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Supernatural Episode: "Time After Time After Time"

Season 7, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The God of Time (Jason Dohring) sends Dean back to 1944, where he is arrested by legendary lawman Eliot Ness (Nicholas Lea).
Original Air Date: Jan 13, 2012
Guest Cast Nicholas Lea: Eliot Ness Jason Dohring: God of Time
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Season 7, Episode 12
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 1/13/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Time After Time" Season 7, Episode 12

Sam and Dean temporarily put aside their quest to bring down Dick Roman long enough for Dean to get thrown back in time to 1944. So while Dean's hanging with Mr. Untouchable himself, Eliot Ness, Sam's trying to figure out a way to bring him back to the future.

There's a smile on my face as I'm writing this blog. The smile started while I was watching this episode and it hasn't stopped since. This is the first Supernatural this season that has blown me away from beginning to end. It's a complete success. I have no major complaints. It makes me happy to write that, however, this wasn't a given. These '40s noir-themed episodes TV shows like to do from time to time aren't normally my favorites. Everyone wants to do them but not everybody can do them right. Supernatural did it right and then some.

Yes, on the week Supernatural won People's Choice Awards for Favorite Network TV Drama and Favorite Sci Fi/Fantasy Show (congrats!), we got an episode that was well written, well directed and well acted. It was fun and fierce and it just made me happy. Don't mind me, I'm in total gush mode here. Some of the more gush-worthy elements:

The gush-worthy guest stars

All the guest stars were ridiculously good. There were three guest stars in particular that helped make things entertaining. I'm going to use a word Dean says a lot to describe Nicholas Lea, Jason Dohring and Kim Rhodes -- they were "awesome."

Kim Rhodes: The synopsis for this episode said that Sam would get help from an old friend. I really didn't suspect that it would be Sheriff Jodie Mills, but I'm glad it was. I really enjoyed the Sheriff-Sam scenes. It was nice to see the younger Winchester actually connect with someone other than Dean. It's not something that readily happens in this universe. The two remembered Bobby; had this no nonsense way of interacting with each other; and I really wanted to see them get totally blitzed on that bottle of alcohol Rufus left Bobby.

Jason Dohring: There are so many times a show brings on a big guest star -- and make no bones about it -- in this WB/CW world, Veronica Mars' Jason Dohring is a big guest star. Anyway, there are so many times a show brings on a big guest star and then it turns out the actor isn't utilized in the best capacity or they're not utilized enough. Thankfully, Dohring's role as Chronos, the God of time, was a role that didn't disappoint. This villain of the week was not one-dimensional. Dohring gave Chronos some substance and while there's a reason why this God was draining people of their life juice or force, it wasn't a good enough reason. He had to be dealt with and that's what Sam and Dean (and Eliot Ness) did. It was great to see Dohring who's also on the CW's Ringer.

Nicholas Lea: Confession -- I never really watched The X-Files. I know that's blasphemy but there you go. I know enough about it to get that Supernatural enlisting Lea was huge. To have anyone from The X-Files is cool considering it's such an iconic and influential show. Mitch Pileggi who played Grandpa Campbell in Season 6 was an X-Files alum. Last season's "Clap Your Hands if you Believe" even paid tribute to the series. Just like Dohring, Lea (who was Krycek on The X-Files) was amazing. He made a perfect Eliot Ness. And can you believe they turned the Prohibition-era agent into a hunter? I loved that. He made a great hunter and a great ally for Dean. Loved the way he looked in those 40s-style clothes and the hat. What a great performance from him.

Some gush-worthy moments

-Dean going all fanboy over working with Eliot Ness. Dean always seems to have a need for an authority figure in his life. I'd say the leader of the law enforcement group nicknamed The Untouchables fits the bill, don't you?

-Dean getting new clothes and that phenomenal fedora hat.

-Sam getting some great lines in while teasing Dean about his obsession with Dick Roman. Dean showing Sam he's got some cool new computer skills.

-Sheriff Mills going all mom on Sam.

-Anytime Eliot Ness was in a scene

-The brothers using the movie Back to the Future to help bring Dean back. To the future. Dean left a letter in 1944 for Sam to find in 2012. And it all worked out.

-Dean tries to subtract 68 from 2012. After some time and some finger counting, he finally comes up with 1944.

-Loved Ezra the suit-maker and demon hunter-helper. The lady wasn't stupid. She took the opportunity to give Dean a smooch.

-Loved that Eliot Ness' version of a lock pick was bashing the door down

-While he's figuring things out with Sheriff Mills, Sam realizes his brother could be trapped wherever he is forever. You can tell he feels like he can't lose anyone else right now. I really do feel like Sam was feeling the losses in his life, especially the recent ones. It wasn't just Bobby it was Rufus too.

The gush-worthy dialogue (courtesy writer Robbie Thompson)

-"I can't believe I'm saying this but...I hope you're watching cartoon smut because reading Dick Roman crap over and over again is just...self punishment." "It's called animé and it's an art form."

-"Special Agent Smith. This is uh Special Agent Smith. No relation."

-"You're gonna looking at more animé or are you strictly into Dick now?"

-"You need to teach me that trick."

-"Dude. Dude. Fedora dude."

-"What's the plan here exactly?" "Don't die."

-"Awesome." "How does that fill you with awe?"

-"Let's kill that bastard because that..." "...is the Chicago way." "Chicago way?" "Who talks like that?" "Sean Connery"

-"He's using the Biff strategy."

-"Nobody died you morbid son of a bitch."

-"Talk to me." "I am."

-"You and Ness both owe me, smoothie."

-"Do I have to use my mom voice?"

I don't know about you guys, but the episode was so fast-paced I started wishing it was two-hours long. I wanted more of everything; more of the great lines as well as more of the interesting angles director Phil Sgriccia gave us. He did a fantastic job. We needed to believe we were watching the '40s and I bought it. The set design was excellent; and the lighting was amazing. Everything and everyone looked so pretty in that era. All the actors were thoroughly enjoyable. This is definitely an episode that needed to be re-watched immediately after it ended. That's exactly what I did. And I know I'll be watching it over and over again during this mini-hellatus we're entering. Next new episode isn't until Friday, Feb. 3. Talk to you guys then.

Random Thoughts

-Sam was eating food that wasn't a salad. Finally.

-Dean in the fedora. Dean in the shoulder holster. Lovely images.

-I think they did a good job of keep Bobby's memory alive in this episode.

-Once again, Dean's told to basically suck it up. I wonder if he's going to listen to Eliot Ness? I especially liked the part when he said as a hunter Dean's making a difference so "enjoy it while it lasts, kid, cause hunting's the only clarity you're going to find in this life. You know, that makes you luckier than most." 

-There was another guest star that made an impression. In present day, Sam and Dean went to question a witness to one of Chronos' killings. The guy must have been on something but he was hilarious. He described the fedora the bad guy was wearing as a Justin Timberlake hat. He seemed manic. Funny but a little manic.

-Dean used Kevin Costner as an alias. Of course, the actor played Eliot Ness in The Untouchables. movie

-Before things cut to black and after they caught the bad guy, Chronos ushered a prediction for the Winchesters. He said their future is covered in thick black ooze, which means the Leviathans. Now if we could just see how badass they are rather than hear about it or imagine it. That would be great.

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Sam and Dean temporarily put aside their quest to bring down Dick Roman long enough for Dean to get thrown back in time to 1944. So while Dean's hanging with Mr. Untouchable himself, Eliot Ness, Sam's trying to figure out a way to bring him back to the future.

There's a smile on my face as I'm writing this blog. The smile started while I was watching this episode and it hasn't stopped since. This is the first Supernatural this season that has blown me away from beginning to end. It's a complete success. I have no major complaints. It makes me happy to write that, however, this wasn't a given. These '40s noir-themed episodes TV shows like to do from time to time aren't normally my favorites. Everyone wants to do them but not everybody can do them right. Supernatural did it right and then some.

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