15.11 The Gamblers

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Title The Gamblers
Episode # Season 15, Episode 11
First aired January 30, 2020
Directed by Charles Beeson
Written by Meredith Glynn
Davy Perez
On IMDB The Gamblers
Outline As Sam and Dean attempt to restore their luck, Castiel investigates a series of angel murders committed by a resurrected Jack.
Monster Fortuna
Location(s) Alaska
Lebanon, Kansas
Cushing, Oklahoma
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Two men are playing pool in a pool hall. A man with a cowboy hat and a man with glasses. There is a coin hanging from a light, it lights up green. The man with the glasses is upset, he takes the coin into his hand and yells, no. He tries to hit his opponent with the cue stick, but the man stops him and says, no fights. He is taken away and thrown outside on the ground. He puts on his glasses which fell off and walks away throwing his coin in the air. He is then hit by a semi truck.

The door of the bunker opens. Cas emerges, looking down calling for Sam and Dean. No answer. He notices a note. He reads that they are in Alaska

Sam and Dean are on the road to Alaska. Sam is texting with Eileen. His phone is making noises and Dean comments on the noise. Sam says that, she thinks it sounds too good to be true. He his doubts that this place will change their luck. Dean speaks of how he can't take this normal crap anymore. Sam says that no one but Garth heard of this place. No lore, no mention of it anywhere. Dean believes it is real.

A cell phone is ringing in a dark room. Cas hears it and answers it. A Jeb Evans of Cushing Oklahoma, a deputy of the sheriffs office. Agent Watt- Dean is who he wanted. Cas tells him his alias and he is a fed who can come and investigate for the absent Agt. Watts. The deputy tells Cas that he has a homa side. The case involves Jack Kline. A person of interest of theirs. Cas is stunned and speechless. He tells the deputy that he is one of theirs.

The Impala stops at the Round Up Cafe. Last stop before a hundred miles. Sam refers to the sandwiches in the cooler. Dean said he ate them while he was asleep. Sam reminded him they are short on cash. In the cafe, Dean puts some change on the counter. He asks the waitress what they could get for $4.10. She says a slice of pie and two forks. Sam is looking at a map to see where they are going. Dean asks the waitress about a road on the map. Urban legend has it that there is a place in the middle of no where. A pool hall of magic. If you win you come back with luck, power ball lucky. No one leaves. She knows a man Leonard who went there and never came back. She heard he had an accident and died. The phone rings, she leaves. They know this is the place. Sam says, a pool hall the makes you lucky or kills you. Dean thinks it sounds like a witch or a demon. He adds that pool is the of champions and kings. Its our game. We used to hustle pool. The waitress returns and asks if the Impala is theirs. It has a flat.

Back to Cas. He is talking to the deputy on the phone. He has a lap top and is looking at a video on it. The officer tells him to watch it and see who killed the doctor. It has people pretty spooked. Jack is seen coming into the building he gets to the a door, the doctor meets him outside of his office. Then the video gets interference for 2 ½ minutes. He then enters the doctors office and eats his heart.

They arrive at the pool hall and speak to the bartender. Dean asks for two waters. Dean asks her her name. Evie. Then he asks about a game. She refers him to Pax, a dark haired man at a desk. He asks her if she remembers a man that was there a few weeks ago, Leonard. She says, no. They speak to Pax, he asks how they found them. Dean tells them, a friend. He tells Pax that they are short on money. He tells Dean they don't bet with money. He pulls a coin out of a box, we use this. He tells Dean to touch it, he does and it lights up green. Some people come in with a certain kind of luck. His luck is about average. Put the coin on the table and maybe your luck will improve. Sam asks him what this place is, who owns it? Pax tells him he just works here. Dean asks if he can split his luck with anyone. He tells dean that it's his and he can do anything he wants with it.

They discuss what to do. Dean thinks he can win. He's been playing most of his life. He refers to the monster fight club and how they barely escaped, they need the luck. He's a better player then Sam. They agree to do it.

Cas is at the building where Jack killed the doctor. He is looking around and in closets. He finds in one a long black case. He takes it out and finds his sword. This is a sword of a Grigori angel. Jack is seen following a man who is carrying a case like the doctor had into a fenced in place.

Back at the pool hall. Dean is speaking loudly that he is rusty, trying to attract a player. There is a red headed woman at the bar drinking a shot of whiskey she takes the challenge. She puts her coin in the slot hanging from the light above the table. Rack them up she says. At the bar Evie asks Sam why he didn't play, he tells her that it isn't really his thing. He asks Evie whats the woman's deal. She says, she's been here a while and that her sister is still in a coma. So she's playing to wake her up? Evie says, everyone has something they want. He asks her if she has smelled anything odd, like rotten eggs. No. If she had noticed small bundle laying around. No, again. He tells her places like this don't exist for no reason. Evie says, some people thing this place is a God send. She points out a man playing, he loves his wife, but she has expensive taste. She refers to a woman who works doubles they both deserve a lucky break. They won but kept playing til their luck ran out. Stayed rather then leave. Dean beats the red haired lady. She says, dam and take out her coin.

Jack follows the man into the a building. The man grabs him from behind, putting his sword to his neck asking who he was a why is he following him.

Sam is telling Dean what he learned from Evie. He is telling Dean to cut their losses, even though he won, they should leave. Dean brings up the movie “The Hustler.” Sam reluctantly agrees to let Dean play again. He picks his next opponent a man with a beard and cowboy hat. The man asks what is name is, he replies Dean Winchester. Dean asks what kind of name is Joey Six. I was something they called him in PBR. Dean misses his shot, Joey goes next. He misses, too. Joey says double or nothing you miss that shot. Dean asks it he is trying to hustle him. He pockets the ball, the coin lights up, Joey Six takes his coin and leaves the hall. Dean looks at his coin and smiles.

Joey is out on the front porch, he's upset. Sam comes out, Dean follows. That was a good game he says to Dean. He says I guess you can't hustle a hustler. He begins to cough and brings up blood. He has cancer. This is why he came here to beat the cancer. It gave him an extra year. He puts a cigarette in his mouth and begins to light it. He coughs more. Sam and Dean look saddened.

They go back into the hall. Dean wants to hit the road. Sam wants to stay and figure the place out. He is not sure if that coin got back what Chuck took from them. Dean wants to take Baby for a spin to see if the coin worked.

Cas meets with the deputy it is dark out. Using a flashlight, there is blood on the sidewalk. Cas flashes his FBI badge to him. Th officer tells him that at the altercation, a transient saw the man had a sword. The deputy spoke of a few building in the area they could be. Cas picked the church. As he leaves the deputy tells him he called him for answers. Cas says he will get them for him.

Sam is trying to get the people in the hall to leave, none of them will. He asks a woman if they are trapped there, she walks away. Dean comes back. The car is dead, this coin blows.

Sam notices the coin and accumulated luck did not transfer to Dean. From Joey Six who won over 30 games. The image on the coin Sam recognizes as Fortuna. A Roman goddess of luck. Evie tells Sam she came here to win but lost. She works with agreement with Fortuna. They ask if she is here. She doesn't know. She only talks to Pax.

In an church a man is seen taking out knives from a unfolded pouch. They are small. He is speaking with Jack. Jack is kneeling on the floor with his hands tied. He tells Jack he has heard of him and that he is powerful. He wants Jack to tell him why he is killing his kind. The Grigori angel, Kabauel, that they have their own frequency, angel radio. He heard his brother crying to him when he killed him.

Sam enters the room where Pax is. Dean from behind with a sword to his neck. Sam calls for Frotuna. Dean says we have your son. She says, enough. Sam says he knows she has been skimming the luck. She tells Sam you can kill him, his daddy was human. Looking at Pax, she says sorry to her son. Dean wants to play her again. She won't, she gets a reading on her players and he is a beach read, sexy. Then she walks to Sam, she wants to play him. Sam wants to not play for luck but for everyone's lives there. No she says, if you lose I get your life. You threatened my baby and my livelihood. There must be an example made. He agrees to the terms.

Kabaiel is cutting Jacks neck. He says, you can't kill me. The angel says, I can make you suffer. I'm the last of my kind. You cut their heart out. Jack tells him the last one pretended to be a doctor, he was feeding off the humans he was suppose to heal. You do it too, only you like children. Kabaiel take his sword to Jacks back and asked, who told you that. Jack tells him, Death. Cas stops him and stabs him with his angel blade. He lights up and falls to the floor. He drops his blade and runs to Jack and unties him. He helps him up and hugs him.

Sam breaks, the balls scatter. She asks why he needs his luck so bad. He tells her a curse from God. He misses his shot. She says, life's a bitch and then you die. Dean tells her, we literally met him. Little guy squirrelly as hell. She knows him. She tells them the humans created the gods. She explains that when the apes came out of the trees they prayed to the sun, moon, rain and the stars. At first the creator was furious, then he birthed us. Named many of us. Dean asked why. To take blame from him. He was happy to hide behind religions. Most gods have forgotten, I hold a grudge. Sam tells them, 8 ball corner pocket. He wins. She says, you got me talking. She tells Dean to even up, she wants to make it interesting. You are going to fight God, stuff of hero's. She's helped many hero's. Its double or nothing. Sam agrees but not for more luck but for them. All the people kept here. If I win you have to let them all go. She says, I'm not stopping them. Sam insists she give back the luck she stole. She calls them losers and they don't matter. She does agree.

The game begins, she hits all her solids in the pockets. Then she hits the 8 ball into a pocket. She wins. You challenged the goddess of luck in her own joint. What you'd think was going to happen. Dean says, we had to try. They leave the building. I thought she was going to kill us, Dean says. Evie emerges from the hall, as do the rest of them. Sam asks what is happening. She shut it down, because of you. She thought your kind were extinct. Sam says, what kind. Hero's she says, like the old days. She gave me a message for you. Don't play his game, let him play your game instead. She hands him the coin it lights up in both of their hands. They get into Baby and she starts. Dean says, we're back Baby.

They both enter the main room at the bunker. Deans scratch off loses. Sam says, no car trouble, the credit card works and two bacon double cheeseburgers didn't kill you. They see Cas with Jack behind him. Cas says, it's really him.

Sam gives him a hug. Dean puts his hand on the back of his neck and stares into his face. He knows it's him. They are having a beer together at the table. Sam says, you ate their hearts? I had to. He couldn't come home because I needed to stay hidden and couldn't use my powers. My grandfather would kill me. He's afraid of Jack. Billie kept him hidden in the empty until Chuck went off world. The hearts were the beginning, making me stronger. He is not strong enough yet. If he does exactly what Billie tells him he will be strong enough to kill God.




  • "North to Alaska" by Johnny Horton
(playing in Lurlene's as Leonard loses the pool game)
  • "Just Enough Blues" by Elijah Honey (Black Toast Music)
(playing in the diner Sam and Dean stop at for pie and coffee)
  • "Passing Glance" by Marian McPartland (APM Music)
(playing in Lurlene's as Evie describes the various players to Sam)


Sam: I mean, how long have we been on the road looking for some place Garth says will supercharge our luck, maybe? And I mean, luck? Is that really even gonna fix our whole "problem"?

Dean: Well, it couldn't hurt. And I don't know how much more of this "normal life" crap I can take, between the credit cards, the car trouble, the constant freaking heartburn.

Sam: Well, you know, if you changed your diet... All I'm saying is that this place it's not even in the lore. Other than Garth, no one's ever even heard of it.
Sam: A-A pool hall that makes you lucky or might kill you? I mean, it sounds like a demon or a witch or --

Dean: Or it could be awesome. It's pool. The-the-the game of champions, kings. My game. Hell, our game. How many honest-to-goodness great memories do we have hustling pool?

Sam: Yeah, because we had to. To eat.
Dean: Man, I've been slinging pool cues since before you were born.

Sam: What? When you were 4? Really? What, between nap time and snack?

Dean: Look, we barely made it out of that monster fight club, okay? We need this. And you know it. Now, look, you're better than me at pretty much everything, okay? That's okay. I'm not mad. I'm proud. But I can wipe the floor with you when it comes to pool.
Joey Six: What did you say your name was again?
Dean: Well, my name's Dean Winchester. And I'm gonna kick your ass.
Jack: The last one I killed was pretending to be a doctor. Feeding on the souls of humans he was supposed to heal. You do it, too. Only you like children.

Kabaiel: Who told you that?

Jack: Death.
Fortuna: So, why do you need this luck so bad? Girlfriend problems? Liver failure?

Sam: Accursed by God.
Fortuna: Life's a bitch, then you die.
Dean: The God literally cursed us.
Fortuna: You've met?
Dean: Yeah. Little guy, squirrelly as hell.

Fortuna: Yeah, that's him. Well, welcome to the club.
Fortuna: You little minx - you got me talking. You're good.
Sam: I learned from my brother.
Fortuna: What is it with you and these losers?! They're nothing! They don't matter!

Sam: They matter to me.

Dean: They matter to us.
Evie: She -- she shut it down.

Dean: Why?
Evie: Because of you. She said she thought your kind had gone extinct.
Sam: Our kind?

Evie: Heroes. Like the old days. And, uh, she gave me a message. She said, "Don't play his game. Make him play yours."
Jack: Every day I wanted to come home, but I couldn't.

Dean: Why not?
Jack: Because if I don't stay hidden, if I use my powers, my grandfather He'll know I'm back, and He'll try and kill me again. He's afraid of me. And that's why we had to wait.
Castiel: Billie kept him hidden in the Empty until Chuck went off-world.
Jack: She let me out when it was safe.
Dean: Safe to what? Eat a bunch of angel hearts?

Jack: Safe to do what I have to. The hearts, they were just the beginning. They made me strong, but I-I'm not strong enough. I If I do exactly what she says, if I follow her plan, then I'll get stronger and I'll be able to kill God.

Trivia & References

When Dean opened a case file in the previous spring on Jack, he used the FBI alias "C. Watts". Charlie Watts has been the drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963. Castiel uses the alias "Agent Lizzo", Lizzo is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. Castiel's use of her name continues his trend of using modern popstars as aliases.
Dean: What can we get for, uh, $4.60? Of course.

Waitress: Um, a slice of pie and a cup of coffee?
Dean: Two forks? Damn it, I was hoping for a cheeseburger.
Sam: You can't even digest cheese anymore.
Dean: Dude. Lactaid.

Lactaid is a brand of pills containing the enzyme lactase. People who are lactose-intolerant (like poor powered-down Dean) can ingest lactase immediately before a meal containing dairy to avoid unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects.
The name given by the sheriff for the Grigori killed by Jack was Sariel. Sariel is a fallen watcher angel in lore, whose name translates to "Prince of God." While not named in the episode, closed captioning revealed that the final Grigori's name was Kabaiel, who is considered the fourth of the twenty leaders of the 200 fallen watcher angels, and whose name translates to "Star of God."
Waitress: Um, forget it. It sounds nuts.

Dean: Nuts is good. Yeah. A couple of Mr. Freakin' Peanuts here.

Mr Peanut was the top hat- and monocle-wearing peanut that was the mascot of the Planters snack food company. Coincidentally, just before the episode aired, a teaser for an upcoming SuperBowl ad suggested that Mr Peanut may die.
Dean: Alright, so, we need to minimize our risk and maximize our profit, right? It's kind of like that action we took back in Tallahassee. Remember that? The-the-the "Fast Eddie"?

Sam: I don't remember.
Dean: It was Dad's favorite, from the movie. Paul Newman. "The Hustler."
Sam: Alright, fine. One more game. One.
Dean: Okay. Now we just gotta find our Jackie Gleason.

The Hustler is a 1963 film about pool hustling starring Paul Newman as "Fast Eddie" Felson, a small-time hustler who seeks out legendary pool player "Minnesota Fats" (played by Jackie Gleason).
Fortuna: When I play someone, I get a read on them. And you -- you're just a beach read. Sexy, mm, but skimmable.

Dean: Beach read? Lady, I'm Tolstoy.

A beach read is a fun, easy, light novel to read while on vacation. Leo Tolstoy was a 19th-century Russian novelist and philosopher, often cited as one of the greatest novelists of all time.
Fortuna: You're going to fight God, that's the stuff of heroes right? So you're going to need the luck of heroes - Hercules, Cú Chulainn, Gilgamesh. I helped them all, I can help you too.
Hercules is a hero from Roman mythology; Cú Chulainn is a hero of Irish legends best known for defending Ulster from the armies of queen Medb of Connacht, and Gilgamesh was a king in ancient Sumeria whose exploits are documented in the "Epic of Gilgamesh".
Fortuna explains that when humans evolved, they first prayed to the "sun, the womb, the rain, and the stars". This made God mad that humans didn't worship Him, but then He decided to create the "gods" -- Fortuna cites "Ra, Hera, Anu, and Mixcoatl and all the rest," whom humans would blame when things went wrong. But God got jealous of the epic stories humans told about the gods so now He "hides behind" whichever religion is the most popular.


Lynda Boyd, who played Fortuna, previously played Jennifer O'Brien in 8.20 Pac-Man Fever.
Stephen Huszer, who played Pax, previously played Demon #1 in 10.03 Soul Survivor.
Rob Bruner, who played Leonard, previously played Mr. Witherspoon in 2.11 Playthings.
Jason Burkart, who played Vikings Fan, previously played Truck Driver in 8.16 Remember the Titans.
Jensen and Jared did all the pool shots in the episode. Jensen made the scoop jump shot to sink the 8-ball in a single take.
Fortuna's bar is called "Lurlene's".
Dean once again fails to get his pie after the Impala gets a flat tire.
It's revealed that at some point the previous spring, possibly after Mary's death, Dean used one of his FBI aliases to open up a file on Jack, making him wanted by the FBI. The file states that there are multiple charges pending and Jack is to be considered armed and dangerous. Jack is listed as being 5'10", 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, no known aliases, and an unknown date of birth.
When they stop at the diner, Dean says he ate the last of the sandwiches while Sam was sleeping. Dean could have meant the grilled cheese sandwiches Bess made in 15.10 The Heroes' Journey, which he could have eaten with Lactaid, or sandwiches they could have prepared in the Bunker before shipping off to Alaska.
Continuity error: Castiel remembers Tamiel explaining about the angel swords and the Grigori. However, Tamiel told Sam this, not Castiel, who was not even on the property when this conversation occurred.
Sam: At first, I thought maybe these coins were were hexed or cursed.

Dean: Like the rabbit's foot?
Sam: When you win, you're you're taking luck from whoever you beat, right?

A reference to the cursed rabbit's foot from 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock.
Jared and Tom, Shep, and Odette, along with dogs Arlo and Kodo, watch "The Gamblers"

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts