Season 9 Episode 22

Stairway to Heaven

Aired Wednesday 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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  • Probably an overdose of angels this week

    Probably an overdose of angels this week, but still an entertaining episode. Missed Crowley!
  • Dean is the best!!!

    Dean is not a jerk and he was great as always . And who said they would punch him are dumb. Anyway dean was great and glad he killed Tessa cause she was lame.
  • Oh Dean.

    Of course I love every last bit of all episodes. Dean has always been my favorite cause the character matches my personality, without the killing thing. Totally don't kill people lol. After the the mark and blade, Dean pisses me off. Still love the dude, but he's a complete ass hat right now. Makes me wanna punch his face. Just sayin. :-p Anyhow, I know he'll be normal again so for my relationship to the character, he's still my favorite Jerk. <3 Love the show.moreless
  • Self-Righeous Man

    What exactly are they playing at? Am I supposed to root for Dean? Feel sorry for him? He has always been demaged. Which I fully blame John for. And he is a bit of a jerk. But now, when all the good in him is stripped away and only the worst is to see, he doesn't paint a pretty picture. And I want him to take a look at himself. Not to feel guilt but to understand and accept the wrongs. I always hope he will. That the writing will. But they never do. It is making it really hard for me to stay behind the character. And I know part of it is the Mark. But the reason I believe Dean enjoyed Purgatory is because it was uncomplicated, black and white. So unlike his life. And the Mark is giving him this feeling again. And that scares me.

    Metatron is a really interestign villain, on the other hand. He is enjoyable in a disturbing way. Curtis Armstrong is doing such a wonderful job with him.

    Poor Sam. I would have punched Dean so many times already this season. I feel like he is almost completly resigned at this point.

    And Cas. He is so very much trying to do good. To live up to the trust people, angels put in him. I hope he gets his own grace back. I too hope he lives to see Metatron fall.

    It was an interesting episode. I really enjoyed the lady angel calling Dean out. Because while I don't think he is a bad person, the show rarely aknowledges the Winchesters hypocrisy. Sometimes it almost feels like they should have called him the Self righteous man.

    And Gadreel better survives or I'm gonna be the one to kick Dean's ass to hell and back.moreless
  • Nicely done!

    The war with the angels is finally making sense! It's started moving again, and now I can actually follow what's happening. I like the fact that they ended one of their season plots a few episodes ago, and tackled the other two in one episode!

    I really enjoyed the switching sides of the angels. Now the boys really have a problem on their hands, and they aren't just dumping a season plot onto one rarely seen Castiel. Team free will is reunited again. Things may end tragically, but that's what Supernatural is all about, right? Tearing our hearts out by killing our favorite characters off? Fingers crossed that all goes well in the next episode.

    I thought this episode had exceptionally wonderful acting from every corner. The angels were heavenly and mysterious, I could feel Dean's anger and violence in front of me, Castiel was a wonderful leader, but even I wanted to join Metatron's side. His underdog angle scheme is working on me! Although the boys always bring me back around.

    I absolutely love hating Dean. I can't stand his character, and I love it. I want to help him, but he infuriates me with his bursts of violence, and that's exactly what the writers and director are going for. Jensen makes Dean come alive, and the way they're taking the story has my mind wrapped around him. The mark of Cain is eating away at his soul, and it's such an intriguing transformation to see that I have to give the show props for it.

    This episode had me yelling at the screen and jumping up and down at the ending (because I called it about five seconds before it happened) and I thinks it's a great reflection of this not so great season. It's doing the whole season justice, and I'm glad it went where it did. I'm dreading the last episode until next fall, but I can't wait to watch it as soon as I possibly can!moreless
Lindsey McKeon

Lindsey McKeon


Guest Star

Erica Carroll

Erica Carroll


Guest Star

Malcolm Masters

Malcolm Masters


Guest Star

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong


Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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)


    • 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.