12.18 The Memory Remains

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Title The Memory Remains
Episode # Season 12, Episode 18
First aired April 13, 2017
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Written by John Bring
On IMDB The Memory Remains
Outline Sam and Dean uncover a dark secret in a small Wisconsin town when investigating a missing person, whose attacker was described as a man with the head of a goat.
Monster Moloch
Location(s) Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Lebanon, Kansas
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  • "Prohibition (4th Amendment)" by Bongzilla
(playing at the party in the woods during the teaser)
  • "Music to Watch Girls By" by Tony Hatch
(playing in the diner as Sam is telling Dean about Black Bill)
  • "Burgers and Fries" by Charley Pride
(playing in the diner as Dean is eating his burger)


Sam: I stayed up all night, going through every book we have on demons, and it turns out we have a lot of books on demons.
Dean: So we got a, uh, goat dude with a name like a pirate, which is a little insane, even for us. And that bar is... super high. So if it is real, what the hell is it?
Sam: Oh, don't do the hot coffee thing.
Dean: Boy this coffee is hot. Kind of like... Hi, what's your name?
Sam: Good night?
Dean: Awesome. It was an awesome night. So awesome.
Mr. Ketch: It's clear. Onward. Now remember your orders. By the time we leave, Dr. Hess wants to know everything about our 'friends' the Winchesters -- their allies, their habits. How does Sam get his hair so shiny? How many ratty flannels does Dean own? So work quick, work quiet, and leave no trace. Oh, and apparently, Mick let Sam and Dean get their hands on the bloody Colt. Find it, huh?
Dean: Why is it always the rich ones? I mean, what, are they, like, 'Croquet's all right. But you know what'd be great? Murder.'
Sheriff Bishop: This is not what it looks like.
Dean: Really? 'Cause it looks like a straight up murder room to me.
Sam: Hey. How you feelin'?
Dean: Like I just went 12 rounds with a god. So, you know... normal.
Dean: Next time you hear me say our family is messed up, remind me that we could be psycho goat people.
Sam: Yeah, that's true enough.
Dean: You know, I was... thinking about what Bishop said. About... What do you think our legacy's gonna be? When we're gone, I mean, after all the stuff we've done, you think folks will remember us? You know, like, a hundred years from now?

Sam: No.
Dean: Oh, that's nice.

Sam: Well, I mean... guys like us, we're not exactly the type of people they write about in history books, you know? But the people we saved, they're our legacy. And they'll remember us and then I guess... we'll eventually fade away, too. That's fine, because we left the world better than we found it, you know.

Trivia & References

"The Memory Remains" is a reference to the song of the same name by Metallica off of their Load album.
Dean: What 'bout you? You got anything there, Reading Rainbow?
Reading Rainbow was a TV show about reading for kids that ran for 30 years until 2006. It was revived in 2014 as an app.
Sam and Dean use the aliases "Agents Stark and Martell," a reference to two of the major dynasties in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George Martin and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.
The name of the local legend of the goat man "Black Bill" is a reference to the goat Black Phillip who is a manifestation of Lucifer in the 2015 movie The Witch.
Sam: All right, well, he lives in the woods, so he's like a local Jersey Devil. And apparently he has the head of a goat.
The Jersey Devil is a legendary monster from Pine Barrens, New Jersey, dating back to the 1700s.
Sam: I have some idea what we're dealing with. Look at this. It's a saytr -- half man, half goat from Greek mythology.

Dean: Oh come on. This guy's adorable. He plays a freakin' flute.
Sam: Yeah, Dean. That's -- that's Pan. It's his flute.

Pan was the Greek god of nature who played a flute made of multiple reeds, known as Pan's pipes.
Dean: Grow up, Sam, okay? Burger's beef, bacon's pig, Soylent Green's people. But this -- this... This is heaven.
In the 1973 movie Soylent Green the world is devastated by global warming, and people survive by eating a food called "Soylent Green." This is said to be made from plankton but it is actually made from human remains.
Dean: Wow. So who lives at the Addams Family house?
The Addams Family is a family featured in a cartoon, and later a television series and movie, about a creepy family who celebrate the macabre and live in a ruined Gothic mansion.
A Bob Seger Night Moves cassette can be spotted in Dean's nightstand drawer when Ketch is rummaging through it, alongside pictures of Sam and Dean; Sam, Dean and Bobby; and a young Dean and Mary.
Dean: Honestly? Sounds like a bad episode of Dynasty.
Dynasty was a 1980s prime-time soap opera about a rich oil family.
Dean: So now we're reporting to low rent Christian Bale? Seriously? I don't like that guy. He creeps me out.
Christian Bale is an English actor known for his role as Batman, and his temper.


Pete: And hell, I'm a Bishop. That's what we do, right? Hunting people. Killing them. The family business.
This line, which earns a glare from Dean, is the opposite of the Winchester family business as stated by Dean in 1.02 Wendigo: "saving people, hunting things, the family business."
Mr. Ketch: Just as I thought. Can't see a damn thing.
According to actor David Haydn-Jones, Ketch looking through the Bunker's telescope was an inside joke by director Phil Sgriccia.
This episode revealed that the Colt has the ability to kill pagan gods.

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