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Supernatural: Goodbye Stranger

Castiel returns to help the Winchesters when they become involved with Crowley's hunt for Lucifer's Crypt. The trio soon finds the source of Crowley's information: Meg, tortured for her knowledge of the Crypt's location. As they race to find the Crypt before Crowley, the Winchesters soon realize that Castiel is hiding important information from them.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x17
Production Number: 3X7817
Airdate: Wednesday March 20th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) Apr 01, 2013
NO (FEM) May 03, 2013
UK (E4) Aug 28, 2013
FI (Sub) Jan 01, 2015


Special Guest Stars
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel

Guest Stars
Mark SheppardMark Sheppard
As Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Rachel MinerRachel Miner
As Meg
Amanda TappingAmanda Tapping
As Naomi

Co-Guest Stars
Jennifer ClementJennifer Clement
As Wendy Rice
David Franco (4)David Franco (4)
As Mr. Morgan
Alex RoseAlex Rose
As Crowley's Demon
Theresa WongTheresa Wong
As Naomi's Assistant
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Dean makes his way through a factory, gun drawn, but Castiel knocks him down, breaks his arm, and stabs him in the chest. The lights come on and Naomi comes out and congratulates him on his quick, brutal murder. She tells Castiel that he's ready and looks at the dozens of other Dean corpses lying on the floor around them...

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SupertrampGoodbye Strangerclosing scenes

Episode Quotes
Sam: What is wrong with you?
Dean: What's wrong with me? You kidding me? This is a first edition, dude. Do you know what this would go for on eBay?
Sam: Nope. Why, do you?
Dean: No. Maybe. Shut up.

Dean: Well, he puts the "ass" in "Cass," huh?

Sam: Wait a second. You've been telling Crowley the location of Lucifer's Crypts.
Meg: What can I say? I needed a break from the constant torture.

Sam: Wait--so... a bunch of innocent people died so you could buy yourself some time?
Meg: Hi, I'm Meg. I'm a demon.

Sam: Wait a second. Did you just say "angel tablet?"
Meg: You know, I get why Crowley calls you "Moose" now.

Castiel: These wounds have festered.
Meg: You really do know how to make a girl's nethers quiver, don't you?
Castiel: I am aware of how to do that. Although it doesn't usually involve cleaning wounds.
Meg: Why are you so sweet on me, Clarence?
Castiel: I don't know. And I still don't know who Clarence is.
Meg: Would it kill you to watch a movie, read a book?
Castiel: A movie, no. But a book with the proper spells... yeah, it could theoretically kill me.
Meg: You know, you're much cuter when you're shutting up.

Meg: So, your noodle's back in order?
Castiel: Yeah, my noodle remembers everything. I think it's a pretty good noodle.
Meg: Really? You remember everything?
Castiel: If you're referring to the pizza man... yes, I remember the pizza man. And it's a good memory.

Meg: I miss the simplicity. I was bad. You were good. Life was easier. now it's all so messy. I'm kind of good, which sucks. And you're kind of bad... which is actually all manner of hot. When we survive this... I'm gonna order some pizza and we're gonna move some furniture around. You understand?
Castiel: No, I--I... wait. Actually, I...
Dean: All right, let's roll, campers.

(after describing the last year of his happiness)
Meg: Hold on, there's one part I don't understand. You hit a dog and stopped. Why?
Sam: That whole story, and that's your takeaway?
Meg: Oh, I heard the rest. You fell in love with a unicorn. It was beautiful, then sad, then sadder. I laughed, I cried, I puked in my mouth a little.

Crowley: Castiel. So, that's who's been poking my boys... and not in a sexy way.

Crowley: I'm here for the stone with the funny scribbles on it.
Sam: That's not gonna happen.
Crowley: Love it when you get all tough. Touches me right where my bathing suit goes.

Crowley: Naomi. Fancy meeting you here. Haven't seen you in a dark age. Love the haircut.

Dean: Listen, I may not be able to carry the burden that comes along with these trials, but I can carry you.
Sam: You... realize you kind of just quoted Lord of the Rings, right?
Dean: Come on, man, but it's the Rudy hobbit. Rudy hobbit always gets a pass. Shut up.

Cultural References
Dean: Wait, are we talking a--a Maximum Overdrive situation here?

Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 movie written and directed by Stephen King, based on his short story "Trucks," which has machines coming to life and chewing up human beings.

Sam: And, by the way, since when does a demon possess someone then go all Beautiful Mind and--and start digging in the dirt?

A Beautiful Mind was a 2001 movie about mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.

Sam: I'm Special Agent Lynne. This is my partner, Special Agent Tandy.

Richard Tandy and Jeff Lynne are band members with Electric Light Orchestra.

Meg: Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?

Leia says this to Luke when she first sees him (disguised as a stormtrooper) in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

Meg: Every Crypt's been one Al Capone's vault after another.

In a April 1, 1986 two-hour syndicated TV special, Geraldo Rivera took a camera crew to Al Capone's vault in the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. It turned out there nothing of any value inside.

Dean: 'Cause I saw you Zero Dark Thirty that demon.

The 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty generated controversy when showing that torture was successful in tracking down Obama bin Laden.

Dean: All right, Cass and I will head in and get our Indiana Jones on.

Indiana Jones is an iconic movie character, a two-fisted adventurer and archaeologist of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, best known for his fedora, leather jacket, and bullwhip. The character appeared in four movies, a prequel television series, and numerous books.

Dean: Okay, bottom-line it for me, Bill Nye.

Bill Nye is the host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, a science show aimed at children.

Meg: Cut me, do I not bleed, Sam?

Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice features a speech by Shylock where he notes, " If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

Crowley: Timon and Pumbaa tell you their big plan?

In the Disney animated movie The Lion King (1994), Simba is taught how to eat bugs by Pumbaa and Timon.

Dean: Come on, man, but it's the Rudy hobbit.

Rudy is a 1993 sports movie about Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who fought for his dream to play football for the University of Notre Dame. Sean Astin, who plays Rudy, also plays Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Robert Singer  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Jeremy Carver  |  Adam Glass
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Peter Johnson
Supervising ProducerAndrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerSerge LaDouceur  |  Robbie Thompson  |  Craig Matheson  |  Jerry Wanek
Consulting ProducerBrad Buckner  |  Eugenie Ross-Leming  |  Ben Edlund
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorNicole Baer
CastingAlex Newman  |  Carol Kritzer  |  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
Assistant EditorNancy Hurley
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
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
Dolly GripSteve Gilmour
Key MakeupZabrina Matiru
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