Hammer Of The Gods is the 19th episode of Season 5. It aired on April 22nd, 2010.
Sam and Dean are held hostage in a remote hotel by a group of deities from Norse, Hindu, Chinese, Greek and Haitian/Voodoo. The deities want to use Sam and Dean as bargaining chips to foil the approaching Apocalypse, but Gabriel appears (in the guise of Loki) and warns the Winchesters that Lucifer is coming.
Muncie, Indiana. A police car pulls up to an abandoned and decrepit hotel called The Elysian Fields. A policeman gets out of the car and enters the abandoned hotel. The beam from his flashlight cuts through the darkness. The policeman hears a sound and he calls out but gets no answer. The officer explores further. As he walks, he passes a flowerpot of long-dead crocuses. Suddenly the crocuses come back to life and come into full bloom. He notices a shattered mirror behind him. The officer turns and sees a man in a tuxedo.
The policeman tells the tuxedoed man he can't be here, but the man begs to differ -- he has to get the place ready, he says, because they're coming. All of them. And, he adds, we each have our part to play. "Even you!" the man says cheerily to the policeman. "You are dinner." The man grabs the officer and as he pulls the policeman out of frame, a thick splash of blood hits the mirror.
By the time Sam and Dean arrive, The Elysian Fields has been fully restored to its glory. The Winchesters can't believe their luck finding a swank hotel in the middle of nowhere. The man in the tuxedo is now behind the hotel front desk wearing a red hotel employee jacket. The man checks the boys into the hotel. The man remarks about a cut on Dean's neck and immediately produces a towel to blot the blood. Dean is puzzled, but accepts the towel. The man gives Sam and Dean the key to their hotel room. Dean asks if the hotel has a coffee shop. The red jacketed man elegantly gestures with his right hand as he replies "Buffet. All you can eat. Best pie in the Tri-State area."
In fact, the buffet is stocked with what seems to be every pie Dean might imagine. A man at the buffet grins, saying to Dean "Heaven, right?"
"Better." Dean declares.
Dean takes a slice of pie, greedily grabbing a garnish off of a chocolate cream for good measure, and moves to find a seat, pausing at the sight of a beautiful dark skinned woman in a red dress, swirling a pink martini with a swizzle stick.
"How you doin'?" he says, and she cuts him off without even looking up -- "No."
"But --" Dean tries again, and is again shut down with a quiet "No."
"But lady, I'm just..."
"I understand," she says again. "And, no." She contemplates the heart-shaped skewered cherry in her cocktail as Dean gives up.
Dean sits down at a table to enjoy his pie but Sam is itchy to go. He points out the storm outside is "biblical" in its force, yet they're relaxing and eating pie. Dean advises Sam to calm down and comforts him by saying that Bobby is monitoring for Lucifer's activities in every way possible.
"Nobody's giving up," Dean assures Sam, "especially me." Dean adds they'll find Adam and Cass, but Sam is no good to him burned out. He tells Sam to take the night off and enjoy it. Behind them a waitress rushes off to the kitchen where the chef is preparing another dish including what appears to be....a bloody, severed arm on the cutting board.
The boys head to their room and notice a couple making out in the corner. Dean grins. Sam is not entertained and tries to ignore them. "What are you, twelve?" he says to Dean.
"I'm young at heart.", Dean jokes.
Upon entering their hotel room, Dean is immediately impressed by the little touches: chocolate on their pillows, "Casa Erotica 13" on demand. But Sam is suspicious. He wonders why a four-star hotel is located by a no-star highway. Dean doesn't care, and starts grinning at the giggles and squeals from the amorous couple, now audible in the room next to theirs. Suddenly something in the amorous couple's room slams against the wall hard enough to dislodge bricks in Sam and Dean's room. The Winchesters investigate, but when they enter the adjacent room, the bed sheets are messed up but no one is there. They also find a diamond solitaire ring on the shag-carpeted floor.
Sam and Dean report the noise to the man at the front desk, and he calmly tells them the couple they are concerned about are honeymooners, Mr. and Mrs. Logan, and they have checked out. "Just now", he adds with a bright smile. Dean points out not only is it weird for them to check out in the middle the honeymoon activities, they left without a diamond ring. The man behind the counter smiles and takes the ring from Dean, assuring him it'll go into the lost and found, and not to worry. He asks the boys if they need anything else, and when they say no, he sends them off with, "Super fantastic."
Much to Dean's disappointment, the brothers realize they have a case. "One night off", Dean gripes, "Is that too much to ask?" Sam agrees to monitor the creepy concierge, and Dean takes to the halls to investigate.
Sam follows the concierge down a hallway, but loses him around a corner. Sam then notices he is bleeding from a small cut on his neck.
Dean heads down a hallway focused on the EMF meter he's holding. He passes the open door of a room where an elephant is flinging a towel...Being focused on the EMF meter, Dean takes another step or two before he processes what appeared in his peripheral vision as he passed the open room. Dean backs up a couple of steps and sees a heavyset black man with a towel wrapped around his middle. "This ain't no peep show!" the man declares as he slams the door shut.
In another room, somewhere in the hotel, a handsome man puts a necklace around the beautiful dark-skinned woman's neck, and tells her how beautiful she is. He kisses her neck and puts his hands on her waist. "I hate sweet," she says coldly. The concierge arrives, interrupting the couple. He tells the attractive couple the final guests have arrived, the pantry is full, and the Winchesters are suspicious, but under control. Everything is ready. The woman asks the concierge if he has the blood. Of course, he says, and in the blink of an eye, zips across the room to present the woman with two vials. "I'm quick," he says with a smile, "Boys never even knew what hit 'em."
"Thank you, Mercury," she coos. Baldur says it's time to get the show on the road.
Sam and Dean rendezvous in the lobby and trade their strange stories, but go silent when they notice the lobby is empty and the doors are locked. Sam begins to think about how they got there -- a detour off the highway, then the freak hurricane. They realize they were led to the hotel. "Like rats in a maze," Sam says.
The boys head into the kitchen only to find it empty as well. A pot of red liquid boils on the stove. "Please be tomato soup. Please be tomato soup," Dean says, stirring a ladle into the liquid and pulling up...eyeballs.
Sam eyes a freezer and creeps up to its window, only to be startled by a frantic hand that starts banging on the window. People inside the freezer scream to be let out. Sam fumbles as he pulls out his lock-picking kit. Dean yells at him to hurry up, but it's too late. Sam freezes and stares over Dean's head. "There's something behind me, isn't there?" Dean whispers nervously. Behind Dean are a heavy Asian man, and a black gentleman. They roughly grab the Winchesters and force them into the grand ballroom where the dark complected woman and her consort wait with an old man, the man from the room where Dean thought he saw the elephant, and others.
They are all wearing name tags. The elephant man is Ganesh. The old man is Odin. The beautiful dark skinned woman in red is Kali the Destroyer. The black gentleman man who grabbed them in the kitchen is Baron Samedi, a noted spirit of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo. All of them hail from non-Christian pantheons and traditions
"Something tells me this isn't a shriner convention," Dean jokes.
Mercury enters with a rolling cart upon which there is a covered platter surrounded by meat. "Dinner is served," he says, uncovering the platter to reveal a severed head covered in goo. The gods and spirits applaud, and a spotlight captures Sam and Dean. The man with Kali (Baldur) says, "Our guests of honor have arrived."
They seat Sam and Dean in front of the group, all of whom now sit at a long banquet table. Baldur calls the meeting to order by tapping his fork on a champagne glass. Baldur says he never thought he'd see this day, with so many gods under one roof. Baldur lays down a few ground rules. No slaughtering each other. Easy on the wrath. Oh, and try to leave the local virgins alone, they're trying to keep a low profile.
"Oh we're so, so screwed," Sam whispers.
"We all know why we're here," Baldur says. "The Judeo-Christian Apocalypse looms over us. I know we've all had our disagreements in the past. The time has come to put those aside and look toward the future. Because if we don't, we won't have one." He then points to Dean and Sam and describes the Winchesters as valuable bargaining chips -- Michael and Lucifer's vessels. Baldur asks the assembled deities what might they want to do with the Winchesters.
Zao Shen (a Chinese deity) stands up and makes a forceful declaration in Cantonese. Ganesh laughs. "Kill 'em? What, so the angels can bring them back again?" (A concept with which Ganesh is intimately familiar.)
Odin laughs at Zao Shen's idea, offending Zao Shen. Attention in the room shifts to Odin and Zao Shen as they argue, and the Winchesters use the diversion and attempt to sneak out of the room, but a chandelier crashes to the ground in front of them, blocking their way.
"Stay," Kali orders coldly, standing up. The brothers turn around. Kali declares the deities have to fight. She declares, "The only thing the archangels understand is violence anyway...It's them, or us." Mercury politely suggests they haven't even tried talking to the angels. Kali turns her cold gaze on him. He immediately begins to choke on blood. Baldur stops Kali from killing Mercury outright.
Then the doors fly open, and Gabriel colorfully struts in. Forever the ham, Gabriel chides "Can't we all just get along?" With angelic power, Gabriel silences Sam and Dean before they can speak (as Sam and Dean recognize Gabriel, aka The Trickster, aka Loki, and this fact is not known to the assembled deities).
"Sam. Dean. It's always 'wrong place, worst time' with you muttonheads, huh?" Gabriel says. Baldur is not pleased, and addresses Gabriel as Loki. Gabriel says he's there to talk about the elephant in the room. Ganesh attempts to get up but Gabriel says he's referring to The Apocalypse. "We can't stop it, gang. But, first things first."
Gabriel turns to Sam and Dean, and tells them the adults need to have a private conversation. With a wave of his hand, he teleports Sam and Dean into a nearby room, where they attempt to grasp Gabriel's appearance as Loki. They try to figure out a next move. Dean suggests they free the people from the freezer and 'gank' a few deities along the way if they're lucky.
Gabriel, however, appears and spoils the Winchesters' plan. Dean blames Gabriel for the brothers being held captive at The Elysian Fields. Gabriel tells Dean he had nothing to do with it. "I'm the Costner to your Houston. I'm here to save your ass!" he says. He explains the deities were either going to kill them or use them as bait. Either way, Gabriel says, "you're uberboned."
Gabriel states that Lucifer and Michael will use Sam and Dean as their respective vessels and fight each other, but not tonight. Dean does not understand why Gabriel would care, and at first he insists Gabriel doesn't. Then Gabriel admits he and Kali have a history. "Chick was all hands," Gabriel says. "What can I say, I'm sentimental."
Then Sam sees a glimmer of hope in the situation. He asks Gabriel if the deities could conquer Lucifer, and Gabriel laughs. Gabriel maintains Lucifer will turn them into finger paint, so it's best to get going while the getting's good. Dean asks why Gabriel doesn't just 'zap' the deities out of there. Gabriel explains Kali has them tethered with a blood spell.
So, between spritzes of breath freshener, Gabriel says he must work some black magic of his own.
Dean demands Gabriel also save the captives in the freezer, but Gabriel refuses. Then Dean realizes something -- the deities think he's Loki. Which means they don't know who he really is. Dean repeats his demands, adding if Gabriel doesn't do what he asks, he'll out him to the other deities. Dean rebuffs Gabriel's ongoing threats, and eventually make a deal.
Kali is disrobing in her room when the lights suddenly go out, and a sumptuous candlelit dinner appears. Gabriel stands by with a rose, and Kali greets him with "Leave."
But "Loki" won't be easily dismissed, even though Kali has moved on with Baldur. Gabriel reveals Kali called him there. The goddess is displeased he isn't taking things seriously. Gabriel proposes if the end is coming, they should just leave. "Screw this marble. Let's go check out Pandora," he jokes. Kali insists they can fight. Gabriel breaks it to her -- if they do, they'll be toast. No more tricks, he says. "I'm begging you -- don't do this."
"I have to," she whispers.
"Can't blame me for trying," Gabriel says. "Still love me?"
"No," Kali answers, and pulls him in roughly for a kiss.
Downstairs, Sam and Dean sneak into the kitchen and are forced to hide and watch as Zao Shen and other gods sacrifice a human on the hotel's front desk. When they get to the kitchen, Sam is about to pick the lock in the freezer door when Zao Shen grabs him from behind and starts to strangle him with one hand. Dean appears behind Zao Shen and runs him through with a wood beam.
"Where's Gabriel?" Dean asks.
In Kali's room, "Loki" hopes his kiss is enough to distract Kali as he reaches for the vials of Sam and Dean's blood. It isn't. Kali pushes him away. "You must take me for a fool...Gabriel," Kali coos. She holds up her hand, which has his blood on it. "You're bound to me," she tells him, "now and forever."
[For the Supernatural viewer, the screen unexpectedly breaks up with static, and as the screen clears, two familiar faces appear...it's Ghostfacers, doing a commercial for their show replete with an appropriately cheesy theme song. (Ghostfacers is now a web series on the CW's website.)]
Sam and Dean are forcibly brought back into the main ballroom, where Gabriel sits at Kali's side. She announces to the room The Trickster has tricked them. Gabriel pleads with her, but she sits on his lap and reminds him that he belongs to her...and, she adds, he has something she wants. She slowly moves her hand to his chest, but instead of ripping out his heart, she produces his Angel Blade.
"An archangel's blade," she tells them, completing the outing with, "From the archangel Gabriel."
Gabriel admits he's an angel, but insists he's not a spy, but a runaway really trying to save them. Kali refuses to believe him.
"I know my brother, Kali," he says. "He should scare the living crap out of you. You can't beat him." Gabriel says he's had a glimpse of the future and has seen how this ends.
"Your story, not ours," Kali tells him. "Westerners, I swear -- the sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your God's name. But you're not the only religion. And he's not the only god. Now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are billions of us, and we were here first. If anyone gets to end this world...it's me."
She tells Gabriel she's sorry, and then plunges his Angel Blade into his chest. Gabriel screams and glows for a moment. Then he's gone. Kali says this proves that they can kill Lucifer.
Suddenly Dean speaks up. "Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up," he says, standing up and affecting the swagger of a man who's out of options. "Now on any other given day, I'd be doing my damndest to kill you. You filthy murdering chimps. But, uh, hey -- desperate times. So even though I'd love nothing better than to slit your throats, you dicks, I'm going to help you. I'm going to help you ice the devil. And then we can all get back to ganking each other, like normal."
He pours himself a glass of whiskey.
He tells them if they want Lucifer, he and Sam can get him there. He tells the deities they'll help if they let the other people go. If it doesn't work, Dean says, "you can eat me...literally."
Cut to the hotel's front doors opening and the people previously trapped the freezer running out, screaming bloody murder. Someone calls to Dean from the back seat of the Impala. It's...Gabriel? "You think I'd give Kali my real sword? That thing can kill me," he jokes.
He tells Dean he made the fake out of a can of orange Slice. He then tells Dean that Kali liked his speech, and tells him to get close and grab their blood so they can all get out.
Dean counters Gabriel should sack up and help them kill Lucifer. Gabriel refuses and says he's blowing Jonestown, but Dean says he sees right through Gabriel. Even though the deities in there stabbed him through the heart, they're still his family and he gives a crap about them. Dean reminds Gabriel they're going to die without his help. That is, unless he has a better plan.
"I can't kill my brother," Gabriel tells him.
"Can't or won't?" Dean asks, and gets no response, implying Gabriel simply won't. "Thought so." Dean exits the Impala and leaves Gabriel there.
Sam tells Kali to fulfill his end of the deal, the sigils must be removed from his ribs. "Would be easier to break them," she coos, but foreplay is interrupted when Dean comes in and rats out Gabriel. "Hate to break it to you, but you've been tricked," he tells Kali.
As she's peeling her jaw off the floor, Mercury is summoned by the front desk bell dinging. He turns around to see...Lucifer, inside his deteriorating vessel. "Checking in," Lucifer says.
Lucifer tells Mercury he was right to call him. Mercury explains the talk inside the room was getting crazy.
"You know," Lucifer tells him. "I never did understand you pagans. You're such...petty little things. Always fighting, always happy to sell out your own kind. No wonder you forfeited this planet to us."
He points at Mercury and tells him they're worse than humans, or demons. And yet, Lucifer says, they claim to be gods. He leans his head to one side and twists his finger, twisting Mercury's neck at the same time. "And they call me prideful," Lucifer sneers.
Inside the ballroom the lights are flashing. Baldur and Kali can tell something's wrong. Outside, Odin is wailing at Lucifer's feet as he crushes him. Ganesh charges Lucifer and with a wave of his hand, the devil turns the elephant god into a stain on the wall. He does the same to Baron Samedi.
"It's him," Sam says nervously. Dean begs the deities to zap them away, and Baldur says they can't. Lucifer is stopping them, and now he's in the room. Baldur moves to confront Lucifer, and asks what gives his kind the right to take over the planet. Lucifer replies by punching through Baldur's torso. "No one gives us the right," he says calmly. "We take it." He withdraws his bloody arm from Baldur, who collapses dead on the floor. Kali makes her last stand. Her arms become pillars of flame, and she floods Lucifer with fire, but he emerges unscathed. She steps up to punch him with flaming fists, but he sends her flying with an uppercut.
Gabriel suddenly appears and hands Dean a copy of "Casa Erotica 13", telling him to guard it with his life. He steps in as Lucifer moves to grind Kali underfoot and pushes his brother across the room.
"Lucy...I'm home!" Gabriel jokes, guarding Kali with his angelic blade. He instructs Dean and Sam to get Kali out of the room, and holds off Lucifer, who can't believe his brother would betray him over a girl. "I knew you were slumming, but I hope you didn't catch anything."
"Lucifer," Gabriel tells him, "you're my brother, and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
"What did you just say to me?"
Gabriel taunts him, saying he could play the victim all he wanted, but the truth was dad loved him best. Everyone knew it. But then dad brought the new baby home, and Lucifer couldn't handle it.
"All this is just a great big temper tantrum," Gabriel says. "Time to grow up."
Sam and Dean hustle Kali into the Impala. They drive off as quickly as possible.
Gabriel informs Lucifer if Michael were there he'd tell him the same thing, and Lucifer angrily accuses him of being disloyal. Gabriel corrects his brother: "Oh, I'm loyal...to people." Lucifer asks why Gabriel is willing to die for a "pile of cockroaches," and Gabriel answers God was right -- "they are better than us."
"They are broken, flawed abortions," Lucifer insists. Gabriel agrees, but adds a lot of them try to do better, to forgive.
"And," he says offhandedly, "you should see the Spearmint Rhino!"
He tells Lucifer he's been riding the pine for a long time, and he's not Lucifer's side, or Michael's. "I'm on theirs."
Lucifer begs Gabriel not to make him do this, and Gabriel points out that nobody makes them do anything.
"I know you think you're doing the right thing, Gabriel," Lucifer says, as the real Gabriel slowly steps up behind Lucifer, "but I know where your heart truly lies."
Lucifer turns around and catches Gabriel raising his blade to him, and redirects it to make Gabriel stab himself in the gut. "Here," Lucifer finishes. The illusion Gabriel disappears.
"Amateur hocus pocus," Lucifer whispers to the real Gabriel. "Don't forget, you learned all your tricks from me, little brother." Lucifer twists the blade, and Gabriel screams and glows, for real this time. Lucifer leaves Gabriel on the ground, his wings burned into the floor on each side.
Then...we're treated to the opening scenes from "Casa Erotica 13," complete with a disclaimer at the start all of the performers in the film are of legal age. Open on a blonde woman wearing nothing but underwear and Lucite heels doing a "dear diary" voiceover, talking about how super fun it is to be a high powered executive, but sometimes she needs something different. Sometimes she needs...Casa Erotica. There's a knock at her door...it's room service.
The boys are watching this on their laptop. Sam can't believe Gabriel asked them to guard it with his life. Dean shrugs. "It is a good one," he says.
In the film, the door opens, and the room service waiter appears: Gabriel wearing a cheap costume and a mustache. He enters with his special delivery of Hungarian sausage. Gabriel starts making out with the girl, then he turns to look at the camera. He tells the boys if they're watching this, he's dead. Oh, and they have zero chance of killing Lucifer.
But, Gabriel adds, there is one thing: the cage they freed Lucifer from is still there, and if they play their cards right, they might be able to shove him back into it.
Not that it'll be easy, Gabriel says. First they have to get the cage open, then trick Lucifer back into it, and oh yes, avoid the angels. Details, details.
Then he drops a bit of knowledge on them not even Lucifer is aware of: "The key to the cage? It's out there! Actually, it's keys, plural. Four keys. Four rings. From the Horsemen. You get 'em all, you've got the cage."
"Can't say I'm betting on you boys," he adds, "but I've been wrong before."
Gabriel finishes by telling Dean he was right. He was afraid to stand up to his brother. "So this is me, standing up." Gabriel stands up, and the porn star eases up behind him. "And this is me...lying down!" Gabriel tosses away the mustache and starts kissing the giggling woman. Then it gets naughty, and Sam closes the computer.
Dean reminds Sam they already have War's ring, and Famine's. All they have to do is nick Death's and Pestilence's.
"Oh, is that all?" Sam says dourly.
Well, it's more than they had before. "It's a plan," Dean tells his brother. They get in the car and head off.
Elsewhere, an old, battered hatchback pulls up to a general store. Inside, the clerk is reading a story about a flu epidemic spreading, and a fly spirals in front of his face, landing on the paper. He moves to swat it, but is interrupted by a sickly looking man, who comes in and sneezes, spewing saliva all over the place. He runs his hands all over the products, leaving a trail of slime.
More flies swarm the clerk. The man picks up an orange box of flu medication, saying he has a lot of driving to do and asking if the meds will make him sleepy. The clerk says no. He walks up to the counter, coughing and sneezing, spraying the clerk with slime. As he walks out, he stops coughing, smiles to himself and tosses the box away. As he gets into his car, we get a shot of the Nevada license plate: SIKN * TRD.
The man grins, and as if we don't get it, the green jeweled ring on his finger identifies him as Pestilence . His car becomes thick and dark with flies, and Pestilence grins as he drives away.
Cast and CharactersEdit
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
- Jensen Ackles aS Dean Winchester
- Richard Speight Jr. as Gabriel / Loki
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer
- Rekha Sharma as Kali
- Adam Croasdell as Baldur
- John Emmet Tracy as Mercury
- Keith Dallas as Ganesh
- Duncan Fraser as Odin
- King Lau as Zao Shen
- Matt Frewer as Pestilence
- A.J. Buckley as Ed Zeddmore (uncredited)
- Travis Wester as Harry Spangler (uncredited)
- Unknown actors as Baron Samedi and Isis
Featured Supernatural BeingsEdit
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- Antagonists: The Pagan Deities, Lucifer.
- Deities are taken in order to carry on the episode with much less knowledge.
- A.J. Buckley and Travis Wester are uncredited in this episode.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Matt Frewer as Pestilence.
- Although Gabriel is recognized as Loki by the pagan deities, it remains unknown whether he has always been in the guise of a pagan god that he created as a false persona, or if he had been impersonating an already existent Loki.
- "Loki" is also a reference to mythology, being Odin's blood-brother.
- Twelve guests are present at the formal gathering, including Sam and Dean, making Loki the thirteenth to show up when he crashes the party. This corresponds to a story from Norse mythology centering around a feast to which the trickster was not invited, and at which Baldur was killed.
- In the shot where Lucifer stabs Gabriel, it can be seen that the burn imprints of Gabriel's wings have already appeared in the table sheets.
- The title is a reference to Thor, who is mostly associated with a Hammer. The hammer in question does not make an appearance until Season 8.
- To date, this episode has shown the most pagan deities, as well as death of deities in one episode.
- The Casa Erotica series has been referenced in show before. In "The Monster at the End of This Book", Dean tells Sam to watch some porn (specifically suggesting Casa Erotica on pay-per-view) as a way to pass the time instead of doing research.
- The woman featured in Casa Erotica 13 is portrayed by Sarah Porchetta.
- It should be worth noting that Hammer of the Gods was not aired in India, possibly to avoid controversy over a Hindu goddess being sexually involved with non-Hindu god.
- Gabriel says to Kali that they should leave Earth and "check out Pandora", this is a reference to James Cameron's movie Avatar, which is set on a planet called Pandora. It could also be a reference to the Greek Mythology of Pandora's Box.
- At one point, Dean says the phrase: "Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up!". This is a quote from the third movie in the "Evil Dead Series", Army of Darkness.
- Kali's line to Gabriel "If anyone gets to end this world, it's me", is a reference to her mythological counterpart who is the Goddess of Destruction. She was also responsible for annihilating Asuras (the Hindu demonic counterparts) in the Hindu mythology, which would explain her presence in this episode.
- At one point in the episode, Ganesh is shown turning into an elephant. His mythological counterpart had a head of an elephant. He is also known as the remover of obstacles, which would explain why he joined Kali during the meeting of Deities.
- The name of the Hotel, "Elysian Fields", is a reference to part of the Greek version of an afterlife or Underworld where the souls of heroes would rest.
- Dean:Like full-on Babar.
Referencing the title character of a series of children's books written by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar travels out into the world, becomes educated, and returns to create a kingdom of civilized elephants. This book was also brought up in a previous episode, Sam, Interrupted.
- Gabriel: I'm the Costner to your Houston.
Referencing the 1992 movie The Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Frank Farmer is hired to protect a music superstar, Rachel Marron, who is a stalker's target.
- Dean:And you keep an eye on Norman Bates here.
Referring to Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch's novel of the same name). Norman Bates was a killer played by Anthony Perkins. It spawned 3 sequels and in 2012 a modern-day reboot prequel series called The Bates Motel. This is the second time this movie has been referenced. The first was in Season 3 Ghostfacers.
- Gabriel:Lucy, I'm home.
Referencing the classic TV show I Love Lucy, where Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) always announced his arrival at home in the same way.
- Dean:Or, uh, we tell the Legion of Doom about your secret identity.
Referencing the Legion of Doom, the supervillain organization that first appeared in Challenge of the SuperFriends. The Legion featured thirteen members: Lex Luthor, the Riddler and 11 others.
- Gabriel: And you should see the Spearmint Rhino.
Referencing the world's largest franchise of "gentleman's club," and reputed by many to be the best in the world.
- Dean:Motel Hell.
Referencing the 1980 movie starring Rory Calhoun as Farmer Vincent, who together with his young sister Ida runs the Motel Hello. That's just a cover for their real business, which is abducting unsuspecting passerbys, planting them in the ground, severing their vocal chords, and eventually slaughtering them as ingredients for their famous smoked meats.
- Dean: [After discovering the motel isn't what it seems] "Motel Hell."
- Gabriel (as Loki): "I'm here to talk about the elephant in the room."
Ganesh: [stands up, outraged]
Gabriel (as Loki): "Not you—the Apocalypse."
- Gabriel: [to Lucifer] "Lucy, I'm home!"
- Gabriel: [to Lucifer, mocking him] "Daddy was mean to me so I'm gonna smash up all his toys!"
- Gabriel: "Okay, okay, I've got wings...like Kotex."
- Gabriel: "Lucifer, you're my brother, and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
- Lucifer: What did you just say to me?
- Sam: What's a four star hotel doing on a no star highway?