â€œChanging Channels.â€ There is not any amount of words I can write in any review that can express what an absolutely perfect, completely out there nuts, â€œputting Supernatural on the mapâ€ episode this is. This episode doesnâ€™t just make the best episodes list for Supernatural, it makes the list of one of the most daring episodes ever done on television. If people didnâ€™t notice â€œSupernaturalâ€ before, this one certainly got peopleâ€™s attention, even those in the mainstream community. Itâ€™s out there with other memorable eps like the Buffy The Vampire Slayer musical episode. This episode can never be forgotten.
So, you know how Iâ€™m going to remember â€œChanging Channelsâ€ here as we countdown Jeremy Carver episodes to the Wednesday season premiere? Quote-o-rama!
"I'm gonna need a bigger mouth."
Dean: Hey there, Sam. What's happening?
Sam: Oh, nothing. Um. Just the end of the world.
Laugh track, classic sitcom expression from Dean
Dean: Son of a bitch!
Dean: Son of a bitch!
And now, the most batshit crazy opener in the history of Supernatural...
Town to town, two-lane roads
Family biz, two hunting bros -
Living the lie, just to get by.
As long as we're movin' forward
There's nothing we can't do
Together we'll face the day
You and I won't run away
When demons come out to play
Together we'll face the day!
Sam: What are you watching?
Dean: Hospital show. Dr. Sexy, MD. I think it's based on a book.
Sam: When did you hit menopause?
Dean: It's called channel surfing.
Kathy: It was definitely a bear.
Dean: We're sure it was. But see, it helps us to hear every angle. So just tell us what you thought you saw.
Kathy: It's impossible, but...I could have sworn I saw...the Incredible Hulk.
Sam: The Incredible Hulk.
Kathy: I told you it was crazy.
Dean: Bana or Norton?
Kathy: Oh, no, those movies were terrible. The TV Hulk.
Dean: Lou Ferrigno.
Dean: Spiky-hair Lou Ferrigno.
Dean and Sam try to process.
Kathy: You think I'm crazy.
Dean: No. Uh, no, it's just...is there, uh, would there be any reason that Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk, would have a grudge against your husband?
Dean: Just desserts, sweet tooth, screwing with people before you kill 'emâ€”we're dealing with the Trickster, aren't we?
Sam: Sure looks like it.
Dean: Good. I've wanted to gank that mother since Mystery Spot.
Dean: And there's Johnny Drake. Oh, he's not even alive, he's a ghost in the mind ofâ€”
(another doctor sits next to Johnny) -of her. The sexy yet neurotic doctor over there.
Sam: So...this show has ghosts? Why?
Dean: I don't know. It is compelling.
Dean: You're not Dr. Sexy.
Dr. Sexy: You're crazy.
Dean: Really? Because I swore part of what makes Dr. Sexy sexy is the fact that he wears cowboy boots. Not tennis shoes.
Sam: Yeah. You're not a fan.
Dean: It's a guilty pleasure.
Sam: Lady, what the hell?
Dr. Piccolo: You are a brilliant, brilliantâ€”
Sam: Yeah. A coward. You already said that. But I got news for you. I am not a doctor.
Dr. Piccolo: Don't say that. You are the finest cerebrovascular neurosurgeon I have ever met, and I have met plenty. So that girl died on your table. It wasn't your fault. It wasn't anybody's fault. Sometimes people just die.
Sam: I have no idea what you're saying to me.
Dr. Piccolo: You're afraid. You're afraid to operate again. And you're afraid to love.
Sam: I don't know how to use any of this crap.
Dean: Figure it out.
Sam uncomfortably grins at the other doctors but doesn't do anything.
Den: Sam. Come on. I'm waiting.
Sam: Okay. Um. I need a penknife, some dental floss, a sewing needle, and a fifth of whiskey.
The other doctors look at him strangely and each other.
(They all start moving, Sam is impressed)
"Let's play Nutcracker!
Japanese Game Show Host: I'm sorry, Sam Winchester.
Sam: Sorry? Sir? For what?
The host mimics laughter
A pole comes up and whacks Sam in the crotch. Dean is freaked out, the crowd cheers.
Japanese Game Show Host: Nutcracker!
"Sam, are you okay?"
"No, no, no, no. Mr. Trickstah does not like pretty-boy angels."
Dean: What do I do, what do I do?
Dean: I don't wanna get hit in the nuts.
Woman in Yoga pose: I've got genital herpes.
Older Man: I've got genital herpes.
Dean: Hey, you're the one who said play our roles.
Sam: Yeah. Right.
Dean pats him on the shoulder and goes back to the game.
Sam: I've got genital herpes.
Woman in Yoga pose: I try to be responsible.
Older man: I tried.
Sam: But now I take twice-daily Herpexia to reduce my chances of passing it on.
(Dean voiceover) Ask your doctor about using Herpexia. Patients should always consult with a physician before using Herpexia. Possible side effects include headache, diarrhea, permanent erectile dysfunction, thoughts of suicide, and nausea.
Sam:I am doing all I can to slightly lessen the spread of (hesitant pause) of genital herpes. And that's a good thing.
Dean: How long do we have to keep doing this?
Sam: I don't know.
Sam: Maybe forever?
Sam: We might die in here.
Dean: How was that funny? Vultures.
Dean: Heaven or hell, which side you on?
Trickster: I'm not on either side.
Dean: Yeah, right. You're grabbing ankle for Michael or Lucifer. Which one is it?
Trickster: You listen to me, you arrogant dick. I don't work for either of those S.O.B.s. Believe me.
Dean: Oh, you're somebody's bitch.
The Trickster grabs DEAN by the collar and slams him into the wall.
Trickster: Don't you ever, ever presume to know what I am. Now listen very closely. Here's what's gonna happen. You're gonna suck it up, accept your responsibilities, and play the roles that destiny has chosen for you.
Sam: And if we don't?
Trickster (grinning): Then you'll stay here in TV Land. Forever. Three hundred channels and, uh, nothing's on.
Sam: You gotta calm down.
Dean: Calm down? I am wearing sunglasses at night.
He yanks them off.
Dean: You know who does that? No-talent douchebags. I hate this game. I hate that we're in a procedural cop show and you wanna know why? Because I hate procedural cop shows. There's like three hundred of them on television and they're all the freaking same. It's ooh, plane crashed hereâ€”oh shut up.
"Well I say, jackpot."
"Well I say, no guts, no glory."
"Get that guy a Tums."
Sam's voice sounds odd. Dean looks around and doesn't see anything.
Dean: Sam? Where are you?
Sam!pala: I don't know.
DEAN notices an console that looks a lot like the KITT car from Knight Rider.
Sam!pala: Oh crap. I don't think we killed the Trickster.
Sam!pala: That, uh, feels really uncomfortable.
Dean shuts the trunk.
Dean: All right, you son of a bitch! Uncle! We'll do it!
Sam: Should I honk?
Trickster: Wow. Sam. Get a load of the rims on you.
Sam!pala: Eat me.
Trickster: Well played, boys. Well played. Where'd you get the holy oil?
Dean: Well, you might say we pulled it out of Sam's ass.
Dean: What did Daddy say when you ran off and joined the pagans?
Gabriel/Trickster: Daddy doesn't say anything about anything.
Gabriel/Trickster: You do not know my family. What you guys call the apocalypse, I used to call Sunday dinner. That's why there's no stopping this, because this isn't about a war. It's about two brothers that loved each other and betrayed each other. You'd think you'd be able to relate.
Sam: What are you talking about?
Gabriel/Trickster (whistles): You sorry sons of bitches. Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father, and Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of Daddy's plan. You were born to this, boys. It's your destiny! It was always you! As it is in heaven, so it must be on earth. One brother has to kill the other.
Dean: What the hell are you saying?
Gabriel/Trickster: Why do you think I've always taken such an interest in you? Because from the moment Dad flipped on the lights around here, we knew it was all gonna end with you. Always.
Gabriel/Trickster: You're just gonna, you're gonna leave me here forever?
Dean: No. We're not, 'cause we don't screw with people the way you do. And for the record? This isn't about some prize fight between your brothers or some destiny that can't be stopped. This is about you being too afraid to stand up to your family!
Only two more of these until Jeremy Carver's 13th episode, "We Need To Talk About Kevin" premieres! Up next, the awewsome zombie themed "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." The zombie apocalypse done Supernatural style!
PS: I'm redoing all of the season five episodes with new, HD quality screencaps and did this one to go with this recap. This is the largest episode gallery I've done yet. 477 photos. This episode particularly is very impressive since much of the TV land stuff was shot with bright color filters. So enjoy the new and improved photo gallery here: