4.12 Criss Angel Is a Douchebag

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Title Criss Angel Is a Douchebag
Episode # Season 4, Episode 12
First aired January 22, 2009
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Julie Siege
On IMDB Criss Angel Is a Douchebag
Outline Magicians are dying and Sam and Dean try and find out if real magic is being used.
Monster Humans
Timeline December 5th, 2008 (speculation)
Location(s) Sioux City, Iowa
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It's Magic Week in Sioux City, and Jay, a magician, sits in a bar amusing the waitress with card tricks. A younger magician, Patrick Vance, heckles him, calling him washed up. Later Jay and his friends Charlie and Vernon sit in a theater watching another flashy young magician called Jeb Dexter go through his paces. They bemoan that their day is passed and Jay is increasingly depressed. He announces that he intends to undertake the "Table of Death" trick that night - what he doesn't share is that he intends to die during the trick.

That night on stage, as Jay lies bound under a rack of steel spikes about to descend, his death seems certain. The spikes fall but the curtain is parted to reveal Jay alive and well. Meanwhile, as he is leaving a bar, Patrick Vance falls to ground dead, blood oozing from a dozen puncture wounds.

Sam and Dean arrive to investigate. Sam reveals a knowledge of the world of magicians gained during a phase when he was 13. Speaking to his assistant, they find that Patrick Vance had a tarot card, the Ten of Swords, on him when he died. Dean questions Charlie and Vernon to no avail. They send Dean off to speak to someone called the Chief that they say once crossed Patrick. One arriving at the address, Dean finds he's been had - the Chief is a gay leather dom.

Sam is doing research at the hotel when Ruby arrives. She accuses Sam of wasting time while the 66 Seals are being broken. She tells him that the angels are losing the battle. Thirty-four of the seals have been broken. Sam says that he doesn't know where the seals are or how to stop them from being broken. Ruby counters that he needs to go after the source of the problem - Lilith. Sam refuses and Ruby leaves.

That night Jay attempts another death-defying act - the Executioner which involves escaping from a strait-jacket before being hung by a noose. As Jay struggles to escape, we see a noose of rope 'come to life' and hang Jeb Dexter from the ceiling fan in his hotel room. Just as the noose tightens on stage, Jay is freed.

Sam and Dean confer, postulating that Jay is using black magic to regain his old glory. Sam asks Dean if he thinks they will grow old, but Dean says that their life 'ends bloody or sad'. Sam asks if Dean wouldn't want to do something if they could end the demon war. Dean is suspicious that Sam isn't telling him everything but Sam denies it.

Back at the theatre, they find out that Jeb Dexter is dead He also had a Tarot card on him. They confront Jay but he has them arrested.

Jay admits to Charlie that he doesn't know how he is performing the feats, and wonders if he should stop, but Charlie urges him on, saying how happy he is to see Jay on top again.

That night, Jay performs the "Table of Death" again. He succeeds again but backstage Charlie is dead, punctured through the chest.

Jay has the boys released from jail, and asks for their help. They go to Vernon's room to search for clues. They find an old poster of a young Charlie as a magician called The Great Dessertini.

On stage Jay confronts Vernon who denies any knowledge of what is happening, but then a young man arrives - it's Charlie and he is young again.

Charlie reveals he once worked with P.T. Barnum, who gave him a powerful grimoire that contained a spell for immortality - the enchanted pack of Tarot cards. He offers eternal life to Vernon and Jay - although it means Sam and Dean will have to die. However Jay pickpockets Charlie's deck of cards, leaving one with Charlie, and then stabs himself, killing Charlie.

Afterward, Sam and Dean meet Jay at the bar. He is depressed - his best friend is dead and Vernon has left. Dean tells him he did the right thing but Jay finds no comfort in that and leaves. Dean suggests to Sam that they have a beer, but Sam says he wants to go for a walk. Outside Ruby arrives and Sam gets in the car with her. He says he's in. Ruby asks Sam why he changed his mind and Sam says that he doesn't want to be hunting monsters when he's an old man.




  • "I Am the Douchebag (Douchebag Theme)" by Christopher Lennertz and Steve Frangadakis
(the song that plays when Jeb Dexter is killed)
  • "She Makes Me Fall Down" by Buva
(plays when Dean and Sam meet Jay in the diner)


Dean: What a douchebag.

Sam: That's Jeb Dexter.
Dean: I don't even want to know how you know that.
Sam: He's famous, kind of.

Dean: For what, douchebaggery?
Sam: What are you doing here, Ruby?

Ruby: I should be asking you the same thing.
Sam: I'm working a job.
Ruby: The whole world's about to be engulfed in hellfire, and you're here in Magictown, U.S.A.

Sam: [Chuckles] You got something against magic?
Dean: See, the thing about real magic is it's a whole lot like crack. People do surprising things once they get a taste of it.
Chief: You are really gonna get it tonight, big boy.

Dean: There's been a misunderstanding. I, uh, think I've been had.

Chief: Oh, you ain't been had, till you been had by the Chief. Oh, and before we get started, what's your safe word?
Sam: You know what I mean, Dean. I mean, do you think we'll still be chasing demons when we're 60?

Dean: No. I think we'll be dead. For good. Why, do you want to end up like... like Travis? Or Gordon, maybe?
Sam: There's Bobby.
Dean: Oh yeah, there's a poster child for growing old gracefully.
Sam: Maybe we'll be different, Dean.

Dean: What kind of Kool-Aid you been drinking, man? Sammy, it ends bloody- or sad- that's just the life.
Jay: Charlie was like my brother and now he's dead because I did the right thing. He offered me a gift and I threw it back in his face, so now I have to spend the rest of my life old and alone. What's so right about that?

Trivia & References

Vernon and Charlie are named after Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller, both famous and well respected magicians.
Dean uses the alias Agent Ulrich. A reference to Lars Ulrich, the drummer for the heavy metal group Metallica.
Dean: I hope I die before I get old.
Dean is quoting from the Who song "My Generation."
The scene where Dean goes to 426 Bleeker St. and meets the Chief, is an homage to a scene from Police Academy where Steve Guttenberg misdirects some cops looking for the cool party and sends them to a gay leather bar called Blue Oyster Bar.
Dean: I ain't Steve Guttenberg and this ain't Cocoon.
Cocoon was a 1985 film featuring Steve Guttenberg where alien cocoons impart youth to residents of a retirement home.
The name of the episode, "Criss Angel Is a Douchebag," is referring to Criss Angel, a real life illusionist and the basis for the character, Jeb Dexter. Jeb even mentions that "Angel's in Vegas with Cirque du Soleil."
Young Charlie: Long enough to have shilled for Barnum.
P.T. Barnum is the founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He began his career as a showman in 1835 and continued at least until 1888, allowing Charlie to be well over 100 years old.
To shill basically means that Charlie was a promoter for Barnum's entertainment business.


Sam liked to do magic when he was 13.
The magicians' convention is at the Hotel Patricia.
Michael Weston, who played Young Charlie, is the son of John Rubenstien who plays Charlie.
The poster for young Charlie when he was the Great Dessertini was based on a real poster for Thurston the Great Magician.
Thurston poster.jpg

The Impala is not seen in this episode.
Jay demonstrates a one-handed cut, or Charlier cut, to the bartender.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts