Season 8 Episode 8

Hunteri Heroici

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2012 on The CW
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    Supernatural "Hunteri Heroici" Review: What's Up, Doc?

    This cartoon parody episode offered a much-needed break from the onslaught of Winchester Angst (Wangst?) that preceded it, but that’s not to say that it was a full-blown comedy.

  • Episode Summary

    Sam and Dean take on a case with Castiel, who has decided to become a hunter. However, they discover that the murder is only the latest in a string of cartoon deaths.

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    • Sooo close to being a good episode

      Castiel decides he wants to hunt with Sam and Dean. They take on a case involving strange (literally) cartoonish deaths, and find out that a bank robber is using an old psychic with the power to dstort reality to help him rob banks. The concept is funny, and despite it being mostly filler, it does somewhat expand Cas's story arc in him wanting redemption (as well as crank up Naomi's creepiness factor) but there are two flaws that make this episode good. The first being that the villain was a human criminal with no real power. He took control of a demented psychic, but after Sam and Cas snapped the psychic back to his senses, he killed the criminal. It's a bit of a nitpick, but usually Sam and Dean don't kill humans unless they have to. Once the psychic regained his mind, the criminal's plan was done. Over. They didn't have to kill him.

      The second flaw, the flaw of every episode so far besides the werewolf ep, was the G#D-D#MN FLASHBACKS! Yes, we know that Sam had a life with a woman the past year. Please stop beating us over the head with it. Dean's flashbacks only lasted 4 episodes. Sam's took a grand total of SEVEN!I just wish that they could've done like they did in season 4 and give Sam an entire episode to flash back to his life without Dean instead of stopping an otherwise decent episode in it's tracks.moreless
    • Cas and the cat

      Smelling dead bodies,a talking to cat and all the loonies? Wow.
    • Cas - hunter ... LOL

      Funniest ep. in S08 so far :D
    • Castiel : the funniest hunter

      Wonderful episode.

      Since the beginning of this season, I found myself skipping parts of episodes that were not interesting for me (like Sam's flashbacks), but I watch this episode from beginning to end.

      In some revewie, I read someone saying that the writers had understood that Supernatural had suffered from Castiel's absence during season 7 and I agree on that. I think he's a real added value to the team and the show so please, bring him back, not just a recurring role !

      Because this episode was just FANTASTIC!moreless
    • Hunter Heroi

      A different view on Castiel. What he might as a hunter. Interesting!
    Mike Farrell

    Mike Farrell

    Fred Jones

    Guest Star

    Catherine Lough Haggquist

    Catherine Lough Haggquist

    Detective Glass

    Guest Star

    Greg Webb

    Greg Webb

    Dr. Dwight Mahoney

    Guest Star

    Misha Collins

    Misha Collins


    Recurring Role

    Liane Balaban

    Liane Balaban

    Amelia Richardson

    Recurring Role

    Amanda Tapping

    Amanda Tapping


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (8)

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (9)

      • Dean: You know, uh, the Coyote chases the Road Runner.
        Referencing the animated Warner Brothers characters. The Coyote is typically seen hunting his nemesis, the Road Runner. The Coyote never speaks, and hunts the Road Runner primarily by ordering implausibly complex equipment from the Acme Corporation. Inevitably, the seemingly indestructible Coyote ends up squashed, burnt, or at the bottom of a canyon after falling.

      • Dean: Maybe it's some--some crazy god who watched too much Robot Chicken.
        Robot Chicken is a comedy television series created by actor Seth Green which airs on Cartoon Network during the Adult Swim programming block. The series features action figures and other toys in stop-motion animated sketches.

      • Dean: Look, man, I hate those flying-ass monkeys as much as you do.
        Referencing the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, based on the novels by L. Frank Baum. Margaret Hamilton plays the Wicked Witch of the West, the main villainess of the movie. The flying monkeys are her personal servants.

      • Dean: So this animaniac can step through walls?
        Referencing the animated WB series (initially on Fox) which consisted of a number of characters referred to collectively as "Animaniacs." The core characters were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, Warner Brother characters from the 30s who were trapped in the studio water tower for 60 years. Other characters included Pinky & The Brain, Skippy Squirrel, Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, and dozens more.

      • Dean: You go Invisible Girl and keep an eye on him.
        Referencing Sue Storm, the comic book character first introduced in Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. After being exposed to cosmic radiation along with her fiance Reed, friend Ben Grimm, and brother Johnny, Sue gains the power to (initially) turn invisible. She eventually gains the power to generate invisible force fields with her mind as well, making her a far more useful member of the Fantastic Four.

      • Dean: That's all, folks.
        Referencing the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, which invariably ended with Porky Pig popping out of a drum, and saying, "Eh-eh-eh! That's all, folks!"

      • Aliases: Crosby, Stills, Nash
        Referencing the folk rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash, who made the scene in 1986 with such hits as "Marrakesh Express," "Teach Your Children," "Our House," and "Wasted on the Way." The fourth member of the band is Neil Young, who performed sporadically with the group.

      • Glass: Whatever you say, Scully.
        Referencing the TV series that premiered in 1993 and ran for nine seasons, and featured David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents investigating the paranormal. Anderson played Dana Scully the (initially) skeptic of the two who sought rational explanations for the many supernatural and alien cases that they dealt with.

      • Sam: Like Woody Woodpecker or Daffy Duck.
        Referencing two cartoon birds. Woody Woodpecker first appeared in the cartoon short Knock Knock (1940) and was created by Ben Hardaway, Walter Lantz, and Alex Lovy. Originally a lunatic, Woody has mellowed over the years, particularly when he made the jump to television in 1957. Daffy Duck first appeared in Porky's Duck Hunt (1937) by Warner Brothers, and was created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett. Unlike Woody, Daffy has rarely mellowed for long and is typically driven by his wackiness, his greed, and his jealousy of fellow Warner's animated feature player, Bugs Bunny.