Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.12 – Time After Time

Official CW Description – DEAN GETS STUCK IN THE ‘40S – Sam and Dean tangle with the God of Time (guest star Jason Dohring), who sends Dean back to 1944, where he is immediately arrested by none other than the one and only Eliot Ness (guest star Nicholas Lea). While trying to figure out how to retrieve his brother, Sam is surprised by the reappearance of an old friend. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.

The Ramble

I can honestly say that there wasn’t one thing about this episode I didn’t like. Not. One. Thing. And now I want to go watch The Untouchables again because that movie is just awesome. Yes. It indeed fills me with awe. *wink*

Not that I wouldn’t have minded some classic rock, or to have the Impala back, or didn’t have to hand-wave things or any of that, but this episode was fantastic, entertaining, and one of the more well-paced, non-arc-driven ones they’ve had yet this season. It was one of those episodes that if someone found out this show won Best Drama on the People’s Choice Awards and wanted to check it out, you’d want them to watch. I just thought it was fun fun fun, ya’ll!

BUT! This Ramble is still an ‘all are welcome’ safety zone, so don’t feel obligated to agree. Share with me your thoughts – just beware: squee ahead.

I missed the THEN because of some sort of weird technical glitch, but you can probably fill in the blanks of ‘here’s all the stuff from before we think you need to know before you watch tonight.’ They used one of my favorite storytelling techniques with this episode:  start in the middle, then go back to show how you got there, then keep going to show what happens next.

Not only is it a nice teaser, it gets you right into the action straight away – and instead of setting the stage with the Bad Guy or MotW killing Nameless Innocent Victim, we get to see the boys mixed up in all the ruckus. I dig it.

So, it’s night and the boys are in a random car – not the Skylark from last episode, which is too bad, because I could almost get used to that until Baby gets back – and they’re staking out a house. A man in a fedora and long overcoat leaves the house and Dean immediately grabs up his gun.

Dean: Okay. Let’s do this. We gotta be fast.

Sam: Wait, wait – what’s the plan exactly?

Dean: Don’t die.

I got a kick out of that line.

They get out of the car and follow Hat Man as he heads down an alley – toward downtown, apparently, according to Sam. Dean tells Sam to take the street and he’ll take the alley and they’ll meet in the middle. Dean hurries around a corner and sees Hat Man doing some red light mojo on a homeless person. Muttering his trademark, “Son of a….” he finds another gear and rushes the Hat Man, slamming into him just as the red light seems to surround them both.

Sam comes around his own corner just in time to see Dean running. He calls out his brother’s name, but Dean’s already moving too fast. Sam sees Dean crash into Hat Man, sees the red light more or less explode and then air rushes at him, forcing him to raise his hands in protection and then…nothing. No Dean, no Hat Man. Just the husk of a homeless person’s body.

Two days earlier….

It’s night. Dean’s on the laptop, the room around him dark, a beer next to him. He’s researching the latest and greatest on Dick Roman. Sam’s asleep on a bed across the room. A cell phone rings and Sam stirs, waking slowly, sitting up and looking at Dean with a full-on Grumpy Face. It looks like they’re in some kind of abandoned house judging by the condition of the roughed up fridge behind Dean and the bare mattress Sam is sleeping on.

But, they have power, so…maybe a hotwired, abandoned house.

Dean: Don’t give me that dirty diaper look. I ain’t calling you.

I’m gonna pause right there and say that even though they are only physically together for about 30% of this episode, this is the most together I’ve seen our boys in awhile. They act like real brothers – not like protector and protected, or even co-workers who have no choice but to stay near each other out of self-preservation. They kid each other, work with each other, and figure out ways to communicate only they would ‘get.’ It was both really nice to see…and left me rubbing my heart a bit. Sometimes they make me really miss my family…crazy as my family is.

Sam answers his phone – it’s Sheriff Jodi Mills. She’s in her police car somewhere where it’s raining and tells them that there’s a body in Canton, OH, and it smells like their thing. Okay, I haven’t taken time to look it up – since I just turned off my TV about 10 mins ago to sit down and write this – but there is something in the back of my head about Canton, OH. Another episode maybe? If it sounds familiar to any of you who have much better memories than me, please help a gal out. Or it could be story research crossing wires with real life, in which case, totally ignore me.

Mills tells Sam that the body was a perfectly normal grad student names Charles Durham (I think) before he went missing and then turned up as a mummy…minus the wrapping. It’s the second body in Canton like that in a couple of weeks.

Mills: Sound like a song you boys tap to?

Sam: Uh, yeah…that’s our kind of number.



Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


  1. Solid episode. Good as a stand-alone monster-of-the-week, with enough of the ongoing plot to keep it interesting. Elliot Ness as a hunter was pretty clever– although, a quick check of his Wikipedia article has him as the chairman of the Diebold Corporation in 1944, which I suppose could be a good cover, but doubt it has any pull with the police.

    Speaking of police, wonder if Sheriff Mills is being groomed as a Bobby surrogate. Will she have to haul around those storage boxes everywhere?

    • Hi Simon — love when an episode is able to draw a comment from you. I almost checked Wikipedia before I wrote to see where Ness was in 1944, but decided to just go on the energy of the episode and worry about the ‘real’ stuff later. :) Thanks for the update!

      I hope they keep Mills around for more interaction with the boys — I really like her chemistry with them (in a mother-ish role, that is). And good question about the boxes. Wonder where they’ll keep/store them after they leave the Winchester Temporary HQ?

      Thanks for reading!

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