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|image= [[Image:Promo pic for 5.08.jpg|300px]]
|episode= Season 5, Episode 8
|firstaired= November 5, 2009
|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1511910/ Changing Channels]
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/changing-channels/id329061978?i=339033220 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VVHLOY Amazon.com]
When Sam and Dean get trapped in a series of TV shows, they suspect the work of the [[Trickster]].|motw= [[ Gabriel|Archangel Gabriel]]
|location= Wellington, Ohio
Sam and Dean investigate a death where the wife swears her husband was killed by
The Incredible Hulk. They soon work out that they are dealing with the [[Trickster]], but he manages to lure them into a trap and plant them into a series of TV shows including a hospital drama of which Dean is a fan (''[[Dr. Sexy M.D.]]''), a Japanese game show, an ad, and a sitcom. [[Castiel]] manages to appear at one point but is banished. When he reappears, Castiel is bloodied and bruised, and says he thinks it may be something more powerful than the Trickster - who appears and again banishes him. The Trickster says he is trying to drive home the lesson that they must play their roles as [[Michael]] and [[Lucifer]]'s vessels and finish the apocalypse even though it will destroy the Earth. Dean tries to find out which side the Trickster is on, but he denies he is allied with either [[Heaven]] or [[Hell]]. Sam and Dean continue in TV until, during a cop show, they think they spot the Trickster, and they stab him with a stake dipped in blood. But, while it momentarily appears things are back to normal, when Sam appears to have been transformed into the [[Impala]], it is obvious they aren't out. They've merely changed channels again. Finally, acting on a hunch, Dean sets a ring of [[ Holy Oil]] and entraps the Trickster, who reveals himself to be an [[ Archangel]] - [[Gabriel]].Gabriel reveals he left Heaven and took on his disguise as the Trickster because he couldn't bear his father ([[God]]) and brothers (Lucifer, Michael, and the other angels) fighting. He says that Sam and Dean are destined to be the vessels, because they mirror the relationship between Michael and Lucifer. Dean is like Michael - the loyal son obeying the absent father - and Sam is like Lucifer - the rebellious son. He says it has always been predestined.
Dean gets Gabriel to bring [[Castiel]] back, and then they leave after setting off the fire sprinklers so Gabriel will be released eventually.
* [[Dean Winchester]]
Gabriel]] aka the [[ Trickster]]
* [[Incredible Hulk]]
* "Move You" by Anya Marina
:''(plays while Dean watches Dr. Sexy, M.D.)''
* "The Knight Rider Theme Song" by Stu Phillips
:''(plays when Dean drives Sam to call out the Trickster)''
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJbqZoZv_Ws Sitcoms have] been around since TV began from shows such as ''I Love Lucy'' through to ''Two and a Half Men''. They were often aired with a pre-recorded [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laugh_track laugh track], although in the last decade this has become a less common practice.
'''Dean:''' You might say you wouldn't like him when he's angry?<br>
The wife of the first victim reports seeing ''The Incredible Hulk'' - and the line Dean quotes is a classic from the TV show and movies.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Ferrigno Lou Ferrigno] starred as David Banner's (played by [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0084642/ Bill Bixby], hulky green alter ego. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051509/ Eric Bana] played Bruce Banner in the [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051509/ 2003 movie ''Hulk''], and [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001570/ Ed Norton] played him in the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800080/ 2008 ''Incredible Hulk'']. The actual Hulk was basically CGI in these movies.
'''Dean:''' A bloody violent monster and you want to be [[Facebook]] friends with him?<br>
Dean has come a long way since a girl gave him her [[MySpace]] address in [[2.08 Crossroad Blues]] and Dean asked Sam, "Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that? Seriously, is that like some sort of porn site?"
, M.D.]]'' - hospital show set at Seattle Mercy Hospital - is a send-up of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey%27s_anatomy ''Grey's Anatomy''] a medical drama which aired opposite ''Supernatural'' in the US on Thursday nights, revolving around the love lives of the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital. Dr Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, is nicknamed [http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mcdreamy "McDreamy"] by other characters on the show. The scenes and melodramatic dialogue mimic that of ''Grey's Anatomy'' - as can be seen in [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QiYtEpMKHQ these video clips].
The character Johnny Drake on ''Dr. Sexy, M.D'' is a take-off of the patient [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny_Duquette Denny Duquette] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey%27s_anatomy ''Grey's Anatomy'']. He had a romance with intern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izzie_Stevens Izzie], but then died. Denny was played by none other than [[Jeffrey Dean Morgan]], a.k.a. [[John Winchester]]. In a classic case of [[Surprise JDM]], he later returned twice to ''Grey's Anatomy'' as a hallucination brought on by Izzie's brain tumor.
'procedural cop shows" Dean refers to include shows like the ''CSI'' and ''Law and Order'' franchises. Like ''Grey's Anatomy'', ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' aired in the US at the same time as ''Supernatural'' on Thursday night. They specifically reference ''CSI: Miami'''s David Caruso's character, crime lab lieutenant [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Caine Horatio Caine]. Sam and Dean mimic his mannerisms, demonstrated in this [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sarYH0z948 video clip] and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeeyWvo1rNg this one] of taking his sunglasses on and off and turning to profile, and/or looking into the middle-distance as he makes makes a pithy observation about the crime. However, if you look closely to the badge one of the techs is wearing, it says LVPD (Las Vegas Police Department) specifically referencing ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' which takes place in Las Vegas . ( The first in the ''CSI'' franchise. ) <br>At [[Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009]] Jensen and Jared revealed that they'd watched the "Horatio" one-liners on Youtube in preparation for the scenes. They said that for years on ''Supernatural'' there'd been a running joke if a line was a bit "on the nose" that they'd send it up in this way. The lines "a plane crashed here" and "no talent douchebags" were adlibbed by Jensen . [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XZsoXjtvU0 Source]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_Rider_%281982_TV_series%29 ''Knight Rider''] was a 1980s series (recently unsuccessfully revived) about crime fighter Michael Knight played by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hasselhoff David Hasselhoff] and his intelligent car [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KITT KITT]. When Sam is turned into the Impala, there is a red light which appears behind the front grille which moves from side to side, just like KITT had. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cylon_(Battlestar_Galactica) Cylons] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica ''Battlestar Galactica''], also have oscillating red lights on their helmets instead of eyes.
KITT, just like the Impala, is the epitome of a character-car. In the past, fandom has produced fan fiction that portrayed the Impala with a soul, and more often than not, a voice. See also [[Impala]], [[Sampala]] and [[Crack]] fiction.
Dean drives the [[Sampala]] past a sign that says "Centennial Point Wilderness Area"
. Centennial Highway was the highway on which [[Woman in White]] [[Constance Welch]] would pick up her victims in [[1.01 Pilot]].
* In June 2010, The CW submitted this episode, along with [[5.04 The End]] for consideration for an Emmy nomination.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9o437wX-B4 "Soon" promo] contains spoilers for 5.06, 5.07 and 5.08
*[http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/10/13/supernatural-first-look-sam-and-dean-check-into-seattle-grace/ Promo pic and synopsis] by Ausiello
* [http://s889.photobucket.com/albums/ac98/Superwiki/season5ep8/ Promo pics]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-DRdjbcFPU Promo clip]