5.05 Fallen Idols

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Title Fallen Idols
Episode # Season 5, Episode 5
First aired October 8, 2009
Directed by James L. Conway
Written by Julie Siege
On IMDB Fallen Idols
Outline Sam and Dean investigate what appears to be the deaths of people at the hands of celebrities.
Monster Leshii
Timeline Three weeks after 5.04 The End
Location(s) Canton, Ohio
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean are reunited and on the hunt again. They reach a small town and investigate a string of very strange murders. A man who has found James Dean's car "Little Bastard" is found dead as if he has been involved in a major car crash. Another man is murdered by someone who looks just like Abraham Lincoln. Suspecting that the murders are the work of famous ghosts, the boys do research at the local wax museum where Sam is attacked by what seems to be the ghost of Mahatma Gandhi. Shortly afterwards, two girls report to the police that their friend was kidnapped by Paris Hilton, which leaves the brothers speechless. After finding peculiar seeds in the victims' stomachs, they break into the museum's construction area where they do find Paris Hilton—who is in fact a pagan god in disguise, trying to settle down after its old home, a deep forest in Eastern Europe, has been cut down. By touching their possessions, the god can turn itself into famous people and kill their fans in order to feed on their blood. While fighting the Leshii, Dean references Padalecki's and Hilton's role in House of Wax, saying he has never seen it. In the end, Sam kills "Paris Hilton" with an iron axe. Before leaving town, Dean tells Sam that starting the Apocalypse isn't his fault alone as he himself has broken the first seal and that they shouldn't think about the whole vessel thing too much but instead fight together.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Sixteen" by Lucero
(plays at the bar, when Dean calls Sam)
  • "Superstition" by Beck, Bogert & Appice
(plays over the "Soon" preview)

Quotes

Dean: Dude suffers a head-on collision in a parked car? I'd say that's worth checking out.

Sam: Yeah, definitely, uh, but, uh, we got bigger problems, don't you think?

Dean: I'm sure the Apocalypse'll still be there when we get back.
Dean: Hey, world's smallest violin, pal, I spent the afternoon up Christine's skirt. I needed a drink.
Dean: So we got Abraham Lincoln, and James Dean? Famous ghosts?

Sam: Maybe.

Dean: Well that's just silly.
Dean: So you're saying we've got two super-famous, super-pissed-off ghosts killing their... super-fans?

Sam: That's what it looks like.

Dean: Well, that is muchos loco.
Wax Museum Owner: This? This is nothing. I've been working on a new collection of figures. Stuff that'll really wow the kids.

Dean: The kids?

Wax Museum Owner: Yeah, Gen Y. Computer games, cell phones, sexting. They're just fads. I'm gonna make wax museums hip again.
Dean: Four score and seven years ago, I had a funny hat.

Sam: Dean.

Dean: We can't have any fun with this?
Dean: Let me get this straight. Your, uh, ultimate hero was not only a short man in diapers, but he was also a fruitarian?

Sam: That's not the point.

Dean: That is good. That is—even for you, that is good.
Dean: Paris Hilton's not dead as far as we know, right?

Sam: Pretty sure, no.
Dean: Which means it's not a—
Sam: Ghost. No.
Dean: So, what? Paris Hilton is a homicidal maniac—

Sam: Or we missed something.
Dean: Not a word.

Sam: Dude. You just got whaled on by Paris Hilton!

Dean: Shut up.
Sam: Maybe I am on deck for the Devil, maybe same with you and Michael, maybe there's no changing that.

Dean: Well that's encouraging.
Sam: But, we can stop wringing our hands over it. We gotta just grab onto whatever's in front of us, kick its ass, and go down fighting.
Dean: I can get on board with that.

Sam: Okay. But we're gonna have to do it on the same level.

Trivia & References

Dean: Agents Bonham and Copeland.
Bonham is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, an alias Dean has used before. Stewart Copeland was the drummer for The Police, as well as an influential film score composer.
Dean: And how exactly did Jim slam Cal into a windshield with all the force of an eighty-mile-per-hour crash?
James Dean, whose cursed car "Little Bastard" is featured in this episode, played the character of Jim Stark in the film Rebel Without a Cause and the character of Cal Trask in the film East of Eden.
Sam: Is this like Christine?
Christine is a novel by Stephen King (made into a John Carpenter movie of the same name) about a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
Dean: That is—that is so funny, because, I am actually an agent for William Morris Endeavor.
William Morris Endeavor is an American talent agency.
Sheriff Carnegie: Well, CIA, NSA, one o' them trained assassins, like in Michael Clayton.
In Michael Clayton, lawyer Arthur Edens is killed by professional hit men.
In the movie Fight Club the narrator and Tyler Durden discuss which historical figures they would fight. They pick Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln respectively.
Sam: Gandhi was a great man.

Dean: For a smurf.

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian revolutionary who advocated for non-violent resistance to British rule in India.
Smurfs are fictional small, blue, humanoid, animated creatures.
Wax Museum Owner: We got a bunch of stuff. Uh, Gandhi's bifocals, FDR's iron lung. This (gestures to his jacket).

Sam: And who did that belong to?
Wax Museum Owner: The Fonz. Seasons two through four.

"FDR" was Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.
An iron lung is a mechanical respirator used in the treatment of polio patients.
"The Fonz" was the nickname for Happy Days character, Fonzie.
Dean: I'll go grab East of Eden's keychain.
James Dean starred in the 1955 film East of Eden.
Sam: How long am I gonna be on double-secret probation?
In the movie Animal House Dean Vernon Wormer is trying to remove the Delta fraternity from campus due to repeated conduct violations. Since they are already on probation, he puts the Deltas on "Double Secret Probation."
When Sam is researching the seeds he found in the victim's stomach, the webpage on his laptop screen is research from the "Global Seed Bank". The Global Seed Vault is a facility in Svalbard, Norway which provides long-term storage of many different seeds to provide security of the world's food supply against the loss of seeds in genebanks due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts, war, sabotage, disease and natural disasters.
Dean: I guess these days nobody gives a flying crap about some backwoods-forest god, huh?

Leshii: No, not since they cut down my forest to build a Yugo plant.

Yugo was a brand of car manufactured from 1980-2008 in Serbia.
Leshii: You people used to have old-time religion. Now you have Us Weekly.

Dean: I don't know, I'm more of a Penthouse Forum man myself.

Us Weekly is a weekly celebrity and entertainment magazine.
Penthouse Forum features letters of unlikely sexual encounters that invariably begin "I never thought this would happen to me…"
Dean: Well I hate to break it to you, sister, but, uh...you can't eat me. See, I'm not a Paris Hilton BFF. I've never even seen House of Wax.
Paris Hilton's My New BFF is a reality show where fans of the heiress compete to become her new friend.
Jared and Paris co-starred in the 2005 remake of House of Wax.
Dean: Danielle's gonna be all right. She's sworn off The Simple Life, but other than that...
The Simple Life was a reality show following Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as they tried out manual, low-paid jobs.

Minutiae

This episode filmed from August 18th - 27th, 2009
Paris tweets during filming the episode.
The bar Dean drinks in is the Green Dragon Tavern - "Hospitality for the weary traveler".
Consuela: No puedo vivir aquí. Necesito mi familia. Me voy ahora. Me voy a la casa. No—me voy a la casa en El Salvador ahora.
I cannot live here. I need my family. I want to go now. I want to go home. No—I want to go to home in El Salvador now.

Consuela: Estaba sacando la basura. Miré por la ventana y vi al hombre que mató al Señor Hill!

I was taking out the garbage. I looked through the window and I saw the man who killed Mr. Hill!

Sam: Uh, Señora Alvarez. Calmarse, por favor. Díga nos lo que vio?

Mrs. Alvarez. Calm yourself, please. Tell us what you saw?
Sam's translation of the rest is accurate, except that Consuela said 'mustache,' not 'beard.'
Sam and Dean stay in room 137 of the Nite Owl motel.
Anja Savcic, who played Paris Hilton Fan #2 who played Reese in 11.08 Just My Imagination.
Ben Edlund tweeted that "No joke this ep was in some part the result of my room pitch: guy in bathroom at Mt. Vernon museum has no TP and is forced to wipe with a one-dollar bill and gets HAUNTED by the vengeful spirit of George Washington

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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Paris on set.jpg




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