5.03 Free to Be You and Me

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Title Free to Be You and Me
Episode # Season 5, Episode 3
First aired September 24, 2009
Directed by J. Miller Tobin
Written by Jeremy Carver
On IMDB Free to Be You and Me
Outline Dean and Sam have gone their separate ways, and each faces deadly challenges.
Monster Raphael
Timeline August 22nd - August 25th, 2009
Location(s) Garber, Oklahoma
Greeley, Pennsylvania
Waterville, Maine
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Sam is sleeping by himself in a motel room, shirtless. When he turns, he sees his long dead girlfriend Jessica. Sam tells Jessica that he misses her so much and Jess asks Sam why he is running away. Sam tells her that he thinks he's a freak, Jess tells him that it isn't true, but Sam denies her saying he knows he has a 'big' darkness inside him.

Back one week earlier, Sam and Dean are living their separate ways. The scene flashing back and forth between Dean hunting - interviewing, killing vampires, cleaning up - and Sam trying to make a normal life for himself - burning his fake IDs, and getting a job as a bar back in a local bar.

As Dean cleans up his bloody jacket, Castiel appears behind him. He explains to Dean that they need to find God and the only one who can help them is the archangel Raphael, the very same angel that killed him. Dean wonders if this is actually for revenge, but goes along with it after some discussion. Castiel claims he has no one else to help him, and Dean is crucial to the plan because no angel would bring harm to him, Michael's vessel.

At the bar, a fellow bartender named Lindsey shows interest in Sam, who is going by the name Keith. She tries to pry information out of him, finally betting him life stories and dinner on a game of darts. To get her off his back, he quickly wins the game, then turns to the news, where he sees some ominous signs in the weather. He calls Bobby for help, but refuses to be the hunter to take care of things when asked.

Castiel and Dean arrive at the police station in Waterville, Maine to get information about the location of Raphael's vessel from an officer who witnessed a battle between Raphael and some demons. Castiel wants to be honest with the witness, but Dean convinces him to go in disguised as two federal agents. Despite Castiel's inexperience at undercover work, they find out the whereabouts of Raphael's vessel: St. Pete's Hospital, where they find the former vessel apparently brain damaged after hosting the archangel.

Back at an abandoned house, Castiel brings a very rare type of oil, holy oil, from Jerusalem in which they can trap the archangel, and reveals he doesn't expect to live after trapping Raphael.

A few hunters walk into the bar calling Sam by his real name and talking about hunting. Sam quickly covers the slip to Lindsay then calls them away to a table. The hunters -- Steve Bose, Reggie Hull and Tim JanklowS5Com, tell Sam that Bobby called them saying that in the town, there's a demon crisis. Sam says he's out.

Meanwhile, Castiel and Dean are at a brothel after Dean finds out that Castiel is still a virgin. Dean arranges for a nervous Castiel to go to a room in the back with one of the girls. While Dean is flirting with another lady, he hears a scream from the back. Dean goes to the back and finds Castiel, trench coat and suit still on but his tie askew, and the girl, nearly hysterical, hightailing it. Dean asks what happened, and Castiel explains that he only looked the girl in the eyes and tried to comfort her by telling her that it wasn't her fault that her father, Gene, ran off. It was because he hated his job at the post office. Dean grabs Castiel as bouncers come towards them and gets them out of there. As they get in the car, he claims he hasn't laughed that much in a very long time.

Sam and Lindsay are enjoying a meal, and Lindsay starts asking Sam about himself. Sam opens up just enough to vaguely tell Lindsay that he used to be in business with his brother, but he made some mistakes and people got hurt. Lindsay asks what his addiction was, pulling out her sobriety coin and assuring him that nobody has ever been so bad that they can't be forgiven, that they can't change.

Back in Maine, Castiel and Dean are at St. Pete's in the vessel's room. Castiel, pouring a circle around the man, explains that when the Holy Oil burns, it acts like a steel cage, trapping the angel. He also explains that the connection between angel and vessel is kind of like a phone line - if one knows the right number, it can be used to bring the archangel to them.

When Dean and Castiel get back to the house, Raphael is standing there. Dean tells Raphael that they knew he was coming and he lights the circle of Holy Oil the archangel is standing in. Raphael is surprised and tells them that God is dead. That is the only explanation for the horrible things have happened in the 20-21st Century and God's continuing silence. He suggests that Lucifer is the one who resurrected Castiel as he needs more fallen angels. Castiel doesn't believes him and they leave the now-destroyed building, Raphael still trapped in the burning ring of oil.

Back at the bar, Sam is questioned by the hunters, who have taken Lindsay hostage, now down to two as the unexpected numbers of the demons killed their friend. Sam confesses that he was the one who had started the Apocalypse as they had heard from the demons, but the hunters want him to drink a vial of demon blood and wipe out all the demons in the town. After Sam refuses, he's attacked by Tim, who force-feeds him the blood. Sam spits it back in his face, then beats them up badly, and they leave.

Castiel and Dean are on the road, Castiel riding shotgun and looking sullen. Dean tells Castiel that he knows a little something about missing fathers, and there were many times he went looking for his dad when all logic said he was dead. But he knew his dad was alive. Dean tells Castiel to ignore Raphael and asks what he believes. Castiel replies that he thinks God is still alive, and Dean tells him to go looking for him. Then Castiel asks how Dean is, and Dean replies that although he can't believe it, he's good, really good. He feels happy to be finally away from his family and hasn't laughed as much in the past few years with Sam as he has in the past 24 hours with Castiel. When he looks to the passenger seat, Castiel is gone.

Sam gets another late-night visit from Jessica, who turns out to be Lucifer disguising himself as Jessica all along. He says that Nick's body was Plan B, and that his true vessel was supposed to be Sam. He says that eventually, without any trickery or lies on his part, Sam will agree to be his vessel, although Sam adamantly disagrees.




  • "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
(plays over the Sam and Dean montage in the beginning)
  • "Devil Sway" by Swank
(plays when the hunters show up at the bar)
  • "Blues Won't Let Me Be" by Left Hand Frank and His Blues Band
(plays after the hunters leave and talks with the waitress; also played in 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer)


Dean: [Castiel appears right next to Dean] Cas, we've talked about this. Personal space?
Castiel: My apologies.
Dean: Last time you zapped me someplace I didn't poop for a week. We're driving.
Dean: Seriously? You're going to walk in there and tell him the truth?

Castiel: Why not?
Dean: Because we're humans. And when humans want something really, really bad, we lie.
Castiel: Why?

Dean: Because that's how you become President.
Dean: So is this what I'm looking at if Michael jumps in my bones?
Castiel: No, not at all. Michael is much more powerful. It'll be far worse for you.
Dean: You have been with women before. Right? Or an angel, at least? You mean to tell me you've never been up there doing a little cloud-seeding?
Castiel: I've never had occasion, okay?
Castiel: This is a den of iniquity. I should not be here.
Dean: Dude, you full-on rebelled against Heaven. Iniquity is one of the perks.
Dean: The hell did you do?

Castiel: I don't know. I just looked her in the eyes and told her it wasn't her fault that her father Gene ran off. It was because he hated his job at the post office.
Dean: Oh, no, man.
Castiel: What?

Dean: This whole industry runs on absent fathers. It's, it's the natural order. We should go. Come on
Sam: I used to be in business with my brother. Truth is I was pretty good at the job. But... I made some mistakes, I did some stuff I'm not so proud of, and people got hurt. A lot of people.
Raphael: This is funny to you? You're living in a godless universe.

Dean: And? What, you and the other kids just decided to throw an apocalypse while he was gone?
Raphael: We're tired. We just want it to be over. We just want... paradise.
Dean: So, what, God dies and makes you the boss and you decide you can do whatever you want?

Raphael: Yes. And whatever we want, we get.
Castiel: Let's go.

Raphael: Castiel. I'm warning you. Do not leave me here. I will find you.
Castiel: Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch.

Dean: What he said.
Lucifer: Sam. My heart breaks for you. The weight on your shoulders, what you've done, what you still have to do. It is more than anyone could bear. If there was some other way... but there isn't. I will never lie to you. I will never trick you. But you will say yes to me.

Sam: You're wrong.
Lucifer: I'm not. I think I know you better than you know yourself.
Sam: Why me?

Lucifer: Because it had to be you, Sam. It always had to be you.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode refers to a 1970s children's record and TV show Free to be... You and Me. This clip from the show is particularly relevant as the kids in the clip talk about how they feel about their siblings. Another reference - when the CW was formed in 2006, its initial promotional campaign featured the tag "free to be..."
One of the fake I.D.s that Sam burns has the alias Detective R. Bachman. This could be a reference to Richard Bachman which was Stephen King's pseudonym under which he published novels from 1977 - 1982.
At the beginning of the episode, Dean uses the alias Detective Bill Buckner, referring to Bill Buckner the first baseman from the 1986 Boston Red Sox, who gained infamy after making a crucial fielding error.
Dean: Eat it, Twilight!
Dean's reference as he kills a vampire refers to the popular book and movie series, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Castiel: His name is Raphael.

Dean: You were wasted by a teenage mutant ninja angel?

Raphael was one of the the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Dean: So, what, I'm Thelma and you're Louise and we're just going to hold hands and sail off this cliff together?
At the end of the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise, they hold hands as they drive off a cliff to escape police.
The fact that Sam completed the notoriously difficult New York Times Saturday crossword, was an indication to Lindsey that Sam was educated.
Sam: A riddle wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside a taco?
Winston Churchill famously said that Russia was "a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped inside an enigma."
When they pose as FBI agents, Dean uses the alias "Alonzo Mosely" the name of an FBI agent in the movie Midnight Run. He calls Castiel "Eddie Moscone" - a bail bondsman in the same movie.
Dean: Let me guess, he just, uh, vanished into thin air?

Deputy: Uh, no, Kolchak. He's down at Saint Pete's.

Carl Kolchak was a fictional newspaper reporter of the movies The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, and in the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He specialized in investigating paranormal cases.
Dean: Let me tell you something. There are two things I know for certain. One, Bert and Ernie are gay. Two, you are not gonna die a virgin. Not on my watch. Let's go.
Reference to the long standing belief that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple.
Lindsey: So your parents were drunk when they named you and you shoot Bambi?
Bambi is the young deer from the eponymous titled Disney film.
When Castiel is hesitating about going with Chastity, Dean says "Dayenu," which is a Hebrew word. It is the name of a very famous Passover song of giving thanks. In this context is roughly means "be grateful to God for these gifts."
Dean: Just stick to the basics, OK? Do not order anything off the menu. Go get her, tiger.
"Go get 'em, tiger," is a line from the Spider-Man comic books, TV shows, and movies. It is a phrase of encouragement by Peter Parker's girlfriend/wife Mary Jane Watson.
Castiel summons Raphael using the Enochian Water Cup invocation.
Castiel: Where is He?

Raphael: God? Didn't you hear? He's dead, Castiel. Dead.

The phrase "God is dead," was coined by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Dean: Oh yeah? Well then who invented the Chinese basket trick?
The Chinese basket trick is a sex position where the woman is positioned in a sex swing, and the man on the floor, and the woman proceeds to spin rather than do the typical sex motions.
Tim: Here's what's gonna happen. You're gonna drink this, Hulk out, and you're gonna waste every one of the demon scum that killed my best friend.
the Hulk is originally a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A scientist, Bruce Banner, transforms into the strong and almost unstoppable green monster the Hulk whenever he becomes angry or panicked. Dean previously used the "Hulk out" phrase in 2.09 Croatoan.


This episode filmed from July 24 - August 5th, 2009.
Sam is staying in the Great Plains motel.
The name of the bar in which Sam gets a job as a busboy is called Hoyt's Bar.
Sam uses the alias "Keith" whilst working in the bar.
Some of the contacts in Sam's phone include:
  • Adele
  • Alana
  • Bobby (605) 555-0172
  • Brook
  • Butcher
  • Cassidy
  • Cory
  • Courtenay
  • Dan
  • Darilyn
  • Deborah
  • Dean (212) 555-0113
Colin Lawrence, who played the hunter Reggie Hull, previously played Jason in 1.12 Faith.
There was a deleted scene from the episode, a sex scene between Sam and Lindsey. A fragment of it aired in a promo for the next episode.

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