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It’s time for more titles! If you missed part one, make sure to check it out. There is a lot of good discussion going on in the comments section. (Like how did I miss the "Pulp Fiction"/"Slash Fiction" reference?) I’m certainly no expert; just an avid Googler, so make sure to give your input in the comment section!

7.12 “Time After Time”



This was the very fun Eliot Ness episode in which Dean is accidentally dragged into the 1940s by the Greek god of time, Cronos. While there, he teams up with Eliot Ness and wears some great clothes. Meanwhile, Sam teams up with Sheriff Mills to try and bring Dean back.

There are probably a number of pop culture references this story could be drawing on, but the one that makes the most sense to me is the 1979 film "Time After Time." The story follows a futurist, H.G. Wells, who builds a time machine hoping to find Utopia in the future. He shows his plan to a group of friends, including Dr. John Leslie Stevenson, who is actually the famous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Stevenson then uses the time machine to escape to 1979 San Francisco, and Wells is forced to go after him.

There are some definite similarities, right? The use of time travel to escape past crimes, hunting down a criminal...what do you all think?

7.13 “The Slice Girls”



In this episode, Dean’s one-night stand with a woman named Lydia results in a daughter who ages rapidly. She is part of a group of Amazon women-turned-monster and is destined to kill her father as part of the group’s ritual.

This title seems to be a play on a couple of things. Right off the bat, I assumed it was a play on the '90s girl group The Spice Girls. There isn’t muchabout the story that really supports this, but it’s funny. I also believe this title is in reference to the 2009 film "Splice." The film follows genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast, who attempt to successfully splice together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals. Eventually, they move on to human DNA, and the hybrid creatures mature rapidly.

7.14 “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”



In this episode, Sam and Dean investigate a town where childhood fears are coming to life. These strange happenings are linked back to Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magic Menagerie, a children’s restaurant and arcade. Everything in the episode leads up to the hilarious fight between Sam and a group of clowns.

This is also the episode that finally gave us the image of unicorns shooting rainbows out of their you-know-where.

This episode is named after a chain of fast-food restaurants within the episode that loosely resemble Chuck E. Cheese. But there may be another reference in the name of the Clown. Plucky Pennywhistle is reminiscent of Pennywise, which is the name of the evil clown in the Stephen King novel "It."

7.15 “Repo Man”



In this episode, a demon that Sam and Dean had exorcised four years earlier seems to be back in action in a small town. Sam and Dean go back to investigate, and so many awesome things happen.

This title seems to have two possible references. The first is a 1984 film by the same name starring Emilio Estevez. The film follows a punk rocker who is recruited by a repo agent and begins repossessing cars. Eventually, the man gets involved with the wrong group of people and finds himself in the middle of an alien investigation.

Another possible reference is to the 2010 film "Repo Men" which is set in the near future. The story follows a man who purchased an artificial heart and is struggling to make his payments. Because of this, the company who gave him the organ is attempting to take it back.

What do you guys think? Do either of these movies make sense as a reference?

7.16 “Out with the Old”




In this episode, the boys visit a town with quite a collection of curse boxes. The contents of these boxes were being sold at a store called Out with the Old. The store's owner had died, and her son did not realize the objects he sold were cursed. This episode also advanced the Leviathan story as Levi-realtor Joyce works to purchase several properties in the town.

This seems to be one of those titles that doesn’t really have a reference. There is an old saying, “out with the old, in with the new” which literally means replacing the something old with something new. This can be applied to the shop itself but can also be used in regard to all the poor elderly people Joyce is able to displace/kill.

7.17 “The Born-Again Identity”




This episode finds poor Sammy driven to the point of a mental breakdown as a result of his Lucifer infestation. He is committed to a mental institution, and Dean is left searching high and low for a cure. This episode also featured the epic return of Castiel, who has forgotten who he is and has adopted the name Emanuel.

This episode title is a play on the book-turned-movie "The Bourne Identity," which follows a man, Jason Bourne, who wakes up with no memory of who he is. He soon finds that he is somehow tied to top-secret CIA activity.

Comments  

Mickey
# Mickey 2012-06-13 21:43
I think my favourite title this season was Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.

The stolen car of the week in Party On Garth was the same kind as driven by Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World, an AMC Pacer. That had to have been a shout-out to the movie.
sofia
# sofia 2012-06-14 08:03
Oh, that is a fun fact! Thanks for sharing. I have to agree that The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo wins for most creative title.
ismira
# ismira 2012-06-14 00:42
Yeah, I noticed the car too.
In terms of titles, Season 7 wasn't all that great. I keep thinking of titles like "When The Levee Breaks" and "What Is And What Is Never Should Be" and all the other Led Zeppelin shout-outs and wondering why season 7 didn't get more of that. Especially the second half seems kind of direct. I think of the lot I liked The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo, and The Born-Again Identity. But my favorites this season were Hello, Cruel World and Meet The New Boss (maybe because those are my favorite episodes this season too)
ismira
# ismira 2012-06-14 00:43
Gah, of course I meant "What Is And What Should Never Be". Early morning typos.
sofia
# sofia 2012-06-14 08:10
I do miss classic song references but it seems that each season leans more toward one form of media. This season seemed to favor books. I wonder what season 8 will bring?
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2012-06-14 07:00
Isn't Time After Time a Cindy Lauper song?
So, we had one musical reference ;)
sofia
# sofia 2012-06-14 08:13
You know, I almost included the Cindy Lauper song. I was going to try and tie it in with Sam and Dean's relationship and constant self-sacrifice.

"If you're lost you can look and you will find me. Time after time. "

I thought it might have been a bit of a stretch. Who knows though!
Ginger
# Ginger 2012-06-14 14:59
I thought the S7 titles were awful. As I recall from early interviews, the music on the show was from EK's personal collection and all the titles referenced rock songs. If the show decides to no longer use rock music titles, I hope the they are something better than this season.
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2012-06-14 15:42
Thanks for these Sofia, I couldn't find anything to add to your descriptions. Very spot-on.

I happen to like the referencing to books and movies. Don't get me wrong, I also love the shout-outs to classic rock, but it was a nice change. I'll be curious to see where they go to next year. My favourite is probably "The Girl With the Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo", it was a great book with a kick-ass heroine, so pretty appropriate for Charlie.
NOLANOLA
# NOLANOLA 2012-06-15 08:59
OK I SAW THERE WILL BE BLOOD W/ DAINEL DAY LEWIS RIGHT? SAW IT ONCE & DO NOT OWN IT SO I AM NO HELP.
IT WAS ABOUT GROUPS OF BROTHERS. VILLIANS, HEROS & TWINS.

SOMETHING THAT IS QUITE DISTURBING, I LOVE LUCIFER'S FORKED TONGUE. NUFF SAID. :D
NOLANOLA
# NOLANOLA 2012-06-16 06:44
I HOPE THIS IS WHERE I READ THIS, I HAD A KATRINA FLASHBACK MELTDOWN TODAY. ALL MY FAMILIES JAZZ MUSIC LOST. ELLA, DIZZY, COUNT BASSIE,DINAH WASHINGTON,DUKE ELLINGTON, ETC. I DONT KNOW HOW TO USE A COMPUTER FORGET AN IPOD.

I READ WHERE THE LEVIS WERE NOT A SCARY AS THE DEVIL & HE WAS NOT REAL.? HE WASNT?? HE WAS TO SAM. SO WHAT MAKES A MONSTER REAL? JUST WONDERING. THANKS GUYS. PEACE