Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jenson Ackles) are stunned when the spirits of Meg (guest star Nikki Aycox) and Agent Henricksen (guest star C. Malik Whitfield) appear and accuse the Winchesters of failing them.
Although rattled, the brothers must pull together to save Bobby (Jim Beaver), who is too crippled with guilt to fight off the angry ghosts of the young children he couldn’t save.
Phil Sgriccia directed the episode. Written by Sera Gamble.
Recap by Smallvile-29
4.02 – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester
Intro “Then”.. With a voice over from Dean “.. featuring clips from “Dead In The Water”, “Devils Trap”, “Nightshifter”. “Jus In Bello”, “No Rest For The Wicked”, “Lazarus Rising”, “Long-Distance Call”, “A Vary Supernatural Christmas”, “The Usual Suspect”, “The Magnificent Seven”, and “Fresh Blood” Now, Lady is sleeping on her sofa when her TV stars to go static and the lights flash.. she wakes up, opens her closet to a bunch of guns and she grabs her EMF reader.. (electro magnetic field) and it’s apparent that spirits are near by.. She grabs her shotgun and looks around when a guy appears before her.. (it’s apparent that he’s died cause he looks BAD) she shots him and he disappears..she backs up and salts that doorway.. but another spirit pops up behind her and grabs her guts…
“Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester”
Bobby, Dean and Sam are trying to figure out what happened to Dean… Dean still doesn’t think it was an angel. Bobby finds some lore that an angel is the only thing that can snatch a soul out of hell, Sam thinks it’s good news cause it wasn’t a demon thing. Dean still doesn’t believe it… and can’t handle the fact that “threes a God out there that gives a crap about him”… Bobby has books on angel lore and before they start reading Dean Tell’s Sam to get him pie.. he also reminds him to get chips on his way to the store along with another reminder about pie. Ruby approaches Sam at the store and she says that she is leaving cause there’s angels and shes a demon. She is scared and tells Sam to watch himself… There packing up, Because Bobby can’t reach his friend “Olivia Lauri”… They get ready to go but Sam forgot the pie. Now there at Olivia’s house and they find her dead, Bobby goes outside and calls a couple of his friends that are hunters and live in the area, no response.. Dean says he’s “never seen a ghost do this to a person” Something is going on in the area, they show some other hunters houses as the boys are calling and there all dead.
Dean and Sam are coming out of another hunters house and are calling Bobby and telling him that he’s dead… Bobby also found a dead hunter, Bobby tells the boys to get to his place cause these things are going after hunters. Sam is driving and Dean is asleep… they stop at a gas station and Sam goes to the bathroom, his breath is cold and the mirror ices up.. He wipes it off and Agent Hendrickson is there… (Nightshifter, Just In Bello) He tells Sam “I didn’t survive – You did this to me.. it was your fault and i paid the price” he then attacks Sam and they start fighting until Dean comes in a shots him.. The spirit disappears. Bobby is at his house, when his breath turns cold too and the lights star flickering.. He grabs a iron rod and starts looking around… he gets to the stairs and a ball roles down…. He turns around and 2 little girls are there. Dean calls and can’t get a hold of Bobby.. there driving to his house… it’s hours until they get there and they start looking around.. Dean is going upstairs and Sam outside.. Dean goes up the stairs and all the hallway doors close but the one at the end of the hall opens up. Sam is outside walking through the car lot calling Bobby, we see that the two girls have his mouth covered and are hiding in a car… Dean is walking down the hallway and says “come out, come out, whoever you are” and then Meg (Scarecrow, Shadow, Devils Trap) comes up from behind him saying “Hi”
“OK – I’m not a demon – I’m just a college girl… sorry “was”… – I was awake.. i had to watch as she murdered people – You were supposed to help me” Meg is talking to Dean and then she punches him.. he falls and his gun slides on the floor… She kicks him and keeps going, guilt trip completely. The girls are asking Bobby why he didn’t do anything… Sam’s breath goes cold and he knows Bobby is close.. he starts ripping open trunks looking for him… Meg is still beating up Dean, she says that when she died her little sister committed suicide and that it’s Dean’s fault. Sam figures out what car Bobby is in and rips it open.. one of the girls throws him onto a car.. She goes to get him and he slashes her with a iron rod.. she disappears, Bobby does the same to the other little girl. Dean pulls out his pistol and shots the iron chandelier above Meg… she disappears. Boys are all in the house trying to figure it out, Dean saw a mark and so did Sam, Sam draws it and Bobby knows it.. Bobby says lets go.. And they go down to Bobby’s basement, he has a completely iron room, with Devils Traps everywhere and salt in the iron.. it’s a demon panic room.. Dean says “Bobby… Your awesome”…. There getting ready to face whatever they are and are making iron rounds.. Dean says he finds it hard to believe in God because why “doesn’t he help?”… Bobby finds that the mark is the mark of the “Witness”.. they were “forced to rise” and there like dogs going after whoever wronged them… Whoever did it had big plans.. the “rising of the witnesses” is a sign of the apocalypse and you need some power to do that spell.
Apocalypse? The rise of the witnesses is a mile marker of the apocalypse… Bobby thinks he has a spell to send the witnesses back to rest, but the supplies are in the house and they can’t just stay in the safe room. It’s game time, they load up and head out… They get to the stairs when they see Ronald. (Nightshifter) Dean starts talking to him and Bobby shots him, he disappears and Bobby says “if your gonna shot, shot… don’t talk” they get up and make a salt line around the fire place.. Sam goes upstairs to get a hex box.. Spirits start pop’in up all over… Dean goes to the kitchen to get something for the spell too, the two girls are right outside the salt line but Bobby can’t shot them, Sam gets the box and Meg appears. Telling him that Ruby possesses people.. and that she’s been possessed and that Sam is a monster for not sending Ruby to hell, Sam shots her and heads downstairs. Dean is in the kitchen.. the doors close and Hendrickson is there, he reaches for a iron pan but Hendrickson stops him. He tells Dean that Lilith toke 45minutes to kill them all cause “she wanted to have some fun”.. and it’s Dean’s fault… he grabs Dean’s heart…. Sam shots Hendrickson and Dean is alright for now, There all behind the salt with Bobby…. and are fending off the demons. Bobby stars the spell and all the windows open up and the salt line is gone, Bang, Bang, Bang, there fending off all the spirits, Bang, Bang, Sam is out of ammo and the little girls push a desk into him, he’s stuck between it and the wall… Dean fights off Hendrickson with a iron rod.. One of the little girls grabs Bobby, he drops the spell bowl…….. Dean catches it and throws it in the fire place. The whole room goes blue…. all the spirits are gone.
Commercial #4 FEATURING A SEASON 3 DVD COMMERCIAL! (promotion? wow!)
Sam is sleeping, and Dean wakes up.. He looks over to the kitchen and Castiel is standing there. He gets up and goes to talk with him… “Excellent job with the witnesses” says Castiel, Dean asks where he was.. he says “read the bible, angels are warriors of God, I’m a soldier” and Dean tells him “he’s not convinced there’s a God” Castiel says there is… Bobby was right and this IS a sign of the Apocalypse.. Castiel says that the rising of the witnesses is one of the 66seals… those are being broken. Lilith is breaking them… if they all get broken then Lucifer “walks free”… Dean doesn’t believe it… But Castiel says that’s why there here, to stop it. He tells Dean they tried, this one they lost… But threes more battles coming. “There’s a bigger picture here, you should show me some respect… i dragged you out of hell… i can throw you back in” and then Castiel disappears…. It’s morning now. Sam wakes Dean up and asks if he’s alright, he says “you got no problem believing in God and angels – do you believe in the devil?” “why are you asking me all this?” Sam asks… Dean looks down….
Review by Gaelic
4.02 – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester – Gaelicspirit review
Wow. Just… wow.
So… it’s a day late, but not a thought short. RL had me by the throat last night, and I was unable to watch until this morning before my baby got up. In the interest of time, I may try to reorganize this ramble.
But I just want to get it out there that first and foremost, I am constantly, constantly impressed by this show.
I gotta get this out of the way. Billy Squire’s “Lonely Is the Night” was fanfreakintastic in the previouslys. I have always loved that song and thought it to be VERY Dean. *claps* Way to go, Show!!!
I’ve been a fan of several shows where the apocolypse came into play. And quite frankly, I’m not surprised by this turn of events — in fact, had it not been that extreme, I might have been a little let down. Buffy was forever fighting back the apocolypse, Angel, even a few epis of the X-files dealt with it.
The forshadowing of Lucifer’s existence in “Sin City” led me to believe that he would be coming into play eventually, and we all knew that Lillith was up to something. Once we saw her fear when she couldn’t defeat Sam, I think we all knew she wasn’t cut out to be the Great Queen of the Underworld.
Plus? There had to be some reason the angels chose now, after all this struggle and fighting and suffering and defeating evil in the mere hope of good, to come to earth and mix it up with the black-eyed masses.
So, this gal? Is excited to see how this plays out. 66 seals doesn’t really give us much time… a season perhaps? But if we’re on a five-year plan… where does that take us next year?? Okay, Gaelic, one hurdle at a time.
This episode literally rocked me. I sat so close to the TV, I could have been pixellated. Dean’s doubt that there is a God was so very real to me. I’ve never doubted that He existed, but I’ve had occasion (as I’m sure we all have, who believe) to ask myself the same questions Dean struggled with.
Why doesn’t He help? Why does it appear so often that He stands idly by and lets good people, believers, suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? I smirked loudly, if such a thing is possible, when Dean interrupted Castiel’s “The Lord works–” with a “If you say in mysterious ways, I’ll kick your ass.”
I get that that is the easiest explanation for us mortals who can’t wrap their mind around the Big Picture, but rather than being comforted that the highest power has a handle on things and I just need to trust that He knows what’s going on, I’ve always felt that statement was a bit of a cop out.
Lillith’s selection of the witnesses packed a helluva punch, pun intended. There was much GORE to be had. Nicely played, that. There was also torutre aplenty with Meg beating the holy hell out of Dean, Bobby’s heart being twisted by the little girls he couldn’t save, Sam guilted by Hendricksen (or however you spell it…). Ronald’s ghost just made me so sad.
There was some fantastic one-liners in this, too, with Bobby’s “If you’re gonna shoot, shoot…” and his admonishment to the “chuckleheads” to stop debating religion. And Dean… Oh my goodness do I love that boy. But I’ll get to him specifically later.
I feel like the overall purpose of this episode was truly the debate of when there is so much ugliness in the world, why does one hunter deserve to be saved from the pit? What is it about him? And why does that scare us so much? Because, along with Dean, I don’t so much like being singled out at any time, let alone by an angel of the Lord. Gah.
Before I get into specifics? I have to say that the conversations with Castiel and Dean are quickly becoming the most fascinating aspect of this season. Dean’s challenge that angels were supposed to be guardians… Michael Landon, not dicks… just bled his fear and doubt and mistrust all over that kitchen.
But Castiel’s comeback of “read your Bible… angels are warriors of God” impressed the hell out of me. So much so that I actually forgot to breathe for a moment. The way Dean literally stopped moving — everything but his soulful eyes — and waited for Castiel’s next words held me fast. And Castiel’s “I’m not here to perch on your shoulder… You should show me some respect… I dragged you out of Hell, I can throw you back in…”
Wow. *shivers* Just… Wow. Whatever Kripke has planned for us in the way of the final Seal being opened, I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be a wild ride, a rush of Good vs Evil, questions about their purpose, concern about all the good they’ve done in the past being the good they were supposed to do, brother next to brother and brother against brother… culminating in what I expect to be moments that stop our hearts and gather our tears and shake our heads in wonder.
Dean: From the inception of the show, this character has been my hero. There is a way that Jensen Ackels carries Dean — a way that he plays him through his eyes, belying the words he’s speaking — that has captivated me. I can’t say enough about how his physical attributes curl my toes. *sighs*
But it’s his whole package — the humor, the looks, the simple way his lips part slightly as he breathes… The look he gives Sam when Bobby hands them the stack of books on angels with the “You’re getting me some pie…” BWAH!! That boy and his pie. I don’t think someone has made me crave baked goods so much in my life.
Dean’s struggle with Meg broke me. He wanted so badly to find his father that yeah, he forgot that there was a girl inside that shell. And seeing her face him with that reality, the absolute crushed look on his face… *sob* To make matters worse, Meg having a little sister who was lost without her… lost enough to committ suicide when she was found dead… I just wanted to gather Dean up and hold onto him tight.
Then again, I sadistically like to watch him crawl away from her, trying to breathe as she kicked him. Is that bad to confess? Moving on!
Dean calling Hendricksen “Victor”… awww. And having to find out that Lillith took her time killing them… GAH! When Hendricksen reached in, he grabbed Dean’s heart in more ways than one when he said: “Why do you deserve another chance?” Well, Victor, you’ve hit on the one question our boy is asking himself with every beat of his heart. And he’s scared to death.
Sam: I got a review recently that said they thought I did Sam a disservice in my stories. That I didn’t let him be the heroic one enough. Well… the thing is? For me, the only time Sam is truly heroic is when Dean is down for the count. It’s just how I see his character. *shrug*
This show is and will forever be about brothers, these brothers, but there, again for me, there is something lacking in Sam that I see in spades in Dean. Last year, he captured me. He worried me, he made me cry, he made me hurt for him. I wanted so badly for him to find a way to save his brother, not simply because I wanted Dean to be spared from Hell, but because Sam needed it.
So far, this season… I’m not sure. I’m cautious about him once more. Wanting to see how he affects his brother, but not so much invested in his character. I will so, though, that his boys happiness and enthusiasm at the knowledge that an angel had saved his brother was heartwarming. His faith — the fact that he declared to Ruby that he wasn’t afraid of angels when she beat a hasty retreat — may save him from whatever fate is in store.
But he can be cold. Where Dean hesitated with the spirits, letting their torrent of guilt soak into him, Sam was able to apologize tightly, lift the shotgun and shoot Meg in the face. Mostly, I think, because she knew about his biggest guilt — using Ruby to hunt demons and not sending her back to Hell. The point Meg made about how many bodies Ruby had burned through at least slashed a pale swath of regret across Sam’s features.
I do so love when the boys just know each other — the unison speak: “A sign of what?”, the automatic obeying: “DOWN!”, the shared looks of understanding… *sigh*
Bobby: SO much goodness about this man. I absolutely LOVE that he gives the boys reminders — John Winchester’s boys or not, it’s reassuring to have him say to “the boys” (love that, too) to “cover each other, aim carefully, don’t run out of ammo…”
I echo Dean’s grin of “Bobby, you’re awesome” with the iron panic room. I laughed out loud when I realized that was where they were going. “I had a weekend off.” HA!!! “Someplace safe, ya idjits.” I *heart* Bobby. Dean was right when he said Bobby was the closest thing to a father he had. My heart broke for him a bit when those ghost girls kept taunting him.
Oh, and aside, is there anything more creepy than the echo of ghostly little girls laughing??
Others: Liked Meg’s explanation for the difference in her appearance. Nicely played. Liked Hendricksen’s recount of the hell they went through before they died. Was saddened by Ronald and creeped out by the little girls. I think Meg was my favorite, though. The emotion trembling through her whole (very slim) body when she talked about her little sister choked me up. Ghost or not.
I loved the building of tension in the final battle with showing the empty shells hit the ground. I loved Bobby’s insane level of concentration with the spells. I liked Dean saving the day — instead of Sam — based on Sam’s shout of “cover Bobby.” And I loved the slow shot of both boys asleep.
I also liked the idea that there are battles elsewhere and that the angels win some and lose some. This is not going to be an easy fight. The angels are soldiers, and soldiers die.
What a crazy ride this is going to be. Don’t know about you all, but I’m hanging on tight.
If you’re still here… thanks for reading
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Charles Malik Whitfield
as FBI Agent Victor Henricksen
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as Ronald Reznick
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Episode Screen Caps:
Lonely is the Night, by Billy Squier
Dean: All I know is I was not groped by an angel.
Meg: You don’t recognize me? This is what I looked like before that demon cut off my hair and dressed me like a slut.
Bobby: I think I got everything we need here at the house.
Dean: Any chance you got everything we need here in this room?
Bobby: So you thought our luck was gonna start now all of a sudden?
Dean: So Bobby was right about the Witnesses. This is some kind of a sign of the Apocalypse.
Castiel: That’s why we’re here. Big things afoot.
Dean: Do I wanna know what kind of things?
Castiel: I sincerely doubt it, but you need to know.
Castiel: The Rising of the Witnesses is one of the sixty-six seals…
Dean: Okay, I’m guessing that’s not a show at Sea World?
Dean: Don’t you think that if angels were real, that some hunter, somewhere would have seen one… at some point… ever?
Sam: Yeah, you just did, Dean.
Dean: I’m trying to come up with a theory here okay, work with me.
Sam: Dean, we have a theory.
Dean: Yeah, one with a little less fairy dust on it, please.
Dean: Ronald. Hey, come on, man. We were pals.
Ronald: That was when I was breathing. Now I’m gonna eat you alive.
Dean: Well, but I’m not a cheeseburger.
Dean: I thought angels were supposed to be guardians. Fluffy wings. Halos. You know, Michael Landon, not dicks.
Bobby: I’ve checked on Carl Bates and R.C. Adams. They’ve redecorated… in red.
Dean: How you feeling, huh? How many fingers am I holding up?
Sam: None. I’ll be fine, Dean.
Meg: Meg Masters. Nice to finally talk to you when I’m not, you know, choking on my own blood.
Dean: As in Apocalypse Apocalypse? The Four Horsemen? Pestilence? Five-dollar-a-gallon-gas Apocalypse?
Bobby: That’s the one.
Dean: Lucifer? But I thought that was just a story they told at Demon Sunday School.
Castiel: There’s a God.
Dean: I’m not convinced. ‘Cause if there’s a God, what the hell is he waiting for, huh? Genocide? Monsters roaming the earth? The fricking apocalypse? At what point does he lift a damn finger and help the poor bastards that are stuck down here?
Castiel: The Lord works…
Dean: If you say “mysterious ways” so help me, I will kick your ass.
Sam: You built a panic room?
Bobby: I had a weekend off.
Dean: You’re awesome.
Sam: Apparently, you’re a regular guy that’s important to the man upstairs.
Dean: Well that creeps me out. I mean, I don’t like getting singled out at birthday parties, much less by… God.
Sam: Okay, well too bad, Dean, because I think he wants you to strap on your party hat.
Bobby: It all says that an angel can snatch a soul from the Pit?
Dean: What else?
Bobby: What else what?
Dean: What else could do it?
Bobby: Do what? Airlift your ass out of the hot box? As far as I can tell, nothing.
Castiel: Our numbers are not unlimited. Six of my brothers died in the field this week. You think the armies of Heaven should just follow you around? There’s a bigger picture here. You should show me respect. I dragged you out of Hell. I can throw you back in.
Castiel: Why do you think we’re here, walking among you now for the first time in 2,000 years?
Dean: To stop Lucifer.
Castiel: (nods) That’s why we’ve arrived.
Dean: Well, bang up job so far.
Dean: All I know is I was not groped by an angel.
A play on the show titled Touched by an Angel (1994-2003) starring Della Reese and Roma Downey, about angels who live among people, influencing their lives.
Bobby: If you’re going to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.
This quote is from the classic western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) written and directed by Sergio Leone. A gunslinger, a hit man, and an outlaw go after a dead man’s gold during the American Civil War. Starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. The line is said by Tuco (Wallach) during a similar scene as we see here.
Dean: You know, Michael Landon, not dicks.
Referencing Highway to Heaven (1984-1989), starring Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, an angel sent to Earth to help people with the aid of human Mark Gordon (Victor French).
References the book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. The 1970 novel details a young girl’s quest for a religion while dealing with other teenage and adolescent female issues.
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