15.10 The Heroes' Journey

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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
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 nitrous oxide 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.

Garth: You know it. You smell so good.

Dean: And we're done.
Garth: Apparently Dean's never been to a dentist before, and suddenly he's got a mouthful of cavities. You're sick and your car is broken down. Who did you guys piss off?
Sam: God.
Dean: Hey. Just because God yanked the magic horseshoe out of our ass, or whatever. Doesn't mean we're gonna give up. This is our job, it's what we do. 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. 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 their 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? Because if you know us, you know the stories. See, me and my brother here have taken down way bigger fellas than Marion 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 he ground.
Dean: Hey, did you believe me when I said we could win this thing?

Sam: No.

Dean: Yeah, me neither. Bring it on, Madison!
Garth: He got Garthed.
Dean: This Cas keeps looking at me weird.
Sam: So kind of like the real Cas.
Dean: What now?

Sam: I don't know. Garth's right, stuff like that, there's always a downside. And being normal --
Dean: Is fine. 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.
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 have boned us before He left, you know. Or maybe some of that crap you brought back from Rowena's went sideways. Because this. This is not normal.
Garth: Oh, no no no. I wanna 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 blows 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.

Bess: We love "50 Shades".

Garth: The point is, the hero thing is not fun. Well, I mean there are some good things about it, like when's the last time Batman got a flat tire. Or Superman couldn't pay his water bill.

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

Dean: Hey, you know what. You don't smell too bad yourself.

Garth: Thanks. It's Hai Karate.

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.


Jesse Hutch, who played Brad, previously played Jason / Crewcut in 9.02 Devil May Care.
Its 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? A special guest star?
DJ Qualls was in fact a "Special Guest Star" for this episode. This is presumably supposed to be a 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 dog eyes. You see that? That never actually works for you, does it?

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