Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 2

Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester (25 Sep. 2008)

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The Winchesters and Bobby Singer encounter the angry spirits of people they couldn't save.

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While Dean, Sam and Bobby worry about 20 hunters killed or missing in the area, they themselves are each attacked by angry spirits who blame them for getting killed during demon-eliminations. Dean notices they carry a brand, actually the 'witness mark', a sign that the Apocalpse may be on hand. Bobby convinces the brothers they must all leave his ghost-proof safe-room to perform a spell which returns the spirits to their graves. After that works, Castiel appears again, assuring Dean there is a God, and warning the celestial army has greater concerns then a few demon hunters. In fact the witnesses are only one of 66 'seals' required to release Satan, as Lillith is attempting, and this battle is lost, despite the trio's survival. Written by KGF Vissers

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The episode's title is a reference to the Judy Blume's famous novel "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret". See more »

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Castiel: The rising of the witnesses is one of the 66 seals.
Dean Winchester: Okay, I'm guessing that's not a show at Sea World.
Castiel: Those seals are being broken by Lilith.
Dean Winchester: She did the spell. She rose the witnesses.
Castiel: Mm-hmm. And not just here. Twenty other hunters are dead.
Dean Winchester: [understanding] Of course. She picked victims that the hunters couldn't save so that they would barrel right after us.
Castiel: Lilith has a certain sense of humor.
Dean Winchester: Well, we put those spirits back to rest.
Castiel: It doesn't matter. The seal was broken.
Dean Winchester: Why break the seal ...
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19 April 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

As the title would have it, this episode is supposed to be about Dean's if not atheistic, at least agnostic view towards God versus Sam's faith in God - a subject that has previously been touched upon, but never actually explored. Well, now the series must.

The fantastic season opener ended with a jaw-dropping revelation that in the world of Supernatural, the are not only angels, but apparently also God. But here the writers stumble when they decide not to properly follow up. Apparently Castiel disappeared, leaving both Dean and the audience to question Castiel's words - they are not, after all, absolute evidence: for all we know, Castiel might just be one of the many previously unseen supernatural beings. One who happens to *believe* that he is an angel and that there is God. Apparently not confident enough that they can make an entire episode about this and the brothers' opposing views on God, the writers spend most of the running time on a supernatural event of the week. It raises the question: Which plot is supposed to be the main plot? Yes, they connect, but not in exactly smooth way.

So, while the event of the week is nothing to complain about, the more one thinks about the title - with it being a literary reference and all

  • and the actual content of the episode, the more one is likely to feel


a bit mislead. Also, the structure of the episode is a bit clumsy. There is a difference between pleasantly unconventional and clumsy and this errs on the wrong side. The series has triumphantly repeatedly raised the bar over the preceding 61 episodes, but that always has a flip-side: after reaching 9/10 any number of times, any "merely" good 7/10 episodes like this just can't live up to the expectations. Also, Misha Collins is *so* great as Castiel that even on the third viewing this episode's greatest scene remains the single one (!) he appears in. That should be telling enough.


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