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The Monster at the End of This Book 

An author has been writing books about Sam and Dean since 2005. Sam and Dean try to figure out how he knows so much about them.

Director:

Mike Rohl

Writers:

Eric Kripke (created by), Julie Siege (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Misha Collins ... Castiel
Kurt Fuller ... Zachariah
Katherine Boecher ... Lilith
Rob Benedict ... Chuck Shurley / Carver Edlund
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Sera Siege
Michael P. Northey ... Comic Book Store Owner
Mike Klemak ... Cop
Terri Anne Taylor Terri Anne Taylor ... Waitress (as Terri O'Neill)
Megan Leitch ... Mother
Reilly Kiff Reilly Kiff ... Daughter
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Storyline

Sam and Dean investigate a reclusive young author, named Chuck Shurley, who has written a series of books and graphic novels about their adventures since starting out back in 2005, and try to find an explanation why he knows so much about their lives, while trying to find out what lies in store for them when he has a vision about a meeting with the evil Lilith. Written by Anonymous

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chuck asks the brothers if they really had to live through the "bugs" and "the ghost ship" and apologizes for the bad writing of those chapters. Actual episodes "Bugs" and "Red Sky At Morning" (which featured a ghost ship) are widely considered by fans to be amongst the worst in the entire series. See more »

Goofs

When the boys check into the sleazy motel, Dean tells Sam "the book says I spend the day driving around in the Impala, so I'm gonna go park her". The car is already parked in a parking spot outside their door, he didn't need to go park it somewhere else, and the fact that he did is what caused the stuff in the book to happen to is car. See more »

Quotes

Dean Winchester: Okay, well then how 'bout this? I've got a gun in my pocket, and if you don't come with me, I'll blow your brains out.
Chuck Shurley: I thought you said I was protected by an archangel?
Dean Winchester: Huh, interesting exercise. Let's see who the quicker draw is.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the usual opening title sequence, the episode opens with a montage of the Supernatural book illustrations and the front cover of the first book. See more »

Connections

References Misery (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave All This Behind
Written by Bob Mair and Nick Vincent
Performed by Sonny Ellis
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Wisdom and the Cage
9 August 2011 | by ttapolaSee all my reviews

Just when you think you've seen every trick on TV... It's pretty safe to say that the core concept (not the reveal of *how*) has not been seen on TV before. However, there is a Hollywood movie that came out 2006 and it had a similar core concept (but a different "how"), so it is not like this idea is unique. Also, the Winchesters' first "solutions" to the situation recall a certain Top 250 comedy from 1993... and episode #3.11 of Supernatural itself. But that doesn't mean this is a rip-off. Roger Zelazny once commented, it isn't the story, but the way the story is told - and the story here is masterfully told.

It all starts from a "WTF?" situation, seemingly making this a Weird One - surely this cannot be a straight episode, right? Then again, it is *so* funny from the start that this could also be a Comedy One. And surely this is not a Mytharc Episode, right? Whatever it turns out to be in the end, it is first and foremost amazingly assured. So assured, in fact, that it slips in a *major* revelation about the Mytharc right under the viewers' noses. At the end of Season 5, if you remember this episode, you'll see how incredibly clever the writers were.

The title sequence is hilarious and from the opening titles we can see the guest stars. It's good to see Misha Collins back, and more Kurt Fuller is also appreciated. As newcomers to Supernatural, it's always good to see the underused Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2, the new BSG), who probably is so underused because of her distinctive uncanny doll-likeness (in a good way), and the equally underused Rob Benedict (Buffy, Felicity, Alias) is just hilarious.

This is an instant classic, as equally funny as it is significant. It's almost classic enough to warrant a 10/10, but it's structurally a bit unbalanced and with some scenes that could have been excised without affecting the whole. Also, after you've seen the season 4 and 5 finales and start thinking about how this episode and they both form a cohesive Big Picture, your head might start to hurt. So, all things considered, this is about 94% perfect. And that rounds down to 9/10. After all, the user rating for similarly funny and significant but superior #5.8 is higher.


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