|EPISODE 613: UNFORGIVEN
The episode title Unforgiven might come from the 1992 Western of the same name directed by Clint Eastwood. The film centres on the story of an outlaw gunslinger who has retired to live a quiet life, who is drawn back to his old life for one last job. Alternately, it might come from the Metallica song "The Unforgiven".
|Sam: Mel Gibson really took a turn this past year, huh?
Dean: Or he's possessed.
A reference to Mel Gibson's numerous instances of bad behavior in 2010, which included release of an abusive phone call to his girlfriend, allegations of domestic abuse, and a series of instances of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements.
|Dean: Sex rehab. You've heard of plushies, right?
A plushie or plushophile is someone with a sexual fetish related to stuffed toys.
|Dean: She just cougar-eyed you.
"Cougar" is a slang term for an older woman who pursues sexual relationships with younger men.
|Brenna: What is this, Days of Our Lives? You're telling me you have some sort of amnesia?
Days of Our Lives is a long-running daytime soap opera airing on the NBC television network, which has aired nearly every weekday in the United States since November 8, 1965.
|Samuel: So Roy's just some Red Shirt to you? Spider bait?
The term "red shirt" evolved from the original Star Trek series, where security officers wearing said shirts were often killed on missions. It is more widely used now for any minor character killed in a movie or TV show, purely to provide drama for the main characters
|The fannish axiom "Sleep with Sam Winchester and die" was borne out in this episode. The phrase was coined after the episode 2.17 Heart as Sam's sexual partners—Jess, Madison, and later Ruby—all die. It was adopted as the name of the Sam thread on Television Without Pity|
|Dean: Let's Memento this thing, shall we?
Memento is a movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan about a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia and can't remember anything after the event that caused the amnesia. Sam on the other hand, has retrograde amnesia where he can't remember anything before the event that caused the amnesia [in his case, getting his soul back]. The way the episode unfolds is similar to the movie - with the present in color and the flashbacks in black and white, eventually building to the point where both narratives converge to reveal the final truth about what happened. The movie was also referenced in the previous episode 6.12 Like A Virgin.
|The scene where Samuel and Sam are in the arachne's lair and find a cocooned man who reacts after seeming to be dead is similar to a scene from the movie Aliens, when the marines discover the cocooned colonist who begs them to kill.|
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