Season 5, Episode 16
The Dark Side of the Moon
Sam and Dean are shot to death by a pair of angry hunters and find themselves in Heaven. They are contacted by Castiel, who asks them to find Joshua in the hopes that he knows where God is. Sam and Dean must make it to the Garden in the middle of Heaven without letting Zachariah find them and return them to their earthly bodies. They travel through a series of their fondest memories. Dean becomes angry at Sam because several of Sam's happiest moments were times when he got away from his family.
After a reunion with Ash and Pamela, Sam and Dean are cornered by Zachariah. They're saved by Joshua, who tells them that God has a message: back off. God knows everything that's going on, but he doesn't think it's his problem. Joshua returns Sam and Dean to Earth. They pass the news on to Cas, who is devastated. He gives the amulet back to Dean, who throws it away as they leave the motel.
For this episode = Sam and Dean, but both return to life at the end of the episode.
For the series so far = At least 364 humans (of which 6 were witches), at least 106 demons, 29 ghosts, 19 zombies, 11 vampires, at least 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 5 angels, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 dog, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rougarou, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, and 1 wraith.
- Almighty Janitor: Joshua has a lot of authority for a simple gardener. While there's open skepticism over whether he's still talking to God, no-one dares call his bluff.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Even in Heaven, Dean and Sam perceive Zachariah in his vessel, the same way he appears on Earth. In an interesting variation, the terrain follows this as well: the Axis Mundi (the road through Heaven) appears as a two-lane blacktop, and the Garden of Eden as the botanical gardens in Cleveland where Dean and Sam once took a field trip as children.
- Badass Boast:
Zachariah: "I'm the last person in the whole of creation you want to mess with".
- Breaking Speech
- Brick Joke: Pamela telling Sam to watch his ass, which she quite admired on their first meeting.
- Call to Agriculture: Possibly God, given Joshua's reference to them both being gardeners.
- Catapult Nightmare: Sam and Dean recovering from death.
- Continuity Nod
- Death Is Cheap: It's Lampshaded: "When I come back, I'm gonna be pissed." "You guys die more than anyone I've ever met."
- Despair Event Horizon: Poor Castiel.
- Dope Slap: Pamela's mild response to Dean getting her killed.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Well angel in this case; Castiel talks to Dean via a car radio and a television.
- Evil Is Petty: "Lucifer may be strong. But I'm petty. I'm gonna be the angel on your shoulder for the rest of eternity."
- Feet-First Introduction: Zachariah stalking the Winchesters in his shiny shoes.
- Fille Fatale: Sam jumps a mile when 11 year-old Stephanie gropes his thigh. In fairness, Sam was much younger when he had this memory. A favorite memory, apparently...
- Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Averted. Everyone literally gets their own slice of Heaven which will be whatever they expect/most want it to be, and filled with replays of their most treasured memories. It's very personalized, but also very singular. Once in your little bit of Heaven, you're stuck. You can't go and visit others, and only soulmates get to share.
- Get It Over With: Dean after Sam is shot.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: God knows what's going on, he just doesn't care that Satan is going to destroy the world. This may actually be a subversion, as a later episode implies that Chuck is God and has been helping (as a prophet) without hand-holding (as God) the whole time.
- Have You Seen My God?
- Heaven: Heaven is made up of zillions of Happy Places, with the garden of Eden at the center. You're generally alone in your personal heaven, unless you have a soulmate (or you're Ash). Dean is dissatisfied with this rather lonely arrangement, describing it as "The Matrix".
- Heroes Love Dogs: Bones
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Zachariah boasts of how angels used to avert their eyes when he walked the halls of Heaven. Now they're all laughing at him because he can't handle "a couple of pathetic, flannel-wearing maggots".
- I Can Explain: Well no, Sam. You can't really explain away starting the Apocalypse.
- Implied Death Threat: "Sooner or later He's going to come back home. And you know how He is with that whole 'wrath' thing."
- It's Personal: Zachariah is humiliated by his inability to do anything about the Winchesters, so is out for revenge too.
- Lonely at the Top: Joshua speculates this is the reason why God talks to him at all.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: How Dean regards Heaven.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Unfortunately Dean recognises Roy and Walt anyway. This ensures his death as well as Sam.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: John idealized Mary and his marriage after she died.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Zachariah pisses off Sam & Dean by putting the moves on Mom.
- Pillow Pistol: Opens with a masked man pointing a shotgun at a sleeping Dean. At least he appears to be asleep, casually changing position and slipping a hand beneath his pillow...
Masked Man: Looking for this? (ejects the magazine from Dean's .45, which he's holding in his other hand)
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: Why Dean wants to talk to God.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Subverted with Castiel's quiet, understated version.
"You son-of-a-bitch. I believed in..."
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The hunters shoot Dean to prevent Dean from doing this after they kill Sam.
- The Television Talks Back
- They Killed Kenny Again: The recap opening shows all the ways Sam and Dean have died, with Bobby in the background snarking about it.
- Lampshaded by Ash who mentions that Sam and Dean have died more than anyone he's ever known.
- The Runaway: Sam's best memories are of him leaving or running away from his family. This of course upsets Dean to whom family means everything.
- Somebody Else's Problem
- Stacy's Mom: Zachariah says the Winchester's mom is "quite the MILF".
- Suddenly Shouting: "I'd walk these halls and people would AVERT THEIR EYES; I HAD RESPECT!"
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: Knocking on Heaven's Door — in Heaven.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Troubled, womanizing anti-heroic Dean used to be a sweet four-year old who had his PB&J with the crusts cut off and who comforted his mom when she was upset. It's rather heartbreaking to watch.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Roy and Walt, never seen nor heard from again, despite Dean's promise.
- Theory: Considering how Zachariah was looking for them in Heaven so that he could bring them back to life, maybe he dealt with Roy and Walt before hand...
- White Shirt of Death
- You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Sam and Dean are trying to evade Zachariah in Heaven, which he finds quite amusing. "You can run but you can't...run".