Season 8 Episode 17

Goodbye Stranger

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2013 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.