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Supernatural: The Born-Again Identity

When Sam's worsening mental condition puts him into a psych hospital, Dean goes looking for a healer and finds one man seemingly blessed of God: a man who bears a striking resemblance to Castiel.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x17
Production Number: 3X7067
Airdate: Friday March 23rd, 2012

Director: Robert Singer
Writer: Sera Gamble

Alternate Airdates:

NO (FEM) Apr 07, 2012
UK (E4) Oct 10, 2012
FI (Sub) Jun 02, 2014


Special Guest Stars
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Emanuel Allen / Castiel

Guest Stars
Mark PellegrinoMark Pellegrino
As Lucifer
Rachel MinerRachel Miner
As Meg
Bill DowBill Dow
As Dr. Kadinsky
Kacey RohlKacey Rohl
As Marin

Co-Guest Stars
Toby LevinsToby Levins
As Demon Security Guard #1
Johanna MarloweJohanna Marlowe
As Daphne Allen
Mark PawsonMark Pawson
As Allen House Demon
Eli GoreeEli Goree
As Marcus
Kal JamesKal James
As Marin's Brother
Shaine JonesShaine Jones
As Mackey
Ryan McDonellRyan McDonell
As Drug Dealer
Shaun OmaidShaun Omaid
As Demon Security Guard #2
Iris PalulyIris Paluly
As Nurse
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


A sleep-deprived Sam is running through the night, Lucifer’s voice echoing in his head. He finally finds a drug dealer who offers him something to doze off. Sam goes back to his car and tries to doze off, but Lucifer continues to keep him up despite the drug’s influence. After being woken up, Sam staggers into the street and is hit by a car...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Everly BrothersWake Up Little SusieLucifer torments Sam

Episode Quotes
Dean: How’re you feeling?
Sam: Maybe you should cancel my UFC fight.
Lucifer: Yeah, keep that sense of humor, Sam. It should get you through this.

Meg: So, Dean, what's poor dead Castiel doing in that junker out there?
Dean: Christmas caroling.

Meg: You’re an angel.
Emanuel Allen: I’m sorry? Is that a flirtation?
Meg: No, it’s a species.

Meg: Look, you got the juice. You can smite every demon in that lot.
Emanuel Allen: But I don’t remember how.
Dean: It’s in there. I’m sure it’s just like riding a bike.
Emanuel Allen: I don’t know how to do that, either.

Demon Security Guard: Hey, I know you. You're dead.
Castiel: Yes, I've heard.

Dean: Look, man, I get it. She’s not our friend. We don’t even have friends. All our friends are dead.

Cultural References
Title: The Born-Again Identity

The title is a play on Robert Ludlum's 1980 novel The Bourne Identity, which features a spy with amnesia who is unaware of why several groups want him dead. It was made into a movie in 2002.

Dean: It’s not like the guy is freakin’ Norman Bates.

The 1960 movie Psycho, based on the Robert Bloch novel of the same name, features Norman Bates, who stuffs birds and puts on a dress to impersonate his dead mother, who manifests through him as a separate personality.

Dean: Quit bein’ Dali frickin’ Yoda about this, okay?

Yoda is the wise Jedi Knight in the two Star Wars trilogies, who typically speaks in obscure riddles and hints.

Meg: Dean, Dean, Dean, you got some 'splanin' to do.

The line "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do" is supposedly spoken by Ricky to Lucy in the sitcom I Love Lucy. In fact, that similar line was never spoken by any character on the series., although Ricky says similar lines, such as "Lucy, 'splain!"

Meg: That was beautiful, Clarence.

Clarence Odbody is the guardian angel in the 1946 movie It's a Wonderful Life.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Sera Gamble  |  McG  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Jim Michaels  |  Adam Glass
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer  |  Daniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Craig Matheson  |  Serge LaDouceur
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingAlex Newman  |  Eric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerRuss Hamilton (2)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Assistant EditorBruce Gorman
Supervising Sound EditorMarc Meyer (2)
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Todd Orr
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Executive ConsultantEric Kripke
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorRobbie Thompson
Key Makeup ArtistJuliana Vit
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Dolly GripSteve Gilmour
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