Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.12 – Time After Time

He points out Hat Guy from back in the ‘70’s and then a man caught on the web cam – not only is it the same guy, he hasn’t aged a day. SO…they decide to find out if someone else might still be around from that time who could ID Hat Man – namely the little girl who found the body back in the ‘70’s. She’s still in Canton, working at some place that looks like a nursing home and they show her the picture. She says his name is Mr. Snyder and he lived on her parent’s street.

Now, I will say that I found it interesting that later on we find out this guy only takes these “sacrifices” so that he has control of how he moves through time and so I’m not sure why he’d be hanging around to be photographed near one of his own kills, but I’m sure that could be explained if I wanted to worry about it. Which I don’t, really. Just found it…interesting.

The boys head to the street where Mr. Snyder lived back in the ‘70’s and stake out the place, eating fast food in the car.

Dean: What do you think this is, a vamp that got too sucky?

Sam: Nope. Coroner’s report says there was blood in the bodies. 300 year old blood, but…blood.

Just then, Snyder heads out of the house and we’re back at the start of the episode with the chase, the tackle, and Dean disappearing in a ball of red light, only this time we follow Dean through the light. He’s rattled from the tackle-slash-time-travel and manages to grab the guy’s hand, seeing a ring with what looks like the Infinity symbol on it before the guy gets away. Dean stumbles to his feet, pulling his weapon and follows the guy…skidding to a stop when the alley empties into a circa 1940’s street.


Two cops jump out, tell him to drop his gun, which Dean does, looking around with an expression of pure what…the…hell…on his face.

Another pause here to say that I thought the whole 1940’s “set” to be fantastic. They never showed too much to bring us out of that time. Cars, bystander dress, music, stenciling on the business signs and windows, décor…it all looked like something out of The Winds of War. I grew up on John Wayne and WWII movies. And while I’m not a ‘historian’ by any means, I’ve seen enough to appreciate keeping your audience in the moment of a period story. The time travel was really well done. I liked it.

Dean’s in the basement of (presumably) a police station, old cuffs on his wrists that I imagine would probably be harder to pick than the modern-day ones. A cop is sitting across from him, going through his possessions – knife, wallet, ‘badge,’ cell phone – and eyeing him suspiciously. Dean tries to say something and the cop interrupts him.

Cop: If you tell me you’re from the Bureau one more time, I’m gonna air you out myself, got it?

The cop opens Dean’s cell and it beeps, surprising him, then he reads ‘no signal.’

Copy: You some kind of Gerry spy?

Dean: Jerry who?

Cop gives him a hard time about his ‘fake’ FBI badge since it’s issued 68 years from now. Dean starts to do the math – using his fingers, which I was having to do myself as math (even this simple) has neverbeen my strong suit…ask anyone – and blurts out, “I’m stuck in 1944?!”

The cop is like, “We’re all ‘stuck’ in 1944,” and just then the door behind them opens and a man walks in – obviously important judging by the way  the cop starts to straighten his uniform and put on his hat. The cop stands and the man tells him to “take a powder” and the cop leaves. The man’s dressed in an overcoat and fedora, his face in shadow and Dean’s watching him carefully.

Dean: I don’t like freakin’ sauerkraut, so you can skip past the—

Man: What happened in the alley? Paint me a real picture.

Dean (frowning, cautious, then rolling his head): Allright, well, I’m 12 Monkey’d no matter what I say, so here goes. (leaning forward so his face is lit) I was chasing this dude I’d just seen mummify a guy. So, I jump him. He lights up red. Poof. We’re in 1944.

The man sits down and takes off his hat, sets it carefully next to him, then settles back against his chair. I knew from the previews who he was going to be, of course, but I couldn’t help a gleeful cry of, “Krycek!” They’ve now had Mr. X (Stephen Williams) and Krycek (Nicholas Lea)…too bad Cancer Man wasn’t one of the Four Horsemen. That would have been cool. Also? Thought it a bit fitting to have an X-files alum on the episode that aired on Kim Manners’ birthday.

In his best ‘Chicago’ accent, the man demands Dean tell him more about the red light.

Dean (eyebrows up, taken aback): Are you seriously asking—

Man: You want out of this jail, you’re going to tell me everything you can about that man. And this…so-called light.

Dean (slowly): Okay. I saw it. And then we were here.

Man: Would you say that it was all around you? Or that it came…from inside this fella?

Dean (incredulous): You believe me. (realization taking hold, turning his face from disbelieving to relieved to almost triumphant) You’re a hunter.

Man (shifting uncomfortably in his chair): I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Dean (leaning forward, warming to the subject): Demons. Ghosts. Shifters. I’ve killed them all. You’re the same. Just 68 years before me.

The man is watching him carefully. Suddenly, he sticks his hand out with a soft exhale.

Man: Your name is?

Dean (reaching for his hand – awkwardly, due to the cuffs): Dean. Winchester.

Man: Ness. Elliott Ness.

Dean = No. Effing. Way.


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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