God is off the rails. He is in a casino where he has killed everyone, except the terrified waitress he instructs to keep bringing him drinks. He’s playing slot machines that he has rigged to continually win.
Sam and Eileen’s friendship/relationship is deepening. Sam trails Eileen to a vamp’s nest to watch over her (she finds him and calls him out on it). Dean notices it too, questioning Sam about it and even tells Sam that if the family thing were to work for them, Eileen would be a good choice for Sam.
Dean determines that the demon tablet can defeat Chuck. The theory being that Chuck made the tablet to protect humans in case he was ‘out of commission’, which shows he is vulnerable.
Castiel, Sam and Dean enlist the prophet Donatello to decipher the tablet and determine how to ‘lock Chuck up’. Donatello relates that Michael helped God lock up Amara so he may also know how to do the same to God/Chuck. As they are discussing this scenario, Donatello is possessed by Chuck, who advises them to ‘let this one go’ or he will kill the people they care about.
Sam and Dean determine that the only way to keep their loved ones safe is to go to Hell and get Michael so they can defeat Chuck. So, they perform a spell and are transported to Hell where they discover that Rowena is now Queen. She advises that Michael won’t be in the cage since ALL the doors were sprung open when Chuck opened the fissure. She orders the demons to find Michael, but they cannot locate him.
Eileen, who remained at the bunker to keep the flame burning so Sam, Dean and Castiel can return gets a call from another hunter to help with a vamp nest. Eileen say’s she’s busy but will help if the vamps get closer and she’s free.
Michael/Adam is eating at a small diner. Michael allows Adam to talk with him and they discuss their future plans, now that that are out of the cage. Lilith shows up and tells Michael that Chuck sent her to get him. Michael smites Lilith and she turns to ash.
In an attempt to find Michael, Castiel ‘prays’ to him. He tells him how Chuck is off the rails and that they need him to win this battle. Michael comes to the bunker and Castiel traps him in a ring of holy fire. Sam, Dean and Castiel explain everything that’s happened to Michael and ask him to help. He is resistant. Adam’s name comes up in the conversation and Michael ‘release’ him to talk with Sam and Dean. They talk for a bit and then Adam tries to convince Michael to help. Michael still does not believe them so Castiel grabs his head and ‘shows’ him all the things that God/Chuck has done and how he lied to Michael. Michael is convinced and agrees to help. He gives them a spell, but they need the nectar of a leviathan blossom to bind all the ingredients together, which only grows in purgatory. Michael opens a door to purgatory for them. It will be open for 12 hours.
While Castiel and Dean have been dealing with Michael, the hunter Sue calls Eileen again for help. While on the phone she is attacked. Sam and Eileen go to help. They follow Sue’s directions to an empty parking garage. They see Sue’s truck, abandoned but there are no vamp’s to be seen. Sue walks out from behind the truck and Eileen say’s “Thank God”. ‘Sue’ morphs into Chuck/God and replies ‘Anytime’.
With the fissure to Purgatory open, Michael prepares to leave. Dean asks to speak with Adam once more and apologizes for what happened to him.
- "Take Me for What I Am (1971)" by Henry Ford
- (playing in the casino that Chuck has taken over)
- "Goin' Straight" by Dick Jr. & the Volunteers
- (playing in the diner where Adam and Michael are conversing)
You went easy on the rum this time?
Okay, cool. 'Cause, you know, you don't want me cranky. Keep 'em coming.
Dean: But if Chuck was so freaking invincible, then why wasn't he able to protect us from the dick demons or even the dickier angels? 'Cause, remember, these babies were dictated before he took a powder. So, he was worried about humans, if he couldn't protect them?
Dean: Look, we know that Chuck overpowered His sister the Darkness and locked her up. So...
Castiel: We may be able to lock Him up too.
Rowena: Hello, boys.
When I closed the fissure, it did cost me my life, and my soul went to hell. Big surprise.
Dean: And the demons just handed you the throne?
No one hands you anything, darlin'. I took it.
Look man, I didn't want to say anything cuz I was kind of in a bad place. And I didn't want to jinx it or whatever. But -- you know I tried the family thing, right?
Sam: Yeah, me too. That's not for us.
Dean: Not really. But I'm just saying if it was to work... Eileen. You know, she gets it. She gets us. She gets the life. She's hot.
Sam: Dean...I mean...
All I am saying is - you could do worse. Ok? And she could certainly do better! Like so much better. I am happy for you Sammy.
Castiel: Michael? Thank you. Thank you for coming. Do you remember me?
Michael: You called me ass-butt and set me on fire. And then you helped send me to Hell.
Michael: If my Father is back He will usher in Paradise.
Dean: No, He won't. Because Paradise is boring and He's just looking to be entertained.
You are asking me to trust you. You, who doomed me. You, who set Lucifer free while your own brother sat in Hell.
Sam: Doing what we do, we've had to get used to losing people. Probably too used to it. With Adam, we said goodbye because we thought we had to. We were wrong.
Michael: Oh, don't tell me. Tell him.
Adam: Hey, Sam. Dean.
Dean: Wait, Mic-- Michael lets you... talk? I mean, lets you be?
Uh, yeah. In the Cage we came to an agreement. We only had each other.
So, I've been thinking. Maybe they're not lying. Hear me out. Sam and Dean try to be on the right side of things. They actually do. They tried to talk me out of taking you on, for example, out of all of this.
Michael: So, you forgive them?
Adam: Oh hell no! No. But that's not what this is about. It's -- Look, if they tell you something's off about God, it's because they believe it's true. And if they believe it, it probably is true.
Michael: You and I have been together for years. My Father and I have been together for eternity. I exist because He willed it.
Adam: So He's having a mid-eternity crisis. Or -- or maybe you don't know your dad as well as you think you do. The point is, parents keep secrets, right? Does it hurt to ask the question?
Michael: Yes! It would. It would mean that I doubt Him. The Good Son, the Favorite, doubts his Father.
You still care about that? After He left you in the Cage?
Castiel: You know, Michael, I never really liked you. Even when I was just another angel I thought you were too haughty, too... to paraphrase a friend, you had an entire oak tree shoved up your ass. But now? I'm looking at you and I... I just pity you. Because you were never God's Favorite. You were just a part of His story, a tiny part of His story. You weren't even a star. At least Lucifer knew that God can't be trusted. But I guess he was always the smart one. See the truth for yourself.
Michael: God lied to me. I gave everything for Him. I loved Him. Why? I'm not even the only Michael.
It looks empty.
Sue: Look again.
Eileen: Sue. You're okay. Thank God.
Anytime. Hi, Sam.
Can I talk to him?
Dean: Adam, I want you to know... we are sorry. What happened to you... you're a good man. You didn't deserve that.
Since when do we get what we deserve? Good luck.
Trivia & References
The episode title is a play on the first line of the Lord's Prayer
which in the traditional Catholic version reads "Our Father, who art in Heaven."
Chuck / Donatello:
Hey, guys. It's Chuck. Prophets speak the word of God, sometimes indirectly. Sometimes they're my Bluetooth. So, here's the thing. Usually, I really love our little process. I toss something at you guys, and you slam it right back. It's fun, like tennis. With monsters. But this. Let this one go.
- Bluetooth is a wireless technology, allowing for hands-free communication on mobile phones. Nick had previously compared prophets to old CB radios in 14.17 Game Night.
Yes, there are things I miss about being alive. Flesh-on-flesh sex. Amazon doesn't deliver here... yet.
- Amazon is a tech company which is primarily an online marketplace. In 2018, its 2-day delivery service had 100 million subscribers globally. Its distribution centers have a reputation for being hellish places to work. In 15.02 Raising Hell, Rowena stated that she had Amazon Prime when talking with Dean about getting the ingredients for her soul catcher.
I don't have many regrets, but the few I do still haunt me. Making Napoleon so short was just bitchy. Telling Mick Jagger he had no future when I dumped him. And, well, everything with dear Fergus. Then one day, you die, you go to hell, they make you queen, and you can't make it right. So fix it!
- Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader at the turn of the 18th century. He is generally portrayed as short at 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m), although this was the average height of French men at the time. Mick Jagger is an English singer/songwriter who, despite Rowena's assessment, went on to have a rather successful career as the lead singer of "The Rolling Stones". Fergus refers of course to Rowena's son, generally known by his demon name of Crowley, and their extremely turbulent relationship, for which Rowena has previously expressed remorse in 13.12 Various & Sundry Villains and 13.19 Funeralia.
Myrrh, cassia, rock rose.
Dean: We've got that.
Michael: And, to bind the spell together, the nectar from a Leviathan blossom.
- Each of the ingredients for the spell to trap God are tied to death in some fashion. Myrrh can be seen as a symbol of death when used as embalming oil, cassia can be used to induce abortions in pregnant women, and rock rose can symbolize imminent death.
In addition to directing the episode, Richard Speight, Jr.
's band Dick Jr. & the Volunteers provide the track "Goin' Straight" from their debut album The Dance and How to Do It
for the episode.
The diner where Adam
is called "Jaci's" after Richard Speight's wife Jaci Hays.
At the diner, Adam orders a slice of cake that, like often happens to Dean
, he never gets to actually eat, due to Lilith
's interruption. Michael shoves the cake away after killing the demon.
Director Richard Speight planned the fight scene in Hell along with stunt coordinator Rob Hayter and fight coordinator Kirk Jacques to showcase the work of the female stunt performers. During the fight, Jensen ad-libbed the line "Are any of us winning?"
Michael acting like a petulant child mirrors Lucifer's own petulant reaction in 11.22 We Happy Few
after being reunited with God. In Michael's case, he retreated behind Adam so that he didn't have to listen anymore. In Lucifer's case, he hid out in Sam's room to avoid God.
Director Richard Speight, Jr.
and Rob Benedict
on the set of "Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven" -- the first time these friends who have hosted conventions together for a decade have ever worked together on Supernatural
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts