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Supernatural: The Great Escapist

After receiving Kevin's files, the Winchesters get a lead that takes them to a Colorado town that no one seems to visit. Meanwhile, Castiel attempts to stay ahead of Naomi and her hunter-angels, and Crowley tries to trick Kevin into revealing the Winchesters' plans.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x21
Production Number: 3X7821
Airdate: Wednesday May 01st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) May 06, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Sep 11, 2013

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Special Guest Stars
Misha Collins
As Castiel

Guest Stars
Mark Sheppard
As Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Osric Chau
As Kevin Tran
Amanda Tapping
As Naomi
Curtis Armstrong
As Metatron

Co-Guest Stars
Nelson Carter Leis
As Esper (as Nelson Leis)
Artin John
As Demon Technician
Miles McCarthy
As Perry (as Myles MJ McCarthy)
Clint Andrew
As Hotel Manager
Russel Badger
As Tour Guide
Jordan Connor
As Demon Sam
Cameron Barnett
As Demon Dean
Main Cast
Jared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Kevin wakes up on Garth's boat and checks his board of notes. Someone knocks at the door and Kevin eyes it nervously until Sam and Dean call out. Kevin opens the door and sprays them with holy water, confirming they aren't demons. The Winchesters tell him that they got the other half of the tablet and tell Kevin that he's closest to the end of their quest and seal off Hell. When they ask if they need the other half, Kevin says that they don't need to. Sam tells Kevin to keep working while they draw off the demons, but Kevin is too busy working to notice...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana BrassSpanish Fleademons trapped in the devil's trap

Episode Quotes
(drinking coffee)
Castiel: You know, I remember when you first discovered it. Before you started brewing it, you'd just chew the berries. Folktale is true by the way, you learned it from the goats.

Naomi: Where is the angel tablet, Castiel?
Castiel: In the words of a... good friend, bite me.
Naomi: Oh, we'll bite. Don't worry.

Naomi: How dare you?
Crowley: I am the daringest devil you've ever met, love.

Dean: So you've been holed up here or—or in a wigwam, or in some cave, listening to stories, reading books?
Metatron: And it was something to watch. What you brought to His earth... all the mayhem, the murder, Just the raw, wild invention of God's naked apes... it was mind-blowing. But really, really... it was your storytelling. That is the true flower of free will, at least as you've mastered it so far. When you create stories, you become gods of tiny intricate dimensions unto themselves. So many worlds. I have read as much as it's possible for an angel to read, and I haven't caught up.

Dean: But are you in? With us, I mean.
Metatron: You really intend on closing the doors of Hell?
Dean: Seems like the thing to do, don't it?
Metatron: It's your choice. And that's what this has all been about. The choices your kind make. But you're going to have to weigh that choice. Ask yourself what's it it going to take to do this and what will the world be like after it's done.

Cultural References
Title: The Great Escapist

The Great Escape is a 1963 movie telling the real-life story of Allied prisoners engineering an escape from a German POW camp during World War II.

Sam: He's like a villain from Scooby-Doo.

On the animated Hanna-Barbera series Scooby-Doo in the 60s and 70s, the "monsters" are always people dressed up in monster suits, and are almost always the most obvious and suspicious character.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Adam Glass  |  Jeremy Carver  |  McG  |  Robert Singer (1)
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Peter Johnson
Supervising ProducerDaniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Craig Matheson  |  Robbie Thompson  |  Serge LaDouceur
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund  |  Brad Buckner  |  Eugenie Ross-Leming
Associate ProducerPablito C. Tancinco
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorJames Pickel
CastingAlex Newman  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  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
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPam Lawrence
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Todd Orr
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Post Production CoordinatorHilary Brinkman
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Meloche
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Key MakeupZabrina Matiru
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