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Supernatural: Let It Bleed

Crowley abducts Ben and Lisa to force Sam and Dean to stop hunting him, but Dean refuses to back down. Meanwhile, Bobby tracks down the survivor of a party hosted by H.P.Lovecraft in 1937 and discovers that someone close to him isn't who he believed them to be.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x21
Production Number: 3X6071
Airdate: Friday May 20th, 2011

Director: Sera Gamble
Writer: John Showalter

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Oct 26, 2011


Guest Stars
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Mark SheppardMark Sheppard
As Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Sebastian RochéSebastian Roché
As Balthazar
Kim Johnston UlrichKim Johnston Ulrich
As Dr. Eleanor Visyak
Cindy SampsonCindy Sampson
As Lisa Braeden
Nicholas EliaNicholas Elia
As Ben Braeden

Co-Guest Stars
Adam ReidAdam Reid
As Judah (as Adam Greydon Reid)
Anthony HollandAnthony Holland
As Westborough
As Matt
Peter CiuffaPeter Ciuffa
As H.P. Lovecraft
Ian  ButcherIan Butcher
As Captured Demon
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel


On March 15, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island, writer H.P. Lovecraft is drinking heavily and finishing a new manuscript when the study door creeks open. He calls out but gets no answer. Drawing a gun, Lovecraft goes to the door and looks outside, but sees nothing. He locks the door but a figure smashes through the window and advances on him. Lovecraft says that they didn't know, but the intruder kills him...

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Episode Notes
The graphic novel Ben is reading is Cthulhu Tales Vol. 2: Whispers of Madness, published by BOOM! Studios in December of 2008.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Undisputed TruthSmiling FacesCastiel confronts Crowley over Ben and Lisa

Episode Quotes
Dean: What did he do?
Bobby Singer: Stole something.
Dean: What?
Bobby Singer: The journal of one Moishe Campbell.
Sam: Moishe?
Bobby Singer: Of the New York Campbells.

Sam: So we got to get it back, right?
Bobby Singer: Or just read the copy I'd already made. Hi, glad to meet you. Bobby Singer, paranoid bastard.

Dean: So who's this Phillips guy?
Bobby Singer: Phillips ain't his last name. It's Lovecraft.
Sam: H.P. Lovecraft? Let me see that.
Dean: Am I supposed to know who that is?
Bobby Singer: Horror writer? "At the Mountains of Madness"? "The Call of Cthulhu"?
Dean: Yeah. No, I was too busy having sex with women.

Dean: Crowley. Let 'em go, now. Or I swear...
Crowley: Right, right. You'll rip me a cornucopia of orifices.

Balthazar: I'm sorry, boys, do I look like a manservant to you? No? Then quit ringing for me. Please.
Dean: It's important, Balthazar.
Balthazar: I was drinking '75 Dom out of a soprano's navel when you called. That was important.

Bobby Singer: So, I hear you have a large collection of Lovecraft's private letters.
Lovecraft Collector: World's largest.
Bobby Singer: Wow. You must be catnip to the ladies.
Lovecraft Collector: I'm in a long-term online relationship.

Lovecraft Collector: Okay, are you working with this on the other guy?
Bobby Singer: Other guy?
Lovecraft Collector: Yeah. Uh, you know, trenchcoat, looks like Columbo, talks like Rain Man.

Ben Braeden: Who are you?
Dean: I'm the... uh, the guy who hit you.
Lisa Braeden: Oh.
Dean: I just, I lost control for a minute. And I just wanted to say that I'm sorry. I'm really happy you two are both okay. And, uh, I'm glad your life can get back to normal now.
Lisa Braeden: We're okay. So, so that's what's important, right?
Dean: Yeah. Anyway, I'll leave you two alone. You take care of your mom.

Cultural References

Let it Bleed is The Rolling Stones' eight album, released in December 1969.

Crowley: Your chocolate's been in my peanut butter for far too long.

Reese's Peanut Butter cups featured a series of ads where two people, one holding peanut butter and one holding chocolate, would bump into each other and mix their food. The result was Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, "two great tastes that taste great together."

Crowley: Call on the Batphone?

The Batphone was first seen in the 1966 Batman television series, and is how Commissioner Gordon contacts Batman.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerBen Edlund  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Sera Gamble  |  Robert Singer  |  McG  |  Eric Kripke
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Adam Glass  |  Jim Michaels
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorNicole Baer
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Alex Newman  |  Eric Dawson  |  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
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPam Lawrence
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorEric Charmelo  |  Nicole Snyder
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Executive Story EditorDaniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb  |  Brett Matthews
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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