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Supernatural: Changing Channels

While investigating a decapitation in Ohio, the brothers discover that the Trickster is responsible, and has pulled them into a TV reality where they are forced to play out the roles of TV characters to escape... or die.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x8
Production Number: 3X5208
Airdate: Thursday November 05th, 2009

Director: Charles Beeson
Writer: Jeremy Carver

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Mar 24, 2010

Guest Stars
Richard Speight, Jr.Richard Speight, Jr.
As Trickster / Gabriel

Co-Guest Stars
Sarah Jane RedmondSarah Jane Redmond
As Kathy Randolph
Christine ChatelainChristine Chatelain
As Dr. Ellen Picolo
Sarah SmythSarah Smyth
As Cathy Randolph
Ken Camroux-TaylorKen Camroux-Taylor
As Genital Herpes Older Man
Gabriel CarterGabriel Carter
As Guy
Steve BacicSteve Bacic
As Dr. Sexy
Hiro KanagawaHiro Kanagawa
As Game Show Host
Bart AndersonBart Anderson
As Gunman
Marcia YuMarcia Yu
As Dr. Wang
Marita EasonMarita Eason
As Demonette #2
D. Garnet HardingD. Garnet Harding
As Cop (as Garnet Harding)
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel


As the audience applauds, Sam arrives home at the bright shiny motel where he and Dean are staying. Dean is preparing a huge sandwich and Sam wonders if he's done the research for their latest case. Dean sheepishly claims that he has but a girl in a bikini comes out of his bedroom to say they're not done doing their "research."..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anya MarinaMove You 
Anya MarinaNot a Through Street 
Glen A. Larson & Stu PhillipsKnight Rider ThemeSAM the Car scenes
Renee StahlSomething Real 
The WhoWon't Get Fooled Againpolice procedural scene

Episode Quotes
Cathy Randolph: I could have sworn I saw... the Incredible Hulk.
Sam: The Incredible Hulk?
Cathy Randolph: I told you, it's crazy.
Dean: Bana or Norton?
Cathy Randolph: Oh, no, those movies were terrible. The TV Hulk.
Dean: Lou Ferrigno?
Cathy Randolph: Yes.

Sam: It was you on the police scanner, right? This is a trick.
Trickster: Hello? Trickster.

Sam: I am doing all I can, to slightly lessen the spread of... of genital herpes. And that's a good thing.

Sam: You've got to calm down.
Dean: Calm down? I am wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No-talent douchebags. I hate this game. I hate that we're in a procedural cop show. And you want to know why. Because I hate procedural cop shows. It's like 300 of them on television, they're all the freakin' same.

Trickster: Wow. Sam, get a load of the rims on you.
SAM the Car: Eat me.

Trickster / Gabriel: Where'd you get the holy oil?
Dean: You might say we pulled it out of Sam's ass.

Trickster / Gabriel: Where'd I screw up?
Sam: You didn't. Nobody gets the jump on Castiel like you did.
Dean: Mostly it was the way you talked about Armageddon.
Trickster / Gabriel: Meaning?
Dean: Well, call it personal experience. Nobody gets that angry unless they're talking about their own family.
Sam: So which one are you? Grumpy, Sleepy, or Douchy?

Trickster / Gabriel: (to Sam and Dean) You sorry sons of bitches. Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father. And Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You two were born to this, boys! It's your destiny. It was always you. As it is in Heaven, so it must be on Earth. One brother has to kill the other.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerSera Gamble  |  Ben Edlund  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Eric Kripke  |  McG  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer  |  Jim Michaels
Co-ProducerJeremy Carver  |  Jerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorTom McQuade
CastingEric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorAdrian Diepold
MusicJay Gruska
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorLisa Wilder
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorAndrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorJulie Siege
Key Makeup ArtistSarah Graham
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
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