Supernatural

Season 7 Episode 12

Time After Time

7
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2012 on The CW

Episode Recap

On a stormy night, Dean and Sam watch a man and a trenchcoat walk into an alleyway. They split up and follow him, and Dean spots the man leaning over a body, glowing with a red light. He throws himself at the man and they both disappear in a burst of energy as Sam arrives.

Two days earlier, Dean and Sam are at a motel. Sam is sleeping while Dean does research on Dick Roman. The phone ring and Dean has Sam answer it. It's Sheriff Mills, who tells Sam that a corpse turned up mummified in Canton, Ohio, and thought they'd be interested. Sam agrees and they hang up, and Sam points out that Dean will get nowhere reading about Dick over and over.

Sam and Dean arrive in Canton and set up in an old abandoned house. They then go to talk to the man who saw the assault. The witness, who was self-medicating, reluctantly explains that he was out medicating when he heard fighting. Durbin was arguing with a man dressed in an old-style suit and fedora, who grabbed Durbin's neck. Red energy passed through Durbin into the hat guy and the victim aged to death in seconds. The brothers thank him for his help and head back to the house to check their info sources. Sam confirms that a lot of weird dead bodies turn up in Canton going back to 1928. In each case, the victims died the same way as Durbin, each time in groups of three. Dean taps into the local feeds, explaining that Frank taught him how to do it, and accesses the camera near the gas station where Durbin died. They spot the man in the old-style suit and Sam points out that the same man is in photos of the older murders.

The brothers talk to Terry Cervantes, who was a young girl and found one of the mummified corpses decades ago. She recognizes the man in the photo as Ethan Snider, who lived on her parents' street. The Winchesters go there and wait, and finally spot Snider coming out of a house. He walks down an alleyway and the brothers split up to follow him, and Dean sees Snider killing another victim. He throws himself at the man and they struggle, and Dean catches a glimpse of his ring, with an infinity symbol on it. Snider manages to get away and runs off. When Dean goes after him, he finds himself on a street in 1944. Two cops spot him with his gun and order him to surrender, and a surprised Dean immediately does so.

Down at the station, Dean tries to pass himself off as a FBI agent without success. The investigating officer can't figure out what his cell phone is and figures that he's a German spy. Dean finally realizes that he's in 1944. A man comes in and the local cop hastily leaves, and the newcomer demands answers. Dean tells him exactly what happens and the newcomer apparently believes him, asking him more about the red light. Surprised, Dean realizes that the man is a hunter. After a moment he admits it and introduces himself as Eliot Ness.

In the present, Sam is putting up clippings of the deaths when Jody calls him. She insists on helping and he asks her to come help him drive and lift heavy boxes.

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Ness gets some files and comes back to the holding room. Dean admits that time travel isn't common where he came from, and they figure they're hunting the same thing in different centuries. Ness shows him photos of two dead men who were mummified, and figures that the third victim will be killed soon. He takes Dean out but insists that he has to get some new clothing. They stop at a tailor, Ezra Moore, and set up Dean with a suit and fedora.

Jody arrives at the house after stopping at one of Bobby's storage lockers and picking up the boxes.

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Dean puts on his new suit and slicks back his hair. Ness tells Ezra that they need her help and their hunting a time traveler.

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Sam and Jody go over photos of the crime scenes and spot Snider, and Sam recognizes the symbol on the ring.

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Ezra identifies the symbol on the ring and explains that it belongs to Cronus, the God of Time.

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Sam explains that the ancient gods aren't what they used to be and are really pissed.

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Ezra figures Cronus is killing people for their "time-juice."

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Sam tells Jody that they need to find a way to summon a god.

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Ezra tells Ness that she'll find something to stop Cronus, and Dean and Ness head to Snider's house. Ness kicks in the door and they go inside, guns drawn. There's no sign of Cronus but the house is expensively appointed. Dean finds Cronus' appointment book and realizes that Cronus is making money by betting on races he already knows the outcome. They find initials belonging to Lester Young, the local bookie, and track him down and interrogate him. The two men play good cop/bad cop and Lester admits that Cronus was a creepy guy. He finally tells them that Cronus gets his payoffs at a diner and gives them the address.

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Jody and Sam finally find a summoning ritual, but they realize that they have to summon Cronus at the exact moment he's touching Dean or Sam's brother will be lost forever. As they consider the matter, Jody finds a bottle of whiskey that Rufus gave to Bobby to pay off a bet. She admits she had no idea about much of Bobby's history and figure that they should drink it in his honor, and Sam agrees.

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Ness and Dean go to the diner and spot Cronus. As they wait for him to make a move, Ness takes a drink and admits that he's not the Boy Scout that history made him out to be. He explains that he became a vampire when vampires showed up in Cleveland, and that he hunts because it makes him feel free. Dean explains that he doesn't know why he's doing much of anything anymore, but Ness calls him a nancy and tells him that everyone dies and the best anyone can do is enjoy it.

Both men ogle a waitress, Lila Taylor, as she leaves the diner. Cronus follows her down the street and into an alleyway. Ness goes to his trunk and an arsenal of weapons, and they both grab weapons and prepare to fire as Cronus grabs the woman. However, he kisses her and nothing happens.

Ness and Dean follow the woman out into the country and Ness confirms that Lila owns a nearby house and lives alone. Ness stands watch while Dean drives back to find out what Ezra has. She has a thousand-year-old olive branch soaked in blood, and tells Dean he has to stab it in Cronus' heart. However, Dean realizes that he'll be trapped in the past. Ezra says that it isn't so bad, grabs Dean, and kisses him, assuring him that 1944 isn't so bad. Dean is less than thrilled with the kiss and prepares to leave, but notices a bundle of envelopes on the counter and gets an idea.

Ness is outside the house when Cronus comes after him. He explains that he already stopped by the police station to take care of Dean and realized that Ness was onto him. They fight and Cronus easily knocks him down and through the nearby barn wall. Lila comes out, doesn't see Ness, and Cronus pretends that he's a normal man, since she doesn't know what he really is. When she goes back inside, Cronus realizes that Ness has slipped away. Cronus goes back inside and tells Lila that she should pack a bag. He invites her to come with him and insists that everything is fine, including her.

Dean goes to the house where they're staying in 2012 and tells the owner that he has to do an inspection for termites. The owner lets him in and Dean goes to the bedroom and moves the bed. He lies where Sam lies in 2012 and spots the floorboard he needs.

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Jody comes back and discovers that Sam has fallen asleep. She sends him into the bedroom to sleep and he lies down on the spot where Dean was working. Sam spots his name carved into the floorboard and pulls it loose, and finds a message from 1944 from Dean. He shows it to Jody and they realize that Dean knows what is going on and is going after Cronus. The letter is dated and they know what date Dean touched Cronus. Now they need the time, and track down a now-elderly Lila at the retirement home. They ask her about Cronus and she recognizes him as her lover, Snider. She tells them that the last time she saw Snider was at 11:34 in November 5 when every clock in the house stopped. Lila tells them that Snider said awful things and then strangled one of the two policemen that came to arrest him. Sam shows her a photo of Dean and she identifies him as the man that Snider strangled.

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Dean goes to Lila's house with the olive stake and calls for Ness without getting an answer. He then goes into the house and Snider grabs him. They struggle but Ness comes in with Lila as a hostage.

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Sam and Jody prepare the ritual.

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Snider begs Ness not to hurt Lila. He explains that he's a god and that he's only killed for Lila. As the time approaches 11:34, Dean tells Lila that Cronus kills three people to travel through time, and Cronus admits that he used to wander, killing three people each time. However, he met Lila and fell in love. When Ness mentions the people that Cronus killed, Lila realizes that one of them was a customer from the diner and calls Cronus a monster. Dean tries to stab him with the stake and Cronus starts strangling him while Ness shoots him to no effect.

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At 11:34, Sam casts the ritual.

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Cronus begins to glow with a red light. He disappears and Dean goes with him. As they disappear, Ness tosses Dean the stake.

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Dean reappears and Cronus throws him aside. Sam attacks him and manages to stab him with the olive stake. As he dies, Cronus tells them that their future is nothing but black ooze and it's everywhere.

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