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 in Lawrence, Kansas. 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.
Alternate Self: We see the Wishverse versions of Mary, Jessica, and Sam, and gain an understanding of what Dean and John were like in the Wishverse. We also see the Wishverse!Impala with a Kansas license plate that reads RMD 5H2.
Artistic License - Medicine: When we see a closeup of the line being used to drain blood from Dean's neck, the line appears to be subcutaneous, in a piece of skin bulging oddly from the side of Dean's neck and not in a blood vessel (certainly not in the probable intended site of the internal jugular vein). In addition, the line is not secured in any way, no stitches, tape, or bandage. There is also no blood actually in the line which appears clear, while the connector and IV tubing connected to the line are filled with red liquid. Finally, when Sam removes the line, he does not apply pressure to the puncture site.
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 a 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 a stringed instrument.
You cannot 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.
Blood from the Mouth: The woman in white has blood dripping from her lip on her third appearance. Blood pours from Dean's mouth after Dean thrusts the knife into his stomach
Blood Lust: The djinn has attached tubes to his victims and is filling blood bags. We see empty dry blood bags attached to the decaying corpses and see him drink from a blood bag attached to the woman in white.
Book Ends: The episode starts with Dean pulling up to the abandoned warehouse in the Impala on a rainy night as "Saturday Night Special" by Lynyrd Skynyrd plays. 29 minutes into the episode Wishverse!Sam and Dean pull up to the same warehouse with the same song playing to confront the djinn.
Breaking the Bonds: Seeing Sam in trouble is enough for Dean to put aside his weakened condition and snap the ropes binding him. Dean is aided by the fact that Sam had started to cut the ropes before the djinn got the drop on him.
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, E19).
Dean realizes that something is wrong with the Wishverse when he sees the news coverage of the crash of United Britannia flight 424, which was the plane Sam and he boarded in "Phantom Traveler" (S01, E04) that landed safely after they exorcised the demon.
Dean starts looking up news articles online and comes across an article titled "Nine Children Comatose; Mystery illness baffles doctors at Dane County Hospital". The article goes on to say that in the last week a deadly illness seems to be spreading from family to family in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. In "Something Wicked" (S01, E18), Dean and Sam killed a Shtriga saving these children.
The next article Dean reads is titled "Parents mutilated; Brutal double homicide in quiet residential area shocked neighbors". In "Everybody Loves A Clown" (S02, E02), Dean and Sam killed a rakshasa who was killing the parents of children who attended a carnival.
Dean then reads an article titled "Girl Drowns in Hotel Pool; Mother devastated after discovering daughter drowned". The article goes on to say that 9-year-old Tyler Thompson, daughter of widow Susan Thompson, drowned in the Pierport Inn in Cornwall, Connecticut. There is a quote from her mother saying they don't know why she was on the roof or why she jumped into the pool, but maybe she heard a loud noise. They also mention that Rose Thompson, her grandmother, is the oldest living member of the Thompson family, and that Robert Carlton planned on demolishing the hotel. The article includes a smiling photo of Tyler in a blue shirt. In "Playthings" (S02, E11), Sam and Dean try to save Tyler, but it is actually Tyler's grandmother, Rose, who sacrifices her life to stop the vengeful spirit.
The scene of Sam walking down the stairs with a baseball bat is very similar to the scene of Mary coming down the same stairs to find a sleeping John in the Pilot. Light comes through the window backlighting Mary and Sam in the same manner. The curtains, wall lamp, and framed photos are slightly different in the two scenes, but still quite similar.
The scene where Wishverse!Sam finds Dean stealing the silverware echoes the scene in the Pilot where Dean breaks into Sam's apartment. In both episodes, we see Sam and Jessica sleeping back to back. A noise wakes Sam up while Jessica only stirs in her sleep. Sam sees an open window and attacks the intruder, but is easily bested. Then once Sam recognizes Dean, Dean insults his fighting ability. Sam asks "What the hell are you doing here?" and Dean replies "I was looking for a beer."
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Dean, who has to help others, even if it means sacrificing his happiness and those he loves.
Coincidental Broadcast: Dean decides to watch a little TV. When he turns on the set a cooking show is on on channel 2. Channel 3 is Bloomberg News, showing financial news, and channel 4 is playing an episode of ThunderCats. He then flips to channel 5, which is a news broadcast on 15 KJLT covering the anniversary of the crash of United Britannia Flight 424.
In the episode "Houses Of The Holy" (S02, E13), 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 "Pilot" (S01, E01).
When Wishverse!Sam falls asleep in the car on the ride to the warehouse in Joliet, Illinois, Dean wakes Wishverse!Sam by shining a flashlight in his face, recalling the prank that started the prank war in "Hell House" (S01, E17), when Dean put a spoon in Sam's mouth while he slept in the Impala.
Wishverse!Mary is wearing the same white nightgown with a lace collar, rose ribbon, and lace-trimmed short sleeves that she was wearing when she last held Dean as a child in "Pilot" (S01, E01) and when he last saw her in "Home" (S01, E09). This is not obvious when Dean first sees his mother, as she is wearing a robe with red flowers covering her nightgown, but it is obvious when she confronts Dean in the warehouse.
Cooking Show: Dean kicks back with a beer on the couch, puts his boots on the coffee table, and turns on the television to see a man and woman placing ingredients in an appliance, and we learn that the olive oil must have a purpose and they could use water, but are using spinach juice instead.
Crazy-Prepared: Dean must keep lamb's blood in the Impala, which he dipped his silver knife in before entering the warehouse.
Dad the Veteran: John Winchester's tombstone bears the Marine Corp logo of the Eagle, the Globe and the Anchor, and his grave is marked with the American flag.
Deceased Parents Are the Best: In Dean's dream world he gets to be with his mother, who he still sees as a gentle and protective figure. In this dream his father, the parent who actually raised him, is still dead.
Dies Wide Open: Subverted Trope. Dean finds the woman in white hanging limp with her eyes wide open, apparently dead, but then she whimpers, revealing she is alive.
Dirt Forcefield: Subverted Trope. The woman in white is wearing grayed dirty clothing with red stains on her blouse, tears in her clothes, and disheveled hair during her second appearance in the restaurant. On her third appearance, she is in even worse shape.
Disappeared Dad: After Wishverse!Sam and Wishverse!Jessica announce their engagement, Wishverse!Mary says, "I just wish your dad was here", and Wishverse!Sam agrees with her.
Dissolve: The newspaper articles fade from one into another when Dean is researching past cases online.
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.
Dramatic Thunder: The rumble of thunder as Dean completes his speech at his father's grave.
Dream Apocalypse: Carmen and the Wishverse version of Dean's family die when he awakens.
Dressed To Heal: Dean realizes Carmen is a nurse when he seeing her changing into green scrubs with her name tag clipped to the pocket.
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 at the road.
Due to the Dead: A candle-lit vigil is held in Indianapolis one year after the crash of Flight 424, and we see people leaving messages of support for the family members who lost a loved one.
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 Photoshopped 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.
Fancy Dinner: They celebrate Wishverse!Mary's birthday at a nice restaurant, complete with Dean's salad of asparagus spears bound into an upright sheaf.
Fanservice: While neither Dean or Carmen are wearing much in bed, Wishverse Sam and Jessica disappoint with both of them sleeping in T-shirts. Wishverse!Sam is wearing sweat pants as well, but there is a shot of Jessica's tight boxer briefs while she lies on her side in bed.
Wishverse!Mary: I promise. No more pain. Or fear. Just love and comfort. And safety. Dean, stay with us.
Flashback Cut: When Dean finds the bodies hanging from their wrists in the warehouse, brief cuts show the figures he saw in the closet and the reappearing woman in white, revealing that these figures were reality interrupting his fantasy.
Flash Sideways: Dean has flashes of the real world while in the Wishverse, seeing the djinn's other victims and finally his own situation.
Dean: What if that's why she keeps appearing to me? She's not a spirit. It's—it's like more and more like I'm catching flashes of reality. You know, like I'm in here somewhere, and I'm—I'm catatonic, and I'm taking all this stuff in but I—but I can't snap out of it.
Flyaway Shot: As Dean walks through the cemetery leaving his father's grave, the camera elevates above the trees with brown, dead leaves and bare branches and shows the river illuminated with lights on a bridge.
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.
Fork Fencing: Dean steals a knife from his mother's good silver dining set to kill the djinn, but ends up using it to kill himself.
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.
Sam: I thought it was supposed to be this perfect fantasy.
Dean: It wasn't. It was just a wish. I wished for Mom to live. That Mom never died, we never went hunting and you and me just never uh...you know.
Sam: Yeah. Well, I'm glad we do.
Friendship Moment: Wishverse!Sam insists on going with his brother to pay off the "gambling debt".
Dean: Maybe it gives us some kind of supernatural acid, and then just feeds on us slow.
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.
Dean:[looking at Carmen's rear as she changes into her scrubs] I'm dating a nurse. That is so...respectable.
Iconic Item: In the Wishverse, Dean is wearing a medallion on a silver chain instead of his amulet. If you look carefully, it seems to be a Saint Michael medal which is typically worn by law enforcement agents, but is likely meant to be a bit of foreshadowing.
Idea Bulb: When Dean sees the light bulb above his head in the warehouse, he has a revelation. There is an electrical whine, and the light flickers before Dean sees himself bound and being drained of blood.
I Have You Now, My Pretty: The djinn caresses the face of the woman in white while she whimpers and tries to pull away. Once she has relaxed back into the dream state, he embraces her and lets his lips linger over her arm before drinking her blood.
Jackass Genie: The djinn is a malevolent creatures who does not actually grant wishes, but manipulates a person's desires to allow the djinn to feed.
Just Eat Him: Instead of just knocking out his victims, opening an artery, and filling the blood bags quickly, the djinn slowly drains blood over days while creating an elaborate fantasy for the victims.
Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: Dean seems genuinely attracted to Carmen, and even after he realizes she is not real he kisses her back when she tries to convince him to remain in the Wishverse.
Kung-Foley: The roar of the Impala's engine when Dean pulls up outside the warehouse.
Lens Flare: When Dean and Wishverse!Sam explore the warehouse, we see lens flares when Dean shines his flashlight at the camera.
Leave Your Quest Test: Dean struggles with his desire to save others as a hunter and his desire for his family to be happy.
Dean:[at his father's grave] 'Course, I know what you'd say. Well, not the you that played softball, but..."So go hunt the djinn. He put you here, it can put you back. Your happiness, for all those people's lives, no contest." Right?
Let's Split Up, Gang: Dean insists on investigating by himself, despite Sam's warning. Not 10 seconds later, he get captured.
Love Is a Weakness: Dean's desire to be with his mother and see Sam happy is manipulated by the djinn to try to get him to remain in the Wishverse. The woman in white seems to be being manipulated by a desire to be with her father.
Make a Wish: Dean wishes that his mother was alive. The woman in white believes she is with her father.
Dean:[to Wishverse!Mary] You don't think that wishes can—can really...
Hearing Wishverse!Mary tell Dean to "Get some rest" is heartwarming early in the episode when she cradles his face in his hands after he arrives at her house and appears upset. It also seems to suggest Wishverse!Sam really does care for Dean, when Wishverse!Sam says "Get some rest" after explaining that the two brothers are not that close. Later, the same line takes on a creepier tone when Wishverse!Mary delivers it while stroking Dean's cheek, but we know this Mary is a creation of the djinn, the same djinn who stroked the face of the bound woman in white clothes and told her to "sleep".
When Dean is at his father's grave he asks, "Why is it my job to save these people?" Later when Wishverse!Sam tries to convince Dean to give him the knife he says, "Why is it our job to save everyone? Haven't we done enough?"
The image of Carmen smiling on a beach, which was framed in the home she shared with Dean, is seen at the end of the episode, as an ad for El Sol beer.
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.
My God, What Have I Done?: Dean's reaction when he found out that Flight 424 crashed outside of Pittsburgh, killing all 108 people on board. He then finds out that all the people he saved with his father and brother are also dead.
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 keeps slapping Wishverse!Sam on the shoulder and gives tight embraces to Jessica and his mother.
Not Afraid to Die: Dean is pretty cavalier about killing himself, even if it is a dream.
Dean: No, I'm pretty sure. Like, 90% sure. But I'm sure enough. [turns knife towards himself, getting ready to thrust it into his stomach]
Nostalgia Filter: Another shared trait between Dean and Wishverse!Dean. The coffee table in front of the couch at Dean and Carmen's home has a stack of cassette tapes and only one CD sitting among comic books and magazines. One of the comic books, Six From Sirius, is a classic from Epic (a division of Marvel Comics) from 1984. The stack of tapes is also a Continuity Nod to when Sam told Dean he needed to update his cassette tape collection in "Pilot" (S01, E01).
No Tell Motel: They are staying at the Joliet Motel. Their room has a pole lamp room divider, swirly red wallpaper, wood laminate, and a huge, ornate clock.
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 a 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. [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.
OOC Is Serious Business: Seeing Wishverse!Sam with his back against the wall, eyes large in the shadows, as he seems to need to gather his courage before he swings his baseball bat at the supposed intruder, reminds the viewers how much the real Sam has progressed as a hunter since "Pilot" (S01, E01), where he behaved similarly. Dean can't help teasing Real!Sam with the behavior of his counterpart.
Dean: You should have seen it, Sam. Our lives. You were such a wussy.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Sam and Dean in no way alter their appearance and continue to drive a 1967 Chevrolet Impala, despite knowing FBI Agent Henriksen is chasing them, they have arrest warrants in at least five 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.
Peek-A-Boo Corpse: When Dean opens his closet door, he sees the decaying bodies of two women, one in a flannel shirt and the other in a red hoodie and blouse, which disappear when Dean looks away.
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. 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.
Sam: And I'm glad you dug yourself out, Dean. Most people wouldn't've had the strength, would have just stayed.
Dean: Yeah...lucky me. I gotta tell you though, man. You know, you had Jess. Mom was gonna have grand-kids...
Sam: Yeah, but...Dean...it wasn't real.
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 him 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.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Wishverse!Sam turns these on Dean when he begs Dean to stay and give him the knife.
Red Filter of Doom: In the Wishverse warehouse, the bodies are hanging in front of back-lit red screens, giving these scenes an ominous and unreal air.
Right Under Their Noses: Dean takes Wishverse!Sam to the djinn's lair to confront the djinn, and at one point they are literally hiding under the djinn's nose as they hide under an open metal-frame staircase as the djinn walks up the steps.
Ring Ring Crunch: When Wishverse!Sam tries to call for help, believing Dean has had a psychotic break, Dean rolls down the car window, grabs the phone, and tosses it out the window of the moving car. He then rolls the window up again.
Wishverse!Sam: What the hell was that, Dean? That was my phone!
Running Gag: People keep asking Dean if he's been drinking.
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, E05).
Shirtless Scene: Dean is not wearing a shirt when he wakes up in the Wishverse.
Smash Cut: Dean thrusts the knife into his abdomen and the camera cuts to Sam yelling, "Dean". Only it's not Wishverse!Sam protesting Dean's death, but Real!Sam waking Dean from his djinn-induced sleep.
So Much for Stealth: Dean warns Wishverse!Sam not to make any noise in the djinn's lair, but he can't help gasping in horror on seeing the djinn drink blood from one of its victims.
Spot the Imposter: Dean checks he really is talking to his mother before hugging her by getting her to repeat something from his childhood.
Standard Bleeding Spots: On the woman in white's third appearance, she has a cut across her forehead with blood dripping into her left eye and blood dripping from the side of her mouth.
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. The third time, she flickers and then disappears as he is staring at her.
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.
Switching P.O.V.: You would imagine that all the scenes in the Wishverse would be shown from Dean's perspective, as this world was created for his benefit. But from the beginning we have scenes showing Wishverse!Sam's viewpoint, including the shot of him reading e-mails and studying from a law book when Dean calls, and of Wishverse!Sam hearing the noise from downstairs that causes him to grab the bat and investigate. We actually have less scenes from the viewpoint of Real!Sam than Wishverse!Sam in this episode.
Wishverse!Sam: What are you calling me a bitch for?
Dean: You're supposed to say "jerk".
Dean: Never mind.
Surrogate Soliloquy/Talking to the Dead: On discovering all of the people who died because he's not a hunter, Dean visits his father's grave and delivers a bitter tirade to John Winchester's tombstone, asking why he and Sam have to be so unhappy because they're fated to be heroes.
Survivor Guilt: Dean realizes his happiness comes at too great a cost.
Dean:[at his father's grave] All of them. Everyone that you saved, everyone Sammy and I saved. They're all dead.
Take Five: Wishverse!Sam asks Jessica and Carmen to leave 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 does not offer the professor a fake name.
Dean: It's the truth, Sam. All right, there are things out there in the dark. There—there—there are bad things. There are nightmare things. And people have to be saved and if we don't save them, then nobody will.
Treacherous Spirit Chase: Dean sees the back of a fleeing woman while working on his computer. He follows the woman into his bedroom, where he hears a noise coming from the closet. When he opens the closet door, he finds decaying corpses hanging by their wrists, which disappear when he looks away.
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 (the paper kind), 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.
Trying Not to Cry: Dean when he hugs his mother and later before he stabs himself in the stomach to end the dream.
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 email@example.com. 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".
Unwilling Suspension: The two dead women Dean sees in his closet are hanging by their wrists. Later, when he returns to the warehouse, Dean and Sam find the bodies of these two women hanging in the same manner as well as the woman in white. In the real world, Dean is also hanging by his wrists in the warehouse.
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 where the CNR bridge can be seen crossing the Fraser River.
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 hits him. The car screeches to a halt and the driver honks his horn at Dean. When Dean looks 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.
What If?: What if Mary Winchester was still alive?
White Shirt of Death: During the woman in white's second appearance, she has smudges of white on her blouse. By her third appearance, her blouse is soaked in blood.
Widow Woman: Wishverse!Mary Winchester is of the wonderful widow variant.
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. When they find her in the warehouse, she is wearing the same clothes she appeared in, which are now filthy and blood-stained, but she is barefoot.
Wishverse!Mary is wearing the same white nightgown in which Dean last saw her.
Dean: This isn't gonna make a lick of sense to you. But I kind of feel like I've been given a second chance. And I don't wanna waste it.
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 Wishverse family tries to convince him otherwise, saying in his mind the fantasy will last years.
Dean: I'll die. [voice breaking] The djinn'll...drain the life out of me in a couple of days.
Wishverse!Mary: But in here, with us, it'll feel like years. Like a lifetime.
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.
Wishverse!Sam: Fine [grabs the bag and begins to open it]
Dean: You don't wanna do that.
Wishverse!Sam: Oh really? [takes out a plastic container of "red liquid"] What the hell is this?
Wishverse!Sam: Yeah, I can see that it's blood, Dean! What the hell is it doing in here?
Dean: You don't really wanna know.
You Have to Believe Me: Wishverse!Sam thinks Dean is having a psychotic break when Dean tells him about the djinn.
Dean: Because there's this creature. A djinn. And I have to hunt it.
Wishverse!Sam: Okay, um...stop the car.
Dean: I know how it sounds.
Subverted earlier in the episode when Sam catches Dean stealing the silver knife; Dean simply claims that he owes money to a loan shark.
Your Favorite: 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 ad 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 four 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 four wings, and a painting of six males in turbans around a lamp surrounded by blue flames.