Season 4 Episode 12

Criss Angel Is A Douchebag

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary


Sam and Dean are faced with magicians delving in black magic. They investigate after several people wind up dead in ways similar to the illusions the magicians perform on stage.

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  • An examination of aging and anachronisms

    The main thrust of the episode is the writers/producers having fun with Criss Angel, obviously. But still, the main bit is looking at the washed-up lives of three aging magicians. Barry Bostwick gives a strong performance, and it was fun seeing John Rubinstein working alongside his son (kind of). Richard Libertini was kind of wasted. The resolution was definitely out of left field.

    Unfortunately, the episode is a bit padded with Dean's trip to a S&M club, and the brothers being arrested (wouldn't their files get pulled, whether Jay dropped the charges or not?). And there's the new "Sam keeps a secret from Dean" subplot. Which never works, so why bother?moreless
  • Funny idea... Love Sammy... But over all...

    Like Family Remains, there was something about this episode that I didn't like, which meant I couldn't enjoy it as well. It still wasn't a bad episode. I couldn't beleive it was Charlie all a long. I felt so SO bad for Jay. I didn't really like the title because I've never been partial to the words douche bag. But my absolute favourite part was when Sam decided to pursue his evil intentions again, leaving Dean behind at a bar. I almost cried, and my mind kept picturing little angels with white wings chasing him. It's going to be SO sad when Dean finds out what little brother's up to... again. Over all, not bad, but still not my favourite.moreless
  • Average for supernatural, but great by the standards of any other show!

    This episode is a little slower than some but it is a solid installment. It has the feeling of a murder mystery, as the brothers sort through the facts and suspects to figure out who is behind the dark magic that is killing people off gruesomely yet intriguingly. The fact that the guest stars are in their sixties gets Sam reflecting on where his and Dean's lives will end up many years from now. I got the feeling that like his mom, Sam has hopes to get out of the hunting life some day. It was clever of the writers to have a show about magicians - an interesting contrast with the real magic. The episode is worth watching.moreless
  • Was expecting better.

    Supernatural is one of the best shows on TV and this season has proved to us that, that is true but this episode was nothing special. The last few episodes have been really good so when this one came around it seemed like a bit of a drop in quality. The main theme of the episode was about Magic I found it a bit boring, there wasn't much of Sam and Dean in this episode it mostly focused on the Magicians. The ending was really good so that saves this episode from being a lower rating. 8.5 out of 10 .moreless
  • Amongst all of the macrocosmic bluster and gargantuan set pieces, it's easy to forget that, at its core, Supernatural has a great deal to say about the human condition: about birth, death and all that stuff in between.moreless

    'Criss Angel is a Douchebag' is effectively a vehicle designed to get Sam from reluctance to do whatever it takes to harness his psychic abilities, to fully compliant participant in Ruby's conspicuous machinations and while, from a character perspective, it works beautifully, it is somewhat maddening that by episode's end, we still have no clue as to what exactly it is that Sam is so wary of taking part in. Could it be that he needs to off a few humans? Reduce their lifespan? Suck Ruby's blood for twenty four hours straight? Or maybe even pay a visit to The Chief like his brother? (A delightfully humorous moment that: believe me, these places are real, just as disturbing as depicted and often go by the name The Eagle *ahem*) Quite deliberately, the production staff hold the answer back, teasing us for yet another week and ensuring that we'll continue to tune in in the coming weeks in hopes of finding out. We're currently in the midst of Supernatural's 'stand alone' run; typically, following the Christmas break, it takes a good three or four episodes before we get back to the juicy mythology stuff, but that just makes their ultimate arrival all the more pant-wettingly exciting. In the meantime, cast and crew work their little socks off to create slices of thoroughly enjoyable independent entertainment and Julie Beige's episode is no exception. This is a lovingly written script, dripping with sadness, melancholy and regret. The dialogue given to the three elderly magicians is absolutely stunning, perfectly capturing the world-weariness of those whose best days are (supposedly) behind them. The actors playing these parts are absolutely superb too: within less than five minutes, you about their plight, you want them to prove time, fate and the current generation wrong. It's a beautifully sad piece, the kind of story that leaves you with a significant weight on your shoulders, but one that you're quite comfortable carrying. Amongst all of the macrocosmic bluster and gargantuan set pieces that we've been treated to this season, it's easy to forget that, at its core, Supernatural has a great deal to say about the human condition: about birth, death and all that stuff in between. 'Criss Angel is a Douchebag' is a wonderful reminder of that fact.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It's unlikely that Sam and Dean would be able to walk free from custody simply by way of Jay dropping the charges against them, particularly given that they would have been carrying firearms at the time of their arrest. Not only that, but presumably they would have been fingerprinted upon arrival at the station; surely that would have raised a few red flags, given that they were pronounced dead by the FBI after the explosion.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sam: What if there was a way we could go after the source, that's all. Cut the head off the snake.
      Dean: Well the problem with the snake is that it has a thousand heads. Evil bitches just keep piling out of the Volkswagen.

    • Sam: What are you doing here, Ruby?
      Ruby: I should be asking you the same thing.
      Sam: I'm working a job.
      Ruby: The whole world's about to be engulfed in hellfire, and you're here in Magictown, U.S.A.
      Sam: You got something against magic?

    • Dean: I can't believe people actually fall for that crap.
      Sam: It's not all crap.
      Dean: What part of that was not a steaming pile of B.S.?

    • Sam: Do you think we will?
      Dean: What?
      Sam: Die before we get old.
      Dean: Haven't we both already?
      Sam: You know what I mean, Dean. I mean, do you think we'll still be chasing demons when we're 60?
      Dean: No. I think we'll be dead. For good. Why, do you want to end up like... like Travis? Or Gordon, maybe?
      Sam: There's Bobby.
      Dean: Oh yeah, there's a poster child for growing old gracefully.

    • Chief: You are really gonna get it tonight, big boy.
      Dean: There's been a misunderstanding. I, uh, think I've been had.
      Chief: Oh, you ain't been had, till you been had by the Chief. Oh, and before we get started, what's your safe word?

    • Dean: What a douchebag.
      Sam: That's Jeb Dexter.
      Dean: I don't even want to know how you know that.
      Sam: He's famous, kind of.
      Dean: For what, douchebaggery?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 8, 2009 on TV3
      UK: April 5, 2009 on ITV2
      Australia: May 25, 2009 on Channel TEN
      Sweden: May 31, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Norway: June 11, 2009 on FEM
      Portugal: July 13, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: November 16, 2009 on AXN
      Germany: January 4, 2010 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Poland: April 30, 2010 on TVN7
      New Zealand: May 5, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 30, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: June 28, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 29, 2013 on Markiza

    • Michael Rubinstein (aka Michael Weston), who played Young Charlie, is John Rubinstein's (Charlie) real-life son.


    • Dean: Hope I die before I get old.
      Dean is quoting the song My Generation by The Who. The Who were a highly influential rock band from the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s. My Generation is one of their most known songs, released 1965.

    • Dean: Federal Agent Ulrich.
      This is a reference to Lars Ulrich, the drummer for the heavy metal group Metallica.