Season 6 Episode 21

Let It Bleed

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 20, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

When Crowley tries to get to Dean by abducting Lisa and Ben, the Winchesters turn to an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Bobby learns of another visitor from Purgatory.

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  • Wait, what?

    The only reason to erase Lisa and Ben's memories of Dean was to remove them and their implications from the story and it was a lazy and incredibly lame way of doing it.

    It makes absolutely no sense from a safety standpoint because if you go after someone via their family it doesn't matter if said family likes (or even remembers) your true target, as only your target's feelings towards them are of importance.

    Also if you factor in that now -when a demon or monster comes a knocking; the best they can do is call 911. they are seriously worst off but at least Lisa can now get her freak on with other guys in the mean time right? but oh wait -wasn't she already doing that? lol

    Like I said -lazy and lame.moreless
  • Those who are left behind

    It seems as if there will forever be another person left behind in this show. Why do they always have to get rid of the love intrest? We want somebody good for Dean and Sam! Sam had a slight fling with Ruby but everyone knew that would end badly. And now Dean looses Lisa. I found this entire episode a dreary hot mess. It was very good because of the main plot moments and just a tiny bit of love and cheer, but this episode will always have a spot on the most depressing list.moreless
  • 621

    Good installment of Supernatural. I liked that they finally tied together the Lisa & Ben story line. They're reappearance this season was quite random and I'm sure wasn't loved by most fans.

    Dean and Sam vs. Castiel and Crowley? In attempts to keep purgatory closed, Sam & Dean race to find out information on a writer who was known to have opened another dimension.

    The cold opening was good, the final scene was heartbreaking but definitely needed, and the cliffhanger was okay. I guess this means that Castiel is one step ahead of the Winchesters.

    Looking forward to what I hope is a great season six finale after a so-so season, here's hoping.moreless
  • How come Dean doesn't know Lovecraft?

    I loved the episode and I believe the season is on its way to have a great finalle. However, I don't get it: How come Dean doesn't know Lovecraft? Ok, I can understand that he's never read any of Lovecraft's books. But being a horror movie fan (as stated in some episodes), Dean would have known about Lovecraft. And since he likes Metallica, he must know "The Call of Ktulu".

  • Man On A Mission

    Let It Bleed-When Crowley tries to get to Dean by abducting Lisa and Ben, the Winchesters turn to an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Bobby learns of another visitor from Purgatory.

    In Part 1 of Supernatural's 2 part finale, we see Dean race against time trying to save Lisa and Ben after Crowley kidnaps them. While Lisa and Ben have relatively been the most uninteresting part of this season, they still provide a lot of depth for the character of Dean and how much he's grown. For over a year, he was a husband and father to both Lisa and Ben and it's not surprising that the moment their in trouble he feels an obligation to do whatever it takes to save them. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to watch the writers develop Dean from the mocho, tough guy older brother to the soft hearted, level headed man he is now. It's also good to Jensen Ackles becoming comfortable about showing off that softer side as well. He gvies a great performance in this episode showing Dean's overwhelming concern and desperation to track both of them down. Crowley's upduction of Lisa and Ben was well directed nad full of suspense. You also got to love Crowley taking the time to make a crack at Dean's awkward situation with Lisa being "the ex lady friend" and Ben being "the not son".

    We also get more from the aftermath of Dean and Castiel, which continues to pull at the heart strings, especially seeing Castiel to pursistent to show Dean no matter how much he doubts him, he's still willing to help him no matter what. The scene where Cas saves Dean from the demon and heals Lisa at the hospital were beyond saddening, Misha and Jensen just nail their scenes together everytime. If that wasn't bad enough, they put Dean through the emotional ringer when he goes after Lisa and Ben in the warehouse. The twist with Lisa being possessed and ultimately killing Lisa was shocking and the look on Dean's face couldn't be more heartbreaking. The sight of Ben shooting demons while Dean carries Lisa bleeding to death really was a striking sight, not to mention extremely dark, even for Supernatural as we see Dean hitting Ben and forcing him to kill to lead the way to safety. The way the story concludes is definately one of the saddest scenes of the series as Dean asks Castiel to wipe Lisa and Ben's memory of him. You kinda know it's coming but it doesn't make it anyless hard hitting and the sense of loss in Dean's eyes is captivating. I also loved the exchange between Sam and Dean in the car with Dean threatening to punch Sam in the nose id he even mentions Lisa and Sam again.

    Bobby's sub-plot with investigating the HP Lovecraft's death lead to shocking development with Eleanor's return and her being a monster from Purgatory. It's an intriguing twist considering she's a monster who never posed a threat and ultimately became a close friend of Bobby. Although, I'm surprised the moment that Bobby finds out he slept with a monster wasn't given a big pay off. It would have been hilarious and it's a pretty big revelation which could have benefitted from that. The only real downside is Belthazor. While it seems the writers are trying to give the character some depth, Belthazor just doesn't seem to fit in the story arc anymore. He's decision to help the brothers never really feels genuine and considering he's been such michevious character all season, it seems like a pretty big development for him and I would have rather have had him have some selfish request in return. There just seemed like no real reason for Belthazor to help the brothers and mostly felt like a plot device to get the brothers from point "A" to point "B". Overall, a great first part to this finale and Part about an ending!moreless
Adam Greydon Reid

Adam Greydon Reid


Guest Star

Antony Holland

Antony Holland


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Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard


Recurring Role

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Recurring Role

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson

Lisa Braeden

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lovecraft's short story, "The Haunter of the Dark" was written in November, 1935, and published in the December 1936 edition of Weird Tales, rather than written and finished in March, 1937 as shown here.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dean: What did he do?
      Bobby: Stole something.
      Sam: What?
      Bobby: The journal of one Moishe Campbell.
      Sam: Moishe?
      Bobby: Of the New York Campbells.

    • Sam: So we got to get it back, right?
      Bobby: Or just read the copy I'd already made. Hi, glad to meet you. Bobby Singer, paranoid bastard.

    • Dean: So who's this Phillips guy?
      Bobby: Phillips ain't his last name. It's Lovecraft.
      Sam: H.P. Lovecraft? Let me see that.
      Dean: Am I supposed to know who that is?
      Bobby: Horror writer? "At the Mountains of Madness"? "The Call of Cthulhu"?
      Dean: Yeah. No, I was too busy having sex with women.

    • Dean: Crowley. Let 'em go, now. Or I swear...
      Crowley: Right, right. You'll rip me a cornucopia of orifices.

    • Balthazar: I'm sorry, boys, do I look like a manservant to you? No? Then quit ringing for me. Please.
      Dean: It's important, Balthazar.
      Balthazar: I was drinking '75 Dom out of a soprano's navel when you called. That was important.

    • Bobby: So I hear you have a large collection of Lovecraft's private letters.
      Lovecraft Collector: World's largest.
      Bobby: Wow. You must be catnip to the ladies.
      Lovecraft Collector: I'm in a long-term online relationship.

    • Lovecraft Collector: Okay, are you working with this on the other guy?
      Bobby: Other guy?
      Lovecraft Collector: Yeah. Uh, you know, trenchcoat, looks like Columbo, talks like Rain Man.

    • Ben: Who are you?
      Dean: I'm the... uh, the guy who hit you.
      Lisa: Oh.
      Dean: I just, I lost control for a minute. And I just wanted to say that I'm sorry. I'm really happy you two are both okay. And, uh, I'm glad your life can get back to normal now.
      Lisa: We're okay. So, so that's what's important, right?
      Dean: Yeah. Anyway, I'll leave you two alone. You take care of your mom.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Title:
      Referencing the album and title track of the The Rolling Stones' eighth album release in December 1969. The song itself is alleged to be the band's parody/homage of The Beatles' Let It Be, and was never released as a single.

    • Crowley: Your chocolate's been in my peanut butter for far too long.
      Referencing the 1970s-80s marketing slogan for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, "Two great tastes that that taste great together. In the TV commercials, a person with chocolate and a person with peanut butter would inevitably collide and mix up their food. One would say "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" and the other would say, "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!", and they'd end up happy with the resulting mixture.

    • Crowley: Call on the Batphone?
      Referencing the device first seen in the 1960s Batman series. Commissioner Gordon has a red phone that is tied to a line going to Wayne Manor, where Batman answers and typically assures the Commissioner that he's on his way, or gives some reassurance. The Batphone was eventually introduced into the comic as an encrypted cell phone.