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Sam: I'm just saying, we — we landed in some dimension where you're Jensen Ackles, and I'm something called a "Jared Padalecki."
Dean: So what, now you're Polish? Is any of this making any sense to you?
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In "The French Mistake" (S06, Ep15), Balthazar explains that Raphael and his forces are going after Castiel's allies, and he needs to send Sam and Dean somewhere safe. Balthazar paints a blood sigil on a window at Bobby's house and throws Dean and Sam through the window. After Sam and Dean crash through the window, they land on a blue stunt pad and someone yells, "Cut!". They find themselves on the set of Supernatural, a television show which seems to be based on their own adventures. Everyone addresses them as Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, actors who are not brothers or hunters. Sam and Dean find out that this alternate universe where they are trapped has no supernatural elements, and that magic and spells do not work, but there also are no angels or demons.

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     Jensen Ackles 

Portrayed by Jensen Ackles.

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Dean watching Jensen in Jensen's trailer

While the Jensen Ackles of this reality is never seen, except through television clips and magazine pictures, we see enough of Jensen's life and other people's expectation of his behavior to allow for quite a bit of Self-Parody, often through Dean's reactions. Where Jensen Ackles is while Dean Winchester takes his place is never explained.

  • Actor Allusion: A guitar is in Jensen's trailer. Real Life Jensen Ackles sing and plays the guitar and has done so professionally.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Dean is able to order an item they need "triple rush" on Jensen's credit card because money is no object.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: He has a 300-gallon aquarium, a large screen television, and a fireplace in his trailer.
  • Easy Listening: The music playing in Jensen's trailer.
  • Guyliner: When the makeup artist removes Dean's foundation, he says, "Oh, crap! I'm a painted whore!"
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: He's from Texas.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: A large TV is playing the Gag Reel from Supernatural's season 4 in Jensen's trailer.
  • Jerkass: He and Jared are implied to be quite unpleasant to be around.
  • Manchild: Has a remote control helicopter in his trailer.
  • Narcissist: He has fan magazines with him on the cover and a large screen TV playing his work in the trailer.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • The pictures on top of the mirror are from the make-up trailer. You can see the busted-up face of Jensen from 5.22 "Swan Song".
    • This is the real exterior of Jensen's trailer.
    • Jensen does not have an aquarium or a helicopter in his trailer.
    • Both Jared and Jensen are really from Texas.
    • This is real footage of Jensen playing Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives episode 8849 in the year 2000.
    • Jensen got married in 2010 to Daneel Harris, previously of One Tree Hill. (Note: Danneel's name is misspelled in the pop-up)
    • Jared and Jensen are called "the boys" by the crew.
  • Pretty Boy: Posed on the cover of issue #11 of Supernatural Magazine.
  • Shrine to Self: His trailer.
  • Soap Within a Show: We see a clip of Jensen as Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives saying, "Money? What, you think I really care about money, Nicole? I care that you're healthy."
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Evidently. He doesn't talk to his co-star, Jared Padalecki and has never been to Genevieve's and Jared's home, though he apparently hangs out with Genevieve enough that she's sick of his calling her "Ruby" (though it could just be that she's sick of people in general making that joke).
  • Trophy Room: We see trophies on the shelves in Jensen's trailer, including a football trophy.

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     Jared Padalecki 

Portrayed by Jared Padalecki.

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Portrait hanging in Jared's and Genevieve's mansion

The Jared Padalecki of this reality is never shown, except through pictures and portraits in his house. However, Sam and Dean do visit his luxurious home and interact with his wife, Genevieve. The fate of Jared Padalecki while Sam Winchester is present in this reality is unknown.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Dean calls him Padaleski, but Sam corrects him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls his wife Gen.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Sam is able to purchase the wrist bone of a saint, which cost more than $100,000, on Jared's credit card.
  • Big Fancy House: He lives in a large mansion with chandeliers, wood paneling, stained glass windows, and artwork.
  • But Not Too White: Has a tanning bed in his house.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: He has suits of armor behind his desk.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: Has a pet alpaca. There is even a framed photo of the alpaca on the mantle in his home.
  • Jerkass: He and Jensen are implied to be very unpleasant to be around.
  • Narcissist: He has a very large portrait of himself done in the style of Andy Warhol and a huge photo of himself on a horse wearing a cowboy hat on the walls of his home.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Jared is sitting in front of the panic room set from Bobby's house. That's Jared's real set chair.
    • Padalecki is a Polish name.
    • This is not Jared's house.
    • The boys do not use tanning beds. They use the safer route of spray tans when necessary.
    • Jared did not know that the wedding pictures of Genevieve and himself were going to be used until the day of filming.
    • The art department composited Jared's face onto this photo. (Referring to the photo of Jared in cowboy gear on a horse)
    • A 'mark' is a piece of tape on the floor telling the actor where to stand. Jensen and Jared always hit their marks without looking.
    • Jared and Jensen are still talking.
  • Pretty Boy: Posed on the cover of issue #11 of Supernatural Magazine.
  • Romance on the Set: invokedMarried to Genevieve, whom he met on Supernatural.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Evidently, he does not talk to his co-star, Jensen Ackles.

     Bob Singer 

Portrayed by Brian Doyle-Murray.

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"Fine. Whatever. Season six. Moving on."

Bob Singer is the director of the episode of Supernatural within which Sam and Dean find themselves. He is a writer and executive producer of Supernatural, and the character Bobby Singer is named after him.

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Does not want to cut the scene where the brothers sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings because he does not want the hate mail.
  • Bald of Awesome: Unlike Real Life Bob Singer.
  • Big "NO!": When he sees Virgil has a gun.
  • Honorary Uncle: He says that over the years he hopes Jared and Jensen don't think of him as "Director Bob" or "Executive Producer Bob Singer", but as "Uncle Bob".
  • Instant Death Bullet: When shot by Virgil.
  • Killed Off for Real: Virgil shoots him.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Robert Singer has directed 19 episodes of Supernatural and executive produced 125.
    • Robert Singer loves Diet Coke.
    • Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia and Jim Michaels all worked on the TV series Lois and Clark.
    • Robert Singer did not name the character of Bobby Singer after himself - Eric did it while Bob was out of town.
    • The actor playing RS is Brian Doyle-Murray. Eric Kripke is a huge fan and was happy to get him to play the part.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Explains to Sam and Dean that they can not come to work on poppers, smuggle kidneys in from Mexico, or make up their own lines.
  • Shout-Out: Describes Dean Cain on "Lois" as "a real actor".
  • The Sociopath: Carries hints of it with his complete lack of concern for anything except getting the episode in the can, with even an actor's murder barely interrupting his talking shop with Eric Kripke. Kripke's own death gets to him, though.
  • Take That, Us: Invokes this towards Season 6.
  • Tuckerization: Lampshaded, to Sam and Dean's bewilderment.
    Dean: What kind of a douchebag names a character after himself?
    Sam: Oh, that's not right.

     Lou Bollo 

Portrayed by Lou Bollo.

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"You know, I oversee all the stunts, coordinate all the fights."

Lou Bollo is the Stunt Coordinator on Supernatural.

     Serge Ladouceur 

Portrayed by Art Kitching.

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Serge casually dodging Virgil's bullet.

"Serviceable."

Serge Ladouceur is the director of photography for the show Sam and Dean find themselves in.

  • Dodge the Bullet: When Virgil starts shooting on the set, Serge dodges two shots without so much as blinking, then casually walks off the set.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature included:
    • Serge Ladouceur is the show's Director of Photography; he's worked on every episode of Supernatural except the pilot.
    • Serge always has his handy dandy laser pointer to show the crew which lights to move.
    • Serge is always calm and collected.

     Kevin Parks 

Portrayed by Jason Bryden.

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"Well, we can clean up, reset the window, takes about 95 minutes, basically. So, we'd have to blow off the scene where they sit on the impala and talk about their feelings."

Kevin Parks is the First Assistant Director in the episode of Supernatural within which Sam and Dean find themselves.

  • Drugs Are Bad: He assumes Jared and Jensen are on drugs, because of the strange behaviors of Sam and Dean.
  • In the Back: Virgil shoots him in the back.
  • Killed Off for Real: Virgil shoots him.
  • Polish the Turd: Says they may be able to use the footage of Sam and Dean acting as something experimental since they have all the lines being said in bits and pieces.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Kevin Parks is the assistant direction on the "odd"-numbered episodes of Supernatural.
    • John MacCarthy is the assistant direction on the "even"-numbered episodes of Supernatural.
    • The assistant director is always with the camera, not by video village as he is here.
  • Reaction Shot: He looks baffled and disgusted when Sam and Dean are "acting".

     Misha Collins 

Portrayed by Misha Collins.

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Hola, mishamigos. J-squared got me good.

"You guys! You really punked me! I'm totally gonna tweet this one."

Misha Collins plays Castiel in Supernatural, and seems to enjoy tweeting about what happens on set.

  • Adam Westing: Real Life Misha Collins asked the writers to make the Misha character a total douchebag.
  • Butt-Monkey: When Sam and Dean become upset because he is reading lines and is not Castiel, he assumes they are playing a prank on him.
  • Character Blog: Real Life Misha Collins sent the same tweets this episode's Misha wrote as the episode aired. He later blamed this on his phone being stolen and sent to a parallel universe.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: Lampshaded by Misha's tweet: "Ever get that feeling someone's in the backseat? :-( "
  • Distressed Dude: Lets out a girly squeal when Virgil pulls a knife on him.
  • Dressed in Layers: Misha loosens his tie and unbuttons his dress shirt to reveal a blue t-shirt, which also reveals he is a human actor instead of an angel of the Lord.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language / New-Age Retro Hippie: Misha's t-shirt says Namaste.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Is apparently regurlarly pranked by Jensen and Jared and he immediately announces to his followers on twitter that he feels like he belongs (after just two years on the show).
  • Inelegant Blubbering: While Virgil has a knife at his throat.
  • Jerkass: Casually pushes around crew members who just want to be helpful and tattles on Jensen and Jared's suspicious package.
  • Killed Off for Real: Virgil slits his throat.
  • Malicious Slander: He tweets that Jared and Jensen had a late one last night, and also that Jared and Jensen are involved in a black-market organ thing.
  • Perpetual Smiler: If Misha is not playing Castiel or being held at knife-point, he is smiling. His smile after thinking they put out new pages, is one of the first clues for Sam and Dean that he is not Castiel.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • This is not Misha's real voice.
    • Misha often tweets and has dubbed his followers "minions". He currently has 150,000 followers and won the Best of Twitter 2009 award.
    • J-squared refers to Jensen and Jared's name both starting with the letter 'J'.
    • Misha is actually nice - he doesn't push crew members.
    • Translation of IMHO: In My Honest Opinion.note 
    • Translation of ROTFLMAO: Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off.
    • Misha Collins is alive and well.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: While running lines or acting on set, he has Castiel's Badass Baritone, as opposed to Misha's normal voice.
  • The Prima Donna: Shoves the make up person fixing his hair on set, when they are ready to start the scene. When another crew member wishes him good night, Misha addresses him as "little fella".
  • Slashed Throat: Virgil uses Misha's blood to contact Raphael using the goblet.

     Genevieve Padalecki 

Portrayed by Genevieve Padalecki.

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"It's an alpaca, dumbass."

Genevieve Padalecki is married to Jared, and played Ruby on Supernatural.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls Sam, whom she believes to be her husband, hon.
  • Charity Ball: Goes to the International Otter Adoption charity dinner.
  • Enormous Engagement Ring: Wears a large diamond wedding ring.
  • Hysterical Woman: With running eye makeup, after she finds out Misha was stabbed to death.
  • I Am Not Spock: invokedDean calls her Ruby, and based on her reaction, this is probably something that Jensen does as well.
  • Little Black Dress: To go to the International Otter Adoption charity dinner.
  • Narcissist: She has a very large portrait of herself done in the style of Andy Warhol hanging on the wall of her home.
  • Nature Lover: Claims alpaca is the greenest animal.
  • One Head Taller: She stands on her toes to kiss Sam, whom she believes to be her husband.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: She believes her husband has been working too hard and has "been Sam Winchester way too long", when Sam behaves very differently than Jared.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Jared and Genevieve do not own an Alpaca - we don't think.
    • Jared and Genevieve met on the set of SPN Season 4.
    • Jared and Genevieve got married in February 2010 in Idaho. That is their real wedding picture.
    • That is Genevieve's real wedding ring.
  • Romance on the Set: invoked Married to Jared, whom she met on Supernatural.

     Clif Kosterman 

Portrayed by Phil Hayes.

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"So I don't mean to pry, but, uh, why are we picking up packages at 8:00 a.m. that haven't cleared customs yet?"

Clif Kosterman is one of the drivers who take Jared and Jensen home from the studio. He helps Sam and Dean with some errands believing they are Jared and Jensen.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Sam calls him Clint.
  • All in the Eyes: Looking at Sam and Dean in the rear-view mirror.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Jared and Jensen both have drivers and get picked up in SUVs for work. Their drivers are usually Cliff and John. (Note Clif Kosterman's name is mispelt in the pop-up)
  • The Stool Pigeon: He tells Bob Singer Jared and Jensen are smuggling illegal stuff in from Mexico.

     Sera Gamble 

Voiced by unnamed actor.

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"Spell it out for me, please. What is our terror-alert level here?"

Sera Gamble is the show runner for Supernatural, who took over from Eric Kripke for Season 6. Bob Singer calls her concerned that Jared and Jensen have lost any talent they had. She offers to fly to Vancouver from Los Angeles, but Jim Michaels is afraid Jared and Jensen don't really know her.

  • Ensign Newbie: Even though she is in charge of the show, it seems like she still needs to prove herself because she is new.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Sera Gamble is the show's executive producer. This is not her real voice.
    • Sera and the other producers reside in Los Angeles.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: While not actually demoted, she is asked to step aside for Kripke.
  • The Voice: She is not seen in the episode.

     Mike Carpenter and Todd Scott 

Portrayed by Mike Carpenter and Todd Scott.

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Stunt doubles for Jared and Jensen in Supernatural.

  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Participating in a staged fight on a green screen before being called to help break up a fight between Sam and Dean.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • That was not Jared and Jensen - it was Todd and Mike their stunt doubles. (Refers to scene of Sam and Dean going through window)
    • Jensen's real stunt double Todd is holding him back. Jared's real stunt double Mike is holding him back.
  • Stunt Double: Jensen's and Jared's stunt doubles.

     Jim Michaels 

Portrayed by Garwin Sanford.

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"This is Jim here, Sera, and it wasn't all the way to death. Only partway, so that's a plus."

Jim Michaels is a Co-executive Producer of Supernatural, who participates in the conference call to Sera Gamble.

  • The Idealist: Points out that Jared and Jensen did not actually kill the extra.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: On the Season 6 Blu-Ray special feature includes:
    • Jim Michaels is co-executive producer, and is the only producer who lives in Canada during the season.

     Eric Kripke 

Portrayed by Micah A. Hauptman.

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"It's totally, totally awful. Yeah. It got us the front page of Variety, though. Did you see that?"

Eric Kripke is the creator of Supernatural and was the show runner before he handed this over to Sera Gamble.


Alternative Title(s): Supernatural S 06 E 15 The French Mistake

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