This is the first time both Supernatural composers - Jay Gruska and Christopher Lennertz have worked together on an episode, bringing in musicians specially for the score source.
Sam: I can't believe I am about to say this but I hope you're watching cartoon smut because reading Dick Roman crap over and over again is just self punishment.
Dean: It's called anime. And its an artform.
Sam: What, you going to look at more anime or are you strictly into Dick now?
Eliot: Why do you think I went after Capone in the first place? Guy made the best hooch in Chicago.
Eliot: Boo hoo, cry me a river you nancy! Tell me are all the hunters as soft as you in the future?
Eliot: Enjoy it while it lasts kid, because hunting's the only clarity you are going to find in this life and that makes you luckier than most.
Chronos: You want to know your future? I know your future. It's covered in thick black ooze. It's everywhere. They're everywhere. Enjoy oblivion.
Trivia & References
The episode title plays of the phrase "time after time", which has been used for a number books, TV shows and films about time travel. It was also the title of Cyndi Lauper's 1984 smash hit song
was a real law enforcement officer who joined the U.S. Treasury Department in 1927, working with the Bureau of Prohibition, in Chicago. He was involved in targeting gangster Al Capone. His refusal to accept a bribe, led to Ness' team becoming known as "The Untouchables"
Other Supernatural episodes to involve time travel are:
Nothing that turns a dude into a Cryptkeeper.
The Cryptkeeper was the wizened zombie host of the horror TV show Tales from the Crypt
. "Kripkeeper" is also a fandom nickname for Eric Kripke
"How does paper beat a rock? It's stupid."
Sam and Dean play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide who gets the bedroom in the house they're squatting in. Traditionally, Sam always wins because Dean only throws 'scissors' (as seen in 2.17 Heart
and 4.19 Jump The Shark
; in the alternate reality of 6.17 My Heart Will Go On
Sam's losing is an indicator of history having changed. This time, Sam appears to study Dean's face carefully before choosing; we don't see the actual throw, but the next scene clearly indicates that Sam predicted Dean would use "rock" for the first time ever.
Alright, well I am twelve monkeyed no matter what I say so here goes.
is a 1995 movie by Terry Gilliam about a man sent to the past to collect a virus.
I gotta tell you Untouchables is like one of my favorite movies ever. I must've seen it like 50 times.
Dean is referring to Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables
starring Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro and Sean Connery, which was based on Eliot Ness' memoir of the same name. Dean's line "because that's the Chicago way!" is a quote from Sean Connery in the movie. Dean also uses the alias "Agent Costner".
The episode played with the evolution of slang to illustrate the differences between the time periods. Dean kept using the word awesome to indicate approval, or that soemthing was good, whereas in the 1940s, the term was used more literally to describe something that inspired awe (i.e. reverence or fear). Dean also confused Ness when he said "talk to me" to mean "tell me what you've learned".
The characters from 1944 also used vernacular that is not in use anymore:
- Jerry and Kraut were terms for Germans during Word War 2. The police officer users "kraut-muncher" also to imply Dean is a German spy.
- Bunny means idiot or fool.
- Ness says dean "looks like some kind of bindlestiff. Bindlestiff is another word for a hobo.
- "Take a powder" means to go away, to get lost.
- Ezra asks "Whats the rumpus, Eliot?" meaning "what's going on?"
- Ness uses "lettuce" to refer to money.
- Lila interrupts Chronos while he is fighting Ness telling him how he was going to take the trash out without the trash. 'Taking out the trash' refers when someone of a high standing removing someone of a lower standing by force. Pagan God Vs Human.
- Ness: I'm gonna stay here and keep my peepers on the Sheik and the Sheba.
- Peepers are eyes. The 1921 film The Sheik starring Rudolph Valentino was a huge hit (particularly with women), and had a big impact on popular culture. The term "Sheik" came to mean a guy out looking for women, and "Sheba" was the term used for the object of his desire source.
Sera Gamble said of Dean in this episode: "For such a practical, down-to-earth, macho hunter, he is a tiny bit of a clotheshorse." source
So what bucket of syrup did you two idjits step into?
was, of course, Bobby's nickname
for Sam and Dean.
He's using the Biff strategy...Chronos is betting on races he already knows the outcome of.
In Back to the Future II
, a Biff Tannen from 2015 gives a sports almanac to his young 1958 self, who then uses it to bet and become rich. Added trivia: Jim Michaels
was on Back to the Future II.
Back to the Future 3! I'm going to need some paper.
In the movie Back to the Future III
, Doc Brown gets trapped in 1885, and tells Marty whats happened by writing a letter and arranging for it to be delivered a hundred years later. Samuel Colt
used a similar strategy to get the Phoenix
's ashes to Sam and Dean in 6.18 Frontierland
. Also, in the movie Frequency
, characters in different times are able to exchange evidence of a crime by hiding it under a floorboard in a house they share.
The spell Sam recites to summon Chronos is
- O Krone, parakaloumen se, thespizein hemin hronon ton mellonta.
- O Kronos, we beg you, foretell the future for us
Sam and Dean drink Margiekugel
beer from Wisconsin, which is named after Production Designer Jerry Wanek
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