Castiel sends Dean back in time to 1973 where he encounters younger versions of his parents and for the first time meets his grandfather Samuel Campbell who holds a secret that sheds a light on the Winchester Family's connection to the hunter community.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby (as Genevieve Cortese)
Young John Winchester (as Matthew Cohen)
Allison Hossack ...
Dr. Brown / Azazel (as Christopher McCabe)
Ken Camroux ...
Mr. D (as Ken Camroux-Taylor)
Troy Anthony Young ...
Mark McConchie ...
Used Car Salesman
Beth Witshire


Sam sneaks out of the motel room with Ruby leaving Dean alone. Dean wakes up with Castiel in the room that sends him back to Lawrence, Kansas, on 30 April 1973, where he meets the young John Winchester in a bar. He follows the youngster and meets his mother Mary Campbell, his grandfather Samuel and his grandmother Deanna. Sooner he discovers that the Campbell is a family of hunters; further, he finds that the yellow-eyed demon Azazel is in Lawrence. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Dean asks young John if he knows where to get cell phone reception, John answers, "The USS Enterprise." He is referring to the starship from the classic TV series "Star Trek" (1966-1969). See more »


When the older gentleman in the Diner greets John, he says "say hello to your old man for me". It is revealed in season 8 that John's father, Henry, "left" and hasn't been seen since John was a child, leaving John quite bitter. See more »


Dean Winchester: [referring to killing the Yellow-Eyed Demon in 1973] Alright, if I do this then the family curse breaks, right? Mom and Dad live happily ever after, and-and Sam and I grow up playing little league and chasing tail?
Castiel: You realize, if you do alter the future, your father, you, Sam, you'll never become hunters. And all those people you saved, they'll die.
Dean Winchester: I realize.
Castiel: And you don't care?
Dean Winchester: Oh, I care. I care a lot. But these are my parents. I'm not gonna let them die again. I can't. Not if I can stop it.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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4 October 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I am just gonna write a short review, because this is one of "those" memorable episodes and it deserves it.

Without spoiling anything I can say that there is so much revealed in this episode it made me "wow" almost through the whole thing. You never know what's going to happen next and it all fits together like a huge puzzle.

There is some outstanding acting in here and thank god this series still gets all the good actors and thank god the writing and directing didn't make me cry (in a bad way), like the last season final which was horrible in my opinion. Anyway, if you have watched all the episodes and there are some great ones this is most likely one of the highlights.. at least for me it is.

Enjoy, David

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