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Supernatural: It's a Terrible Life

Sam and Dean both work at a ironworks company. Dean is in sales and marketing, Sam in tech support. They don't remember each other, or their lives as Hunters. However, when a ghost starts causing suicides among the employees, the brothers have to learn quickly who and what they are, or die trying.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x17
Production Number: 3T7517
Airdate: Thursday March 26th, 2009

Director: James L. Conway
Writer: Sera Gamble

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) May 10, 2009


Guest Stars
Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
As Mr. Adler
Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
As Mr. Adler
A.J. BuckleyA.J. Buckley
As Ed Zeddemore
A.J. BuckleyA.J. Buckley
As Ed Zeddemore
Travis WesterTravis Wester
As Harry Spengler
Travis WesterTravis Wester
As Harry Spengler

Co-Guest Stars
David MilchardDavid Milchard
As Dean's Co-worker
David MilchardDavid Milchard
As Dean's Co-worker
Steve ElliottSteve Elliott
Richard SideRichard Side
As Paul Dunbar
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Sales and marketing director Dean Smith wakes up in the morning in his apartment. He grabs a cup of coffee, has a quick breakfast, and drives to where he works, the Sandover Bridge & Iron Company. Dean has a normal day, chatting with co-workers, comparing notes, and getting praised as an up-and-comer by his boss, Mr. Adler. As he gets in the elevator to leave for the day, Dean notices someone starring at him: a guy from Tech Support named Sam… Wesson. After a few minutes, Sam admits that Dean looks familiar but can’t place him, and Dean has no idea who he is...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The KinksA Well Respected Manas Dean goes to work

Episode Quotes
Sam: I just can't shake this feeling like I... like I don't belong here. You know what I mean? Like I should do something more than sit in a cubicle.
Dean: I think most people who work in a cubicle feel that same way.

Dean: We do what I do best, Sammy. Research.
Sam: Okay. Did you just call me "Sammy"?
Dean: Did I?
Sam: I think you did. Yeah. Don't.

Ed Zeddemore: First, salt. It's like acid to ghosts.
Harry Spengler: Burny acid.
Ed Zeddemore: Not LSD.
Harry Spengler: No. It's a bad trip for ghosts.

Ed Zeddemore: You have to burn the remains. Okay, this next part gets a little gross. Sometimes you might have to dig up the body. Sorry.
Harry Spengler: It's illegal in some states.
Ed Zeddemore: All states.
Harry Spengler: Possibly all states.

Dean: How would we live? Come on, you got to be kidding me. How would we get by--with stolen credit cards, huh? Eating diner food drenched in saturated fats? Sharing a crap motel room every night?
Sam: Those are details.
Dean: Details are everything! You don't want to go fighting ghosts without any health insurance.

Zachariah: Real place, real haunting. Just plunked you in the middle without the benefit of your memories.
Dean: Just to shake things up? So you guys can have fun watching us run around like assclowns in monkey suits!?
Zachariah: To prove to you that the path you're on is truly in your blood. You're a Hunter. Not because your dad made you, not because God called you back from Hell, but because it is what you are and you love it, you'll find your way to it in the dark every single time and you're miserable without it. Dean, let's be real here. You're good at this.

Zachariah: You'll do everything you're destined to do, all of it. But I know, I know, you're not strong enough, you're scared, you got daddy issues, you can't do it, right?
Dean: Angel or not, I will stab you in your face.

Zachariah: All I'm saying is, it's how you look at it. Most folks live and die without moving anything more than the dirt it takes to bury them. You get to change things, save people, maybe even the world. All the while you drive a classic car and fornicate with women. This isn't a curse, it's a gift. So for God's sakes, Dean, quit whining about it. Look around: there are plenty of fates worse than yours. So you with me? You want to go steam yourself another latte, or are you ready to stand up and be who you really are?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer  |  Kim Manners
Co-Executive ProducerBen Edlund  |  Peter Johnson  |  Philip Sgriccia
Supervising ProducerSera Gamble
ProducerVladimir Stefoff  |  Todd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorAmanda Bartley
MusicJay Gruska
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerRuss Hamilton (2)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Assistant EditorBruce Gorman
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagerTodd Pittson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorJeremy Carver  |  Julie Siege  |  Cathryn Humphris
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
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