Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 8

Wishful Thinking (6 Nov. 2008)

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Sam and Dean investigate when a small town's wishing well actually starts to grant the people's wishes.

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Hope Lynn Casey
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Wesley Mondale
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Chinese Waiter (as Chang Tseng)
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Audrey Elmer
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Candace Armstrong
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Sam asks Dean if he remember the period that he was in hell, and Dean lies to his brother. When they read about an apparition in Concrete, Washington, they head to the small town. They interview Candace Armstron in the 1 Lucky Chin's restaurant and the young woman claims that she saw and was helped by the ghost. While walking on the sidewalk, they see a man claiming that he had seen the Bigfoot. They discover the little girl Audrey that tells that her teddy bear is sick and the Winchester brothers see a giant bipolar bear with existential problem. Audrey explains that she had wished that the teddy bear could speak to her in the wishing well of the Chinese restaurant. Sam and Dean investigate the location and they discover a Babylonian cursed coin that is a seed of chaos. Now they need to find who has dropped the ancient coin into the well before the whole town goes crazy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

When talking to Wes, Dean says that they're also "FBI, and on Thursdays we're Teddy Bear Doctors". This refers to the fact that the show aired on Thursday night during season 4. See more »

Goofs

In the Concrete News Daily newspaper's cover story "Winning Lottery Ticket a Fake" the word "counterfeit" is misspelled in bold capital letters "counterfiet" in the subtitle of the story. The story itself also contains the malformed sentence: "Both Neuman and Concrete Liquor are under currently investigation". See more »

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Dean Winchester: We never get what we want, and in fact, we have to fight tooth and nail just to keep what we've got.
Sam Winchester: But you know what? Maybe that's the whole point, Wes.
Dean Winchester: Yeah, maybe people are people 'cause they're miserable bastards, 'cause they never get what they really want.
Sam Winchester: Right, yeah. You get what you want, you get crazy.
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The Concrete News Daily story "Winning Lottery Ticket a Fake" is credited to Daily Staff Writer Christopher Cooper, which is also the name of the Property Master for the series. Two other front-page stories have bylines of Chris Loosley and Pat Demens ("pat demons"). See more »

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With Bitterness and Joy
31 May 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Third time's the charm, they say. Since the previous Comedy Episodes ("Monster Movie" and "Yellow Fever") offered good laughs at the cost of great plotting and pacing, this one finally delivers also on those areas. It is also, arguably, the funniest of the three. And, after an intense Mytharc Episode, a *great* Comedy One offers nice balance to the series.

From the get-go, this keeps on coming up with great moments - clever, witty, surprising, or all at once - at a crucially consistent frequency (unlike in "Monster Movie"), and, equally importantly, it is all played with a straight face: this *is* a legitimate case for the Winchesters - they are as caught off-guard as the audience by the insanity of it all, but they never forget that the supernatural forces they keep facing are almost always dangerous and must be faced with caution. The guest characters involved in the story feel very human with their ordinary lives and problems. And when the story concludes, it has affected all of them and hopefully left the audience appreciating what is good in their lives.

Also, this episode occurs firmly within the Mytharc, unlike "Monster Movie" and "Yellow Fever", which could *almost* as well have been stand-alone episodes in some other season. No, the Mytharc is present here, even if - as we can see from the opening credits - Misha Collins and Genevieve Cortese aren't. The script gives the best bits to Jensen Ackles, and he is on top form throughout, especially when struggling with his metaphorical demons.

Conclusion: effortless greatness, 8/10, but not Classic or truly Exceptional.


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