5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
|Title||Dark Side of the Moon|
|Episode #||Season 5, Episode 16|
|First aired||April 1, 2010|
|Directed by||Jeff Wollnough|
|Written by|| Andrew Dabb|
|On IMDB||Dark Side of the Moon|
|Outline||Sam and Dean are killed and find themselves in Heaven.|
|Timeline||Months after 5.10 Abandon All Hope...|
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After noticing his gun is missing from under his pillow, Dean wakes to find two men pointing guns at him and Sam. He recognizes them as hunters - Walt and Roy. Walt says they are there to kill Sam for starting the Apocalypse, and as Sam protests, Walt shoots and kills him. He tells Roy to shoot Dean, and when he hesitates, Walt kills Dean too.
Dean finds himself sitting in the Impala, and when he leaves the Impala a thirteen-year-old version of Sam appears with a box of fireworks. They go to a nearby field and set them, off - Sam obviously delighted. Dean remembers this as the fourth of July. Suddenly memories of the shooting flash into Dean's mind, and he finds himself alone again.
Castiel starts speaking to Dean through the car radio, confirming that he is dead, and in Heaven, and that if he follows the road he will find Sam. What Dean and Sam are living through are happy past memories. Dean follows the road, and finds Sam having Thanksgiving dinner with one of his teen crushes' family. Sam confirms that this a happy memory for him - what was to him his first "proper" Thanksgiving. Suddenly a searchlight sweeps through the house, and the boys hide. Castiel communicates through the TV, telling them Zachariah is looking for them to send them back to Earth and not to go into the light. Castiel explains that this is their chance to find God, and that they should find someone called Joshua who communicates with him. He tells them to follow the 'axis mundi' - the road through Heaven to the garden.
Dean finds a toy race car track in the family's cupboard, which takes them to the next place - a memory of Dean's from when he was 4 of breakfast with his mother, and him comforting her after she argues with John. The next memory experience is through a postcard for Route 66 to Flagstaff, which Sam and his dog, Bones, called home when he ran away from Dean and John once. Dean reveals that to him, it was a terrible experience. They exit there, and find themselves on a road - the place where Sam left his family to go to Stanford. Dean points out, distraught, that Sam's memories are all about leaving him - and then Zachariah appears, pursuing them through a wood.
A masked and caped figure appears, and beckons the boys to follow. They go through a door in the middle of the woods and find themselves in a bar - the Roadhouse - and the masked man is Ash. He explains that each person has their own version of Heaven, except for soul mates, who can share, although Ash has worked out a way to move between these places. Ash says he has seen Dean and Sam on the other occasions they have been in heaven, although they have no memory of it. He goes and brings back Pamela who tells Dean that she is enjoying Heaven, and that maybe he should reconsider his resistance to being Michael's vessel. Ash shows them a shortcut to the garden and the boys leave.
They find themselves again in their family home, and Mary appears again. However this time she taunts Dean, saying he was a burden, and that it's his fault everyone leaves him. Zachariah appears, and tells the boys that he will torment them until they give in. Joshua appears and tells Zachariah that he needs to speak with Sam & Dean and Zachariah must release the boys or risk God's wrath.
Joshua tells Sam and Dean that God is well aware of their predicament, and that it was God who saved them when Lucifer rose, and resurrected Castiel, and has now given them salvation. Joshua says that God is on Earth, but that no amulet will help to find him. God, he says, doesn't want to intervene anymore in the Apocalypse, and He doesn't want them to either.
Joshua returns Sam and Dean to Earth, with their memories of what they have learned intact. Castiel is devastated with the news of God's apathy, and returns the Amulet to Dean saying "It's worthless" before leaving. As Sam tries to offer hope to Dean that they can still defeat Lucifer, Dean leaves the motel room - dropping the amulet in the wastebasket as he leaves.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Mary Winchester
- Pamela Barnes
- Walt and Roy
- Acting in Unison
- Angel Lore
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- Dead...or are they?
- Harvelle's Roadhouse
- "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
- (plays after Dean is shot, then a few minutes later during his memory of shooting fireworks with Sam; also played in 2.13 Houses of the Holy)
- "What a Way to Go" by Jesse Turnbow
- (plays in the Roadhouse when Sam and Dean meet up with Ash; also played in 1.03 Dead in the Water)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon: How Are We In Heaven? by bardicvoice (April 2010); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2010. Finally! A Practical Application for String Theory!: "Dark Side of the Moon" Season 5, Episode 16. Pink Raygun, April 6; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2010. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about SPN 5.16: Dark Side of the Moon. Sequential Tart, May 17; archive link, spn-heavymeta