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Supernatural: LARP and the Real Girl

When a killer literally goes medieval on two live-action roleplayers, Dean and Sam check out a local gathering and discover that their friend Charlie Bradbury is the queen of the kingdom... and her subjects are under attack.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x11
Production Number: 3X7811
Airdate: Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CW 23) Jan 27, 2013
AU (Eleven) Feb 04, 2013
NO (FEM) Mar 22, 2013
UK (E4) Aug 07, 2013
FI (Sub) Nov 20, 2014


Guest Stars
Don ThompsonDon Thompson
As Sheriff Jake Miller
Felicia DayFelicia Day
As Charlie Bradbury
Hank HarrisHank Harris
As Gerry / Boltar the Furious

Co-Guest Stars
Andrea BrooksAndrea Brooks
As Maria
Michael TeigenMichael Teigen
As Shadow King / Max Hilby
Haig SutherlandHaig Sutherland
As Lance Jacobsen
Shaughnessy ReddenShaughnessy Redden
As Ed Nelson
Larissa AlbuquerqueLarissa Albuquerque
As Handmaiden
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Ed Nelson arrives home and calls a friend, Lance, saying that they both cut corners to get close to "her" and that it's just a game. After putting the cellphone down, Ed goes to bed and dozes off. As he sleeps, a tattoo of a tree forms on his left arm. A horse neighs out of nowhere and Ed wakes up... and discovers that something has wrapped invisible ropes around his arms and legs. Unseen horses charge off in four different directions and Ed is torn apart...

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Episode Quotes
Sam: How'd you know where we are? Look, it's bad enough that you're tracking us, but it's even worse when you say we've been "garthed."

Sam: So, anything... missing from the body?
Sheriff Jake Miller: You mean aside from the arms and legs?

Sheriff Jake Miller: These kids today with their texting and murder.

Lance Jacobsen: I told them when they brought me in, those texts weren't from me.
Sam: Your phone and Ed's phone say otherwise.
Lance Jacobsen: No, I mean they were from me, they weren't from me me.
Dean: Did you really think that sentence was gonna clear things up?

Sam: "Welcome to Moondoor, Michigan's largest LARPing game."
Dean: And I thought we needed to get out more.

Sam: But the medical examiner said his body showed clear signs that he was killed by belladonna.
Dean and Charlie: The porn star?
Sam: The poison.
Dean and Charlie: Oh.

Dean: You always been into LARPing?
Charlie Bradbury: Nah. For role-play, I prefer a table top. D&D, Gamma World, Car Wars. That's why Cthulhu invented multi-sided dice, right?

Dean: I'm noticing a lot of these maidens checking you out.
Charlie Bradbury: What? I can't shut this down. It's good to be queen.

Charlie Bradbury: Dudes. If the tent is rockin', don't come a-knockin'.

Gerry: Would a loser track down a real book of spells and compel a fairy to do his bidding?
Sam: Depends. How'd you get it?
Gerry: eBay.

Narrator: This episode is dedicated to the men, women, elves, demigods, magi, druids, and chamber pot servants who gave their lives fighting and winning for the Queen of Moons in the Battle of Kingdoms. Go bravely into the next world, fallen soldiers.

Cultural References
Title: LARP and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl is a 2008 movie about a man who has to choose a romantic life with either an office co-worker or a life-sized doll named Bianca.

Sam: Special Agent Taggart. This is my partner, Special Agent Rosewood.

Taggart and Rosewood are the local police detectives in the movie Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and its sequels.

Sam: Do you believe Dungeons & Dragons?

Dungeons & Dragons is the first of the role-playing games, letting gamers play fantasy characters using 20-sided dice to generate random numbers to simulate combat.

Warrior: I love you.
Charlie: I know.

In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Leia and then Han have the same exchange.

Dean: This could be "Fifty Shades of Greyfox" for all we know.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic novel with lots of elements of sadism, domination, and bondage.

Charlie: Have fun storming the castle.

Miracle Max says the line to the adventurers as they leave in The Princess Bride (1987).

Charlie: It's good to be queen.

Charlie quotes one of movie director Mel Brook's signature lines, "It's good to be the king," first heard in History of the World, Part 1 (1981).

Dean: And dying in your beds many days from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance...

Dean is quoting William Wallace from the 1995 movie Braveheart.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Jeremy Carver  |  Adam Glass  |  Robert Singer  |  McG
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Peter Johnson
Supervising ProducerDaniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerCraig Matheson  |  Serge LaDouceur  |  Robbie Thompson  |  Jerry Wanek
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund  |  Brad Buckner  |  Eugenie Ross-Leming
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorNicole Baer
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Alex Newman  |  Eric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerKerry Weinrauch
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerRuss Hamilton (2)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorWarren Dunlop
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur  |  Brad Creasser
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Meloche
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
First Assistant CameraDean Webber
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Key MakeupZabrina Matiru
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