6.12 Like a Virgin

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Title Like a Virgin
Episode # Season 6, Episode 12
First aired February 2, 2011
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Adam Glass
On IMDB Like a Virgin
Outline While Sam tries to find out what has been happening for the 18 months he doesn't remember, he and Dean investigate the abduction of young girls.
Monster Dragons
Timeline Ten days after the events of 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
Location(s) Singer Salvage Yard, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Portland, Oregon
San Francisco, California
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Although Sam has had his soul restored by Death, he remains unconscious. Castiel tells Dean he is unsure if Sam will recover because his soul is terribly damaged; however, Sam wakes up after Castiel leaves. Sam has no memories of the past year and a half, and Dean is reluctant to reveal anything because he is worried that any memories may destroy the wall Death created in Sam's mind to block out the experience of being in Lucifer's Cage. Bobby finds it hard to act as if nothing has happened, especially as only ten days ago Sam tried to kill him.

Keen to get back to hunting, Sam and Dean pursue a case in Portland, Oregon. A plane crashed and one of its occupants, Penny Dessertine, has disappeared. Her boyfriend Stan, the pilot of the small plane, was found 17 miles away and burned to a crisp. On the drive to Portland, Sam asks Dean why he didn't leave hunting, since he promised Sam that he would try to live a normal life after he was gone. Dean reluctantly shares that he lived with Lisa and Ben for a year, but just says that "it didn't work out." In Portland, Dean is obviously pleased to be working alongside Sam, who is back to being sensitive and empathetic with people, unlike "RoboSam." As they investigate the young women who have gone missing, Dean works out that they were all virgins. They then interview a woman who escaped from an attempted kidnapping, and she describes her attacker as a large bat. She shows Sam and Dean the deep claw marks on her back and tells them that she passed out. When she woke up, she was alone and her ring was gone. The creature apparently rejected her because she wasn't a virgin, but stole her gold promise ring.

Incredibly, all of their research points to dragons being involved. Bobby directs Dean to Dr. Visyak, an expert on medieval lore. She tells Dean that the only thing that can kill a dragon is a blade forged with dragons blood, and that she has one, the Sword of Bruncvik. The sword is bound to a stone, and Dr. Visyak tells Dean that, according to the lore, only a knight ready to slay a dragon can pull the sword from the stone. Dean, cocky and sure, climbs up and tries to extract the sword, but is unsuccessful. He eventually resorts to plastic explosives, which, though they free the sword from the stone, break the sword in half!

Meanwhile, Sam speaks to Bobby, and they deduce that the dragons may be living in sewers rather than caves. Sam can tell Bobby is behaving somewhat strangely with him, but doesn't know why. He calls on Castiel and tricks him into revealing that Sam has been out of Hell and without his soul for the last year and a half.

When Dean returns with the broken sword, he and Sam track down the dragon's lair in a sewer, finding first a pile of gold and then an ancient manuscript. Before they have a chance to examine the manuscript, they hear cries for help. They follow the voices until they find the missing women, who are being kept together in a cage. Before they can free them, two dragons appear. In the ensuing fight, Sam is able to kill one with the sword, but the other escapes.

Back at Bobby's, Sam reveals that he knows about the last year and a half, and he apologizes to Dean for the things he did without his soul. He also thanks Dean for trying to protect him, but he wants to learn about all the things he did without his soul so that he can try to make up for whatever wrongs he may have committed. Dean wants Sam to leave well enough alone because he doesn't want him to risk remembering his time in hell, but Sam refuses. Meanwhile, Bobby examines the manuscript that they stole from the dragon's lair. He later tells Dean and Sam that the manuscript is written in an ancient form of Latin and that its pages are made from human skin. As far as he can tell, it is a manual on how to access Purgatory and free "the mother of all things."

The escaped dragon meets up with another who has also captured a half dozen women. They take one of the women and use an incantation to open a door to Purgatory. They throw the woman in, and she rises from the fire, giving form to Mother.




  • "Back in the Saddle" by Aerosmith
(plays over "The Road So Far" montage)
  • "A New Day Yesterday" by Jethro Tull
(plays in the car as Sam and Dean drive to Portland)


Bobby: Like my Daddy always said: just coz it kills your liver don't mean it ain't medicine.
Dean: As far as I'm concerned, it's a gift horse, and I'm not looking for teeth. I'm sending Death a damn fruit basket.
Sam: What was that?
Dean: One part age, three parts liquor.
Dean: (reading from Penny's diary) I've decided. I'm going to give Stan my most precious gift.

Sam: Wow, that sounded really creepy coming out of your mouth.

Dean: I think I delivered it.
Sam: Let's say you're right. Fine. Who would want virgins?
Dean: You got me. I prefer ladies with experience.
Dean: I think it just goes to show that being easy is pretty much all upside!
Sam: So what kind of thing likes virgins and gold?

Dean: P. Diddy?
Sam: You know, it's comforting.
Dean: What's that?
Sam: I died for a year, came back, and you're still not funny.

Dean: Shut up, I'm hilarious.
Bobby: They're not like the Loch Ness Monster, Dean. Dragons aren't real.

Dean: Could you make a few calls?

Bobby: To who? Hogwarts?
Sam: Great, back to the lore.

Dean: Which says what? That they live in Middle Earth?
Sam: No. Caves.

Dean: You're such a nerd.
Castiel: Sam, it's so good to see you alive.

Sam: Yeah, you, too. (Castiel goes for a hug, but Sam sits down) Um, look, I would hug you, but -

Castiel: That would be awkward.
Dean: You rocks think you're so smart.
Dean: Sam, Death didn't just shove your soul back in, okay? He put up the Great Wall of Sam between you and the things that you don't remember. And trust me when I say that the things you don't know could kill you. That's not a joke!

Sam: Right, but I have to set things right. Or what I can, anyway.
Dean: It wasn't you!

Sam: You know, I kind of feel like I got slipped the worst mickey of all time and I woke up to find out that I had burned the whole city down. And you can say it wasn't me, but I'm the one with the Zippo in my pocket, you know? So I'm not sure it's that cut and dry. And look, I appreciate you trying to protect me, I really do, but I gotta fix what I gotta fix. So I need to know what I did.

Trivia & References

The title "Like a Virgin" is a reference to the 1984 song by Madonna of the same name. The song was the subject of a famous dialogue in the movie Reservoir Dogs Madonna later gave the film's director a signed CD with the dedication "To Quentin. It's not about dick, it's about love. Madonna."
Dean: Couple of Buddy Hollys doesn't really seem like news of the weird.
Singer Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in 1959.
Bobby: That kid went straight up Menendez on me not ten days ago.
Lyle and Eric Menendez killed their parents in 1989, in a case that became famous.
Geek references aplenty in this episode! We find out Bobby reads Harry Potter when he makes a reference to Hogwarts, Sam finds that all searches for fire, gold, and virgins leads him to World of Warcraft sites, Dean makes references to Batman's anger issues, Middle Earth, and the 12 sided dice which are used in Dungeons and Dragons, and when the dragon asks where he got the blade, he says "Comic-Con."
Bobby: Ask Cloverfield, I'm pretty sure he's got that page.
Cloverfield is a sci-fi/disaster movie about a giant monster that attacks New York City.
Sam: Do you think Batman tried to rape her?

Dean: Well he does carry a lot of rage!

Dean is referring of course to Batman. Starting with Frank Millers' comic Batman: Year One and continuing with The Dark Knight Returns, the character became much darker and angrier. It is this version that Christian Bale has portrayed in the current Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan.
Dean: What, no twelve-sided dice joke?
Polyhedral dice - which can have 4, 6, 8, 12, or 20 sides - are used to play Dungeons and Dragons.
Dean: Could you make a few calls?

Bobby: To who, Hogwarts?

The Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry is the boarding school of magic which is the main setting for most of the Harry Potter books. Dragons are part of the story in the first and fourth books.
Bobby: As far as I can gather this dates back to around the fourteenth century.

Sam: What language is it?
Bobby: Da Vinci Code? Real obscure Latinate. Going to take my golden years to translate it all.

The Da Vinci Code is a novel by Dan Brown, which is based around the idea that Leonardo Da Vinci left a series of ciphers describing the secret that Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus and gave birth to a child.
Bobby: Hey, how's Memento doing over there?
Memento is a movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan about a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia and can't remember anything after the event that caused the amnesia. Sam on the other hand, has retrograde amnesia where he can't remember anything before the event that caused the amnesia [in his case, getting his soul back].
Dean: Dad never wrote anything about dragons. I promise. I'd remember if I read the Never-Ending Story in there.
The Never-Ending Story is a fantasy novel and film in which the protagonist is aided by a dragon.
Sam: Great, back to the lore.

Dean: Which says what, that they live in Middle Earth?

Middle Earth is the setting for J.R.R. Tolkien's books, including The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dragons appear in several of Tolkien's stories.
Bobby: FYI, that ain't paper.

Dean: What is it?
Bobby: It's human skin.

This may be a reference or homage to the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, the fictional Sumerian grimoire featured in the Evil Dead movies. According to the film lore, the book's pages were inked with human blood, gathered from Hell's "Sea of Blood" and bound together in the flesh of sacrificed virgins.
Mother was briefly mentioned in 6.07 Family Matters by the Alpha Vampire, who, in answer to Sam's question about who made him, said, "Well, we all have our mothers. Even me."
The conjuration used by the dragons is taken from a very obscure manuscript preserved in the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany. It's a manual of necromancy from the early 15th century, a grimoire, known as Codex Latinus Monacensis 849. It's not bound in human skin (although these do exist, too - there are several anthropomorphically bound books in the Harvard library system), but the first couple of pages really are missing.
Latin: Ego coniuro vos, insolubiliter ad mei potenciam alligati, ad me sine prestolacione venire debeatis, aperiat huc sine mora debeas mater.
English: I invoke you, that, indissolubly bound to my power, you should come to me without delay, you should appear here immediately, mother.
The dragons in this episode are based on the European dragon myths. Some interpretations of these myths read them as symbolizing the battle of patriarchal religions (the knight or hero) to defeat the old Mother Goddess religions (represented by the dragon), with female power reduced to helpless maidens needing to be rescued. Source.


This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 28, 2011. However on January 27, The CW announced that the episode, and Smallville, were being pushed back a week to allow for repeats of the new episodes of Vampire Diaries and Nikita.
This is not the first time dragons have been associated with Supernatural. When Supernatural earned its own recaps and forums on Television Without Pity, the page featured a graphic of a dragon. He became known as the “Big Gay Dragon” or the “Big Gay Supernatural Dragon,” and was christened Raoul by fans. Later Raoul became Demian’s imaginary recapping partner for Supernatural.
Originally a line of dialogue was to explain why dragons looked the way they did, instead of how they are depicted in mythology. According to writer Adam Glass, a dragon would have told Dean:
"Your army was defeated and your kingdom burned to the ground - who are you going to tell your king did it? Me a man, or a sixty foot, fire-breathing serpent snake from Hell?"
One of the missing women is named Mary Louise Mac[something]. Another, the one from the airplane, is Penny Dessertine; she shares a surname with a Supernatural writer, Rebecca Dessertine. Mary Louise and the other missing woman are both some flavor of Christian; Penny is not, though her actual religious beliefs are otherwise unspecified.
When Sam is asleep in the panic room at the beginning of the episode, he is hooked up to an IV.
All the kidnappees have light skin and dark hair.
While at the motel, Sam and Dean have take out from "Big Az" restaurant.
Kim Ulrich who plays Dr. Visyak was a bridesmaid at Jim Beaver's wedding (Source).

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