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Supernatural: Trial and Error

When Kevin discovers that someone must complete three trials of God to seal the gates of Hell, Sam and Dean set out to kill a hellhound for the first trial. They soon discover an entire family that may have made a crossroad deal... and the brothers have to decide which of them will take the first trial.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x14
Production Number: 3X7813
Airdate: Wednesday February 13th, 2013

Director: Kevin Parks
Writer: Andrew Dabb

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CW 23) Feb 17, 2013
AU (Eleven) Feb 25, 2013
NO (FEM) Apr 12, 2013
UK (E4) Aug 14, 2013
FI (Sub) Dec 11, 2014


Guest Stars
Osric ChauOsric Chau
As Kevin Tran
Danay GarciaDanay Garcia
As Ellie
Alisen DownAlisen Down
As Alice Cassity
Francis X. McCarthyFrancis X. McCarthy
As Noah Cassity (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Tamara BraunTamara Braun
As Cindy Cassity

Co-Guest Stars
John Stewart (2)John Stewart (2)
As Carl Granville
Candice-May LangloisCandice-May Langlois
As Margot Cassity
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Kevin wakes up on Garth's boat and marks off another day. After pouring himself a cup of coffee, he goes to work translating the tablet. Days pass until Kevin finally finishes the translation. His nose starts bleeding and he collapses...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
MadonnaI Touch MyselfEllie dancing

Episode Quotes
Dean: I haven't had my own room... ever. I'm making this awesome. I've got my kickass vinyl. I've got this killer mattress. Memory foam--it remembers me. And it's clean, too. There's no funky smell. There's no creepy motel stains. (Sam tosses a gum wrapper on the floor) Really?
Sam: Sorry.

Dean: Look, I'm gonna feel dirty saying this, but you might want a salad and a shower.

Sam: So, what--God wants us to take the SATs?
Kevin Tran: Yes. Uh, He works in mysterious ways.
Dean: Yeah, mysterious douchey ways.

Ellie: And, well, her last album was a bunch of holiday songs for dogs. My favorites were "Jingle Bark Rock" and "Don't Pee on This Tree: Happy Arbor Day."
Dean: So she's the Devil?
Ellie: Pretty much.

Dean: (cooking) Impressed?
Ellie: I do like a man who can handle his meat.

Cultural References
Sam: Trials, uh, like, Law & Order?

Law & Order is a crime-drama TV franchise that has been around since 1990, and features three spinoffs as well as TV movies, video games, and international adaptations.

Dean: Get between him and Clifford the big dead dog.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is a giant-sized dog owned by Emily Elizabeth and appearing in a series of children's books.

Dean: Well, let's go visit the Beverly Hillbillies.

Jed Clampett is the family patriarch in the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, played by Buddy Ebsen.

Cindy Cassity: Keep it coming, Ken Doll.

Ken is the male companion to the Barbie doll from the Mattel toy line.

Dean: Do not let J.R. and the gang out of your sight.

J.R. Ewing is the oldest son of the Ewings on the primetime soap opera Dallas, an oil baron, and a master schemer.

Ellie: The whole Clark Kent look.

Clark Kent is the secret identity of Superman, the Man of Steel of the comic books.

Dean: See, I get Old Yeller out there.

Old Yeller is a 1956 novel by Fred Gipson which was adapted into a Disney movie in 1957. The title character is a dog, and his teenage owner Travis is forced to shoot it when the dog is infected with rabies.

Dean: See if I can't gank Huckleberry Hound.

Huckleberry Hound is an animated Hanna-Barbera character, a blue-furred dog with a Southern accent.

Dean: If Landshark comes knocking, you call me.

The Land Shark is a recurring character in the early years of Saturday Night Live, voiced by Chevy Chase. It attacks women in their homes by tricking them into opening their doors by pretending to be some kind of door-to-door salesman or deliveryman.

Noah Cassity: We're the damn Waltons.

The Waltons was a CBS TV series about a wholesome Depression-era family.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Robert Singer  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Jeremy Carver  |  Adam Glass
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Jim Michaels
Supervising ProducerAndrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerCraig Matheson  |  Jerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur  |  Robbie Thompson
Consulting ProducerEugenie Ross-Leming  |  Brad Buckner  |  Ben Edlund
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorDonald Koch
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Alex Newman  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorElla Kutschera
Second Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerKerry Weinrauch
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPam Lawrence
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Todd Orr
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Meloche
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Assistant Art DirectorRobert Leader
Second Assistant "B" CameraPeter Hunter
Key MakeupZabrina Matiru
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