Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 17

It's a Terrible Life (26 Mar. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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In an alternate reality mysteriously created as if Sam and Dean were never brothers and have never met, Sam and Dean work at a marketing office where they are forced to team up with one ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Dunbar
John Hainsworth ...
P.T. Sandover
Dean's Co-worker
Steven Elliot ...
(as Steve Elliot)
Security Guard


In an alternate reality mysteriously created as if Sam and Dean were never brothers and have never met, Sam and Dean work at a marketing office where they are forced to team up with one another when a series of mysterious suicides point to a ghost haunting the premises. Written by Anonymous

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John Hainsworth, who plays the ghost of P.T. Sandover here, appeared also in season 1 episode "Faith", where he played the Emphysema Victim. See more »


[In in alternate world where Dean is a corporate man and Sam works in tech support... ]
Dean Winchester: Should we go check this out?
Sam Winchester: Like, right now?
Dean Winchester: ...No, no, you're right, it's getting late.
Sam Winchester: ...I am dying to check this out right now.
Dean Winchester: Right?
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Better than i expected
27 March 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This episode is very nice,after having read the spoilers and seen the promo, i really thought this episode was gonna be a pain in the ass for two simply reasons, Sam and Dean weren't hunting and because of the ghostfacers. Happily the episode was well written and directed and i think supernatural isn't running out of ideas, and i am pretty sure that this TV series is going forward. The episode is different from the others because the Winchester brothers don't know each other,but Sam or both of them had dreams about their hunting trips and stuff and after their colleagues start committing suicides for no reason , they start a friendship and join a hunting trip looking for an old employee who is behind these deaths. As they have forgotten how to defeat a ghost, they go for the ghostfacers,who give them some advice which the Winchesters had given them before.

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