10.06 Ask Jeeves

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Title Ask Jeeves
Episode # Season 10, Episode 6
First aired November 18, 2014
Directed by John MacCarthy
Written by Eric Charmelo
Nicole Snyder
On IMDB Ask Jeeves
Outline When Dean and Sam discover that Bobby is the beneficiary of a deceased heiress, they pose as Bobby's next of kin and become embroiled in a whodunit murder mystery.
Monster Shapeshifter
Timeline
Location(s) New Canaan, Connecticut
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Synopsis

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
(plays when Sam and Dean ring the door bell at Bunny LaCroix's mansion)
  • "Travelin' Man" by Bob Seger
(plays at the end of the episode)

Quotes

Sam: Wow, think we're a little under dressed? I mean the fed threads are in the trunk.
Dean: Are you kidding me, for once we don't have to wear suits. You're lucky my waistband is not elastic.
Stanton: Beverley saw you sexting at dinner.

Amber: Bev doesn't know what the hell she's talking about, I was texting my Mom.
Stanton: An emoticon of a peeled banana?

Amber: She likes fruit.
Dash: Well Sam, I'll let you in on a little secret. We don't really like each other... But then what family does?
Sam: Mine does. For the most part, it's just my brother and me.
Dean: We're dealing with two vengeful spirits, that Bunny had a bee in her bonnet as well.

Sam: Husband and wife tag-team killer ghosts.

Dean: Gotta keep the marriage alive somehow.
Sam: We're not the bad guys Dash.
Dash: I beg to differ, you're wearing flannel.
Olivia: I'm not the maid.
Heddy: That explains the dust.
Olivia: After Bobby killed my father, he came after me. Mother pleaded with him to spare me. He agreed under one condition.

Sam: That she keep you locked up.

Olivia: Mother told the family she lost the baby, and she locked me in the attic. But she stayed devoted to me until the very end. Even got Bobby to promise to take of me if anything happened to her.
Sam: Olivia you don't have to do this, being a monster is a choice.
Olivia: That choice was made for me a long time ago.
Dash: Bobby must have really meant something to Aunt Bunny, how can we ever repay you?

Dean: You know what? Just forget we were ever here.
Dash: You saved our lives, I want everyone to know what heroes you-

Dean: Look pal the fact that we pulled your bacon out of the fire is nobodies business. Hey, I'm serious, put a pin in it, or we'll come back for your preppy ass.
Sam: Dean what was that all about back there?

Dean: What are you talking about?
Sam: I mean, all those extra shots after the shifter was already dead. What was that?
Dean: I don't know. Target practice?
Sam: Come on mean, I'm serious. Are you sure it wasn't, I don't know demon residue or something to do with the Mark?
Dean: No none of that.
Sam: Right. Look man I gotta be honest-

Dean: Oh my god Sam, it was my first kill since I've been back. You know, I got a little anxious, I just wanted to make sure it was done right. Plain and simple. Why am I even explaining this to you?

Trivia & References

Ask Jeeves was a question/answer based search engine founded in 1995. Jeeves is also a name that is most associated with butlers, the name having become prominent through it's use in the series of short stories by P.G. Wodehouse, which were adapted into the ITV series Jeeves and Wooster.
The episode is in the style of a "whodunit." Novels in this style were popularized between 1920 and 1950 by writers such as Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers and Ellery Queen. In these stories, there are many twists and turns with clues revealed throughout. The stories often took place in a manor house. The board game Clue is based on the format, and players must use deductive reasoning to guess the the identity of a murderer, the location and the murder weapon. Shortly before the episode aired, in November 2014, a Supernatural version of Clue was released.
The original music in the episode is composed by Jay Gruska and is in the style of a 1940's whodunit movie.
The episode was dedicated to James A. MacCarthy, the father of director Johnny MacCarthy, who died while the episode was being filmed
Dean: So, any leads on the scanner or the intraweb?

Sam: Nothing, not even a cat up a tree.
Dean: So right when we're ready to jump back into it goes radio silence.
Sam: Murphy's law.
Dean: Well, Murphy's a douche.

Murphy's law is the belief that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
Dean: Bobby had secrets man, like loving on Tori Spelling. If he only knew Dean cheated on her.
Bobby let it slip to Dean that he is a huge fan Tori Spelling in 6.06 You Can't Handle the Truth, when Dean was affected by Veritas. Dean at some point tells Sam about this, and Sam uses the info to prove to Bobby he is real when he is attempting to break him out of Hell.
Dean: Charmed, I'm sure. What are these people?

Sam: I think they're called WASPs.

WASP stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. The term is used to denote wealthy white Americans of English Protestant ancestry.
Dean: Don't worry Alfred, we know which one the shrimp fork is... kind of.
Alfred is the name of Batman's butler.
Phillip: I presume you gentleman left something behind, I'll check the front closet for burlap.

Dean: I got news for you Mr. Belvedere, the jacket's canvas.

Mr. Belvedere was an 1980s TV comedy about an English butler who takes a job with an American family.
Sam: I'm sorry to interrupt, but who's guilty?

Heddy: The town slut, Amber. She killed Stanton.
Dash: And what's her motive Murder, She Wrote?

Murder, She Wrote was an Emmy award-winning murder mystery series that ran from 1984 to 1996, and starred Angela Lansbury.
Dean: All right cold spots it is, you stay here and keep an eye on Mrs. Peacock and, uh Colonel Mustard. I'll sniff around.
Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard are characters from the board game Clue.
Planted throughout the episode are weapons that are found in the game Clue, see photos of the weapons here:
  • Dean comes across a lead pipe and some rope before entering the attic, he ultimately chooses the pipe before entering. A copy of the game Clue is also seen in the attic.
  • Dean picks up a monkey wrench when entering Phillip's room.
  • Sam picks up a knife in the kitchen, Phillip was also killed with a knife to the back in the kitchen.
  • When Dean hears a noise in the closet of the bar, he picks up a candlestick.
  • Dash takes the revolver from the dead body of Detective Howard.
Sam: Now what does the butler have to do with all this?

Dean: Because he locked them in there. Now I don't know why, but he's covering for the spooks. He's acting as their Renfield.

Renfield is an antagonist from Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the novel, Renfield is an inmate at the lunatic asylum and under the control of Dracula, and is compelled to do his bidding.
Beverley: Well, well, well what do we have here? What'cha doing snooping these halls? Up to no good? Why don't we get up to no good together? You know they say women just get better with age, like a fine wine or a cheese.

Sam: I-I, um, I'm lactose intolerant.

Jared Padalecki is actually lactose intolerant.
Dean: Cut the crap Wadsworth. What are you doing hiding dead maids in secret rooms?
Wadsworth was the name of the butler, played by Tim Curry, in the film adaptation of Clue.
Dean: Guess we can rule out the butler did it.
The Butler Did It is a literature trope that describes what some consider lazy mystery writing. It first surfaced after the publication of Mary Roberts Rinehart's novel The Door (1930).
Heddy: Look how long his fingers are...

Beverley: Well that's nine inches!

There has been research that links finger size, specifically the ration of the 2nd to fourth finger, to penis size. See also Padacock.
Sam: Grey Gardens cleared.
Grey Gardens is a documentary that follows that lives of reclusive mother and daughter socialites, both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion in East Hampton, New York.
Dean: Well, we got a floater.
A floater refers to a poo which floats in the toilet
Heddy: Amber has motive, she killed the detective because she knew it was just a matter of time before he figured out she killed Stan.

Dash: Bravo Rissoli you solved the case! Wanna weigh in Isles?

Rizzoli & Isles is the name of a TNT crime drama which began in 2010. It centers on a Maura Isles as a medical examiner and police detective Jane Isles. They're friends and together they solve crime.
Dash: Oh, the old doth protest too much. You're only pointing the finger to distract from your own guilt and you probably got Baby Jane to help.
Baby Jane is the titular character in the 1962 movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? which was based on a book of the same name. Jane is an aged movie star who has a deeply bitter and antagonistic relationship with her sister, Blanche.
Heddy: I knew those boys were trailer trash the moment they rolled up in that American made.

Beverley: Not to mention homosexuals.
Heddy: Homosexual murders -- like Leopold and Loeb.
Beverley: Only hotter.

Leopold and Loeb were two wealthy University of Chicago students who kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy by the name of Robert Franks in 1924. Their story was told in the 1948 movie Rope by Alfred Hitchcock and in 1992 in the movie Swoon.
Dash: Then where have you been hiding all these years?

Olivia: The attic.
Amber: Like in the movie.

Reference to Flowers in the Attic. Flowers in the Attic is a story about children born of an incestuous relationship, who are hidden away in the attic of a wealthy relative.

Minutiae

Kevin McNulty, who played the butler Phillip, previously played Roy Le Grange in 1.12 Faith.
Doug Abrahams, who played Detective Howard, previously played Eddie McGregor in 4.13 After School Special.
Matthew Harrison, who played Stanton, previously appeared in 3.04 Sin City.
The "Then" recap of events for the episode cycles through the various monsters that the Winchesters have fought, foreshadowing the whodunit nature of the episode.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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