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Recap - 'Supernatural': 'The French Mistake'

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Supernatural S06E15 - Dean, Sam and Castiel

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Balthazar visits Sam and Dean, explaining that Castiel's nemesis Raphael is hunting them all down. He gives Sam a key, just as Raphael's henchman Virgil arrives. Balthazar casts a spell and transports Sam and Dean to a television set for the series 'Supernatural'. The brothers learn that they are now Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, two actors who cannot stand each other and star in a show with middling ratings.

Sam and Dean spot Castiel on-set, who explains that Balthazar has sent them to a parallel world, and that the key in Sam's possession is for a room containing the weapons that Balthazar stole from heaven. However, 'Castiel' is just reading from a script, and is in fact Misha Collins, another actor who enjoys posting on Twitter. Inside Jensen Ackles's trailer, Sam performs some research online and learns that Jensen is a former star of NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. The brothers decide to try and reverse Balthazar's spell, but their attempt to escape in the Impala is thwarted when they discover the car is merely a prop.

Supernatural S06E15 - Ruby kisses Sam
A studio driver eventually takes the pair to Jared Padalecki's mansion, where they are confronted by their old foe Ruby. However, this is not really the demon, but the actress, Genevieve, who played her. In this world, Sam, or Jared, is married to Gen, much to Dean's horror. Once Gen leaves to attend an environmental event, the brothers discover one of the relics they will need for the spell, the bone of a saint, and order it online using Jared's credit card.

The next morning, Sam and Dean pick up the bone relic from the airport, but are then forced to return to set to film an episode of 'Supernatural'. Neither brother is adept at playing himself and the director becomes frustrated and bewildered as they ruin multiple takes. During a filming break, Dean paints Balthazar's symbol on the set wall and he and Sam leap through a window in an attempt to recreate their arrival, but the spell is unsuccessful. Sam speculates that the spell will not work, since in this world, there is no supernatural, no magic and no angels. However, sometime later, the painted symbol begins to glow and Virgil is transported onto the set.

Supernatural S06E15 - Castiel and Virgil
Virgil confronts the brothers, but has lost his angelic powers and they are able to fight back. However, they are restrained by set workers, who believe that 'Jared' and 'Jensen' are attacking an innocent extra. In the scuffle, Virgil is able to grab the key from Sam, and escapes. As he flees, Virgil kidnaps Misha Collins at knife-point. As Sam realises that the key is gone, Virgil brutally stabs Misha to death, in an attempt to communicate with Raphael. Visiting the crime scene, Sam and Dean learn from a witness that Raphael instructed Virgil to return to the spot where the symbol was painted, from where Raphael will retrieve him and the key.

Virgil returns to the set and begins a shooting frenzy, killing numerous crew members and 'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke. Sam and Dean tackle Virgil and retrieve the key, being sucked back into their own world by Raphael. The brothers are attacked by the malevolent angel, now in the form of a woman. Raphael grabs the key, but Balthazar appears and reveals that it is a fake. He explains that Sam and Dean's adventure was a diversion to trick Virgil, giving him time to transfer the heavenly weapons to Castiel. Cas appears, now armed with the weapons, and an intimidated Raphael departs.

Transported back to Bobby's home, Sam and Dean angrily confront Castiel, who was in on Balthazar's plan to use them as a diversion. Cas promises that he will explain more about the war in heaven when he can. As he vanishes, the Winchesters adjust to being back in the real world.

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