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Dark Side of the Moon 

Dean and Sam are killed by the hunters Walt and Roy. The awake in heaven and Castiel contacts Dean and asks him to seek out the angel Joshua. Meanwhile Zachariah is chasing them in Heaven to force Dean to be Michael's vessel.



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Episode cast overview:
Young Sam Winchester
Mary Winchester
Roy (as Kerry Van Der Griend)
Stephanie's Father
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Stephanie's Mother
Laura Ward ...


When ambushed by hunters aware of their angelic situation, Sam and Dean are shot and killed. In Heaven Castiel urges them to search for an angel named Joshua who can help them find God. Meanwhile Zachariah is searching for them in Heaven. Written by Anonymous

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1 April 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Castiel tells Sam and Dean "Don't go towards the light" and Dean replies " OK thanks Carol Anne" it's a homage to Poltergiest (1982). Also Castiel is speaking to them through a television set. See more »


After Sam says "Hear me out. I can explain. Please." some of Roy's hair is poking out from the bottom of his mask. In every other shot, his hair is fully tucked in. See more »


Castiel: You think maybe, just maybe, we should find out what the hell God has been saying?
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »


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Knock knock knockin' on heaven's door ...
2 April 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Nice summary of all the times the boys have died previously. It had indeed been getting a little ridiculous how many times they'd both died and been brought back, so I'm glad the show acknowledged that. Also nice? Dean's amulet (that Sam gave him as a kid) getting some focus.

Dean didn't react nearly as much as I would have expected him to, considering he just witnessed his brother being murdered right in front of his eyes. Okay, so Dean had a gun aimed at him too, but I wouldn't expect that to stop Dean from hurling abuse and threats at the guys (at least he *did* make with the threats). I just didn't believe that he'd be as restrained as he was. And what is with the majority of hunters turning out to be a-holes? Yes, there are a few exceptions, but most hunters we've met on this show have given the term 'hunter' a bad name. Though the ones in this episode did earn a point for telling Sam that he can't just flip the light switch on the apocalypse/walk away. It's been a bit ridiculous, having numerous standalone episodes in the middle of the freaking APOCAYPSE. Best bit? Cutting from the guy firing the gun at Dean to the explosive blood title card instead of seeing blood exploding out of Dean as he was shot.

Nice scene between Dean and Young Sam (Colin Ford's always done a good job as Young Sam), and great use of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'. Showing Sam and Dean getting shot again and again was kind of overkill. I liked Castiel pulling a Knight Rider and speaking through the Impala, Dean saying he needs his "me time"/telling Castiel to stop poking around in his dreams and Castiel's simple "Condolences." when Dean realised that he was dead.

Sam's reaction to the horny young girl with braces squeezing his thigh? Pretty damn funny. Dean summed it up nicely ("Wow."). "Ass-full of angels", Dean? Thanks for conjuring up a disturbing mental image. Loved Castiel's "touchy" attitude towards Dean whilst he was on the TV. Even funnier was Sam pointing out to Dean that he apparently "Wuvs hugz"/Dean's bear shirt. Jared's delivery was what made it so funny.

Whoo! Samantha Smith! Always a pleasure seeing her on the show. She's so great as Mary. Her and Jensen Ackles are always awesome in their scenes together. I felt for Dean during the happy moment he was having (with Mary cutting off his crusts). Then felt sorry for Sam, since he wasn't getting to interact with her because it wasn't *his* dream. Then he annoyed me by bugging Dean when all Dean wanted was a minute with his mum. That was truly sad to hear that Mary and John's marriage "wasn't perfect until after she died". That's horrible. Thankfully, we moved on from that unpleasantness to the truly "aww"-worthy moment of Sam greeting his dog, Bones (you can tell Jared's a dog person, especially by how he greeted Bones and then the look on his face when he had to leave him behind. Sam calling him "Bonesy", telling him to stay and then hearing him bark as Sam left? *sniff*).

Interesting interpretation of Heaven that Ash gave. While I don't really have anything against seeing Ash again, I would have preferred to see Jo and/or Ellen instead (at least they got a mention. How their characters were wasted still ticks me off). Nice to see Pamela again, though (and with her eyes intact, no less). Dean only getting slapped upside the head (for getting her killed)? He did indeed get less than what he deserved. Odd seeing her play tonsil hockey with Dean, as I always got the feeling she had more of a thing for Sam when she was alive (wasn't it always *his* butt she was grabbing/slapping?).

Okay, this is why I love Samantha Smith. Because not only can she rock the kind-hearted motherly role, but she can turn on a dime and bring the creepy. The way she described her death (skin bubbling off, pot roast in the oven "but it was my meat")? Truly freaky. As was that smile she gave the boys. Being kissed by Zachariah? Poor Mary. If she'd been non-evil Mary, she would surely having been shuddering violently and throwing up in her mouth in response to his touch. Him referring to her as a "MILF" was disturbing (not that I disagree with his assessment, but coming from was just...wrong). Speaking of...QUIT IT with the ass talk! I don't want to know about you taking ANYTHING out of the boys' asses, Zach! Supernatural apparently has an unhealthy obsession with asses.

I do hope we see Samantha Smith again before the series is over, and that we see her in a GOOD light again, and not playing some evil twisted version of Mary.

Goddamn you, Dean! Tossing away the amulet Sam gave you for Christmas? I was SO hoping he wouldn't, then when he did, I felt terribly sorry for Sam (I'd said "Bite your tongue!" when Castiel deemed the amulet "worthless"). This was a pretty good episode (especially after last week's crappy bore-fest). Both Jared and Jensen did an excellent job. Having said that, this episode could have been better. Having Adrianne Palicki as Jessica and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John making an appearance would have elevated the episode from "pretty good" to "Friggin' great!". It just didn't seem right that they were not in this episode. If there's to be no more Adrianne/Jessica, then JDM at least better make a guest appearance (and no stupid phone calls this time) before the show's over.

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