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Dean drives the Impala and I'm so pleased she still exists in this alternate reality. Whew! I would have been worried if he'd lost that. He pulls up to the old house in the middle of the night and we can see through Jensen's brilliant emoting the rush of feelings that's going through Dean right now. You know, can this be real? He bangs on the door, doesn't get an answer so he rings the doorbell a few times. The porch light comes on. Now this is one of the best reaction shots of the series. "Mom?" It's Mary! She's so worried about her boy. She asks what he's doing here. He can't stop staring at her like he's seen a ghost. Or at least someone who's never seen a ghost in their lifetime. Mary asks if he's alright. "I don't know," Dean says in a whispering voice. Aww, he's all emotional. So are the rest of us pooling to the floor.
Mary pulls him inside and mentions Carmen called about his abrupt exit. Dean is too busy staring with wonder to care. Dean does have that skeptical side though and asks when he was a kid, what did she say to him before she put him to bed every night. Mary doesn't understand but Dean demands an answer. "I told you angels were watching over you." It's really strange how at the time this aired no one thought anything of this. No, it wasn't until Castiel appeared some 20 episodes later that all of a sudden we see the significance in this. Sure, I wonder if Mary just said that because that's what mothers do to comfort their little boys, but you also have to wonder if she knew something.
Dean is so relieved he lets out a tiny cry. "I don't believe it." He gives Mary a huge hug. Oh man, he's been wanting to do this every since he was four years old. I'll tell ya, a relationship between a boy and his mom is really something special. Mary is getting scared though and wants to know what's going on. Dean asks her if she thinks wishes can really, and stops himself. Mary is very confused now and Dean dismisses it with another hug and an "I'm happy to see you, that's all." Then he gets weepy. Come on Dean, you're not supposed to kill us like this only seven minutes in! Crud, I forgot the Kleenexes.
Dean tells her she's beautiful, smiles with wonder and starts looking around. He asks if when he was young was there ever a fire there. No. I'd say the wish has come true Dean. I only have one nitpick on this episode and it's the poorly photoshopped pictures. Did you see the early ones of Dean and Sam? How much do you want to bet they went to Jensen and Jared's mothers for those humiliating shots? Dean sees a picture of John playing softball. He remembers the team and Mary gets sad. "Dad's dead," Dean concludes after seeing her expression. Yeah, it's called Jeffrey Dean Morgan wasn't available for this episode. "And the thing that killed him was a"¦" "A stroke," Mary says. He died in his sleep. Dean actually says "that's great." Mary is shocked to hear that. "That's great that he went peacefully. It sure beats the alternative." Okay Dean, I'll give you that one. John's real death was pretty tragic.
"You've been drinking," Mary says. Okay, that's two so far. I'm counting just for posterity and a possible future trivia question. Dean denies it but Mary doesn't believe him. He's going to call Carmen and have her pick him up. Dean stops her and says he wants to stay there. Why? "Because I miss the place." He tells her to go to bed and he takes a seat with delight on the couch. Mary comes over and gently strokes the side of his head, which is exactly what caring mothers do. Dean is overjoyed. Aww man, I'm weepy again. "You sure you're alright?" Mary asks. "I think so," Dean says. She kisses him on the forehead and Dean so eats it up. Man, now I've gotta go hug my boy. Excuse me.
Mary walks away and says, "get some rest, I love you." How does Dean not bust into tears right then and there? Actually, judging by his frozen look he's fighting it. He's needed this his whole entire life. "Me too," he manages to choke out. She sweetly smiles and then leaves. Aww, even when her boy shows up supposedly drunk, she still loves him. Dean looks at more bad photoshops including a really horrible one of Sam's graduation. Dean is strangely missing. Oh come on, John isn't even the same color. That's so made up.
Dean is asleep on the couch and he looks like he hasn't slept this well in, oh, 23 years. He sees a hysterical photo of all of them at Christmas when he and Sam were young wearing the same matching sweaters. Now I'm in a fit of laughter. What sort of sick family does that? It's the anti-Winchesters! Aww, young Dean and Sam are as cute as buttons! Dean snaps up, realizing he's still in fantasyland. No Dean, it's not a dream. He picks up his cell phone and calls Sam again. He gets the voice mail this time. Dean hangs up not sure what to do.
Next thing he's talking to some college professor claiming to be a member of his class and even sucks up real good. I bet he could have gotten A's in college without even trying. I'm sure that would have driven Sam nuts. Anyway, Dean wants to know all about Djinns. Next thing the professor has lots of books out a la Bobby and mentions that a lot of Muslims believe Djinns are very real. Dean wants to get to the wish part. Does he think they can really do it? The professor doesn't think so since they're mythological creatures. So Dean does the hypothetical about what would happen if someone didn't say their wish out loud like a loved one never died or something horrible never happened. You mean your life Dean?
The professor goes for the hypothetical and explains they have God like power. "They can alter reality however they want, past, present, future." Dean wants to know why the Djinn would do it. He's speculating self defense or it's not really evil. Now the professor has that same bothered expression Mary had. "Son, you been drinking?" Number three. "Everybody keeps asking me that, but uh, no." He's actually thrilled he hasn't been. It's a new lease on life. To reinforce that new lease, he opens the trunk of the Impala. In that large area is just a bunch of fast food restaurant trash and porno magazines. Now that's not treating your baby right! He smiles. "Well who'd have thought baby, we're civilians."
Of course, this is Dean Winchester we're talking about. Any good news is not bound to last more than a few seconds. In the distance he sees a ghost like woman in a white dress staring at him. Dean sees her and instantly knows something isn't right. Now this I never noticed before and I've seen this episode how many times? As he runs toward the woman there's sound of something dripping. Like water or blood or something splashing in a warehouse. Dean walks toward her and a car stops short of hitting him. He looks back and she's gone. He cautiously looks and goes on. Might I mention that at this point in season two seeing the Impala without Sam seems really weird. I suppose now, not so much, but back then, Sam not being around was pretty noticeable.