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Supernatural: Time After Time

When the brothers investigate the mummification deaths of two individuals in Canton, Ohio, they soon discover that they're up against a god... and Dean ends up transported to 1944 with no way back.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x12
Production Number: 3X7062
Airdate: Friday January 13th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CW 23) Jan 15, 2012
UK (E4) Sep 26, 2012


Guest Stars
Kim RhodesKim Rhodes
As Sheriff Jody Mills
Melissa RoxburghMelissa Roxburgh
As Lila Taylor
Nicholas LeaNicholas Lea
As Elliot Ness
Jason DohringJason Dohring
As Cronus / Ethan Snider
Linda DarlowLinda Darlow
As Ezra Moore

Co-Guest Stars
Nancy BellNancy Bell
As Terry Cervantes
Catherine BarrollCatherine Barroll
As Old Lila Taylor
Alec BurdenAlec Burden
As Husband
Gabe KhouthGabe Khouth
As Lester Young
Andrew HedgeAndrew Hedge
As 1944 Cop
Sam EastonSam Easton
As Witness
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Dean and Sam are in their car watching a man in a suit and fedora come out of a house. They split up to follow him and Dean reaches him first. The man is crouched over his victim, draining red energy from the body. Dean lunges at the man just as Sam arrives and sees them both disappear in a burst of red light...

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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 artform.

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?

Elliot Ness: Ezra Moore, Dean Winchester.
Dean: Hey.
Ezra Moore: Who's he, some farmer clown?
Elliot 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 Moore: Paint me impressed.

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

Elliot 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 Moore: "Chicago Way"?
Elliot Ness: Who--who talks like that?
Dean: Sean Connery.
Ezra Moore: Come on.
Dean: Never watch that movie again.

Elliot 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: Lester. Is that a German name?!?

Elliot 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.
Elliot 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 Moore: 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 Moore: Yeah, yeah, take your twig, wise guy.
Dean: Well how's it work?
Ezra Moore: 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.

Episode Goofs
The conversation in the two supposedly identical scenes doesn't match. The first time the brothers spot the killer, Sam says, "Wait wait wait. What's the plan here exactly?" The second time when they repeat the scene, Sam says, "Whoa, whoa. What's the plan here exactly?"

Cultural References
Dean: I’m 12 Monkeys no matter what I say, so here goes.

In the 1995 science fiction movie 12 Monkeys, Bruce Willis' character travels into the past of 1995, ends up in 1990, and everyone assumes that he's insane when he talks about time travel.

Dean: He’s using the Biff strategy.

In Back to the Future II (1989), Biff Tannen steals a sports almanac and travels into the past to give his younger self the means to bet on sporting events and make himself wealthy.

Dean: Back to the Future III.

In the Back to the Future movies, people leave a message in the past so that it will be delivered in the future to the person they want and give a warning.

Dean: Yes, sir, I am, uh, Special Agent Costner.

Kevin Costner played Eliot Ness in the 1987 movie The Untouchables.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerSera Gamble  |  Philip Sgriccia  |  Robert Singer  |  McG
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Adam Glass  |  Peter Johnson
ProducerAndrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin  |  Todd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Craig Matheson  |  Serge LaDouceur
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorDonald Koch
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Alex Newman  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorGabriel Correa
MusicChristopher Lennertz  |  Jay Gruska
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerJanet McCairns
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Production CoordinatorJudith Swan
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Executive ConsultantEric Kripke
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorRobbie Thompson
Key Makeup ArtistJuliana Vit
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
"A" Camera Second AssistantJose Manzano
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