Season 5 Episode 8

Changing Channels

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Dean and Sam find themselves mystically trapped in a series of real-life "TV shows" and there appears to be no escape. They believe their old enemy the Trickster is responsible, but discover someone or something else is involved.

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  • too funny

    you know you've watched too many tv shows when you understand the references of the tv shows sam and dean appears in, hahaha!
  • One of my favorite episodes ever...

    I like the funny episodes because this show can get very dark. The comic relief episodes are necessary and this is probably my second favorite behind French Mistake.
  • Need the name of the song!!!

    what is the name of the song on the comedy show Intro??
  • only 3 words..

    Best episode ever!
  • IMO this episode is close to perfection and here is why...

    This reminded me of why I love this show they throw in these stories which are just fun. It brought memories of the good old days were there was just simple hunting. They make fun of all these different shows like CSI: Miami with the one liners and the glasses it was hilarious to watch. I love that they brought the trickster back because I love him and his in another one which I won't mention but he is great. And him turning out to be the Archangel Gabriel ,who saw that coming? I didn't.

    It is a perfect combo of the Angel story-arc and the episodes pasted.moreless
Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Dr. Sexy

Guest Star

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Game Show Host

Guest Star

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Kathy Randolph

Guest Star

Richard Speight Jr.

Richard Speight Jr.


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Dean is shot, the bullet wound is on the left side of his back. When he falls to his knees, however, the wound is on the right side.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Cathy Randolph: I could have sworn I saw... the Incredible Hulk.
      Sam: The Incredible Hulk?
      Cathy Randolph: I told you, it's crazy.
      Dean: Bana or Norton?
      Cathy Randolph: Oh, no, those movies were terrible. The TV Hulk.
      Dean: Lou Ferrigno?
      Cathy Randolph: Yes.

    • Dean: Ally with the Trickster?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: A bloody, violent monster... and you wanna be Facebook friends with him? Nice, Sammy.

    • Dr. Piccolo: Doctor, seriously.
      Sam: What?
      Dr. Picolo: Seriously, you are brilliant, you know that, and a coward. You're a brilliant coward.
      Sam: Uh, what are you talking about?
      Dr. Picolo: As if you don't know.

    • Sam: It was you on the police scanner, right? This is a trick.
      Trickster: Hello? Trickster.

    • Dean: How long do we have to keep doing this? (Studio audience laughs)
      Sam: (fake-smiling) I don't know. Maybe forever? We may die in here. (studio audience laughs)
      Dean: How is that funny? Vultures.

    • Game Show Host: No, no, no, no. Mr. Trickster does not like pretty boy angels.

    • Sam: I am doing all I can, to slightly lessen the spread of... of genital herpes. And that's a good thing.

    • Herpexia Disclaimer: Patients should always consult with a physician before using Herpexia. Possible side effects include: Headache, diarrhea, permanent erectile dysfunction, thoughts of suicide and nausea.

    • Sam: You've got to calm down.
      Dean: Calm down? I am wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No-talent douchebags. I hate this game. I hate that we're in a procedural cop show. And you want to know why? Because I hate procedural cop shows. It's like 300 of them on television, they're all the freakin' same.

    • Trickster: Wow. Sam, get a load of the rims on you.
      SAM the Car: Eat me.

    • Trickster: Where'd you get the holy oil?
      Dean: You might say we pulled it out of Sam's ass.

    • Trickster: Where'd I screw up?
      Sam: You didn't. Nobody gets the jump on Castiel like you did.
      Dean: Mostly it was the way you talked about Armageddon.
      Trickster: Meaning?
      Dean: Well, call it personal experience. Nobody gets that angry unless they're talking about their own family.
      Sam: So which one are you? Grumpy, Sleepy, or Douchy?

    • Trickster: (to Sam and Dean) You sorry sons of bitches. Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father. And Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You two were born to this, boys! It's your destiny. It was always you. As it is in Heaven, so it must be on Earth. One brother has to kill the other.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The opening credits are in an 80s family/sitcom style: different opening theme, different font for the credits, and shots of Sam and Dean engaging in brotherly humor and ghost-hunting.

    • The episode parodies two of the shows on opposite Supernatural: CSI: Miami on CBS and Grey's Anatomy on ABC.

    • Music: Move You (Anya Marina), Not A Through Street (Anya Marina), Something Real (Renee Stahl), Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who), Knight Rider Theme (Stu Phillips and Glen A. Larson)

    • Injoke: In the Dr. Sexy MD skit, Dean is explaining to Sam that the woman is having a relationship with a ghost. In the show Grey's Anatomy Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) played a character named Denny who died and could only be seen by his girlfriend.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: March 24, 2010 on LIVING/LIVING HD
      Australia: April 5, 2010 on Channel TEN
      Portugal: May 24, 2010 on AXN
      Sweden: June 18, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: October 11, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: January 24, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Czech Republic: August 26, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: April 24, 2012 on Sub