4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
|Title||The Monster at the End of This Book|
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 18|
|First aired||April 2, 2009|
|Directed by||Mike Rohl|
|Written by|| Teleplay:|
|On IMDB||The Monster at the End of This Book|
|Outline||Sam and Dean meet a writer who has visions about their lives.|
|Location(s)||Kripke's Hollow, Ohio|
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While investigating a haunting, a comic shop proprietor assumes Sam and Dean are in a role playing game. He shows them a series of books called Supernatural by Carver Edlund.
The boys are shocked to find that the books document their life over the past four years. They discover an online fandom - with both Sam Girls and Dean Girls and Slash fans - and track down the woman responsible for publishing the books. She is wary of them until they reveal their extensive 'knowledge' of the characters, and that they even have tattoos like the characters in the books. The publisher reveals the books were written under a pseudonym by Chuck Shurley. Chuck Shurley is astonished to be confronted by his "creations." He reveals the stories comes to him in visions. His latest vision has revealed that Lilith will visit Sam, and that they will have a night of "fiery demonic passion".
While Sam seems keen to confront Lilith, Dean thinks they should avoid her by doing the opposite of everything Chuck has foreseen. While hiding out in a motel room surrounded by hex bags to hide him from Lilith, Sam asks Chuck if he knows about him drinking demon blood. Chuck says he does, and he confronts Sam about why he is doing it.
Meanwhile Dean is trying to avoid doing what Chuck foretold, but the events keep coming to pass whatever he does. Dean accuses Chuck of withholding information and attacks him, but is stopped by Castiel who reveals Chuck is a prophet of God, and that his books will one day be known as the Winchester Gospels.
Dean returns to the motel to find Sam has burned the hex bags so that Lilith will find him. Frustrated, Dean threatens to leave, but changes his mind and just storms out into the parking lot. Desperate, Dean starts to pray and Castiel appears. Castiel gives Dean information on how to stop Lilith, revealing that Chuck is protected by an archangel who will intervene if Chuck is threatened. By putting Chuck in the same room with Lilith, the archangel appears and Lilith flees.
Following the confrontation with Lilith, Zachariah appears to Chuck after he has another vision. While it is not revealed what Chuck saw, he wants to warn Sam and Dean, but Zachariah tells him not to. Chuck threatens to kill himself, but Zachariah says they will only bring him back to life. In despair, Chuck asks what he should do. Zachariah replies, "Do what you always do. Write".
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Chuck Shurley aka Carver Edlund
- Sera Siege
- Acting in Unison
- Angel Lore
- Casa Erotica
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dark side
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Bracelet
- Dean Girls
- Demon Blood
- Demon-Killing Knife
- Devil's Trap
- Dr. Sexy, M.D.
- Fictional Locations
- Grenade Launcher
- Hex Bag
- Led Zeppelin
- Magic Fingers
- Mary Sue
- Meta Episodes
- Sam Girls
- The Supernatural Books
- Stephen King
- Television Without Pity
- They're Brothers
- Title Card
- Winchester Gospels
- "Leave All This Behind" by Sonny Ellis (Black Toast Music)
- (plays while Sam and Dean discuss Lilith in the diner)
Sam: Sam and Dean?
Clerk: That's it!
Dean: You're saying this is a book?
Sam: They're pretty obscure. I mean, almost zero circulation. Uh, started in '05. The publisher put out a couple dozen before going bankrupt. And, uh, the last one – No Rest for the Wicked – ends with you going to hell.
Sam: As in... Sam-slash-Dean. Together.
Dean: Like, together together?
Dean: They do know we're brothers, right?
Sam: Doesn't seem to matter.
Sam: You're not a god.
Sam: Stop it.
Dean: 'Stop it, Sam said.' Guess what you do next. 'Sam turned his back on Dean, his face brooding and pensive.' I mean, I don't know how he's doing it, but this guy is doing it. I can't see your face, but those are definitely your 'brooding and pensive' shoulders. You just thought I was a dick.
Castiel: He isn't deciding anything. He's a mouthpiece – a conduit for the inspired word.
Dean: The word? The word of god? What, like the new new testament?
Chuck: [music stops] No friggin' way.
Dean: Okay, well then, how 'bout this -- I've got a gun in my pocket, and if you don't come with me, I'll blow your brains out.
Chuck: I thought you said I was protected by an archangel?
Dean: Running from what?
Sam: Don't know. But she was telling the truth about one thing.
Dean: What's that?
Zachariah: What you always do. Write.
Trivia & References
- Simpatico is the name of a poster on the Television Without Pity message boards.
Sam: As in Sam slash Dean, together.
Dean: Like together, together? They do know we are brothers right?
Sam: Doesn't seem to matter.
Dean: Well that's just sick!
- Sam Girls and Dean Girls are fans dedicated to one or other of the brothers.
- Slash fanfiction is stories written by fans depicting characters in a same-sex romantic and/or sexual relationship. In the Supernatural fandom, Sam/Dean is known as Wincest.
Sera: Oh no. Um. No. Sorry, I can't.
Sam: We just want to talk to him. Y'know, get the "Supernatural" story in his own words.
Sera: He's very private. Just like Salinger.
- Salinger is a reference to author J.D. Salinger. Salinger, who died in 2010, was famous for being a hermit was fairly anti-social.
- In the Stephen King novel Misery, writer Paul Sheldon is held captive, tortured and forced to write for his 'number one fan' Annie Wilkes.
Dean: Slaughterhouse Five-Vonnegut or Cat's Cradle-Vonnegut?
Chuck: It's Kilgore Trout-Vonnegut. I wrote myself into it. I wrote myself, in my house, confronted by my characters.
- Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer. In his book Breakfast of Champions, he wrote himself into the book, as well as a recurring character called Kilgore Trout (a science fiction writer based on the real writer Theodore Sturgeon), who confronts the author character.
- When an author writes her/himself into a story, it is known as self-insertion. A particular form of this in fanfiction is the Mary Sue.
- A reference to Gayle King when she did her America's Best Burger episode on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- A reference to writer M. Night Shyamalan who has appeared in small cameos in his movies. In the film Lady in the Water, Shyamalan cast himself as a writer whose work would "change the world" - an instance of what many critics saw as a Mary Sue.
- The book Dean is reading relates the events of 1.13 Route 666.
- Casa Erotica was the porn Sam watched in 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode Promo 1: 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
- Episode Promo 2: 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
- Episode gets best ever ratings on CW
- Fan photos taken during the filming of the episode by darklydean
- 4.18 The Monster At The End Of This Book: Chuck Is Writing The Gospel Of Us by bardicvoice (April 2009); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2009. Larp Along With Me, The Best Is Yet To Be: "The Monster at the End of the Book" Season 4, Episode 18. Pink Raygun, April 7; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2009. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about The Monster at the End of This Book. Sequential Tart, May 18; archive link