Supernatural

Season 9 Episode 22

Stairway to Heaven

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 13, 2014 on The CW
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Castiel calls on the Winchesters to help when his army of angel followers are attacked, and Dean is all too eager to help under the First Blade's influence.

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Lindsey McKeon

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Tessa

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Erica Carroll

Erica Carroll

Hannah

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Malcolm Masters

Malcolm Masters

Benjamin

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Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Metatron

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Tahmoh Penikett

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Gadreel

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sam: What kind of something?
      Dean: (Castiel) said that he couldn't talk about it over the phone.
      Sam: Why?
      Dean: Because he's a weird guy, okay? He's a weird, dorky, little guy.

    • Castiel: Thank you for coming.
      Sam: Spears and Aguilera?
      Castiel: I've noticed your aliases are usually the names of popular musicians.
      Dean: Wow.

    • Metatron: Just a second. (Gadreel comes in a second later)
      Gadreel: I gave you a second.
      Metatron: You are such an... angel sometimes.

    • Meta: And still--still, they're choosing him over me. I mean, sure, he's cute. And Castiel has this... simple charm. he's like a mentally deficient puppy. But I'm lovable. And funny. I made God laugh--twice!

    • Hannah: Sir, this morning Josiah wasn't at roll call.
      Sam: Uh, roll call? You hold, uh, roll call?
      Castiel: They like to hear me say their names.
      Dean: I know a couple of women like that.

    • Metatron: So, wait. You're turning me down because of... bowling?
      Tyrus: And I like being an independent operator. And I hear you're losing. And I hate your face.

    • Tessa: So, you're here. Why? You just love musical theater?
      Dean: Only if it's Fiddler.

    • Castiel: It's Enochian. I believe it's some sort of riddle. "Why is six afraid of seven?" Now, I assume it's because seven is a prime number, and prime numbers can be intimidating.

    • Metatron: Castiel, bet you're not happy to see me.
      Dean: Is anyone ever?
      Metatron: Dean, always with the B-grade '80s-action-movie wit.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1971 song Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, released on the band's untitled fourth album. The song runs 8:02, meaning that it was never released as a single because the band refused to cut it down to fit.

    • Sheriff: Agents Spears and Aguilera?
      Referencing famous modern-day pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

    • Dean: Only if it's Fiddler.
      Referencing the 1964 musical, based on the story Tevye and his Daughters, is set in Russia in 1905. It explores the life of a milkman, Tevye, whose daughters are wedding outside of his Jewish tradition while Tsarist pogroms threaten to evict Tevye's family from their lands.

    • Castiel: And the answer is the key, like the Doors of Durin in Lord of the Rings.
      Referencing Lord of the Rings, a fantasy novel series by J.R.R. Tolkein (and three movies based on it) concerning the adventures of a group comprised of humans, elves, and hobbits to destroy an evil ring. To destroy the ring, it must be cast into Mount Doom. The Fellowship must pass through the Dwarven city of Khazad-dum and to enter, they must solve the riddle on the doors.

    • Sam: "Only the penitent man shall pass."
      Referencing the 1989 movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy must pass three traps, and the first requires kneeling to avoid hidden blades that decapitate the unwary. The line Sam quotes is the solution to the trap.

    • Sam: Looks like he got "home alone"-ed.
      Referencing the 1990 American movie Home Alone when a young boy, Kevin, is stuck at home when his parents and siblings go on a trip and forget him. When two thieves break into his house, Kevin improvises a series of homemade booby-traps to keep them at bay. The movie inspired several sequels.

    • Metatron: Because at the end of the day, the only thing he cares about is himself and the Hardy Boys there.
      Referencing the well-known boy's mystery series penned by several writers under the pen name of Franklin W. Dixon, and featured in at least five different TV incarnations. The Hardy Boys are the brothers Frank and Joe, typically amateur detectives who solve crimes and help out their father.

    • Metatron: You start by building up a seemingly unbeatable enemy, like the Death Star.
      Referencing the 1977 science fiction movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the climactic scene, heroic Luke Skywalker is forced to fly his fighter in a suicide attack on the Death Star, the Empire's orbital planet-destroying weapon platform. He succeeds by accessing "the Force" for the first time.

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