Season 4 Episode 18

The Monster at the End of This Book

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 2009 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Despite his intimate knowledge of the Winchesters, and the fact that in several of his visions their faces are shown, Chuck doesn't recognize Sam and Dean on sight when they arrive at his doorstep.

    • Chuck asks if they had to live through the ghost ship. However, "Red Sky at Morning" wasn't one of the 24 published books. No explanation is given for why Chuck didn't publish that book (or any of the other 35 missing titles from the list of books seen), even though Dean says they cover "everything."

    • Trivia: When Sam and Dean force their way into the Chuck's house, you can see a couple of action figures that closely resemble Green Lantern, a DC Comics superhero, near the ceiling.

  • Quotes

    • Dean: (reading a Supernatural book) This is freakin' insane. How does this guy know all this stuff?
      Sam: You got me.
      Dean: Everything is in here. I mean everything, from the racist truck to me having sex. I'm full frontal in here, dude.

    • Sam: Well, we're hoping that our article can... shine a light on an underappreciated series.
      Sera: Yeah! Yeah, because, you know, if we got a little bit of good press, then maybe we could start publishing again!
      Dean: No, no, no, no. God no. I mean, why, why would you want to do that? You know, it's uh...such a complete series. What with Dean going to Hell and all.
      Sera: Oh my God, that was one of my favorite ones because Dean was so... strong and sad and brave. And Sam... oh, I mean the best parts are when they cry, you know, like in... like in "Heart." When Sam had to kill Madison, the first woman since Jessica he really loved. And in "Home," when Dean had to call John and ask him for help. If only real men were so open and in touch with their feelings.
      Dean: Real men?
      Sera: Oh... I mean, no offense. How often do you cry like that, hmm?
      Dean: Well, right now I'm crying on the inside.
      Sera: Is that supposed to be funny?
      Dean: Lady, this whole thing is funny.

    • Dean: There's Sam girls and Dean girls. And what's a slash fan?
      Sam: As in... Sam slash Dean. Together.
      Dean: Like... together together?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: They do know we're brothers, right?
      Sam: It doesn't seem to matter.
      Dean: Ah, come on. That's... that's just sick.

    • Chuck: Look, uh, I appreciate your enthusiasm. Really, I do. It's always nice to hear from a fan. But for your own good I strongly suggest you get a life.

    • Dean: I'm sitting in a laundromat reading about myself sitting in a laundromat reading about myself. My head hurts.

    • Dean: (reading) "Sam turned his back on Dean. His face brooding and pensive." I mean, I don't know how this guy is doing it but this guy is doing it. I can't see your face but those are definitely your pensive and brooding shoulders. (Sam pauses) You just thought I was a dick.
      Sam: This guy's good.

    • Dean: It frustrates me when you say such reckless things.
      Sam: Well, it frustrates me when you'd rather hide than fight.

    • Dean: Behave yourself, would you? No homework. Watch some porn.

    • Chuck: I am the prophet Chuck!
      Lilith: You've got to be joking.

    • Zachariah: Where are you going?
      Chuck: To go kill myself.
      Zachariah: Don't be melodramatic, Chuck. We'd only bring you back to life.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 17, 2009 on ITV2
      Denmark: May 31, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: July 6, 2009 on Channel TEN
      Norway: July 23, 2009 on FEM
      Portugal: August 24, 2009 on AXN
      Sweden: October 11, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Spain: December 28, 2009 on AXN
      Germany: January 25, 2010 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Poland: June 11, 2010 on TVN7
      New Zealand: June 16, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: September 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: April 4, 2013 on Markiza

    • The list of published Supernatural titles has several real-life anomalies. The pilot episode is renamed simply "Supernatural." "Dead in the Water" is missing. After "Shadows" there are many episodes missing. Only three episodes from season 2 and five episodes from season 3 are listed.

    • The usual post-teaser sequence is replaced with shots from the book covers of the Supernatural series.

    • Injoke: "Carver Edlund" is a composite of two crew members: executive story editor Jeremy Carver and co-executive producer Ben Edlund. "Sera Siege" is a composite of supervising producer Sera Gamble and executive story editor Julie Siege (who also co-wrote the episode). Chuck's hometown of "Kripke's Hollow" references series creator Eric Kripke.

  • Allusions

    • Dean: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut, or Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut?

      Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was an American author. Slaughterhouse Five (1969) is a novel about a fictional soldier, Billy Pilgrim, who begins to experience time non-linearly. He is captured by the Germans during World War II and witnesses the horrific firebombing of Dresden, which Vonnegut experienced in real life. Cat's Cradle (1963) is a satirical novel about religion, politics, and the arms race, set primarily in a fictional Caribbean island nation.

    • Castiel: You should have seen Luke
      Referencing one of the four Evangelists.

    • Publisher: He's very private, like Salinger.
      Referencing J.D. Salinger, the author of the 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye. Salinger was a very reclusive and private person.

    • Chuck: Is this some kind of Misery thing?
      Referencing the 1987 novel by Stephen King. In it an obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, captures Paul Sheldon, author of the Misery Gothic romance novels. She alternately praises and tortures him into writing a new novel featuring her beloved character. she insists she's Sheldon's "Number One Fan." The novel was made into a movie in 1990.

    • Chuck: That's like M. Night-level douchiness.
      Referencing M. Night Shyamalan, famous writer and director of such movies as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), and Lady in the Water (2006), known for both his twist endings and a tendency to write himself into his own movies as a character.

    • Agents DeYoung and Shaw
      Referencing Dennis DeYoung, founding member and vocalist and Tommy Shaw, guitarist for the rock band Styx. Styx was the first band to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.

    • Title:
      References The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone. In it Grover tries to warn the reader not to read further because there is a monster at the end.

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