"Sam finally falls asleep with Dean's hand in his hair and John Mayer wondering in his ear whether or not he's living his life the right way." – The song Sam is listening to as he falls asleep is Why Georgia by John Mayer.
They spend an hour and a half trying to dig and push and shove their car out of the mud. Sam makes no less than three references to My Cousin Vinny and Dean makes no less than five threats to Sam's life and/or various vital and functioning parts of his body. – Movie – In a scene in the movie, the title character and his fiancé are attempting to push their car out of thick Alabama mud. It doesn't go too well for them.
It's only a small car chase; it probably wouldn't even have made the news if it weren't for the Blues Brothers car crash the cops got into that let them escape. – Movie – Blues Brothers has a famous and legendary (if you're from Chicago) car chase with an extensive pile-up of police cruisers. Blues Brothers 2000 has another good and absurd car chase ending in an absurd pile-up, but Dean is nothing if not a man of the classics, so he is referring to the first movie.
"You know, when Harry did it, it actually made him invisible."
Dean cocks an eyebrow at Sam. "Who?"
Sam winces and struggles with himself for a moment, mouth opening and closing like a fish, before sighing. "Harry Potter." – Book – Dude, I hope I'm not telling anyone anything new when I say Harry Potter is a book about a boy who is a wizard. Apparently, he has a cloak that makes him invisible.
"Hey, Hardy Boys, you two wanna focus?" – Book series – The Hardy Boys investigated stuff. That's the sum total of my knowledge on this.
"[…] What do you want me to do, dye my hair blond and start going by some douche-baggy name like Chad?" – Celebrity – Chad Michael Murray is the biggest douche bag in the world. I love him and I say this. Really, there is no contesting this by anyone. He is also alazysod's sekrit lovah.
He knows for a fact that Dean knows exactly what happened to Bonnie and Clyde – Celebrities – Bonnie and Clyde were killed May 23, 1934, on a desolate road near their Bienville Parish, Louisiana hideout. They were shot by a posse of four Texas and two Louisiana officers. The lawmen ambushed them and opened fire, killing Bonnie and Clyde while shooting a combined total of approximately 130 rounds.
It's a '57 Plymouth Fury, a cherry '64 Rambler, and a brand new Aston Martin. It's a silver DeLorean, a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and a bright, prison orange '69 Dodge Charger. It's a beat to hell, falling apart at the seams '74 Dodge Monaco, a cherry '73 Ford Mustang and a run of the mill VW Bug. – TV, Movies – Okay. In order: The fury is Christine from the movie of the same name, the Rambler is the car from Third Rock from the Sun, The Aston Martin DBS is The Bond Car, the DeLorean is from the Back to the Future movies, the Pontiac Firebird is KITT from Knightrider, the Charger is the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard, the Monaco is the Bluesmobile from Blues Brothers, the Mustang is Eleanor from Gone in Sixty Seconds, and the Bug is Herbie the Love Bug.
It's the motherfucking Batmobile and the goddamned Black fucking Pearl. – Comics, TV, Movies – The Batmobile is Batman's car. If you don't know this, my Geeky Little Comic Whore heart cries for you. The Black Pearl is Captain Jack Sparrow's ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Both are considered mythical in their own canons, not thought to actually exist. An urban legend and a ghost ship.
On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha – Music – Opening line to Turn the Page by Bob Seger. Yeah, that's right, I worked Bob Seger into my porn.
"You Shook Me All Night Long" is blaring from the speakers, words nearly lost to the loud, thumping bass of the stereo turned up to eleven. – Music, Movie – A two-fer! You Shook Me All Night Long is a song by AC/DC. The part with the stereo turned up to eleven is a reference to This Is Spinal Tap, a movie about a fictional rock band. If you still don't know the reference, you need to Wiki it now.
Fox Mulder has bright yellow eyes and a tray full of razor-sharp and pointy instruments he hands to Sam. Gillian Anderson narrates the scene as Sam happily, gleefully hacks his big brother to thousands of tiny pieces. – TV – Obligatory The X-Files reference. Fox Mulder is a fictional FBI agent played by David Duchovny
The postmark is from Winnemucca, Nevada. – Music – Winnemucca is the first place Johnny Cash mentions in his song, I've Been Everywhere.
The name on the card reads Dick Kimble and the messy scrawl on the back says something he can't decipher. – TV, Movie – "Dick" is a shortened version of "Richard." Richard Kimble the leader character in The Fugitive TV shows and movie, an innocent man on the run from the law after being accused of a crime he didn't commit.
The one-armed stick figure in the bottom corner mocks Victor from its perch next to his computer. – TV, Movie – See above. That crime Richard Kimble didn't commit? Was committed by the one-armed-man.
The next postcard arrives from Panama, Oklahoma. – TV, Music – Okay, so this one is two-fold and I'm a loser. First ref is Johnny Cash again, another place he mentions in I've Been Everywhere. The loser bit of me is that this also vaguely references Prison Break, in which the world's smartest idiot and his wrongly-convicted brother plan to break out of prison and head to Panama. I know they don't mean Oklahoma, but I picked it anyway.
The front of the postcard boasts of sunny Florida skies and has a crude, hand drawn arrow pointing randomly into the beach crowd boasting WALDO in large, messy letters. – Book – Where's Waldo is a popular children's book here in the US. Waldo is a tall, thin, man in a red and white striped shirt who is often seen hiding in massive crowds.
Run! Run! Run!
As fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm The Ginger Bread Man! – Children's Rhyme – Yeah, I don't know how to get much more specific than that without telling the whole story.
It has been on the FBI watch-list for almost forty years, ever since Starkweather and his girlfriend grabbed burgers there on the way to Wyoming back in '58. – True Crime – Charles Starkweather and his juvenile girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, went on a week-long killing spree from Nebraska to Wyoming. Starkweather and Fugate are the inspirations for several team spree killers in entertainment such as those on Kalifornia and Natural Born Killers.
"Keisha brought in the mail and asked why we got a postcard from Lincoln Burrows. […]" – TV – Lincoln Burrows is the name of one of the lead characters on Prison Break. He is currently on the run from every government agency there is and every cop around after breaking out of jail before he was to be executed for a murder he did not commit.
Dean and Sam are at an all-night laundry mat in Oklahoma washing their clothes after a bad fight with a chick that tried to go all Carrie on her senior prom. It took four runs through the heavy-duty washers to get all the blood—sheep, cow, goat, and Carrie Jr.—out, but three hours later they're almost done. – Movie, Book – Carrie is a short story by Stephen King that was later turned into a movie. The main protagonist is a young girl named Carrie, a social outcast at school, who—after having pig's blood dumped on her upon being crowned prom queen—snaps and kills everyone at her prom.
"Oh my God! Oh my God! I love your show! Can I have your autograph?"
Dean has no idea who the hell she thinks he is, but he's never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth. "Well, of course you can! Who should I make it out to?" – Celebrity – Three guesses, first two don't count.
It's Tuesday night and Sam hasn't shaved since Saturday when he and Dean catch themselves on America's Most Wanted. – TV – America's Most Wanted is a popular show in the US hosted by John Walsh. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
It's the times when they have to bunk down in the car because John Walsh has a hard-on for them that rivals pedophiles and they can't risk trying to get a motel room. – TV – John Walsh's son was abducted and murdered at a young age; this caused him to start America's Most Wanted. He is a well-known children's advocate and has a special abhorrence and hatred for those who hurt children.
When Sam was in college, he dated a guy who lived and worked in Santa Cruz. Sam more or less lived with him for an entire summer and made his way up on the weekends to visit for months after classes started back up. – Movie – Yeah. I can't name the movie because I think it might be considered a crossover if I did but it's probably the one you're thinking of.
They're sitting in the Saturn Café, a gimmicky theme restaurant, when it happens. – Place – Yes, this is a real vegetarian restaurant in Santa Cruz. Yes, it looks like this, yes, it's open that late, yes, that stuff is really on the menu and yes, the waiter/esses work there.
Their table has Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joes and Barbies with big, crimped hair under the glass. – Toys, TV – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joes and Barbies are all toys that were popular in the eighties. The specific Barbie mentioned is Rocker Barbie.
Dean points to the Donatello in the table locked in combat with a half melted Treasure Troll. – Toys, TV – Donatello is one of The Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, the nerdy brain one to be exact. If Sam were a turtle, he'd be Donatello. Treasure Trolls were these ridiculous little naked toys with bright colored hair that stood on end and jewels in their tummies. It was said that if you made a wish and stroked the jewel or hair that your wish would come true.
"[…] You know, the fact that you still play with your Boba Fett doll doesn't make you a girl. […]" – Movie – Boba Fett is an intergalactic Bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe.
"[…] All that Bonne Bell lip gloss you wear—that's what makes you a girl. […]"– Womanly crap – Bonne Bell is a lip gloss for girls. It's girly looking and comes in shiny glosses and sparkly things and tubs and squeeze tubes and plain old chapstick tubes. They have a wide array of flavors like Dr. Pepper, vanilla, strawberry kiwi and other stuff like that.
"Oh, you tubby motherfucker, come on, you can't be asleep right now." – Movie – Dean calling Sam a "tubby motherfucker" is a subtle nod to Jay and Silent Bob from Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse. Jay, the idiot man-child, calls his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, a "tubby motherfucker" on several occasions throughout the movies.
Dean hitches Sam up on his back, high enough to lift his Sideshow Bob feet off the ground and maneuver them both to see what the hell the noise behind them is. – TV – Sideshow Bob is a character from The Simpson's. He's very tall with huge feet and a genius. He was also put in jail for several crimes and used to get pies thrown in his face on a kid's show for a living (yes, those two are directly connected).
Some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's Leroy Jenkins' credit card. – Idiots – Really, the only way to explain it is to link you to the YouTube.
"The website says, 'On April 12, 1968, several thousand sheep in Skull Valley were killed by VX gas,' that's nerve gas, 'released in a test from the nearby Dugway Proving Ground, as noted in the Stephen King novel The Stand.'" – Place – This really happened. See.
"You hate Stephen King."
His older brother chuckles, giving Sam a crooked smirk. "No, you hate Stephen King. I think he writes great comedies." – Fic – Minor reference to eighth_horizon's Drunken Letters to Stephen King.
"What about Spiderman?" – Comic, TV, Movie – Sam says it all, really. Bit by radioactive spider, got spider powers.
Jerry, Maury, Montel, Starting Over. Fucking daytime TV.– TV – Daytime TV talk show. Jerry Springer, King of Trailer Trash; Maury Povich, who wants to know who the baby's daddy really is; and Montel Williams, who likes to talk to Silvia Browne and people who have lived through amazing things that should’ve killed them. I don't know exactly what Starting Over is but I still hate it.
That night, he finds a phone book at the local Circle K, calls first motel, and asks for Rockford. – Movie – Sam and Dean's code for whenever they get separated, as told in The Usual Suspects.
It takes him almost ten minutes to remember what the last name of the guy from Nightstalker is but when he finally does the man on the other line connects him to room 415. – TV – Nightstalker was a show about a journalist who hunts down stories about the supernatural.
He's also gained a pair of clean briefs and his blanket, the soft electric blue one Dean stole for him from The Comfort Eagle in North Carolina last year. – Music – Comfort Eagle is the name of a CD by a band called Cake. It is also the name of a song they do.
Stupid-ass birds. Fucking Alfred Hitchcock. – Movie – The Birds is a movie by Alfred Hitchcock about killer birds.
In an instant, Dean knows what all millions of Japanese people in the Godzilla movies feel like as Sam seemingly falls forward and comes rushing at him with his full eight hundred pounds. – Movie – Godzilla is a series of movies. Godzilla comes from Japan where he stomps all over tiny Japanese people and attacks their city.
Centralia, Pennsylvania is home to one of the longest burning fires, an underground coal fire. In the last forty years since the fire has started, the town's population dropped down to eleven people. Some died, some moved, and most were relocated with the help of government aid. – Place, Video Game, Movie – Centralia is a real place in Pennsylvania and everything in that paragraph is true. It is the real life inspiration for the town of Silent Hill in both the video game and the movie. I'm sure there aren't really demons there but the rest of the stuff comes straight from sites and articles on it.
Sam lumbers through the thick smoke, flashlight in one hand, shotgun in the other. "It's like Silent Hill down here." – Video Game, Movie – A video game series and movie loosely inspired by Centralia. The signature of the game is the ever-present fog and the ability to both make grown men jump like little girls and exclaim, "That wasn't scary!"
Sam raises his voice a little louder and tries again. "Silent Hill!"
"What about a siren?" – Video Game, Movie – In the Silent Hill series nightfall—when all the deadly creatures come out—is marked by a siren sounding. There is no siren sounding in this part but I wanted to give another Geektastic nod.
"Why do I always have to fake the seizure?" – TV – This is a nod to the pilot episode of the Eddie Izzard show The Riches. In the pilot, the main characters are pulled over and get away after the oldest son fakes a seizure.
"No it's not, ironic is…"
"Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife?" – Music – The line, "Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife?" is from the Alanis Morissette song Ironic. Ironically, enough there is not a single ironic reference in the entire song.
She gets her answer a moment later when she moves to take down the license plate—Hawaii? How'd you get here in a car?—and the car rocks lightly before settling back in place. - TV - There's a skit on one episode of Who's Line Is It Anyway? where Ryan Stiles is answering the prompt of "Strange welcome greetings on signs as you enter different U. S. states."