Season 4 Episode 1

Lazarus Rising

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 2008 on The CW
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Bobby, Sam, and Dean visit an old friend of Bobby's, a psychic, to help them get some answers as to how and why Dean has returned from Hell.

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  • Season Premiere Extraordinaire

    Although I witnessed this episode a few years back, I just stumbled upon this and felt the need to give my input on it, as usual. I'd like to start off by saying that I absolutely adored Castiel's introduction as a new character and it made for phenomenal character development in later seasons and episodes. The way that Castiel [played by actor Misha Collins] was first portrayed really brought a sort of dark and mysterious sense into the show. Though I undoubtedly enjoy the way that Cas is thought of and all the struggles he's being faced with, it really surprised me that he'd be a reoccurring character. But, you know, the good kind of surprise. This episode's problematic challenges and questionable decisions brought a whole lot of light into season 4 as a whole.moreless
  • Aniexty levels

    First of I would love to explain the positive about this episode. Right I love the fact that the supernatural concept and themes went deeper in the mythology of religion. Now we have Angels. The character Castiel is fresh and unique, very compelling too watch. Ruby is back which is nice. But with a different appearance which made me hold my personal opinion on her because I actually adored "Katie Cassidy" as Ruby. The negatives. Right I began with Dean digging out of his own grave would have been more dramatic, his anxiety levels should have been so high that he would end up traumatized, instead of reading rude magazines and getting chocolate bars. That really pissed me off, so unrealistic. The emotional connection between the characters was disappointing. Especially Dean and Sam reaction. I felt that Bobby and Dean was a little more emotional then Sam. It could have loads of potential of being beautiful. But my personal reference thought that it was wasted and rushed. Good start but could have been better.moreless
  • Dean is touched by an angel.

    I kept hoping that it was all a dream and that Dean really was still in hell. He got off way too easy and without any repercussions. His death in Season 3 was made not only cheap but pointless. They took all of Season 3 to have Dean and Sam deal with Dean dying and then just popped him back in in the first scene of this premiere. I hated this episode, it was by far one of the worst I've seen. And I hate the whole "God has a plan for you" angle. When did Supernatural become 7th Heaven?moreless
  • Dean comes back to life!

    I had some serious issues with this episode. First and foremost would be this line "Oh, I almost forgot." ...

    About the Impala! No! Dean does not forget about his car. The only thing he could possibly care about more than his car, would be Sam, and even then his car sometimes takes priority. One of his dying wishes was for Sam to take care of it! So that bothered me.

    The other was Dean telling Bobby he was the closest thing he had to a father.

    1.) If manly-man Dean Winchester suddenly started spouting sentimental stuff like that, yeah, I'd think he was a shapeshifter too.

    2.) The phrase "hero worship" is pretty much defined by Dean and his dad. Dean loved his dad more than the Impala. And this line makes it seem like his father's not even on his mind anymore. It just seems a little OOC.

    And Sam was completely off. I know he's changed a lot but this wasn't right at all. Dean somehow gets out of hell, with a hand print seared into his arms, demons apparently have some devious plans for him, Sam saw him ripped to shreds, and oh yeah, he was dead for four months, and the first night they're back together. Sam leaves him alone, and sleeping, with no one to keep watch. Dean was dead for four months. No matter how much Sam's changed, Dean always came first. He couldn't let Ruby handle the demons? You'd think he'd want to spend every second with him.

    There were many other things like that you could pass off as saying "The character is changing." but it's too much and it just seems wrong. No Sam moments of "I'm just glad you're back" or anything. The episode where Dean came back to life, is the same one where they only have maybe 3 or 4 scenes together? It just seems wrong.moreless
  • The best season premiere ever!

    "Lazarus Rising" - written by series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke and directed by the dearly missed master Kim Manners - is, to make a long story short, the best Supernatural season premiere ever. Everything it does, it does perfectly. From the murky, grim cinematography to the ominous editing (the glimpses of Dean in Hell are so sinister and suggestive that they always make me quiver), from the top-notch acting (Jensen Ackles delivers one of his best performance to date and I can't stress enough how great an addition was Misha Collins as Castiel) to the solid script, full of biblical allusions, pop-culture references and archaic prose (the line "I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition" is iambic), from the shocking teaser where the unsettling direction (strange camera angles, long dollies), the doomful orchestration and the frantic editing make the joint a fearful scenario to the scenes where Castiel tries to speak with Dean, with breaking glasses and interferences and burning whistles, everything is just spot on and the final discovery of what really dragged Dean out of Hell is awe-inspiring: not only Castiel's first appearance is damn atmospheric and exciting, but his revelation - "I'm an Angel of the Lord" - shatters the entire Supernatural mythology and rewrites it from scratch, subtly intertwining every detail together. I can't really imagine a better start for Supernatural most mythology-oriented, epic season. A masterpiece.moreless
Traci Dinwiddie

Traci Dinwiddie

Pamela Barnes

Guest Star

Marc Gaudet

Marc Gaudet

Fry Cook Demon

Guest Star

Jennifer Halley

Jennifer Halley

Demon Waitress

Guest Star

Misha Collins

Misha Collins


Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If Dean and Bobby were trying to trap Castiel inside the warehouse, why would they put down rock salt at the entrance, possibly preventing "it" from ever entering the trap?!

    • Trivia: The painting of the tiger on the wall of Sam's hotel room is the same tiger that was on the wall of Andy's van in the episode "Simon Said" (season 2).

    • Trivia: When Dean looks at the newspaper in the gas station, the date on the paper is September 18, 2008. This is the same date that the episode premiered.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Dean: So tell me, what did it cost?
      Sam: The girl, huh. I don't pay, Dean!
      Dean: It's not funny, Sam.

    • Dean: (over loud rattling and banging) Wishful thinking, but maybe it's just the wind.

    • Dean: You sure you did the ritual right? (Bobby glares at him) Sorry. Touchy, touchy.

    • Dean: It's a hell of an art project you got going there.
      Bobby: Traps and talismans from every faith on the globe. How you doing?
      Dean: Stakes, iron, silver, salt, knife, I mean we're pretty much set to catch and kill anything I've ever heard of.
      Bobby: This is still a bad idea.
      Dean: Yeah, Bobby, I heard you the first ten times. (Bobby glares at him) What do you say we ring the dinner bell?

    • Bobby: (about Sam) How'd you know he'd use that name?
      Dean: Are you kidding me? What don't I know about that kid?

    • Dean: Look, pal, I'm not buying what you're selling. Who are you really?
      Castiel: I told you.
      Dean: Right. And why would an angel rescue me from Hell?
      Castiel: Good things do happen, Dean.
      Dean: Not in my experience.
      Castiel: What's the matter? You don't think you deserve to be saved?
      Dean: Why'd you do it?
      Castiel: Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you.

    • Dean: Some angel you are. You burned out that poor woman's eyes.
      Castiel: I warned her not to spy on an angel. It can be…overwhelming to humans. And so can my real voice. You already knew that.
      Dean: You mean the gas station and the hotel. That was you talking? (Castiel nods) Buddy, next time lower the volume.
      Castiel: It was my mistake. Certain people, special people, can perceive my true visage. I thought you would be one of them. I was wrong.
      Dean: And what visage are you in now, what, holy tax accountant?

    • Dean: Who are you?
      Castiel: Castiel.
      Dean: Yeah, I figured that much. I mean what are you?
      Castiel: I'm an Angel of the Lord.
      Dean: Get the hell out of here. There's no such thing.
      Castiel: This is your problem, Dean, you have no faith.

    • Dean: Who are you?
      Castiel: I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from Perdition.
      Dean: Yeah, thanks for that.

    • Sam: I tried everything, that's the truth. I tried opening the Devil's Gate, Hell, I tried to bargain, Dean, but no demon would deal, all right? You were rotting in Hell, for months, for months, and I couldn't stop it. So, I'm sorry it wasn't me, all right? Dean, I'm sorry.
      Dean: It's okay, Sammy. You don't have to apologize, I believe you.

    • (Bobby throws holy water on Dean)
      Dean: I'm not a demon either, you know.
      Bobby: Sorry. Can't be too careful.

    • Demon Waitress: So you get to just strolled out of the Pit, huh? Tell me, what makes you so special?
      Dean: I'd like to think it's because of my perky nipples.

    • Dean: (in the Impala) What the hell is that?
      Sam: That's an iPod jack.
      Dean: You were supposed to take care of her, not douche her up.

    • Bobby: Dean, your chest was ribbons, your insides were slop. And you'd been buried for four months. Even if you could slip out of Hell and inside your meatsuit...
      Dean: I know. I should look like a Thriller video reject.
      Bobby: What do you remember?
      Dean: Not much. I remember I was a hellhound's chew toy. Then lights out. Then I come to six feet under. That was it.

    • Dean: Dude, I'm so in.
      Sam: Yeah she's gonna eat you alive.
      Dean: Hey, I just got out of jail. Bring it.
      Pamela: You're invited too, Grumpy.
      Dean: You are not invited.

    • (after seeing "Jesse Forever" tattooed on Pamela's lower back)
      Dean: So who's Jesse?
      Pamela: Well, it wasn't forever.
      Dean: His loss.
      Pamela: Might be your gain.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 6, 2008 on Channel 10
      Denmark: November 23, 2008 on TV3
      Latin America: November 23, 2008 on The Warner Channel
      Latin America UK: January 25, 2009 on ITV2
      Norway: March 26, 2009 on FEM
      Portugal: April 20, 2009 on AXN
      Spain: June 15, 2009 on AXN
      Germany: November 23, 2009 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Poland: February 12, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: May 14, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: April 12, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 12, 2013 on Markiza

    • This episode marks the first time in the series that the "The Road So Far" montage starts off a season premiere and not a season finale.

    • Music: You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC), Visions (Jason Manns), Fight Song (The Republic Tigers), Wrapped Around Your Finger (Martyn Laight)

    • Genevieve Cortese takes on the role of Ruby, previously played by Katie Cassidy.


    • Dean: I know. I should look like a Thriller video reject.
      Referencing the Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983), a 13-minute music video for the song of the same name. Thriller was a horror film spoof featuring choreographed zombies performing with Jackson, and directed by John Landis.

    • Dean: The name's Wedge Antilles.
      Referencing Red Two (Denis Lawson) in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and the two subsequent sequels.

    • Title:
      References the biblical story of Lazarus of Bethany, who in the New Testament in the Bible was risen from the dead as one of the miracles of Jesus Christ, the event is recounted fully in the Book of John.