In town, meanwhile, Dean has found the house that in 68 years will be the Winchester Temporary HQ. In 1944, it’s a really pretty, very cool house. He goes up to the door and an old guy answers. Dean ID’s himself as Agent Costner (HA!) and fumbles a bit saying he’s from the Department of Homelan Termite Invasion and he needs to inspect the perimeter to make sure it’s secure. The old guy lets him in…so trusting back then, eh?
Dean heads upstairs to the bedroom that Sam will win by rock/paper/scissors in 2012, pushes the bed away the bed from the wall, eyeballs where he saw Sam’s bedroll laid out and lies down. The old guy comes in all, everything okay? Dean says it is and he’s going to install something that will protect this house forever.
In 2012, Jodi Mills comes in with coffee and sees Sam basically passed out, head down on the table. She wakes him, tells him he’s toast and to go get some shut eye, she’ll take over. She even threatens to use her “mom voice.”
Seriously love this woman. Hear that, Show? Please do not be killing off Sherriff Jodi Mills? Okay??
Sam heads upstairs – obviously fearing the ‘mom voice’…I know mine is pretty scary – and literally flops down on his bedroll. He kinda twists and turns a bit, trying to get comfy, and then suddenly sees something, zeroing in. It’s his name, carved into a piece of the baseboard, right at his eyeline.
Even though I totally knew that was coming, it was still kinda freaky-slash-cool when Sam saw his name in this totally random house. I thought it was a cool trick when they did it in the movie Frequency, too.
Using the camping light, he scrambles across the room, pries off the painted-over baseboard, and pulls out a 68 year old letter. He runs downstairs and Mills stands up, hands on her hips, but doesn’t get out more than, All right, young man, before Sam – with this incredibly, adorable, heart-warming grin – shoves the letter at her and demand she read.
Obviously it’s from Dean and he’s dated it November 5, 1944. Now, he’s my one teensy, tiny quibble…Dean keeps referencing getting back to 2012, and the letter was dated in November and if I understood it right, they needed to have it be the exact date and time to get Dean back…so now? They’re apparently in our future. It’s November 2012 in their ‘verse. Which isn’t a problem, really. I just always kinda had them jiving with us. Anyway! Moving on.
Sherriff Mills reads the letter out loud while Sam watches her, his grin getting bigger and more adorable as her expression goes from confusion to surprise to incredulity to worry. Sam was pretty darn awesome in this moment – getting this letter through time from his big brother. It seemed to be a little bit hearing from Dean and a little bit, now they can make a plan. I loved it.
Turns out Snyder is Chronos. I rode him to 1944 and am working with Elliott Ness – yes that one. We tracked down Chronos. He’s banging some chic named Lila Taylor. We’ve got a weapon, and we’re going after him. Take care of yourself.”
So, for Sam’s summoning spell to work, they had everything they needed except the exact time Dean goes after Chronos — once they had that info, they could get him back. They decide to talk to Lila Taylor – who is in a nursing home in Canton. They ID themselves as being with the police and show her a picture of Chronos, asking her if she knows him. After a few confused moments, she tells them that’s Ethan and she hasn’t seen him since the awful night when every clock in her house stopped at 11:34. She tells them that Ethan said awful things and then he strangled that poor man. His face pale, Sam shows her a picture of Dean on an ID card. Lila says that Dean was one of the two policemen who came to arrest Ethan and Ethan “choked the life out of that man.”
Sam looks like Lila punched him in the gut.
Back in 1944, Dean is heading up to Lila’s house, calling for Ness, seeing the evidence of the fight, but no Ness. He picks the lock and lets himself into the house, looking around carefully. He catches sight of shadows moving beneath a door, but before he can look into it, Chronos jumps him from behind, knocks him down and gets a few good punches in.
Before Chronos can truly get the best of Dean, Ness suddenly shows up, using Lila as a human shield, his gun trained on her belly. Lila is crying, scared.
In 2012, Sam and Mills have all the ingredients needed to summon Chronos and are hurriedly getting everything in a bowl – and it looks like a lot of stuff, too…including broken light bulbs, what looks almost like vitamins, some of Sam’s blood to write “11:34” on a parchment.
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