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7.6 â€œSlash Fictionâ€
In this episode, there are two leviathans impersonating Sam and Dean and going on a killing spree, making Sam and Dean into national news.
Now, I think any Supernatural fan knows the term "slash fiction." But for anyone who doesnâ€™t, prepare to have your mind blown. Slash fiction is a genre of fan fiction that depicts romantic or sexual relationships between characters of the same sex. In the world of Supernatural these stories often depict incestuous behavior that has been coined â€œwincestâ€. Now, if there is another reference that I am missing here, let me know.
7.7 â€œThe Mentalistsâ€
In this episode, Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders in the town of Lily Dale, which is considered to be the most psychic town in America.
Well, this one is easy. This title is taken from the CBS procedural The Mentalist. The series is about a psychic who becomes a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation and helps solve crimes.
7.8 â€œSeason 7, Time for a Wedding!â€
Although the title makes this pretty obvious, this is the episode in which Sam marries super-fan Becky. This is also the episode where we meet Garth for the first time.
Garth: â€œYou Dean? I thought youâ€™d beâ€¦taller.â€
I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any reference to go along with this title. I think itâ€™s just a funny little nod at the fact that the show has been on for seven seasons and there hasnâ€™t been a wedding. Thatâ€™s actually fairly uncommon when you think about it. Weddings are a classic season finale cliche. Am I missing an obvious reference here?
7.9 â€œHow to Win Friends and Influence Monstersâ€
In this episode, Sam, Dean and Bobby hunt what they think is a jersey devil but actually turns out to be a man in a Turducken Slammer-induced high. The zombie like side effect is the result of an additive Dick Roman has had added to the sandwich.
Bobby: â€œA bunch of birds shoved up inside each other, you shouldnâ€™t play God like that.â€
This title is a play on the self-help book "How to Win Friends and Influence People." The book is all about how to win people over and make them think like you. Dick Roman could have written this book himself.
7.10 â€œDeathâ€™s Doorâ€
In this seriously awesome episode, Bobby is trapped in a coma and is being followed through his worst memories by a reaper.
Deathâ€™s door is a common idiom meaning being very close to death as Bobby was in the course of this episode. When researching this title, I also came across a reference to deathâ€™s door in the game World of Warcraft. Since I donâ€™t speak this language, hereâ€™s a direct quote from the World of Warcraft Wiki.
â€œDeath's Door is located between Jagged Ridge to the west and Vekhaar Stand to the east in southeastern Blade's Edge Mountains. It is the location of one of the four dimensional gateways which Magtheridon used to bring demons from the Twisting Nether under his control.â€
Any players out there that can give any insight into this reference in relation to this episode?
7.11 â€œAdventures in Babysittingâ€
In this episode, Sam and Dean are distracted from their hunt for Dick Roman by a girl named Krissy. She is a hunterâ€™s daughter, and her father has gone missing.
Krissy: â€œWhat century is this? No-one fist bumps anymore.â€
Dean: â€œC'mon. Give it up!â€
Krissy: â€œYou're a dweeb.â€
This episode title is taken from the 1987 movie of the same name. The movie revolves around a girl, Chris, who agrees to babysit after her boyfriend stands her up. As she settles down for the evening she gets a call from her friend Brenda who frantically asks to be picked up from a train station in downtown Chicago. Various shenanigans ensue.
So there is part one of season 7. Did I miss anything? Were you surprised by any references? Can someone please explain World of Warcraft to me?
See you soon with part two!
As for "Death's Door", don't overlook the obvious analogy of death being a door you walk through. In this case, Bobby chose not to walk through.
Finally, "Season Seven, Time For a Wedding" is a very meta commentary on what often happens to shows that are still around after so many seasons. The plots and jokes and problems have all been played out, so the writers grasp at straws trying to shake things up. Often, they add a new child to the mix (ie, Cousin Oliver joining The Brady Bunch or the niece Archie Bunker never knew he had coming to live with him or the addition of Denise's step-daughter Olivia on the Cosby Show after Rudy had grown up enough to move past being the precocious, cute and sassy little kid). SPN even nodded at this phenomenon in the episode Jump The Shark when Sam and Dean meet the little brother they never knew about at a diner called Cousin Oliver's!!!!
Often, before a child is added, the writers will write in a wedding. Sometimes it's because they cannot continue the will they/won't they tension any longer and sometimes it's a way to bring in a new character or simply change the dynamics between existing characters. Once again, SPN found a way to comment on a trite TV trope in a way that fit remarkably well into the already well-establishe d world of Sam and Dean!
By the way, thanks for these, I always enjoy it when you do this.
I TOO, THOUGHT IT WAS A PLAY ON "PULP FICTION" I DO KNOW WHAT WINCEST & DESTIEL MEAN SO IT EQUALS OUT I GUESS.
BILLY IDOL WAS KNOW FOR HIS SONG, "WHITE WEDDING" SO I FIGURED IT WAS A TWIST ON THAT AS WELL.
CANT A TITLE JUST BE A TITLE, OR DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE AN UNDERLYING MEANING? JUST A QUESTION.
I LEARN SO MUCH ON THIS SITE. THANK U ALL. THE STORY ABOUT THE ABUSED CHILD IS HORRIFYING, BUT NEWS IS NEWS.