11×20 Don’t Call Me Shurley A tale of 3 Roberts and a Curtis

“Don’t Call Me Shurley” is an epic episode because it has everything. Robbie Thompson pulls out all the stops for fandom by including requests and answering questions that have been out there for years.Rob Singer’s direction is perfection. Rob Benedict and Curtis Amstrong hold center stage for most of the episode. Top it all off with brilliant musical choices and a song performed by R.B. and add a Sam and Dean never leave you moment. What else? Oh there is more. And it glows. Brilliant.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do not read on. Watch. Then read. Then watch again.

The title is a play on the character Chuck Shurley and the comedy movie “Airplane.”  So the big reveal as to who Chuck really is came as no surprise. So should you expect humor? Finally fans get to see Dean ironing Sam’s shirt with beer to dampen it. Sam’s reaction is priceless. Off to check out  a possible case. What ensues is Amara’s black vein disease and the toll it takes on the townspeople. Not funny. Clear that we are in the last episodes of the season and it is time to be serious. Much better opening of the boys than the banter about frustration and no clues.

This episode is not heavy with Sam and Dean, but what is there, works so well. Sam saves a child-so genuine Jared. Dean’s not leaving a sick Sam- so Jensen. However, most of the episode is a sparring contest between Metatron and Chuck. Human Metatron is in a dumpster  searching for food and in an act of sacrifice, offers the food to a hungry dog. He is rewarded with a face to face with Chuck. God needs an editor for his autobiography. Although Chuck thinks he redeems Metatron, it is Metatron who redeems Chuck and gets him back in the God-game. Then the Meta begins with God’s reference to creating Supernatural, his failure at the follow up Revolution series, his dislike of the “Bugs” episode, his admission of how many times he has put Castiel back together and his fondness for the Winchesters. (Kripke and Metatron have always said writers are god). Thompson is a god.

Chuck first resigns and wants Amara  to have her moment, but Metatron takes a chance and calls him a coward. Bob Benedict’s performance turns cute, nebbish Chuck into the wrathful, yet engaged God that has been absent for so long. There is great meta-fiction about the creation of angels, man, nature.Corrections to the lore are made: Lucifer is not a favorite angel nor is he the villain according to this gospel. Lucifer was not lying to the angels. Metatron was the angel closest to the door and nothing special when he was selected to be the scribe, and why the amulet did not glow in season 4/5?  It goes on.  So Meta.

Curtis Amstrong’s Metatron performs superbly. There is an explanation for his motivation, he  confesses and  shows contrition: Absentee father-notice me. The writing is so sharp that as a fan I started to cheer for the once villainous Metatron. Is he forgiven for killing Dean? Chuck says the world would have gone on spinning if Dean had remained a demon. If it’s okay with God, then fandom needs to take a breath. Be angry at God-everyone seems to be. Thompson even manages to get the Keep Fighting slogan into the script. There is meta about not seeing the real self-the character played vs. the actor(Hello,J2).

The art department scouts out and creates beautiful sets. God’s greatest creation is Nature that corrects itself-hello socially conscious comment. The out door scenery is breath taking, while using the mundane sets of small town America to tell an epic story. God’s refuge in a bar that is the center of creation is a terrific choice.The lighting catches the characters at just the right moment to show assets and emotions seamlessly. Robert Singer’s direction shows the strength and vulnerability of our heroes and villains. The choice of music underscores the choice God has to make- Brian Wilson’s or Keith Richard’s type autobiography. Then Chuck sings a folk song,”Fare thee Well” as we see a dying Sam who says Dean will leave him for Amara. Dean says” never” but it does not look good. Suddenly a glow from Sam’s jacket. The amulet.

Insert your own scream here………

Deus ex machina- God swoops in to resolve the current fog of war. Restoration   of the infected takes place. Amazed Sam and Dean holding the glowing amulet, see Chuck. “We should talk” closes out the episode.

It works.It is “Supernatural”. It is what fandom wanted.

I purposefully leave out many of the greatest lines of dialogue and scenes so you would watch and feel it first hand . The episode is a tour de force in all areas. And it is not the finale!!! How can the last 3 episodes rise to this level of perfection? This episode moves onto the favorite list. Time to re-watch.  Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “11×20 Don’t Call Me Shurley A tale of 3 Roberts and a Curtis

  1. Loved the review, Debbab.

    “Don’t Call Me Shurley” is an epic episode because it has everything. Robbie Thompson pulls out all the stops for fandom by including requests and answering questions that have been out there for years.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Robbie outdid himself.

    “The lighting catches the characters at just the right moment to show assets and emotions seamlessly.”

    Singer did a fantastic job with the direction. I especially like the moments where Chuck’s face is bathed in light (not the glasses moment, but the one where he’s standing under a light). Sam and Dean in the fog was stunning visually.

    “Much better opening of the boys than the banter about frustration and no clues.”

    Hear, hear. The WhatAboutAmaraLuciCas was has been driving me nuts lol.

    “Although Chuck thinks he redeems Metatron, it is Metatron who redeems Chuck and gets him back in the God-game.”

    Love the way you put it. Chuck might have plucked Metatron from the bottom of a trash can but Metatron held a mirror to Chuck’s face and even inspired him to put is God hat back on.

    (Kripke and Metatron have always said writers are god). Thompson is a god.

    And he deserves an offering for this episode.

    “we see a dying Sam who says Dean will leave him for Amara.”

    One of my favorite moments.

    “The episode is a tour de force in all areas. And it is not the finale!!! How can the last 3 episodes rise to this level of perfection? This episode moves onto the favorite list. »

    Definitely. I don’t expect the remaining episodes to be this good. One perfect 10 by season is the best that I can hope for in the post-Kripke era.

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  2. FOOTNOTES:
    Think “Croatoan” moment when Dean refuses to leave an infected Sam and gets locked in the lab with him.
    Think “Jus in Bello” when everyone huddles in the sheriff’s office while Lilith’s smoke and demon army rages outside. So many throw backs in this episode. I do not consider it pandering to the fandom either. Yes, fandom has asked to see domesticity at the bunker( a bit of brotherly humor) as well as a return of the Samulet( . Demonstrates and acknowledges our existence and importance . It is existential.Shows how talented the writer and director are to fit so much into such a short amount of time. The hour flew by even on a re-watch. Someone pointed out that one of the police officers was the same actor as the nurse in Croatoa- did anyone see that? I missed it if it is there.
    The names the brothers use as agents are members of the band Kansas
    Clarification if possible: Chuck had the Samulet but then Dean pulled in out of Sam’s jacket when it started to glow. Do you believe Chuck put it there using his godly powers? or has Sam had it all along(hoarder that he is for memorabilia) and God can be in two places at the same time? What do you think? CHuck says he knew where it always was—leads me to the latter of my suppositions. What think you all?

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    1. “Shows how talented the writer and director are to fit so much into such a short amount of time.”

      I’m in complete agreement with this.

      “Someone pointed out that one of the police officers was the same actor as the nurse in Croatoa- did anyone see that? I missed it if it is there.”

      Good catch. It’s Sonja Bennett. She played Deputy Jan Harris in “DCMS” and the nurse who attacks Sam in “Croatoan”.

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  3. The Supernatural version of God is really a let down – an Americanized metrosexual that has had both sexes and is a bit of a petulant bitch. Has Supernatural lost its original writer(s) ? The last two new programs have been mediocre to very forgetful.

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    1. Chuck has been the diety in theory since 2010. His true self is not shown to most so what we see is what the writers give us to see of his omniscient and omnipresent being. It’s T.V. Not sure they can go beyond this thread even if writers are gods in some corner of the universe.

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      1. Of course its TV, but the SN version of God is a real let down. I would like to see Jesus worked in, not as a long haired hippie seen on plates and church windows, but a distant and somewhat mysterious tough guy – maybe a biker type – intervening at opportune times,leaving the viewer to guess if that is really JC or not.

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        1. Not sure a TV show would pick one religious figure over another so it would have to be a careful and skillful portrayal. It would offend someone, somewhere no matter what route the writers chose. In the universe of SPN there are other religious dieties, and other universes created- see S 5. Interesting idea you have-not sure they could pull it off or want to do so. Since Kripke designed to show to end with “Swan Song” and Chuck’s “poof” it is his design that Chuck is God hiding as Chuck. The writers dared to go there with season 11. Not sure if it will carry into s 12. Kripke gave the green light for this thread. After GOD, where do you go with the plot? Most of the writers are solid, so let’s hope that set get to write the arc stories.

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  4. I need to re-watch before commenting as I am still digesting all the meta!
    One thing I can say-Metatron youre not forgiven for killing Dean, but you have redeemed yourself partially with your love of humanity and your balls in calling out Chuck!God.

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