13.19 Funeralia

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Title Funeralia
Episode # Season 13, Episode 19
First aired April 19, 2018
Directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado
Written by Steve Yockey
On IMDB Funeralia
Outline In the search for Gabriel, Sam and Dean turn to Rowena for help and Castiel visits Heaven and is shocked by what he finds.
Monster Rowena
Timeline May 23rd - 28th, 2018
Location(s) Portland, Oregon
Lebanon, Kansas
Heaven
Idaho
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Synopsis

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Seductive Tango" by Dominic Richard Ashworth & Derek Nash
(playing as Rowena tangos and incinerates Elizabeth Mahler)
  • "Scotland the Brave"
(Rowena's ringtone)
  • "Supernatural Man" by Mable Jo and the Jealous Hearts
(playing in the bar where Sam and Dean meet with Rowena)

Quotes

Dean: A rich lady exploded?
Sam: Yeah. Uh, local cops are -- are calling it spontaneous combustion, but... pretty much.
Castiel: Dumah. I need to talk to you. I... I know you want to murder me, and I know that you have good reason to want to murder me. But there are events unfolding on Earth, and, um... well... the archangel Gabriel, he's alive. And I need to find him before Michael, who's... It's not our Michael. It's another much, much worse Michael. I need to find him before that Michael invades this world to... to either subjugate or destroy it. Or both, probably in that order. And there's also the problem of... of a missing nephilim and Lucifer. He's back, too. It's... it's been an eventful few weeks. I realize that this may be a long shot, but...
Jessica: I'm especially fond of Sam's impressive... extensive array of hair products. Not to mention, the 3-day-old bacon cheeseburger in your room, or the VHS tape hidden under your bed, labeled, 'Sweet Princess Asuka Meets the Tentacles of Ple--'
Dean: Okay, all right, all right, that's not cool, okay? That's -- First of all, that's a classic. Secondly, the burger's for emergency cases only.
Dean: I don't like it. I mean, what's the over/under this is a trap?
Sam: Well, it's Rowena. Of course it's a trap.
Naomi: Well, then, let me make it divinely simple for you. There are a grand total of nine angels in Heaven, present company included. And one or two on Earth, and... that's all. We are the last men and women and divine waves of light still standing, as it were.

Castiel: No, that's, uh... That's not, um... I knew our numbers were small...
Naomi: You wanna know why we can't help you? Because none of us can leave, We're the only things keeping the lights on. Barely. We need everyone, especially an archangel. Now the others thought any archangel would do. Long story. But your news about Gabriel is... for lack of a better word, blessed. With his power, we can keep Heaven running.
Castiel: And without him?

Naomi: Without him, in time, we'll burn out. Heaven will crumble, and all the souls that have been entrusted to our care will fall back to Earth. Picture it, Castiel -- billions upon billions of ghosts unleashed upon the world. All that chaos, all that death.
Sam: Yeah? Then why are you killing reapers?

Rowena: Well... they're just a means to an end. It's not easy to get Death's attention.
Dean: Well, trust me, that's not the kind of attention you want.
Rowena: Oh, but it is. Death has something I want.
Sam: What's that?
Rowena: My son. After you told me he was gone, how he died, I had an unexpected reaction. We had our differences, but it's my fault he went down the path he did. I left him. Dean: We're talking about Crowley -- demon, King of Hell.
Rowena: We're talking about Fergus -- a man abandoned and loveless, tricked by a demon, died in a gutter. He deserved better from the world, from me.
Dean: Well, Crowley's dead. There's no coming back from that.

Rowena: Oh, is that so, Dean? Are only Winchesters allowed to come back from the dead? The rest of us just have to accept it? I don't think so. I'm putting Death on notice.
Sam: No. No, no, no, no, no. No. Rowena. I know what you went through and I know how much you lost and I realize how much you want your family back. But don't do this, not like this. This is no you. Not anymore.
Rowena: What happened to me, those were my choices. But Fergus never... It wasn't fair. It's not fair!
Billie: You were never gonna kill him. There was a time you would've, but not now. I can see that.

Rowena: I don't know what I'm doing.

Billie: Sometimes life is unfair and sometimes we lose things and sometimes we make mistakes. And some of these things can never be fixed no matter how powerful you become. Some things just are, and everyone has to live with that.
Rowena: I fought Death and lost. I feel tired. Weaker. I don't know if it's forever. Sam, what have I done?

Sam: You had a chance to kill me and -- and you didn't. I'd call that progress.
Dean: I'd call that a miracle.
Sam: And, you know, what happened with Crowley, that wasn't your fault.
Rowena: He never had a chance.

Dean: He made his choices. Just like we all do. Look, every one of us has done something that we have to live with, that we're trying to make up for. Every one of us.
Sam: Yeah, well, we, um... We may need your help to save our family, to... hell, to save the world.

Dean: You wanna be redeemed? This would be a pretty big step.
Rowena: And you think I still can be?
Dean: Yeah. I do.
Sam: We both do. But before you answer, you gotta know something. Um... Lucifer is back.
Rowena: Mm. Of course he is.
Dean: Now you're not gonna...
Rowena: Breakdown? Crack apart in terror? Of course I'm horrified and scared. My heart may have stopped, but... Lucifer isn't the one who's gonna kill me, is he?
Sam: You changed other people's fates. Maybe we can change yours.

Dean: So... What do you say? You in?

Trivia & References

"Funeralia" comes from the Medeval Latin for "funeral rites."
One of the paintings in the art museum comes from a series of paintings by Vancouver-based artist Jay Senetchko titled “The Course of a Distant Empire,” which deals with the cycle of creation and destruction.
Castiel: We must assemble our most powerful allies to rescue our family and confront the archangel Michael. Now he's in an alternate universe, so...

Rowena: Oh! The handsome angel is there isn't he? Hello, Tweetie Pie.

"Tweetie Pie" is the title of the first Merrie Melodies short which paired together the characters of Tweety and Sylvester.
Sam: Rowena, are you at a... party or something?

Rowena: I am, but I'm surprised you recognize the sounds of a party, seeing as how you're all work and no play.

"All work and no play" is a reference to the proverb, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." This phrase was famously used in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Dean: Look, we didn't call to talk, we... The world is in danger, Rowena.

Rowena: And I'm currently surrounded by art that makes me think the world should be in danger. Best of luck to you, boys, my three little musketeers. Mwah.

The Three Musketeers are the eponymous characters in the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas, which follows the adventures of three soldiers in 17th century France.
Castiel: Maybe Heaven could help us.

Dean: Uh, not for nothing, but don't the angels mostly wanna kill you?
Castiel: Yes. Yeah. This would be something of a Hail Mary.
Dean: Hmmm.
Castiel: It's a sports term. Like slam dunk or, uh... ball handler.

In sports a Hail Mary move is a bold one made in desperation, often used to refer to long passes in American football where it originated. A slam dunk is a move from basketball. A ball handler is also a position in basketball, despite Dean's obvious implication of an innuendo.
Jessica: Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect?

Dean: Ashton's second-best movie.
Sam: Yes, of course. Uh, uh, one small mistake can -- can cause all kinds of bad. What about it?

The Butterfly Effect was first articulated by Edward Lorenz from his work in simulating weather patterns. It is the idea that a small change in a system can have large effect - i.e. a butterfly can flap its wings and ultimately cause a tornado. Dean refers to the 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher. Dean, however, breaks his number-one rule as stated in 6.17 My Heart Will Go On: "No Kutcher references."

Minutiae

Much like Jim Beaver, Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Felicia Day, and Richard Speight Jr. before her, Amanda Tapping's name was credited at the end of the episode to keep her appearance a secret.
Jason William Day, who played Bernard, previously played Goon 1 in 10.09 The Things We Left Behind.
Luc Roderique, who played Indra, previously played Sorento in 8.05 Blood Brother.
Rowena: You... I know you.

Billie: We met when I was a reaper.
Rowena: We totally did! If we’d just exchanged numbers none of this would have been necessary.

Rowena and Billie are referencing the time when she worked with Crowley and Sam to summon Lucifer during the events in 11.09 O Brother Where Art Thou? and 11.10 The Devil in the Details.
In her hotel suite, Rowena had an old picture of Crowley from when he was a boy in his human life. Crowley had a similar painting in his personal lock-up which was seen in 11.15 Beyond the Mat when he went to retrieve the Rod of Aaron.
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