Season 4 Episode 8

Wishful Thinking

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2008 on The CW
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The Winchesters investigate a town wishing well that really grants wishes... at a terrible cost.

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  • Solid episode of humor and filler

    Though the plot was lackluster, the humor was good, and I was excited to hear that Dean did remember hell, though I honestly think he would have been dealing differently with all the monsters they had hunted since his resurrection.

    One big thing bugging me is the Nice Guy plotline, and the sympathy felt for Wes. Even the freaking sad music at the end of the episode. Honestly, what he did to Hope was no better than drugging her, chaining her, knocking her out, or threatening her with a gun. He, and obviously the Winchesters, obviously didn't see it that way. They commented about the health of the relationship, but meaning how she smothers Wes, not how he's puppeting her. This made me sick to the stomach.

    But I loved 1230382/#reviewsmoreless
  • Awesome Freakin' Teddy Bear!

    Dear Whoever Wrote This Episode: Thank you. Thank you for the fabulous T. Bear. Thank you for the belly laughs. The idea of a girl wishing her teddy bear to be big and real is just totally genius. The idea that the teddy bear would be devastated by the state of the world makes it ten times better! It was just hysterical!!! Other than the bear, I enjoyed other aspects of this episode. The little kid who made himself into an all-powerful superhero was terrifying, BUT Dean saw him for what he was--a little kid who was sick of being picked on--and didn't attempt to punish the boy for pretty much trying to kill him, and instead tried to help him, which I thought was really kind. (I loved that he tried to give the boy "with great power comes great responsibility speech!) Overall, a very enjoyable episode.moreless
  • This episode deserves a few viewings to appreciate its true worth!

    Wishful Thinking

    Firstly I have to say that even though this episode is growing on me each time I watch it, Wishful Thinking is my least favourite ep. of Season 4. Yeah I know I feel terrible especially since Ben (Edlund) created the Teleplay and co-wrote the story with Lou Bollo AND Robert (Bobby !) Singer directed it. But I have to be honest. And thats not to say that I hate it 'cause I don't, its just that so far Season 4 has been blowing my mind and I guess I've grown a little spoiled! And even when Supernatural is not 'the best ever ep!' it is still a cut above most of the other stuff on TV! AND like I said first off Wishful thinking IS growing on me in a disturbingly twisted way, I mean we do have the inspired alcoholic, porn loving, surly, suicidal Mr Teddy Bear! Ha! When I found out that Ben also had a hand (both even, writing, director and supervising producer!) in 'Angel - Smile Time' everything made sense! Okay so I'm liking this episode after all! Mostly for Dean and Sams reactions to our furry friend. Absolutely hilarious, and little Audrey was so cutely matter-of-fact that she enhanced the experience as well. So Wishful thinking isn't that bad after all AND even from the very first viewing I did appreciate the portrayal of Deans depression and his eventual confession to Sam, that was saved the ep for me in the first place. And some clever dialogue AND vengeful Tod AND Deans cute first wish AND Jensen AND Jared!! No matter what every ep has one redeeming feature, or two or ten!(aargh! I try to be a ruthless reviewer and it just doesn't sit right! Hopelessly devoted rambling recapper is probably more my style! Lol!)

    Sooo, lets start from the beginning. A typically creepy Supernatural intro, classic scenario with the woman in the shower being spied on by an unknown visitor. The vulnerability of that situation always raises a shiver, and I'm sure guys like it for that reason too (? )

    The ominous tone was turned on its head by the scared little voice of the invisible intruder, still it would have been scary for the woman to have the towel she threw towards the shelf get caught mid air on some unseen figure. Maybe if she had stopped screaming and freaking out and started listening she would have recognised the 'ghosts' voice!

    Still loving the ominous intro big time, is it getting longer? With more 'voices'? or is just freaking me out more each time?

    Oooh and I forgot to mention I loved the next scene it was 'awesome'! Radical! Outstanding! Lol! It's a little difficult to have a sustained serious conversation with the perkiest waiter EVER! Dropping in at crucial times. Still Jensen and Jared did it and maybe the contrast with Mr Perky made the scene even more effective. Loved his badges too!

    Sam is trying to find out the truth behind Uriels statement that Dean remembers his time in Hell and is keeping a terrible secret which undermines what Uriel sees as Deans 'Holier than Thou' attitude. Of course Dean denies this, as he knocks back his second shot! And Sam asks Dean why Uriel would which Dean replies 'Maybe cause he is a dick, might have something to do with it', Sam 'Yeah maybe but hes still an angel (aww your so cute Sammy!), Dean 'Yeah an angel that was ready to level an entire town'...and then our first well timed interruption by the awesome waiter, 'Radical!, what can I get you guys, do you want to try a couple of fryer bones or a chipoti chilli chunga (sic) ? Okay Awesome!' Love Deans look(s) as the smiling waiter bounces off! Then Dean continues to berate Uriel and downs his third shot. A fact which is not lost on Sam, they look at each other awkwardly. Sam 'Right', Dean 'What?' Dean knows he is not fooling Sam by denying his memories, but will doggedly keep trying. And notice he is steadfastly avoiding mentioning anything about Sam using his super duper powers to destroy Samhain ! Denial, thy name is Dean (well with the addition of an 'i' and an 'l' and a little jumbling it is! *gulp*) Then comes our 'Aussie' moment (hehe another redeeming feature!)

    Sam 'Right, Dean look me in the eye and tell me you don't remember anything from your time down under (eee!), and Dean staring back uncomfortably 'I don't remember anything from my time down under'. Lying to Sam obviously doesn't sit well, as Dean gets frustrated, losing his temper 'I don't remember Sam!' and Sam is frustrated too, but knows this is very hard for Dean so he backs down a little gently adding 'Look, I just want to help'. Dean 'You know everything I do, thats all there is'. End of story or at least Dean hope it is, and lucky for him they are once more interrupted by their waiter. 'Outstanding! Dessert time, am I right, eh', Dean, not in the mood for all this cheer , growls 'Dude' but the waiter goes on oblivious to anything other than his spiel 'Listen bros you have to try our icecream extreme' The way Dean slowly looks up at the waiter , he is either tempted inspite of himself or he wants to rip this guys head off! 'Its extreme' ...then Sam saves the day 'No extreme just..' Waiter 'Cheque, alright awesome!' an dhe walks away still smiling, followed by another eyeroll from Dean and a delightful bemused look from Sam. Lol!

    Dean is eager not to restart their previous conversation 'Alright where do we go from here'. There isn't much going on, Sam searches his computer '...but there is a possible vengeful spirit.......a ghost that is haunting the showers of a womans health resort. Dean almost chokes on his beer. 'Women, showers? We gotta save these people!' hehe. Even when tormented by the memories of hell you cant keep a good ladies man down! (hehe forgot to mention the quick admiring look a t a fellow female restaurant patron! I guess Dean needs all the distractions he can find!)

    Off to Concrete Washington. Dean drops Sam off at 'Lucky Chins' Restaurant to interview the victim while he heads off to check out the health resorts showers, for any Supernatural activity of course.

    The victim is truly an annoying woman, incredibly vain and self absorbed as opposed to crazy as Sam later refers to her. But i loved Sams cover story and the working title of his book 'Supernatural' (eee!) 'Yeah Ive been crossing the country gathering stories like yours, but anyways (he) you were telling me about your encounter'.

    As Candace starts talking Sam is distracted by a couple at another table. I hope its because he has a Supernatural feeling about them or the fact that they are indulging in a very public show of affection, and not that he sees them as an odd match simply because one of them is hot and the other is a bit of a geek! If so this stereotyping is a little disappointing. And as Dean has a similar reaction later on I am clinging to the hope that, although belittling, it is simply a device to reinforce why Wes felt he had to wish to be loved rather than actually wait for it to happen naturally when this is the way the world sees and discriminates against him. (I know looks are important as far as initial attraction goes but plenty of 'so called' hot girls and guys for that matter look beyond the surface! Anyway I think it is a cruel way to look at Wes but I guess it does emphasise his dilemma. And how cool is it to have Ted Raimi guesting as Wes!!! Man, Eric must have been pinching himself and I can imagine that Jensen and Jared must have been excited as well. Having 'Joxer the Mighty' (Hercules: the Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess), and an Evil Dead Series alumni on board! Eeeeeeeeee! Too cool! And too many more to mention....American Gothic, Darkman, Spiderman 1-4 (oh and that reminds me Sam Raimi little brother, but thats not really an achievement of his, more an interesting fact!).......eeeee!

    Anyway Candace (being the hot girl she is! With the interesting story!) is annoyed that Sam is not hanging on her every word. But is quickly appeased when Sam turns back to her! From her story Sam can tell this is not your ordinary ghost. It called her by name, physically helped her up when she fell and pleaded with her not to tell his mum!

    When Sam arrives at the health club Dean tells him that he couldn't find any evidence of evil anywhere. Sam ' Not surprised, I got the impression 'crazy' pushed Mrs Armstrong down the stairs', Dean 'I gotta tell you I am pretty disappointed' This amuses Sam, he knows what Dean was hoping for. 'You wanted to save naked women', Dean 'Damn right I wanted to save some naked women' Sam smiles and gives a little laugh (nice to see! Good work Dean!) Makes you wonder how different a teenage Deans wish would have been from the invisible boys – if he had of had a normal childhood that is. From 'wish' Sams stolen prom date speech in WIAWSNB probably not very different at all!)

    Then a funny, if a little insensitive, call out to bullied boy running away from his tormentors 'Run Forrest Run!' (second best reference to that quote, the first relates to the attack of the Ents in LOTR Two Towers! Hehe! I'm such a geek!) Anyhoo poor Dean will get a little payback later on and then even later redeem himself completely!

    Just as the boys are wondering if they are out of luck as far as strange happenings go they overhear hunter, Gus, telling policeman, Hal, that he was attacked by a big foot. 'Not a bear, this thing didn't leave bear tracks, its feet were huge!' (BIG even!)..'Theres a big foot out there and hes a son of a b!@ch!'

    This sounds interesting and strange enough to investigate as long as they are already there and out come the FBI Ids and they find out where Gus saw his bigfoot. Dean 'What the hell is going on in this town? First a ghost thats not real and now a bigfoot sighting?', Sam 'Every hunter worth his salt knows bigfoots a hoax' , Dean 'Well maybe someone is pumping LSD into the towns water supply.' Then they see the tracks, BIG tracks. Dean 'What do you suppose made that?', Sam ' That is a .....big foot!' And when they follow the tracks they lead to a general/liquor store. Dean 'So what? Bigfoot breaks into a liquor store Jonesing for some hooch! Amoretto and Irish Cream, hes a girl drink drunk' hehe, not so funny is Dean slipping a bottle of alcohol into his jacket. Sam discovers 'Bigfoot' has taken the whole porn rack and left a puzzling piece of synthetic fur behind. And once again Dean and Sam are left wondering what the hell is going on in this town, they take a seat trying to figure it out. Dean 'I got nothing', Sam, 'Its gotta be a joke right? Some big ass mother in a gorilla suit'. Dean 'Or its bigfoot, you know some kind of alco holo porno addict, kinda like a deep woods duchovny!' lol! Good one Dean and he seems pleased with the pun himself, probably thinks this bigfoots interests aren't to shabby either. In fact when a little girl rides by on her pushbike dropping a porn magazine out of her basket and it just so happens to be Deans porn mag of choice Busty Asian Beauties, this beast takes on a certain Dean like quality. Gotta love the quirky continuity.

    Turns out the little girl is returning stuff her Teddy stole, and Dean and Sam, thankful for any kind of lead, follow her home. Dean 'What is this a Harry and the Hendersons deal?' Dean and Sams embarrassment as they struggle to find the words to explain to the little girl what/or who they are looking for is very cute. After a some awkwardness and a lame but apparently effective charade, the little girl puts them out of their misery 'Is he in trouble?' Sam being the sweetie she is tries to allay here fears 'No, no we just wanted to make sure he is okay', Dean 'Exactly', LG 'Hes my teddy bear...I think hes sick' Dean 'Wow amazing because you know what? we are Teddy Bear doctors (cute Dean cute) As they reassure the girl that they can help her teddy you can bet that they are dying to see what exactly is upstairs. This next scene is hilarious, mostly because of the total stunned disbelief on both Dan and Sams faces. LG 'Hes in my bedroom, hes pretty grumpy'..'Teddy there some nice doctors here to see you' and she carefully opens the door only to get a vey grumpy response 'Close the fri!!in door' Dean and Sam can't believe what they are seeing as the girl sadly closes the door 'See what I mean' Dean and Sam just stare at each other dumbfounded! LMAO!

    Poor little girl all she wanted was a 'Teddy that was real and talked...' 'but now hes sad all the time, not ouch sad but ouch in the head, says rude things and smells like the bus.' Dean, 'Um little girl?' She sighs 'Audrey' Dean is a little taken aback but amused 'Audrey, how exactly did your Teddy become real?, Audrey 'I wished for it', Sam 'You wished for it?' Aha a real clue, magic wishes are something he and Dean can sink their teeth into. Audrey 'At the wishing well' Dean takes another look at the bear, who is decidedly more distraught than grumpy now watching the news (come to think of it the news IS pretty depressing these days) 'Look at this, can you believe this crap'..Dean 'Not really! Hehe....Bear 'It is a terrible world, why am I here? Poor Audreys frustrated reply ' For tea parties!' Bear 'Tea parties? *sob* Is that all their is?' *sob* They close the door and now that they have seen a little of what the hell is going on in this town Dean and Sam have to figure out what the hell they are going to do about it!

    I like that the boys are figuring all this out but are still taking into account that that there is an innocent little girl mixed up in all this and lower their voices as they iron out the details. *whispering* Sam 'are we gonna kill this damn bear?, Dean 'How? How? Do we shoot it? Burn it?', Sam 'I dunno, both?' Dean 'We don't know if its gunna work, I don't want some giant flaming pissed off teddy on our hands!' heehee

    After deciding to go to the source of the problem instead of trying to destroy the bear, Dean and Sam very sweetly and a little awkwardly explain the situation to Audrey... Dean 'Hes got lollipop disease, its not uncommon for a bear his size, but its really contagious' (cute Dean and so sincerely put!).. and make sure that she has an adult she can stay with while Teddy is sick. Then they find out exactly where this wishing well is. At the restaurant the bullied boy has just finished making a wish. And after wondering how the thing works Dean decides to test it out and make a wish. Love his cute rebuke when Sam asks him what he wished for. 'Shhh your not supposed to tell' hehe had to be some variation of one or two things and since a gorgeous girl would have been too distracting in the middle of a case a foot long Italian with jalapeno was a good choice! (well until the wish turned around and bit him on the butt, so to speak)

    'Everything points to the well working' 'The Teddy Bear, the sandwich', 'I'm guessing this' as Dean pulls out the newspaper article on the lottery winner. Sam 'Im guessing that' Looking at the 'odd' couple. Dean 'That definitely goes on the list' (I've given up moralising on this, but it is a little annoying and kinda juvenile...grrr) To his credit Dean isn't happy ruining peoples wishes 'What are we supposed to do, stop peoples wishes from coming true? Sounds like a douche thing to do'. But Sam is more wary (maybe because he isn't enjoying a delicious free meal and isn't rooting for the geek to score with the 'prom queen') rightly too and Dean should be as well after what he went through with the Djinn (a little different I know, but he should always know there are ALWAYS consequences) Sam 'Yeah maybe but comeon man, when has something like this ever come without a price tag and usually a deadly one' Dean 'I don't know its a damn good sandwich'

    After posing as health inspectors (so they wont get thrown out of the restaurant for eating outside food, or footlongs even) Dean and Sam have a chance to close the restaurant and study the well. Typical fountain, plaster Buddha, as they ponder their findings or lack thereof, Dean asks Sam what he would wish for, putting forward a scenario that he would wish for his brother (and himself) (uh and already kinda has!) That Sam is happy in his what could have been his life, big yuppie lawyer with a nice car, white picket fence. This is something that a few years ago Sam would have loved, but obviously a lot has happened to Sam since then (that we know of and stuff from when Dean was in Hell that we have yet to learn of) and Sams wish truns out to be much more specific and brutal. 'Its too late to go back to our old lives Dean, I'm not that guy anymore', Dean 'Well what then what would Sammy wish for' (with a smile on his face, even calling Sam, 'Sammy' Not expecting Sams next words), Sam very seriously 'Liliths head on a plate, bloody', Dean, sad for what Sams life has become and for what he couldn't stop happening, looks down 'Okay'. Dean is visibly upset and still looking down he spots a large unusual coin in the fountain. He reaches for it, but it wont budge. Sam 'Lift with your legs' hehe

    Next thing they are walking back into the restaurant looking determined. But no matter what they do they cant budge it. They realise that the coin is magic (finally!lol!) and that 'its hoodoo is protecting the well, as well! Sam takes a rubbing of the coin and asks Dean to look up the design while he checks on something.

    Sam goes to the health spa and catches the invisible boy who is STILL spying on unsuspecting women. Sam realises the boy can turn his power on and off. Love Sams brief look down and deadpan 'put on some pants'

    Meanwhile Dean is on his way back to the hotel and is surprised to see the bullied boy chasing the bullies. The boy stops and sees Dean staring 'Got a problem mister' then resumes the chase. A little surprised, Deans brought back to reality by an ominous rumble in his stomach.

    By the time Sam gets back to the hotel, Dean is very sick, but he has still managed to find out the origin of the coin and what the hell IS going on in this town. 'The coin is Babylonian, its cursed.....fragments of a legend.....Tiamet...babylonian god of chaos....I guess her priest working some serious black magic, they made the coin to sow the seeds of chaos. Whoever tosses the coin in the wishing well, turns on the well, then it starts granting wishes to all comers.

    Sam 'But the wishes get twisted, you ask for a talking teddy...' Dean 'You get a bipolar nut job', Sam 'You get ecoli', Dean 'This thing has turned more than one town upside down, its even wiped a few off the map, I mean one person gets their wish its trouble, but everyone gets their wish....' Sam 'Its chaos, anyway to stop it?'

    The only way to stop the chaos and reverse the wishes is for the original wisher, the one who threw the coin into the well in the first place, to pull it out of the well. So now all Dean and Sam have to do is work out who made the first wish!....'So for now we got a couple of nutsos dreams come true, but once the word gets out about the well, things are going to get crazier and crazier' At those words the scene cuts to 'crazier and crazier', the teddys suicide note scribbled on a blackboard, and teddy getting ready to blow his 'brains' out. Nice idea to pan to the other side of the room and show the stuffing flying through the air after you hear the gun shot. Poor teddy he is miserable and can't even kill himself as we pan back to him still 'alive' sobbing 'why, why!'

    Back to the brothers, it is Sams turn to watch Dean having nightmares. As soon as Dean wakes up he needs a drink to take the edge off the memories plaguing him. Sam is desperate for Dean to open to him. 'The nightmares & drinking, Im with you 24/7'....'I'm your brother, I just wish you would talk to me' (that will get to Dean eventually, it always does) Dean 'Be careful what you wish for'

    Dean just wants to work, he finds the couples month old engagement notice and figures that makes this the oldest wish, so he and Sam are off to visit the 'happy' couple.

    Meanwhile Wes doesn't seem totally comfortable taking advantage of Hope. Her extreme behaviour is worrying him and I'm sure he would rather their love was real. When Dean and Sam arrive posing as florists for Wes & Hopes wedding they see the coin collection and know they were right to suspect Wes as the first wisher. They try to get Wes to confess to the original wish and to convince him that wish has to be reversed.

    Love Jensens little, almost incidental nods to Deans character as he checks Hope out as she leaves to make coffee (and did the same to a random patron earlier in the restaurant). Then Hope overhears the truth and is upset that Dean and Sam want Wes to reverse the spell and wish away their love. Uh Oh!

    I feel a little sorry for Wes, I know what he did to Hope is despicable and more than a little grubby! But after losing his Grandfather and looking forward to a life of loneliness, with the girl of his dreams so close and yet so far, you can understand what drove him to trying out his wish. He probably didn't even think it would really work and when it did he got more than he bargained for. It is obvious he is having second thoughts about winning love in this way. And in the end (admittedly when only the very worst scenario was played out) he made the right decision.

    In the car on the way to the restaurant Wes tries to explain the reasons for what he did, trying to justify it to Dean and Sam as well as himself. He already has misgivings about his wish, but is having trouble seeing how desperate and far reaching the situation will become.

    Sam, 'The wishes go south Wes, your town is going insane', Dean 'C'mon are you gonna sit there and tell me your relationship is functional, that its what you wished for', Wes 'I wished she would love me more than anything', Sam 'Yeah, hows that going that seem healthy to you', Wes 'Well its a heeluva lot better than when she didn't know I was alive' Dean, 'You're not supposed to get what you want man, not like this. Nobody is takes your hearts desires and twists it back on you. You heard the whole be careful what you wish for' Then to prove this point the Chevy hits something. They keep and behind them we hear a pained cry and then see that the peeping Toms invisibility is not always a good thing. Sam 'Did we just hit something', Dean 'I didn't see anything'

    And Wes is still clinging to his shaky logic. Wes 'Careful what you wish for, you know who says that, good looking jerks, like you guys. The ones who've got it so easy, because you happen to be handsome'

    Dean and Sam 'Easy!', Wes 'Yeah women, women look at you right they notice you (ohyeah mm *slap* stop daydreaming about those good looking jerks!.....) uh where was I .....oh yeah.... Sam '......We do NOT have it easy', Dean completely deadpan ( :-( ) 'We are miserable'...'We NEVER get what we want, yeah we have to fight tooth and nail (ooh is that where the idea for the AVSC spell came from?lol!) just to keep whatever it is got!', Sam, being the voice of reason, 'Maybe thats the whole point' and Dean (the voice of a man plagued by hellish memories, depression and more than a hint of self pity!) 'Yeah people are people because they are miserable bastards, cause they never get what they really want'. Sam seems a little shocked and worried by Deans venom, but is determined to keep going down this road of reasoning and convince Wes he needs to take some action 'Right (?), yeah (regathers his thoughts) you get what you want you get crazy. Dean (perhaps trying to cover up his outburst takes a safer more sarcastic tack) 'Take a look at Michael Jackson or Hasselhoff'. Wes, not sounding too sure but grimly holding on to the idea of his perfect love, 'Hope loves me now and its awesome, besides look around where is all this insanity.

    Cue kids screaming and we see our bullied boy has his tormentors holes up in a car which he tips over with the screaming kids inside. Dean 'Well that should cover it! The boys wish has well and truly twisted on him. He is corrupted by power and vengeance, had to smile at his mantra though 'Kneal before Tod, Kneal before Tod' Dean decides to try his winning way with kids and proceeds to give Tod the Spiderman speech. 'With great power comes great responsibility' and gets punched out for his trouble.

    Meanwhile Sam and Wes get to the Restaurant, and the brewing storm turns nasty (note I resisted the urge to say shocking!) Sam is struck by lightning, knocking his shoes clean off! Was this cartoon type image supposed to ease our minds! Eek! I lost my shoe(s)!

    When Wes enters the restaurant and finds Hope inside he realises the lightning strike was her doing (and Deans choking at the hands of Tod works in well with her wish as well.) She had to stop Dean and Sam from forcing Wes to 'unwish' their love. Her desperate act and intense distress is what finally makes Wes realise he has to reverse the wish. He gives her one last kiss and then takes the coin out of the fountain. Immediately Hopes memory of the last month, or so, is erased, she is disorientated, looks at Wes and poignantly says 'Do I know you?' He is alone again. I guess he should count his lucky stars that she cant remember or she would be within her rights to have him arrested!

    Meanwhile Sam comes back to life (yay!) and Dean is finally released from Tods grip when Tod loses his super powers (double yay!) Remarkably (but not really surprisingly) Dean then turns around and convinces the bullies that Tod is still dangerous and that they should steer clear of him. Very cute Dean (Was the fact that Tods behaviour was a result of outside forces corrupting him and twisting him into something he had no control over, strike a chord with Dean? Or on a less hellish track perhaps Dean can see Tods problem from both sides. He spent his childhood as something of a loner, so he knows what it is like to be the odd man out and/or he has admitted to being a bit of a bully when he did actually go to school, so maybe he feels helping Tod is a way of making amends.) either way that little scene was very cute!

    The final scene made this episode for me. After a quick wrap up where we find out that the wishes were reversed (Patched up teddy is back to his old self, sunburned Bali hopping parents are back, the lottery ticket turns out to be a fake etc, etc... ) and Sam has melted the coin down so it cant be used again. We get back to the main story. After Sams earlier 'I'm your brother' plea has played on his mind for a while Dean relents and confesses to Sam that he does remember his time in Hell, that it is with him all the time. Of course Sam wants Dean to tell him what happened, thinking that it may somehow make it easier for Dean to live with if he shares his troubles. But Dean refuses. He doesn't want to talk about it. Its bad enough that it is in his mind forever. He doesn't want Sam to have to deal with the horror. He is trying to protect Sam and to protect himself. He is terrified that if Sam finds out his secret he will not understand. He has to live with his own guilt but to see Sam look at him with disgust, disappointment or even hate would devastate him. I think, or at least I hope, that when all is said and done, God will see fit to wipe these memories from Deans mind or that once Dean confesses everything and has faced whatever demons he has to face that he will have the power to forgive himself and wipe these memories away. The road to redemption that Dean is on may be the only way to purge the guilt and consequently the memories. Like I think I've said before(a few thousand times!) I think that is part of why God pulled Dean out of Hell and that the tasks and decisions ahead of him are stepping stones along that road.

    Even though Wishful Thinking isn't my favourite episode of Season 4, I think I may have been a little hard on it initially and after 2 or 3 viewings I am much more willing to embrace it! I am sorry that as far as Australian screening schedules go it is the finalepsiode for who knows how long. Hopefully it will be back by late February/early March. It would have been nice to end this block with a stronger episode, but Deans confession at the very end, letting Sam in on a little of what he has been going through, was a nice way to reinforce their closeness while still leaving interesting and worrying and worrying questions to be answered. Always leave 'em wanting more! Heres hoping we don't have to wait too long, for Supernaturals return and for the truth about Deans secret! I'm already starting to feel the shakes coming on, the DW&SW SWS(Dean Winchester & Sam Winchester Supernatural Withdrawal Symptoms) must be kicking in! Aaargh!

    Seeya soon I hope! Till then Supernatural Rules! : ) Long Live Supernatural! : )

    Love Raelynne xomoreless
  • Hilarious moments combine with a decent plot to deliver a top notch eposide.

    First off this episode isn't critical to the seasonal plot arc taking place. So expect a little respite from that. Nor is the plot one of the strongest to grace a standalone episode from this show. That said, the plot stands on its own and is catapulted upwards with nigh on scene after scene of wierdness and hilarity. So you can guess that the tone of this particular episode was one of comedy. Its somewhat cliche theme was tempered with some expertly executed scenes involving some delightfully surreal wishes. Event though the consequences involved for the members of the town weren't anywhere near hardcore, there was enough anxiety to keep the plot moving alone and the boys plowing through the episode to ensure a resolute end.

    The twist at the end was quite cute if not so overwhelming, but I couldn't fault any part of the episode in its quality, different choices for locations. Overall the rhythm also worked very well will no real moments where you would consider looking for the remote to check out what was on another channel.

    To top it all off, the scenes involving the depressive teddy and superpowered Todd where simply superb - and made this episode for me.

    Overall this episode keeps up the great quality of the current series and lets us take a break from the main plot. Can be missed, but Id ask - why would you want to!moreless
  • Ben Edlund delivers once again: another wonderful comedic episode, with a tragic, heartfelt twist near the end.

    And with the end let's we start. Dean finally reveals to Sam that he remembers his time in Hell, and - as much as Sam would like to support his brother and help him relieving the burden - he's also adamant: he won't, he can't tell Sam about what was it like in the Pit, because there are no words for the horrors he saw and there's nothing Sam could say or do that would make it better. It's an heartfelt, harrowing moment between Dean and his brother, the consciousness of a hiatus that heralds the chasm that will divide them before the end of the season. But 'Wishful Thinking' is not only this heart-wrenching revelation: it is also a suicidal teddy bear, an invisible peeping tom, a lovable nerd and a jalapeno sandwich. What the heck do these things have in common? Ben Endlund's geniality, because once again the talented writer has concocted an episode - briskly shot by Robert Singer - that is both unbelievably funny ("Kneel before Todd!"), endearing (the story of Wes and Hope, and their sad parting) and out-of-your-mind wacky (the teddy bear). And all of this with an epic twist to boot. What can you wish more than this?moreless
Anita Brown

Anita Brown

Hope Lynn Casey

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Chang Tseng

Chang Tseng

Chinese Waiter

Guest Star

Nicole Leduc

Nicole Leduc

Audrey Elmer

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    • Sam: (to Audrey) I'm really sorry to have to break this to you, but your bear is sick. Yeah, he's, he's got...
      Dean: Lollipop disease.
      Sam: Lollipop disease.
      Dean: It's not uncommon for a bear his size, but see it's, it's contagious.
      Sam: Yeah. So is there someone, maybe a grown up you can stay with while we treat him?

    • Teddy Bear: Look at this. You believe this crap?
      Dean: Not really.
      Teddy Bear: It is a terrible world. Why am I here?
      Audrey: For tea parties!
      Teddy Bear: Tea parties? Is that all there is? (starts crying)

    • Waiter: You have got to try our Ice Cream Extreme. It's extreme.
      Sam: Uh, no extremities, please.

    • Dean: I got to tell you, I'm pretty disappointed.
      Sam: You wanted to save naked women.
      Dean: Darn right I wanted to save some naked women.

    • Dean: Or it's a Bigfoot. You know, and he's some kind of alcoholo-porno addict. Kind of like a deep-woods Duchovny.

    • Wes: Aren't you the guys from the Health Department?
      Sam: Yeah. And florists on the side.
      Dean: Plus FBI. And on Thursdays, we're teddy bear doctors.
      Wes: Huh?
      Dean: Doesn't matter who we are. What matters is what we know.

    • Dean: The things that I saw. There aren't words. There is no forgetting. There's no making it better. Because it is right here... forever. You wouldn't understand. and I could never make you understand. So I am sorry.

    • Sam: Are we... should we... are we going to kill this teddy bear?
      Dean: How? Do we shoot it, burn it?
      Sam: I don't know. Both?
      Dean: How do we even know that's gonna work? I mean I don't want some giant, flaming, pissed-off teddy on our hands.
      Sam: Yeah. Besides, I get the feeling that the bear isn't really the, you know, core problem here.

    • Sam: Up in Concrete, Washington, eyewitness reports of a ghost that's been haunting the showers of a women's health facility. The victim claims that the ghost threw her down a flight of stairs. (Dean chokes on his beer) I can see you're very interested.
      Dean: Women, showers. We got to save these people.

    • Dean: So what, Bigfoot breaks into a liquor store jonesing for some hooch? Amaretto and Irish Cream. He's a girl-drink drunk.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The area of Vancouver this episode was filmed in is the same area as was used as Elmo, Alaska in the TV series Men in Trees. For example during the first shot of Concrete, Washington, the Chieftain Pub from Men In Trees can be seen on the left of the screen

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 17, 2008 on Channel 10
      Denmark: January 11, 2009 on TV3
      UK: March 8, 2009 on ITV2
      Sweden: May 3, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Norway: May 14, 2009, on FEM
      Portugal: June 8, 2009, on AXN
      Spain: October 19, 2009 on AXN
      Germany: December 14, 2009 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Poland: April 2, 2010 on TVN7
      New Zealand: April 7, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 2, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 31, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 22, 2013 on Markiza

    • The name of the lottery winner seen in the last newspaper headline, George Neuman, is a reference to series set decorator George Neuman.


    • Dean: Or it's a Bigfoot. You know, and he's some kind of a...alcoholo-porno addict. Kinda like a deep-woods Duchovny.
      Referencing actor David Duchovny, who plays a sex addict in the Showtime series Californication. A year after the show began its run, Duchovny admitted to having a sex addiction of his own.

    • Todd: Kneel before Todd!
      Referencing the Kryptonian villain General Zod from DC Comics who battles Superman. He first appeared in Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961) and was created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp. Originally he was banished to the Phantom Zone by Superman's father. The line of dialogue above comes from Superman II (1980), when Zod (Terence Stamp) and his two cohorts escape from the Phantom Zone and force Superman to kneel before them.

    • Dean: You see, with great power comes great...
      Referencing the line commonly attributed to the comic book character Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko." The line, as first used in Amazing Fantasy #15, is actually "With great power there must also come great responsibility."

    • Dean: Run, Forrest, run!
      Referencing the 1994 movie, based on the novel by Winston Green. The movie stars Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, a not particularly intelligent man who finds himself unwittingly at the center of many historic moments of the 50s, 60s, and 70s while seeking to be together with his childhood friend Jenny.

    • Dean: What's this, like a Harry and the Hendersons deal?
      Referencing the 1987 movie starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, and Don Ameche. The Henderson family hit an animal which turns out to be Bigfoot. They take the creature into their home and have to deal with the authorities and the hunter out to capture "Harry."