Season 6 Episode 3

The Third Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2010 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

While Heaven remains in a state of disarray, Sam, Dean, and Castiel come face-to-face with an old foe when they attempt to track down the thief who stole the Staff of Moses from an arsenal of God's weapons in order to kill several police officers with the plagues of Egypt.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Awesome.

    I reiterate: This is the best show ever. The first episode of the 6th season had me a tiny bit worried but I figured great things were in store when I watched it again and realized that the problem with it was that it moved too fast (not enough answers). In my opinion that meant that they wanted to set the stage and set the stage fast rather than muddle through it - to get to the good stuff - and the last two episodes have been 'good stuff!', with this episode being one of the best in the entire series.

    I think the low scores on this series here on, are because simply, we have become used to this series being THAT good, and so when we get a hamburger instead of the steak fare we are used to with it, we don't appreciate the hamburger in all it's yumminess. As for me, I'll take even the low-scoring episodes. This is the ONLY show I watch on TV and have even decided that it is worth giving up my Friday evenings for.moreless
  • See Summary

    The Third Man was a Superb episode of Supernatural. It had some awesome action, difinitive drama, and familiar foes. This episode saw the return of Angels from past seasons, and some thought dead. There was chaos in Heaven after the apocolypse was thwarted, and some one stole mighty weapons from the heavenly arsenal. This was the main focus of the episode. It is basically a free for all, and souls are the valued commodity. He who has many souls shall have much power among Heaven and Earth. It looks like there is a return to the Supernatural we have known and loved. I hope the season continues on doing well!moreless
  • No highs and no lows.

    No highs and some lows again in this episode. Too much soft, wuss Dean. Too much what's-wrong-with-Sam. Too much leftover apocalypse. Too little brother chemistry. The brother's bond is gone. The lack of chemistry between Jared and Jensen, which is an unintended consequence of the brilliant idea of a role reversal IMO, comes from the two actors having to change their portrayal of the characters first introduced and played for five years. They are working hard at it and it shows. I think that is the reason the show feels 'off,' and missing the old spark of previous seasons, and it showed this episode.

    Having Misha introduce the story at the end of VD clearly lets the fans know that this story is no longer about two's two brothers, angels, and a gaggle of family and friends.

    I guess the road trip part of the series is over, as the boys are staying in a little more upscale hotels, rather than the backroad rundown motels they used to use. Sam has enough money for high-end prostitutes, so they don't have to worry about hustling pool, running credit card scams, or playing poker. Maybe Lisa is wiring Dean money for gas.

    So, no highs, some lows, and pretty boring all around.moreless
  • A much better episode then the first two!

    I think I'm bleeding. Nuff said. As nasty as this scene was, I thought it was hilarious. Supernatural has not creeped me out in forever, but this episode sure had some nasty scenes in it, darn... This episode was both hilarious, messed up and nasty. The angles are back, but we find out it's all gone wrong, well we definitely can see that now. I actually really enjoyed this episode, and it seems we now have a pretty bad situation brewing. I guess the brothers just never get a break? Things seem worse than ever now, which really sucks because you think that Lucifer rising and trying to bring the end of the world was as bad as it could get. I hope they take this story and end it well, so far a lot of things have been thrown into the pot, nothing really solid has come out yet though.moreless
  • Castiel returns

    I didn't hate the premiere. I didn't hate last week. But as I was watching the second episode I began to think I'm not just feeling it anymore. That urge to watch Supernatural that was so strong last year. The main problem was... Lisa and Ben. They are boring, and they are making Dean boring. Everytime Lisa is on screen, I stiffle a yawn. But then I think... that's the point!!! It shows just how much Dean dosen't belong in that life. He's a hunter, through and through. Now, I think that was a little bit harsh. How have the writers tried to follow the whole Lucifer heavy (well, sort of) season 5? Several plot points at once. The creepy Campbells and the even creepier Samuel are collecting monsters for something. It also looks like we haven't seen the last of that uber scary shape shifter. Sam's return is shrouded in mystery and now, to top it off, Angels are at War. Shove in Crowley's impending return and I can see what the writers are doing; creating several plot strands that will all intertwine. And I'm damn well excited!!! Sure its taken a while to set things up but this episode really made me feel like the show's getting back onto the amazing track of the previous season. Castiel's return of course helped that hugely; nice to see him in full power, kicking ass. Raphel is also a welcome return but of course it all comes down to the two Brothers. It's taken 3 episodes but now they're finally back in the Impala together. Yay!!!

    All in all, I'm starting to enjoy season 6 and I'm loving the plot strands they are setting up. I think in a small way some fans were detirmined to hate this season, which isn't fair. Just get rid of Lisa and Ben soon... and give us more Castiel!!!moreless
Julia Voth

Julia Voth

Sam's Prostitute

Guest Star

Justin Reinsilber

Justin Reinsilber

Ed Colfax

Guest Star

Todd Mann

Todd Mann

Gerald Hatch

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Recurring Role

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson

Lisa Braeden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dean: Still driving the plastic piece of crap, huh?
      Sam: What's your mileage again?
      Dean: Shut up.

    • Sam: Were you, uh... racing me?
      Dean: No. I was kicking your ass.
      Sam: Very mature.

    • Dean: Well, let's give it a shot. Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to Castiel to get his feathery ass down here.
      Sam: You're an idiot.
      Dean: Stay positive.
      Sam: Oh, I am positive

    • Sam: (as Castiel teleports in) Like I said, the son of a bitch doesn't answer... he's right behind me, isn't he?

    • Castiel: You think I came because you called? I came because of this.
      Dean: Oh, well, it's nice to know what matters.
      Castiel: It does help one to focus.

    • Castiel: There's only one thing that could have brought this into existence. You call it the Staff of Moses.
      Sam: The Staff?
      Castiel: It was used in a dominance display against the Egyptians, as I recall.
      Dean: Yeah, that would make the papers.
      Sam: But I thought the staff, like, turned a river into blood, not one dude.
      Castiel: The weapon isn't being used at full capability. I think we can rule Moses out as a suspect.

    • Castiel: We must find the weapon that did this. I need your help.
      Sam: That's rich. Really.
      Castiel: Sam, Dean, my "people skills" are "rusty." Pardon me, but I have spent the last year as a multidimensional wavelength of celestial intent.

    • Castiel: If the angel we seek truly bought this boy's soul, when a claim is laid on a living soul, it leaves a mark, a brand.
      Sam: What, like a--like a shirt tag at camp?
      Castiel: I have no idea.

    • Dean: Too many angels, Cass! I don't know who's on first, what's on second.
      Castiel: What is "second"?
      Dean: Don't start that.

    • Castiel: What... is all this? What are you doing?
      Balthazar: Whatever I want. This morning I had a menage a... what's the French word for 12?

    • Balthazar: Same thing happened to Lot's wife. Iodize the poor sucker, and your kitchen's stocked for life.

    • Balthazar: Holy fire. You hairless ape! Release me!
      Dean: First you're taking your marker off of Aaron Birch's soul.
      Balthazar: Am I?
      Dean: Sam!
      Sam: Unless you like your wings extra crispy, I'd think about it.
      Balthazar: Castiel, I stood for you in Heaven. Are you gonna let...?
      Castiel: I believe the hairless ape has the floor.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: January 21, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: March 18, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on Sky LIVING
      Spain: September 19, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: December 4, 2012 on Sub


    • Title:
      References the 1949 British film The Third Man. The film stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. Set in a recovering Vienna after World War II, it follows American writer Holly Martins as he tries to find his friend Harry Lime who has offered him work. However, upon arriving he finds that his friend recently died in a car accident. As he delves deeper into his friend's accident, he discovers that all is not what it seems.

    • Dean: Lookin' sharp, Kojak.
      Referencing the bald New York police detective, Theo Kojak, played by actor Telly Savalas in the TV series of the same name. The Greek detective is best known for his habit of sucking on lollipops to fight the urge to smoke, and his catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" The show had a short-lived revival/remake in 2005.

    • Dean: What is Chuck Heston's disco stick doing down here, anyway?
      Referencing the 1956 movie The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston plays Moses, who inflicts the ten plagues on the Pharaoh and leads his people out of Egypt.

    • Dean: I don't know who's on first, what's on second.
      Referencing the classic vaudeville Abbott & Costello comedy routine. The comedy duo first performed the routine during a tour in 1937, went on to do it on radio on The Kate Smith Hour in March 1938, and performed it in their movie debut in One Night in the Tropics (1940). They also performed the routine in The Naughty Nineties (1945) in what is considered their finest recorded rendition. The routine is based off the confusion caused by a baseball team where all of the players have names that are brief statements (Who, What, I Don't Know, Why, Because, Tomorrow, Today). Abbott tries to explain that Who is the first baseman, confusing Costello who keeps asking "Who's on first?" and being told "Yes."

    • Dean: I was expecting more Dr. No, less Liberace.
      Dr. No is the villain in the 1958 James bond novel of the same name, written by Ian Fleming. Although it is Fleming's sixth novel, it was the first movie (in 1962). Liberace (1919-1987) is the famous entertainer and pianist, known for his gaudy and overly expensive lifestyle.