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Supernatural 4.08 - Wishful Thinking - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 4.08 - Wishful Thinking
I never expected another funny Supernatural episode so soon after two other lighthearted ones. The preview I saw for Wishful Thinking made it look scary, and it started out creepy with that shower scene, but pretty soon I was laughing non-stop, at everything from the over-the-top waiter who so mercilessly abused one of Dean's favorite words, to the hilarious giant teddy bear on a booze and porn bender whose suicide attempt ended in a shower of stuffing. hee! And then, right when I let my guard down, things took a dark turn after all, and in short order we learned that life sucks, especially if you're not one of the pretty people, and Sam died. Again. And then Dean broke my heart for about the hundredth time. Oh, Dean.

The theme of this episode was Be Careful What You Wish For. As Supernatural fans, we learned that lesson long ago. Kripke is the king of the monkey's paw twist, showing us time and time again that the universe always exacts its price. In WIAWSNB, Dean got his mother back, only to lose his brother in the process. In Mystery Spot, Sam convinced the Trickster to release Dean from his endless loop of Tuesday deaths, only to watch him die one last time on Wednesday. We know better than to trust a wish by now, and so were able to watch the hapless residents of Concrete, Washington with amusement as they dealt with the consequences of getting their hearts' desires.

Kripke even hammers this lesson home with the fangirls. We wanted to see Dean take his shirt off, and he did, but then peeled off his skin as well! Ewww. We wanted Sam to have a sex scene, and he did, gloriously so, but then had to kill the girl! *sighs* Sleep with Sam and die, ladies (unless, of course, you're already dead). We wanted Dean to find a way to bring Sam back in AHBL2, and he did, but we traded that happy ending in S2 for a horrific, haunting one in S3. Damn you, Kripke, you get me every time!

Ben Edlund gave us an amazing script for this episode, full of fun characters and hilarious situations, with just the right touch of karmic justice, and a powerful ending. Another episode with so many laughs made me nervous, though. I'm afraid it's a sign of terrible things to come, one last moment of sunshine before an endless storm. But truth be told, I'm ready for a little angst. Because it was this show that taught me what it means to hurt so good.

Dean back from hell reminds me a little of Dean before he went there. He's drinking too much, hiding his feelings, and trying to lose himself in shallow, temporary pleasures. It's been obvious he has something on his mind, something he can't talk about and would rather forget. I think Sam noticed right away, but I also think it took Uriel's cryptic words to make him realize exactly what was going on. Once that happened, he wasn't going to let up until Dean told him the truth.

The episode opened with Sam asking Dean about what Uriel said, and it sounded like it wasn't the first time they had had that conversation. Dean leaped at the chance to hit the road and take a job rather than open up to his brother. Or maybe he just wanted to get away from that psychotically cheerful waiter. :)

I loved how the boys were utterly stumped by what they encountered in Concrete. We take their mad hunting skillz for granted, and it was too funny to watch them struggle in vain to make sense of the clues before them. The highlight for me was their stunned speechlessness when confronted with the reality of Audrey's gigantic teddy bear come to life. *giggles* Jared and Jensen played every moment perfectly, and I can only imagine how much fun they had filming this one.

I've spent a lot of time wondering exactly what happened to Dean in hell, but there were a couple of moments in this episode that really brought home how much Sam has been through as well. When Dean asked Sammy what he would wish for, his answer hit me like a punch in the stomach: "Lilith's head on a plate. Bloody." It looked like it hit Dean almost as hard. And when the boys confronted Wes, Sam's threat to him, and the look on his face, gave me chills: "Somethin' bad. Like us." *shivers* I kind of mourn for the sweet, naive Sam of S1, who believed in the good in everyone, and couldn't kill anyone. I'm beginning to understand how the John we met in In the Beginning became the John we know from S1.

My favorite guest stars in Wishful Thinking were the kids. Audrey charmed me from the start, and I loved her spunk with the boys. Plus she had the cutest little voice! The actress is Nicole Leduc, and I think she's awesome. And who didn't love Todd? I personally think Dean kind of deserved his superpowered punch after his condescending attitude ("No, no, I don't, but you know, you're you and I'm me, so...") and his joke at Todd's expense ("Run, Forrest, run!"). All bullies deserve a little Todd in their lives!

It was a treat to see Ted Raimi on the show, although even my first, brief glimpse of him started that song playing in my head (Joxer the Mighty, he's very tidy, everyone admires him, he's so handsome it's a sin). :) And even though Wes was wrong to make his wish, he had a point. Despite the boys' protestations, there lives are easier because they're so handsome. How many times have they charmed information out of some lonely county clerk with their beautiful eyes and their devastating smiles? People as pretty as Sam and Dean truly have no concept of what life is like for those without their gifts.

Which brings me to the subtle message I saw running throughout this episode, that there are two kinds of people in the world, pretty and not so much, and never the twain shall meet. When Sam first saw Wes and Hope canoodling in the restaurant, he stared at them like they were a monster with two heads. He saw them as a complete anomaly, a jarring oddity. When we finally met Wes, we found out he was a selfish, unemployed loser, who had the audacity to yearn for a woman clearly beyond his reach. And yet when the boys lectured Wes about how his wish was all wrong, they never once mentioned the issue of messing with Hope's free will. They treated her like an object, not a person.

The whole focus was on the fact that Wes couldn't have and didn't deserve what he wanted, and how the wish would go bad. There was no exploration of why Wes and Hope couldn't be a couple without the wish, just the assumption that it was inconceivable. I know there's a certain amount of truth to the idea that a beautiful woman wouldn't look twice at a guy like Wes, but I guess I would have found the story more poignant if it turned out that he had a lot to offer behind his all too ordinary appearance. The way it was, both Wes and Hope looked bad. It was kind of depressing.

In the end Dean decided to come clean with Sam, and admitted he did indeed remember his time in hell, although he kept the details to himself. Jensen was amazing, as always, making us feel Dean's impossible pain as he bears the burden of unspeakable horrors, and takes it as his due, not even willing to ease his own torment by sharing it with Sam. Because he also remembers that he was sent to hell in return for Sam's life, and he knows that Sam already feels responsible for that, even if it was wholly Dean's choice. Anything Dean reveals will only add to Sam's misplaced guilt, and Dean won't do that to his brother. And so the episode that made me laugh so hard ended with me in tears instead. Oh, boys.

There are only two episodes left before the hiatus, and I have to believe they're going to put us through the emotional wringer. Bring it on, Kripke, I'm ready. But as is my custom now with the funny ones, I leave you with my top ten quotes and screen caps from this week. Smile while you can, people, I can feel the heartache coming.

Waiter: Outstanding! Dessert time? Eh? Am I right?
Dean: Dude.
Waiter: Listen, bros. You have got to try our ice cream extreme. It's extreme!
Sam: Uh, no extreme, please, just the...
Waiter: Check? All right! Awesome!

Dean: Women? Showers? We gotta save these people!

Candace: So what did you say you're calling your book?
Sam: Oh! Well, um, well, the working title is... Supernatural.

Dean: Run, Forrest, run!

Gus: There's a Bigfoot out there, dammit, and he's a son of a bitch!

Audrey: All I ever wanted was a teddy, which was big, real, and talked! But now he's sad all the time, not ouch sad, but ouch in the head sad, says weird stuff, and smells like the bus!
Dean: Um, little girl?
Audrey: Audrey!

Teddy: Why am I here?
Audrey: For tea parties!

Todd: You gotta problem, mister?
Dean: What? No.

Todd: KNEEL BEFORE TODD! KNEEL BEFORE TODD!

Wes: That, that, that kid turned over that car like it, like it was nothing!
Sam: Shoulda seen the teddy bear.






























And for anyone who read this far, especially this long after the episode aired, here's some bonus pretty. My top ten caps each of Sam and Dean.



























































Screen caps courtesy of oxoniensis, with my thanks!

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jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: November 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay piscspam! Todd was priceless.

I never expected another funny Supernatural episode so soon after two other lighthearted ones. The preview I saw for Wishful Thinking made it look scary, and it started out creepy with that shower scene, but pretty soon I was laughing non-stop

I was somewhat spoiled for this ep. I had read that this episode was going to be one of the funniest but when I saw the scenes I was very confused. Then the end just killed me. I"m still talking about this eppy two weeks later. One of the funniest, disturbing scenes was when the teddy bear shot himself and he didn't die I was both horrified and amused. And lastly truer words have not been spoken:
Supernatural fans, we learned that lesson long ago. Kripke is the king of the monkey's paw twist, showing us time and time again that the universe always exacts its price. In WIAWSNB, Dean got his mother back, only to lose his brother in the process. In Mystery Spot, Sam convinced the Trickster to release Dean from his endless loop of Tuesday deaths, only to watch him die one last time on Wednesday. We know better than to trust a wish by now, and so were able to watch the hapless residents of Concrete, Washington with amusement as they dealt with the consequences of getting their hearts' desires.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 22nd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
First, icon love! ♥

I was confused by this episode as well, which is probably why I had to wait until all the distractions in my life had subsided before I could collect my thoughts to write this review. It was funny, but with a darker undercurrent that became more pronounced as the episode went on. I did think it was interesting how the way things between Sam and Dean grew progressively more serious paralleled the way the situation in the town became more dire as time went on. Certainly the comical tone of much of the episode made Dean's reveal at the end even more heartbreaking.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: November 23rd, 2008 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this season has been good about that. I'm not sure if you're caught up yet but I've noticed this season things have been slowly revealed. The progression seems very natural but it still sneaks up on you.

Edited at 2008-11-23 04:27 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm caught up on watching, just not on my reviews. :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: November 23rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
hehehe, i was singing Joxer the mighty in my LJ too.

i had a ever-so-brief idea pop into my head about Dean and what happened i Hell... but i never posted it - but i mean it was a blip... kinda like when you see something, and you wonder if you really did see it? it was a thought like that.

(hmm. don't be surprised if you see that again - in my LJ. i think i'm gonna post it....)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2008 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I want to see Ted Raimi guest star on Burn Notice with Bruce Campbell! :)

Ooh, really? That's cool. I remember when Uriel said something about Dean getting off his high horse, and I wondered if that meant he had done something bad in hell, but I had no idea what, or for how long. You just know Dean is going to beat himself up over this. Oh, Dean.
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: November 23rd, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh yes, that would be PERFECT. (who's making the Autolycus jokes? *hee*

oh yeah.... Dean's good at beating himself up over stuff that everyone else has forgiven him for..... and i did post it, cleaned it up a little? but people still "missed the point" *sigh*
raputathebuta From: raputathebuta Date: November 23rd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear God.

I had something intelligent to say, I really did, but then I got to your Top Ten Caps O'Da Pretteh & my mind (& my girly parts) went POOF!!!!

Sam's hair looks so lovely in this episode & I loves me some Stern!Sammy. As for Dean, well there's just nothing to be said. *licks the screen instead*


tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2008 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
The pretty is the least I could offer with my inexcusably late review! :)

I'm also loving Sam's hair lately. I've read some complaints about it, with talk of flatirons, but I'm clueless when it comes to hair styling techniques. I just think it looks gorgeous. Along with the rest of him!

As for Dean, well there's just nothing to be said. *licks the screen instead*

LOL! Oh, Rap, how I've missed you! It feels so good to be back! \o/
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 23rd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
And yet when the boys lectured Wes about how his wish was all wrong, they never once mentioned the issue of messing with Hope's free will. They treated her like an object, not a person.

Yeah, that kinda bothered me, too. I don't remember if she remembered what happened, but her anger at being violated makes a better explanation from turning away from Wes than he's not handsome enough. *smacks Ben Edlund for being an ass* But the bear was great!

The "Kneel before Todd" line had me cracking up, because I immediately jumped to MR's story of the "Kneel before Zodd" line.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seemed like Hope didn't remember, because she said "Do I know you?" to Wes, but clearly Wes, Todd, and Audrey all remembered, so it wouldn't make sense that Hope wouldn't. Maybe they remembered because they made the wishes, while Hope was just the victim of one? Maybe undoing the wish wiped her memory of its effects? IDK.

The bear was absolutely inspired, and I loved the way they made us anticipate the teddy equivalent of brain spatter with that shot of the wall right before he pulled the trigger. LOL!

I have to believe the Kneel Before Todd was a shout out to Michael or Smallville. I just about died laughing at that part. Some part of me hopes Michael saw it. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 23rd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous 'caps! The boys are so pretty when they're thoroughly confused!

My favorite guest stars in Wishful Thinking were the kids. Audrey charmed me from the start, and I loved her spunk with the boys. Plus she had the cutest little voice! The actress is Nicole Leduc, and I think she's awesome. And who didn't love Todd? I personally think Dean kind of deserved his superpowered punch after his condescending attitude ("No, no, I don't, but you know, you're you and I'm me, so...") and his joke at Todd's expense ("Run, Forrest, run!"). All bullies deserve a little Todd in their lives!
They were great! I loved Audrey's exasperation with her emo Teddy, unsure of his role in life. "It's TEA PARTIES."
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
The boys are so pretty when they're thoroughly confused!

And adorable! I loved the part where they sat on that bench and couldn't come up with a single idea to explain what they were seeing.

I loved Audrey's exasperation with her emo Teddy, unsure of his role in life. "It's TEA PARTIES."

She had great presence. Supernatural does a good job choosing child actors, I think. The boy who plays Wee!Dean is awesome, and all those creepy little girls give me the shivers, especially Lilith.
zofia27 From: zofia27 Date: November 24th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice job! And great pics!

This episode reminded me of Mystery Spot with all the funny things then they brought out the angst at the end. The looks between Dean and Sam when they opened the door and saw the bear were priceless and the actress playing Audrey was awesome with the boys. Of course the ending had me all choked up...damm Jensen and his wonderful angsty acting. *sniffle*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 24th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It reminded me of Mystery Spot, too, especially in the way that the funny stuff isn't quite as funny when you rewatch the episode, because now you know what's coming later on.

The part with Audrey and her teddy was the funniest part of the episode for me. And it was nice to see a little girl who wasn't creepy or evil!

Yeah, Jensen kills me every time. I never felt compelled to comfort a fictional character before I watched this show. He's amazing.
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: November 24th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great review!! I love reading the quotes because I can totally picture the scene in my head. The screencaps? GUH!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 26th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It was fun tracking those quotes down. It helps to visualize them, because most of the time, it's all in the delivery! :) I had a hard time narrowing down the caps, there were so many I loved. I probably included too many of Dean from that last scene, but just look at him! How could I not?
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: November 24th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice review! And great screencaps! These beautiful boys really don't know how easy they have it...Thanks for posting!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 26th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I don't dispute that their life is hard, but believe me, it would be even harder if they weren't so hot! :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 27th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
First of all, no matter how many times I see that icon, it still makes me stop and stare. Guh.

This show. It's like a roller coaster ride, and I just hang on for dear life. I can't believe I can laugh so hard and then cry in the same episode, but they get me every time. And I love it.

I really think Jensen is dying to do more comedy. The faces he made were killing me! And Jared was pretty hilarious, too, especially when Audrey opened her bedroom door and there sat a ginormous teddy bear. Priceless is the perfect word.

I'm glad to hear someone else likes the way Jared looks this season. I think he's never been more handsome! So big and sooo beautiful! And I'm a Dean girl! :)
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