Page 1 of 6I love going back and recapping landmark episodes. You know, the ones that constantly stick with either Sam and Dean forever and traces of it can still be seen today. This one especially is a ground breaking character defining moment. Dean Winchester was never the same after this.
For those that are trying like mad to remember what happened just before "What Is And What Should Never Be," Sam and Dean had to go deep after their encounter in "Folsom Prison Blues." Deep like Yemen. But apparently relocation to a Middle Eastern country isn't necessary. How about a license plate change instead? That'll work better. The Impala doesn't stand out at all. Plus criminals never come from Ohio.
Cue the awesome "Saturday Night Special," by Lynyrd Skynrd and cue new license plate. Hey I'm from Ohio, so I like it. My plate has that same design. Dean is behind the wheel of the Impala and answers the most lame ring tone. Didn't he have a cool one as established in "Born Under a Bad Sign?" So Sam's calls just get a basic ring? Anyway, Sam is freaking. Cops outside the motel room. Dean talks him through it just in time for the cop to leave and for Sam to realize it's a false alarm. Also, the sign outside, the Joilet motel, is one that's going to be used in at least two different episodes in seasons three ("Mystery Spot") and four ("In The Beginning"). Yes, it's really sick that I know that off the top of my head.
Sam goes on whining. He calls being fugitives "a dance party." Wimp. "Chicks dig the danger vibe," Dean replies. Easy for you to say Dean, the chicks you've slept with haven't ended up dead. Time to talk about the case. Dean has been out searching 50 square miles and has nothing. Sam has a theory judging by all the books open in front of him. Djinn. Ooh, cool! Those things as far as mythology goes are all over the place. Dean knows what that means. A Genie? He asks if they can grant wishes. Sam thinks they're powerful enough. Sam says they aren't Barbara Eden in Harem pants for the Djinn have been feeding off people for centuries. They're all over the Qur'an. Dean isn't listening to any of that, for he's remembering how hot Barbara Eden was. "Way hotter than that Bewitched chick." I don't know, jump forward to the late 70's and I'm sure Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman trumps them both. But then again, I'm a woman, what would I know? You guys set me straight.
Sam asks if he's even listening to him. Dean says yes, but that means no. Where do the Djinn hide out? Ruins. In Joilet, that could be just about anywhere. Dean thinks he saw a place a couple of miles back. Sam insists that Dean come pick him up but Dean's sure it's nothing. So how different would this episode have been if both Dean and Sam had their deepest wishes granted? Yeah, that would have made this a two-parter and Supernatural was skirting cancellation during this time. With no budget and network support, only one Winchester gets to be in peril.
Dean hangs up much to Sam's chagrin and pulls up to a warehouse at night. I do love that hum of the Impala engine. That won't alert the Djinn at all. There's an old typewriter, filing cabinets, old desks and tell me, do all abandoned warehouses leave their furniture and office supplies behind? I thought that stuff got sold for scrap. Most offices I see are picked clean, mostly by pilfering employees. Anyway, Dean looks around with the flashlight and hears something. Judging by the funky looking dude on the other side of the glass behind him, I'd say something is there. Dean pulls out his knife and now cautiously looks around. He jumps around the corner, nothing there. He walks down the hall and doesn't see the bald head lurking in the shadows. Suddenly something jumps out of said shadows and overpowers him. I suppose if Dean had won the fight this wouldn't have made for a compelling episode. The Djinn's hand goes all blue electric, puts it on Dean's forehead and his eyes roll to the back of his head. Pleasant dreams Deano!
Title card on fire, which quickly switches to some ancient black and white horror movie. I'm somewhat of an old film buff (more old TV) and I didn't recognize the film. According to supernaturalwiki, it's From Hell It Came. I don't ever remember that coming up on my classic horror films list. I then try to remember who wrote and directed this. I know it was written solo by Raelle Tucker, who previously was Sera Gamble's writing partner. This was the last episode she wrote for Supernatural before moving onto True Blood. As for the director, it dawned on me pretty quick. This was the directorial debut of none other than Eric Kripke himself. He's only directed two episodes for Supernatural and judging by the time and budget overruns for Lucifer Rising, he probably won't be doing that again anytime soon. Too bad, for I like his style.
Dean wakes up in a bed. The TV is on to his right and a beautiful woman is sleeping on his left. He's shirtless, but the full view is obstructed. Damn you Kripke! Shirtless Dean is so rare. He's a little freaked. He throws some clothes on and walks into the next room. He's in an apartment. The horror! He only belongs in sleazy motel rooms. This is way too respectable for him (joking, sarcasm, don't take that to be Dean hate).
There's a cell phone and it looks like Sam's. It rings and it is Sam. He answers with confusion. "Dean?" Dean tells him he doesn't know where he is. He mentions the Djinn attacked him. "The gin? You're drinking gin?" Dean clarifies it's the scary creature and he woke up next to some hot chick. "Who, Carmen?" Sam asks. "Who?" Dean asks. Sam concludes Dean is drunk. Dean insists he isn't but Sam just brushes him off with the gets some sleep and a see you tomorrow line. Sam hangs up, laughs, and then goes back to his Criminal Law book. How boring! Why do smart TV characters usually end up being doctors or lawyers? What's wrong with Eco-Scientist or Director of Marketing?
Dean looks around still very confused. He picks up some letters nearby. Carmen's last name is Porter and she lives in Lawrence, Kansas. At the same address, one Dean Winchester. Lawrence, Kansas? The horror! Then Carmen comes out in a bathrobe calling Dean honey. How cute! She asks him what he's doing up. Dean plays along using the old "couldn't sleep" line. Carmen gets all sweet and invites him back to bed so she could fix that. Dean likes the idea and tells her he'll be right there. She sweetly kisses him and goes back to bed.
Dean must be disoriented for instead of hopping into bed with a beautiful woman that adores him, you know, the thing he always wanted, he looks at photos. It's mostly him and Carmen in googly-eyed love and it's really sweet to see him so smitten. That's not what gets his attention though. It's another photo across the room. I'll mention here the score in this episode is fantastic. It's used at just the right moments such to pack a greater emotional punch. It's just one of the many things that make this episode so superior. Here, the score accents Dean's stunned reaction as he drops the photo and leaves, breaking the frame before we can see it. So much for going back to bed with Carmen.