8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler

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Title Everybody Hates Hitler
Episode # Season 8, Episode 13
First aired February 6, 2013
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB Everybody Hates Hitler
Outline Side by side with a golem and the grandson of a rabbi, Sam and Dean try to stop the mysterious Thule Society who seem to have found a way to live forever.
Monster Thule Society
Timeline
Location(s) Vitsyebsk, Belarus (1944)
Lebanon, Kansas
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Synopsis

Vitsyebsk, Belarus - 1944
Nazi Commandant Eckhart is performing a blood magic ritual when he is interrupted by a golem, who possesses superhuman strength and appears to be immune to fire, poison, weapons, and all physical attacks. Before the Golem enters the ritual room however, Eckhart vanishes along with a red ledger.

Present Day
Sam and Dean drive to an old building in Lebanon, Kansas, as per Larry Ganem's coordinates, and using Henry Winchester's key, they discover that it is the Men of Letters secret Bunker. Though the Bunker has not been not been in use for 65 or 70 years, they have access to power, hot water, and the internet, and Sam happily settles into the library while Dean enjoys more domestic comforts.

Meanwhile in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Bass visits the library while trying to evade his stalker, Torvald, and in his research discovers the long-lost red ledger. Later that night, Bass visits a campus pub and leaves a phone message with his grandson about the ledger. Having relayed the message, he faces Torvald through the window, and is burned alive by magic.

Two weeks later, Sam comes across a file about the Judah Initiative, who were affiliated with the Men of Letters during World War II, and discovers Rabbi Bass' obituary while looking for any surviving members. Sam visits the Wilkes-Barre library to investigate, while Dean interviews eyewitnesses from the pub, where he meets Aaron Bass.

Sam leaves the library, having uncovered only a book on bird-watching, and while phoning Dean he quickly realizes he's being followed. Dean agrees to meet him in a remote location, where he manages to sneak up on the Golem. A fight ensues, wherein Dean is launched across the parking lot and Sam fails to injure the Golem, but before long Aaron emerges, ordering the Golem to stand down.

Aaron takes the Winchesters to his house, where he admits to his inheriting the Golem from his grandfather Rabbi Isaac Bass and being the last surviving member of the Judah Initiative. Aaron admits that he's unable to control the Golem, since he unwittingly used the instructions as rolling papers for a joint. During the war, the Initiative had been fighting a group of Nazi necromancers called the Thule Society, who killed Isaac Bass in order to lay hands on the red ledger. Aaron relays his grandfather's phone message, a seemingly random series of letters and numbers that Sam rightly recognizes as the call number for the bird-watching book he'd seen earlier.

Breaking into the library, Sam goes to find the ledger, but the moment he takes it he is struck by a poisoned dart. Torvald steps out to demand the ledger, but Sam gets away and collapses on the staircase as black magic spreads through his circulatory system. The Golem kills Torvald in order to break the spell, and the Winchesters burn his body.

The red ledger turns out to be a log of all the experiments the Thule Society performed on civilians during the war, including the art of reanimation, during which the Golem had been created to avenge the Jews. Included is a list of every Thule member who was ever reanimated and now walks as undead, which can only be reversed with a headshot and burning the corpse within twelve hours.

Commandant Eckhart arrives to investigate Torvald's death, and finding evidence of the Golem in the library he tracks down Aaron's house. Henchmen subdue Sam and Dean, while Eckhart forces the Golem into submission by taking a scroll from his mouth. Eckart tells Aaron that, to control the Golem, one must write their name on the scroll.

Eckhart briefly regains the red ledger, bragging about having invented the Nazi necromancy experiments, but soon another fight erupts, and all the necromancers are killed save for one henchman who escapes. Aaron accepts responsibility for the Golem and his legacy within the Judah Initiative. Back at the bunker, Sam appears very comfortable in his role as a Man of Letters, of which Dean approves.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Love High" by Dude Royal
(plays in the bar while Rabbi Bass is there)
  • "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" by Ella Fitzgerald
(plays when Sam and Dean are first in the bunker)
  • "Sunny Side of the Street" by Frankie Laine
(plays over the end scene of Sam and Dean in the bunker)

Quotes

Dean: The, uh, water pressure in the Letters' shower room is marvelous.
Dean: Yeah. Yeah, I mean, don't – don't get me wrong. [takes a scimitar from a display stand] This stuff is awesome, and it looks like they ran a real tight outfit here, but I'm just saying, you know, don't, uh, don't think that they knew some big secrets that we don't know.
Sam: Dean, look, I think we might have something here – something that could help us, help humanity. Henry certainly thought so. I mean, you know damn well we could use a break. What if we finally got one? Are you gonna take off the dead-guy robe?
Dean: Why you following me, gingerbread?

Aaron: Oh, so we didn't have a thing back there?
Dean: Back, where?...What now?
Aaron: I'm sorry. I thought we had a thing back at the quad. You know, a little eye magic? A moment? I saw you here and I figured I'd wait until you were done with your meeting and then we might...
Dean: Yeah, but no. No moment. This is a federal investigation.

Aaron: Is that supposed to make you less interesting?
Dean: That's weird. I thought I was being followed earlier. Turned out to be a gay thing.

Sam: What?

Dean: Nothing. You need a hand?
Aaron: What, do you two just break in wherever you go?
Dean: Yeah, well, our dad wanted us to have a solid career to fall back on, just in case this hunter thing didn't pan out.
Golem: This boy knows nothing, observes none of the mitzvahs, labours on the Sabbath, dines on swine...
Aaron: Everybody loves bacon!
Torvald: Long Live the Thule! [the Golem snaps his neck]
Dean: Or not.
Aaron: Oh, my God. These guys are psychopaths.
Dean: Well, now we know – paper beats Golem, fire beats undead Nazi zombie freaks.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode is a play on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Every episode title began with "Everybody Hates… ". Supernatural Producer Jim Michaels was previously a producer on Everybody Hates Chris.
Zombie Nazis have become a popular sub-genre of zombies and have featured in video games such as Call of Duty and Return to Castle Wolfenstein, as well as in a number of movies.
Although they weren't referenced in this episode, two of the four Indiana Jones movies are about Nazis trying to obtain religious relics to use as weapons. The link between Nazis and the occult has been the subject of numerous books and movies. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones says, "Nazis... I hate these guys." which somewhat ties into the title for this episode.
Dean: Sammy, I think we found the Batcave.
The Batcave is the secret lair of DC Comics superhero Batman.
Aaron: Yeah, keep walking. You Chia-Pet.
Chia-Pets are American styled terracotta figures used to sprout chia. The chia sprouts grow within a couple of weeks to resemble the animal's fur or hair.
Dean: That's like a bag of Legos. The Golem destroyed this guy.
Legos are interconnecting plastic toy blocks.
Dean: You mean, how do we "Oh No!" Mr. Bill over there?
Mr. Bill was a clay figure that gained popularity in short films that aired as part of Saturday Night Live. In each short, Mr. Bill would typically suffer abuse and eventual destruction with a cry of "Ohhhh noooooooooooooo..." in a high-pitched voice.
Golem: I was made in the ghetto of Vitsyebsk to tear that hell down. I broke its walls, its men. The commandant burnt the place to ash around me.
The Golem states that it was raised in the Vitsyebsk Ghetto. This was a real place where the occupying Nazis forced the Jewish people of Vitsyebsk to live. Over a three month period ending in October 1941, it is estimated between 6500 and 8000 Jews there were murdered by the Nazis.
Dean: I didn't see any letters on Clayface.
Clayface is the alias of several DC Comics villains who are all made of clay and have the ability to shapeshift.
Dean: One badass Hummel figurine.
Hummel figurines are porcelain figurines based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. They were first produced in 1935 and became very popular in the United States.

Minutiae

John DeSantis who played the Golem, previously portrayed Freeman Daggett in 3.13 Ghostfacers.
Hal Linden who played Rabbi Bass also played the grandfather of Adam Rose (Aaron Bass) once before in a play called The Gathering.
Scenes set at the Nazi house were filmed the same night as the People's Choice Awards 2013.

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Dean is thrilled to find that the Bunker built by the Men of Letters has a shower with good water pressure. A good shower is a long-standing indulgence of Dean's. Back in 1.08 Bugs, he was thrilled to be able to squat in a display home with a steam shower.
On the top of a bookshelf in the bunker can be seen a helmet which apepars very similar to the Helmet of Fate, worn by Doctor Fate from DC Comics. See an image here.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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