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Supernatural: Meta Fiction

Castriel investigates the mass slaughter of angels and finds a lone survivor... and an old friend. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean capture Gadreel, and Metatron begins the ending of his story.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x18
Production Number: 4X5068
Airdate: Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CW 23) Apr 15, 2014
AU (Eleven) Apr 21, 2014
NO (FEM) May 02, 2014
NZ (2) Jun 25, 2014
UK (E4) May 05, 2015
FI (Sub) Jan 16, 2016


Guest Stars
Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong
As Metatron
Tahmoh PenikettTahmoh Penikett
As Gadreel
Richard Speight, Jr.Richard Speight, Jr.
As Gabriel

Co-Guest Stars
Erica CarrollErica Carroll
As Hannah
Lindsay MaxwellLindsay Maxwell
As Minion
Benjamin RogersBenjamin Rogers
As Shopkeeper
Danielle KremeniukDanielle Kremeniuk
As Secretary
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel


Metatron is in his study typing Supernatural stories, and talks about what gives a story meaning. He's decided to let the reader choose...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Frankie ValliThe Sun Ain't Gonna Shineclosing scenes
Jean-Joseph MouretFanfare-Rondeauopening scenes

Episode Quotes
Metatron: What makes a story work? It is the plot, the characters, the text? The subtext? And who gives a story meaning? Is it the writer? Or you? Tonight, I thought I would tell you a little story and let you decide.

Castiel: What's honorable about a miniature bar in a motel room?
Dean: Everything.

Castiel: I thought you were dead.
Gabriel: Please. You can't take the trick out of the trickster.

Castiel: I'm just a soldier.
Gabriel: Bitch, please. You've been God more often than Dad has.

Metatron: Either of you bring s'mores? Holy fire always gives then a delightful minty aftertaste.

Cultural References
Opening Music:

The music that Metatron is initially playing, Fanfare-Rondeau, is better known as the theme from the American TV series Masterpiece (formerly Masterpiece Theater, starting in 1971), an omnibus show that presents the best in British drama. Alistair Cooke was the original host, dressed much like Metatron is here.

Shopkeeper: But, uh, this ain't Diagon Alley, man.

Diagon Alley is a magically-concealed street with a number of shops catering to wizards. It is found in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

Gabriel: I finally watched Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey (starting 2010) is a British TV drama about the aristocratic Crowley family and their servants, set in the post-Edwardian era starting in 1912.

Gabriel: Your help, Columbo.

Columbo is a fictional TV police detective originally of the 70s and 80s, played by Peter Falk, and know for his gentle-yet-persistent interrogation of suspected murderers, and the fact he always wears a rumpled raincoat, much like Castiel.

Dean: We got to find Gadreel before he lights up the Bat-Signal.

The Bat-Signal is the spotlight that the Gotham City police (typically Commissioner Gordon) use to let Batman know when they need his help. it projects a bat-shaped silhouette up onto the clouds.

Gabriel: We're rebels. One without a cause, one with.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) features James Dean in his last movie role before his death as a disaffected California teenager.

Metatron: Ah! It can be taught.

Metatron echoes a line from the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin that the Genie says to Aladdin: "He can be taught!"

Dean: We're not into this five minutes, you're already going Liam Neeson on his ass.

Liam Neeson
appears in the 2009 movie Taken, playing a former spy who uses his skill to recover his kidnapped daughter.

Sam: You want to sneak onto the Death Star, take out the Emperor?

In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker tries to execute this plan, only to find the Emperor ready for him.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerRobert Singer  |  Adam Glass  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Jeremy Carver
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Andrew Dabb  |  Nicole Snyder  |  Eric Charmelo
ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer  |  Robbie Thompson
Co-ProducerSerge LaDouceur  |  Craig Matheson  |  Jerry Wanek
Consulting ProducerEugenie Ross-Leming  |  Brad Buckner
Associate ProducerPablito C. Tancinco
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorJames Pickel
CastingEric Dawson  |  Patrick Rush  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Alex Newman  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorGabriel Correa
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerKerry Weinrauch
Key GripHarvey Fedor
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerJanet McCairns
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographyBrad Creasser  |  Serge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Executive ConsultantMcG  |  Eric Kripke
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Meloche
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Executive AssistantCecily Schaefer
Key MakeupZabrina Matiru
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