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Recap of Supernatural
Season 4, Episode 2:

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

Bobby: Solid iron. Completely coated in salt. One hundred percent ghost proof.
Sam: You built a panic room?
Bobby: I had a weekend off.

Written by Sera Gamble.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: September 25, 2008.

A hunter named Olivia sleeps, only to be awakened by angry spirits just as Bobby leaves a message on her answering machine. Olivia recognizes the spirits and tearfully apologizes to them before one of them kills her.

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Meanwhile, Dean expresses skepticism that Castiel is an angel, but Sam isn’t so sure. Bobby shows Dean lore that indicates the only thing that could have rescued him is an angel. Sam is excited that it wasn’t a demon, but Dean expresses discomfort with the idea that God would single him out to be saved.

Sam goes out for pie, and he meets a scared Ruby who questions him about the angel. She tells Sam angels smite first and ask questions later, but Sam says he’s not scared. Later, Bobby tells Sam that his friend Olivia isn’t returning his calls so along with Dean they go to investigate and find Olivia’s body. As Dean wonders what kind of ghost would be so violent, Bobby tells them about another pair of hunters who have gone awol. They have also been gruesomely killed, as have another pair of hunters. Bobby tells the boys to come to his place for safety.

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At a gas station, Sam sees the spirit of Agent Hendrickson, who blames Sam and Dean for his death and the death of the people who were with him. Meanwhile, Bobby sees the ghosts of two little girls who he failed to save on a hunt. Sam and Dean arrive at Bobby’s place, and Sam rescues Bobby from the ghost girls. Dean sees the ghost of Meg Masters, the young woman whom the demon Meg possessed. She confronts him about the fact that by hurting the demon, he killed her. He expresses regret, but she beats and kicks him. Eventually, Dean shoots down an iron chandelier to save himself.

Dean has noticed a tattoo on Meg, and Bobby leads them to a ghost-proof panic room he has built. As they research, Dean wonders why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Bobby realizes that the ghosts of people that hunters failed to save have been resurrected, and it is called the "Rise of the Witnesses" and is a sign of the Apocalypse.

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Freaked out by the idea of the Apocalypse, Dean suggests that they take a road trip to the Grand Canyon, Star Trek Experience, and the Bunny Ranch, but Bobby says they need to cast a spell to put the spirits to rest. This will involve exiting the panic room and perform the spell over an open fire. They leave the room and are confronted by the ghost of Ronald Reznek, and the two little girl ghosts return for Bobby. Meg returns to torment Sam, and Hendrickson and Ronald do the same to Dean. After gathering the materials, Bobby manages to perform a spell that puts the spirits to rest.

Sam and Dean fall asleep while researching, and wings flutter outside. Dean opens his eyes to see Castiel in the kitchen. Castiel tells him excellent work with the witnesses, and Dean angrily asks why he didn’t help. Castiel explains that he had larger concerns and that he is a soldier, mentioning that several of his fellow angels have been killed. Dean wonders where God is in all this and Castiel assures a skeptical Dean that there is a God. He also explains Lilith’s plan is to break the 66th seals, which will free Lucifer from his cage. The angels have come to Earth after 2,000 years to try and stop Lucifer's escape.

Dean wakes up and asks Sam if he believes in the Devil. Sam says yes and wonders why Dean is asking.

Body count

For this episode = 1 human and 5 ghosts.

For the series so far = At least 263 humans (of which 3 were witches), 14 demons, 24 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, 1 zombie, and 1 dog.

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