Season 9 Episode 18

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2014 on The CW
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Metatron tries to get Castiel to join forces with him. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean capture Gadreel.

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  • Back to the boring stuff.

    After some great episodes, we're back to angel fighting again.
  • A total ripoff of season 5.

    Some of you newer viewers might not have understood the references in this episode. So many, many references to season 5. Its like they copied and pasted the script from season 5. I am not going to list them all, because believe me, it is a lot. I thought it was going to be good. It looked like it was going to be good, but in the end, it was a poorly executed idea that ended with nothing really happening. And Gabriel coming back into the show,(trickster), and then finding out it was really just Metatron in really lacked imagination, and was a really big let down for trickster fans. Perhaps Metatron can ask Chuck in heaven how to properly write a script.moreless
  • I'm loving it!

    Gabriel: "Bitch please, you've been God more than Dad

    You know what God problem was?

    He published the 1st draft of his play.

    He didn't do a rewrite.

    Another creative episode!

    Metatron has become way too powerful! Everything's playing out according to his words. He makes the story unpredictable to me now.

    After 9 seasons, this show's able to maintain and even surpass it's standards.
  • Let me tell you a story

    I very much liked the concept of the episode. And it had some funny moments. Plus, it was wonderful to see Gabriel if it was just a Metatron induced dream.

    I definitely didn't like teh edn with Castiel. I hate that they keep on making him the bad guy. I hope he has a plan. I hope they have a plan thoguh that is rather doubtful.

    This episode was also very heavy on the Destiel. The off hand remarks, the constant pauses for acting like a couple, Sam being in on it.

    This season is just a downward spiral into misery. And given how strong Metatron is, I wonder how are they ever gonna defeat him. Especially with trying to gank Abadon as well.moreless
  • I'm likin' it!

    This was good. Very good. Thank you, Supernatural, for advancing the plot, keeping me interested, bringing back the ol' trickster, and genuinely surprising me. I really enjoyed this episode, and because I'm usually not the kind to get wrapped up in season plots, I was stunned at how interested I was. Metatron sort of grew on me, and I like the whole storyteller/god thing he's got going on. Yay for Castiel! Way to get back in there! I hope he proves to be a good leader. They could do a lot with this story line, and I'm down for whatever.

    Acting was awesome as usual, passion is back, they've got that old fire in their eyes, and I'm ready for more. And may I just mention that total bro moment between Cas and Gabriel? <3 Love it! And now that Gabriel might not be dead, there can be more??? I'd also like more Winchester involvement with Cas in particular. Although that may just be me.

    Overall, this was a very good episode. I like where they're going, it's hard for them to go wrong at this point. I think they've avoided stepping in any deep dark pits of no revival like some of us... I... thought they would! The show's holding up, and they're plowing through every season, remaining on top as the biggest baddest tv show I watch. They know what they're doing, even though at times we may doubt that they have their eyes open. You never cease to amaze me, Supernatural. Ya done good.moreless
Erica Carroll

Erica Carroll


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Lindsay Maxwell

Lindsay Maxwell


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Benjamin Rogers

Benjamin Rogers


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Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong


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Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett


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Richard Speight Jr.

Richard Speight Jr.


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Fanfare-Rondeau (Jean-Joseph Mouret), The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Frankie Valli)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 15, 2014 on CHCH
      Australia: April 21, 2014 on Eleven
      Norway: May 2, 2014 on FEM
      New Zealand: June 15, 2014 on 2
      UK: May 5, 2015 on E4
      Finland: January 16, 2016 on Sub


    • Metatron's Study:
      Referencing Masterpiece, an American anthology series airing British TV dramas. The music, Fanfare-Rondeau, served as the theme for the show (originally titled Masterpiece Theater), and Metatron's clothing and setting are similar to those of the original series host, Alistair Cooke.

    • Shopkeeper: But, uh, this ain't Diagon Alley, man.
      Referencing the hidden street in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series, which contains a number of shops providing supplies for wizards and otherwise catering to their needs.

    • Gabriel: I finally watched Downton Abbey.
      Referencing the popular TV British period piece depicting an aristocratic British family in the early 20th century, and their trials and tribulations.

    • Gabriel: Your help, Columbo.
      Referencing the famed TV detective played by Peter Falk, known for his quirky mannerisms, bulldogged determination, and keen deductive eye.

    • Dean: We got to find Gadreel before he lights up the Bat-Signal.
      Referencing the spotlight given by Batman to the police of Gotham City to summon him when necessary. It first appeared in Detective Comics #60 (February 1942), and typically Commissioner Gordon uses it when he needs to talk to the Caped Crusader. It projects a bat-shaped silhouette onto the clouds.

    • Gabriel: We're rebels. One without a cause, one with.
      Referencing the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, which made young star James Dean the idol of disaffected youth everywhere. Dean in his last role plays Jim Stark, a California teenager who rebels against his parents and authority figures in general.

    • Metatron: Ah! It can be taught.
      Referencing the 1992 Disney animated movie Aladdin. When Aladdin finally works out that he is the Master of the Lamp, the Genie gives him a diploma and says, "That's right! He can be taught!"

    • Dean: We're not into this five minutes, you're already going Liam Neeson on his ass.
      Referencing the 2009 movie Taken, where Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a former U.S. black ops agent who travels to Europe when his daughter is kidnapped, and uses his skills to recover her and exact vengeance on her abductors.

    • Sam: You want to sneak onto the Death Star, take out the Emperor?
      Referencing the 1983 science fiction movie Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In the final scenes, Luke Skywalker sneaks aboard the Death Star to kill the Emperor, unaware that he and Darth Vader are well aware of his plan and are waiting for him.