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Revision as of 12:49, 14 October 2018

Title Stranger in a Strange Land
Episode # Season 14, Episode 1
First aired October 11, 2018
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB Stranger in a Strange Land
Outline Sam, Mary, and the Apocalypse World refugees continue their search for Dean. Meanwhile, Castiel's attempt to get information from a demon does not go according to plan.
Monster Demons
Timeline Three weeks after 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Detroit, Michigan
Duluth, Minnesota
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  • "Shot Down in Flames" by AC/DC
(plays over "The Road So Far" recap of events)
  • "Let Him Walk This Troubled Earth Again" by Yvonne DeVaney
(playing in the bar as Castiel meets with Kipling)


Michael: If you could have anything, name it.

Jamil: Peace. And love.
Michael: If you cared about peace, you never would have never left Syria. You never would have ran and abandoned your friends to die -- and they did die. And if you cared about love, you never would have gone into the broom closet with... What was her name? Darlene. Your wife never would have left and you wouldn't be living in this... rat hole. And that's the problem with you. You're lost... and not worth saving.
Jamil: Wha--wha--what do you want?

Michael: What I've always wanted... a better world.
Michael: I know about you, Jo. Because he knew about you. You're the rebel, the angel who doesn't like playing by Heaven's rules or whatever. You pretend to care about these things -- pretty things. But that's all it is -- pretending. These trinkets, they don't make you happy. They just pass the time. They're not what you really want.

Jo: And if you're so smart, what do I really want?

Michael: Love. To belong, to have a place -- a home, a family. It's very... very human of you. And so... so disappointing. I can sense how many angels are in this world. There aren't many left. I thought... maybe I could help. But if they're all these sad, lost, fallen things -- things like you -- maybe they're not worth saving, either.
Sam: Jack... I know this must be so hard. Without your grace, without your powers, it's a lot, I'm sure. But you can get past this. I know you will. I have faith in you, Jack. And I believe in you.
Nick: I don't get it. I don't understand how Lucifer could die and I could live.

Sam: Yeah, um... I think that maybe it's because the archangel blades were made to kill the archangel inside a-and not the person they, uh --
Nick: Possesses and uses to almost end the world twice?

Sam: Yeah. That.
Kip: You see recently, I had a revelation. You know, somebody asked me what it was that I wanted. And I realized that after 600 years as a demon walking the planet, destroying, drinking, defiling -- you know the Three D's -- I didn't know. So I sat back and gave it a good think, and I realized exactly what I wanted.

Castiel: And what is it?

Kip: Everything.
Mary: Sam, it's gonna be fine.

Sam: Stop saying that, please.
Mary: What?
Sam: 'It's gonna be fine,' that everything is going to be fine, we're gonna find Dean, and --
Mary: We are.
Sam: You don't know that. Dean's gone, and we have no idea where he is, or -- or if he's even still alive. You know, Michael could have... burned him out or worse, and...

Mary: I know. I know he's out there, scared and alone. I know. I know he might not ever come back. Never think I don't know that. But I can't... I have to think about the good, Sam, because if I don't I will drown in the bad. For Dean's sake, I can't do that. We can't do that.
Sam: Enough! There will be no new King of Hell. Not today. Not ever. And if anybody wants the job, you can come through me. Understood? So, what's it gonna to be?
Castiel: Sam, are you all right?

Sam: Yeah. I've been better. I've been worse. You?
Castiel: I'm -- I'm just sorry. I should never have gone to those demons.

Sam: Cas, I -- No, I-I-I don't blame you. I... Honestly, I-I wish I'd have thought of it first. If it meant finding Dean, I-I'd... work with... I'd do anything.
Jack: I'm useless. I can't kill demons, I can't find Dean, and Michael is in our world, and I can't stop him. I can't do anything. I don't have anything.
Castiel: Oh, Jack, that's just not true. You've got me. You have all of us. You have your family. And -- And we are going to find Dean, and we are going to beat Michael and we are going to do it together. We -- Because that's what we do.
Michael: Now, you -- you know exactly what you want. You don't pretend to want to help people... or save the world. Your want is pure and simple... and clean. And that's why you are worth saving. That's why we are going to work so well together. Because you -- you just want to eat.

Trivia & References

Stranger in a Strange Land is the title of a 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The title itself derived from this phrase found in Exodus 2:22:
"And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land."
It is also the title of an Iron Maiden song.
Michael: Hello, Jamil.

Jamil: Who are you?
Michael: Oh, we've never met but you've read all about me. How does it go? Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and His messengers and Gabriel and Michael then indeed Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers.

Michael is quoting from the second chapter of the Qur'an, Surah Al-Baqarah (2:91-101).
Mary: How was Atlanta?

Sam: It was, uh -- It was a bust. The woman who claims she saw an 'angel.' Let's just say I think she had one too many hits of the brown acid, you know?

"Brown acid" is a reference to a type of acid that was being passed around at Woodstock '69, that the concert organizers suggested people stay away from as it was not deemed to be "good". Listen to the announcement here.
Sam: Okay. Um... All right. Get me teams of two. I want watch points every 50 miles. If you see something, say something. Maggie, can you hack the traffic cams on the freeway?
"If you see something, say something" is a slogan for the U.S. Homeland Security, which urges people to report suspicious behavior in the hopes of preventing possible terror attacks.
Bobby: You got to. As a wise man once said, 'It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.'

Jack: Was that Gandhi?
Bobby: Probably. Yeah, somethin' like that. Yeah

Bobby's quote comes from a speech the character Rocky Balboa gives to his son in the eponymous 2006 film.
Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian activist who used nonviolent civil disobedience to free India from British colonial rule.
Castiel: What did you just order?

Kip: Oh, sausage and brisket, pork ribs, no sauce, well done. My apologies for the lingo, but when in Rome I was surprised you wanted to meet here.

"When in Rome" is a reference to the proverb "When in Rome, do as the Romans do attributed to Saint Ambrose, the phrase suggests a person follow the customs of a place they are visiting.
Jo: You're not -- You're no Dean Winchester. You're... Oh, God.

Michael: People keep calling me that.

Derived from the Hebrew mīkhā'ē'l, the name Michael translates to "Who is like God?"
Jo: You're the Archangel Michael, from another world, and you're possessing Dean Winchester.

Michael: Sounds more complicated than it is.
Jo: Why would he say 'yes' to you?
Michael: Love.
Jo: Really? That's very Hallmark Channel. So I'm just gonna go now.

Hallmark Channel is a network known for its family oriented programming and films. Daneel has a movie called "The Christmas Contract" coming out on the Hallmark Channel in December 2019.
Michael: What do you want?

Jo: I don't know. Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton.

Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton are designers of high-end fashion and fashion accessories.
Kip: Ladies and gentlemen, the great Sam Winchester. I have heard so much about you. You are a damn legend, Sam -- a-an icon. Th-the shoulders, the -- the hair. Mm-mm! You are my Beyoncé.
Beyoncé is one of the foremost and influential musical creators of the 21st century. Velma Dinkley was also obsessed with Sam's "giant linebacker shoulders" in 13.16 Scoobynatural, and notably Sam's hair has something of its own status in fandom.
Sam: What do you want?

Kip: That is a very good question. What do I want? You know, I don't know if you are aware or not, Sam, but Hell's in a bit of a pickle, you know, with Crowley dead and Asmodeus Kentucky fried, which means--
Sam: I don't care.

Asmodeus's death being described as him being "Kentucky fried" is a reference to his resemblance to Colonel Sanders, having been dubbed Evil Colonel Sanders by Dean Winchester (and the fandom) in season 13.
Kip: Ouch! Owie! I know that I'm not that ponce-y son of a bitch. You see, in life, I rode with Genghis Khan, and I burned half the world. So please, do you think that I like prancing around like this? Please. If I had it my way, I would eat your heart. But a king has an image to maintain. And I'm not afraid of you. But... they are. So, take the deal, Sam, before I stop trying to be Crowley and I show you who I really am. So what do you say darling?
Genghis Khan was a 12th century Khan who lead the Mongol invasions that conquered most of Eurasia.
Mary: Take this. You know how to use it?

Maggie: Stab them with the pointy end?

Maggie's response is a reference to a line in Game of Thrones. In the second episode of the first season, Jon Snow gives the young Arya a sword and tells her that to use it she should "stick them with the pointy end."
Castiel: Who was that?

Sam: Uh, Ketch. He's in London searching for the Newton-Dee Hyperbolic Pulse Generator.
Castiel: The what?
Sam: It's the -- it's the magic egg that kicked Lucifer out of the President. I thought we could use it on Michael, but Ketch can't find it. So, that's another dead end, which is just awesome.

Newton and Dee may be references to mathematician, astronomer, theologian, author, and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, and mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, and occult philosopher John Dee. The term "hyperbolic" comes from the the mathematics principal of hyperbola, and it was Dee who "discovered" the Enochian language.


On 1st October, Jared and Jensen attended an advance screening of the Season 14 premiere hosted by Samantha Highfill of Entertainment Weekly in New York.
This episode, which commences three weeks after Michael has taken over Dean's body and disappeared, sees Sam sporting a beard, soon dubbed his "grief beard" based on the premise that due to his desperation to find his brother, Sam has not had time to shave. Jared and Jensen talk about the origins of the grief beard with Sam Highfill at the Season 14 advance premiere screening on 1 October 2018.
Patrick Sparling, who played a Demon, previously played Husky Cupid in 10.18 Book of the Damned.
Mark Pellegrino's name does not appear in the opening credits, with the intention of keeping the reveal of Nick a surprise in the episode. However, a commercial promoting the new Halloween film used the scene of Sam and Nick in the commercial break preceding the episode's reveal, effectively ruining the surprise.
This is the first episode ever to not feature Dean Winchester.
This is the first episode where we get a glimpse of how angels see each other in their vessels.
It is implied that Kipling got the idea to become King of Hell from a meeting with Michael, as he tells Castiel he thought long and hard about it after someone asked him what it was that he wanted, much like Michael had done with Jamil and Sister Jo in the episode.

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