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Dean puts on the opening song "Saturday Night Special" and Sam is unnerved as Dean drives on. You know, this prissy version of Sam worked great in "Tall Tales." Here, he's pretty pathetic. So if Mary hadn't died, he'd become a boring useless preppy lawyer. Somehow, I don't see that better than the mess he's in now. At least his life isn't boring and he's meeting some fascinating people. Anyway, Dean pulls up to the warehouse in Joliet. Sam is sleeping so Dean shines a flashlight on him. Apparently that wakes him up in the alternate reality too. I do love how Dean is getting delight in teasing his brother, even in this universe. Sam asks where they are. "Well, we're not in Kansas anymore." You do of course realize that there's like 500 miles difference between the two places. Dean would have to have been going 90 mph to get there in like six hours. I guess if they had left around midnight, okay I'll drop it.
Dean knows something is in there. They look and at first there isn't something. Sam is telling him so because he's a whiny little brother. Dean should really whip around and clock him with that flashlight. He and his track jacket are annoying me. Then they hear a woman whimpering. "Stay behind me and keep your mouth shut," Dean instructs Sam. Sam's too busy freaking out to say much anyway. Dean finds the skeletons, the ones he saw in his closet. This is turning out to be a well played hunch. Then he finds the girl that's been haunting him. She's alive but she doesn't look good at all. Near dead. Dean spots the Djinn and they run and hide. I should note that my disc on this episode has been damaged since the day I got it, so I had to buy a new season two set to do this recap. Luckily, they've been uber cheap lately. This scene I've never seen before in its entirety until now. The bad part of the disc was at this exact spot.
Djinn walks in, see's the girl coming around and does his whole magic sleep thing on her again. Dean and Sam lurk in the shadows and watch. This dude is really creepy. He stares at her with those blue eyes longingly as she goes under and then he starts caressing her a bit while she's out. Then he drinks her blood. Okay, definitely not your Barbara Eden genie. Could you imagine her going dark like this? He, it would be nice to see her torture Major Nelson. Sam is grossed out and makes a noise. Djinn looks, doesn't see anyone there and goes upstairs. Of course Sam and Dean are under the stairs watching him go up. Sam is pretty shaken. "This is real, you're not crazy." Dean's too puzzled putting together the mystery to care. He figures out the girl thinks she's with her father. He goes back out to take another look. "What if that's what the Djinn does? He doesn't grant you a wish, he just makes you think he has."
Sam wants to leave in case the Djinn comes back. Dean ignores him, for now he sees it. He goes over to a nearby spot and sees the light bulb. Suddenly he flashes on himself being strung up and half dead. He's there too! Pretty clever Dean. He's too busy being horrified to be self-congratulatory. Sam wants to leave, but Dean asks what if he's like her. "What if this is all in my head?" Fade to commercial with metal teeth chomp. Wow, that's a cool reveal! Honest, I'd never seen that before.
Dean's back to speculating more. The Djinn's giving them some sort of supernatural acid and feeding on them slow. She's not a spirit. He's getting flashes of reality and can't snap out of it. Sam is trying to convince him otherwise. Hmm, Sam, why are you trying to do that? Sam pulls him away saying they need to get out of there but Dean pushes him back. "I don't think you're real." This is about where the disc went back to normal before so now all this looks familiar. Sam grabs onto him and goes frantic. "Do you feel this? I'm real, this is not an acid trip. I'm real and that thing is going to come down and kill us for real." Dean has one way to be sure and he pulls out the silver knife. Wow, it's a nice sharp pointy one with a cool handle. He's going on the old wives tale that if you're about to die in your dream you wake up. Ooh, smart thinking. I would have never come up with that.
Sam is in full fledged fit mode, telling him he's going to kill himself. "Or I'm going to wake up," Dean says. Sam does one more anxious plea but Dean won't have it. "No, I'm pretty sure." They have a stare down. "Like 90 percent sure. But I'm sure enough." Dean turns the knife on himself. "Wait!" Sam shouts and from the shadows emerges Mary, white nightgown and all. The serene music plays and Dean realizes he's right. Sam suddenly isn't Mr. Wimp anymore either. "Why'd you have to keep digging? Why couldn't you have left well enough alone?" Carmen and Jessica come out too. Dean is stunned. "You were happy," Sam says. Mary comes up to him with her loving smile and tells him to put the knife down. "You're not real. None of it is." Dean says.
"It doesn't matter. It's still better than anything you had," Mary tells him. Dean can't believe she's saying that. "It's everything you want. We're a family again. Let's go home." Dean uses the "he'll die" rationale. The Djinn will drain the life out of him in a couple of days. "But in here with us, it'll feel like years. Like a lifetime. I promise." Dean seriously considers this. He wants is so bad, we can tell. Sam even gives him an approving smile. Mary goes on while stroking his face. "No more pain, or fear. Just love and comfort. And safety. Dean, stay with us. Get some rest." Dean melts and looks like he's being won over.
To seal the deal, Jessica speaks up. "You don't have to worry about Sam anymore. You get to watch him live a full life." By Dean's expression, that one is what means more to him than anything. Then Carmen comes over for her turn. She kisses him sweetly. "We can have a future together. Have our own family. I love you Dean." Ding, ding, ding, that's the real winner. That's what he wants more than anything. Judging by "The Kids Are Alright" and "Dream A Little Dream of Me," that wish never leaves him. That's so sweet! And so sad too. Sam's turn, and he starts with what I think are the best Sam puppy dog eyes ever. He's going for the gusto. "Why is it our job to save everyone? Haven't we done enough?" You see, right then and there I would have given up. The Djinn can have the reality, I'm taking the fantasy. Dean so wants this and everything they're saying to him makes sense. "I'm begging you," Sam says, "give me the knife." Sure bro, here you go!
No, that's not what Dean is all about. I honestly don't know how he did this. He looks at Carmen, then Sam, then Mary, steps away and says with heartfelt pain, "I'm sorry." Then he drives the knife right into his gut. "Dean!" shouts Sam, except this time it's the real Sam! He sees Dean all strung up and tries to wake him. "Wake up dammit." Dean comes around and says "Aunty Em. There's no place like home." Definitely not in Kansas. "Thank God, I thought I lost you for a second," Sam says while removing the needle that was draining Dean's blood. "You almost did." That's for sure Dean.