The second half of Supernatural season 6 is looking like it will be a wild ride for the Winchester brothers. With the return of some fan-favorite characters, a trip to another dimension and another spin in the way-back machine, Supernatural will hit the airwaves swinging.

Though some fans were disappointed in the lack of Castiel (Misha Collins) during the first half of the season, Supernatural’s resident angel will make his return early in the second half as the battle between Heaven and Hell heats up. Castiel will also be getting a female sidekick by the name of Rachel; though the part has yet to be cast, producers say she’ll be a  “pretty twenty-something angel with a finely tuned BS detector.”

After their encounter with Castiel and his new partner, the boys pull a hat-trick on time travel by somehow making their way to the end of the Nineteenth century where there will be the meeting of Winchester and Colt. If you remember your Supernatural mythos, you’ll know Colt as the legendary craftsman of the gun capable of killing nearly anything otherworldly with a single bullet.

Finally, the February 18th episode gives the actors a chance to reflect on the characters they’ve created—or perhaps that’s the other way around.

According to showrunner Sera Gamble:

“There is no magic, there is a television show called ‘Supernatural’ and everyone seems convinced that they are the actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. It appears that there are actors having a psychotic break on a set and the producers don’t know what to do, basically.”

Gamble sounds very pleased with how the self-referencing episode turned out. “The dailies are fall-on-the-floor hilarious. The guys are so funny in this episode. And, you know, meta is not to everyone’s taste, but I enjoy a nice slice of meta.”

How meta does the episode get? Well, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, executive producer Robert Singer and even Gamble all make appearances in the show, but not as themselves. Part of the episode concerns the search for Kripke, who has isolated himself in some undisclosed location while writing the script for a SyFy Channel original movie. Meanwhile, actor Brian Doyle-Murray plays Singer, while Gamble will be a voice over the phone. Gamble has yet to confirm whether she will be supplying the actual voice.

The meta episode sounds very similar to the X-Files fan favorite episode “Men in Black”, highlighted by such weirdness as Alex Trebek being partnered with Jesse Ventura, which itself was a nice palate cleanser to the often dark and maudlin tones of the program.

Considering Supernatural‘s history of hilariously poking fun at itself, this episode will surely be one not to miss.

Supernatural airs Fridays @9pm, on The CW

Sources: Zap2it, TVOvermind