"Bad Day at Black Rock" --Robin's Ramblings by Robin Vogel
Kubrick visits Gordon in jail, who insists, "Sam Winchester must die."
Driving in the Impala, the brothers fight about Ruby. Dean's concerned that Sam is trusting a demon, but Sam just wants to use her. There's a war going on, she can help them" plus, she claims she can get Dean out of the Crossroads deal. The argument is interrupted by JOHN'S phone ringing in the glove compartment; Dean apparently keeps it charged, just in case. John's Buffalo, NY storage locker, which the brothers knew nothing about, has been broken into.
In seemingly idyllic Cicero, Indiana, a young girl, Katie, returns home early from her visit to her divorced father's home, claiming to Mommy that there are monsters there, and she no longer wants to have "Dad's night" anymore. Mom, mystified, agrees. After they leave, Katie's father is killed by his own power saw, which thrums into life by itself and induces him to fall on top of it. The resulting gore-fest is Krip-squee-worthy, and we wonder how it got past the censors.
Sam, in a restaurant, works on his computer while talking on the phone with Bobby, trying to find Dean a way out of his demon deal. When Dean enters, Sam insists he's ordering a pizza, causing Dean to call him Weirdy McWeirderton. Dean uses the story of the man falling on his power saw as an excuse to go visit Lisa Braeden, a former yoga teacher who gave him the "bendiest" weekend of his life. While Sam is annoyed, Dean talks him into it as one of his many dying wishes. Dean grins wickedly, considering his fun with "Gumby Girl," wondering if that makes him "Pokey."
He all but dumps Sam in front of the motel without his duffel, he's in such a rush, but when Dean knocks on Lisa's door, he finds she's throwing a party for her eight-year-old son, Ben. While being ogled by Lisa's cougar friends, who know him as THAT Dean, "best night of my life Dean," with whom Lisa did things that were almost unlawful, Dean does some math, watches Ben enjoying the chicks, gobbling food, opening a CD and declaring "AC/DC rules!" He races toward the kitchen
In the kitchen, Lisa and Katie's mom have been having a disturbing discussion; the latter is insisting her daughter isn't her daughter at all! Lisa tries to reassure Katie's mom that Katie is having trouble adjusting to losing her father and promises to get her help. Insulted and angry, Katie's mom tells Lisa, "You don't understand," gathers up her daughter and leaves the party.
Dean enters the kitchen and awkwardly beats around the bush with the timeline of their affair, asking if Ben is his. No! answers Lisa. Noticing Katie and her mom leaving, Dean asks if they're OK. Lisa explains about the terrible accident with the power saw.
Ruby joins Sam at his table, closes his computer, and grabs one of his French fries. She declares them deep-fried crack and urges him to have one. He accuses her of following him since Lincoln. She won't give him a straight answer about where she got the demon killing knife, and when he asks why she's following him, she replies, "Because you're tall. I love a tall man. And then there's the whole antichrist thing. Generation of psychic kids, yellow-eyed-demon rounds you up, celebrity death match ensues. You're the sole survivor." She mentions Sam's visions, and he tells her that stuff hasn't happened since the YED died. "Well, I'm thinking you're still a pretty big deal," she says, "I mean, after all that business with your mom." You know, what happened to her friends. You . . . don't know. You've got a little bit of catching up to do my friend." She writes her phone number on Sam's palm. "So why don't you look into your mom's pals and then give me a call and we'll talk again?"By the way," she adds, "there is a job here."
Seconds later, after Ruby's left, Dean calls to tell Sam there IS a job here"”there have been lots of weirdo accidents all over the neighborhood, people falling from ladders, drowning in Jacuzzis"”that never made the newspaper.
There are a LOT (too many, IMHO) scenes of Katie and her mother in this ep. The first, in which Katie's mom sees her daughter's peeling, grayish, hideous reflection in a mirror, is frightening, and the actress portraying the mom is excellent in her growing hysteria, but I felt the ep was too much of them and not enough of the Winchesters. The little girl, too, is appropriately icky, especially when she tells Mommy how much she loves her. Once we know it's all about the feeding and get a look at the wound on the mothers' necks and see that ring of grotesque TEETH all the kids have. . .eww. . . gross. . .disgusting! I have to admit, though, the scene in which Katie's mom takes her little girl to the water and sends her into the drink is very upsetting. It makes me wonder if perhaps some of the terrible mothers who have done it to their kids in the news have had reasons like THIS for doing so. I mean, we're sure they didn't, but what if they DID? Most spine-crawling of all, though, was when Katie's mom returned home, crying over what she had done, to find her daughter sitting in a chair, dripping wet, still looking for her friggin' ice cream!
Sam plays a cool, collected insurance adjustor, his hair just perfect, and he spies the red stuff that looks like blood but isn't, the red, round sore on Mommy's neck, and the daughter, Dakota, who could play Wednesday in her class play without any makeup or change in clothing. Brrrrrrrr, that kid was sooooo creepy!
Didn't you just love have the Cicero Realtor was RIGHT THERE, wanting to know if Katie's mom was ready to list the house? Her ex-husband's body wasn't even cool yet! Talk about jumping in the grave! Was that the changeling real estate lady or the real deal? Hard to tell. Hmmm. Katie coming over, asking for ice cream. Was that just short hand for saying she wanted to suckle on Mommy's wound? The little brat is always hungry!
The scene Ben telling Dean he couldn't send a grown-up to retrieve his game because only BITCHES send a grown-up was BEAUTIFUL, hilarious"”and true. I loved that Dean played a father-figure for Ben and told him to go knee that bully in the nads and take back what was his, even if Lisa was pissed off at him for saying so. I got a lump in my throat when Ben pulled his hand from his mom's, ran back to Dean and hugged and thanked him for helping him out. I don't care what Lisa told Dean later, that little boy IS Winchester flesh, blood and bone, damn it!
Dean returns to find Sam's figured everything out"”they're dealing with changelings who feed on the mothers' synovial fluid until they die. Anyone getting between the mom and the changeling dies. The real kids are hidden somewhere underground. Dean, immediately concerned about Ben's welfare, wants to make a stop. At Lisa's, Dean offers her a credit card to take Ben away to Six Flags for his birthday"”NOW. She notices it belongs to Siegfried Houdini and orders him to go. When Ben says, "Make him go away, Mommy," Dean realizes he's been replaced by a changeling and is terrified, but Lisa tells Dean to get out and shuts the door in his face.
Sam and Dean go to a house being built in the same development. Dean points out red clay there, explaining what's been looking like blood. Not only are all the kids there, locked in individual cages, but so is a bodyguard mother changeling"”Realtor Lady. Dean and Sam battle her, and for a while, it looks like she's got the upper hand, but Sam uses Dean's homemade fire extinguisher to set her on fire, and she disappears. Ben uses his jacket to help the other kids escape a broken window unscathed, and makes sure all of them get out ahead of him, just as his Dad, Dean, would.
Dean and Sam return Ben safely to Lisa. Sam leaves to give them time to talk. While Ben listens to a CD, Dean explains about the changelings and that THIS is what he does for a living. He asks if she's sure Ben isn't his, and she says yes; she did a blood test when he was a baby"”"Some bar back in a biker joint. What? I had a type. Leather jacket, couple of scars, no mailing address I was there. Guess I was a little wild back then. Before I became a mom. So, yeah, you can relax." "Good," says Dean, but he doesn't mean it. "I swear you look disappointed," she says. "Yeah, I don't know," he says. "It's weird, you know, your life. I mean, this house and kid. It's not my life. Never will be. Some stuff happened to me recently, and, uh, anyway, a guy in my situation, you start to think, you know. I'm going to be gone one day and what am I leaving behind besides a car?" "I don't know," she says. "Ben may not be your kid, but he wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for you. That's a lot if you ask me." "You know, just for the record, you've got a great kid," says Dean. "I would have been proud to be his dad." Lisa runs over and impulsively kisses Dean on the lips. "Look," she says, "if, um, if you want to stick around for a while, you're welcome to stay." "I can't," says Dean, "I've got a lot of work to do, and it's not my life." He leaves.
Sam has made all the phone calls. "They're dead. All of them. All of my mom's friends. Our doctor, our uncle, everyone who ever knew her systematically wiped of the map one at a time. Someone went through a hell of a lot of trouble trying to cover their tracks." It's the yellow-eyed demon, says Ruby, "it's all about YOU." Sam demands to know who she is. To his horror, she reveals her black eyes. "You're a demon," he accuses. "Don't be a racist," she says. She wants to help him from time to time, help him figure out what happened to his mother, to her friends. "And if you let me," she adds, "there's something in it for you. I could help you save your brother."
1. We now know Ruby's TRUE raison d'etre. What did you think of her at the end of this episode?
2. What did you think of the MOTW? Too much Katie and her Mommy?
3. Did we ever really learn what happened to everyone Mary knew, or are we just supposed to assume they were killed to make sure they never spilled anything as accessories to John and Mary's strange little story? Or did Kripke just drop the ball on this part of the story?
4. Do you think Lisa was telling the truth, or did she lie after learning what Dean really did for a living?
Welcome to the first new episode of season 3! I was disappointed after the beauty of "In My Time of Dying," which was about as perfect as a SUPERNATURAL episode can get, but this episode had its high points, too. "Hell's Bells" plays over the re-cap, which was wonderful, and so we segue into what's going on only five days after the release of all the demons from Devil's Gate.
In a too-long, too-expensive (Kripke even said so) scene, we watch a flock of CGI demons criss-crossing the sky. One shoves itself down the throat of a hapless Chicago man named Walter Rosen, who stupidly put out his garbage. His eyes glow black.
Outside a motel room, Sam sits in the Impala, reading Dr. Faustus, already trying to find a way to break Dean from his deal. Dean? He's wearing a wife-beater and from inside their hotel room, he gives Sam two thumbs up. He's about to have sex with a gal he calls "The Doublemint Twins," presumably because of her lovely breasts. When Bobby calls Sam to find out what Dean's doing, Sam's reply is, "Polling the electorate," which is one of the highlights of this ep for me. VERY funny--and dirty! Bobby tells Sam that he and his brother need to high-tail it to Lincoln Nebraska; there have been omens of demonic activity.
Poor Sam peeks around the motel room door and catches Dean en flagrant dilecto. Later, as Dean wildly drives the Impala over a hill, he reminds Sam that he caught him performing a beautiful, natural act. All Sam wants is to borrow Dean's knife so he can gouge out his eyes. The house Bobby wants them to check out has extraordinarily loud cicadas and three stinky dead bodies sitting on the couch. There's no sulfur and no apparent cause of death. When Dean hears a noise out on the porch and goes to investigate, he's struck by the gun butt of a man named Isaac, who Bobby greets as a fellow hunter and friend. "Bleeding here!" gasps Dean, reaching a hand up for help.
They go to the home of husband and wife hunter team Isaac and Tamara. The two argue fondly over the location of palo santo, a wood that keeps demons nailed down while you're exorcising them. Sam asks how they got into hunting in the first place, a question that disturbs the couple, and Bobby, too. Dean, on the phone with a coroner's assistant, agrees to have an. . .appletini with her, even though he has no clue what that is. She does tell him those three people died of starvation and dehydration, even with a stocked kitchen right at hand. Isaac refuses to hunt with the Winchesters; they let the Devil's Gate get open in the first place! When Dean starts to get huffy, Tamara wisely pulls her husband out of the room before the testosterone gets too thick.
Bobby draws the curtains, not knowing there is a blond hunter woman who steps from the shadows and is intently watching the house.
The following day, Walter Rosen goes into a store, rubs a blond woman's shoulder, points and says, "Those are nice shoes." Another woman, brunette, has already decided to buy the hideous green shoes. The blond follows the brunette to her car, brutally smashes her head into her windshield until she's dead and her car alarm is blaring, then picks up the bag with the shoes and walks away with it. (A terrible but very effective scene.)
Later, inside the store, Sam finds Dean "comforting" a bereaved woman, obviously with more horizontal pleasures in mind. Dean fake coughs, reminding Sam he's sold his soul (and this seemed very out of character for Dean and bothered the hell out of me. I simply couldn't see Dean rubbing Sam's face in it, knowing how upset Sam was). Bobby, all dressed up in a suit, played fake DA and questioned the woman, who didn't respond to being splashed with holy water"”she just REALLY wanted those shoes!
Dean proves he's not just working on the ladies by pointing out the security tape camera. They watch the tape together and notice the man who touched the blond who went crazy and killed the other woman. They suspect he's a demon. Later, Sam's walking down the street and feels he's being followed, which he is"”by the same blond who was watching the house the previous night. When Sam turns around, no one is there.
Dean and Bobby are on stake-out in the latter's truck outside a bar; it's shortly after midnight. They showed Walter's picture around and this is his usual hangout; they're waiting for him. Sam bangs on the window, causing both men to jump. Sam laughs and climbs into the back seat. Sam has ID'd the guy"”Walter Rosen from Oak Park, IL, went missing right after the demons escaped the gate. They spy Walter heading into the bar, and Bobby and Dean argue over whether they should enter now or wait. Spotting Tamara and Isaac heading in, they realize they must act immediately.
Tamara and Isaac are seated at a table, awaiting drinks. Isaac has a flask of holy water. He tells her to bring the truck around to the back. "I love you," she whispers. When Isaac stands up, a bouncer comes over, revealing black eyes. "I don't like hunters in my bar!" he declares, grabbing Isaac's flask and hurling it away. Suddenly, Isaac and Tamara are surrounded by demons, crowding in with malice in their black eyes. Dean, Bobby and Sam are trying to get inside the bar, to no avail. "I like the girl," says the waitress salaciously, "there are a thousand things I could do with her." "Wish I had me a girl like that," says Walter eagerly. Isaac warns them away from his wife, but he suddenly finds himself chugging down drain cleaner"”to Tamara's horror. Isaac, blood falling from both sides of his mouth, falls to the floor. (This was so gross"”I was imagining what it was doing to his insides and feeling the burn.) Tamara becomes hysterical. "All right, honey, YOUR turn!" exults Walter. At that moment, Bobby's car screeches right into the bar, leaving wood in its wake. They splatter the demons with holy water, grab Tamara, who doesn't want to leave with Isaac, and end up shoving Walter into the trunk before Dean throws himself into the shotgun seat and they take off.
Tamara has only one thing on her mind"”getting Isaac's body back home. Dean is willing to go with her to retrieve it, since he's already dead, something Sam really isn't pleased to hear him say. Bobby reveals that he finally knows that they're up against"”the SEVEN DEADLY SINS! Gluttony got Isaac, Envy the shoe shopper, sloth those who sat and died. These demons are a whole new variety, and he isn't sure how to go up against them, so when Tamara starts insisting on going back for Isaac, he screams at her, reminding her she and her husband went off after these demons half-cocked before and things turned out badly; they have to THINK about their next move this time! Gently, Bobby tells her he's sorry for her loss, but they're doing it his way this time.
They have Envy tied up under the Devil's Trap. Asked what he wants, he says he already has it"”freedom, fun"”he likes seeing people's insides on their outsides. Then he accuses Dean of being a walking billboard of gluttony and lust, Tamara of harboring wrath"”so she punches him, twice. You're all horny, greedy, hungry and violent, accuses Envy, no better than us demons. When Dean volunteers to stay behind and face the other six demons who would be showing up to save Envy, Sam's response is, "If we're going down, we're going down together." Handed a bible, Tamara is only too happy to exorcise the demon, and is indifferent when the host body dies, too.
In an attic room lit only by candles, Sam fills bottles with holy water while Dean cleans guns and fills them with ammo. The brothers don't speak, but the communication going back and forth between them speaks volumes of hope and love. They hear singing: "I shall not be moved." Isaac's corpse, reanimated by one of the demons, calls for Tamara. Bobby tries his best to talk to her, convince her that's not Isaac, but it has and uses his memories, reminding her that she left him to die and left their daughter, too! Tamara screams and runs outside, opening the door and the protective salt line, allowing the other six demons into the house. She uses the palo santo stake to shut Isaac up. Bobby easily traps an overweight demon under the Devil's Trap, and taunts, "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." (A line taken right out of ANIMAL HOUSE.)
The pretty Lust demon captures Dean, who seduces him into a heavy lip-lock. Sam is attacked by three demons, headed up by Pride, who is able to break a Devil's Trap. He calls Sam "Boy King," but mockingly, he's not impressed and won't bow before him, now that Yellow Eyes is dead"”it's Open Season on Sam! Dean controls his lust well enough to break the kiss and push Lust-gal's head into a bathtub full of holy water. Pride had Sam in a chokehold. The mysterious blond appears with a magic knife, easily, quickly killing the other two demons. Pride drops Sam and turns to Blondie, who then needs rescuing by Sam. Between the two of them, she's able to thrust her knife into Pride's throat, where it glows inside his mouth (wonderful special effects with that knife on the demons), and he goes down. "Who are you?" gasps Sam. "The girl who saved your ass," she gasps back. "I saved yours, too," he counters. "See you around, Sam," she says, grinning, and disappears. Sam is unable to find her.
In the aftermath, host bodies are salted and burned; Bobby reports two are alive but will need extensive therapy. Isaac is given a proper hunter's burning send-off and Tamara, after a warning from Bobby that the world is a far more dangerous place now, leaves, alone and much sadder. Dean teases Sam for having to be saved by "that masked chick," whoever she was, and they all wonder what kind of knife could kill a demon. When Sam asks Bobby if they can win this war, the old hunter doesn't answer.
Left alone, Sam and Dean begin to argue over Dean's decision to sell his soul to bring Sam back. The latter wants to go to Louisiana to consult a hoodoo priest, while Dean prefers Reno. Sam's pissed off at his brother, but Dean tells him, "We welch, you die." How could you make that deal? asks Sam. Because I couldn't live with you dead, replies Dean. So you're doing the same thing to me, says Sam, which is selfish. Dean is OK with that, he's tired and sees a light at the end of the tunnel. "That's hellfire, Dean," says Sam sourly. All Dean wants to do is make the most of the time he has left"”kill some evil sons of bitches and raise a little hell"”he feels good! You're unbelievable, says Sam.
"Very true," says Dean. They climb into the Impala and drive away.
1. The suits at the CW requested they make the show less dark, and season 3 was the result. This episode was far too bright for me, and I didn't like it. Like they said in "Hollywood Babylon," horror is supposed to be dark. I agree.
2. This episode introduced Ruby, the mysterious woman who will have a huge affect on the brothers' lives, especially Sam's. We already know the end of that story, here is the very beginning. She swoops in and saves Sam like he's a damsel in distress, but she gets in trouble, too, and needs help from him. Many people despised her before she ever showed up, and hated the slow motion of her demon-killing scene. I liked that. I came to like Ruby, too, but many fans wanted her gone when she was merely a concept. How about you, now that her story arc has come and gone?
3. Sam says everything to Dean he couldn't say at the end of S2, about how selfish he is for making the deal, that Dean is forcing HIM to live without his brother, etc. Yet Dean says he's fine with that and wants to spend his last year killing evil SOB's and raising a little hell. Is he justified? Does he really expect his loving brother to just accept this and shut up?
4. Given that we really only "met" Pride, Lust and Envy (and briefly, Sloth), did you think Bobby made too big a deal about the SEVEN DEADLY SINS? Did you think perhaps it might have been better if they had two in the episode or three, instead of all of them at once?
5. How horrible was the bar scene with Tamara and Isaac? I FELT their terror. First time around, I was sure both were going to die. Forcing Isaac to drink drain cleaner was one of the worst things I've ever seen on this show. Then sending Isaac back reanimated by a demon was so cruel and terrible for Tamara, but effective in getting inside the house. I still hope we'll see Tamara again someday. She lost her husband and child to the supernatural, and probably became as driven as John.
6. I was disappointed with "Magnificent Seven." In comparison to "In My Time of Dying" and "Lazarus Rising," it left a lot to be desired. It had good points"”the introduction of Tamara and Isaac, married hunters; effective MOTW in Envy and Pride (I did like Envy's speech about how humans are no better than demons, especially talking about hungry, horny Dean); that terrifying bar scene with its horrific death for Isaac; Dean's Doublemint Twins scene while Sam waited in the Impala, then had to go in and interrupt him; and the final discussion between the brothers, where Dean told Sam how it's going to be, period. Your opinion?
Yes, I believe I promised this when I published season three back in December. There are so many Dean Winchesterisms in season four though, so due diligence was required (aka some extra time and a lot of season four rewatching). So enjoy this one. Twice as many quotes as other seasons!
Being in Hell might have been a real horror for Dean, but it didn’t hurt his sharp tongue one bit. If anything, the hellfire rumba gave him a spark or something. Season four has so many gems.
Sam is dead, and it's been a couple of days. In some cabin somewhere, he lies peacefully on a mattress red with his blood, and Dean has been crying and talking to him, unable to accept his failure to protect his brother. Bobby keeps stopping by with different food, the latest a bucket of chicken. Dean just keeps drinking from a whiskey bottle, refusing to eat. Bobby thinks it's time they consider burying Sam. Torch his corpse?--not yet, insists Dean. Bobby wants him to come with him, leave this place, so he won't be alone. He needs his help; something big is going down, end-of-the-world big. "THEN LET IT END!" cries Dean"”haven't I given enough?"”paid enough"”I'm done. He literally pushes Bobby, then apologizes. "You know where I'll be," says Bobby, leaving Dean alone with his dead brother.
Jake, hiding in the woods, dreams of the YED, who calls him the American Idol for winning the competition. Jake orders the demon to go to hell. "Been there, done that," quips the YED, who says he has a task for Jake, and if he refuses to do it, Jake's mother and little sister will be the ones to suffer for it.
Dean talks to Sam, and it's just heartbreaking, about how, when he was five, he started asking questions"”why didn't they have a mom, why did they move around so much, where did Dad go. I told you to quit asking, you didn't want to know; I wanted you to be a kid a little longer. My job was to keep you safe, Dad didn't even have to tell me. It was always my responsibility, my one job and I screwed it up, I blew it, and for that I'm sorry. He wipes his eyes. I guess that's what I do"”let down the people I love. I let Dad down"”am I supposed to let you down, too? How can I? What am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? Standing, he demands, "What am I supposed to do?"
Long before Supernatural was renewed for a season 6, there was speculation about how a season six would work after the apocalypse. How can you top that? After the announcement that season six would return to the basic format of season one, more questions were raised of how the integration of the brotherâ€™s more developed characters would mesh with the season one format. And of course, how would the series continue without Eric Kripke?
No one knows what the writers will have in store for us, but the series renewal opens up a whole host of questions as to how and why this plan was chosen and how it will affect the continuation of the series. First let me say this article is all speculation on my part. Speculation is fun, and can lead to interesting discussions, as I hope this one does. If you enjoy it, great, I had fun writing it, as I love theorizing about my favorite show. It you have a different POV or idea, please share, as whatever course season six takes, theoretical or otherwise, it will not be view the same by everyone. So, first letâ€™s discuss theâ€ How will that work?â€ questions, and then speculate on the â€œWhy return to a season one format?â€ and the continuation of the series.
Every since fall of last year, people were speculating on where season 6 would go if it became a reality. In my first ever article for this site, Supernatural Season Six: A Few Ideas, I discussed different directions the series could go, and that none would spell the end of the show. There will always be good and evil and plenty of material for future MOTW episodes, or new story arcs, as Kripke and Gamble have stated more than once. Basically Supernatural can go in any direction it wants. That for me is a given.
Kripke wraps up the "special kids" storyline in this and the next episode, for some, in an anticlimactic way. Kripke himself said he was getting tired of it, so instead of an army of special kids, he wanted the group pared down to one, the "American Idol," to use the YED's own words.
Sam and Dean stop by a tiny cafe for a meal. Dean sends Sam in to get him a burger with extra onions (Sam argues about riding in the car with his brother and those extra onions), and some pie (pronounced "pah" by Dean). "It's Been Such a Long Time" begins playing wonky on the radio when Dean realizes something is terribly wrong. He runs into the diner and finds everyone inside dead, their throats slashed. Horrible country music is playing. Worst of all, Sam is missing. There are sulfur remnants on the door. Dean calls "Sam!" and "Sammy!" desperately, running around searching, but his brother is gone.
If you have a weak stomach, be warned. Some of these screencaps are pretty gross. If you think you can handle it, read on!
I was inspired to write up this list by Ben Edlund's insane opening to "My Bloody Valentine." Gruesome! We all know that Supernatural can be a really gory show. And normally, I can handle what they throw at me. I have a pretty strong stomach, thankfully, because you need one to watch this show! But sometimes things happen that make me turn away from the TV because I just can't watch. We all have our own personal fears and things we just can't stand to see, so what really creeps me out and makes me turn away may seem really tame to others. I'm going to go through my Top 10 Cringeworthy Moments and tell you why they make me squirm. And I'm curious to hear if you readers cringe at the same moments or have other ones that you can't stand, so fess up in the comments!
Of all the episodes of SUPERNATURAL, this one is often given as many fans' number one favorite. For me, next to the one in which Sam dies, it's also the most heartbreaking. Trust me when I tell you that the first time I saw this episode, I pretty much cried from beginning to end. It was so sad and hard to watch what Dean had to go through and what he was forced to give up.
Dean, courtesy of a Djinn (genie), is given the opportunity to have the life he might have had Mary never diedâ€”Jessica alive, Sam in law school at Stanford and engaged to her, and Dean himself living with a beautiful nurse, working on cars at a garage. Missing: John, who died of a stroke in his sleep at age 52 (because JDM was unavailable), a close relationship with Sam, and the deaths of every soul he and Sam had saved as hunters. So the situation wasn't completely idyllic, and forced Dean to make a tough decision.
Dean is captured by the Djinn in a warehouse. Sam is talking to him on his cell as Dean drives up and down, trying to find the genie's lair. They've been forced to get a new plate for the Impalaâ€”CNK Q83â€”after their escape from prison; they've ditched the credits cards, too. Ignoring Sam's directive to pick him up first, Dean goes alone to the warehouse he thinks the Djinn is holed up in. When the creature traps him, the seemingly multi-tattooed genie touches Dean's forehead and blue electric sparks flash through his fingers into Dean's face.