Season 8 Episode 17

Goodbye Stranger

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2013 on The CW
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    Supernatural "Goodbye Stranger" Review: Requiem for a Demon

    Fresh off of a trippy adventure in his own personal “Mystery Spot,” Castiel caught up with the Brothers Winchester when they invaded his turf in search of whatever was randomly killing demons in a small town.

  • Episode Summary

    Castiel returns and asks Sam and Dean to help him against demons seeking Lucifer's Crypt. When they set out to take on the demons, they rescue Meg, who is being interrogated for information. While Dean and Castiel go to find the Crypt, Sam and Meg fight a rearguard action to hold Crowley off.


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    • Amazing episode

      I dont know why people are giving this a low rating, because honestly i think it was an awesome episode and dean`s acting when castiel was beating him to a pulp was just amazing.

      i give this episode a 10!
    • Not the reunion I was expecting

      It would have been an interesting and heartbreaking episode on so many fronts if it weren't for the vomit-inducing interlude of Meg & Castiel.

      I'm not really one to root for villains. Or to even like them. But I like Crowley and I warmed up to Meg. And I get her flriting with Cas. She flirts with everyone. Plus, her snark is pretty amazing and she was in top form in this episode. And it sort of makes sense she would see in Cas a kindred spirit. But the fact that they are trying to convince me that Castiel is flirting back and that they have some doomed romance going on in teh same episode were Dean acts like a love struck Disney princess around Cas and where Dean is the one thing to get through Naomi's brainwashing in a cheap call back to season 5 finale? That is a little too much for me to take.

      The lenght these writers go to, to reinforce Dean's heterosexuality is bordering on laughable - if it wasn't so very sad at the same time. But the fact they felt the need to do the same with Cas? How desperate and scared do you really need to be?

      I liked the talk Sam had with Meg. It was heartbreaking to hear him admit he wants normal in the same breath he proclaims he can never have it. And I may be alone in this, but I like Amelia and I think they could actually work out. Maybe not completly demon-free, but work out never the less.

      And the brothers relationship seemed to stranghten a bit there in the end so we see how that goes.

      And we still don't really know who Noami is and what she wants and what the angel tablet does. And I miss Kevin.

      And I don't understand the last scene with Cas on the bus, beautiful as it was.

      I was looking forward to this episode but the reunion was bittersweet and left a weird taste in my mouth.moreless
    • From Heaven With Love

      This was a pretty cool episode overall. Seeing Cass back in the show was welcome to say the least. Him dispatching the fake Deans and revealing that there are hundreds of them was surprising training from Naomi, whose game we are still uncertain of. When the brothers being to investigate victims whose eyes have been burned out and their organs liquified their trails leads to a bunch of people who have been possessed by demons and someone is smiting them. Turns out to be Castiel, and the demons are Crowley's minions looking for an old orchard that was sunk hundreds of years ago. Cass is told by Naomi not to divulge the secret of the Angel Tablet and to tell them that there is a parchment to read the other half of the Demon Tablet without Crowley's half instead. Cass saves the brothers from an onslaught of demons attacking a historian's house who is trying to figure out where the orchard was, which is actually one of Lucifer's old crypts. I like these little touches, and Crowley has just the person who could give him the locations of the crypts, Meg, whom they find in a hotel bathroom with a demon escort. She was really nice to see again, and Cass keeping them in dark about the Angel Tablet is much like Sam keeping the Demon Tablet a secret from her since she may have very well turned on them. But she does have a point in that she's proved herself to be Team Sam and Dean since after the Apocalypse and her musings about the world changing with Cass and her wanting to be with him as they had set up back in Season 6 was a great call back. But they broke the basic rule of TV which is anytime you begin to talk about a future and you're a secondary character you get iced which is exactly what happens. Castiel and Dean find the crypt and Cass manages to defy Naomi's orders and find out that he's been brainwashed by her. Dean getting through to Cass was very reminiscent of his getting through to Dean back in the Season 5 finale when he got the hell beaten out of him. I dislike the fact that they did away with Meg since she's been such an integral recurring part of the show since Season 1 and was one of the only remaining old timey anti-heroes that the writers hadn't killed off yet although her knife in Crowley's arm was a great way to go out. Her relating to Sam when he told her about Amelia was a great scene to counteract Dean's suspicions of Cass when they entered the crypt. Also when Cass disappeared again I did roll my eyes because this season seems to be so set on having his episodes be spread apart that they have him merely pop in and pop out without even saying goodbye. This makes sense in a way it's just that the execution with him keeping the tablet even from Naomi, who visits Crowley, WHAT?!!! Crowley and her have a good scene although I'm not sure why they're in fact so chummy or what Naomi's true intentions mean for the rest of Heaven now that she's the new management and Cass is on a bus to nowhere. Goodbye Rachel Miner, you will certainly be missed and I loved that she was a little angry that they didn't look for her at all after Dean and Cass went to Purgatory. So I guess now there's only Garth and Kevin which is really depressing when you think about how well rounded the Winchester ally ranks were back at the beginning of Season 5 persay and have slowly dwindled. I get that all they touch dies due to their lifestyle but it felt lazily thrown in, they should at least have had her die in the finale or the penultimate episode of the season or something. It just didn't feel right with the timing. Anyway, this was an all right episode that furthered and expanded the mythology, and Dean of course found out about Sam's keeping his blood cough from him and is pissed. I'm worried by Cass's "your damaged in ways that even I can't repair" and how they only sort of hint at it in the episode. But overall it was a good episode that makes me appreciate that next season Cass will be returned the series regular to my relief.moreless
    • and Crowley is how old now?

      I thought that Crowley was a Scotsman who sold his soul for a bigger penis and after 10 years plus hundreds more rose through the ranks as low level crossroads demon to the King of all Hell. Well now a pointless interlude with Naomi and Crowley ruins that origin tale and a personal fan favorite episode of mine no longer fits into continuity. You see Crowley supposedly was in Mesopotamia with Naomi during their time together, well Mesopotamia was conquered and assimilated into what would become Iraq in the 3rd-4th century a good 1600-1700 years before he was born. So what the hell? Not only does this ruin the beginnings of Crowley the main freaking villain but also takes an important Bobby and Crowley episode of Supernatural out of continuity. This I will not forgive. "Weekend at Bobby's" was my favorite episode out of season 6 and now it's gone gone gone. Unless the writers fix this snafu real quick I find myself quitting this show for good because this hack writer has butchered history just for another Demon/Angel team up arc. Whatever praise I may have had for this episode cannot excuse or make up for this travesty of a revelation.moreless
    • You got me at 'Kill you' *Spoilers*

      While I have noticed a slight drop in quality after the fifth season of Supernatural it still manages to amaze me how great some of the episodes are. I honestly can't think of another series that has these amazingly rewarding episodes in their 8TH season.

      I love a good redemption story. I seriously love them more than anything (probably why Game of Thrones is my favourite series). While the Meg & Castiel's romantic relationship seems very odd, it still felt very Supernatural. I loved the fact that it didn't feel out of character for Meg to sacrifice herself for the boys or to buy them some time (by using her hatred toward Crowley). And while it did break my heart to see Dean & Sam just drive off and leave her behind, they did have to protect Sam as he is the key to shutting the gates of Hell.

      Dean quoting Samwise Gamgee. Can't go wrong there!

    Jennifer Clement

    Jennifer Clement

    Wendy Rice

    Guest Star

    David Franco (I)

    David Franco (I)

    Mr. Morgan

    Guest Star

    Alex Rose

    Alex Rose

    Crowley's Demon

    Guest Star

    Misha Collins

    Misha Collins


    Recurring Role

    Mark Sheppard

    Mark Sheppard


    Recurring Role

    Rachel Miner

    Rachel Miner


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Sam asks Dean if Castiel touching the angel tablet broke Heaven's control over him. However, as Dean saw earlier, Castiel spared Dean's life and then picked up the tablet. Neither Sam nor Dean would have any reason to think touching the tablet had anything to do with Castiel's freedom.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Sam: What is wrong with you?
        Dean: What's wrong with me? You kidding me? This is a first edition, dude. Do you know what this would go for on eBay?
        Sam: Nope. Why, do you?
        Dean: No. Maybe. Shut up.

      • Dean: Well, he puts the "ass" in "Cass," huh?

      • Sam: Wait a second. You've been telling Crowley the location of Lucifer's Crypts.
        Meg: What can I say? I needed a break from the constant torture.

      • Sam: Wait--so... a bunch of innocent people died so you could buy yourself some time?
        Meg: Hi, I'm Meg. I'm a demon.

      • Sam: Wait a second. Did you just say, "angel tablet?"
        Meg: You know, I get why Crowley calls you "Moose" now.

      • Castiel: These wounds have festered.
        Meg: You really do know how to make a girl's nethers quiver, don't you?
        Castiel: I am aware of how to do that. Although it doesn't usually involve cleaning wounds.
        Meg: Why are you so sweet on me, Clarence?
        Castiel: I don't know. And I still don't know who Clarence is.
        Meg: Would it kill you to watch a movie, read a book?
        Castiel: A movie, no. But a book with the proper spells... yeah, it could theoretically kill me.
        Meg: You know, you're much cuter when you're shutting up.

      • Meg: So, your noodle's back in order?
        Castiel: Yeah, my noodle remembers everything. I think it's a pretty good noodle.
        Meg: Really? You remember everything?
        Castiel: If you're referring to the pizza man... yes, I remember the pizza man. And it's a good memory.

      • Meg: I miss the simplicity. I was bad. You were good. Life was easier. now it's all so messy. I'm kind of good, which sucks. And you're kind of bad... which is actually all manner of hot. When we survive this... I'm gonna order some pizza and we're gonna move some furniture around. You understand?
        Castiel: No, I--I... wait. Actually, I...
        Dean: (coming in) All right, let's roll, campers.

      • Meg: Hold on, there's one part I don't understand. You hit a dog and stopped. Why?
        Sam: That whole story, and that's your takeaway?
        Meg: Oh, I heard the rest. You fell in love with a unicorn. It was beautiful, then sad, then sadder. I laughed, I cried, I puked in my mouth a little.

      • Crowley: Castiel. So, that's who's been poking my boys... and not in a sexy way.

      • Crowley: I'm here for the stone with the funny scribbles on it.
        Sam: That's not gonna happen.
        Crowley: Love it when you get all tough. Touches me right where my bathing suit goes.

      • Crowley: Naomi. Fancy meeting you here. Haven't seen you in a dark age. Love the haircut.

      • Dean: Listen, I may not be able to carry the burden that comes along with these trials, but I can carry you.
        Sam: You... realize you kind of just quoted Lord of the Rings, right?
        Dean: Come on, man, but it's the Rudy hobbit. Rudy hobbit always gets a pass. Shut up.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (11)

      • Dean: Wait, are we talking a--a Maximum Overdrive situation here?
        Referencing the 1986 movie written and directed by Stephen King and based loosely on his short story, "Trucks." In it, machines come to life and go berserk, attacking humans, after Earth passes through the tail of a comet. The movie was almost universally panned and, as of the time this episode aired, it was King's only work as a movie director.

      • Sam: And, by the way, since when does a demon possess someone then go all Beautiful Mind and--and start digging in the dirt?
        Referencing the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001), about real-life mathematician and cryptographer John Forbes Nash Jr., based on the novel of the same name. Forbes struggled with paranoid schizophrenia.

      • Sam: I'm Special Agent Lynne. This is my partner, Special Agent Tandy.
        Referencing two members of the band Electric Light Orchestra: Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy.

      • Meg: Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
        Referencing the first line that Leia says to Luke, from Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977). She first sees him disguised in stormtrooper armor.

      • Meg: Every Crypt's been one Al Capone's vault after another.
        Referencing Geraldo Rivera's 1986 syndicated TV special where he took a camera crew to a recently-discovered vault in the Lexington Hotel, where mobster Al Capone supposedly kept all matter of illicit goods. Although the two-hour special received high ratings, nothing was found but dirt and a few empty liquor bottles.

      • Dean: 'Cause I saw you Zero Dark Thirty that demon.
        Referencing the 2012 movie of the same name, which dealt with the manhunt for Osama bin Laden concluding with his death in 2011. The movie generated controversy because it presented torture as an effective tool in determining bin Laden's location.

      • Dean: All right, Cass and I will head in and get our Indiana Jones on.
        Referencing the famous fictional archaeologist portrayed by Harrison Ford in four feature movies. When not teaching college archaeology courses, the whip-wielding Indy travels the world seeking out relics and fighting bad guys in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

      • Dean: Okay, bottom-line it for me, Bill Nye.
        Referencing Bill Nye the Science Guy, an Emmy-award winning educational television program from 1992-1998. Each episode, a hundred in all, aimed to teach a specific topic in science to a preteen audience, yet garnered a wide adult audience as well.

      • Meg: Cut me, do I not bleed, Sam?
        Referencing Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and the speech given by Shylock at his trial. The full line is "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

      • Crowley: Timon and Pumbaa tell you their big plan?
        Referencing the 1994 Disney animated movie, the 32nd feature in the Disney Animated series. The film chronicles the adventures of Simba, who leaves his pride of lions when he believes that he is responsible for his father's death. he meets Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, who prefer to eat insects rather than fresh meat.

      • Dean: Come on, man, but it's the Rudy hobbit.
        Referencing the 1993 sports movie starring Sean Astin as Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the real-life football player who managed to play for the University of Notre Dame despite his diminutive stature. Astin also played Sam the hobbit in The Lord of the Rings movies.