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Best Homage to a Psychotic Mathematical Genius
This isn't the first reference to "A Beautiful Mind." There was one in last season's finale "The Man Who Knew Too Much." When Robin sees Sam's wall of research in the motel room, she says, "Well, I love what you've done to the place. It's very Beautiful Mind meets Seven."
Sure, that was really a vision in Sam's mind, but how interesting that Dean pulls up that very same reference about Sam two episodes later. He and Sam arrive at Bobby's in "Hello, Cruel World" to find the house a burned out shell and Bobby nowhere to be found. Dean while alone calls Bobby.
"You cannot be in that crater back there. I can't...If you're gone, I swear I'm gonna strap by Beautiful Mind brother into the car and I'm gonna drive us off the pier."
Granted, there aren't many film references out there about brilliant men who see things, but Sam should still take these references as extreme flattery.