Supernatural (season 4)
|Supernatural (season 4)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original run||September 18, 2008– May 14, 2009|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||September 1, 2009|
|Region 2||November 2, 2009|
|Region 4||January 6, 2010|
|Blu-ray Disc release|
|Region A||September 1, 2009|
|List of Supernatural episodes|
This season focuses on Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) continuing to hunt demons, the first introduction of a mysterious angel of the lord, Castiel (Misha Collins), as well as Sam Winchester's new powers, and Dean Winchester's return from Hell and his memory of his time spent there. This season also touches on the brothers' continuing hunt for Lilith, who is trying to release the fallen archangel Lucifer on the world.
- Misha Collins as Castiel (12 episodes)
- Genevieve Cortese as Ruby (11 episodes)
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (7 episodes)
- Mark Rolston (2 episodes) and Christopher Heyerdahl (3 episodes) as Alastair
- Julie McNiven as Anna Milton (5 episodes)
- Robert Wisdom as Uriel (4 episodes)
- Katherine Boecher (2 episodes) and Sierra McCormick (1 episode) as Lilith
- Traci Dinwiddie as Pamela Barnes (3 episodes)
- Kurt Fuller as Zachariah (3 episodes)
- Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley (2 episodes)
- Juliana Wimbles as Cindy McKellan (2 episodes)
- Jake Abel as Adam Milligan (1 episode)
- Nicki Aycox as Meg Masters (1 episode)
- Lindsey McKeon as Tessa (1 episode)
- Mitch Pileggi as Samuel Campbell (1 episode)
In this table, the number in the first column refers to the episode's number within the entire series, whereas the number in the second column indicates the episode's number within that particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to how many Americans watched the episode live or on the day of broadcast.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|61||1||"Lazarus Rising"||Kim Manners||Eric Kripke||September 18, 2008||3T7501||3.96|
|Four months after being dragged to Hell by Lilith's minions, Dean inexplicably wakes up, buried underground in a coffin. He escapes his underground confinement and tries to contact Bobby, when he's suddenly ambushed by an unknown entity. He is reunited with Sam, who is just as surprised at Dean's resurrection as he himself. Together with Bobby, the Winchester brothers find a psychic, Pamela Barnes, to help them discover what pulled Dean out of Hell. Pamela does find out the name of the being, Castiel (Misha Collins), but, disregarding psychic warnings, the sight of seeing Castiel burns her eyes out, resulting in her becoming permanently blind. It is also revealed that Sam's psychic abilities have advanced greatly as he is now able to exorcise demons. He also seems to be frequently meeting with Ruby, who has possessed a new host. Sick of being toyed with, Dean decides to summon the thing together with Bobby in order to find out what it wants and prepares a ritual. The ritual succeeds and Castiel appears, an angel of the Lord. He explains that he is responsible for dragging Dean out of Hell and, when Dean asks why he of all people would be worthy of being saved, that God has work for him to do.|
|62||2||"Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"||Phil Sgriccia||Story by: Sera Gamble & Lou Bollo
Teleplay by: Sera Gamble
|September 25, 2008||3T7502||3.18|
|Bobby asks the Winchester boys for help when fellow hunters of his are being killed off one by one in a most gruesome way. Sam is haunted by FBI Agent Henrickson who died in the explosion caused by Lilith, accusing Sam of failing him. Together with Bobby, they find out that they're being haunted by the spirits of the people they couldn't save, which is called "The Rising of the Witnesses," a sign of the upcoming Apocalypse. Meg Masters (Nicki Aycox) and two twin girls also appear and haunt Dean, Sam, and Bobby. The three find a spell to put the Witnesses to rest, but have to leave the panic room they are hiding in to do it. As Sam and Dean hold off the spirits, Bobby performs the spell, but Meg tries to kill him. Dean manages to complete the spell and the Witnesses are put to rest. Later, Castiel appears to Dean in a dream and reveals that "The Rising of the Witnesses" is one of many seals, which are being broken by Lilith in order to bring on the Apocalypse, in which Lucifer the fallen archangel will walk the earth free.|
|63||3||"In the Beginning"||Steve Boyum||Jeremy Carver||October 2, 2008||3T7504||3.51|
|Sam sneaks out of the apartment once again to meet with Ruby. When Castiel appears beside Dean's bed, he transports Dean back in time to 1973 in Lawrence, Kansas. There, he meets a younger John Winchester (Matt Cohen) and Mary Campbell (Amy Gumenick). This family reunion gets bigger when Dean meets his and Sam's maternal grandfather (Mitch Pileggi), who is a hunter. However, there is more to this than Dean had imagined. He discovers Mary was also a hunter and had made a desperate deal with Azazel that resulted in his appearance the night she died.|
|64||4||"Metamorphosis"||Kim Manners||Cathryn Humphris||October 9, 2008||3T7505||3.15|
|After watching Sam harness his powers, Dean angrily confronts him. Dean and Ruby also have a confrontation. Distance and tension is put between the two brothers as Dean realizes his younger brother is manifesting the demonic blood inside him with Ruby's help, and lying to him about it. Sam argues that he is able to save people and exorcise demons at the same time, but Dean reveals to Sam that Castiel has ordered him to stop Sam or else Castiel will, indicating he will kill Sam otherwise. Meanwhile, a hunter asks Sam and Dean for help in a case in Carthage, Missouri involving a man who is going through a metamorphosis into a Rugaru—a monstrous creature that consumes human flesh. During the hunt, Sam lashes out on Dean, saying he is tired of how Dean looks at him like a freak. Sam and Dean further separate as the tension increases between them. Despite attempting to prevent it, the man completes his transformation when the hunter tries to kill both him and his pregnant wife and he can't overcome his instincts anymore. He kills the hunter, but retains enough control to spare his wife. When the man tries to kill Dean, Sam is forced to kill him. Seeing what the man went through, Sam decides to stop using his powers.|
|65||5||"Monster Movie"||Robert Singer||Ben Edlund||October 16, 2008||3T7503||3.06|
|The Winchester Brothers find themselves at a local Oktoberfest celebration in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, investigating a series of suspicious murders being perpetrated by what locals describe and are seen by the viewer in campy scenes filmed in black and white as monsters from classic 1930s horror movies. They soon discover this is the work of yet another Shapeshifter (Todd Stashwick) -- one obsessed with monster movies. He has become infatuated with a woman and, while battling Sam and Dean, the woman manages to grab Sam's gun and kill the shifter.|
|66||6||"Yellow Fever"||Phil Sgriccia||Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin||October 23, 2008||3T7506||3.25|
|The boys are lured to Rock Ridge, Colorado, a town where a man died of a heart attack, but with none of the usual symptoms. The man died of a ghost sickness, which is passed onto Dean. The illness causes a person to experience general anxiety, which progresses into deadly fear. Sam contacts Bobby and finds out from him that the ghost they're after is called a Buruburu. Sam and Bobby must find a way to save Dean before his heart stops. As Dean is haunted by hallucinations of Lilith that reveal that he does remember Hell, Sam and Bobby decide to scare the ghost to death as a normal salt and burn won't work. They wrap an iron chain inscribed with spellwork around his neck and Bobby then roadhauls him behind the Impala, re-enacting his death and successfully scaring the ghost to death. The ghost is destroyed just in time to save Dean.|
|67||7||"It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"||Charles Beeson||Julie Siege||October 30, 2008||3T7507||3.55|
|It's a few days before Halloween, and Sam and Dean investigate two mysterious deaths in a small town. The brothers find hex bags and deduce a witch is sacrificing people to summon a dangerous demon named Samhain. Castiel arrives in town and tells Sam and Dean that the freeing of Samhain is one of the seals that will lead to freeing Lucifer. Castiel brings a specialist angel named Uriel to smite the entire town but is convinced by Dean not to and to give the Winchesters a chance to stop the witch. Samhain is freed despite their best efforts and after losing Ruby's Knife, Sam is forced to use his powers to exorcise the demon, stopping the rise of the ghosts and demons he was causing, but the seal is still broken. Uriel warns Sam that the next time he uses his demonic powers, Uriel will turn him to dust. Castiel reveals that his true orders were always to follow Dean's orders to test his leadership under battlefield conditions. Castiel warns that hard times are ahead and he doesn't envy Dean, but also that he does have doubts about his orders and what he has to do.|
|68||8||"Wishful Thinking"||Robert Singer||Story by: Ben Edlund & Lou Bollo
Teleplay by: Ben Edlund
|November 6, 2008||3T7508||3.24|
|Sam and Dean investigate Concrete, Washington, a small town where the wishing well really works. A teddy bear comes to life, a boy who is always bullied gets super strength, someone wins the lottery, and the town geek gets a hot girlfriend. The brothers realize that while everyone is happy now, the end result will be disastrous. The boys find that the origin is a magic coin that causes a fountain to become a wishing well, being that the coin's power is drawn from the pagan goddess Tiamat. The only way to reverse the wishes is for the person who put the coin there to remove it. It turns out to be the geek and he is reluctant to do so, but after one of the wishes results in Sam's death, he removes the coin, reversing all the wishes. Sam melts the coin down. At the same time, Dean helps the kid who was bullied keep up his new image of strength to prevent bullying in the future.|
|69||9||"I Know What You Did Last Summer"||Charles Beeson||Sera Gamble||November 13, 2008||3T7509||2.94|
|Ruby (Genevieve Cortese) tells Sam and Dean that a powerful demon named Alastair (Mark Rolston) is searching for a girl named Anna (Julie McNiven) who can hear the angels' conversations. The three set out to find Anna but once they do, Alastair attacks them and Ruby escapes with the girl. Believing they were set up, Dean lashes out at Sam for trusting Ruby, so Sam tells him what happened during the months Dean was in Hell and how Ruby saved his life. He also reveals they had sex. Castiel and Uriel (Robert Wisdom) return and demand to be taken to Anna not to protect her, but to kill her.|
|70||10||"Heaven and Hell"||J. Miller Tobin||Story by: Trevor Sands
Teleplay by: Eric Kripke
|November 20, 2008||3T7510||3.34|
|Anna is able to banish Castiel and Uriel with a blood sigil without knowing how. Wanting answers, Dean and Sam call upon psychic Pamela Barnes, who uses hypnosis on Anna. Doing so restores her memories of what she truly is: a fallen angel. She was unsatisfied with the unemotional and never-changing life of heaven so she became human, ripping out her Grace and being born naturally in a human body. Sam manages to track down her Grace, which would restore her powers and angel status, but find it missing. Dean and Anna develop a romantic attachment and end up having sex in the Impala. Ruby betrays the boys to Alastair who tortures her and Dean betrays them to Uriel (who has Anna's Grace) under threat to Sam. The demons and angels arrive and battle each other. During the confusion, the demon minions are killed and Anna retrieves her Grace from Uriel. In a flash of light, Anna becomes an angel again and Alastair is apparently destroyed. While Sam believes Anna will be happier now, Dean knows this not to be true. It is revealed that Ruby and Dean betraying the others were all part of a plan to get the angels and demons to fight it out to give them the opportunity they needed. Dean also reveals to Sam that he does, in fact, remember Hell and what happened there: it was 40 years for him instead of 4 months, and every day, Alastair (Hell's torturer), tortured him and then offered him release from the torture if he tortured souls himself. After 30 years, Dean gave in and is now haunted by how he did so.|
|71||11||"Family Remains"||Phil Sgriccia||Jeremy Carver||January 15, 2009||3T7511||2.98|
|Sam and Dean investigate the appearance of a young female murderous spirit inside the walls of a suspected haunted house in Stratton, Nebraska. Complications ensue when a family of five moves in, and the "spirit" turns out to be two very non-supernatural a brother and sister, feral children who are the product of incest and years of abuse, and who are willing to kill to protect their home. The brothers fail to get the family to leave, but when the son is kidnapped through the walls, they look to Sam and Dean to rescue the boy. The brothers battle the children who they describe as being "barely human." Dean manages to rescue the son, but is forced to shoot the incest brother dead in self-defense while the father of the family is forced to stab the girl to death to protect his wife and daughter. Afterwards, Dean muses on what the children had become after a lifetime of torture and abuse, and thinks back to what he did - admitting that he enjoyed torturing souls in hell.|
|72||12||"Criss Angel Is a Douchebag"||Robert Singer||Julie Siege||January 22, 2009||3T7512||3.06|
|Sam and Dean attend a magician's convention in Sioux City, Iowa where it seems that real magic is being performed. Their investigation leads them to Charlie (John Rubinstein), Jay (Barry Bostwick) and Vernon (Richard Libertini), three friends who were famous magicians in their day but have now been replaced by flashier, younger magicians. However, a magician performs an execution style trick on stage and comes out unscathed while another magician dies at the exact same moment. One of them has made a deal to acquire real magical powers, but the price was extremely high. Sam and Dean must figure out a way to reverse the spell before others are harmed. Also, Ruby visits Sam with a proposition. In the end, Charlie is revealed to be the one doing this and Jay kills him to save Sam and Dean. Not wanting to spend the rest of his life hunting, Sam finally agrees to what Ruby suggests.|
|73||13||"After School Special"||Adam Kane||Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin||January 29, 2009||3T7513||3.56|
|Sam and Dean discover that a spirit is haunting one of their old high schools. While investigating the haunting, Dean and Sam relive their high school experiences through flashbacks, recalling how Sam was picked on by the school bully while Dean was Mr. Popular. Initially, they believe it to be the ghost of a friend of Sam's who killed himself the year after they left, but when the ghost attacks Sam and calls him by name even after they burn the bones, they realize it's someone else. They learn that the ghost haunts the bus and possesses people there and realize the bus driver is the father of the kid who bullied Sam, Dirk. Sam beat him in a fist-fight before they left the school and gave him the nickname "Dirk the Jerk." The brothers learn from Dirk's father that he died at age 18 before graduation and that he lived a hard life, losing his mother shortly before Sam met him and gaining a lot of anger as a result. He got picked on a lot and kids called him "Dirk the Jerk." After learning that Dirk was cremated and that he is tied to a lock of hair kept on the bus, Sam and Dean confront Dirk while he possesses two people and Dean burns his hair, destroying Dirk's spirit. In the end, Sam visits a teacher who gave him the advice to follow his own path in life, but is unable to respond when asked if he's happy.|
|74||14||"Sex and Violence"||Charles Beeson||Cathryn Humphris||February 5, 2009||3T7514||3.37|
|Sam and Dean enter the small town of Bedford, Iowa, where three men have inexplicably beaten their wives to death. The guys realize that behind the murders is a Siren, a creature that can take different forms and desperately needs love, compelling people to kill others or themselves as a show of devotion. The Siren eventually puts Sam and Dean under their spell and pits the two brothers against each other in a fight to the death. Dean nearly kills Sam before Bobby shows up and kills the Siren with a dagger dipped in Dean's blood.|
|75||15||"Death Takes a Holiday"||Steve Boyum||Jeremy Carver||March 12, 2009||3T7515||2.84|
|Sam and Dean investigate the town of Greybull, Wyoming where people are cheating death. With no one left to guide the souls to the afterlife, people survive fatal gunshots, stabbing wounds, etc. They discover the Reapers have gone missing and learn that Alastair (Christopher Heyerdahl), who has been kidnapping the Reapers, plans to break one of the 66 seals by killing Reapers and seek the help of psychic Pamela (Traci Dinwiddie) to stop his malicious plan by using astral projection. She sends them into the spiritual world to find answers and they come face to face with Alastair. However, the demons trap them and go after Pamela - and their inert bodies. After learning how to use ghostly abilities from the ghost of a young boy named Cole, Dean and Sam are trapped by Alastair and a Reaper is killed, but they manage to break the trap holding the other Reaper in by using their abilities to drop a chandelier on it and she frees them and they escape. Pamela is mortally wounded by a demon, but manages to pull back Sam who exorcises it. Dean helps the Reaper cross Cole over and Castiel captures Alastair when he tries to kill Dean for revenge. Later, Pamela dies as the Reaper (Lindsey McKeon) Tessa is freed and Dean helps Tessa get Cole to move on.|
|76||16||"On the Head of a Pin"||Mike Rohl||Ben Edlund||March 19, 2009||3T7516||3.37|
|In Cheyenne, Wyoming, someone has found a weapon that can kill angels and is responsible for several murders. Castiel and Uriel have captured Alastair and ask Dean to use the torturing skills he learned in Hell to extract information from him so they can stop the murders. Sam is concerned Dean can't handle the job but Dean agrees to do it. Despite repeated torture, Alastair refuses to break. However, when Alastair reveals some shocking information, Dean's world is shattered. Alastair tells them that Dean broke the first seal when he tortured people in Hell, which is what Alastair had tried with John Winchester before he escaped, but failed. An unseen force breaks the Devil's Trap holding Alastair and he escapes and tries to kill Dean who is unable to stop him even with Castiel's help. Sam, who located Dean with the help of Ruby (whose blood he is shown to be drinking), intervenes and tortures Alastair with his powers. Alastair reveals that no demon is behind the angel deaths and Sam uses his powers to kill him. Castiel, who now has doubts about Heaven's plans, realizes who is behind it: Uriel. Uriel killed the angels who refused to join him in releasing Lucifer, and freed Alastair to kill Dean and keep the blame on the demons. When Castiel refuses to join him, Uriel tries to kill him, but is stopped by the return of Anna. Anna kills Uriel and saves Castiel, who confirms to a despondent Dean that he did break the first seal with his actions in Hell.|
|77||17||"It's a Terrible Life"||James L. Conway||Sera Gamble||March 26, 2009||3T7517||3.13|
|Dean and Sam are living very normal and separate lives. Dean awakens to find himself in an alternate reality in which he is a Wall Street tycoon who enjoys health drinks and listens to news radio instead of rock stations. He works at a company called Sandover Bridge & Iron Company alongside Sam who is in Tech Support. It seems as if the two do not know each other. Neither has memories of their previous lives. In their new lives, Dean's last name is Smith, and Sam's is Wesson, as a reference to Smith & Wesson pistols. However, after co-workers start committing suicide at an alarming rate, the two find themselves working side by side to solve the murders. They learn how to fight ghosts from the Ghostfacers website and learn that the ghost is tied to Earth through old gloves of his at the company. They burn the gloves and the ghost is destroyed. Sam wants to become ghost hunters, but Dean declines. Later, both men quit their jobs and when Dean does so, his boss reveals himself to be the Angel Zachariah who restores his memory and explains he dropped them into a real haunting to show them that they're meant to be hunters.|
|78||18||"The Monster at the End of This Book"||Mike Rohl||Story by: Julie Siege & Nancy Weiner
Teleplay by: Julie Siege
|April 2, 2009||3T7518||3.27|
|Lilith possesses the body of a dental hygienist and returns to wreak havoc on the Winchesters. Sam and Dean are also shocked to discover a book entitled Supernatural about two demon hunting brothers named Sam and Dean that accurately detail their lives as demon hunters while investigating a possible haunting at a comic book shop. The shop clerk believes the boys are LARPing the book when they visit. They track down the author of the book who turns out to be a prophet named Chuck Shirley (Rob Benedict). He explains he has visions of the brothers that he then turns into cheesy novels. Chuck reveals that Lilith (Katherine Boecher) is coming and she has a plan for Sam. Sam tries and fails to kill Lilith, but Dean intervenes by bringing Chuck to the confrontation. As Chuck is in danger, the Archangel protecting him intervenes and Lilith flees. At the end of the episode, Chuck has a horrible vision of the future but is prevented from telling Sam and Dean about it by Zachariah.|
|79||19||"Jump the Shark"||Phil Sgriccia||Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin||April 23, 2009||3T7519||2.70|
|In Windom, Minnesota, a 19-year-old boy named Adam calls Sam and Dean looking for John Winchester, claiming to be his son. Dean and Sam meet Adam, assuming he's a demon trying to lure them into a trap. However, they find out that John was indeed the boy's father and Adam tells them of his "normal" upbringing, which infuriates Dean. Sam tries to teach Adam stuff about hunting, so that he may defend himself in the future. Dean goes alone to find the thing that is trying to kill Adam. Eventually, he gets trapped with no way out. It turns out that Adam was already killed and that the one with Sam is a ghoul, as well as his mother. The ghouls want revenge on John Winchester for killing their parents years ago. Eventually, "Adam" and his mother, both ghouls, take Sam captive. The brothers kill the ghouls and give Adam a hunter's funeral.|
|80||20||"The Rapture"||Charles Beeson||Jeremy Carver||April 30, 2009||3T7520||2.95|
|Castiel appears to Dean in a dream and says he has something important to tell him but that they need to meet somewhere private. Dean and Sam go searching for Castiel but instead find Jimmy, Castiel’s human vessel, who has only a spotty recollection of being an angel. Jimmy wants to return to his family and normal life, but Dean and Sam are concerned about his safety. Demons work on capturing Jimmy, possessing his wife and kidnapping his daughter. Sam, Dean, and Jimmy are captured trying to rescue them and Jimmy is shot. However, Castiel possesses Jimmy's daughter and he and Sam kill all the demons. Sam, whose powers aren't working well due to a lack of demon blood, drinks blood from a demon in front of a horrified Dean and Castiel and exorcises Jimmy's wife. Not wanting his daughter to have to suffer as Castiel's vessel, Jimmy has Castiel possess him once again, but Castiel refuses to tell Dean what he wanted to talk to him about, having learned his "lesson" that he serves Heaven and not humanity and certainly not Dean. Dean and Bobby then trick Sam and lock him in Bobby's panic room to detox from the demon blood which he is now addicted to.|
|81||21||"When the Levee Breaks"||Robert Singer||Sera Gamble||May 7, 2009||3T7521||2.79|
|Dean and Bobby lock Sam in Bobby’s panic room so he can detox from the demon blood. However, as Bobby sees more seals are being broken, he tells Dean they should let Sam out to help them fight the impending Apocalypse. Dean disagrees and goes to Castiel for help. Dean confronts Castiel, who says he should serve God in order to save Sam. Dean accepts. Sam and Dean have a blowout confrontation in which Sam chooses Ruby over his own brother.|
|82||22||"Lucifer Rising"||Eric Kripke||Eric Kripke||May 14, 2009||3T7522||2.89|
|The apocalypse is coming, and Sam and Dean prepare for the fight in very different ways. After leaving Dean, Sam joins Ruby on a final run to kill Lilith. They kidnap Lilith's personal chef who disguises itself as a nurse, stealing newborn babies for Lilith to devour, to question her. Meanwhile, Dean is kidnapped by the angels and brought to a room without any exit where Zachariah explains to him that the angels are not trying to stop the final seal from being broken—in fact, they want to start the Apocalypse, for it will cleanse the earth and bring Paradise. So Dean's task is not stopping the Apocalypse from starting, but ending it once it has. Dean is furious at Castiel for deceiving him, and Castiel refuses to help at first but changes his mind and helps Dean escape, banishing Zachariah with a blood sigil. The two get Sam's location from Chuck Shirley and Castiel transports Dean there with Ruby's Knife while he stays behind to confront Chuck's Archangel. At Saint Mary's Convent, Sam, high on demon blood, confronts Lilith who is practically powerless against him. Dean tries to reach Sam in time to stop him, but Ruby blocks him. Goaded by Lilith and Ruby, Sam kills Lilith with his powers, but killing Lilith breaks the final seal. Ruby reveals that she has been deceiving Sam all along to lead him to this moment, having worked for Lucifer all along. Ruby's allegiance was so secret that only Lilith knew the truth. Sam is unable to kill her due to his powers being exhausted by killing Lilith, but Dean breaks in and with Sam holding her in place, Dean stabs Ruby with her own knife, killing her. However, it's too late and Lucifer's Cage opens and he begins to emerge.|
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