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Supernatural Episode: "Everybody Hates Hitler"

Season 8, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean are attacked by a golem when they investigate a rabbi who spontaneously combusted. The probe reveals the rabbi was researching Nazi sorcerers.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2013
Guest Cast Hal Linden: Rabbi Bass John DeSantis: Golem Adam Rose: Aaron
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Season 8, Episode 13
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Length: 42:16
Aired: 2/6/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Everybody Hates Hitler" Season 8, Episode 13

Rabbis, Nazi Necromancers and a Golem, oh my.

In "Everybody Hates Hitler," Sam and Dean use their grandfather's key to open up what quickly becomes the Winchester Brothers' world headquarters. Their new digs are mighty impressive -- something straight out of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The brothers aren't there long before a seriously geeked out Sam discovers a case. The younger Winchester seems to find himself a purpose. For the first time in a long time, Sam seems content with where he is and what he's doing.

This Ben Edlund episode was quirky, funny, and jam-packed with so much MOTW info that it almost made my head hurt. I feel like I need to do one or two more re-watches in order to make sense of everything that has to do with the Judah Initiative, the Thule Society and a certain Golem played by an actor that makes Jared Padalecki look tiny. I'm not kidding.

I'm just going to head straight into random thoughts because I'm still trying to process all that went down.

-OK, how cool is the new bat cave? Loved the camera zooming out to reveal the whole place. Congrats to Supernatural's production designer, Jerry Wanek, and the art department. The Men of Letters set was really well done. I hope we see it in action a lot.

-I approve of the boys having a home base. Now all it needs is someone manning it when Sam and Dean are out on a case. You know, kind of like Chloe manned the Watchtower on Smallville.

-Loved seeing Sam geeking out over the books and trying to figure out how their new place of residence has perfectly running water and electricity. Shouldn't they move Kevin here? Seems like a perfectly nice place to decipher the Word of God tablet.

-By the way, Dean in the dead-guy robe, wearing slippers and quickly partaking in a shower is just so him. And that's awesome.

-That's Hal Linden who played the rabbi that spontaneously combusted, which triggered a whole new life for his grandson. Linden is a veteran actor with tons of credits to his name, but he's best known for playing the title role in the classic '70s sitcom about cops at a New York City police station, called Barney Miller. Linden was recently in an episode of FOX's The Mindy Project. I'm kind of sad he only appeared in the first few minutes of "Everybody Hates Hitler."

-Sam and Dean find time to mention Kevin (who's still trying to figure out the tablet), Garth (who says "hi") and Cas (who is MIA. Neither brother has heard from him). I know people felt that they should have mentioned our favorite angel in "As Time Goes By," but I'm perfectly happy with them wondering about Cas in this episode.

-Sam in research mode can do great things. Like finding the next case, which involves The Judah Initiative. They were a group of rabbis in Europe, who were active in World War II. Sam says they were "hardcore saboteurs."

-Is Sam wearing a sweater vest à la Dean did in "Season 7, Time for a Wedding?" Approve.

-OK, not sure if this is right. But I looked up Dean's alias -- Special Agent Bolan. There's a Marc Bolan, who was the frontman for the glam rock group, T. Rex. I'm thinking this is not a coincidence.

-When Dean first met Aaron, Aaron pretended he was hitting on Dean. I'm sorry, but Dean's uncomfortable reaction was funny. I have two favorite lines from this scene: 1. Dean's "Why you following me, Gingerbread?" 2. Dean put the kibosh on Aaron's "intentions" telling him this is a federal investigation. Aaron's response: "Is that supposed to make you less interesting?" Hilarious.

-I like how Sam lets Dean know he's being followed and Dean helps him out with that. The brothers are somewhat on the same page right now.

-I love the actor who plays Rabbi Bass' grandson (Adam Rose). So many times characters are intimidated by the Winchesters. He wasn't. Of course, he had a Golem on his side. That may have helped. This Golem was shaped by clay and brought to life by rabbis "to protect Jewish people in times of...general crappiness." Rose really knows how to deliver Ben Edlund's lines well.

-It feels like Aaron's journey is similar to Sam and Dean's. Their grandfathers introduced them to this new world. Aaron and Sam, in particular, seem to be committed to exploring their new career paths.

-Kudos to John DeSantis, who played the Golem. He's a massive individual who is intimidating and badass but is also really expressive. I liked his dynamic with Adam Rose, too. Fun Fact: DeSantis was in Season 3's "Ghostfacers."

-The bad guys are this secret group of Nazi Necromancers called the Thule Society. As bad guys go, they weren't as scary in the present as they must have been back in the day. Golem trumps everything even if the head Nazi guy figures out how to get him out of commission for a spell.

-Sam's book smarts were showing all over the place. Aaron gave him a number and he not only knew it was a filing system college libraries use, but that it was probably the sciences section. Plus, he had to take care of a ton of exposition. Go, Sammy.

-Every time Jensen Ackles gets a hold of a Ben Edlund script, I always envision him doing a comedy once Supernatural is over. Can't help it.

-The Golem taking out the Nazi Necromancer/Thule guy was a pretty awesome display. 

-"Oh my God, these guys are psychopaths." Aaron said this after seeing Sam and Dean bury then burn the Thule's body. I so love when we get a sense of what other people think about the Winchesters when they see them in action.

-Back in the day, the Thule performed magical experiments on Jews, Gypsies and whomever they had in their camp. Their endgame was reanimation. In the red ledger, on the last page, is every dead Thule member who was reanimated. I don't know. I wanted to be more interested in this explanation but I wasn't. The Thule were after the ledger simply because they wanted to keep their secrets secret. Big deal.

-I'm not sure how I feel about Sam and Dean feeling the need to find a way to take care of the Golem. It's not like they'd actually do it, but they wanted to be safe and at least know how. It's good that, in the end, Aaron ended up taking charge so Sam and Dean didn't have to.

-Is it just me? Or did they keep taking a close-up shot of the Thule rings? Are we going to be seeing them again?

-Dean: "So, uh, what? Aaron's a J.I. And you're a Man of Letters, now? Is that it? Good." It was a nice, quiet, ending back at the Winchester bat cave. A little music playing ("On the Sunny Side of the Street"). Sam made sure their Thule-ish adventure was documented. He's really getting into this intellectual side of the business. But that's no surprise. Like I said earlier, it seems like he's content. And he's no longer trying to think up a way to be "normal." He gets to nerd out and exercise his muscles -- it's the best of both worlds for him. As for Dean, he's a Man of Letters too. Don't know if he'll ever get into it like Sam will. But I hope he doesn't deny that aspect of himself either.

Supernatural airs Wednesdays on the CW at 9/8c.

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Rabbis, Nazi Necromancers and a Golem, oh my.

In "Everybody Hates Hitler," Sam and Dean use their grandfather's key to open up what quickly becomes the Winchester Brothers' world headquarters. Their new digs are mighty impressive -- something straight out of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The brothers aren't there long before a seriously geeked out Sam discovers a case. The younger Winchester seems to find himself a purpose. For the first time in a long time, Sam seems content with where he is and what he's doing.

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