8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler
|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.|
|Location(s)|| Vitsyebsk, Belarus (1944)|
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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.
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 inheriting the Golem from his grandfather Rabbi Isaac Bass and being the last surviving member of the Judah Initiative. Aaron explains 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. Though the Winchesters offer to store the Golem in the bunker, Aaron accepts responsibility for it and his legacy within the Judah Initiative. Aaron writes his name on the scroll and finally takes full control of the Golem to continue his grandfather's fight. Back at the bunker, Sam appears very comfortable in his role as a Man of Letters, cataloguing their copy of the Red Ledger as Dean looks on approvingly.
- Acting in Unison
- Dead Guy Robe
- Hunter's Lingo
- Judah Initiative
- Key to the Bunker
- Men of Letters
- Men of Letters Bunker
- The Red Ledger
- Thule Society
- "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)
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.
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.
Aaron: Everybody loves bacon!
Dean: Or not.
Trivia & References
- The Batcave is the secret lair of DC Comics superhero Batman.
- 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.
- LEGO® bricks are interconnecting plastic toy blocks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clayface is the alias of several DC Comics villains who are all made of clay and have the ability to shapeshift.
- Forever 21 is an American fashion chain. This is also a reference to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the main character, Dorian Gray, sells his soul and stays young forever while a painting of him ages in his stead.
- 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.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler (transcript)
- Everybody Hates Hitler Call Sheet and Script Sides (Day 4 of 8)
- Plot outline by EOnline
- Episode title
- Plot spoilers
- Promo pics from ksitetv
- Promo clip
- Sneak Peek
- Producer's Preview - Jeremy Carver introduces the episode
- CHCH promo
- Ben Edlund talks about the episode and what the new mythology means for Sam and Dean:
- Winchester Radio podcast for this episode and 8.12