4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester

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Title Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
Episode # Season 4, Episode 2
First aired September 25, 2008
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Teleplay:
Sera Gamble
Story:
Sera Gamble
Lou Bollo
On IMDB Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
Outline The ghosts of people hunters failed to save are returning to kill them.
Monster Vengeful Spirits
Timeline September 22nd-24th, 2008
Location(s) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Synopsis

At Bobby’s place, Dean and Sam are arguing over whether Castiel could really be an angel when Bobby’s research turns up the information that only an angel can rescue someone from Hell. Dean is uncomfortable with the idea that God has a special interest in him. They agree to research angels, with Dean sending Sam out to get him some pie. While he’s out, Ruby appears, and tells Sam that she is nervous about angels being around, and that she is going to make herself scarce for a while. She tells him he should be afraid too.

When Sam returns, sans pie, Bobby tells Sam that they are heading out to check on a hunter friend of his, Olivia Lowry, who he has been calling about angels, but that she isn’t answering. They find Olivia dead, ripped apart, seemingly by a spirit. Bobby and the boys split up and go to check on other hunters in the area, only to find them all dead. On the way back to Bobby’s, the boys stop at a gas station. Dean is asleep in the car while Sam goes to the bathroom. There, he is confronted by the ghost of Special Agent Victor Henriksen, who blames Sam and Dean for his death, before attacking Sam. During the assault Dean enters, and saves Sam by blasting Henriksen with rock salt.

At home, Bobby is confronted by the spirits of two young girls, who accuse him of failing to save them from the ‘monster’ that killed them. They capture him and hold him in a wrecked car in his salvage yard while they torment him.

Sam and Dean return, then split up to try to find Bobby. Dean is confronted by the spirit of Meg Masters. She tells him how she was a college student when she was possessed, and that she was 'awake' during her possession, and witnessed much horror. As she beats and kicks Dean, Meg also tells him how her disappearance had a terrible effect on her younger sister, who killed herself after Meg was found dead. Dean manages to shoot down a chandelier made of iron, which falls on the spirit, dispelling her.

Meanwhile, Sam has found and rescued Bobby. Bobby leads Sam and Dean to a safe room in his house. It is a cylindrical room, completed lined in iron coated in salt to keep spirits from entering. In the roof is a large extraction fan, below which is an grill with metal work in the shape of a Devil's Trap. The room has a bed, and appears well-stocked with supplies and equipment.

Sam and Dean have seen a brand on the spirits, which, according to Bobby's research, identifies them as Witnesses whose appearance heralds the coming of the Apocalypse. Bobby finds a spell that will send the spirits to rest, but they need an open fire for it. They leave the sanctuary of Bobby's panic room and return to the library, and on the way, encounter the spirit of Ronald Resnick, who charges Sam and Dean with being responsible for his death, before Bobby shoots him with salt.

Once in the library, Bobby starts preparing for the spell; he sends Sam upstairs to get a hex box and Dean to the kitchen to get ingredients for the spell. Sam is confronted by Meg, who is outraged that he is working with Ruby, knowing that she is possessing an innocent girl as Meg herself was possessed. Sam dispels her with a salt blast. Meanwhile in the kitchen, Henriksen appears to Dean. He tells him how Lilith tortured everyone in the police station, including flaying Nancy alive. He attacks Dean, but Sam arrives in time to save him.

Sam and Dean retreat to the library and protect Bobby as the Witnesses reappear and attack. Just as Meg is about to rip Bobby's heart out, he completes the spell with Dean's help, and the spirits vanish.

That night, Castiel appears to Dean in a dream. He tells Dean that Lilith cast a spell that released the Witnesses. He explains that this is the first of sixty six seals that, if all broken, will release Lucifer, and this is why angels have returned to Earth. He also says that some of the Angels died in battle that week.

The next morning, Dean asks Sam if he believes in the Devil.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Lonely Is the Night" by Billy Squier
(plays during recap of previous events)

Quotes

Meg: I had a sister. A little sister. She worshiped me. You know how little siblings are, right? How they'll do anything for you? She was never the same after I disappeared. She just got... lost.
Meg: You saw how I suffered for months. I thought you must have learned something. I thought I died for something. But what you're doing with that demon, Ruby? How many innocent bodies has Ruby burned through for kicks? How many girls just like me? And you don't send her back to Hell? You're a monster!
Sam: You built a panic room??

Bobby: I had a weekend off.

Dean: Bobby, you're awesome.
Castiel: The rising of the Witnesses is one of the 66 seals.
Dean: I’m guessing that’s not a show at SeaWorld.
Castiel: You should show me some respect. I dragged you out of Hell. I can throw you back in.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode, "Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester," is a reference to Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Published in 1970, it followed a young girl’s exploration of her spirituality, as she also deals with the other matters of adolescence like getting her period and her search for identity. The title may also be in reference to the cartoon The Venture Bros. season 1 episode 9 "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean", an obvious reference to the work cited above. The Venture Bros. is also a show that Ben Edlund has contributed scripts to.
Dean: Look, all I know is that I was not... groped by an angel.
This is a reference to the series Touched by an Angel, where angels are sent by God to help people solve their problems.
Dean suggests they go and visit the Grand Canyon, the Star Trek Experience and the Bunny Ranch.
Bobby: If you're going to shoot, shoot! Don't talk!
This is a quote from the spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Dean: You know, Michael Landon. Not dicks.
In the television series Highway to Heaven, Michael Landon played angel Jonathan Smith who was sent to Earth where he teamed up with cop Mark Gordon in order to help people.
Misha Collins who plays Castiel reports that "Kripke wanted to base the look of the character on the comic book character ‘Constantine’" (Source). John Constantine is an occult detective who features in the John Constantine, Hellblazer comic book series, and the 2005 film Constantine.

Minutiae

According to Castiel, the episode takes place three days after he raised Dean from Hell.
Bo derek.jpg
Bobby’s panic room is iron coated with salt and protected by devil's trap. He has the iconic poster of Bo Derek from the movie 10 on the wall.
Bobby has a hex box in an upstairs linen closet. In the kitchen, the cutlery drawer has a false bottom which contains hemlock, opium and wormwood.
Castiel says twenty other hunters were killed by the Witnesses and six angels died in other battles occurring simultaneously involving the aforementioned 66 seals.
The grimoire Bobby reads from is written in Syriac script.

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