A “clip show” is an episode of a series that essentially takes a look back at what they’ve already done. It’s a pretty popular trope, since it saves the production a whole bunch of money, since they’re looking back on old stuff, and not having to shoot new stuff.
If you were bummed when you saw that “Supernatural” episode 822 is called “Clip Show” — we don’t blame you. Clip shows are usually lame. But not the “Supernatural” version! During the episode, Sam and Dean are focused on digging through old Men of Letters files, while Castiel is caught up with Metatron, the new angel that we’ll meet in the April 24 episode. Crowley spends some time sifting through the Winchesters’ past, which is where the “clips” come in. However, don’t expect to see footage you’ve seen before. The actors returned to shoot new scenes.
Guest stars Taylor Cole, Graham Wardle, and Cindy Busby, from previous seasons, will all be returning. Fans, of course, remember Cole as Sarah Blake from “Provenance.” She was one of Sam’s more likeable love interests over the course of the series.
Wardle was in the second episode of the first season, as a kid who was nabbed out of his tent by a creepy, people-eating Wendigo. Luckily, Sam and Dean saved him and returned him to his sister safely.
Busby played Jenny Klein, the secretary/mistress of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star James Marsters’ character, in “Shut Up Dr. Phil,” a fan favorite episode from Season 7. She was pretty traumatized when she discovered tiny hearts beating in her cupcakes.