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I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s already time for the season 7 titles! This season went by way too quickly for me. For those of you who arenâ€™t familiar with this series, I plan to go through each episode title and explain the pop culture references in each. Some I already knew and some are a surprise to me. As always, please let me know if I missed anything. Iâ€™ve been known to overlooks some references in the past. So hereâ€™s the first half of season 7. Enjoy!
7.1 â€œMeet the New Bossâ€
I think we all remember this episode well. Itâ€™s when our good friend Castiel assumes his self-proclaimed title as the new God.
This was a tricky title to figure out. But hereâ€™s my best guess: â€œmeet the new bossâ€ is a line in the song "Wonâ€™t Get Fooled Again" by The Who. The title of the song seems to fit this episode pretty well though. As do some of the lyrics.
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
7.2 â€œHello, Cruel Worldâ€
This is the episode where the leviathan take to the water systems possessing people who drink it. It is also the episode with Samâ€™s first big Lucifer-induced meltdown and the now famous â€œstone number oneâ€ scene. (A season seven favorite of mine). Because of Samâ€™s nearly suicidal actions, Iâ€™m inclined to think this title was taken from the book Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws. Seems to fit, doesnâ€™t it? Especially since Sam has always seen himself as a freak. I did not know about this book until doing the research for this article, but I imagine that those who did were nervous about the suicide foreshadowing!
7.3 â€œThe Girl Next Doorâ€
Itâ€™s safe to say weâ€™re all familiar with this episode. After all, it was the root of much of the drama among fans this season. If you donâ€™t remember, this is the episode in which we meet an old friend of Samâ€™s, Amy, who is actually a kitsune, a monster who removes the pituitary gland in the brain as nourishment. It is revealed in the episode that Amy actually killed her mother to save Sam. And then a few other things happen that I donâ€™t want to get into...
Googling this title gave me hits for two very different movies. I think I can safely rule out the one about a teenager who falls in love with the porn star who moves in next door. Any objections? But the other movie could work. The movie is actually based on a Jack Ketchum novel of the same name. Itâ€™s a very disturbing story about a a young boy, David, who befriends Megan, a new girl in town that he later finds is a victim of terrible abuse from her mother figure. The story is told as a flashback of Davidâ€™s childhood and ends with him killing Meganâ€™s mother and Megan dying herself as a result of the abuse. Itâ€™s a little bit of a stretch, but I can see some connections. What do you all think?
7.4 â€œDefending Your Lifeâ€
In this episode, we meet the Egyptian god Osiris who puts Dean on trial after sensing his guilt. Dean is the poster child for guilty consciences.
This episode seems to be taken from the 1991 fantasy-comedy of the same name. The film is about a man who is forced to justify his lifelong fears and insecurities after he dies.
7.5 â€œShut Up, Dr. Philâ€
This was the episode about the two scorned lovers that happened to both be witches. The title of this episode seems to be taken from a scene toward the end of the episode where Sam and Deanâ€™s are forced to channel their inner Dr. Phil to save their own lives and to save a town from further distruction. Their marriage-counselor moment was also a nice parallel look at Sam and Deanâ€™s relationship at that point in the season.