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Supernatural: Reading is Fundamental

When Dean and Sam open the clay tablet, an unsuspecting high school student becomes involved in the war against the Leviathans. Meanwhile, Meg calls the Winchesters with news about Castiel.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x21
Production Number: 3X7071
Airdate: Friday May 04th, 2012

Director: Ben Edlund
Writer: Ben Edlund

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) May 14, 2012
NO (FEM) May 25, 2012
UK (E4) Oct 24, 2012
FI (Sub) Jun 30, 2014

Special Guest Stars
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel

Guest Stars
Rachel MinerRachel Miner
As Meg
Osric ChauOsric Chau
As Kevin Tran
Benito MartinezBenito Martinez
As Edgar
Emily HolmesEmily Holmes
As Hester

Co-Guest Stars
Adrian McMorranAdrian McMorran
As Inias (as Adrian Glynn McMorran)
Khaira LedeyoKhaira Ledeyo
As Mrs. Tran
Lissa NeptunoLissa Neptuno
As Channing
Eric FloydEric Floyd
As Detective Collins
Jean Paul NajmJean Paul Najm
As Angel #1
Patrick RoccasPatrick Roccas
As Angel #2
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Neighbor, MI, straight-a student Kevin Tran is playing his cello at home during his scheduled rehearsal period...

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Episode Quotes
Edgar: Strange, isn't it, that someone would choose to be named "Dick"?

Castiel: Will you look at her? My caretaker. All of that thorny pain. So beautiful.
Meg: We’ve been over this. I don’t like poetry. Put up or shut up.

Castiel: Did you know that a cat's penis is sharply barbed along its shaft? I know for a fact that females were not consulted about that.

Castiel: This is the handwriting of Metatron.
Sam: Metatron?!? You’re saying a Transformer wrote that?
Dean: No, that’s Megatron.
Sam: What?
Dean: The Transformer, it’s Megatron.
Sam: What?

Castiel: Oh, Inias, Hester. I—I know you want something. Answers. I... I wish it could be that... There are still many things I can teach you. I can offer, uh, perspective. Here, pull my finger. Uh, uh, Meg will get another light and I’ll blow it out again, and this time it’ll be funny, and we’ll all look back and laugh.

Castiel: We were assigned to watch the Earth. Often it was boring. Your wars were very boring. Sex… repetition.

Dean: You’ve been chosen. And it sucks. Believe me. There’s no use asking “why me,” because the angels, they don’t care. I think maybe they just don’t have the equipment to care. It seems like when they try, it just... breaks them apart.

Sam: It says we need to start with the blood of a fallen angel.
Castiel: Well, you know me. Always happy to bleed for the Winchesters.

Cultural References
Dean: That's a lot of fuss over a caveman Lego.

Legos are small toy building blocks used to make millions of different objects, places, structures, animals, and people.

Meg: What up, Bullwinkle?

Bullwinkle is the overly tall talking moose from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Sam: You saying that a Transformer wrote that?

The Transformers are robots, often of giant size, capable of transforming into weapons and vehicles. They started as a toy line by Hasbro but were soon spun off into comic books, movies, and television shows.

Dean: We need the tablet to end Dick Roman’s Soylent Us crap.

The 1973 s.f. movie Soylent Green is set in a dystopian future of 2022 suffering from overpopulation and depletion of natural resources. The people are fed by what is supposedly a plankton derivative, Soylent Green, which turns out to be made out of people.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Sera Gamble  |  McG  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Adam Glass  |  Peter Johnson
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer  |  Andrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Craig Matheson  |  Serge LaDouceur
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorDonald Koch
CastingEric Dawson  |  Alex Newman  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPam Lawrence
Post Production SupervisorShawn Wagoner
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
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
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