Recap of Supernatural Season 2, Episode 20
What Is And What Should Never Be
Get some rest. I love you.
"You kidding? I'd love to mow the lawn."
- Dean Winchester
Written by Raelle Tucker.
Directed by Eric Kripke
Airdate: May 3, 2007.
Dean finds out what it would mean to have his deepest wish granted while hunting a djinn
in Joliet, Illionois.
The Road So Far
starts with Dean reminding us that his father wanted them saving people, hunting things, the family business.
THEN a young Dean and baby Sam lose their mother as she burns on the ceiling. Sam then loses his dreams at Stanford when Jessica burns to death on the ceiling. Dean tells Sam he is sick of being a hunter because "I mean, we don't get paid, we don't get thanked. The only thing we get is bad luck."
NOW Dean is driving the Impala with a new Ohio license plate trying to search the 50 miles of real estate where victims have been disappearing. Sam calls Dean's cell from their motel to let Dean know that a police car is outside their motel. This turns out to be a false alarm, and the police car leaves without incident. However, Sam updates Dean on his research. Sam is convinced they are hunting a djinn
, or genie, which typically lives in ruins. Dean wants to check out a location he passed, which he thinks could be the djinn's lair. Sam suggests Dean pick him up so they can investigate together, but Dean says he will just look around and pulls up to an abandoned warehouse. The djinn watches Dean who searches an old office holding a flashlight and a knife with a blood coated blade. When Dean starts to walk down a hallway, the djinn slams Dean against the wall, knocking the knife out of Dean's hand, and chokes Dean with his right hand. The djinn then lifts his left hand which glows blue as do his eyes. The djinn places his left hand on Dean's forehead, and Dean's eyes roll back and are covered in a gray film.The Teaser
ends with a metal chomping sound
, and the Title Sequence
plays in a burst of flames.
Dean wakes to a world where he's living with his nurse girlfriend, his mom is alive, and neither he nor Sam grew up as hunters. Everything seems great, until he realizes that all the people they saved are now dead. And on top of that, he and Sam are no longer close - they never were, thanks to Alternate!Dean's escapades with Sam's old girlfriend and his absence at Sam's graduation, among other things. And he keeps seeing a girl dressed in white who appears and disappears.
Dean sets out to kill the djinn, and Alternate!Sam joins him, refusing to leave. Unable to find it, he decides to attempt suicide, thinking that Real!Dean will wake up when he does, since that's what happens in dreams. The alternate family members, even Jessica and Mary, appear and try to convince Dean not to do it. They say that even though this may not be reality, he'll be able to live a long life, see Sam grow old, and have all his greatest wishes - his mom alive, a great girlfriend, etc. But Dean plunges a knife into his stomach anyway.
He wakes up bound and tied and hooked to an IV, which the djinn had been using to drink his blood. Sam is shaking him, trying to get him to wake up. He begins to cut Dean's ropes, but the djinn appears and attacks him. Dean rips free just in time to save Sam, and the siblings rescue one of the other victims - the girl Dean kept seeing in the dream - before heading back to their hotel.
For this episode = 1 djinn.
For the series so far = At least 189 humans, 15 ghosts, 5 vampires, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 demon, 1 djinn, 1 god, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.
Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) items:
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- Abandoned Warehouse: The lair of the djinn. Inside are file cabinets, chairs, and desks. There are old typewriters, lamps, files, and a fan among pieces of plumbing on the desks.
- The Alcoholic: Alternate Dean is subtly implied to be this. Every family member asks if Dean is drunk or wants a beer and acts as if this is normal.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: At least this is Dean's view.
Dean: Hey man, chicks dig the danger vibe.
- All Just a Dream/Broken Masquerade: When Dean begins to suspect the alternate reality is not real, the other characters confirm this, but try to convince him he should stay anyway.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: All the people Dean and Sam saved would have died if they hadn't been there.
- Badass Bookworm: Sam has at least 5 large tomes he is reviewing on Djinn, which include detailed full page illustrations.
- Bald of Evil: The djinn.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Subverted, in that the wish didn't actually come true.
- Big Brother Bully: Alternate Dean who slept with Sam's prom date and generally has a distant relationship with his brother.
- Call Back:
- Sam believing the police car outside the motel is after them recalls the Pilot, and the new license plate and credit cards reminds us that they were going to go deep (like moving to Yemen deep) after realizing what Agent Henriksen was capable of during "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19).
- The scene where Sam finds Dean stealing the silverware echoes the scene in Pilot where Dean breaks into Sam's apartment.
- Crazy-Prepared: Dean must keep lamb's blood in the Impala, which he dipped his silver knife in before entering the warehouse.
- A Day in the Limelight: The first episode to focus on Dean.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Dean's mind wanders when discussing djinn with Sam.
Sam: Are you even listening to me?
- Drives Like Crazy: In the teaser, Dean not only is talking on a his cell phone while driving at night in a rainstorm but also spends most of his time looking down or out the side windows instead of looking at the road.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Dean in the teaser.
- For Want of a Nail: Sam and Dean can't save lives if they're not hunters.
- Genre Blind: "I'm sure it's nothing. I just wanna take a look around." Really Dean?
- Glowing Eyes of Doom/Occult Blue Eyes: The djinn has glowing blue eyes when he uses his powers.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Sam has John's journal open to an entry on djinn sitting on top of the other books about djinn.
- Hello, Nurse!
- Hey, It's That Place!: The G&R Jacoe Chemical Co. painted on the side of Terminal City Iron Works in East Vancouver is seen as Dean pulls up to the warehouse.
- Iconic Item: In the Wishverse, Dean is wearing a medallion on a gold chain instead of his amulet.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Oh Dean.
- In Spite of a Nail: John is still dead.
- It's a Wonderful Plot
- Kryptonite Factor: Djinn can be killed with a silver knife dipped in lamb's blood, which Dean has in hand when entering the abandoned warehouse.
- Kung-Foley: The roar of the Impala's engine when Dean pulls up outside the warehouse.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Dean insists on investigating by himself, despite Sam's warning. Not 10 seconds later does he get captured.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Dean is happy except for the fact that he and Sam aren't nearly as close as they were in real life.
- Metallicar Syndrome: Despite the events of "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19), Dean keeps driving his 1967 Chevy Impala, but he did switch out the Kansas plate KAZ 2Y5 to an Ohio plate◊ CNK 80Q3, which includes the rising sun from the Ohio State Seal and reminds us that Ohio is the Birthplace of Aviation.
- Neck Lift: The djinn chokes Dean against the wall with one hand in the teaser.
- No Peripheral Vision: In the teaser, Dean does not notice the figure over his left shoulder watching him on the other side of the frosted windows, and walks right past the djinn who stand to his right as Dean walks down the hallway.
- Our Genies Are Different: The Djinn doesn't actually grant wishes but traps its victims in a Lotus-Eater Machine so it can drink their blood.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Sam and Dean in no way alter their appearance and continue to drive a 1967 Impala, despite knowing FBI Agent Henriksen is chasing them, they have arrest warrants in a least 5 states, and they recently escaped from prison. Dean seems to believe getting a new license plate and credit cards should be enough of a disguise.
Dean: I don't see how. I mean we ditched the plates, the credit cards.
- Platonic Cave
- Power Glows: The glowing blue hand of the djinn.
- Power Tattoo: The djinn is covered by elaborate tattoos covering his earlobes, face, scalp, and hands.
- Prophet Eyes: After the djinn attacks Dean in the teaser, Dean's eyes roll back and are covered with a gray film.
- Running Gag: People keep asking Dean if he's been drinking.
- Scare Chord: In the teaser, when Dean steps quickly into the hallway of the warehouse with the knife in his hand, but nothing is there.
- Stock Sound Effects: The thunder and the creaking door when Dean enters the warehouse.
- Southern Rock: "Saturday Night Special" by Lynyrd Skynyrd plays in the teaser when Sam calls Dean, while Dean is driving.
- A Storm Is Coming: The rainstorm in the teaser.
- Subverted Catch Phrase: When Dean calls Sam "Bitch", instead of responding with "Jerk", Alt!Sam gets offended and thinks he's just being mean.
- Titled After the Song: A song on Led Zeppelin's 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. This is also the title of an episode of One Tree Hill, That '70s Show, and Covert Affairs. Other Supernatural episodes have been named after Led Zeppelin songs including "In My Time of Dying" (S02, Ep01) and "Houses of the Holy" (S03, Ep13).
- Vancouver Doubling: This episode is shot at different locations in Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia. The abandoned warehouse is actually Terminal City Iron Works at Franklin Street and Victoria Drive in Vancouver. The Winchester home is a private residence on W 59th Ave in Vancouver. Dean first sees the near dead woman in front of the Burnaby Village Museum Carousel. The birthday celebration is at Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby, and the cemetery scene was filmed at Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside
- You Have to Believe Me