Season 7 Episode 12

Time After Time

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 2012 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Sam and Dean's dialog in the opening scene doesn't exactly match what is said when they redo the scene in the car and alley fifteen minutes later into the episode.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: I can't believe I'm 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 it's an art form.

    • Sam: Well, there's a semi-functional bathroom and one un-rancid bedroom.
      Dean: Describe "semi-functional," and do not use the words "hole in the floor."

    • Sam: You going to look at more anime, or are you strictly into Dick now?

    • Ness: Ezra Moore, Dean Winchester.
      Dean: Hey.
      Ezra: Who's he, some farmer clown?
      Ness: He's, uh, from the future.
      Dean: Yeah. Gas costs four bucks, you get cheese out of a spray can. The President is a black man. I could go on.
      Ezra: Paint me impressed.

    • Dean: Awesome.
      Ezra: "Awesome"? Is he some religious kook?
      Ness: No, he just likes saying that.

    • Ness: You said you fellas found his house. Well, let's go see if it's been built yet. And then let's kill that bastard. Because that...
      Dean: Is the Chicago Way.
      Ezra: "Chicago Way"?
      Ness: Who--who talks like that?
      Dean: Sean Connery.
      Ezra: Come on.
      Dean: Never watch that movie again.

    • Ness: Look. You seem like a swell guy, Lester. I want to help you out, I do, but my partner just got back from the War. He spent the last two years kicking in Nazi skulls. If he doesn't kick in a skull every couple of days, he's really touch.
      Dean: Is that a German name?!?

    • Ness: Yeah, hunting sets me free. Isn't that why you hunt?
      Dean: I used to do it because that's what my family did. But they just seemed to keep dying. Tell you the truth, I don't know why I'm doing much of anything anymore.
      Ness: Boo hoo, cry me a river, you nancy. Tell me, are all hunters as soft as you in the future? Everybody loses everybody and then one day, boom, your number is up. But at least you're making a difference. So enjoy it while it lasts kid, because hunting is the only clarity you're going to find in this life. That makes you luckier than most.

    • Dean: That's it?
      Ezra: That is a thousand-year-old olive carved by vestal virgins and dipped in the blood of... you don't want to know. Pulling this together wasn't easy. You and Ness both owe me, smoothie.
      Dean: You can have whatever you want. Soon as we gank this thing.
      Ezra: Yeah, yeah, take your twig, wise guy.
      Dean: Well how's it work?
      Ezra: You stick this end in his heart. Miss, he has you for supper.

    • Cronus: 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.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 15, 2012 on SPACE
      Norway: March 23, 2012 on FEM
      UK: September 26, 2012 on Sky LIVING
      Finland: April 27, 2014 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • Dean: I'm 12 Monkeys no matter what I say, so here goes.
      Referencing the 1995 movie directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis, based on the short film La jetée. Willis' character Cole volunteers to go on a mission into his past (1996) to prevent a plague from being released by a terrorist organization, The Army of the Twelve Monkeys. When he arrives he is assumed to be insane and institutionalized.

    • Dean: He's using the Biff strategy.
      Referencing Back to the Future II (1989), when Marty McFly's nemesis Biff Tannen's travels back in time to give himself a sports almanac that lets him bet on sporting events, knowing the outcome, and winning big.

    • Dean: Back to the Future III.
      Referencing the Back to the Future movies, when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back to the 1950s using a DeLorean modified by his friend, scientist Doc Brown. Although Dean mentions the third movie, all of them have variations on leaving messages for someone in the future.

    • Dean: Yes, sir, I am, uh, Special Agent Costner.
      One of several references to the 1987 movie adaptation of the TV series The Untouchables. Kevin Costner plays Ness, while Sean Connery (also referenced) plays local cop Jim Malone. The "Chicago Way" is when someone does something to you, you do something even worse back to them.