Supernatural: Good God Y'All
August 5, 2021 4:16 AM - Season 5, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Rufus calls Bobby, panicked about demons besieging a town in Colorado. Sam and Dean arrive to help, but soon discover the demons aren't what they seem.


Dean: [in disbelief] God.
Castiel: Yes! He isn't in heaven; he has to be somewhere.
Dean: Try New Mexico; I hear he's on a tortilla.
Castiel: No, he's not on any flatbread.

Bobby: When you find God, tell him to send legs!


The title is taken from Edwin Starr's song "War." War is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and is featured in this episode.

The car that belongs to War is red because the color of the horse that War rode was red.
posted by orange swan (9 comments total)
Bobby in his hospital bathrobe and grimy trucker hat, heh. Does he wear that thing when he takes a bath? Does he take it off when he's having sex?

Dean checking out the red Mustang and whistling at it was the first time we've seen him admire any car other than the Impala. Of course it was done to call attention to the car for other reasons, but it does seem like his kind of ride.

The Harvelles are back! And Rufus!

I'm not buying that the Samulet is "very rare, very powerful, and burns hot in God's presence". Come on, that thing was probably bought in a gas station. I think the explanation should have been that Castiel needed something that belonged to Dean and was very meaningful to him.
posted by orange swan at 4:20 AM on August 5, 2021 [1 favorite]

It is a sweet little Mustang, and certainly an eye-catching colour. It's a bit older than the Impala (IIRC) and while the Impala makes more sense for the boys (in that it has four doors, making it easier for passengers to get in and out of the back seats) there is evidence in a later episodes that an alternative version of Dean would appreciate a similar ride.

I've often wondered about the amulet. Where did Bobby get it originally? Did he know what he was giving to Sam? I like the idea that Cas just needed something of importance to Dean. That's a very nice interpretation, orange swan.
posted by sardonyx at 1:26 PM on August 5, 2021

Did Bobby originally acquire the Samulet? I thought it was said in "A Very Supernatural Christmas" that Sam had bought it to give to Dean for Christmas one year back when they were kids.
posted by orange swan at 3:41 PM on August 5, 2021

I thought at one point Sam (maybe in an episode to come) Sam mentions getting it from Bobby. I can see why Sam wouldn't mention to Dean where it originated, especially if little Sam didn't have any money to buy a gift so he asked Uncle Bobby for help getting a present for John (which turned into a present for Dean).
posted by sardonyx at 4:31 PM on August 5, 2021

So Bobby stabbed himself in the gut... and suffered a spinal cord injury?
posted by porpoise at 5:56 PM on August 5, 2021

Yes, I asked about that in the previous thread. You said something about how abdominal muscles are needed for walking, but a gut stab surely wouldn't leave his legs paralyzed.
posted by orange swan at 6:20 PM on August 5, 2021

In this episode, it is definitely a spinal cord injury - which does not jive at all with what was shown last episode.

On a painfully skinny person... maybe, but Bobby's thick enough that there's no way he'd reach his spine through the front with that little pig sticker.
posted by porpoise at 7:09 PM on August 5, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yeah, Bobby had the amulet first. In the Christmas episode, Sam told Dean that Bobby gave it to him as a Christmas present for John and that Bobby said it was special. When John didn't make it back for Christmas, and Dean told Sam the truth about hunting, Sam gave the amulet to Dean instead. But I'm pretty sure you never find out how Bobby got it.

On the endless list of Supernatural questions with no answers: why and how does that amulet even exist? Under what circumstances did the maker need to know when God was physically nearby, and what did they do with that information? For that matter, why did angels come up with a sigil to hide things from themselves? (Not because that's implausible, given everything else we know of them, I just wonder how it's actually been used before.)

Anyway this one's pretty forgettable, but always nice to see Ellen, Jo, and Rufus.
posted by jameaterblues at 9:19 PM on August 5, 2021

I just looked at the "A Very Supernatural Christmas" episode transcript and yes, Bobby gave the amulet to Sam to give to John:

Dean: What is that?
Sam: A present for Dad.
Dean: Yeah, right. Where’d you get the money? Steal it?
Sam: No. Uncle Bobby gave it to me to give to him. Said it was real special.
Dean: What is it?
Sam: A pony.


Sam: [takes the present he wrapped from the pocket of a jacket that is lying over the arm of the couch] Here, take this.
Dean: No. No, that’s for Dad.
Sam: Dad lied to me. I want you to have it.
Dean: You sure?
Sam: I’m sure.
Dean: [unwraps the gift, which is a gold amulet on a black string] Thank you, Sam. I–I love it.

No wonder Dean never took that amulet off until Castiel demanded it. It was a tangible reward for having been there for Sam in a way that their father wasn't. You'd think Bobby would have told Dean about the amulet's origin/special properties before now, though.
posted by orange swan at 3:12 PM on August 6, 2021

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