12.11 Regarding Dean

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Title Regarding Dean
Episode # Season 12, Episode 11
First aired February 9, 2017
Directed by John Badham
Written by Meredith Glynn
On IMDB Regarding Dean
Outline When Dean is hexed and begins to lose his memory, Sam seeks help from Rowena in reversing the spell before Dean is killed by it.
Monster Witches
Timeline
Location(s) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean are working on the case of an accountant, Barry. Dean is chasing a man, who has been shot, through the woods at night. When he catches up to the man, he is leaning against a tree that he has marked with a glyph. As Dean aims his gun at the man the glyph glows brightly and Dean is knocked unconscious. He awakens on the forest floor the next morning, disoriented and unclear on what happened the night before. He calls Sam to meet him for breakfast. As they discuss the case they are working, Dean needs to be reminded of several facts, leading the boys to believe he was hungover after a hard night of drinking. As they leave the restaurant, a woman approaches Dean and says hello. Dean asks her who she is and she answers him with a slap to the face.

As Sam and Dean continue to work on the case, Dean continues to forget small things like words and which key to use to start the Impala. They realize there's a problem when Sam says 'Dean!' and Dean replies 'who's Dean?'.

Back at the hotel, Sam and Dean figure that the witch in the area must have gotten to Dean. Sam covers the room in Post-it notes to help Dean remember the names of everything and then Sam calls Rowena for help. She advises that there is a spell that can cause someone to lose their memory over time, gradually losing everything about themselves until they die. The only way to break the spell is to kill the witch that cast it. Easy, except that Dean can't remember what he did 10 minutes ago.

Sam and Dean return to Barry's office to see if they can trace Dean's steps from the day before. As they begin to piece together Dean's actions of the previous day, Sam and Dean enter a burger bar and see the woman who slapped him in the waffle house. From her they find out that Dean rode a mechanical bull, stood her up after they planned to meet, and ran out the bar into the back alley. From a surveillance camera they learn that Dean followed a man into the alley; the man was a witch and Dean shot him. They continue out into the woods behind the bar and find the witch's body and the glyph carved into the tree. Meanwhile, Dean's memory fades even more.

Rowena joins Sam and Dean back at the hotel. She tells them that the glyph is used by a family of very powerful witches -- Gideon, Boyd, and Katrina Lachlan, who possess a 'black grimoire', a book of Druid magic. They determine that Gideon was the witch killed in the woods. With Gideon already dead, they will need the book to break the spell. Sam accuses Rowena of only wanting to help them in order to get her hands on the spell book. She concedes it's true, but also would like to have a Winchester 'owe her one'.

Sam goes to the Lachlan's house to get them to translate the text from the grimoire so Rowena can cast the spell. He calls Rowena when he gains entry into the house and keeps the line open so she can hear the translation in real time. However, Sam is overpowered by Boyd and Katrina, who plan to steal his soul to bring their brother Gideon back. Hearing this, Rowena goes to the Lachlan's. She leaves Dean in the car with a note to 'Stay'. After a while Dean goes to the trunk of the Impala and sees a note on the weapons cover saying 'open me'. He does and sees the weapons cache marked with several Post-it notes, including 'NO' on the grenade launcher, and 'witch-killing bullets' and 'this gun' on the respective items.

Inside the house Rowena is stuck on the wall by Katrina; Sam has broken free upstairs and is fighting with Boyd. Dean comes into the house and points a gun at Katrina. She mocks him for thinking a regular gun could kill her. He holds up the Post-it that says 'witch-killing bullets' and shoots her dead.

Meanwhile, Sam and Boyd's fight leads them out of the upstairs rooms and onto the staircase above the room where Rowena and Dean are standing. Dean points his gun at Boyd, then Sam, then back again. Sam yells, 'No! No! Brother' (pointing to himself) and 'Witch' (pointing to Boyd). Dean hesitates a second and shoots Boyd. With the witches dead, Rowena performs the spell and restores Dean's memory. Sam concedes to Rowena that they owe her 'a small one'.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "It's All Good Lovin' to Me" by Sleestak (Black Toast Music)
(playing in the bar as Sam and Dean review surveillance footage)
  • "Raggedy Ann" by Tirra Dent
(sung by Catriona as she is torturing Rowena)
  • "Broomstick Cowboy" by Bobby Goldsboro
(plays over the ending montage)

Quotes

Dean: Right. Right. Yes, the Devil baby mama drama. Say that five times fast. Devil baby mama drama.
Sam: This is serious. Look, I think Dean's been hexed, okay? He-He's been forgetting things.

Rowena: Maybe he's just drunk. Oi!

Sam: He's not drunk.
Dean: First action in I don't know how long, and it's like it never even happened. Figures.
Sam: Ha. See, now that's comedy.
Dean: I'm trying to read my lips. 'Now salsa you mittens.'

Sam: You can't read lips.

Dean: I can't read lips.
Sam: Wait a second. So you can't break it?

Rowena: Oh, of course I could, but witchcraft this complex would take time, more than Dean's got. He's already begun to forget himself, everyone he's ever known, ever loved. Even you. Soon, he'll forget how to speak, how to swallow, and then... Dean Winchester's going to die.

Dean: Sucks for that guy.
Sam: You know, I've seen my brother die, but watching him become... not him... This might actually be worse.
Dean: Okay. My name is Dean Winchester. Sam is my brother. Uh, Mary Winchester is my mom. And Cast- Cas is my best friend.
Dean: Look at his face. Oh! Kind of like that time I ate all your Halloween candy. You remember that? Classic.
Sam: Not funny.
Sam: You know I gotta be honest, I was actually, uh, a little jealous at first.

Dean: Of what? The curse that nearly killed me?
Sam: No, just, you know... Some of the things we've done, we've had this weight for... Forever. And seeing it gone, uh, you looked happy.

Dean: Huh. Well, look, was it nice to drop our baggage? Yeah, maybe. Hell, probably. But it wasn't just the crap that got lost. I mean, it was everything. It was us, it was what we do, you know? All of it. So... That's what happy looks like? I think I'll pass.

Trivia & References

"Regarding Dean" is a reference to the 1991 film Regarding Henry, about a lawyer who struggles with his memory after a shooting.
Dean: Okay, one, the Rat Pack partied till the day they died. And B, I can still kick your ass.
The Rat Pack was a group of actors that consisted of Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford. They appeared in several movies together.
Dean: Ugh. Witches. Well, I guess it's true what they say. Mo money, mo problems.
"Mo Money, Mo Problems" is a 1997 song by The Notorious B.I.G.
Sam: Listen, man, I-I know we haven't had it easy lately. This thing with the Devil's kid and getting tossed into West Guantanamo makes me want to crawl into a bottle, too, sometimes, but... Dude, you're wrecked. And we got a case to work, so get it together, alright?
Guantanamo Naval Base, usually shortened to Guantanamo or Guantanamo Bay, contains a military prison that infamously tortures its prisoners and denies them basic human rights.
Dean: Dude... If a witch got a clear shot of me, I would be dead, okay? I wouldn't be freakin' uh... Dory.

Sam: Dory?
Dean: I'm not gonna apologize for loving that fish. Not to you, not to anyone.

A reference to the Finding Nemo and Finding Dory character of the same name, who had memory issues.
Sam: Right. Okay. All right. If you're doing so well, name all the members of Bon Jovi.

Dean: Okay. Uh, we talkin' circa 1983?

Bon Jovi is an American rock band that formed in 1983. Its members then were lead singer and guitarist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboard player David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres. Though Dean has said "Bon Jovi rocks, on occasion" there is no knowing if he would actually have known the line-up.
Rowena: From the neck down, is he smooth like a Ken doll?

Sam: I don't know. Uh, and I'm not checking either.

Ken is a toy doll introduced by Mattel in 1961 as the "boyfriend" of Barbie.
Dean: So this spell, I'm stuck in some sort of Memento crap?
Memento is a 2000 neo-noir thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan. In it, Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, who suffers from anterograde amnesia as a result of trauma.
Sam and Dean use the aliases "Agents Moon and Entwistle," references to Keith Moon and John Entwistle of The Who.
Elka: Last night, you told me your name was Springsteen. Like the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen is a famous American musician, who is known by the nickname "The Boss".
Dean: It's like watching myself on Netflix.
Netflix is a website or app that a person can watch various TV shows and movies on. At the time of the episode's airing, the first eleven seasons of Supernatural were up on Netflix.
Sam: Uh, Dean, do you remember HBO?

Dean: Um...
Sam: Cinemax?
Dean: Skinemax.

HBO and Cinemax are American pay cable channels. Cinemax is often jokingly referred to as "Skinemax" due to its penchant for showing softcore porn during the late-night hours. Skinemax HD is a Canadian adult entertainment channel.
Sam puts on the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! episode "Hassle in the Castle" for Dean to keep him distracted.
Catriona Loughlin is shown cataloguing butterflies, this is known as Lepidopterology.
Catriona: Raggedy Ann.

Rowena: Excuse me?

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll character from a series of early 20th century illustrated children's books.

Minutiae

This is the fourth episode in twelve seasons where the Winchesters have directly killed a witch or witches. The others were the shtriga in 1.18 Something Wicked, Spencer in 8.15 Man's Best Friend with Benefits, and Sonja in 11.13 Love Hurts.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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