Season 7 Episode 17

The Born-Again Identity

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 2012 on The CW



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dean: How're you feeling?
      Sam: Maybe you should cancel my UFC fight.
      Lucifer: Yeah, keep that sense of humor, Sam. It should get you through this.

    • Meg: So, Dean, what's poor dead Castiel doing in that junker out there?
      Dean: Christmas caroling.

    • Meg: You're an angel.
      Emanuel: I'm sorry? Is that a flirtation?
      Meg: No, it's a species.

    • Meg: Look, you got the juice. You can smite every demon in that lot.
      Emanuel: But I don't remember how.
      Dean: It's in there. I'm sure it's just like riding a bike.
      Emanuel: I don't know how to do that, either.

    • Dean: Look, man, I get it. She's not our friend. We don't even have friends. All our friends are dead.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title:

      Referencing the 1980 novel The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. The first in a trilogy of books, the novel chronicles the adventures of Jason Bourne, who wakes up on a trawler in the Mediterranean and discovers that he has retrograde amnesia. Bourne soon discovers that several groups want him dead, including the CIA. It was adapted into a TV movie in 1988 and a theatrical film in 2002.

    • Dean: It's not like the guy is freakin' Norman Bates.

      Referencing the 1960 movie Psycho, which initially chronicles the exploits of a secretary embezzling money from her employer. She hides at an isolated motel owned by Norman Bates, who likes to stuff animals. He claims to have a mother who lives in the house at the top of the hill, but it is eventually revealed that she is a figment of Norman's delusional mind, and he dresses up like her to kill anyone who offends "Mother."

    • Dean: Quit bein' Dali frickin' Yoda about this, okay?
      Referencing the wise Jedi Knight of the Star Wars universe. Originally voiced by Frank Oz, Yoda was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back and went on to appear in the subsequent sequels and prequels. Although he has a tendency toward complacency, he is considered the wisest of the Jedi.

    • Meg: Dean, Dean, Dean, you got some 'splanin' to do.

      Referencing the line commonly associated with I Love Lucy (1951-57), when Ricky (Desi Arnaz) would supposedly say this to Lucy when he's discovered that she's up to something. In fact, the specific line "Lucy, you got some 'splanin' to do." was never spoken in any episode, although Ricky did say somewhat similar lines.

    • Meg: That was beautiful, Clarence.

      Referencing the 1946 movie It's a Wonderful Life, based on The Greatest Gift (1939) by Philip van Doren Stern. Clarence Odbody is the guardian angel assigned to George Bailey to show the man that his life is worth living. In return, Clarence receives his wings at the end of the movie. Meg used the same allusion in Season 6 in "Caged Heat."