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Revision as of 20:25, 26 January 2020

Title The Heroes' Journey
Episode # Season 15, Episode 10
First aired January 23, 2020
Directed by John F. Showalter
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB The Heroes' Journey
Outline While trying to help Garth, Sam and Dean realize that Chuck has "downgraded" them, making the normal mundane things in their lives more difficult.
Monster Shapeshifter
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Belgrade, Minnesota
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  • "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy
(plays over the end of the werewolf / wraith cage fight; also played in 8.14 Trial and Error)
  • "Let's Misbehave" by Irving Aaronson
(playing in Dean's anesthesia-induced dream)
  • "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
(playing as Sam and Dean are leaving Garth's; also played in 10.04 Paper Moon)


Dean: Still a hugger, huh?

Garth: You know it. You smell so good.

Dean: And we're done.
Garth: I mean, apparently Dean's never been to a dentist before, and suddenly he got a mouthful of cavities, you're sick, and your car is broken down.

Who did you guys piss off?

Sam: God.
Dean: Hey, look, just because God yanked the magic horseshoe out of our ass or whatever doesn't mean that we're gonna give up. This is our job. It's what we do. And, yeah, it might be a little harder right now, but so what? Bring it.
Sam: What he said.
Garth: See, the hero never sweats the small stuff. It slows down the story.

Dean: So, then, what happened? Chuck downgraded us?
Garth: Maybe yeah. And now you're --
Dean: Cursed. C-Cursed. Cursed.

Garth: No normal. For the first time in your lives, you're having normal-people problems. You need to get a colonoscopy, stat.
Sam: Dude, if Garth was right, if we're really normal now, we can't just charge in there guns blazing. We need to be ready for anything.
Dean: Well, I guess we need a grenade launcher. Hey, sweetheart.
Dean: You sure about that? 'Cause if you know us, you know the stories. See, me and my brother here, we've taken down way bigger fellas than, uh, Meredith here. We've killed angels, killed demons, Gods, and Alphas. So why don't you do yourself a favor cut your losses, let us walk out that door before we burn this craphole to the ground.
Dean: Wait. After everything, there's no way that Chuck lets us die like this. Or he does, to I don't know to teach us a lesson. Or maybe we just end up paralyzed. No, we gotta win. We gotta win, man. That's not gonna be easy, okay? But you and me? Not everything we did was because of Chuck. It was us the blood, the sweat, the tears, man. That's us. We've been doing this our whole lives. We're the best in the world. So I say we go out there. I say we go out there, and we kick some ass.
Dean: This Cas keeps looking at me weird.
Sam: So kind of like the real Cas.
Sam: Hey, listen, Garth, I just want to say, what what you did --

Garth: Ah. It was nothing.

Dean:Nothing? You saved us and blew up a bunch of monsters. That's not nothing. That's That's being a hero
Dean: So What now? Is fine.

Sam: I don't know. Garth's right stuff like that, there's always a downside. And being normal --
Dean: For normal people with normal problems. But you and me? There's zero about our lives that's normal. And the way things are going, if we don't fix this, we might kill each other by accident. And if -- when Chuck comes back, we can't go up against him like this. And if when Chuck comes back, we can't go up against him like this.
Sam: So, uh Alaska?

Dean: Alaska.

Trivia & References

The episode title is a reference to Joseph Campbell's concept of the Hero's Journey from his book The Hero of a Thousand Faces, which outlined a fundamental structure to many myths from different cultures. Creator Eric Kripke has said he was strongly influenced by this when developing the series. Tommy Collins can be seen reading The Hero of a Thousand Faces in 1.02 Wendigo.
Dean goes shopping at "Berens' Kwik Trip," which is a reference to Charlie Berens and the comedy video series Manitowoc Minute. Production Designer Jerry Wanek is a fan of the show, and is also from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Dean: No. No, no, no. This is This is more than just a no good, very bad day, okay? Chuck must've boned us before he left, you know? Or maybe some of that crap you brought back from Rowena's went sideways.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a classic children's book by Judith Viorst about a little boy having a day where everything goes wrong.
Garth: Oh, no, no, no. I want to be the guest star. Being the hero sucks. I mean, sure, you'll probably win eventually, but until you do, your life blows. Your parents get gunned down in an alleyway. Your home planet gets blown up. You, uh, interview this good-looking rich guy, and it doesn't go well, so he shows up at the hardware store where you work, and, man, it starts to get, you know. It's from, uh --

Bess: We love "Fifty Shades".

Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered in an alleyway, which lead to Bruce becoming Batman to fight crime. Clark Kent was sent from his home planet, Krypton, before it blew up to Earth where he became known as Superman. "Fifty Shades" is a reference to the popular BDSM-themed romance "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James. The novel was originally written as a fanfic about the characters in the "Twilight" novels.
Garth: The point is, the hero thing it's not fun. Well, I mean, there are some good things about it. Like, uh, when was the last time that Batman got a flat tire? Or Superman couldn't pay his water bill?

Bess: Or the power goes out in the Red Room?

The Red Room is the room in "Fifty Shades of Grey" where the titular Mr. Grey holds his BDSM sessions.
Dean: Hey, you know what? You don't smell too bad yourself.

Garth: Thanks. It's Hai Karate.

Hai Karate was a budget aftershave sold from the 1960s through to the 1980s.
Dean: You know, I always thought I could be a good dancer if I wanted to be.

Sam: Well, you were awesome at the Macarena.

The Macarena was a dance craze from the mid-1990s.


Jesse Hutch, who played Brad, previously played Jason / Crewcut in 9.02 Devil May Care.
Joe Allard, who played the Monday Monster Mayhem! announcer, previously played Elf #1 in 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...
According to choreographer Gordon Hart, Jensen and DJ Qualls learned their tap dance routine in an hour.
It's revealed that Charlie Bradbury created a limitless credit card for the Winchesters to pay for their purchases so that they would no longer have to hustle for money. This must've been the original Charlie, as Dean says he has had the card for five years.
Garth had described in 8.06 Southern Comfort that he went to college and dental school until he killed the Tooth Fairy and that was what lead him into hunting. He tells Dean that when he retired from hunting, he went back to school and finished his degree.
Garth: Well, what's that make me? A supporting character? Special guest star?
DJ Qualls was in fact a "Special Guest Star" for this episode. This is presumably supposed to be a meta reference to Garth's role as both a supporting character and a special guest star.
Brad: Wow. I mean, wow. With the furrowed brow and the puppy eyes did you see that? That never actually works for you, does it?
A reference to Sam's famous Puppy Dog Eyes. Without God's influence, they apparently no longer work.
Sam and Dean's pictures in the promo for their fight are their mugshots from 2.19 Folsom Prison Blues.
When Dean gives Sam his speech about the two of them kicking ass in the fight, a slightly off-key version of the track "Americana" (also known as "Dean's Family Dedication Theme") plays behind his words.

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