1.12 The Tears of a Clown

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Title The Tears of a Clown
Episode # Season 1, Episode 12
First aired February 28, 2023
Directed by Menhaj Huda
Written by David H. Goodman
On IMDB The Tears of a Clown
Monster Limbo the Clown
Location(s) Fort Wayne, Indiana
Lawrence, Kansas
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Dean: Hunting's a dishonest business, you gotta lie all the time; about who you are, what you do. But the hardest lies aren't the ones you tell other people, they're the ones you tell yourself.




  • "The Viper (A)" by Bill Novick & Paul Lenart (Sonoton Music)
(playing as Ada enters the Witches den)
  • "Everybody Loves a Clown" by Gary Lewis & the Playboys
(playing as the Monster Club walks the carnival grounds)
  • "The Scat" (Instrumental) by Trapper Schoepp
(playing while Ada plays poker with the witches)


Rowena: Ada Monroe? I heard about what you're after, and I can help for the right price.

Ada: Who are you?

Rowena: I'm your new best pal. My name is Rowena.
Mary: Well, sorry I'm too busy trying to save the world!

John: There it is Mary, the eternal excuse! I mean admit it -- the second your future got real, you did what you always do. Ok, you buried your head in the hunting sand so you wouldn't have to think about college or our relationship.
Mary: You know what? Think what you want, I don't have time for this.

John: And there you go, proving my point.
Ada: The demon wasn't part of our deal. Why do you even want it? Are you trying to play both sides against the middle here like --

Rowena: Dinnae get your knickers in a twist, hen. This has nothing to do with the Akrida, I can assure you. Your potted little hellraiser here has information about my son.
Ada: I have a son too. But just give me the magic you promised me, and I will let you take the plant and go.

Rowena: Or... what're you gonna do? Maybe those witches were right. Maybe you're not powerful enough to stop the Akrida. Or me for that matter.
Rowena: Now look who's trying to prove me wrong. I hate being wrong.
Carlos: You still wanna stand by your love of carnivals?
Lata: If we survive this, I'm never gonna eat cotton candy again!
Ada: Wait. Wait. You know when the queen is opening her portal?

Rowena: No, not exact details. I mean, I know she needs help -- something about an alignment of five planets, or --
Ada: I need the magic you promised me. Now.
Rowena: Ah, heroes. Here you are.
Ada: That's it? That's supposed to kill the queen?
Rowena: There is one more ingredient that needs to be added. The good news is, you don't have to go too far to get it. The bad news is, once you use it, you'll never be quite the same.
Ada: And why is that?

Rowena: Because the ingredient is right here, dearie. It's a piece of your own soul. If you survive this, Ada Monroe, look me up. You're more powerful than you know. And I have so much to teach you.
Lata: I have to ask. Do the two of you remember it, when you were clowns?

Mary: Yeah, all of it.
Lata: How terrifying.

Mary: Actually, it was kind of nice.
John: So, do you really mean that?

Mary: Didn't it feel good to you, not having to worry about our problems for a second, not have to worry about us?
John: Maybe. But it also made me realize that you were right. I have been ignoring things because it's easier than facing the truth. I'm sorry for that. I am also sorry for being so angry with you.
Mary: I guess I got kind of angry myself, you calling me a hypocrite and all. But you were right too. Thinking about the future is scary.

John: So are we good?
John: Mom, what are you doing here?

Millie: I thought you'd want to hear the good news. Betty and I found a witness who can attest that Kyle arrived at the garage after he made the 911 call saying he was already there. I talked to a lawyer. He said it's enough to clear you.
John: Thank you.

Millie: It'll be good to have you home after we stop by the Clubhouse. Ada's back -- says she's got something on the Akrida.
Millie: So what is all this stuff?

Ada: Star charts. I traded magic with a witch who told me that five planets have to be in alignment in order for the queen to open her portal, but I can't make heads or tails of when that's supposed to happen.
Lata: Maybe I can.
John: But there's still the problem of how to stop her. And the entire Akrida army.
Ada: That's where the trade came in. There's supposed to be enough magic in this crystal to kill the queen.
Carlos: Way to bury the lead there, Ada. That's incredible. How do you know that little crystal can do all that?
Ada: I guess I'm just that good.
Lata: And not a moment too soon.
Mary: Why?

Lata: According to this, the planetary alignment that the queen needs has already begun.

Trivia & References

The episode title is named after a 1970 song by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
Wally: Look... when it's your last night in town, you can do whatever you want, all right? You can play tiddlywinks for all I care. But... me? I want to have a night I can remember.
Tiddlywinks is a competitive parlour game. The objective is to flick as many small discs (each called a tiddlywink or wink) as possible into a container (the pot) by pressing on their edges with a larger disc (a shooter or squidger), causing them to jump up from the surface on which they are placed.
To "play tiddlywinks" can also figuratively mean to take part in a meaningless or unimportant activity.
Wally: Check out Bozo.
Bozo the Clown is a clown who became famous through television series and appearances starting in the 1940s.
Some aliases seen on Mary and John's slew of fake I.D.s as dean speaks are: "Cassie Elliot" (reference to the singer Mama Cass), "Karen Carpenter" (reference to singer Karen Carpenter of brother and sister duo The Carpenters), and "Mick Fleetwood" (reference to musician Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac).


Ruth Connell is the fifth Supernatural alum to make a guest appearance in The Winchesters, after Jensen Ackles, Gil McKinney, Richard Speight, Jr. and Rob Benedict.
"Everybody Loves a Clown" by Gary Lewis & the Playboys is used in the soundtrack, and 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown was the first episode of Supernatural to feature clowns.
Rowena: Your potted little hellraiser here has information about my son.
Rowena is, of course, referring to Crowley.

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