Supernatural: Season 5, Episode 7

The Curious Case of Dean Winchester (29 Oct. 2009)

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Sam and Dean discover that a witch is running a high-stakes poker game where the currency is life years vs. money. Bobby sees the game as a chance to get out of the wheelchair and bets 25 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Whitlow
Dr. Aldrich
Monica Mustelier ...
Xavier's Wife
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Cliff's Wife
Grace Baek ...
Hooker #1
Marianne Patricio ...
Hooker #2
Bartender (as Matt Kelly)
Guy at Bar


Sam and Dean discover that a witch is running a high-stakes poker game where the currency is life years vs. money. Bobby sees the game as a chance to get out of the wheelchair and bets 25 years, but loses. As Bobby begins to age rapidly, Dean steps in to save him but also ends up turning into an old man, leaving Sam holding the only hopes for their survival. Written by matt-282

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29 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The hand Sam bluffs to a win (three of clubs and five of diamonds) is also the hand that Patrick's companion, Lia, loses with at the end of the episode. See more »


At about 21 minutes in when Sam pushes Bobby in his wheelchair, a Canada Post truck can be seen driving through the street in the background. See more »


Bobby Singer: So, you wanna keep emoting or you wanna talk about this solving this little issue of yours? It's gotta be about the chips.
Older Dean Winchester: I slid 'em across, Patrick did his little witchy number, and you prettied up in a hurry.
Sam Winchester: What are you all thinking? Some kind of magic chips or something?
Bobby Singer: Definitely.
Sam Winchester: Remember what he chanted?
Bobby Singer: Yep, every word.
Sam Winchester: All right, then let's find out where he stashes his chips.
Older Dean Winchester: And steal me 50. Benjamin Button's me back into burger shape. What do you think?
Bobby Singer: I think you oughtta put ...
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References Ironside (1967) See more »

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Fun and surprising
3 November 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I found this episode was pretty uncommon. Of course we are used to watch some fun episodes from time to time along the season. This one was one of them. I loved the cast, I must say. Old Dean was brilliant and the wizard was outstanding.

We can think of the whole plot of the episode as an excuse to show Bobby's despair and frustration, ironically transferred to Dean somehow; or the fact that in every game luck has an important part to play. No matter how much we know, which our condition is or how well we play, everything is in the air till the game is over.

So I enjoyed watching Dean's condition and how he deals with it, but again what really impressed me was the wizard. That was a very powerful character and I hope he appears again along the season.

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