In "Are You There, God? It's me, Dean Winchester," Dean struggles with understanding why God saved him. Meanwhile, Castiel fills him in on Lilith's plan to set Lucifer free. Her first order of business is to cook up some angry spirits in the form of victims Sam, Dean, Bobby and other hunters couldn't save. So it's old home week as we see the return of Meg Masters, Victor Henriksen and Ronald the wacky conspiracy theorist.
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First of all, I can't believe they called this episode "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester." I can't even remember how old I was when I read Judy Blume's "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret", but I do remember wearing my copy out. Needless to say, the title provides a blast from the past, but at the same time, is kind of appropriate considering Dean's big time into denial about God and about why God would have anything to do with him. This is all throwing him for a serious loop. It's crushing to hear him wonder why God would pull him out of hell. We've seen his insecurities laid out before us numerous times. What I like about it this time is that he can't push them aside (for too long anyway). It's in his face. Can anyone say Castiel?
While Dean's skeptical about his entire situation, it's kind of comforting to realize Sam has faith in what Dean's telling him is real. In Season Two's "Houses of the Holy," we learned Sam clung to his faith and also prayed. So, it's no surprise he's more willing than Dean to believe an "Angel of the Lord" saved his brother. Sam seems amused by Dean's dilemma. I like him challenging Dean's denials, deflections and defense mechanisms.
According to Castiel, Lilith wants Lucifer free. Apparently 66 seals need to be broken in order for the devil to walk among us; the Rising of the Witnesses is just one step in making the Apocalypse happen. The spell involves conjuring up some of Bobby, Sam and Dean's victims they couldn't save to give them a little payback from beyond. Meg Masters and Victor Henriksen are two characters I wish the show had never killed off, so it was good to see them well, ghosts of them even if they were angry spirits.
"You did this to me. It's your fault."
Victor blames Sam and Dean (especially Sam) for the deaths at the police station in "Jus in Bello." He puts the beat down on Sam and then reveals to Dean his death didn't happen in a flash. He and the others in the station (including the virgin Nancy) were tortured for 45 minutes before it was all over. Both Sam and Dean apologize but it's really of no use, all Victor is there for is to give them a world of hurt and make them feel seriously guilty.
"This is what I looked like before that demon cut off my hair and dressed me like a slut."
This isn't demon Meg; this is the girl the demon possessed. Nicki Aycox looks so different from when she helped make life hell for the Winchester boys in Season One.
Meg's story is painful. We are finally able to hear what it was like for her to be trapped in her own mind, with no way out. She had to watch as Meg murdered countless number of people and caused great distress everywhere she went. We also hear about how hard things were on her family. Her little sister killed herself after she found out Meg was dead. This whole exchange is satisfying because it adds layers to a character we haven't really seen in two years. We knew about the demon, but we never really knew about the human.
Nicki's appearance in this episode is awesome. Her scenes with Jensen are always strong. And Meg's conversation with Sam was particularly powerful:
"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!"
These words just whet my appetite to find out what in the world Sam's been doing with Ruby even more. We know he's been tapping into his powers, honing them and he's been saving people. But we're still vague on the details. And who's really saying this? An angry Meg Masters or Lilith trying to get Sam to back off his killing of demons and using his powers?
Ronald's definitely a favorite of mine from Season Two. However, I do think his appearance was probably the least effective of the three who returned. His scenes were pretty short as well, so I guess his presence wasn't supposed to be as effective as Victor and Meg. I keep thinking that in a perfect world, if we could have had any character(s) in the history of
Supernatural come back as angry spirits, I would have loved for Jessica and/or Layla (from "Faith") to return. Yes, I went there. Adrianne Palicki and Julie Benz are both super busy, but Sam's dead girlfriend brought back to confront her man? Plus, I admit to having wondered if we'd ever visit Layla's story again. She had a brain tumor so it's not much of a stretch to think she's probably gone. As peaceful as she was in life, doesn't mean she couldn't have worked up a little anger thanks to Lilith's spell. Dean's reaction to seeing her would have been devastating.
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I was surprised Dean came clean to Sam about the entire Castiel story. It's time for Sam to pony a secret up to Dean.
We saw an EMF meter! Remember those? Can't remember the last time we saw one.
"I don't like getting singled out at birthday parties."
How in the world did Dean get this way? It makes me want to learn more about his childhood.
Sam and Dean's shoot 'em up scene played out like a western movie meets a video game. I love when the action is over the top like that.
Bobby's ghost-proof panic room is genius. Devil's traps, weapons, research books, a poster of Bo Derek that room is fully loaded.
Why did those two kids wait so long to try and off Bobby in his junkyard? Just asking...
Castiel's scene at the end with Dean was great too. Dean's acting his irreverent self, and Castiel wasn't having it. Dean kind of looked terrified at certain points during that conversation. We never see Dean look terrified, so that was a sight to behold.
Ruby is running scared. Still weird. What do you guys think she meant when she told Sam to watch himself where the angel is concerned? I guess Sam using his powers wouldn't sit well with Castiel.
Dean and his obsession with pies continue to be awesome. As does the Grand Canyon reference.
Dean (and the show) paid tribute to the Star Trek Experience. I believe the Las Vegas attraction closed for good recently.
Sam says Lilith is scared of Castiel. How does he know this?
Victor asks Dean why he deserved a second chance. Shades of Layla's mom in "Faith."
Sam's been behind the wheel of the Impala more in this season's first two episodes then he was the entire Season Three.
Final Thoughts about "Are You There, God? It's Me Dean Winchester."
The whole Lucifer being set free was a good reveal. Not that shocking but good. I continue to worship anytime Castiel is in the vicinity of Dean. I love the effect the angel is having on the hunter. He's forcing Dean to question, to doubt, to think about everything he's ever believed in his entire life. And the episode has also continued to spark my interest in finding out just what Sam was up to while Dean was gone for four months. But I have to say I loved the return of the characters most of all, especially Meg Masters. Oh and Bobby's panic room of course.
What did you think of the episode?
What characters would you loved to have seen return?
What did you think about Meg calling Sam a monster?
What do you think about this whole Lucifer angle?
What were your favorite lines? (Mine are in the first post)
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In Are You There God Its me Dean Winchester Dean struggles with understanding why God saved him Meanwhile Castiel fills him in on Liliths plan to set Lucifer free Her first order of business is to cook up some angry spirits in the form of victims Sam Dean Bobby and other hunters couldnt save So its old home week as we see the return of Meg Masters Victor Henriksen and Ronald the wacky conspiracy theoristHey sorry guys I had some technical issues with my computer and being able to post my column I finally figured it all out Now on to the extra long blogFirst of all I cant believe they called this episode Are You There God Its Me Dean Winchester I cant even remember how old I was when I read Judy Blumes Are You There God Its Me Margaret but I do remember wearing my copy out Needless to say the title provides a blast from the past but at the same time is kind of appropriate considering Dean146