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Never fear, for Sam arrives in the nick of time to get her out of there. Is she grateful? Not really. Sam pushes her out of there and she screams "No!" So you want to be eaten by your zombie son too? They get outside and she's screaming about her husband. Sam has to point out the obvious because in this really whacked out scenario, he's this week's voice of reason. "He's dead." The sheriff then says that was not her son. Sam agrees but tries to appeal to her sense of duty. People are in danger and they need her now. No, she's not quite with you yet Sam. She's got some more freaking out to do. I suppose that's permitted. Sam asks if she can focus and she shakes her head and loses it. This is where I really feel for this woman.  For a person of authority and the great skeptic she proved to be earlier, all bets are off when family is involved. That's very normal.
Sam gives her a few more seconds and she comes around. "How do we put them down?" She asks still not quite together. "Head shot," Sam says. She comes up with the suggestion of weapons. Sam wants to round up everyone they can find and asks where there's a safe place. The jail. Um, okay. As Sam and Dean have learned in the past, jails are hardly safe. No place is safe. Sam now realizes he has some unfinished business, and looks toward the house. "Just um, give me a minute." He pulls out his gun and locks it into firing position. I think this is a very tactful way of handling the fact that a child must be killed. Sam is respectful and willing to do the unthinkable, sparing this poor mother from having to do it.

This next reaction kills me! The sheriff grabs Sam's arm in a total panic, realizing she's about to lose her son again. Just like Bobby, she can't let go. Sam sympathetically looks at her and she looks back, and oh the pain in her face. This is devastating. Sam gives her the puppy dog eyes of "I'm sorry" and goes in to handle the painful task. The camera stays on the sheriff the entire time and as the sound of a gun going off inside the house happens, she flinches in the most painful way. Wow, when I can get teary for a guest character, the storytelling is really working. 

This tragic story isn't letting up either, for now Bobby is at Karen's bedside, holding her hand with complete worry. She's struggling and very hungry. Bobby will fix her something to eat, but she knows better. It's happening. Bobby tries to assure her it's going to be alright, but she realistically says it's not. She's turning. It's a shame she didn't live, for I think she would have been the perfect hunter's wife. She looks over at Bobby's gun on the table and with her pained eyes lets him know what he has to do. "It's okay, do it." Bobby refuses, even though she says please. Oh Bobby, you poor man.

Karen goes into dying confession mode and tells him she remembers. Everything. The demon inside her, him killing her everything. "Then you know why I can't do it again." Of course Bobby says this with tears in his eyes, something I didn't notice the first couple of times since there were tears in mine. Oh, but there's more. When she came back, there was a man at the grave thin as a skeleton. He told her to give him a message. Bobby is shocked the message is for him. Why didn't she tell him before? "You've seen so much.   I just wanted to see you smile." Oh, this isn't fair. Bobby deserves a woman like this in his life. Bobby asks what the message is, but we don't hear it. That's for us to find out later.
Dean has decided that he's waited outside long enough and since there's no sign of Bobby, he picks the lock. You'd think that Bobby would have something a little harder to pick. Like a barricade. He does know who he's dealing with, right? Of course Dean could always call Cas to remove such a barricade. There I go wandering off tangent again. As Dean enters the house he hears the gun shot. He races into the room and finds Bobby there staring at Karen's body. They're still holding hands. In a shot that's been done a few times during the dramatic moments (a Kim Manners trick), a devastated Bobby is seen in a close up with Dean out of focus in the background, then Bobby looks over and the focus changes to Dean's somber stare. Yep, that trick still works every time.   Then it goes back to Bobby, then Dean, then Bobby all while the sad music plays. The camera lingers on Bobby, who's teary now. 

Sam and the sheriff are at the jail and the sheriff is pulling shotguns out of the closet. Sam is taking charge, giving the "if you a dead person kill it" speech. "I don't care if it's your friend, neighbor or your wife, shoot for the head." Way to be sympathetic there Samuel. One of the townsfolk asks a fair question, "Do you mind telling us who the Hell you are?" Sam proudly announces he's a friend of Bobby Singer. "The town drunk," the guy says. Ah, small towns and their labels. If I lived in a small town, I'd likely be"¦the town drunk. Sam is perplexed and points at Digger. "I thought he was the town drunk." "Who told you that?" The man asks incredulously. "Bobby Singer," Sam says uncomfortably. The man kind of laughs at him. Well that cements your credibility Sam. He goes back into commander mode, telling everyone to stay sharp. 

Dean and Bobby are outside of Bobby's van, working the plan to go rescue the rest of the town. Dean offers Bobby the chance to sit this one out, but Bobby is ready to go. They hear rustling in the yard and naturally Dean gets a shotgun and a flashlight and goes to check it out, you know, being the able bodied hero and all. Back to the jail where they're holding guns and waiting, but nothing's happening. Hmm. Back to Dean searching the yard, and Bobby waiting outside the van with a shotgun. Something is there so he shoots, but he only hits a car. Go figure, since there are hundreds of them there. Dean gets tackled, shotgun goes flying, and Clay Thompson opens his mouth ready to take a bite. Time for a break! Oh noes! What shall happen to Dean? 

Back to the action and Dean backhands the dude off of him and goes for the gun. Clay grabs Dean's leg. Bobby is shouting "Dean!" and a zombie charges at him. Bam! Perfect head shot, right down to the skull exploding and blood spattering. That's obviously for the zombie movie aficionados who are looking for a little authenticity in their zombie story. There's another one lurking in the shadows and Bobby fires but misses.   Dean kicks Clay and scrambles for his gun, firing another perfect head shot. It's a little less gory this time. Bobby waits in the silence and calls out for Dean again, so out of the shadows comes another zombie. Another dead on shot (pardon the pun). Then a woman comes out. She gets a nice bullet to the brain. But the next one comes from behind and tackles Bobby to the ground. 

Suddenly a gun appears and zombie gets his head blown off. Yep, Dean has arrived! Dean helps Bobby back into the chair after Bobby has to ask for it (yeah Dean!) and more zombies are climbing out of the Volkswagen, I mean coming out of the pile of cars. Dean hands Bobby his gun and they start wildly firing at moving targets. Ah, the thrill of the hunt. Bobby fires while Dean grabs the wheel chair. He stops to take a few more shots before they go inside. Just like Butch and Sundance, they figure out they're almost out of ammo at the wrong time. Dean wonders why the zombies are there and Bobby gets it, but has no time to explain. Zombies know how to break windows.   They also know how to crash through one, which isn't too wise when the person on the other side has a shotgun and can blast heads off.   Dean gets another one on the stairway and that's it, they're now out of bullets.


# Tigershire 2010-04-05 02:43
Ah, Alice. I love the way you recap an episode.

I mentioned this before somewhere on this site, but I'm gonna do it again. The actress who plays Bobby's wife is NOT the same actress as Dream a Little Dream of Me, however, she was in a previous episode, namely, In My Time of Dying - she was the nurse, dying on the floor.

She also happened to attend MY high school. Not the same year as me, but I still think it's cool.

And, I know it was a long time ago, and it wasn't for very long, but Dean did in face fall in love with someone. He loved Cassie enough to tell her about his life. That's something. Right?
# Maria 2010-04-05 05:05
I just wanted to ask what the "Must be Thursday" quote means. :D
# Julie 2010-04-05 09:49
Alice I love your recaps. Thank you.
The episode where they broke Bobby. This was just so painful to watch, but wasn`t Jim just wonderful in it. I think he broke all our hearts, the scene with the humming in the kitchen, the totally shattered look when he killed his wife again,and then the end!!!
I just loved the scene in the scrap yard with the `zombie invasion` great use of background music there too I thought.
I have to agree with you, I too think that Mr.Edlund was out grossed here (never thought I would type that!) I have eaten through every episode, the maggots in the sandwich, I ate along with Dean through the description of Doc Bentons escapades, but I will never attempt it through our meeting with Ezra, know it`s not real but how they even filmed that God only knows,poor Jared!
I am there with Dany too,suprise suprise , in that I would like to thank you for providing my new screensaver!
# Sablegreen 2010-04-05 09:53
Wow, Alice Superb! As for Sam bitch face at Dean eating zombie pie, I always remember when Sam kept Dean from eating food from the Winter pagan gods in AVSC. Like the idea of Sam feeling bad because he just eats salads. That never occured to me. I have be thinking one of two ways, he wants Dean to eat healthier, or he's afraid their might be some king of nasty stuff in it. Just trying to protect his brother. Either is sweet..

Thanks for the screencap of Dean and the impala! Love it.
# Ardeospina 2010-04-05 13:44
Great recap, as usual, Alice! That scene with the Ezra zombie was totally gross, but I for one think you should still include that stuff in your recaps. I mean, it happens in the episode, so it should probably be in there. Maybe just put that stuff in its own paragraph with a warning to skip ahead if you don't want to read the gross parts?

And poor, poor Bobby. It just killed me when he said that line about "how many times do I gotta kill her?" I really hope he can recover enough to provide support for the boys because I have a feeling they're going to need it before the end.

And I have to agree with Sablegreen: Dean does lounge very attractively. He must practice leaning up against things.

Looking forward to the Dark Side of the Moon recap!
# Bevie 2010-04-05 14:39
Love your recaps Alice!

And please don't cut out the gross. As suggested, just put them in with a warning and they don't have to be read if not wanted.

Also love the lounging Dean pic. He is a beautiful lounger indeed. ;-)
# Jasminka 2010-04-06 14:38
You don't sound like a romance novel, at all, Alice, this recap is as moving as it gets... Love it,hate it, love the episode, hate the episode, My heart breaks for Bobby.
I will always remember it, though, as the one episode I watched live in L.A.. No one can spoil that for me.

THanks for this, love Jas
# Randal 2010-04-06 15:36
Another fine recap (you are the master) but heartbreaking? This episode was a lighthearted, gay romp through verdant meadows pocked with yellow flowers.

Oh, you can't ever cut out the gross, ever. That would be a crime punishable by forced watching of C-Span. :D

Down with salads! Up with burgers and fries!
# Starfish 2010-04-29 01:29
Loved your recap (as per usual, of course) and thought I could clear up the Buffy reference. It's just like this one, really--Buffy aired on Tuesdays like this airs on Thursdays and, in talking about her little sister, she said, "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday."
# ADADF 2012-10-30 20:34
Just real quick, I don't know if it's been mentioned or not, and it is very late in mentioning this. But I used to live in Sioux Falls, and it's actually not a small town. It's the largest in SD (which isn't saying much), but at least I can say not everyone would know everyone and it's not too small. About 150,000 people live in Sioux Falls
# Mayflowergirl 2014-05-15 14:00
My favorite line is Dean: What's that smell? Is that soap??