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Supernatural: The French Mistake

To protect them from a killer angel, Balthazar sends Sam and Dean to an alternate dimension where they are duplicates of "Jared Padalecki" and "Jensen Ackles," actors who appear in a show about two brothers who hunt monsters. The brothers are forced to pretend to be actors, but soon discover that the angel has followed them.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x15
Production Number: 3X6065
Airdate: Friday February 25th, 2011

Director: Charles Beeson
Writer: Ben Edlund

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Sep 14, 2011


Special Guest Stars
Brian Doyle-MurrayBrian Doyle-Murray
As Robert Singer

Guest Stars
Genevieve CorteseGenevieve Cortese
As Genevieve Cortese
Sebastian RochéSebastian Roché
As Balthazar
Garwin SanfordGarwin Sanford
As Jim Michaels
Carlos SanzCarlos Sanz
As Virgil
Micah A. HauptmanMicah A. Hauptman
As Eric Kripke (as Micah Hauptman)
Jason BrydenJason Bryden
As Kevin Parks

Co-Guest Stars
Lanette WareLanette Ware
As Raphael
Amitai MarmorsteinAmitai Marmorstein
As Gopher
Lisa Marie CarukLisa Marie Caruk
As Trish Evion
Emily FondaEmily Fonda
As Makeup Girl #1
Phil HayesPhil Hayes
As Clif (as Phillip Maurice Hayes)
Art KitchingArt Kitching
As Assistant
Lou BolloLou Bollo
As Lou Bollo
Ryan BeilRyan Beil
Rick DobranRick Dobran
As Homeless Man
Reese AlexanderReese Alexander
As Gunstore Owner
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel


Sam and Dean are at Bobby's waiting for their friend to return with more booze. Balthazar appears and immediately starts going through Bobby's collection of spell ingredients. As he works, he explains that Castiel has gone deep into hiding, and Raphael has launched attacks on all of the angel's allies to lure Castiel out. Balthazar draws a symbol on the window and then gives Sam a room key. Virgil, Raphael's assassin/angel, appears and telekinetically slams Balthazar into a wall. Balthazar tells the Winchesters to run and then telekinetically pushes them through the window. The brothers land on a mattress and the television crew outside applaud them for their stunt...

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Episode Quotes
Kevin Parks: Gets us right up to where they... just before they hit the window.
Robert Singer: You know, the part where they hit the window was the good part.
Kevin Parks: Well, we can clean up, reset the window, takes about 95 minutes, basically, so we'd have to blow off the scene where they sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings.
Robert Singer: Ha, right! You answer the hate mail.

Dean: Oh, crap. I'm a painted whore.

Dean: They put freakin' makeup on us. Those bastards.

Sam: For whatever reason, our life is a TV show.
Dean: Why?
Sam: I don't know.
Dean: No, seriously, why? Why would anybody want to watch our lives?
Sam: Well, I mean, according to the interview, not very many people do.

Sam: I'm just saying, we landed in some dimension where you're... Jensen Ackles and I'm something called a Jared Padalecki.
Dean: So, what now, you're Polish?

Dean: Dear Castiel, who art maybe running his ass away from Heaven, we pray that you have your ears on. Breaker... breaker.

Dean: Misha? Jensen? What's up with the names around here?

Misha Collins: You guys! You really punked me! I'm totally going to tweet this one. "Hola, Misha-migos. J-Squared got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys."

(seeing his tanning bed)
Sam: What am I, Dracula?
Dean: George Hamilton Dracula.

Clif: We're not doing anything illegal, are we?
Sam: Would it make you feel better if we said no?
Clif: No.

Misha Collins: Priority. What's in it?
Sam: I bought part of a dead person.
Misha Collins: Oh, cool.

Sam: Who wrote this? No one says "penultimate."
Dean: Gun. Mouth. Now.

Dean: Maybe we can't get out of, you know, Earth Number Two right now. But the least we can get do is get the hell out of the Canadian part of it. I hear one more conversation about hockey, I'm going to puke.

Sera: I'm trying to understand, Bob.
Robert Singer: Well, uh, Sera, we don't really understand it ourselves. But it appears that Jared and Jensen were seen beating an extra to death.
Sera: Huh.
Jim Michaels: This is Jim here, Sera, and it wasn't all the way to death. Only partway, so that's a plus.
Kevin Parks: He could definitely still run.

Sam: So the character in the show, Bobby Singer...
Dean: What kind of a douche-bag names a character after himself?
Sam: Oh, that's not right.

Robert Singer: Guys, you can't come to work on poppers, and smuggle kidneys in from Mexico. And make up your own lines as you go. You cannot make up your own lines!

Dean: You heard my brother. That's right, I said brother. 'Cause you know what, Bob? We're not actors. We're hunters. We're the Winchesters. Always have been and always will be. And where we're from, people don't know who we are. But you know what? We matter to that world. In fact, we even saved the son of a bitch once or twice. And yeah, okay, here, maybe there's some fans who give a crap about this nonsense...
Robert Singer: I wouldn't call it nonsense.
Dean: But... Bob Singer--if that even is your name--tell me this. What's it all mean?
Robert Singer: Okay, this is good. I can work with this. I mean, we've all had our psychotic breaks, right? I can work with this.

Virgil: How do you do it? Live in this bloody shallow desert. Nothing greater than yourselves? Nothing but dirt when you die. No power, no magic.
Misha Collins: I'm not following you at all.
Virgil: There's no magic in the universe.
Misha Collins: I'm sorry! Please...
Virgil: Nothing but a bag of strings and pulleys.
Misha Collins: What?
Virgil: You should thank me for what I'm about to do.

Eric Kripke: Bob, dude, what the hell, right?
Robert Singer: Eric, thanks for coming.
Eric Kripke: Of course.
Robert Singer: I know you're busy. It means a lot that we can still, you know, call on you.
Eric Kripke: I know. Misha, right?
Robert Singer: Oh, I know, I know. it's just awful.
Eric Kripke: Totally. Totally awful, yeah. Hey, it got us the front page of Variety, though, did you see that?
Robert Singer: Front page. Really?
Eric Kripke: Yeah.
Robert Singer: But tragic.
Eric Kripke: Yeah, tragic, that's what I was going to say.

Cultural References

"The French Mistake" is a song from Blazing Saddles (1974), which occurs when it is revealed that the cowboys are fighting not in the Old West like they believe, but on a Hollywood movie set. A choir of gay men are performing the song in the background.

Balthazar: You've seen The Godfather, right?

The Godfather is a 1972 movie based on the novel by Mario Puzo, chronicling the rise of the Corleone mob family in the U.S.

Dean: Like... Bizarro Earth?

Bizarro is a twisted Superman duplicate in the DC comics, who comes from a cube-shaped world, Bizarro-Earth.

Dean: And... there's no place like home.

Dean quotes the seminal line from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

Dean: No hell below us, above us only sky?

This is a line taken from John Lennon's song Imagine (1971).

Homeless Man: Raphael, like the Ninja Turtle.

Raphael is one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all named after Renaissance artists.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerBen Edlund  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Sera Gamble  |  McG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Jim Michaels  |  Adam Glass
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerSerge LaDouceur  |  Jerry Wanek
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorNicole Baer
CastingEric Dawson  |  Alex Newman  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Assistant EditorNancy Hurley
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Todd Orr
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorNicole Snyder  |  Eric Charmelo
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Executive Story EditorAndrew Dabb  |  Brett Matthews  |  Daniel Loflin
Key Makeup ArtistSarah Graham
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Meloche
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
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