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|title= Frontierland
 
|title= Frontierland
 
|episode= Season 6, Episode 18
 
|episode= Season 6, Episode 18
 
|firstaired= April 22, 2011
 
|firstaired= April 22, 2011
 
|director= [[Guy Norman Bee]]
 
|director= [[Guy Norman Bee]]
|writer= [[Andrew Dabb]] and [[Daniel Loflin]]
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|writer= '''Teleplay:'''<br>[[Andrew Dabb]]<br>[[Daniel Loflin]]<br>'''Story:'''<br>Andrew Dabb<br>Daniel Loflin<br>[[Jackson Stewart]]
|imdb= http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1627714/
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|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1627714/ Frontierland]
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|download=  [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/frontierland/id389003829?i=433868821 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XONUEW Amazon]
|outline= Dean and Sam might have found a way to defeat Eve, but they have to go back in time and ask Samuel Colt himself for help.
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|outline= [[Dean]] and [[Sam]] might have found a way to defeat [[Eve]], but they have to go back in time and ask [[Samuel Colt]] himself for help.
 
|motw= [[Phoenix]]
 
|motw= [[Phoenix]]
|timeline= March 4-5, 1861; present day
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|timeline= March 4-5, 1861
|location = Sunrise, Wyoming
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|location = Sioux Falls, South Dakota<br>Sunrise, Wyoming
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|Locations= Sioux Falls, SD, USA;
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Sunrise, WY, USA
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|prevep= 6.17 My Heart Will Go On
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|nextep= 6.19 Mommy Dearest
 
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|Synopsis=
 
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On a hunch from [[Sam]], he, [[Dean]], and [[Bobby]] find the [[Campbell (family)|Campbell family]] library hidden under [[Samuel Campbell|Samuel]]'s study. They search Samuel's books for a way to defeat [[Eve]], and Bobby eventually finds a mention of a "Mother" that can be burned by [[Phoenix|phoenix]] ashes. Never having heard of a real phoenix, they continue to search until Dean finds [[Samuel Colt]]'s [[Samuel Colt's journal|journal]]. There is an entry under March 5, 1861, in which Samuel Colt mentions shooting a phoenix in Sunrise, Wyoming, leaving a pile of smouldering ash. Dean is convinced that they need to go back in time to 1861 and gather the ashes so that they can defeat Eve.
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On a hunch from [[Sam]], he, [[Dean]], and [[Bobby]] find the [[Campbell (family)|Campbell family]] library hidden under [[Samuel Campbell|Samuel]]'s study. They search Samuel's books for a way to defeat [[Eve]], and Bobby eventually finds a mention of a "Mother" that can be burned by [[Phoenix|phoenix]] ashes. Never having heard of a real phoenix, they continue to search until Dean finds [[Samuel Colt]]'s [[Samuel Colt's Journal|journal]]. There is an entry under March 5, 1861, in which Samuel Colt mentions shooting a phoenix in Sunrise, Wyoming, leaving a pile of smoldering ash. Dean is convinced that they need to go back in time to 1861 and gather the ashes so that they can defeat Eve.
  
Dean prays to [[Castiel]], but another [[Angel]] shows up instead. She introduces herself as [[Rachel]], Castiel's lieutenant, and she shows disdain for Sam and Dean. After a few moments, Castiel appears and dismisses her. They explain their plan to Castiel, and he agrees to send Dean and Sam back to March 4, 1861. He can only allow them 24 hours, though, or they will be trapped in the past.
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Dean prays to [[Castiel]], but another [[angel]] shows up instead. She introduces herself as [[Rachel]], Castiel's lieutenant, and she shows disdain for Sam and Dean. After a few moments, Castiel appears and dismisses her. They explain their plan to Castiel, and he agrees to send Dean and Sam back to March 4, 1861. He can only allow them 24 hours, though, or they will be trapped in the past.
  
Once they appear in Sunrise, Wyoming, Sam sets the timer on his watch for 24 hours. They walk into town and see a man, [[Elias Finch]], about to be hung in the town square. A judge reads him his sentence - apparently, Elias killed his wife - and then he's put to death. Sam and Dean are disturbed, but they follow the town's sheriff as he leaves the square and heads to the prison. There, they pose as law enforcement officers and question him about Samuel Colt, but he hasn't heard of him. He sends them to the saloon to question the bartender, an old man who apparently knows everything.  
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Once they appear in Sunrise, Wyoming, Sam sets the timer on his watch for 24 hours. They walk into town and see a man, [[Elias Finch]], about to be hanged in the town square. A judge reads him his sentence - apparently, Elias killed his wife - and then he's put to death. Sam and Dean are disturbed, but they follow the town's sheriff as he leaves the square and heads to the prison. There, they pose as law enforcement officers and question him about Samuel Colt, but he hasn't heard of him. He sends them to the saloon to question the bartender, an old man who apparently knows everything.  
  
At the saloon, Dean starts to see that life in the Old West is less romantic than he thought: it's dirty, the whiskey is terrible, and the saloon girls are less than healthy. The bartender tells them that Samuel Colt passed through town about 4 years ago but hasn't been back since. Rumours are that he's building a railroad stop about 20 miles away in the middle of nowhere, and Sam and Dean surmise that he's currently working on the giant [[Devil's trap (symbol)|devil's trap]] that surrounds the [[Devil's Gate in Wyoming|devil's gate]] in southern Wyoming.
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At the saloon, Dean starts to see that life in the Old West is less romantic than he thought: it's dirty, the whiskey is terrible, and the saloon girls are less than healthy. The bartender tells them that Samuel Colt passed through town about 4 years ago but hasn't been back since. Rumors are that he's building a railroad stop about 20 miles away in the middle of nowhere, and Sam and Dean surmise that he's currently working on the giant [[Devil's trap (symbol)|devil's trap]] that surrounds the [[Devil's Gate in Wyoming|devil's gate]] in southern Wyoming.
  
As they're talking, a sex worker named Darla approaches and tries to seduce Dean, but the judge who read Elias his sentence shows up and takes her upstairs. Moments later, they hear her scream, and they rush up to find that the judge dead, burned to ashes. Darla swears that it was Elias' ghost that killed him. That night, Sam and Dean discuss the possibility that the Phoenix isn't a bird at all, but the man, Elias, who wants revenge on the three men that killed him: the judge, the sheriff, and the sheriff's deputy. They decide to split up, Dean staying behind to join the sheriff's posse and hunt down Elias, and Sam going to find Samuel Colt.
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As they're talking, a sex worker named Darla approaches and tries to seduce Dean, but the judge who read Elias his sentence shows up and takes her upstairs. Moments later, they hear her scream, and they rush up to find that the judge is dead, burned to ashes. Darla swears that it was Elias' ghost that killed him. That night, Sam and Dean discuss the possibility that the Phoenix isn't a bird at all, but the man, Elias, who wants revenge on the three men that killed him: the judge, the sheriff, and the sheriff's deputy. They decide to split up, Dean staying behind to join the sheriff's posse and hunt down Elias, and Sam going to find Samuel Colt.
  
Meanwhile, in the present time, Rachel confronts Castiel about what he's doing in order to beat [[Raphael]]. According to her, it's unacceptable what Castiel has become, and she pulls out an [[Angel Killing Sword|angel killing sword]]. She manages to pierce his flesh, but not kill him, and he pulls out his own sword and defeats her. Wounded, he travels to Bobby's house, puts a ward against angels on the wall with his blood, and collapses.
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Meanwhile, in the present time, Rachel confronts Castiel about what he's doing in order to beat [[Raphael]]. According to her, it's unacceptable what Castiel has become, and she pulls out an [[angel blade]]. She manages to pierce his flesh, but not kill him, and he pulls out his own blade and defeats her. Wounded, he travels to Bobby's house, puts a ward against angels on the wall with his blood, and collapses.
  
 
In town the next morning, Dean shows up at the saloon, ready to form up a posse and go after Elias. Nobody shows up to join him, however, and soon the burned body of the sheriff is found. The bartender takes the star from the sheriff's body and pins it on Dean, congratulating him on his new position. After his promotion, Dean goes to find the sheriff's deputy. The man is packing a suitcase, determined to escape "Elias' ghost," but Dean tells him that he won't be able to run forever and that he needs to play his part: as bait.
 
In town the next morning, Dean shows up at the saloon, ready to form up a posse and go after Elias. Nobody shows up to join him, however, and soon the burned body of the sheriff is found. The bartender takes the star from the sheriff's body and pins it on Dean, congratulating him on his new position. After his promotion, Dean goes to find the sheriff's deputy. The man is packing a suitcase, determined to escape "Elias' ghost," but Dean tells him that he won't be able to run forever and that he needs to play his part: as bait.
  
Meanwhile, Sam finds Samuel Colt's cabin. Samuel has just used [[The Colt|Colt]] to kill two [[Demons|demons]] that wanted him to open the devil's gate, and he immediately splashes [[Holy Water|holy water]] on Sam to make sure that he isn't a demon, as well. Sam tells him that he's a hunter from the year 2011, and that he needs Samuel's help. Samuel is sceptical, so Sam hands him his [[Sam's Cell Phone|cell phone]], a Blackberry, and Samuel is immediately convinced. Sam then tells him that, according to the copy of Samuel's journal he's carrying, Samuel kills a phoenix in three hours, and Sam needs the ashes to kill a monster he's hunting. Samuel tells him that he's no longer hunting and that he lost the gun gambling, but Sam knows that he's lying, and confronts him. Samuel eventually admits to having the gun, but tells him that no matter what his journal says, he's not going to be killing a phoenix. Sam realizes that he's going to have to kill the phoenix himself, and demands the gun.
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Meanwhile, Sam finds Samuel Colt's cabin. Samuel has just used [[the Colt]] to kill two [[Demons|demons]] that wanted him to open the devil's gate, and he immediately splashes [[Holy Water|holy water]] on Sam to make sure that he isn't a demon, as well. Sam tells him that he's a hunter from the year 2011, and that he needs Samuel's help. Samuel is skeptical, so Sam hands him his [[Sam's Cell Phone|cell phone]], a Blackberry, and Samuel is immediately convinced. Sam then tells him that, according to the copy of Samuel's journal he's carrying, Samuel kills a phoenix in three hours, and Sam needs the ashes to kill a monster he's hunting. Samuel tells him that he's no longer hunting and that he lost the gun gambling, but Sam knows that he's lying, and confronts him. Samuel eventually admits to having the gun, but tells him that no matter what his journal says, he's not going to be killing a phoenix. Sam realizes that he's going to have to kill the phoenix himself, and demands the gun.
  
 
In the present time, Castiel tells Bobby the truth: that, given his injury, he won't be able to retrieve Sam and Dean from the past. The only way he can get enough power to save them is to touch Bobby's soul; the risk is that he'll cause Bobby to explode.
 
In the present time, Castiel tells Bobby the truth: that, given his injury, he won't be able to retrieve Sam and Dean from the past. The only way he can get enough power to save them is to touch Bobby's soul; the risk is that he'll cause Bobby to explode.
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Elias realizes that Dean is a hunter, and so, in an attempt to win him over, tells him why he was put to death. Although a phoenix, Elias was married to a human woman that he loved. On a visit to town, she was assaulted by the deputy, and, when Elias came across them, the deputy shot both him and his wife. Elias' wife died in his arms, but Elias was unable to die, so the deputy, sheriff, and judge pinned his wife's murder on him and tried to put him to death. Dean is moved by his story, but still resolved to kill him, so Elias grabs a gun from a nearby holster and shoots the deputy through his cell bars. Dean jumps out a window to escape Elias' gunfire and is on the run when Sam appears with the Colt in hand.  
 
Elias realizes that Dean is a hunter, and so, in an attempt to win him over, tells him why he was put to death. Although a phoenix, Elias was married to a human woman that he loved. On a visit to town, she was assaulted by the deputy, and, when Elias came across them, the deputy shot both him and his wife. Elias' wife died in his arms, but Elias was unable to die, so the deputy, sheriff, and judge pinned his wife's murder on him and tried to put him to death. Dean is moved by his story, but still resolved to kill him, so Elias grabs a gun from a nearby holster and shoots the deputy through his cell bars. Dean jumps out a window to escape Elias' gunfire and is on the run when Sam appears with the Colt in hand.  
  
In the future, Bobby puts a belt between his teeth and Castiel prepares to touch his soul...
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In the future, Bobby puts a belt between his teeth and Castiel prepares to touch his [[soul]]...
  
 
Sam gives the Colt to Dean, and he goes into the town square and calls for Elias. It's a duel at high noon, and both men stand ready before drawing their weapons lightning-fast. Elias misses, but Dean hits him with a bullet from the Colt, killing him. They're almost at the 24-hour mark, as Sam reminds him, and Dean rushes forward to gather Elias' ashes when Castiel suddenly pulls them back to the future. Back in Bobby's house, Dean stares at the empty bottle in his hand, stunned.
 
Sam gives the Colt to Dean, and he goes into the town square and calls for Elias. It's a duel at high noon, and both men stand ready before drawing their weapons lightning-fast. Elias misses, but Dean hits him with a bullet from the Colt, killing him. They're almost at the 24-hour mark, as Sam reminds him, and Dean rushes forward to gather Elias' ashes when Castiel suddenly pulls them back to the future. Back in Bobby's house, Dean stares at the empty bottle in his hand, stunned.
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* [[Castiel]]
 
* [[Castiel]]
 
* [[Bobby Singer]]
 
* [[Bobby Singer]]
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* [[Eve]]
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* [[Rachel]]
 
* [[Samuel Colt]]
 
* [[Samuel Colt]]
 
* [[Elias Finch]]
 
* [[Elias Finch]]
* [[Rachel]]
 
* [[Eve]]
 
  
 
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|Pad_of_Definitions=
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* [[Alcohol]]
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* [[Aliases]]
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* [[Angel Blade]]
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* [[Angel Wings]]
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* [[Back to the Future]]
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* [[Bobby's Hats]]
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* [[Campbell Compound]]
 
* [[The Colt]]
 
* [[The Colt]]
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* [[Dragon's Journal]]
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* [[Enochian]]
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* [[Gank]]
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* [[Holy Water in the Face]]
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* [[Idjit]]
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* [[Law Enforcement Officers]]
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* [[Monsters]]
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* [[Phoenix]]
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* [[Resurrection]]
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* [[Samuel Colt's Journal]]
 
* [[Soul]]
 
* [[Soul]]
* [[Opening Credits]]
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* [[Star Trek]]
* [[Samuel Colt's Journal]]
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* [[Sulfur]]
* [[Phoenix]]
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* [[Table of Death]]
* [[Star Trek]] - for Star Trek references in other episodes
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* [[Title Card]]
* [[Enochian]]
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* [[Warding Sigils]]
  
 
|Music=
 
|Music=
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* "Reprise" by Federale
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:''(plays during the opening title card)''
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* "Hero" by Federale
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:''(plays at various points in the episode)''
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* "The Hanging" by Federale
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:''(plays during the showdown between Elias and Dean)''
  
 
|Quotes=   
 
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'''Castiel:''' About your plan: you only have 24 hours.<br>
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'''Dean:''' We hop back in time, we join up with Samuel Colt, we hunt the phoenix, and then we haul the ashes back home with us.
'''Sam:''' What? Why?<br>
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'''Castiel:''' Well the answer to your question can best be answered by a series of partial differential equations...<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Aim lower.<br>
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'''Castiel:''' Um, about your plan. You'll only have 24 hours.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Wait, what? Why?<br>
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'''Castiel:''' Well, the answer to your question can best be expressed as a series of partial differential equations.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Yeah, aim lower.<br>
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'''Castiel:''' The further back I send you, the harder it becomes to retrieve you. 24 hours is all I can risk. If I don't pull you home within that time, you'll be lost to me.
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'''Sam:''' Dean, I can -- I can wear this.<br>
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'''Dean:''' And look like a spaceman?<br>
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'''Sam:''' Look, just because you're obsessed with all that Wild West stuff--<br>
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'''Dean:''' No, I'm not.<br>
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'''Sam:''' You have a fetish.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Shut up. I like old movies.
 
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'''Sam:''' We're looking for a man<br>
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'''Dean:''' Think we'll have time to hit on saloon girls? I'm kidding. Come on.
'''Judge Mortimer:''' I'll bet. Nice shirt there.
 
 
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'''Dean:''' I’ll stay here and hook-up with the posse. Because you know me, I’m a posse magnet. I mean I love posse. I’m gonna make that into a t-shirt.
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'''Elkins:''' Darla's my best girl.<br>
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'''Darla:''' Try me. You want a kiss?<br>
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'''Dean:''' S-so much more germier than I pictured.
 
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'''Rachel:''' I’ve been hearing things, things I don’t want to believe. Just tell me if it’s true.<br>
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'''Dean:''' I'll stay here, hook up with the posse. 'Cause you know me -- I'm a posse magnet. I mean, I love posse. Make that into a t-shirt.
'''Castiel:''' If what’s true?<br>
 
'''Rachel:''' You know, your dirty little secret.<br>
 
 
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'''Samuel Colt:''' When you've done this job as long as I have, a giant from the future with some magic brick doesn't exactly give you the vapours.
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'''Sam:''' You Samuel Colt? My name is Sam Winchester. I'm -- I'm a hunter from the year 2011.<br>
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'''Colt:''' Prove it.<br>
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''[Sam shows Colt his Blackberry]''<br>
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'''Colt:''' All right. <br>
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'''Sam:''' A-all right? That's -- uh, that's it?<br>
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'''Colt:''' Well, when you've done this job as long as I have... a giant from the future with some magic brick doesn't exactly give you the vapors.
 
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'''Castiel:''' The human soul -- it's pure... energy. If I can siphon some of that off, I-I might be able to bring Sam and Dean back.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' And the catch is...?<br>
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'''Castiel:''' Doing this is like...putting your hand in a nuclear reactor. I have to do it very gingerly.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Or...?<br>
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'''Castiel:''' Or you'll explode.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Well. Keep both hands on the wheel. Let's do this.
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'''Elais:''' You want to call me 'monster,' fine. But all we did was go into town. I go into the bank for five minutes. I come out, she's gone. And then I heard her scream. This... man had her pinned in the alley. I go to stop him, he pulls his gun, shoots me, then her. She died in my arms. 'Course, I don't die. The shots brought the Sheriff. Next thing I know, I'm in iron. That's why I want him just where he is -- trapped, scared. I saved the best for last.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Is that true?<br>
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'''Elias:''' So tell me -- are you really willing to die to protect this piece of filth?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Honestly, I could care less about him. He's a dick and a coward.
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'''Bobby:''' Is that what I think it is?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Ashes of a phoenix. You know what this means?<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Yeah, I didn't get a 'soulonoscopy' for nothing.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Yes. And... it means we take the fight to her.
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Frontierland, the name of the episode, is also the name of one of the [http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/magickingdom/frontierland.htm themed lands at Disneyland], which is a Disney version of the 19th century Old West. It features the rides Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
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"Frontierland," the name of the episode, is also the name of one of the [http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/magickingdom/frontierland.htm themed lands at Disneyland], which is a Disney version of the 19th century Old West. It features the rides Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The original title of the episode was ‘Gallows Pole’, which is a song based on an old folk song about a woman trying to buy her freedom from the executioner. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maid_Freed_from_the_Gallows Versions Dean would like] are by Leadbelly and most famously by Led Zeppelin.
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The original title of the episode was "Gallows Pole," which is a song based on an old folk song about a woman trying to buy her freedom from the executioner. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maid_Freed_from_the_Gallows Versions Dean would like] are by Leadbelly and most famously by [[Led Zeppelin]].
 
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The opening titles are different from normal and are an homage to the 1960s Western series Bonanza. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLg8tZkW71k&feature=related See its opening titles here].
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The opening titles are different from normal and are an homage to the 1960s Western series ''Bonanza'', [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLg8tZkW71k&feature=related see its opening titles here]. See the [[title card]] entry for other ''Supernatural'' episodes with unique credits.
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A Western episode has been discussed in relation to Supernatural for years. Jensen has often talked about the Western genre being his favourite and that he’d love to appear in a Western movies [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973773.html?categoryid=2031&cs=1&nid=2562 Source]. After this episode Jensen said "I sent a picture to my father [from this episode], and he wrote back, ‘You’ve been rehearsing this scene since you were six.’ " [http://www.tvline.com/2011/03/matts-inside-line-good-wife-supernatural-greys/ Source].
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Much of the music in the episode is inspired by the work of Ennio Morricone in Leone's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars Dollars trilogy.] See [http://www.clinteastwood.net/welcome/alt/ here for examples.] The music played over during the credits is somewhat similar to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecstasy_of_Gold Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold,"] a piece he wrote for the Clint Eastwood movie [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly ''The Good, the Bad and the Ugly''.] Watch the scene [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PwpOmjAu1M here.] "The Musical Pocket Watch" theme which is similar to what plays once the boys return home empty-handed.
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[[File:Frontierland storyboard.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Storyboard posted by [[Guy Norman Bee]].]]
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A Western episode has been discussed in relation to ''Supernatural'' for years. Jensen has often talked about the Western genre being his favorite and that he’d love to appear in a Western movies ([http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973773.html?categoryid=2031&cs=1&nid=2562 Source]). [http://www.tvline.com/2011/03/matts-inside-line-good-wife-supernatural-greys/ After this episode Jensen said] "I sent a picture to my father [from this episode], and he wrote back, ‘You’ve been rehearsing this scene since you were six.’"
  
At [[Comic Con 2008]], both Jensen and Jared said they’d love to do a Western episode, and Jensen pointed out that the show already is a modern version of a Western, with Sam and Dean as cowboys. Jared mentioned that he couldn't see the boys in spurs and cowboy hats. "Assless chaps?" Kripke asked. "Yes, please," Jensen responded. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0HF9ukx70 Video of the panel].
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At [[Comic-Con 2008]], both Jensen and Jared said they’d love to do a Western episode, and Jensen pointed out that the show already is a modern version of a Western, with Sam and Dean as cowboys. Jared mentioned that he couldn't see the boys in spurs and cowboy hats. "Assless chaps?" Kripke asked. "Yes, please," Jensen responded. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0HF9ukx70 Video of the panel.]
At the beginning of Season 4, Jensen again said in an interview he’d like to see a Western episode [http://huntersaddict.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/new-jensen-ackles-interview-series-mag-n%C2%B059/ Source].
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At the beginning of season four, Jensen again said in an interview he’d like to see a Western episode.
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'''Dean:''' I know where we can find one. March 5th 1861. Sunrise Wyoming. We’ll Star Trek IV this bitch.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Wow. All right, well, what are we looking for?<br>
'''Bobby:''' I only watch Deep Space 9.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Anything that'll put a run in the Octomom's stockings. Pick a row.
'''Dean:''' It’s like I don’t even know you guys anymore. Star Trek IV. Save the whales.<br><br>
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:''A reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadya_Suleman Nadya Suleman], dubbed "Octomom" in the media after giving birth to octuplets.''  
The plot of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_IV:_The_Voyage_Home  Star Trek IV] involves the crew of the Enterprise going back in time to 1986 to find some humpback whales that they need to communicate with an alien probe.<br>
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[[Jim Beaver]]’s late wife [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecily_Adams Cecily Adams] portrayed the [http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Ishka Ferengi Ishka] on Deep Space 9. Actually Bobby must've at least seen the second Star Trek movie, because in [[6.16_...And_Then_There_Were_None|6.16 ...And Then There Were none]], he got Dean's reference to the [[Khan Worm]].}}
 
 
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'''Bobby:''' Either of you jokers ever heard anything about a phoenix?<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Bingo. Either of you jokers ever heard anything about a phoenix?<br>
 
'''Dean:''' River, Joaquin or the giant flaming bird?<br>
 
'''Dean:''' River, Joaquin or the giant flaming bird?<br>
Dean is referring to actors and brothers, [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001618/ Joaquin Phoenix] and the late [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000203/ River Phoenix], as well as the mythological bird of fire and symbol of rebirth, the Phoenix.}}
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'''Dean:''' I know where we can find one: March 5th, 1861, Sunrise, Wyoming. We’ll ''Star Trek IV'' this, bitch.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' I only watch ''Deep Space Nine''.<br>
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'''Dean:''' It’s like I don’t even know you guys anymore. ''Star Trek IV''. Save the whales.
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:''The plot of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_IV:_The_Voyage_Home Star Trek IV: The Voyage home] involves the crew of the Enterprise going back in time to 1986 to find some humpback whales that they need to communicate with an alien probe.''<br>
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:''Bobby must've at least seen the second Star Trek movie, because in [[6.16 ...And Then There Were None]], he got Dean's reference to the [[Khan Worm]].''<br>
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:''[[Jim Beaver]]’s late wife [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecily_Adams Cecily Adams] portrayed the [http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Ishka Ferengi Ishka] on Deep Space Nine. The reference in the script was originally to Star Trek: The Next Generation, but [http://twitter.com/jumblejim/status/64611412353351680  Jim asked for it to be changed]: "It was coincidence in the first draft when it was Next Generation, but deliberate when I asked to change it to Deep Space Nine.''
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'''Dean:''' We got a guy who can swing it. Castiel. The, uh, fate of the world is in the balance. So, come on down here. Come on, Cas, ''I Dream of Jeannie'' your ass down here pronto. Please.
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'''Rachel:''' I'm sure your issue's very important. But Castiel is currently commanding an army, so --<br>
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'''Dean:''' So we get stuck with Miss Monneypenny.
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'''Sam:''' You can recite every Clint Eastwood movie ever made, line for line.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Even the monkey movies?<br>
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'''Sam:''' Yeah. Especially the monkey movies.<br>
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'''Dean:''' His name is Clyde. At least wear the damn shirt.
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:''The "monkey movies" refer to an under appreciated part of Eastwood’s filmography which is part of the human/animal buddy genre of movies. He made two of these movies, the 1978 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Every_Which_Way_but_Loose_%28film%29 Every Which Way but Loose] and the 1980 sequel [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any_Which_Way_You_Can Any Which Way You Can], which featured Eastwood with an orangutan sidekick called Clyde.''
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'''Castiel:''' Now, is it -- is it customary to wear a blanket?<br>
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'''Dean:''' It's a serape. And, yes. It's, uh... Never mind. Let's just go.
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:''The serape is a traditional Mexican Poncho. It was worn by the iconic character [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_with_No_Name “the Man with No Name”] that Eastwood played in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars_Trilogy Sergio Leone’s movies]. ''
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Sam and Dean are sent to 1861 to the town of Sunrise, Wyoming. The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_Territory Wyoming Territory] didn't come into existence until 1868, with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise,_Wyoming Sunrise] being built in 1898.
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'''Dean:''' Hey, we should try the Saloon first, uh, see what we get from the locals.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Sure. Whatever, Sundance.
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:''It's worth noting that the real Sundance was called Harry Longabuagh, and he gained his nickname from the town in which he was first imprisoned - Sundance, Wyoming. This episode is set in Sunrise, Wyoming.''
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The scene of Sam stepping in horse manure may be a shout out to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_III Back to the Future Part III], where Marty McFly also accidentally steps in horse manure. This episode also parallels ''Back to the Future III'' in that it centers around traveling back in time to the Old West. Marty uses Clint Eastwood as a name, just like Dean, and also wears an Eastwood-esque serape.
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The woman who hits on Dean at the bar has a sore on her lip, a symptom of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_labialis oral herpes] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syphilis syphilis.]
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'''Sam:''' Guess it's good to be judge.
In the classic 60s comedy [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Dream_of_Jeannie "I Dream Of Jeannie"] the genie, called Jeannie, had to appear when her master, Major Nelson, summoned her.
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:''A possible reference to the much-repeated catchphrase "It's good to be the king," from Mel Brooks's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_World,_Part_I History of the World Part I].''
 
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'''Dean:''' (to Rachel) So we get stuck with Miss Monneypenny<br>
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'''Dean:''' Marshall Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. This here is, uh, Walker. He’s a Texas Ranger.
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Eastwood Clint Eastwood] came to fame through his role in Sergio Lenone’s 1960’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars Dollars trilogy] - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Eastwood went onto make other Westerns, as well as the hard-assed Dirty Harry cop movies.''<br>
In the James Bond novels and movies, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Moneypenny Jane Moneypenny] is the secretary to M, Bond's boss.  
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:''In 1992 Eastwood returned to the Western, directing and producing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven Unforgiven], the tale of a retired gunfighter reluctantly returning for one last job. Often referred to as a noir Western due to its dark tone and unsentimental take on the genre, it won four Academy Awards. [[6.13 Unforgiven]], where Sam is drawn back to face his violent soulless past, is named for this film.''<br>
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:''Marty McFly also takes on the alias of Clint Eastwood in the third installment of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_(franchise) Back to the Future series], in which he travels back in time to 1885.''<br>
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Texas_Ranger Walker, Texas Ranger] was a 1990s action series starring Chuck Norris as a Texas Ranger named Cordell Walker, who believes in the code of the Old West and is a martial arts expert.''
 
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'''Sam:''' You can recite every Clint Eastwood movie ever made, line for line. <br>
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'''Dean:''' Candygram for Mongo!
'''Bobby:''' Even the monkey movies? <br>
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:''This is a quote from [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxR965b4LU Blazing Saddles]. Mongo was a character played by Alex Karras in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazing_Saddles the movie].''
'''Sam:''' Yeah, especially the monkey movies. <br>
 
'''Dean:''' His name is Clyde. <br>
 
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The ‘monkey movies’ refer to an under appreciated part of Eastwood’s filmography which is part of the human/animal buddy genre of movies. He made two of these movies, the 1978  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Every_Which_Way_but_Loose_%28film%29 Every Which Way but Loose] and the 1980 sequel [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any_Which_Way_You_Can Any Which Way You Can], which featured Eastwood with an orang-utan sidekick called Clyde.
 
 
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'''Castiel:''' Is it customary to wear a blanket?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Missed you at the posse this morning. I was a one-man wolfpack, thanks to you. What's going on here?
'''Dean:''' It’s called a serape, and yes…oh never mind.<br>
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:''A reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hangover_%28film%29 The Hangover]. You can watch Alan's wolfpack speech [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdMxRG9Jol0 here.]
 
 
The serape is a traditional Mexican Poncho. It was worn by the iconic character [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_with_No_Name “The Man With No Name”] that Eastwood played in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars_Trilogy  Sergio Leone’s movies].
 
 
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'''Dean:''' Marshall Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. This here is Walker. He’s a Texas Ranger.<br><br>
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[[Samuel Colt]] is shown to be left-handed. This was rather unusual at the time because sinistrality was looked down upon and left-handed children were often re-educated to use their right hand instead.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Eastwood Clint Eastwood] came to fame through his role in Sergio Lenone’s 1960’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars Dollars trilogy]  -  A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Eastwood went onto make other Westerns, as well as the hard-assed Dirty Harry cop movies. <br>
 
In 1992 Eastwood returned to the Western, directing and producing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven  Unforgiven], the tale of a retired gunfighter reluctantly returning for one last job. Often referred to as a noir Western due to its dark tone and unsentimental take on the genre, it one four Academy Awards.  [[6.13 Unforgiven]] – where Sam is drawn back to face his violent soulless past, is named for this film.
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Texas_Ranger Walker, Texas Ranger] was a 1990s action series starring Chuck Norris as a Texas Ranger named Cordell Walker, who believes in the code of the Old West and is a martial arts expert.
 
 
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'''Cas:''' Are you sure?<br>
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'''Samuel Colt:''' You go put on a few more miles, then come back and we'll talk.<br>
'''Bobby:''' Well we can't just strand those idjits in Deadwood can we?<br>
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'''Sam:''' Trust me, I've got plenty of mileage.<br>
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:''This may be an indirect reference to a famous line from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raiders_of_the_Lost_Ark Raiders of the Lost Ark], where Indiana Jones says "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."''
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadwood_%28TV_series%29 Deadwood] was a TV series in which Jim Beaver played a prospector called Ellsworth.
 
 
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'''Dean:''' Candygram for Mongo<br>
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'''Bobby:''' Cas, you -- you look like you went 12 rounds with Truckasaurus. What happened?
This is a quote from [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxR965b4LU Blazing Saddles]. Mongo was a character played by Alex Karras in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazing_Saddles the movie].
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:''"[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Truckasaurus Truckasaurus] is a car destroying robot dinosaur Simpsons parody of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robosaurus Robosaurus.]''
 
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'''Bobby:''' Well, good...'Cause we got less than an hour before you pick up the kids at Frontierland.
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:''As mentioned above, ''Frontierland'' refers to the 19th Wild West themed land at Disneyland. Bobby saying it is, of course, a nod to the episode's title.
"Yippie Ki Yay motherfuckers" is a catchphrase of Bruce Willis' John McClane in the Die Hard movies. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XEaeOxqy_4 Here's a compilation video of] him saying it.]
 
 
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The end of the episode, where Sam receives a package from Samuel Colt, is a direct reference to the end of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_II back to The Future Part 2]. At the end of the movie, a courier from Western Union arrives minutes after Doc brown has disappeared in the DeLorean after being struck by lightening. He gives Marty a letter, sent 70 years ago, with instructions for it to be delivered at that exact day and time. It is from Doc, who has been trapped in 1885 after the lightning strike caused the DeLorean to malfunction.
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'''Castiel:''' Are you sure?<br>
In Back To The Future Part 3 when Marty traveled into the wild west he used Clint Eastwood as a name, just like Dean.  
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'''Bobby:''' Well, we can't just strand those idjits in Deadwood can we?
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadwood_%28TV_series%29 Deadwood] was a TV series in which Jim Beaver played a prospector called Ellsworth.''
 
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There is a probable reference about "Daniel Elkins" and how he got the "colt". When Sam told Dean to get the ashes of the "Phoenix" he threw the colt and started to run.The gun fight happened near the Saloon which is owned to someone named Elkins. Elkins probably was a hunter and he watched the duel. After there is no one left in the area he took the gun and kept it for himself. So gun finally passed to his grand grand grand son "Daniel Elkins".
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:''"Yippie Ki Yay, motherfuckers" is a catchphrase of Bruce Willis' John McClane in the Die Hard movies. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XEaeOxqy_4 Here's a compilation video of] him saying it.''
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'''Bobby''': Anything that'll put a run in the Octomom's stockings.<br>
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'''Bobby:''' I'm still kickin', Annie Oakley. Be back good as new in... a decade or two.
A reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadya_Suleman Nadya Suleman], dubbed "Octomom" in the media after giving birth to octuplets.  
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:''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Oakley Annie Oakley] was a sharp- and trick shooter from Ohio, who lived from 1860 until 1926. She started shooting and hunting at the age of 8 to support her family and later became internationally known for her talent, performing for royalty and touring with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Bill Buffalo Bill's Wild West show].
 
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'''Sam''': Sure, whatever Sundance.<br>
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The end of the episode, where Sam receives a package from Samuel Colt, is a direct reference to the end of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_II Back to The Future Part II]. At the end of the movie, a courier from Western Union arrives minutes after Doc Brown has disappeared in the DeLorean after being struck by lightening. The courier gives Marty a letter, sent 70 years ago, with instructions for it to be delivered at that exact day and time. It is from Doc, who has been trapped in 1885 after the lightning strike caused the DeLorean to malfunction. It is also possibly an homage to [[Neil Gaiman]]'s ''Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch'', in which a witch receives a package from her ancestor several centuries after her death.
A reference to the Western outlaw [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundance_Kid the Sundance Kid]. He was played by Robert Redford in the 1969 movie [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy_and_the_Sundance_Kid "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."]
 
 
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The bag of gold jewellery the boys take back in time is the loot they took from the [[Dragons]] in [[6.12 Like A Virgin]]
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'''Filming Locations:''' [https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1U21u28vkeN56G16FNnTanNcoNkyPMdY2&usp=sharing Map of known filming locations.]
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Tweets by director Guy Norman Bee during filming [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/25682597011005441 #1], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/26741113213681664 #2], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/27577989315170304 #3], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/28633387572924416 #4], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/28712832287637504 #5], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/29691103619842048 #6], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/30079693344481280 #7], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/30444484919558144 #8], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/31168373656133632 #9]
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This episode was shot before, and originally planned to air before [[6.17 My Heart Will Go On]] but the order was switched due to the amount of post-production worked required on this episode. This explains why Sam and Dean are unconcerned about the ramifications of traveling back in time following the events with the Titanic.
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On September 23, 2019, it was reported that [[Genevieve]] and [[Jared Padalecki]] are starring as Cordell and Emily Walker in the new TV series ''[[Walker]]'', a reboot of ''Walker, Texas Ranger'', which ironically was his alias in this episode. The new series began airing on the CW in January 2021.
 
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The name of the Saloon owner is Elkins. He may be an ancestor of hunter [[Daniel Elkins]], who is the owner of the Colt when it first appears in 1973 in [[4.03 In The Beginning]]
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This is the seventh episode ever in which the [[Impala]] is not seen. The other episodes are [[2.07 The Usual Suspects]], [[2.18 Hollywood Babylon]], [[4.12 Criss Angel Is a Douchebag]], [[4.17 It's a Terrible Life]], [[4.22 Lucifer Rising]] and [[5.18 Point of No Return]].
 
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The bag of gold jewelry the boys take back in time is the loot they took from the [[dragons]] in [[6.12 Like a Virgin]].
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The name of the Saloon owner is Elkins, and he is said to know [[Samuel Colt]]. He may be an ancestor of hunter [[Daniel Elkins]], who is the owner of the Colt when it first appears in 1973 in [[4.03 In the Beginning]]. In [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2011/04/23/supernatural-ep-discussion-with-director-guy-norman-bee this podcast] director Guy Norman Bee describes a scene in the director's cut that was removed for time. Dean and Sam are walking from the sheriff's office to the saloon and while Dean removes his bolo tie they discuss the name Elkins and wonder if he is a relative of the hunter their Dad knew.
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* [[6.18 Frontierland (Transcript)]]
 
* [[6.18 Frontierland (Transcript)]]
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* [https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNRuS7nKXl/ Storyboard panels] shared by director [[Guy Norman Bee]]
  
 
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* [http://twitter.com/prchrzdtr/status/26708213176995841 Plot] as revealed at [[Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 2011]]
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* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/03/supernatural-episode-618-frontierland.html Synopsis] by SpoilerTV
* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/01/supernatural-episode-617-gallows-pole.html Title and character spoilers] from SpoilerTV
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* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/01/supernatural-episode-617-gallows-pole.html Alternate Title] from SpoilerTV
* [http://www.tvguide.com/News/MegaBuzz-Glee-Bones-1028073.aspx Character spoiler] from TV Guide
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* [http://www.tvguide.com/News/MegaBuzz-Glee-Bones-1028073.aspx Character Spoiler] from TV Guide
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* [http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Supernatural-1028322.aspx Casting Spoiler] from TV Guide
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* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/02/supernatural-exclusive-memphis-man-to-play-samuel-colt/ Casting Spoiler] from TV Line
 
* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/ask-ausiello-spoilers-on-house-fringe-glee-true-blood/ Spoilers] from Ask Ausiello
 
* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/ask-ausiello-spoilers-on-house-fringe-glee-true-blood/ Spoilers] from Ask Ausiello
* [http://community.livejournal.com/supernatural_tv/2316647.html?view=comments Alternate title] from supernatural_tv
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* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/01/supernatural-episode-617-trail-of_29.html Spoilers] from SpoilerTV
* [http://twitter.com/#!/TELEKTRA/status/28896277211119616 Tweet] from guest star
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* [http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21270&id=124167090983429 BTS Photos], [http://twitpic.com/4ks9yf  #2], [http://twitpic.com/4hoi1j #3]
* [http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Supernatural-1028322.aspx Casting spoiler]
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* [http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/02/supernatural-jared-padalecki-and-jensen-ackles-talk-cowboying-up-in-the-old-west.html Interview with Jared and Jensen] by zap2it
* [http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21270&id=124167090983429 On set pics] from the director
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* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/03/matts-inside-line-good-wife-supernatural-greys/ Interview with Jensen]
* [http://twitter.com/jumblejim/status/30437744425566208 Pic from an actor]
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* [http://www.tvguide.com/news/matts-weekend-picks-1032103.aspx TV Guide's Weekend Picks]
* tweets by the director during filming [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/25682597011005441 #1], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/26741113213681664 #2], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/27577989315170304 #3], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/28633387572924416 #4], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/28712832287637504 #5], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/29691103619842048 #6], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/30079693344481280 #7], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/30444484919558144 #8], [http://twitter.com/guynormanbee/status/31168373656133632 #9]
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* [http://teamfreewill.net/2011/04/06/618-frontierland-stills/ Photos]
* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/01/supernatural-episode-617-trail-of_29.html Casting and character spoiler] from SpoilerTV
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaJnF-c6dYc&feature=related Promo]
* [http://twitter.com/TELEKTRA/status/33011798810558464 Tweet] and [http://twitpic.com/3vyx3r pic] from an actor
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl8JZfkB3Oc Episode Preview with Sera Gamble]
* [http://cha.livejournal.com/2792438.html Title] from cha
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* [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2011/04/23/supernatural-ep-discussion-with-director-guy-norman-bee Winchester Radio's Frontierland Podcast with Guy Bee]
* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/02/supernatural-exclusive-memphis-man-to-play-samuel-colt/ Casting spoiler] from TV Line
 
* [http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/02/supernatural-jared-padalecki-and-jensen-ackles-talk-cowboying-up-in-the-old-west.html Interview with Jared and Jensen about the episode] by zap2it
 
* [http://teamfreewill.net/2011/04/06/618-frontierland-stills/ Promo stills]
 
* [http://twitter.com/#!/guynormanbee/status/44287782331490304 Tweet] from director
 
* [http://www.tvline.com/2011/03/matts-inside-line-good-wife-supernatural-greys/ Jensen on telling his father] about the episode by TV Line
 
* [http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/03/supernatural-episode-618-frontierland.html Official Synopsis] by SpoilerTV
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVA92vQu51I clip from the episode shown at] [[Paleyfest]]
 
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Frontierlandpromostill.jpg
Title Frontierland
Episode # Season 6, Episode 18
First aired April 22, 2011
Directed by Guy Norman Bee
Written by Teleplay:
Andrew Dabb
Daniel Loflin
Story:
Andrew Dabb
Daniel Loflin
Jackson Stewart
On IMDB Frontierland
Outline Dean and Sam might have found a way to defeat Eve, but they have to go back in time and ask Samuel Colt himself for help.
Monster Phoenix
Timeline March 4-5, 1861
Location(s) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sunrise, Wyoming
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Synopsis

On a hunch from Sam, he, Dean, and Bobby find the Campbell family library hidden under Samuel's study. They search Samuel's books for a way to defeat Eve, and Bobby eventually finds a mention of a "Mother" that can be burned by phoenix ashes. Never having heard of a real phoenix, they continue to search until Dean finds Samuel Colt's journal. There is an entry under March 5, 1861, in which Samuel Colt mentions shooting a phoenix in Sunrise, Wyoming, leaving a pile of smoldering ash. Dean is convinced that they need to go back in time to 1861 and gather the ashes so that they can defeat Eve.

Dean prays to Castiel, but another angel shows up instead. She introduces herself as Rachel, Castiel's lieutenant, and she shows disdain for Sam and Dean. After a few moments, Castiel appears and dismisses her. They explain their plan to Castiel, and he agrees to send Dean and Sam back to March 4, 1861. He can only allow them 24 hours, though, or they will be trapped in the past.

Once they appear in Sunrise, Wyoming, Sam sets the timer on his watch for 24 hours. They walk into town and see a man, Elias Finch, about to be hanged in the town square. A judge reads him his sentence - apparently, Elias killed his wife - and then he's put to death. Sam and Dean are disturbed, but they follow the town's sheriff as he leaves the square and heads to the prison. There, they pose as law enforcement officers and question him about Samuel Colt, but he hasn't heard of him. He sends them to the saloon to question the bartender, an old man who apparently knows everything.

At the saloon, Dean starts to see that life in the Old West is less romantic than he thought: it's dirty, the whiskey is terrible, and the saloon girls are less than healthy. The bartender tells them that Samuel Colt passed through town about 4 years ago but hasn't been back since. Rumors are that he's building a railroad stop about 20 miles away in the middle of nowhere, and Sam and Dean surmise that he's currently working on the giant devil's trap that surrounds the devil's gate in southern Wyoming.

As they're talking, a sex worker named Darla approaches and tries to seduce Dean, but the judge who read Elias his sentence shows up and takes her upstairs. Moments later, they hear her scream, and they rush up to find that the judge is dead, burned to ashes. Darla swears that it was Elias' ghost that killed him. That night, Sam and Dean discuss the possibility that the Phoenix isn't a bird at all, but the man, Elias, who wants revenge on the three men that killed him: the judge, the sheriff, and the sheriff's deputy. They decide to split up, Dean staying behind to join the sheriff's posse and hunt down Elias, and Sam going to find Samuel Colt.

Meanwhile, in the present time, Rachel confronts Castiel about what he's doing in order to beat Raphael. According to her, it's unacceptable what Castiel has become, and she pulls out an angel blade. She manages to pierce his flesh, but not kill him, and he pulls out his own blade and defeats her. Wounded, he travels to Bobby's house, puts a ward against angels on the wall with his blood, and collapses.

In town the next morning, Dean shows up at the saloon, ready to form up a posse and go after Elias. Nobody shows up to join him, however, and soon the burned body of the sheriff is found. The bartender takes the star from the sheriff's body and pins it on Dean, congratulating him on his new position. After his promotion, Dean goes to find the sheriff's deputy. The man is packing a suitcase, determined to escape "Elias' ghost," but Dean tells him that he won't be able to run forever and that he needs to play his part: as bait.

Meanwhile, Sam finds Samuel Colt's cabin. Samuel has just used the Colt to kill two demons that wanted him to open the devil's gate, and he immediately splashes holy water on Sam to make sure that he isn't a demon, as well. Sam tells him that he's a hunter from the year 2011, and that he needs Samuel's help. Samuel is skeptical, so Sam hands him his cell phone, a Blackberry, and Samuel is immediately convinced. Sam then tells him that, according to the copy of Samuel's journal he's carrying, Samuel kills a phoenix in three hours, and Sam needs the ashes to kill a monster he's hunting. Samuel tells him that he's no longer hunting and that he lost the gun gambling, but Sam knows that he's lying, and confronts him. Samuel eventually admits to having the gun, but tells him that no matter what his journal says, he's not going to be killing a phoenix. Sam realizes that he's going to have to kill the phoenix himself, and demands the gun.

In the present time, Castiel tells Bobby the truth: that, given his injury, he won't be able to retrieve Sam and Dean from the past. The only way he can get enough power to save them is to touch Bobby's soul; the risk is that he'll cause Bobby to explode.

Back in 1861, Dean locks the deputy in a cell and, when Elias shows up, he demands that Dean open the cell. Dean refuses and then tosses an iron nail at him. When Elias reflexively catches it, his hand burns, and Dean confronts him with the truth: as a monster, Elias is vulnerable to iron, which is why he couldn't escape his iron shackles before he was hung, and why now he can't open the cell that the deputy is in.

Elias realizes that Dean is a hunter, and so, in an attempt to win him over, tells him why he was put to death. Although a phoenix, Elias was married to a human woman that he loved. On a visit to town, she was assaulted by the deputy, and, when Elias came across them, the deputy shot both him and his wife. Elias' wife died in his arms, but Elias was unable to die, so the deputy, sheriff, and judge pinned his wife's murder on him and tried to put him to death. Dean is moved by his story, but still resolved to kill him, so Elias grabs a gun from a nearby holster and shoots the deputy through his cell bars. Dean jumps out a window to escape Elias' gunfire and is on the run when Sam appears with the Colt in hand.

In the future, Bobby puts a belt between his teeth and Castiel prepares to touch his soul...

Sam gives the Colt to Dean, and he goes into the town square and calls for Elias. It's a duel at high noon, and both men stand ready before drawing their weapons lightning-fast. Elias misses, but Dean hits him with a bullet from the Colt, killing him. They're almost at the 24-hour mark, as Sam reminds him, and Dean rushes forward to gather Elias' ashes when Castiel suddenly pulls them back to the future. Back in Bobby's house, Dean stares at the empty bottle in his hand, stunned.

Bobby and Castiel are still recovering when the doorbell rings. Sam answers it to find a young man from a courier service. He has a package for "Sam Winchester." The young man is curious about the package because it's been around "forever" and was supposed to be delivered to Sam at this house specifically on this date. When Sam hears that the package is from Samuel Colt, he takes it and closes the door in the courier's face without signing for it. Back in Bobby's study, he opens the package while Dean, Castiel, and Bobby look on. First, he finds his cell phone - the Blackberry is dirty and cracked - and then he finds a note from Samuel Colt. In it, he tells him that he found Sam's address and the current date from his "thingamajig", and that he thinks he'll find the "enclosed" useful. Sam digs through the packaging and pulls out a glass bottle full of ashes: Samuel Colt gathered the phoenix's ashes and delivered them to Sam from 150 years in the past.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Reprise" by Federale
(plays during the opening title card)
  • "Hero" by Federale
(plays at various points in the episode)
  • "The Hanging" by Federale
(plays during the showdown between Elias and Dean)

Quotes

Dean: We hop back in time, we join up with Samuel Colt, we hunt the phoenix, and then we haul the ashes back home with us.
Castiel: Um, about your plan. You'll only have 24 hours.

Sam: Wait, what? Why?
Castiel: Well, the answer to your question can best be expressed as a series of partial differential equations.
Bobby: Yeah, aim lower.

Castiel: The further back I send you, the harder it becomes to retrieve you. 24 hours is all I can risk. If I don't pull you home within that time, you'll be lost to me.
Sam: Dean, I can -- I can wear this.

Dean: And look like a spaceman?
Sam: Look, just because you're obsessed with all that Wild West stuff--
Dean: No, I'm not.
Sam: You have a fetish.

Dean: Shut up. I like old movies.
Dean: Think we'll have time to hit on saloon girls? I'm kidding. Come on.
Elkins: Darla's my best girl.

Darla: Try me. You want a kiss?

Dean: S-so much more germier than I pictured.
Dean: I'll stay here, hook up with the posse. 'Cause you know me -- I'm a posse magnet. I mean, I love posse. Make that into a t-shirt.
Sam: You Samuel Colt? My name is Sam Winchester. I'm -- I'm a hunter from the year 2011.

Colt: Prove it.
[Sam shows Colt his Blackberry]
Colt: All right.
Sam: A-all right? That's -- uh, that's it?

Colt: Well, when you've done this job as long as I have... a giant from the future with some magic brick doesn't exactly give you the vapors.
Castiel: The human soul -- it's pure... energy. If I can siphon some of that off, I-I might be able to bring Sam and Dean back.

Bobby: And the catch is...?
Castiel: Doing this is like...putting your hand in a nuclear reactor. I have to do it very gingerly.
Bobby: Or...?
Castiel: Or you'll explode.

Bobby: Well. Keep both hands on the wheel. Let's do this.
Elais: You want to call me 'monster,' fine. But all we did was go into town. I go into the bank for five minutes. I come out, she's gone. And then I heard her scream. This... man had her pinned in the alley. I go to stop him, he pulls his gun, shoots me, then her. She died in my arms. 'Course, I don't die. The shots brought the Sheriff. Next thing I know, I'm in iron. That's why I want him just where he is -- trapped, scared. I saved the best for last.

Dean: Is that true?
Elias: So tell me -- are you really willing to die to protect this piece of filth?

Dean: Honestly, I could care less about him. He's a dick and a coward.
Bobby: Is that what I think it is?

Dean: Ashes of a phoenix. You know what this means?
Bobby: Yeah, I didn't get a 'soulonoscopy' for nothing.

Dean: Yes. And... it means we take the fight to her.

Trivia & References

"Frontierland," the name of the episode, is also the name of one of the themed lands at Disneyland, which is a Disney version of the 19th century Old West. It features the rides Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The original title of the episode was "Gallows Pole," which is a song based on an old folk song about a woman trying to buy her freedom from the executioner. Versions Dean would like are by Leadbelly and most famously by Led Zeppelin.
The opening titles are different from normal and are an homage to the 1960s Western series Bonanza, see its opening titles here. See the title card entry for other Supernatural episodes with unique credits.
Much of the music in the episode is inspired by the work of Ennio Morricone in Leone's Dollars trilogy. See here for examples. The music played over during the credits is somewhat similar to Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold," a piece he wrote for the Clint Eastwood movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Watch the scene here. "The Musical Pocket Watch" theme which is similar to what plays once the boys return home empty-handed.
Storyboard posted by Guy Norman Bee.

A Western episode has been discussed in relation to Supernatural for years. Jensen has often talked about the Western genre being his favorite and that he’d love to appear in a Western movies (Source). After this episode Jensen said "I sent a picture to my father [from this episode], and he wrote back, ‘You’ve been rehearsing this scene since you were six.’"

At Comic-Con 2008, both Jensen and Jared said they’d love to do a Western episode, and Jensen pointed out that the show already is a modern version of a Western, with Sam and Dean as cowboys. Jared mentioned that he couldn't see the boys in spurs and cowboy hats. "Assless chaps?" Kripke asked. "Yes, please," Jensen responded. Video of the panel. At the beginning of season four, Jensen again said in an interview he’d like to see a Western episode.


Dean: Wow. All right, well, what are we looking for?

Bobby: Anything that'll put a run in the Octomom's stockings. Pick a row.

A reference to Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom" in the media after giving birth to octuplets.
Bobby: Bingo. Either of you jokers ever heard anything about a phoenix?

Dean: River, Joaquin or the giant flaming bird?

Dean is referring to actors and brothers, Joaquin Phoenix and the late River Phoenix, as well as the mythological bird of fire and symbol of rebirth, the phoenix.
Dean: I know where we can find one: March 5th, 1861, Sunrise, Wyoming. We’ll Star Trek IV this, bitch.

Bobby: I only watch Deep Space Nine.
Dean: It’s like I don’t even know you guys anymore. Star Trek IV. Save the whales.

The plot of Star Trek IV: The Voyage home involves the crew of the Enterprise going back in time to 1986 to find some humpback whales that they need to communicate with an alien probe.
Bobby must've at least seen the second Star Trek movie, because in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None, he got Dean's reference to the Khan Worm.
Jim Beaver’s late wife Cecily Adams portrayed the Ferengi Ishka on Deep Space Nine. The reference in the script was originally to Star Trek: The Next Generation, but Jim asked for it to be changed: "It was coincidence in the first draft when it was Next Generation, but deliberate when I asked to change it to Deep Space Nine.
Dean: We got a guy who can swing it. Castiel. The, uh, fate of the world is in the balance. So, come on down here. Come on, Cas, I Dream of Jeannie your ass down here pronto. Please.
In the classic '60s comedy I Dream of Jeannie the genie, called Jeannie, had to appear when her master, Major Nelson, summoned her.
Rachel: I'm sure your issue's very important. But Castiel is currently commanding an army, so --

Dean: So we get stuck with Miss Monneypenny.

In the James Bond novels and movies, Jane Moneypenny is the secretary to M, Bond's boss.
Sam: You can recite every Clint Eastwood movie ever made, line for line.

Bobby: Even the monkey movies?
Sam: Yeah. Especially the monkey movies.
Dean: His name is Clyde. At least wear the damn shirt.

The "monkey movies" refer to an under appreciated part of Eastwood’s filmography which is part of the human/animal buddy genre of movies. He made two of these movies, the 1978 Every Which Way but Loose and the 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can, which featured Eastwood with an orangutan sidekick called Clyde.
Castiel: Now, is it -- is it customary to wear a blanket?

Dean: It's a serape. And, yes. It's, uh... Never mind. Let's just go.

The serape is a traditional Mexican Poncho. It was worn by the iconic character “the Man with No Name” that Eastwood played in Sergio Leone’s movies.
Sam and Dean are sent to 1861 to the town of Sunrise, Wyoming. The Wyoming Territory didn't come into existence until 1868, with Sunrise being built in 1898.
Dean: Hey, we should try the Saloon first, uh, see what we get from the locals.

Sam: Sure. Whatever, Sundance.

Sam is teasingly referring to Dean as 'Sundance' in reference to the Sundance Kid who was a member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. Their story was immortalized in the classic 60's bromantic Western.
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, where Sundance was played by Robert Redford.
It's worth noting that the real Sundance was called Harry Longabuagh, and he gained his nickname from the town in which he was first imprisoned - Sundance, Wyoming. This episode is set in Sunrise, Wyoming.
The scene of Sam stepping in horse manure may be a shout out to Back to the Future Part III, where Marty McFly also accidentally steps in horse manure. This episode also parallels Back to the Future III in that it centers around traveling back in time to the Old West. Marty uses Clint Eastwood as a name, just like Dean, and also wears an Eastwood-esque serape.
The woman who hits on Dean at the bar has a sore on her lip, a symptom of oral herpes or syphilis.
Sam: Guess it's good to be judge.
A possible reference to the much-repeated catchphrase "It's good to be the king," from Mel Brooks's History of the World Part I.
Dean: Marshall Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. This here is, uh, Walker. He’s a Texas Ranger.
Clint Eastwood came to fame through his role in Sergio Lenone’s 1960’s Dollars trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Eastwood went onto make other Westerns, as well as the hard-assed Dirty Harry cop movies.
In 1992 Eastwood returned to the Western, directing and producing Unforgiven, the tale of a retired gunfighter reluctantly returning for one last job. Often referred to as a noir Western due to its dark tone and unsentimental take on the genre, it won four Academy Awards. 6.13 Unforgiven, where Sam is drawn back to face his violent soulless past, is named for this film.
Marty McFly also takes on the alias of Clint Eastwood in the third installment of the Back to the Future series, in which he travels back in time to 1885.
Walker, Texas Ranger was a 1990s action series starring Chuck Norris as a Texas Ranger named Cordell Walker, who believes in the code of the Old West and is a martial arts expert.
Dean: Candygram for Mongo!
This is a quote from Blazing Saddles. Mongo was a character played by Alex Karras in the movie.
Dean: Missed you at the posse this morning. I was a one-man wolfpack, thanks to you. What's going on here?
A reference to The Hangover. You can watch Alan's wolfpack speech here.
Samuel Colt is shown to be left-handed. This was rather unusual at the time because sinistrality was looked down upon and left-handed children were often re-educated to use their right hand instead.
Samuel Colt: You go put on a few more miles, then come back and we'll talk.

Sam: Trust me, I've got plenty of mileage.

This may be an indirect reference to a famous line from Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indiana Jones says "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
Bobby: Cas, you -- you look like you went 12 rounds with Truckasaurus. What happened?
"Truckasaurus is a car destroying robot dinosaur Simpsons parody of Robosaurus.
Bobby: Well, good...'Cause we got less than an hour before you pick up the kids at Frontierland.
As mentioned above, Frontierland refers to the 19th Wild West themed land at Disneyland. Bobby saying it is, of course, a nod to the episode's title.
Castiel: Are you sure?

Bobby: Well, we can't just strand those idjits in Deadwood can we?

Deadwood was a TV series in which Jim Beaver played a prospector called Ellsworth.
Dean: Yippie Ki Yay, motherf...
"Yippie Ki Yay, motherfuckers" is a catchphrase of Bruce Willis' John McClane in the Die Hard movies. Here's a compilation video of him saying it.
Bobby: I'm still kickin', Annie Oakley. Be back good as new in... a decade or two.
Annie Oakley was a sharp- and trick shooter from Ohio, who lived from 1860 until 1926. She started shooting and hunting at the age of 8 to support her family and later became internationally known for her talent, performing for royalty and touring with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
The end of the episode, where Sam receives a package from Samuel Colt, is a direct reference to the end of Back to The Future Part II. At the end of the movie, a courier from Western Union arrives minutes after Doc Brown has disappeared in the DeLorean after being struck by lightening. The courier gives Marty a letter, sent 70 years ago, with instructions for it to be delivered at that exact day and time. It is from Doc, who has been trapped in 1885 after the lightning strike caused the DeLorean to malfunction. It is also possibly an homage to Neil Gaiman's Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, in which a witch receives a package from her ancestor several centuries after her death.

Minutiae

Tweets by director Guy Norman Bee during filming #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9
This episode was shot before, and originally planned to air before 6.17 My Heart Will Go On but the order was switched due to the amount of post-production worked required on this episode. This explains why Sam and Dean are unconcerned about the ramifications of traveling back in time following the events with the Titanic.
On September 23, 2019, it was reported that Genevieve and Jared Padalecki are starring as Cordell and Emily Walker in the new TV series Walker, a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger, which ironically was his alias in this episode. The new series began airing on the CW in January 2021.
The bag of gold jewelry the boys take back in time is the loot they took from the dragons in 6.12 Like a Virgin.
The name of the Saloon owner is Elkins, and he is said to know Samuel Colt. He may be an ancestor of hunter Daniel Elkins, who is the owner of the Colt when it first appears in 1973 in 4.03 In the Beginning. In this podcast director Guy Norman Bee describes a scene in the director's cut that was removed for time. Dean and Sam are walking from the sheriff's office to the saloon and while Dean removes his bolo tie they discuss the name Elkins and wonder if he is a relative of the hunter their Dad knew.
The uniform of the courier who delivers Samuel Colt's package to Sam in 2011 has the same name and logo as the postal service in Sunrise, WY in 1860: Western Courier, with a courier riding a horse.

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