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The bar keeper in the saloon is named Elkins. In season one, Daniel Elkins possesses the colt. It's likely that The bar keep is an ancestor of Daniel Elkins, and the colt remained in the Elkins family until the vampires took it from Daniel.
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The gold Sam and Dean take to Wyoming is the gold they took from the dragons in Supernatural: Like a Virgin (2011).
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Dean goes by Clint Eastwood, like Marty did in Back to the Future 3. Even wearing a serape.
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The opening title sequence shows a map being burned through its center to reveal the Supernatural logo, just like the opening title sequence of the long-running TV western, "Bonanza" (1959-1973).
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Bobby (Jim Beaver) mentions that the only Star Trek incarnation he is familiar with is Deep Space Nine. Beaver's late wife, Cecily Adams, played the recurring character Ishka on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Additionally, Beaver played Adm. Leonard in the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
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Bobby says they can't leave the boys in Deadwood. Jim Beaver played Ellsworth on the show Deadwood (2004).
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The logo on the postal delivery guy's jacket at the end of the episode is the logo for "Winchester Repeating Arms".
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Both Jared Padalecki and the real Samuel Colt were both born on July 19. Jared was born in 1982 and Samuel was born in 1814.
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When knocking on a door Sherriff Dean says "Candy gram for Mongo" to get a guy to open the door. This is a direct reference to a scene in "Blazing Saddles" when the sheriff is trying to trick a person.
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When Bobby asks Sam and Dean, "Either of you jokers ever heard anything about a Phoenix?" Dean replies, "River, Joaquin or the giant flaming bird?" He is referring to the late actor River Phoenix and his brother, Joaquin Phoenix, who is also an actor.
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The title and the line "Good you got less than an hour before you have to pick the kids up from Frontierland" are based on the Disneyland and Disney World American Old West themed areas.
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In the episode The French Mistake at Sam's house there is a portrait of Sam riding a horse cowboy style, which he does in this episode.
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The character Elias Finch has the power to burn, and the actor who plays him, Matthew John Armstrong, had fire/nuclear powers in the show 'Heroes'
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Bobby refers to 'The Mother of All' as 'Octomom'. Two years before this episode was made Nadya Suleman made worldwide headlines by giving birth to octuplets, all of whom survived. Within months it was revealed that she had had 6 previous children, all by invitro fertilization and had requested that all the remaining frozen back-up embryos be implanted in her at the same time (something so unethical the Dr. who did it was banned from ever practicing reproductive medicine again). At this time she was a single mom, unemployed and on public assistance. Eventually she tried and failed to get a reality TV show, was convicted of welfare fraud, declared bankruptcy, and faded from public notice.
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Dean gave Sam the cover name Walker, he's a Texas Ranger which the name of the TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris in the title role. Jared Padalecki, Sam's actor was announced as Walker, Texas Ranger for a reboot on The CW.
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While filming the QuickDraw showdown, Jensen Ackles had to 'fan' his gun (meaning draw the gun from the holster at his hip and quickly fan his other hand across the top of the gun to pull the hammer back). On the first take he cut his hand really badly on the pistol, which is a heavy metal prop and not a functional gun. He had to film the scene a few times and each time ended up cutting his hand even deeper. He now jokes that he has a "nice little scar" to show for it.
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Along with several other allusions, the delivery man's role and lines parallel those of the delivery man (Joe Flaherty) in the Back to the Future sequels.
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After Dean kills the Phoenix, he says, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf." He is quoting John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
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The arrival of a package from Samuel Colt to Sam Winchester mirrors Back to the Future 2 when Doc Brown send a message to Marty from 1885 via courier.
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Body count: 7 (Elias Finch [Phoenix], Judge Mortimer, Sheriff, 2 Demons, Deputy, and Rachel)
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The arrival of a package from history by courier in the manner portrayed in this episode is similar to that in the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book, Good Omens
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