Supernatural: "I asked you to take care of her, not douche her up." (Lazarus Rising)


The boys (ah, those Winchesters) are back and I've gotta tell you, Supernatural is in fine form (and I'm not just talking about the boys). It's interesting, because some shows are already starting to decline by their 4th season. One show that comes to mind is Supernatural's very own Thursday night companion show, Smallville (this statement might get me hate comments, but I truly believe Smallville was never better than in its first 2 seasons). Not Supernatural though. The show has been on a steady rise in quality since its premiere and it's clear that it won't be stopping now.


Last season ended with an interesting pickle; Lillith made good on Dean's contract, landing him in Hell as promised. We obviously knew that Jensen Ackles was not leaving the show, nor did we imagine season 4 would be taking place in Hell. So, the burning question (pun intended) became...how would he get out?


I loved the start of this episode because for the first 10 minutes, it wasn't entirely clear whether Dean was still in Hell or not. While the scenery obviously looked a little less fiery than we imagined Hell would be (after those first initial flashes), the surroundings still seemed pretty Hellish. Dean was entirely alone and wandering what looked like a post-apocalyptic Earth. Turns out it was just Illinois. Psych!


We go through the motions of Dean first hunting down Bobby Singer, followed by Sam, and both of them giving the necessary "This can't be Dean; Dean's in Hell" response.


The rest of the episode focuses on the boys figuring out how Dean got out of Hell and why he has that mysterious handprint scar on his shoulder. This all leads up to the potentially series-changing conclusion of Dean learning that it was the Angel Castiel that pulled him out. Why? Because God commanded it and has plans for them.


Normally I would scoff at a show going all religious, but for Supernatural, I think that it totally works! If the boys are fighting all kinds of Hellish evil, why shouldn't there be stuff from the other side too? I'm referring to Heaven, obviously. Of course, Castiel accuses Dean of lacking faith, and I too will remain suspicious (for now). Either way, I think it's an interesting direction to take.


Can't wait to see how this season develops. Some final thoughts:


Dean's Best Lines

-From the title, my favorite: "I asked you to take care of her, not douche her up." - Dean's response to the iPod jack Sam installed in his car.

-"I know. I should look like a 'Thriller' video reject."

-"And what visage are you in now? Holy tax accountant? - to Castiel


Creepiest Moments

-The psychic gets her eyes burned out. Ouch! (and nice empty sockets there)

-Sam seems to have moved past guns and salt in his demon fighting. He just uses his magic powers now...


I'm so confused

Firstly, I was under the impression that the show was ditching the character of Ruby entirely. Not exactly. Just Katie Cassidy, it seems. Instead we've got a new Ruby. Fine. I can understand why she would need a new body.


However, what was most confusing to me was Ruby's initial reaction when Dean and Bobby showed up at Sam's hotel door. Am I sure that this was Ruby here? I am positive, as I checked the credits and Genevieve Cortese (Wildfire) was credited as Ruby/Kristy. Why would she pretend to not know who Dean was (she asked, "So are you two, like, together?") and why would Sam pretend to not know her name? Even if they didn't want Dean to know that this was Ruby...the fact that they were both playing along seemed very fishy to me since there was no visible communication between the two to do so (and it shouldn't have been pre-planned since they obviously didn't know that Dean would rise from Hell). Did this confuse others as well?


Discuss your reactions to the premiere and any lingering questions you may have in comments!

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Sep 20, 2008 8:08AM EDT

About the Ruby Question...Both Sam and the new born Ruby (who is no way as good as the old one) wants to make sure that Dean and Bobby doesn't doubt her as Ruby.But this again raises a million dollar question of why Sam is trying to hide the fact that Ruby is still there... Anyway the Premiere was very good and its the best of this fall

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Sep 20, 2008 10:26AM EDT

omg!!! when i watched the ep i laughed so HARD at the part where dean said "I asked you to take care of her, not douche her up." that was so hilarious!!!!! i love the show so much can'y wait to find out about the angel oh and "I know. I should look like a 'Thriller' video reject." was also hilarious!!!!! omg and sams powers! WOW that will be exciting in the next ep!!

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Sep 20, 2008 11:00AM EDT

The Ruby Question: I think Ruby was thinking on her feet when Dean and Bobby walked in. I can imagine that Sam was hiding working with Ruby from Bobby b/c he would try to stop Sam from working with her. With the shock of Dean walking through the door, I don't think that would have been the absolute best time to tell Dean about what was going on, along with the fact Sam mentioned near the end of the episode that he was looking for the right moment to tell Dean and didn't seem to anxieous to tell him. Either Sam just followed Ruby's lead or it was something they had planned if Bobby ever showed up.
Just a thought now that you mentioned it....I personally think the writers just wanted to keep the "Ruby" twist in tact. But seriously, couldn't they have found someone else? I didn't even look at that girl twice in the beginning of the show. I know she had her own show, but she's definitely not leading lady material.

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Sep 20, 2008 11:40AM EDT

I think they don't want Dean to know Ruby is not dead because Ruby probably is teaching Sam how to use his new power. Remember season 3 finale? (Sam power to fight Lilith or something..) So maybe they dont want Dean to be piss off about it. But what confusing me is the fact that Sam doesn't know about Dean is out of hell but he and Ruby suddenly pretend they just met and dont know each other. Hm. I wonder....

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Sep 20, 2008 1:24PM EDT

omg ive just watched the new episode, loved it soo much. and that ipod comment was funny!, i wonder who the gods gonna be, might be someone in past episodes. n sams powers are growing looking forward to see what they come into use for. i have got a theory though bit unlikely but here it goes, i was thinking sam might be the god who made the orders for him to come back cos that makes sense. and he is keeping many secrets from dean so isnt surprising that he would kep that a secret too..
well let me no what u guys think/? ...

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Sep 20, 2008 3:56PM EDT

Sam and Ruby both pretended she was Sam's one night stand because they can't let Dean find out Ruby is alive... as it might lead to Dean finding out Sam used his powers, despite it being Dean's 'dying wish' that he wouldn't.
Also, for anyone thinking that Sam slept with Ruby, I don't think Sam would sleep with a possessed girl. That's practically rape.

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Sep 21, 2008 12:41AM EDT

I think that eventually sam and dean will be forced to fight each other considering we have this angle where dean supposedly will be "working" for "god" while sam has his i'm-an-almighty-demon-powered-guy thing goin' on for him and that's how if they end up ever put out the flame of the show I think they will have to fight. I also think that the demon war that we always hear rumor of from random chars but first learned of it from y.e.d.

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Sep 21, 2008 6:52AM EDT

I don't think that Ruby was in that girl in the beginning of the episode.. It look so real and man she was in there underwere!

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Sep 21, 2008 6:00PM EDT

I'm thinking that its like this.....dean will end up working for god, sam will end up the head hancho for the bad side....ruby is secretly convincing sam to use his powers for good then one day sam might kill an innocent on ruby's info then he slowly becomes more evil....after all he does have demon blood in him from when he was a baby....and i dont think ruby and sam slept together...just the possible hint of it in the motel but nothing really happened....and in terms of dean.. think about it he has always doubted god but in season 2 or 3 when they are helping the priest who died but couldnt pass on, well dean supposedly saw a angel, and lilith probably couldnt destroy sam cause of all the power he really does possess, but just doesnt know it yet...and whose there to support him through all this...RUBY....ehh thats my opinion on this...

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Sep 21, 2008 8:03PM EDT

A nice review. But you've forgotten the best Dean line:
Demon: "What makes you so much better than the rest of us?"Dean: "Well, I like to think that it's my perky nipples."

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Sep 21, 2008 8:15PM EDT

just me or does any body else think the new Ruby doesn't give the old Ruby justice. For one old Ruby was more butch than Sam and Dean and new Ruby is way to...I guess the right would would be prissy. She doesn't have the same spark as the old Ruby.

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Sep 22, 2008 1:04AM EDT

I liked the old Ruby and if they were going to change the "meat suite" that's fine but at least keep the personality intact this one was way to caring about the brothers bond and not really bitchy like the last one I enjoyed the banter between Dean and Ruby it was like a love/hate thing.

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Sep 22, 2008 11:39AM EDT

I must comment on the Ruby thing. When Ruby came into the diner at the end of the episode I initially thought it was the same girl as in Sam's motel room. I immediately changed my mind but, you're saying it's the same girl? All the more reason to rewatch the episode. She is not a very good Ruby. I liked Ruby whereas I didn't Bela, so I hope the new girl don't screw her up. If they really wanted they could have kept Katie Cassidy. She was awesome!

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Sep 25, 2008 6:31PM EDT

Yeah the ipod comment was funny but personally I think that when Bobby threw the holy water on Dean was HILARIOUS!!
and yeah they should of kept Ruby in her old body. truthfully the new body sucks.
Also I think it's totally awsome that they filmed the season premier in my HOME TOWN!!!
can't wait for tonights episode, It's going to be awsome!!
This whole season is going to be epic.
:)

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Oct 2, 2008 7:58AM EDT

they made a terrible choice for the new ruby right off the bat new ruby doesnt have the look. i thought she was dead anyway. this is all deans fault if he didnt trap ruby in the season 3 finale we wouldn't be suffering the consciences. hopefully new ruby either finds a new body soon or doesnt get much screen time.i can't even look at her......

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