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Welcome to season four of the haiku episode guide! This may well be the most tightly-outlined season of the entire series; it hangs together brilliantly when viewed in order. I will admit, I always rewatch it slightly out of order in terms of how it aired; I favor the "as shot" order that puts "Monster Movie" third in the season's sequence, not fifth. The CW was worried about this black-and-white, artsy, high-concept, funny episode coming so early in the season; the network ordered the move. But if you view the episodes in the order in which they were both written and shot, with "Monster Movie" coming third in the season, I think you'll see that both Dean's and Sam's reactions are much more time-appropriate, relative to Dean's very recent resurrection, than the way in which they were aired. Try it for yourself and see what you think!

What are your super-brief takes on these episodes?

Lazarus Rising


Sam hunts with his mind.

Divine force frees Dean from Hell:

“We have work for you.”

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester


Break the seals of Hell:

Lilith raises witness ghosts

To free Lucifer.

In The Beginning


A trip to the past

Reveals family secrets:

Destinies can’t change.


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Flesh-eating monster

Is born human, then transforms:

Can choice defeat fate?

Monster Movie


Shapeshifter film buff

Recreates movie monsters:

Death in black and white.

Yellow Fever

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Ghost sickness breeds fear.

Dean, infected, faces death.

Fear can kill ghosts, too.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

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Demon trick or treat:

Witches seek to break a seal

To bring Hell on Earth.

Wishful Thinking

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Cursed coin warps wishes,

Sowing chaos through a town.

Dean remembers Hell.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Anna hears angels.

Protecting her, Sam tells Dean

What he did alone.

Heaven And Hell

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Anna’s angel grace

Concludes confrontation of

Demons and angels.

Family Remains

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Human wickedness

Makes monsters of two children

As Hell did to Dean.