Season 8 Episode 14

Trial and Error

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2013 on The CW



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dean: I haven't had my own room... ever. I'm making this awesome. I've got my kickass vinyl. I've got this killer mattress. Memory foam--it remembers me. And it's clean, too. There's no funky smell. There's no creepy motel stains. (Sam drops a gum wrapper on the floor) Really?
      Sam: Sorry.

    • Dean: Look, I'm gonna feel dirty saying this, but you might want a salad and a shower.

    • Sam: So, what--God wants us to take the SATs?
      Kevin: Yes. Uh, He works in mysterious ways.
      Dean: Yeah, mysterious douchey ways.

    • Ellie: And, well, her last album was a bunch of holiday songs for dogs. My favorites were "Jingle Bark Rock" and "Don't Pee on This Tree: Happy Arbor Day."
      Dean: So she's the Devil?
      Ellie: Pretty much.

    • Dean: (cooking) Impressed?
      Ellie: I do like a man who can handle his meat.

    • Dean: (to a hellhound) Oh, so you're Crowley's bitch. I guess pets do really look like their owners.

  • Notes

    • Music: I Touch Myself (Divynils)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 17, 2013 on SPACE
      Australia: February 25, 2013 on ELEVEN
      Norway: April 12, 2013 on FEM
      August 14, 2013 on Sky Living
      Finland: December 11, 2014 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • Sam: Trials, uh, like, Law & Order?
      Referencing the long-running TV franchise, created by Dick Wolf starting in 1990 with Law & Order. There have been three spinoffs since then, with episodes often drawing on headline-grabbing real-life crimes as the basis for its fictionalized plots.

    • Dean: Get between him and Clifford the big dead dog.
      Referencing the gigantic (25') tall) red dog, Clifford the Big Red Dog, first published in a series of books in 1963 written by Norman Bridwell. Initially a runt, Clifford grows to giant thanks to the love of his young owner, Emily Elizabeth. The books were made into an animated PBS series starting in 2000.

    • Dean: Well, let's go visit the Beverly Hillbillies.
      Referencing the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, the grizzled patriarch of the hillbilly family. When he finds "oil in them there hills," he moves his family to Beverly Hills and comedy hijinks ensue.

    • Cindy: Keep it coming, Ken Doll.
      Referencing the Mattel doll, Ken (aka Ken Sean Carson), perpetual boyfriend/husband/significant other to Barbie (Barbara Millicent Roberts) since 1961.

    • Dean: Do not let J.R. and the gang out of your sight.
      Referencing the primetime TV soap opera Dallas (1978-1991, CBS), which features the rivalry between two Texas families, the Ewings and the Barneses. J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was the oldest son and the one responsible for most of the scheming and backstabbing among both families. The series was continued on TNT in 2012.

    • Ellie: The whole Clark Kent look.
      Referencing the secret identity of Superman, the comic book character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics #1 (June 30, 1938). Arguably the most recognized comic book character in the world, Baby Kal-El was rocketed from the doomed planet Krypton, landed on Earth, and gains superpowers under the yellow sun. Assuming the identity of mild-mannered Clark Kent, Superman fights a neverending battle for Truth, Justice, and the American way, and has appeared on radio, television, cinema, video games, and novels among other media.

    • Dean: See, I get Old Yeller out there.
      Referencing the novel of the same name by Fred Gipson (1956), subsequently made into a Disney movie in 1957. Old Yeller is a Labrador Retriever/Mastiff adopted by a young boy, Travis. When Old Yeller is bitten by a rabid wolf, Travis is forced to shoot his beloved dog in a tearjerking scene.

    • Dean: See if I can't gank Huckleberry Hound.
      Referencing the animated blue-furred Southern-accented dog created by Hanna-Barbera in 1957 and originally voiced by Daws Butler. He first appeared on TV in The Huckleberry Hound Show as the featured character, but later teamed up with other Hanna-Barbera characters such as Yogi Bear on a variety of programs.

    • Dean: If Landshark comes knocking, you call me.
      Referencing the sketch character from Saturday Night Live, played by Chevy Chase. Described as "the cleverest of all sharks," the Land Shark's modus operandi involves going up to young women's apartments, posing as a plumber, delivery man, door-to-door salesman, dolphin, etc. They would inevitably open the door and be eaten. The Land Shark first appeared in a parody of the original Jaws movie, in SNL's first season.

    • Noah: We're the damn Waltons.
      Referencing the 1970s TV show The Waltons. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The signature scene that closed each episode was the voice-overs, where each character bids the other good-night: "Good night, Mary-Ellen." "Good night, Jim-Bob." "Good night, Elizabeth." "Good night, Ben," etc., until the last good-night from John Walton, Sr. to his son: "Good night, John-Boy." "Good night, everyone." The show ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981.