Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.12 – Time After Time

Also, what Ness said about clarity gave me pause. Ness likes it because (as I see it) he’s in the John Winchester frame of mind when it comes to hunting. Monsters = bad. Bad = kill them. He doesn’t have to deal with the red tape of the law…arresting them, due process, court, all that jazz. If Al Capone had been an actual demon instead of just an evil person, Ness could have killed him (or tried to, you get the picture) and been justified, but as it was he had to be satisfied with jail for tax evasion regardless of how many people – including his friends – the man had killed.

And, yes, I’m aware I’m tangling a real person with Hollywood, but the show did first, so I’m just following their lead. Hush.

In Dean and Sam’s world, the monsters haven’t always been evil. It’s not as black and white as Ness suggested, not always. Lenore, Casey, Castiel, Crowley, even Chronos, if you think about it. But…with the evolution of the Levi’s into the storyline and the obsession Dean has with getting Dick Roman, I wonder if he’s starting to regain his ‘clarity’ about hunting.

In any case, the message that Dean seems to be getting from multiple sources and across the centuries is “keep hunting.” Find a reason to stay in the game, accept your losses, and push on. Not really sure how I feel about that, to be honest. It requires more thought. And more viewing of episodes.

After Ness’ speech, a pretty blonde woman leaves the diner and the two men watch her appreciatively as she walks past the car.

Ness: Hello, Nurse.

Dean = grin.

And then Chronos leaves the diner and when he passes their car, they get out, Ness popping the trunk and revealing a cadre of weaponry.

Dean: Sweet merciful awesome.

*Adds to list of favorite Deanisms*

The music is really close to the “get the bad guys” music from The Untouchables, too. It was cool.

Loaded for bear, the two man follow Chronos down the alley, and, standing in front of a USO War Bonds poster, they raise their weapons as Chronos catches the woman’s arm…and then kisses her. Dean and Ness look at each other totally confused. Later, under a (rather pretty) fool moon, Dean is waiting in the car on the side of a country road as Ness questions some farmer dude hauling hay about the blonde – I surmised they followed her to a house in the country and stopped the truck to ask who lived at the house. Ness comes back and leans against Dean’s window.

Dean: Talk to me.

Ness: I am.

Dean shakes his head as Ness gives him the skinny on the blonde. Her name is Lila Taylor and supposedly she lives at the house alone. Ness says he’s going to stay at the house to watch and Dean hands him a gun and drives back to Ezra to get the weapon to kill Chronos – which of course she has. A 1,000 year old olive branch, carved by vestal virgins, and dipped in the blood of…something we apparently don’t want to know about.

Ezra says he and Ness owe her and Dean’s like, you can have whatever you want as soon as we gank this thing. However, when she says that he has to stab the god in the heart or he’ll eat Dean for supper, Dean realizes that once he kills Chronos, he’s stuck. Ezra says that 1944 isn’t so bad and Dean grumbles, making a crack about heading to Europe to punch Hitler in the neck. Ezra, getting really close to him and giving him this…look…tells him that there are ways to pass the time.

And then she kisses him full on the mouth. Sure she’s old enough to be his mother, but who can blame her? He’s totally caught off guard, eyebrows up, gaping at her as she pulls away and wipes her lipstick from his lips, telling him that the kiss was for luck…’cause she’s lucky.

She sure is….

Dean turns away, wiping a hand subtly across his lips, then puts on his fedora with a swish across the brim that would make Neal Caffrey proud. Just then, he sees a stack of envelopes on the counter and his eyes light up. Grinning, he says, “Back to the Future, 3,” then turns to Ezra and asks for some paper.

Back at Lila’s house, Ness is watching but totally gets jumped by Chronos. Aw, Don’t feel bad, Elliott. He’s a god. What can you do?

They fight and for a ‘puny’ guy, Chronos is bad. ass. He totally kicks Ness through the wall of the barn – but before he can finish him off, Lila steps out saying he can’t take the trash out without the trash. Silly. She calls him “Ethan” – wonder if that was Snyder’s first name. I don’t think we ever find out. Anyway, he’s distracted by Lila and when he turns back, Ness is gone.

Back inside, Lila is winding a grandfather clock. “Ethan” tells her to pack a bag – she’s always wanted to see where go goes, so he’s taking her. Tonight. Now. He scares her a bit, but insists she pack a bag and go.

Gaelicspirit

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

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.

2 Comments:

  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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