4.08 Wishful Thinking
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 8|
|First aired||November 6, 2008|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by|| Teleplay:|
|On IMDB||Wishful Thinking|
|Outline||Sam and Dean come to a town where wishes come true and no one is careful about what they ask for.|
|Location(s)|| Concrete, Washington|
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When an invisible being encounters Candace Armstrong in the showers of the Cascade Women's Fitness Center, it apologizes nervously. Elsewhere, over shots, Dean rebuffs Sam's questions about remembering Hell, and denies flat out that he can. He is, however, eager to investigate the shower-spirit case. At #1 Lucky Chin's, a restaurant in Concrete, Washington, Candace tells Sam about her ghostly encounter (for his book, tentatively titled Supernatural). Rather than harming her, the spirit knew her name and helped her when she fell, begging her not to tell its mom. Dean finds no EMF at the site, but he and Sam do come across a man claiming to have been attacked by Bigfoot – a well-known hoax. They can't explain the huge tracks they find in the woods, though, which lead to a raided liquor store.
A little girl on a bike, Audrey Elmer, drops off a box full of alcohol and porn, along with a "Sorry" note. While passing by the Winchesters, a Busty Asian Beauties magazine falls at Dean's feet from the girl's box. Sam and Dean follow her home, and are surprised when she tells them that her Teddy Bear is responsible for the damage. The girl's teddy is big, real, and can talk – and it's in the midst of an existential crisis, holed up in the TV room crying at news reports. Audrey tells Sam and Dean that she wished for him at the wishing well at Lucky Chin's.
They visit the restaurant, and Dean tests the well by wishing for a sandwich. Dean's wish comes true. Posing as health inspectors, they clear the restaurant and drain the fountain. Dean asks Sam if he's tempted to make a wish, to reset his life so he could be normal again. Sam says he wouldn't, but if he did, he'd ask for Lilith's head on a plate, bloody. They notice an ancient coin at the bottom of the fountain, which refuses to budge. Dean goes on research duty, while Sam repairs to the women's health center, to scold the pervy teen who wished for invisibility.
Back at the hotel, Sam finds Dean being sick in the bathroom. The wishes, it turns out, turn bad, because the coin is cursed. It depicts Tiamat, the Babylonian dragon deity of primordial chaos, and it has been known to wipe entire towns off the map with the trouble it causes. The only way to stop it is to find the first wisher, the one person capable of removing the coin and turning off the magic of the well.
Dean wakes from a fitful nap, dreaming of Hell. Sam confronts him about the nightmares and his increased drinking. Dean deflects the questions, and deduces the first wisher: Wes Mondale, a nerdy guy announcing his surprise engagement to the beautiful Hope Lynn Casey. At his house, Wes confesses that his grandfather found the coin while a soldier in North Africa in World War II, but he told Wes never to use it. Now that it's working, Wes is recalcitrant about undoing his wish, but Sam and Dean convince him, with some helpful threats. Near the well, they see Todd, a small kid with super-strength, terrorizing a group of bullies. Dean tries to talk to him, but gets beaten up for his troubles. At the restaurant, a lightning bolt strikes Sam, thanks to Hope wishing that no one take away her love for Wes. Wes removes the coin from the fountain, reversing all the wishes in town. Hope doesn't even remember his name now. A dejected Wes leaves Sam with the coin.
Later, Sam meets Dean at a pier, confirming that the coin's been melted down. Before they leave, Dean confesses something: he's been lying to Sam, and he does remember everything that happened to him in the Pit. When Sam tries to get him to talk about it, so he doesn't have to deal with it on his own, Dean refuses, telling Sam that there's no way to make him understand.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Wes Mondale
- Hope Lynn Casey
- Audrey Elmer
- Candace Armstrong
- Teddy the Suicidal Teddy Bear
- Acting in Unison
- Busty Asian Beauties
- Cursed Object
- Dean's Amulet
- Tiamat Talisman
- Wishing Well
- "Friday Night" by Howell-Freundlich Overdrive (Wild Whirled Music)
- (plays in the restaurant when Sam asks Dean about Hell)
- "Main Theme – Peter Blood" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
- (plays from the TV as Wes is sleeping)