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Supernatural: What Is and What Never Should Be

Dean's wish is fulfilled. Or is it?

Dreaming of Djinni

The brothers are hunting a Djinn. Dean is scouting out locations, while Sam does research back in the motel room. Dean calls Sam for information, and takes a momentary break to fantasize about Barbara Eden, who he thinks is much hotter than Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched. Sam interrupts. Djinn's live in ruins, and Dean has found some, so off he goes to explore alone. Sam, of course, dooms him to misfortune by telling him to be careful.

Dean stalks through the deserted hallways with a large, bloody knife. At the same time, the Djinn stalks Dean. It ambushes him, laying its hand infused with an electric blue glow.alongside his face, and Dean.... wakes up, a beautiful brunette sleeping beside him, a horror movie playing on TV. He looks around, he doesn't recognize the place. He goes downstairs, sorts through a stack of mail. He's in Kansas. He calls Sam. Sam answers, but doesn't seem himself. Dean tries to explain about the Djinn, but Sam asks Dean if he's been drinking, telling him he'll see him in the morning and hanging up.

The brunette (her name is Carmen) surprises Dean, and tries to get him to come back to bed. Dean looks around, and notices some pictures. One picture, in particular, shocks him. He storms out the door.

"Have you been drinking?"

He pulls up outside a white house, and rings the doorbell frantically. A blonde woman answers, "Dean?" and he grabs her and hugs her.

"Mom," he says. It's Mary Winchester.

"Have you been drinking?" she asks.

Dean spends a little time catching up, asking questions he should know the answers to, puzzling Mary. John is dead, died of a stroke while in his sleep. Dean notices pictures of his dad in a softball uniform. John, in this reality, wasn't the brutally intense former Marine, he was the happy family man.

Dean sleeps at the house, with his mother's consent.

He goes to visit a local college professor, and asks about Djinn's, if they can really grant wishes. The professor asks if he's been drinking.

"People have been asking me that a lot," Dean says. The professor asks him if he know this is just a myth, and Dean says, yeah. But did he think the Djinn's could really grant wishes in mythology. The professor says he does.

As he leaves, Dean notices a woman wearing white, and looking at him accusingly. She looks like a spirit. He chases her, and is nearly hit by a car. When he looks up, she's gone.

The next morning he enjoys a good breakfast, but Mary wonders why he isn't at work. At work? You know, the garage. Oh, yeah.... he tells her he's taking the day off. He notices that the lawn needs mowing, and volunteers to do it. This also puzzles Mary. He's never mowed the lawn before.

So Dean struggles to mow the lawn, waving at the neighbors, and just enjoying the suburban life. Then he sees her. The woman again. He tries to go to her, but she disappears.

Sam arrives

Sam pulls up, and Jessica - dead Jessica, no longer dead - is with him. He's looking quite preppy in this reality. Dean greets him warmly, and Sam seems puzzled. He mentions to Dean that it's Mary's birthday.

They go out to dinner, and Dean pretends to enjoy the food, while Carmen tells him she'll take him out for a cheeseburger later. Sam and Jessica announce their engagement. Dean is thrilled. He's clearly enjoying this life.

As they prepare to leave, Dean suddenly sees the woman in white again. She's looking worse. He tries to make his way across the crowded restaurant to her, but he takes his eyes off her for an instant and she's gone.

Brotherly Love

Back at Mary's, Sam and Jessica prepare to go to bed, but Dean wants to go out and spend some time together. Sam and Jessica look puzzled. Sam asks to speak to Dean alone. When the others give them some privacy, Sam unloads on Dean, telling him that their relationship isn't so great, and listing the numerous things Dean has done to Sam over the years. But Sam doesn't hold a grudge. He just thinks they don't have much in common, and have nothing to talk about.

Dean tells Sam they do have one thing in common. "Hunting," he says.

"Hunting?" Sam asks. "I've never been hunting in my life, Dean."

"Yeah, well, we should go sometime. I think you'd be great at it," Dean says.

A closet full of bones

Back at his house, Dean is troubled. He wants to fix things with Sam. Carmen wants to know what has gotten into Dean. He says he feels like he's been given a second chance. He knows it won't make sense to Carmen. It doesn't. They kiss, but Carmen has to get ready for work, she's on night shift now. Dean wonders what she does. Turns out she's a nurse.

"I'm dating a nurse," Dean says. "That is so.... respectable."

While Carmen is at work, Dean channel surfs the late night shows. One catches his attention. It's a news story on the anniversary of the crash of flight 424. Dean is confused. He stopped that crash (season 1's "Phantom Traveler"). Dean begins to research his other hunts ("Everybody Loves a Clown," "Playthings," "Something Wicked"). With growing horror, he realizes none of those hunts ever happened, and every person involved died because he and Sam weren't there to save them.

The woman in white walks through the room, just at the edge of Dean's vision. He follows to his bedroom. There's nothing there. He rips open the door to his closet, to find several dessicated bodies hanging from their wrists. In the mirror, he sees the woman in white, and he turns. She looks at him blankly, a large bloody cut on her head, before she flickers and disappears. He turns, but the bodies in his closet are gone.

Dean visits John's grave. He tells him that everyone that was saved by them is now dead, and that a woman seems to be haunting him.

"It's like my old life is just coming after me or something, like it doesn't want me to be happy. 'Course, I know what you'd say. Well, not the you that played softball, but... you'd say, 'Go hunt the Djinn, it put you here, it can put you back. Your happiness or all those people's lives, no contest. Right?

Why? Why is it my job to save all these people? Why do I have to be some kind of hero? What about us, huh? Mom's not supposed to live her life? Sammy's not supposed to get married? Why do we have to sacrifice everything, Dad?"

As thunder rolls softly in the background. Dean stops and looks at his father's headstone. He shakes his head and walks away.

Caught red handed

Sam is woken by a noise downstairs at Mary's house. He grabs a baseball bat, and sneaks downstairs. He sees a figure in the shadows, tries to hit it with the bat, and it grabs him, throws him to the floor.

"That was so easy, I'm embarrassed for you," Dean says. He claims to have been looking for a beer.

"In the china cabinet?" Sam asks. He notices that Dean has Mary's silver out. He wants to know what's so important that Dean has to steal from his own mother.

"You want the truth?" Dean asks. "I owe somebody money." He claims it's a gambling debt.

"I can't believe we're even related," Sam says.

Dean tells Sam he's sorry they don't get along, and that he wishes he could stay and fix it, but people's lives depend on what he's doing. He says to tell Mary he loves her. He leaves, but Sam gets in Metallicar. He's not going alone. Dean tries to talk him out of it, saying it's dangerous, and Sam will only slow him down. Dean wants to know why he's doing this.

"Because you're still my brother," Sam says.
"Bitch," Dean says.
"What, what are you calling me a bitch for?" Sam asks.
"You're supposed to say, 'jerk.'"
"What?" Sam asks.
"Nevermind," Dean mumbles.

As they drive, Sam notices a brown paper bag in the back seat. He wants to know what's in it, but Dean says it's nothing. Sam grabs it and inside finds a container of blood.

"What the hell is this?"
"Blood," Dean says.
"Yeah, I can see that it's blood, Dean, what the hell is it doing in here?"
"You don't really want to know."
"No, uh, I do really want to know. I really, really do want to know."

Dean explains that he needed a silver knife dipped in lamb's blood to kill a creature called a "Djinn." Sam, of course, thinks he's crazy and wants him to stop the car. Dean refuses, so Sam starts to call the police on his cell phone. Dean takes the phone from him and throws it out the window.

Sam eventually falls asleep. Dean awakens him outside a condemned building in Illinois. The Djinn's lair. Inside, they find a collection of bodies hanging from their wrists, with IVs pulling blood from their necks. Dean sees the woman from his visions, she's alive. Sam and Dean hide when the Djinn comes to drink from the IVs.

The woman mumbles something about her dad, and the Djinn puts her to sleep. Dean realizes that maybe the Djinn is not really granting the wish, but instead is causing very real feeling hallucinations.

When Sam sees the Djinn drinking blood, he gasps. The Djinn hears, and looks around, but sees nothing. It begins searching, and Sam and Dean hide while it passes. Sam finally believes Dean isn't crazy, but wants to leave before the Djinn comes back. Dean looks around, and he has flashbacks. He sees himself tied up like the woman, and realizes that he could be tied up just like the woman, hallucinating. The visions aren't a spirit, he's seeing more of reality.

Dean thinks no one there is real now. He decides to test it. He draws his knife. An old wives' tale says that if you're about to die in a dream, you wake up. So he decides to kill himself.

Sam tells him that it's not a dream, that he's real, he's here, and it's not a dream.

"No, I'm pretty sure," he pauses. "Like 90% sure. But I'm sure enough." He turns the knife on himself.

Suddenly, Mary, Jessica and Carmen walk out of the shadows.

"Why'd you have to keep digging?" Sam asks. "Why couldn't you have left well enough alone? You were happy."
"Put the knife down, honey," Mary says.
"You're not real," Dean says. "None of it is."
"It doesn't matter," Mary replies. "It's still better than anything you had."
"You have everything you want. We're a family again. Let's go home," Mary says.
"I'll die. The Djinn'll drain the life out of me in a couple of days."
"In here, with us, it will feel like years. Like a lifetime. I promise. No more pain, or fear. Just love, comfort, and safety. Dean, stay with us. Get some rest."

"You don't have to worry about Sam anymore. You get to watch him live a full life," Jessica says.

Carmen kisses him. "We can have a future together. Have our own family. I love you, Dean. Please."

"Why is it our job to save everyone?" Sam asks. "Haven't we done enough? I'm begging you, give me the knife."

Dean looks at them all, then looks past them. "I'm sorry," he says, and plunges the knife into his gut.

"Dean!" Sam shouts. He goes to Dean, who is hanging by his wrists. Sam shakes him awake, and Dean says, "Auntie Em. There's no place like home."
"I thought we lost you," Sam says.
"You almost did," Dean replies.
Sam takes the IV out of his neck, and begins cutting him down. Halfway through, the Djinn attacks. Dean shouts, and Sam turns.

Sam and the Djinn fight. Sam loses the knife, and the Djinn begins to place his glowing hand alongside Sam's face.

Dean stabs it in the back, and twists the knife for good measure. The Djinn dies.

Dean checks the woman in his visions. She's alive. He cuts her down.

Back in the motel room, Sam checks on the woman, who is expected to make a full recovery. Dean is flipping through a magazine, when he sees Carmen in an ad for his favorite beer.

Sam asks if Dean is alright.

"You should've seen it, Sam. Our lives. You were such a wussy," Dean says, as Sam laughs.
"So we didn't get along then, huh?" Sam asks.
"Naw," Dean replies.
"Yeah... I thought it was supposed to be this perfect fantasy?" Sam says.
"No, it wasn't. It was just a wish. I wished for Mom to live. Mom never died, we never went hunting, and you and me, we just never, uh, you know."

Sam nods. "Well, I'm glad we do. And I'm glad you dug yourself out, Dean. Most people wouldn't have had the strength. They would've just stayed."
"Well, lucky me," Dean says. "I gotta tell you, though, man, you had Jess. Mom was gonna have grandkids..."
"Yeah, but Dean, it wasn't real."
"I know," Dean says. "But I wanted to stay. I wanted to stay so bad. I mean, ever since Dad... all I can think about is how much this job's cost us. We've lost so much. We sacrificed so much."
"People are alive because of you," Sam says. "It's worth it, it is. It's not fair, and it hurts like hell, but, it's worth it."

Dean doesn't reply. He just sits silently, thinking.

Posted by Miller on May 4, 2007 6:47 AM
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