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A Tribute to Ben Edlund "“ Part 1

Though it is with truly heavy hearts that we bid adieu to Ben Edlund, one of the greatest additions, ever, to the Supernatural family, he has left an incredible trail of wit and laughter in his wake. Over the coming months as we head toward season nine- something made possible by Mr. Edlund's creative genius touch "“ let's look back at some of the brilliant episodes and clever one-liners that Mr. Edlund has bestowed on our fabulous show"¦.

Simon Says

Like so many of Edlund's episodes, Simon Says introduced us to a great character in Andy. A rare creature who, in anyone else's hands, may never have so convincingly have managed to get behind the wheel of the Impala and stay in our good graces having done it.  
"He full-on Obi-Waned me! It's mind control, man!"



Another classic Edlund episode with an ending that is still talked about in reverent whispers. Really, one of the greatest uses of music on television ever and the introduction of mandroids. Is there any doubt as to this man's genius?

"I knew it, as soon as you two left. You aren't FBI. Who are you? Who are you working for, huh? The Men in Black? You working for the Mandroid?"

Hollywood Babylon

Kicking ass and taking names.Ben Edlund is one hell of a writer, no question.

"Salt. Doesn't that sound silly? I mean why would a ghost be afraid of salt?"

Bad Day at Black Rock

The Batman-level awesomeness is fairly self-explanatory on this one. Plus, I'm laughing too hard to think of something clever!

"I lost my shoe."


Malleus Maleficarum

This episode was everything we would come to love from Mr. Edlund over the years: Dark, twisted, demonic and tortured. And oh so graphic and gross.

"And why does the rabbit always get screwed in the deal?! The poor little guy."



New levels of genius at every turn. This script was absolutely perfect, from the opening song to the mastermind ending; and every bit of dialogue in between.

 "And here we were thinking that, you know, we were teaching you and all this time you were teaching us; about heart, about dedication, and about how gay love can pierce through the veil of death and save the day."

What are your favourite one-liners from the early days of Edlund?


# Grace232 2013-06-16 23:52
Fun! Edlund's seasons 2 and 3 episodes were great. Ghostbusters really was not my taste, but Nightshifter and Hollywood Babylon were wonderful, and I liked the other episodes too. Adding to your items:

My favorite line from Nightshifter was Dean, saying they needed to play a little game of find the freak. I also loved the reaction of the local cops when the FBI showed up. First, the cop said oh, crap. Then he told Lt. Robarts that the Feds were there, and Robarts repeated the phrase. Speaking of the FBI - Henderson was a bad guy to our heroes, but had great dialogue, telling Robarts he could go bang his wife, just as long as the SWAT team was locked and loaded, and describing Dean and Sam as, I think something like, Hannabal Lecter and his half wit little brother. How much fun was it to watch the brothers get away?

And, I loved the dialogue in Hollywood Babylon when Sam was talking to Dean about the case, and Dean kept talking into his headset. You just know somebody on set had done that to Edlund at some point. The whole episode was inside jokes for the fans and shots at his industry - references to the guys' former shows, saying the weather was practically Canadian, the killer truck poster on Marty's wall, etc. and, of course, Sam telling Dean he thought PAs were like slaves. Fun!
# elle 2013-06-18 01:24
Edlund eps are so fun to go through, I thought it would be an interesting exercise - if challenging, choosing among the many wonderful lines.

Hollywood Babylon is one of my longstanding go-to's when I need a laugh or a background show. It's so good! It was tricky to choose a line from all the gems. The ones I put in the list aren't necessarily favourites of mines (not to say they aren't either) I just tried to pick lesser-referenc ed, single person quotes. And, if that means rewatching the Edlund episodes in the process, well, that's a sacrifice I am just going to have to make....
# Sylvie 2013-06-17 12:07
Thanks for this. I'm going through the Edlund episodes on weekends. I love the way he could go from funny, silly episodes to some very tragic and heartwrenching ones in the blink of an eye. Grace 232 already referenced one of my favourite lines from Hollywood Babylon, talking about the weather: "It's practically Canadian". I live in Canada, so yeah, I know what he's talking about. That and the tour bus, when the guide mentions The Gilmore Girls and Sam wants off. :lol: So good. He will be sorely missed.
# elle 2013-06-18 01:26
Yup, Hollywood Babylon is an awesome episode! It's one I choose for people who aren't SPN obsessee's and therefore don't know the story but are being made to watch something with me anyways.

As a fellow Canadian - that reference makes me laugh too. As does the Gilmore Girls thing. So many great references jam-packed. Plus, Dean the PA? Yes. Please!
# LEAH 2013-06-20 22:21
Thanks Elle. I count Nightshifter, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Hollywood Babylon as some of my favorites. I love the little conversation Sam & Dean had with Ronald while on their knees in the bank (Nightshifter). Also in the same episode Dean saying " I like him, he says okey dokey"

Edlund will be missed!!
# eilf 2013-06-20 23:57
I find myself saying that in everyday conversation :D - sometimes I have to actually work at working it in, but, however ... I love the Dr Who reference in there too.

And the guys dressed as swat team .....

Simon Says is great too, Stonehenge, Spinal Tap? Really? Ok. (I wonder does Misha know?)