The episode opens with a woman, Olivia Lowry, sleeping on her couch. The TV turns on by itself. She gets up and grabs a rifle. The phone rings and Bobby leaves a message. At the same time, a ghost shows up. The woman grabs salt and puts it along the doorway. She is clearly a hunter. Another ghost shows up behind her and kills her.
Sam and Dean are arguing about Castiel. Dean is very reluctant to believe Castiel is really an angel, while Sam is eager to accept it. Bobby finds lore and says it does seem like there are angels, as nothing else could have taken him out of hell.
When Sam goes to get Dean pie, Ruby shows up and says she’s leaving because she’s scared. When Sam gets back, Bobby says he hasn’t heard back from Olivia and they’re going to go check it out. When they get there, they find Olivia’s body, really mangled. Bobby tries calling nearby hunters but none of them are answering either. They start going to the other hunters houses and finding them all dead.
Sam and Dean are on their way to Bobby’s to try to figure out what’s going on when they stop for gas. Dean is sleeping in the car, so Sam gets gas and then goes into the restroom. Sam is washing his hands in one of the dirtiest sinks I’ve ever seen when Henriksen suddenly shows up behind him. He blames Sam and Dean for his death and tries to kill Sam. Luckily, Dean woke up and shoots Henriksen with a salt round.
Meanwhile, a ghost shows up in Bobby’s house. He wanders around the house looking for them. They are creepy little girls with creepy little laughs. When Sam and Dean get there, Bobby is gone. We see that he’s in one of the vehicles in the yard, and Sam is looking for him him after realizing he must be right near by when his breath freezes.
Dean looks for Bobby upstairs, where he runs into Meg, who, even not possessed, sounds crazy as she berates Dean for not saving her when at the time, the brothers didn’t even know she was possessed. Sam is able to get rid of one of the little girls with an iron pole and Bobby gets the other. Dean shoots an iron chandelier off the ceiling, where it lands on Meg, making her disappear as well. Dean realizes that the ghosts are all people they couldn’t save.
This is the introduction of the demon/ghost panic room. Bobby has it decked out with everything. The walls are made of solid iron with salt. Symbols are everywhere and there are enough guns for a small army. Dean is very impressed. Dean noticed a brand on Meg, and Sam noticed the same mark on Henriksen. Bobby says it’s the mark of a spell to bring the ghosts back. Someone brought them back against their will for a prophecy called the “Rise of the Witnesses.” It’s from another version of the Book of Revelations and is a sign of the coming apocalypse. Bobby has a spell to send the ghosts back.
They leave the panic room and go to gather the ingredients, fighting ghosts all the way. Henriksen traps Dean in the kitchen and puts his hand in his chest (why is that so easy to do on TV?) but Sam comes in and shoots Henriksen.
They go out and cover Bobby while he finishes the spell, but Meg traps Sam behind a desk and puts her hand through Bobby’s back, causing him to drop the bowl with the spell. He manages to tell Dean, who catches it, to throw it in the fire, and it makes Meg and the rest of the ghosts disappear. Everyone is alright. Sort of.
The episode ends with a big scene between Dean and Castiel. Dean is asleep in Bobby’s house when Castiel shows up in the kitchen. Dean is furious to learn that Castiel knew all about the witnesses and didn’t help. Castiel explains the stakes to him, that there are 66 seals and Lilith is working to break them. The witnesses were one of the seals. When all the seals are broken, Lucifer walks free.
Story & Character Analysis:
Dean freaks out at the prospect that God has singled him out in anyway, and his protests show his lack of self-confidence about himself as a person. Later in the episode, when Sam and Dean are covering Bobby as he does the spell, on the other hand, shows the extremely high level of confidence both Sam and Dean possess when it comes to hunting. That’s the area where they are comfortable. There are no questions about what to do. There’s usually a right action. The quick cuts of the camera back and forth from Sam to Dean and back again as they shoot, reload, and shoot again, shows that comfort level, even as the camerawork demonstrates the chaos they are functioning in.
In the last scene, the camerawork again communicates some of the feel of the episode, as it consists of a conversation between Dean and Castiel that consists almost entirely of extreme close-ups. It also shows the intimacy and immediacy of the moment, as Dean and Castiel have to work together, whether they like it or not, and they haven’t had a chance to become friends yet. Dean is still very questioning about all things god related, and seeing Castiel and hearing about the existence of Lucifer puts a lot of gray in Dean’s beliefs, gray he previously never had to consider.
Sam brings Dean some chips. (He forgets the pie.)
Bobby is by far the episode MVP. In addition to figuring out what’s going on with the ghosts, he has an awesome demon and ghost panic room, he knows the spell to stop the ghosts, and he manages to complete it, even taking a hand through his back in the process and surviving.
Notable Guest Stars:
Genevieve Padalecki is back as Ruby.
State of the Week:
“Dude, when have I ever forgotten the pie?” – Sam
“Dude, where’s the pie?” – Dean
“You built a panic room?” – Sam
“I had a weekend off.” – Bobby
“Bobby!” – Dean
“What?” – Bobby
“You’re awesome!” – Dean
“This is why I can’t get behind god. 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
“I ain’t touching this one with a ten foot pole.” – Bobby
“You thought our luck was going to start now? All of a sudden?” – Bobby
“If you’re gonna shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” – Bobby
“Read the Bible. Angels are warriors of god. I’m a soldier.” – Castiel
“The lord works-” – Castiel
“If you say ‘mysterious ways’ so help me, I will kick your ass!” – Dean
“I dragged you out of hell. I can throw you back in.” – Castiel
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