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What Is and What Should Never Be 

Dean gets attacked by a Djinn, a creature capable of warping reality. The next things he knows he's in Lawrence, Kansas, in a stable relationship with a woman named Carmen, his mother is ... See full summary »

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Dean gets attacked by a Djinn, a creature capable of warping reality. The next things he knows he's in Lawrence, Kansas, in a stable relationship with a woman named Carmen, his mother is alive and well, and he and Sam are no longer on speaking terms. When the idea of a peaceful existence begins to settle in, visions of his previous life as a hunter start appearing out of nowhere. Written by Derfel85

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3 May 2007 (USA)  »

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The scene where Dean breaks into the house to steal the silverware and Sam interrupts him is a throwback to a very similar scene in the beginning of the show's pilot episode, even including some of the same dialogue. See more »

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In the alternate universe Dean still has the Impala. This would not have happened since in Supernatural: In the Beginning Dean as an adult time-traveled and convinced his dad to buy the Impala instead of a VW van. Since that had not taken place in this universe, his dad would have bought the van instead of the Impala. See more »

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College Professor: Son have you been drinking?
Dean Winchester: Everybody keeps asking me that but no.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »

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What A Wonderful World
Performed by Joey Ramone
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Masterfully executed
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What Is And What Should Never Be remains one of the strongest episodes of the entire series, and the best of the second season.

This is unlike most Supernatural episodes. It has hints of horror, but it is mostly a reflection on Dean's personal life and how it would have turned out had things in his past happened differently. It shows Ackles as his most profound and at his deepest, and it is also one of the show's saddest episodes. The last scene between Dean and all of the members of his alternate family is masterfully written and directed, and anyone watching is sure to feel something. Dean's ultimate sacrifice proves how unselfish he is and how morally right, although it is hard for him to make the decision that he does.

Overall, this is as great as television gets, in any type of television show, but it is not a likely introduction to the series. It is definitely different and not your usual action-horror episode of the series.


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