Supernatural recap: Don't Call Me Shurley
For Supernatural fans, tonight’s episode has been years in the making. Not only did it mark the return of Chuck, but it finally solidified what many of us have assumed since the season 5 finale: Chuck is, in fact, God. And I have to say, for God’s epic return, this episode did not disappoint. Rather, his return allowed for the most meta episode probably since “Baby,” and it was so, so much fun.
After Dean finishes a bit of ironing — using beer, because he’s Dean — the Winchesters head out to Idaho to investigate a murder-suicide that they very quickly realize has everything to do with a mysterious fog (a.k.a. Amara). But the main story of the episode resides with Metatron and the big man himself.
After Metatron finally proclaims that he gives up after dumpster diving for dinner, he finds himself transported to a bar he quickly identifies as one of God’s hangouts. And sitting in a booth with a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug is none other than Chuck!
At first, Metatron cannot figure out why Chuck of all people would be in this bar. (Clearly, Metatron hasn’t watched the show.) With a bit of beautiful metahumor, Metatron reveals he wasn’t a big fan of the Supernatural book series, after which Chuck asks, “Not even Home or All Hell Breaks Loose?” But Metatron simply wasn’t a fan of all the melodrama. So with that, Chuck reveals himself.
Turns out, people can’t see him unless they want him to. So in that moment, Chuck identifies himself as God. Metatron quickly drops to his knees — something that has always made God uncomfortable — before God asks to simply be called Chuck. As to where he’s been, Chuck has been doing a bit of traveling, he started a blog full of cute cat pictures, and he signed up for Snapchat! There was also a new book series, Revolution, but it didn’t catch on (which of course is a reference to Eric Kripke’s short-lived NBC series).
When Metatron asks about the amulet that supposedly lights up in his presence — the one Dean wore around his neck for much of his life — Chuck reveals that he can turn it off. And in a great line that longtime fans will love, Chuck jokes, “You’ll never guess where this thing’s been this entire time.” But in continuing the joke, he never finishes that thought.
When it comes to why Chuck brought Metatron to the bar, we get a shot of a manuscript. The title reads: “God. An Autobiography.” (Have I mentioned how much I love this show?) Quite simply, Chuck needs an editor for his memoir, so he brought in Metatron. However, the moment Chuck hands Metatron his pages, he knows something’s off. In another epic throwback, Chuck says, “Last time I saw that look on an editor’s face, I’d just handed in ‘Bugs.'” (Yeah, can’t argue with that.)
It seems Metatron thinks the story needs more detail, but when he brings up Amara, Chuck claims, “This isn’t her story. It’s mine.” So Metatron takes a new approach: Perhaps the book just needs more balance. You know, less about Chuck’s adventures in blogging and dating — men and women, if you were wondering – and more about Lucifer and all that juicy stuff.
Metatron explains that a memoir can either be honest or not. It can either be Life by Keith Richards or Wouldn’t It Be Nice by Brian Wilson. And as far as Chuck’s concerned, he’s ready to be Keith Richards. My favorite line of this scene? Metatron realizing there are “no revelations in this book, and that’s weird given who you are.”
Metatron recognizes that God went “full method” when he came to Earth as Chuck, but now it’s time that he got back to being the badass that Metatron used to know because “that guy had some stories to tell.” With a new approach of writing for only himself, Chuck sits back down behind a very old computer that he should most certainly upgrade. (Personally, if I were God, I’d have that new rose gold Mac!)
NEXT: God makes his next move
And that brings us to my favorite part of this episode. As God writes, Metatron reads us some of his chapter titles…
Chapter 10: Why I Never Answer Prayers and You Should Be Glad I Don’t
Chapter 11: The Truth About Divine Intervention and Why I Avoid It At All Costs
But when Metatron tries to prompt another chapter with a question and all he asks is “why?” God quickly asks for something more specific because he gets that question “a lot about pretty much everything.”
Metatron wants to know why God created life. He claims that he was lonely. Yes, he had his sister, but “I am being. She is nothingness.” He wanted to show her something that was better than they were so that she would change. But every time he built a new world, she would destroy it. The closest he got to something better was nature, so with that, he takes Metatron for a brief nature walk. After all, they should enjoy it before Amara destroys it all.
As God sees it, nature is divine, but human nature is toxic. “They do like blowing stuff up,” Metatron says. And the worst part, as God puts it, is how they do it in his name and then come crying to him to ask for forgiveness. But when God mentions humans refusing to take responsibility for their actions, Metatron calls him out for the same thing. But God claims that his leaving was responsible.
As much as he loves the Winchesters, it’s their fault that Amara is out because Sam couldn’t live with Demon Dean. Not to mention that God has rebuilt Castiel “more times than I can remember.” Now, as far as God’s concerned, it’s Amara’s time to shine.
But Metatron’s not buying that. And when he calls God a coward, we get our first glimpse at the powerful God Metatron used to know. God says he’s done watching his experiments’ failures, but when Metatron points out that those are simply his failures, God gets back to writing.
Turning the conversation to Metatron, God asks why he turned evil, but Metatron claims it was all to get God’s attention. Metatron wants to know why God abandoned them, to which God clearly states, “Because you disappointed me.” But as Metatron points out, God is wrong about humanity. Humanity is his greatest creation because they’re better than he is. They don’t give up. So neither does God.
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Just as Sam and Dean are struggling on the ground with the fog — which has infected Sam but apparently cannot hurt Dean — God asks Metatron to read his latest draft. As God sings “Fare Thee Well,” Metatron reads, and the fog clears up for Sam and Dean.
In fact, not only does it clear up, but everyone who was infected is cured. Seeing a light in Sam’s pocket, Dean realizes it’s the amulet, so they walk outside. And when they reach Chuck — standing in the street in his Converse — he admits, “We should probably talk.”
This show does many things well, one of which is humor, particularly when it comes to making fun of itself and taking Biblical stories and putting its own spin on them. And I cannot wait to see what comes next. What did you all think of the hour? Were you as happy with God’s return/debut as I was? Hit the comments with your thoughts, or find me on Twitter @samhighfill.
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.