4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
|Title||Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester|
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 2|
|First aired||September 25, 2008|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by|| Teleplay:|
|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.|
|Timeline||September 22nd - 24th, 2008|
|Location(s)|| Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
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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; he has been calling her about angels, but 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 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, completely lined in iron coated in salt to keep spirits from entering. In the roof is a large extraction fan, below which is a 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 they 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. 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.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- Meg Masters
- Victor Henriksen
- Ronald Resnick
- Olivia Lowry
- Acting in Unison
- Angel Lore
- The Bible
- Bobby's Hats
- Bobby's Panic Room
- Dean's Amulet
- Demon-Killing Knife
- Devil's Trap
- Hex Bag
- Rise of the Witnesses
- Singer Salvage Yard
- The 66 Seals
- Star Trek
- Vengeful Spirits
- "Lonely Is the Night" by Billy Squier
- (plays during recap of previous events)
Sam: What do you know about them?
Meg: No, you didn't think! I kept waiting, praying! I was trapped in there screaming at you! 'Just help me, please!' You're supposed to help people, Dean. Why didn't you help me?
Dean: I'm sorry.
Sam: What are you talking about?
Dean: If he doesn't exist, fine. Bad crap happens to good people. That's how it is. There's no rhyme or reason -- just random, horrible, evil -- I get it, okay. I can roll with that. But if he is out there, what's wrong with him? Where the hell is he while all these decent people are getting torn to shreds? How does he live with himself? You know, why doesn't he help?
Dean: Yeah? Then, why didn't you fight?
Dean: To stop Lucifer.
Trivia & References
- This is a reference to the series Touched by an Angel, where angels are sent by God to help people solve their problems.
- "Castiel was established to be truly unaffected by rock salt, devil's traps, and also Ruby's knife, as he is an angel."
- This is a quote from the spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- 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.
Dean: Okay. I'm guessing that's not a show at SeaWorld.
- Although this was an off-hand joke in 2008 when this episode aired, this line turned out to be quite prophetic. In 2022, gas prices in America jumped to $5-a-gallon after oil supply from Russia was cut off, a result of their invasion of Ukraine.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester (transcript)
- Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester script (Production Draft)
- Episode Promo: 4.02 Are You There, God, It's Me, Dean Winchester
- Kripke introduces Episode 4.02
- Synopsis at Futon Critic
- Episode review by Eclipse Magazine
- Ratings report by syfyportal
- 4.2 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester: There’s a Bigger Picture, Here by bardicvoice (October 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Shootout at the Not So Okay O.K.Corral: "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester" Season 4, Episode 2. Pink Raygun, September 30; archive link