Season 6 Episode 22

The Man Who Knew Too Much

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

While the war in Heaven draws to a final battle, Sam's memories of his time in Hell resurface, and Dean and Bobby can only watch as the younger Winchester's psyche shatters.

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  • Ran out of steam

    Disappointingend to a very good season. Left the season in suspense which is extremelyformulaic. For once I'd really appreciate this show going back to what made it great (season 1-5). With previews of the upcoming season already public, this looks to be the case.

    Castiel is great. Glad they didnt get rid of him by actually giving him a bigger role. Now that he is considered a star of the show, many new plot points will be good for this show.moreless
  • He just said that...

    Castiel, oh Castiel. I was laughing at the very end of this episode. 'Bow down and profess your love' trying to imagine Dean, Sam, or Bobby doing that just left me with giggles. Also the entire contradictory- "I am a better god. So I will kill you if you don't listen to oxymoron left me rather speechless. It's safe to say that Castiel fell of the wagon. I love Castiel so I am excited to see what happens next, but I feel as if they made him a bit too insane for my likings. The episode however was great, even the duplicate Sam's was rather fantastic.moreless
  • Don't mess with Castiel

    Castiel has been my favorite character since his first appearance. I love how he had no human emotion but still went on with the group and slowly made his place. I liked his special relationship with Dean (we had had enough of DeanxSam) and the efforts he made in order to please him. His last action in season 5 ("Hey AssButt !") was wonderful and I was glad he as brought back.

    Now in my opinion, they should have had ended with season 5, because they couldn't do worst than the apocalypse, and I liked the final, with Dean starting a new apple pie life. Then they decided to make season 6 and I must admit I was really disapointed. There were a few episodes worth watching but that's all. I've been waiting for Sam's freaking wall to collapse and they wait for the finale to do it ?

    And I hated the two brothers (especially Dean) for the way they treated Castiel during this season. They only called him when they needed him and sent him back without even saying thanks. And when Dean turned his back on him, he kept saving his ass.

    So I wasn't shocked or angry about what certain people called "betrayal" I'm sorry but he did all that by himself and noone was there. Dean crawling back to him because he was scared ? Come on. How dare he say he's family when he's handled Sam's betrayals and can't help Cas with that ?

    So now, kneel before your new God !moreless
  • For Castiel

    I feel bad about dean in this past few episodes... everytime Castiel ask him to listen in his point about the arrangement between he and crowley. Dean should listen or atleast understand Castiel side, if he doesnt want the whole point of Castiel, atleast Dean should not treat Castiel as bad as Crowley..... All this time Castiel mind is overflow about many situation that he need to cope with in heaven and Dean's problem with Sam, Lisa and Ben. He always think for Dean and Sam's safe. Such a sweet angel I always longing for.

    Because of that, I felt pity for Cas. And I think he deserve what he had right now to be a new God.. atleast he proved to dean that he was right. Besides, compare to Raphael hes better than him.. he had a good intention to rule heaven. Imagine if Raphael wins? how come the Winchester Brother get safe? and how Cas can protect him without thing Cas had now.moreless
  • Whatever happened to the awesome show about two brothers? Sam and Dean were just a useless subplot here. And "God" is bad now?

    Sorry, but this was pretty terrible. When the episode starts, we get an overused memory loss storyline with Sam, then we figure out it's a dream of sorts. End result - Sam now remembers Hell. Plus his coma or whatever was meant to preoccupy Dean. Okay fine, but that was a big chunk of the episode wasted on useless dream events, especially since we were led to think Sam would be a complete mess if his wall was destoryed (meaning all that suspenseful build-up earlier in the season was a waste). At least the bartender was hot.

    Castiel decides to go psycho, killing off Bobby's ex (yeah she's not human but still), then breaking his deal with Crowley (who's still great comic relief thankfully). He also kills Balthazar -- and why? Oh, just because he helped Sam and Dean. Umm, can he stop killing angels?

    Meanwhile, Bobby and Dean are being useless, eventually making their way to where Castiel is going to open the purgatory portal. But then their car gets flipped over and they're more useless. That is until they get inside the building and do more nothing, joined by Sam who also does nothing, other than stabbing Castiel, but that doesn't work anyways.

    So since the stars of the show did nothing, on to what actually mattered. Castiel tricked Crowley and Raphael (awesome actress by the way), then opened the portal on his own to absorb all the souls. Then he came back and killed Raphael...but let Crowley go. Okay? And to make things even more ridiculous, we're told that Castiel didn't die from Sam's stabbing because he's their new "God". So we're supposed to either believe that 1) Castiel was right in his ways (meaning the brothers are wrong), or 2) he's gone crazy and thinks he's God and needs to be stopped. Sorry but both of those sound ridiculous to me...which is exactly why the show was supposed to end after Season 5's amazing finale. I used to love this show...oh well, more bad storylines are on the way!moreless
Erica Cerra

Erica Cerra


Guest Star

Kim Johnston Ulrich

Kim Johnston Ulrich

Dr. Eleanor Visyak

Guest Star

Lanette Ware

Lanette Ware


Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard


Recurring Role

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Sam runs through the woods, he draws his gun. In the next shot, it disappears from his right hand. When comes around a tree, the gun is back in his hand. Finally, when he crouches down by the stream, the gun disappears again.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sam: I mean, it's all pretty spotty, you know. I just remember I was with--I was with two guys. One was like a male model type, and the other was an older guy.

    • Soulless Sam: My God. Am I really that gawky? Howdy.
      Sam: This is impossible.
      Soulless Sam: Cold, try again.
      Sam: I'm, uh, I'm hallucinating.
      Soulless Sam: Warmer. But see, normally you're awake when you're tripping balls.
      Sam: I'm dreaming?
      Soulless Sam: And someone just won a copy of the home game.

    • Sam: I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Soulless Sam: Why would you? You're Jello, pal, unlike me.
      Sam: What are you?
      Soulless Sam: I'm not handicapped. I'm not saddled with a soul. In fact, I used to skipper this meatboat for a while. Was smooth sailing. I was sharp, strong. That is, until they crammed your soul back in. Now look at you. Same misty-eyed milksop you always were. That's because souls are weak. They're a liability.

    • Crowley: Your Purgatory power shake, monsieur. Half monster, half virgin.
      Castiel: Thank you.
      Crowley: You seem even more constipated than usual. Maybe get you some colon blow?

    • Sam: Out there in the real world, I'm at Bobby's, aren't I?
      Hell Sam: How did you know?
      Sam: This whole time, I smelled nothing but Old Spice and whiskey.

    • Dean: Well, how the hell are we going to take out that many angels?
      Bobby: We don't. We'll ninja our way in.
      Dean: Awesome. Until they hear your knees squeak.
      Bobby: Shut up.
      Dean: Oh, now what, you got thin skin?
      Bobby: No, shut up.

    • Castiel: Consorting with demons. Thought that was beneath you.
      Raphael: Heard you were doing it. Sounded like fun.

    • Castiel: You can't imagine what it's like. They're all inside me. Millions upon millions of souls.
      Crowley: Sounds sexy. Exit stage Crowley.

    • Castiel: I'm your new God. A better one. So you will bow down, profess your love unto Me, Your Lord. Or I shall destroy you.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title:
      Referencing the 1934 Alfred Hitchcock movie about a British couple who learn of an assassination plot. Their daughter is abducted to force their silence, and the couple must go off on their own to rescue their child and stop the assassination attempt. Hitchcock remade his own movie in 1956, recasting the couple as Americans with a son rather than a daughter.

    • Robin: Well, I love what you've done to the place. It's very Beautiful Mind meets Se7en.
      Referencing first the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001), about real-life mathematician and cryptographer John Nash. And then Se7en (1995), a movie about a serial killer who uses the Seven Deadly Sins as themes to kill his victims.

    • Robin: Nice to meet you, Jimmy Page. And Neil Peart. And Angus Young.
      Referencing rock stars Jimmy Page with Led Zeppelin, Neil Peart with Rush, and Angus Young, lead guitarist of AC/DC.

    • Dean: You know, Dreamscape his noggin', something.
      Referencing the 1984 movie where Dennis Quaid plays a young psychic who has the ability to enter the "dreamscapes" of other people as they sleep and influence their dreams.

    • Dean: T. Rex, maybe?
      Referencing the scene in Jurassic Park (1993) when a T. Rex approaches a stranded vehicle in the park. The water in a glass on the dashboard vibrates as a Tyrannosaurus Rex approaches, in a manner similar to how the water in the puddle vibrates as Dean and Bobby hear the sound approaching them.