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Supernatural: Appointment in Samarra

Dean decides to bargain with Death to get Sam's soul back, and has to accept a wager. Meanwhile, Sam refuses to take the risk of getting his damaged soul back, and prepares to cast a spell to prevent Dean's efforts... a spell that requires the blood of someone who has been like a father to him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x11
Production Number: 3X6061
Airdate: Friday December 10th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Aug 17, 2011

Special Guest Stars
Robert EnglundRobert Englund
As Dr. Robert

Guest Stars
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Julian RichingsJulian Richings
As Death
Lindsey McKeonLindsey McKeon
As Tessa
Sebastian RochéSebastian Roché
As Balthazar

Co-Guest Stars
Bruce DawsonBruce Dawson
As Dr. Owens
Todd ThomsonTodd Thomson
Alison ArayaAlison Araya
As Jolene
Aaron FungAaron Fung
As Chinese Gocer
Paul BaePaul Bae
As Store Owner
Norman Misura (1)Norman Misura (1)
As Heart Attack Victim
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Dean goes to a Chinese grocery and identifies himself to the man at the counter. The man sends him upstairs and buzzes ahead. Dean finds an old friend of the family waiting for him: Dr. Robert, who used to treat John when he was injured. Dr. Robert introduces his assistant, Eva, and tells Dean to get up on the bed. Dean pays up and asks Dr. Robert to mail an envelope to Ben Braden if he dies. When Dr. Robert asks why he isn't leaving anything for Sam, Dean says it won't make a difference if he doesn't come back. Dr. Robert gives an injection and Dean dies...

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Episode Quotes
Dean: Okay, a wall. Sounds good.
Tessa: But it's not permanent.
Death: She's right. Nothing lasts forever. Well, I do.

Dean: What's the bet?
Death: Don't roll your eyes, Dean. It's impolite. Now when you fetch my ring, put it on.
Dean: What?
Death: I want you to be me for one day.
Dean: Are you serious?
Death: No, I'm being incredibly sarcastic.

Tessa: Wow. They'll just let any slack-jawed haircut be Death these days.
Dean: Well, you're all charm today, aren't you?

Balthazar: Well, here's one for the list of dumbest things ever. Summon the angel who wants to kill you.
Sam: Desperate times. I need your help, Balthazar.
Balthazar: Interesting. Since last time we met, you wanted to, what was it? Oh yes, yes. "Fry my wings, extra crispy."
Sam: Well, that was a misunderstanding.
Balthazar: Some misunderstanding.

Tessa: Just so you know, when people die, they might have questions for you. Well, not you, but Death.
Dean: You mean, like "How did Betty White outlast me"?

Heart Attack Victim: Why?
Dean: You think maybe it was the extra cheese?
Heart Attack Victim: Yeah. It was good, though.
Dean: That a local place?
Tessa: Dean...
Dean: Right. Umm, time to go, man. Sorry.
Heart Attack Victim: Wait. Will you tell me what it all... means?
Dean: Everything is dust in the wind.
Heart Attack Victim: That's it? A Kansas song?
Tessa: Sorry. He's new.

Tessa: Dean, you have to take her.
Dean: Says who?
Tessa: Death.
Dean: I'm Death.
Tessa: You know what I mean.
Dean: Well who tells him?
Tessa: I don't know. It just is. It's destiny.
Dean: Give me a break. I spent my whole life fighting that crap. There's no such thing as destiny. Just like there was no Apocalypse. Just a bunch of stuck up mooks who didn't want us human slaves asking questions.

Bobby Singer: I may have been born at night, boy, but I wasn't born last night.

Bobby Singer: Ain't nobody killing me in my house but me.

Dean: Well what's with you and cheap food?
Death: I could ask you the same thing.

Death: This is hard for you, Dean. You throw away your life because you've come to assume that it'll bounce right back into your lap. The human soul is not a rubber ball. It's vulnerable, impermanent, but stronger than you know... and more valuable than you can imagine.

Cultural References
The episode takes its title from a very old story. A servant sent to the Baghdad market, is jostled by a passerby and turns to see that it is Death. Death gestures threateningly and the terrified servant races back to his master and there borrows a horse. He flees to the town of Samarra, certain Death will not find him. The master visits the market and finds Death, asking why he threatened the servant. Death replies that there was no threat, but merely surprise: he was startled to see the servant in Baghdad because he had an appointment with him that evening in Samarra...

Bobby Singer: Don't say "Here's Johnny."

In the 1980 movie The Shining, Jack Nicholson's character Jack Torrance breaks down a door with an axe, while mimicking the opening to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where Ed McMahon would typically say the same thing.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerSera Gamble  |  Ben Edlund  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  McG  |  Robert Singer  |  Eric Kripke
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Peter Johnson
Supervising ProducerAdam Glass
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorTom McQuade
CastingEric Dawson  |  Alex Newman  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicJay Gruska
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerRuss Hamilton (2)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorWarren Dunlop
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Executive Story EditorBrett Matthews  |  Daniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb
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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