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 Carmen Porter, his nurse girlfriend. He soon realizes his mom, Mary Winchester, is alive, and neither he nor Sam grew up as hunters. Their father, John Winchester, is still dead, but he died peacefully in his sleep from a stroke. Sam is in law school at Stanford, but he flies home with Jessica Moore to celebrate Mary Winchester's birthday. At the birthday dinner, Sam and Jessica announce their engagement. 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 Wishverse!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 Wishverse!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 other Wishverse family members, Carmen, 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. Real!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.
Dean opening the trunk of the Wishverse!Impala: Well, who'd'a thought, baby. We're civilians.
Dean also calls Wishverse!Sam "Sammy" on two different occasions in this episode.
The Alcoholic: Wishverse!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. According to the DVD Commentary by Eric Kripke on this episode, he first intended Wishverse!Dean to be a barfly who was getting in fights and could not hold a job, but Bob Singer and others talked him out of this by asking, “Why the hell would he want to live that reality when he wakes up in a Bukowski novel?”
Birthday Episode: The celebration of Mary's birthday of December 5th allows the characters to demonstrate how important she is to them. When Wishverse!Mary says she had a "lovely birthday" before going to bed, Wishverse!Sam breaks into a huge smile, and Wishverse!Jessica blows her a kiss.
Black and Nerdy: The college professor who is wearing glasses, a button up shirt, and sweater. He has an outline for the course "Anthropology/Mythology 204" on his computer screen. His office is full of books and artifacts including a mask and stringed instrument.
You can not see the full title of either of the magazines in the trunk of the Wishverse!Impala, but the one with a blonde in a yellow bikini on the cover recalls Playboynote -evidently the Wishverse!Dean is not as big a fan of Busty Asian Beauties. The other resembles Maxim and has a woman with half closed eyes and the caption "The It Girl Bobbi B!" on the cover.
An advertisement on the back of the Playboy magazine in the Wishverse!Impala's trunk is for Sknokoff Vodka and shows a cat looking at a fish in a martini glass with the caption "Everyone's Favorite Martini ..."
Carmen's appearance was based on a model in an advertisement for El Sol Beer.
Blatant Lies: When the professor says he has not seen Dean in his class, Dean says, "You kiddin' me? I love your lectures. You... You make learning fun." This seems to win the professor over.
The Bro Code: Wishverse!Dean violates the code when he hooked up with Rachel Nave, Wishverse!Sam's prom date, on prom night.
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 the Pilot where Dean breaks into Sam's apartment.
In the episode "Houses Of The Holy" (S02, Ep13), Dean told Sam that their mother would say angels were watching over them when she tucked them in. In this episode, Dean asks Wishverse!Mary what she told him when she put him to bed. She replies, "I told you angels were watching over you."
Wishverse!John Winchester played on a softball team. Sam had a baseball mobile over his crib in the Pilot.
Dramatic Drop: After looking around the house, Dean sees a framed photo which he drops in shock, the photo landing face-down so the audience can't see what it is. He then drives to a house in the middle of the night...to meet mom.
Drives Like Crazy: In the teaser, Dean not only is talking on 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.
Embarrassing Old Photo: According to the DVD Commentary by Eric Kripke on this episode, some of the photos Dean looks at in his childhood home are real photos from Jared and Jensen, while others were photo-shopped to put the whole family together. The photo of a young Dean holding a girl in a blue sparkling dress with a corsage on her wrist was actually a Real Life prom photo of Jensen Ackles, and the photo of Sam in an orange cap and gown is a Real Life graduation photo of Jared Padalecki.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In the Wishverse, Dean is less focused and more of a rogue without hunting, while Sam is more respectable and accomplished. This is an example where the younger sibling appears to be more responsible.
Forgotten Birthday: Wishverse!Sam is disappointed that Dean does not realize today is their mother's birthday.
For Want of a Nail: Sam and Dean can't save lives if they're not hunters. In addition, Sam and Dean do not become close without hunting.
Friendship Moment: Wishverse!Sam insists on going with his brother to pay off the 'gambling debt'.
Girl of My Dreams: Subverted Trope. Carmen seems to be the perfect partner for Dean, but when he returns to reality he realizes he had previously seen her in an advertisement for his favorite beer, suggesting the Carmen in the Wishverse was just a part of the fantasy.
Mundane Object Amazement: Dean just can't stop smiling while he mows the lawn, even though Dean has quite a bit more trouble with the mower than he has handling a machete or a shotgun.
Wishverse!Mary: Knock yourself out. You'd think you'd never mowed a lawn in your life.
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.
No Sense of Personal Space: Dean is more touchy feely than normal. He slaps Wishverse!Sam on the shoulder and gives tight embraces to Jessica and his mother.
Not Himself: When Dean suggests they all go out and have a drink, Wishverse!Sam quietly takes him aside and points out they're really not that close.
One-Hour Work Week: Discussed Trope. Wishverse!Dean is not a hunter. He works at the garage, and Wishverse!Mary wonders why Dean is not at work. Later Carmen has to interrupt Dean from kissing her, because she has a night shift at the hospital.
Wishverse!Mary: Sweetie, I–I... Don't get me wrong. I am thrilled you are... hanging out here... all of a sudden. (She touches Dean's chin) But uh... shouldn't you be at work?
Wishverse!Mary: At the garage?
Dean: Right. The garage. It's where I work, yeah. No, I-I–I've got the day off.
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.
Photos Lie: In the Wishverse, Dean looks at photos of his family. There is a Christmas picture of his mother, his father, Sam, and him, wearing matching Christmas sweaters with train engines on them, complete with John in a Santa hat. There is another photo of John and Mary at Sam's graduation. While in reality, his mother died when Sam was an infant. Later we see a photo of John with an impressively large fish who is smiling into the camera, striking a contrast with the desperate hunter trying to find his wife's killer who raised Sam and Dean and did not have times for these pursuits.
Pietà Plagiarism: In From Hell It Came, the movie playing when Dean wakes up, the tree monster is carrying an unconscious woman.
Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Dean looks for clues in the living room he shares with Carmen, and he sees a framed photo of Carmen and two further framed photos of Carmen and he together. He then picks up another frame and drops it in surprise with it landing face down so the audience never sees the photo. He then drives to his childhood home, where his mother answers the door.
Sharp-Dressed Man: Usually we only see Sam and Dean dressed up when they are impersonating law enforcement agents, but in the Wishverse they put on their best for their mother's birthday. Dean wears a blue button up shirt with a black woven tie, and Sam wears a black pinstripe suit with the yellow tie with blue squares that was previously seen in "Simon Said" (S02, Ep05).
Spot the Imposter: Dean checks he really is talking to his mother before hugging her, by getting her to repeat something from his childhood.
Stealth Hi/Bye: The woman in white appears to Dean, and then disappears. The first time she disappears when Dean is nearly struck by a car. The second time she disappears when Dean looks away as someone walks in front of him at the restaurant.
Stepford Suburbia: Dean waves in a cheerful manner at a neighbor bringing out his garbage. The neighbor returns the wave, but seem uncertain of what is going on.
Subverted Catch Phrase: When Dean calls Sam "Bitch", instead of responding with "Jerk", Wishverse!Sam gets offended and thinks he's just being mean.
Talking to the Dead: On discovering all the people who died because he's not a Hunter, Dean visits his father's grave and delivers a bitter tirade asking why he and Sam have to be so unhappy because they're fated to be heroes.
Take Five: Wishverse!Sam asks Jessica and Carmen to leaves so he can talk to his "brother for a sec".
Themed Aliases: This is the third episode in a row where this is an Averted Trope. Dean pretends to be a student when he talks to the professor, but Dean does not offer the professor a fake name.
Touch of the Monster: Shown on the B-Movie playing when Dean wakes up, presumably his subconscious telling Dean he's actually being held prisoner instead of living in an alternate timeline.
Trademark Favorite Food: After Dean is served a plate of garnished asparagus spears, Carmen says, "What do you say, later we get you a cheeseburger?" Dean responds, "Oh God, yes!"
Trunk Shot: Averted Trope. When Dean looks in the trunk of the Wishverse!Impala, the camera is behind Dean's left shoulder and we see into the trunk from Dean's point of view. The trunk contains a spare tire, a couple of magazines, a flashlight, an old shirt, and fast food containers, but not one weapon.
Trust Password: Before Dean can accept that his mother is alive, he asks her what she used to say when she put him to bed.
When Dean calls, Wishverse!Sam is reading an e-mail on his phone from Christopher Cooper which starts, "Hey Dude.....How you doing, man? I'm doing pretty damn good myself. I've been meaning to sit down and write". Christopher Cooper is the property master on Supernatural. For some reason his e-mail address seen on the phone is firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishverse!Sam's inbox reveals that the title of this e-mail is "Sam Winchester". There are two other e-mails from Christopher Cooper, one titled "S. Winchester Itinerary - 244DRF76" and the other titled "Sammy".
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.
Vehicle Vanish: Dean notices a woman in white who is staring at him from across the street. As Dean crosses the street, a red car almost hit him. The car screeches to a halt and the driver honks his horn at Dean. When Dean look up, the woman in white has disappeared.
We Want Our Jerk Back: Wishverse!Sam seem disturbed by the new caring Dean who wants to be part of his life, although Mary and Carmen are more accepting of Dean's new attitude.
Wishverse!Mary is still wearing her wedding band, despite being a widow.
Wishverse!Jessica shows off her diamond ring to announce their engagement at the birthday dinner.
Woman in White: Dean keeps seeing a brunette is a white blouse, long white skirt, and white shoes; rather than a supernatural being, she turns out to be another victim strung up alongside him, a reminder of why he should wake up.
Year Inside, Hour Outside: Deans says he needs to wake up from the Lotus-Eater Machine or he'll die in a couple of days when his blood is drained. His alternate family tries to convince him otherwise, saying in his mind the fantasy will last years.
Dean: Don't - don't do that. Don't do that. I wanna stay here.
Dean: Because I miss the place. It's okay, you - you go to bed. Okay?
You Do NOT Want To Know: Dean tells Wishverse!Sam he really doesn't want to look in the brown paper bag. When Sam finds a tub of blood in there, Dean tells him he really doesn't want to know what it's for. Sam insists.
Your Favourite: Dean's Wishverse!girlfriend, Carmen, produces his favorite brand of beer, El Sol. Cruelly subverted after Dean wakes up from the Wishverse, and finds his 'perfect girlfriend' smiling back at him in a magazine add for that brand.
Dean taking beer from Carmen: My favorite. I guess you know me pretty well.
Carmen: 'Fraid so.
Zoom: When Dean is talking to the professor, the camera zooms in quickly on 4 illustrations of djinn accompanied by a swooshing sound. Each image becomes desaturated to the point of almost being completely white before disappearing. The images include a figure wearing a yellow hat with red wings that is in the sky surrounded by yellow swirls, a sketch of a being wearing a turban surrounded by notes in Arabic, a bearded character wearing a helmet who has 4 wings, and a painting of six males in turbans around a lamp surrounded by blue flames.