The Scorpion and The Frog is the 8th episode of Season 13. It aired on November 30, 2017.
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DO NOT CHANGE!
Feeling as if they are running out of options, Sam and Dean agree to steal a mysterious trunk belonging to a demon named Barthamus (guest star David Cubitt), in exchange for a locater spell the Winchesters can use to track down Jack.
- David Cubitt as Barthamus
- Christie Burke as Alice
- Richard Brake as Luther Shrike
- Matthew Kevin Anderson as Grab
- Nadja Sofi as Woman
Featured Supernatural BeingsEdit
- Basilisk (mentioned only)
- Crossroad Demons (Barthamus; Crowley, mentioned only)
- Demons (Barthamus' Minion, Asmodeus' Messenger, Grab)
- Gorgon (tooth and mentioned)
- Hellhounds (mentioned only)
- Nephilim (Jack and Queen of Sheba, mentioned only)
- Prince of Hell (Asmodeus, mentioned only)
- Seraph (Castiel, mentioned only)
- Sam and Dean Winchester are still looking for Jack after he left them in Tombstone.
- A devil's trap and the demon-killing knife were previously seen in the Season 12 episode All Along the Watchtower.
- A crossroad demon was previously featured in the Season 12 episode All Along the Watchtower.
- A successful exorcism was previously performed in the Season 12 episode Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox.
- A crossroad demon's human bones were previously threatened with burning in the Season 6 episode Weekend at Bobby's to successfully break a deal.
- Barthamus mentioned Dean Winchester's time in Hell from Season 4.
- The episode was watched by 1.74 million viewers and got a 0.6 rating. This is the show's most viewed eighth episode since Just My Imagination in Season 11.
- The episode title is a reference to an animal fable where a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
- This is the second episode of the season to not feature any recurring guest stars with Tombstone being the first one.
- It was revealed in this episode that the Queen of Sheba, the wife of King Solomon, was a Nephilim, making her the third known Nephilim in the entire series with Jane and Jack being the first two.
- Unlike when Duke was killed and Gunner Lawless was immediately taken to Hell in Beyond the Mat, killing Barthamus appeared to break Alice's deal similar to how the Winchesters believed that killing Lilith in Season 3 would break Dean's deal as she was the holder of it.
- Burning a demon's human remains to kill them was previously seen in the Season 6 episode Caged Heat. However, this was later revealed to be a trick and did not actually feature the demon's death. In Weekend at Bobby's burning a different demon's bones was successfully used to kill that demon.
- Technically, Sam also counted towards a man who had been to Hell and back since he traveled to Hell in Taxi Driver to rescue Bobby Singer's soul. However, Barthamus may have been unaware of this or needed someone who had died and gone to Hell and then come back.