In case you don't recall, the last episode left Bobby with a hole in his noggin courtesy of head Leviathan Dick. We pick up right where it left off, with the boys rushing him to the nearest trauma center. While the doctors go to work and the boys go to fretting, Bobby is in his noggin, working through the good, the bad and the bloody memories of his life.
These initial memories include a scene from the last episode with Sam and Dean, a flirty bedroom scene with his wife Karen before she got possessed, and working on a hunt with Rufus. Soon enough, a Reaper appears and tells Bobby that it's his time to go. But Bobby knows he has something to tell the boys - something he found out in Dick's office last episode - before he would feel okay doing so. That something turns out to be a number, though I honestly have not a clue what the number means. Are we supposed to know? Is that a mystery the boys will have to solve? Guess we'll find out.
Luckily for Bobby, he's a hunter, so he's able to get dream-vision Rufus on his side in figuring out how to not cross over to the other side in a kind of convenient memory where Rufus just happened to have told him that he went through something similar. Perhaps it's not altogether too convenient, maybe it was just Bobby's unconscious latching on to it. Wow I thought about that too much. Anyway, Rufus informs Bobby that the way out is through - he has to go through his worst memories to get back to life.
Not sure what that might be, he goes to the first one that comes to mind. The night when he apparently told Karen that he didn't want to have kids, which broke her heart. We find out that she was possessed three days later, which was not enough time for them to get through that and for Bobby to realize he would actually make a great dad. Alas, it was not meant to be. But this memory was not the one he needed to get back.
Back in the real world, the doctors are fairly grim about Bobby's chances of pulling through. A representative of some kind even has the nerve to ask Dean about the possibility of organ donation. Dean being Dean, he punches a glass directory in anger. Distraught, he heads outside to find Dick smugly waiting in his town car. Dean gives him a verbal lashing, but anything more than that is out of the question for now with so many onlookers. Of course, while Dean is not ready at all to accept the fact that Bobby might die, Sam tries to ease him into the idea. Not so successfully. You'd think he'd learn by now.
Back in Bobby's head, he's decided that since he doesn't know what memory will take him out, he's got to work some mojo on the Reaper to give himself some more time. Because that time is definitely running out. Stuff has started disappearing in this world-between-worlds, and it's because Bobby either needs to cross over or he'll get stuck in between and become an angry spirit someday. While he temporarily traps the Reaper, though, he also manages to figure out what memory is the right one.
It's one from his childhood. We saw a brief scene earlier with his parents - the meek mom and abusive dad that was hinted at not so long ago. But this time we get to see the whole thing. When Bobby's dad starts to abuse his mom, our time Bobby tells him the what for, that he was afraid to have his own kids because he didn't want to turn out like him, but he ended up adopting two boys anyway, and they turned out to be heroes. Awww. We also find out that apparently little Bobby shot his dad in the head, in the same spot that Bobby was just shot in the head! That was a cool bit of symmetry.
In his brain, he spends one last good memory with the boys before the Reaper comes calling again. Time to make a choice. Go? Or stay? And.... fade to black! Damn it, I knew it!
What do you think? Is Bobby going to the great white yonder, or will he miraculously pull through? Honestly this felt like a love story goodbye to him, so I would kind of be surprised if he lived. But who knows. I DO know, however, that the preview for the January 6th return (yes, we're on hellatus!) looked pretty awesome.
- I said to myself "his life is flashing before his eyes" and then someone said it out loud on the show and it made me feel smart and cool like a dork.
- The scene with Bobby playing catch with little Dean - awesome. I especially liked the follow up phone call he had with John. Aww.
- Idjits is Bobby's way of saying I love you, and it made me want to weep.
- Chuck Norris vs. Jet Li ... who would win in your book?
- That entire bickering segment with Dean and Sam at the end before they disappeared warmed my heart so much.
- What in the world does the number mean? I think it was 454895? Did Bobby get to write the whole number on Sam's hand or did I add an extra 5 on the end in my head?
- Did you guys see the video Jared and Jensen did thanking everyone for voting in the People's Choice Awards? No? GO WATCH IT.
"What, you were expecting Farrah Fawcett?" - Karen
"No, she always calls first." - Bobby
"Mother Mary, I've got a messed up fruitcake." - Bobby
"You got the only case of genetic bullet in the brain I've ever seen." - Reaper
"Idjits..." - Bobby :(
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