesting and fun... he was met with some hard decisions as to whether to take the little girls soul or not and the consequences of messing up "deaths order or plan". This was a good way to end the show for the mid season break however I am excited to see where this season will go.moreless
  • What an epic midseason finale!

    This was such an epic midseason finale. I'll admit, when the season first started, I was worried that my favorite show had gone bad. But, thankfully, it's found its footing (and gave me one of my favorite episodes, "Weekend at Bobby's) and is back on track. This episode and "Caged Heat" were, no doubt, the best of the season so far. Especially this one, though. I loved both Dean and BadSam's storylines. Sam had me constantly on edge (thank goodness he didn't kill Bobby!) and I knew that Dean would end up having to kill a kid the minute he made the deal (that was so sad! That poor dad....) I'm mega happy (yes, I know how lame that sounds) that Sam has his soul back. I had kind of started to like soulless Sam, but I've missed regular Sam soooo much. Can't wait for "Like a Virgin!"moreless
  • Supernatural 6x11 = Charmed 7x05 Anyone who watched Charmed has also ran into this storyline of Death (or The Angel of) recruiting a main character to do his job for a day. Was glad to see Supernatural pull it off...with a great cliffhangermoreless

    So in this episode Dean goes to a specialist (for lack of a better term) to "die" for a few minutes in order to summon a reaper (Tessa) to get a hold of Death. When Death shows up...Dean tries to use the ring as leverage to get Sam & Adams soul out of the pit. Death agrees to get only one (Sam's) soul of the Cage and build a "wall" around his brain so he wont remember his experience in Hell...but only if Dean agrees to wear the ring for a day and do his job. Dean agrees and is awakened by the specialist (Robert Englund)after being "dead" for 7 minutes. When Dean puts the ring on he is guided by Tessa into doing the job. He has no problem until he runs into a 12 year girl with a major heart condition who he refuses to take. This act disrupts the "grand design" and results in the death of a nurse who was supposed to be in the girls surgery but left early. He then realizes his mistake and takes the girl. Her father then goes on a drinking and driving binge and Dean winds up in the passenger seat (with the ring on) and removes the ring trying to get the man to stop the car only for the man to freak out & crash. Since he took off the ring, Dean technically loses his bet with Death but once he realizes his mistakes Death agrees to get Sam out of the cage and alludes to Dean "currently digging into something...and he needs to keep digging". (assuming Death is looking for Purgatory also)

    Sam summons Balthazar in hopes of finding a way to ensure that his soul can never be returned to his body..and the only way to do that is to commit an act so vial that the soul would reject the host...aka Pesticide. Seeing as how John is dead..Bobby fulfills that role and Sam goes ahead and tries that. Bobby puts up a hell of a fight in his rigged house...only to be saved by Dean in the final few minutes of the episode. The episode ends with Sam locked up in the panic room while Death comes in with a bag. He pulls out a glowing orb which is Sams Soul and puts it back into a screaming Sam.

    A great episode with a great A & B plot... and a great cliffhanger for the winter hiatus.moreless
  • Dean Winchester and The Deathly Hallows

    Appointment In Samara-Death agrees to help Dean get Sam's soul back, but requires Dean to serve in his place for 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sam decides that he doesn't want his soul back and turns to Balthazar for assistance. The rogue angel agrees to help, and informs Sam that the spell required needs the blood of his father... or a father figure.

    You know they say "Death is unpredictable" yet this episode was anything but! The idea of Dean taking on the role of Death was pure gold!! We even got some great moments like the deaths of the store robber and the heartattack guy. But as soon as the story took a more serious turn, things got really predictable that the rest of the episode just kinda fell apart. I was surprised that the writers went the whole "everyone must die, no matter what or there will be disastrous consequences". I mean it's the most cliche theme when dealing with Death at this point and I'm am shocked that Dean even had to learn this lesson considering he should have learned it after everything he's been through the past 5 years. Did he really think it would be that easy? Dean just came off really naive when we've seen him much sharper in situations worse than this.

    Another character that came off dense this episode was Bobby. Did he really go down in that basement with the door open? They way he got caught was even more pathetic. Also, I can't stress enough how much I hate this new Sam at this point. I know he has no soul and doesn't care about the people around him without it but killing Bobby!? Really, not even an ounce of respect for the man who's been like a father his whole life? Well, the writers made a point to show Sam at his worst before getting his soul back. Watching Death painfully restore Sam his soul was the true highlight of the episode and presented an awesome cliffhanger as it leaves fans with hope that maybe the REAL Sam may return....or will Death's wall fail and we'll get another "new" Sam? You'd think an episode with such an abundance of quality guest stars/returning characters in Julian Richings(Death), Lindsey McKeon(Tessa), Sebastian Roché (Belthazar) and Freddy Kreuger himself, Robert Englund would be one of the best of the season, but "Appointment in Samara" was pretty average with the chilling cliffhanger that gives us hope the second half will be compelling!!moreless
Lindsey McKeon

Lindsey McKeon


Guest Star

Robert Englund

Robert Englund

Dr. Robert

Guest Star

Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy


Guest Star

Julian Richings

Julian Richings


Recurring Role

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dean: Okay, a wall. Sounds good.
      Tessa: But it's not permanent.
      Death: She's right. Nothing lasts forever. Well, I do.

    • Dean: What's the bet?
      Death: Don't roll your eyes, Dean. It's impolite. Now when you fetch my ring, put it on.
      Dean: What?
      Death: I want you to be me for one day.
      Dean: Are you serious?
      Death: No, I'm being incredibly sarcastic.

    • Tessa: Wow. They'll just let any slack-jawed haircut be Death these days.
      Dean: Well, you're all charm today, aren't you?

    • Balthazar: Well, here's one for the list of dumbest things ever. Summon the angel who wants to kill you.
      Sam: Desperate times. I need your help, Balthazar.
      Balthazar: Interesting. Since last time we met, you wanted to, what was it? Oh yes, yes. "Fry my wings, extra crispy."
      Sam: Well, that was a misunderstanding.
      Balthazar: Some misunderstanding.

    • Tessa: Just so you know, when people die, they might have questions for you. Well, not you, but Death.
      Dean: You mean, like "How did Betty White outlast me"?

    • Heart Attack Victim: Why?
      Dean: You think maybe it was the extra cheese?
      Heart Attack Victim: Yeah. It was good, though.
      Dean: That a local place?
      Tessa: Dean...
      Dean: Right. Umm, time to go, man. Sorry.
      Heart Attack Victim: Wait. Will you tell me what it all... means?
      Dean: Everything is dust in the wind.
      Heart Attack Victim: That's it? A Kansas song?
      Tessa: Sorry. He's new.

    • Tessa: Dean, you have to take her.
      Dean: Says who?
      Tessa: Death.
      Dean: I'm Death.
      Tessa: You know what I mean.
      Dean: Well who tells him?
      Tessa: I don't know. It just is. It's destiny.
      Dean: Give me a break. I spent my whole life fighting that crap. There's no such thing as destiny. Just like there was no Apocalypse. Just a bunch of stuck up mooks who didn't want us human slaves asking questions.

    • Bobby: I may have been born at night, boy, but I wasn't born last night.

    • Bobby: Ain't nobody killing me in my house but me.

    • Dean: Well what's with you and cheap food?
      Death: I could ask you the same thing.

    • Death: You and your brother keep coming back. You're an affront to the balance of the universe and you cause disruption on a global scale.
      Dean: Apologies for that.

    • Death: This is hard for you, Dean. You throw away your life because you've come to assume that it'll bounce right back into your lap. The human soul is not a rubber ball. It's vulnerable, impermanent, but stronger than you know... and more valuable than you can imagine.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: March 18, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: May 13, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Australia: June 13, 2011 on ELEVEN
      UK: August 17, 2011 on Sky LIVING
      Spain: November 14, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: January 29, 2013 on Sub

    • Injoke: Dr. Robert's office is at Kiefer Street. In the movie Flatliners, Kiefer Sutherland played one of several characters who deliberately flatline themselves so that they can glimpse what lies beyond Death.

    • Robert Englund is credited as Special Guest Star.


    • Title:
      Referencing W. Somerset Maugham's retelling of an old story about a servant who encounters a woman he realizes is Death at the marketplace. The servant witnesses Death make a threatening gesture towards him, so he tells this to his master, asks to borrow a horse, and flees to Samarra, where he believes Death will be unable to find him. The merchant then goes to the market, seeks out Death, and asks why she made the threatening gesture. Death replies that the gesture was merely a start of surprise at seeing the servant there at the market in Baghdad, since she had an appointment with him in Samarra.

    • Bobby: Don't say "Here's Johnny."
      Referencing the 1980 movie The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, in which a man and his family go to an isolated hotel in the winter. After a while the father goes crazy. In one scene he breaks down a door with an axe and yells "Here's Johnny!"