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In honor of Jim Beaver's birthday (yes, I know it was Thursday but better late than never), what better than to take a look at the top ten (with honorable mention) scenes that just make Bobby Singer then best damn supporting character on the planet.  Here's my arbitrary, unscientific ranking from honorable mention to best.  

Honorable Mention:   Swan Song 

I still get weepy thinking about it this. 
 
This scene is short, but it gets me right in the center every time.  The plan is in full motion, they've found Lucifer and it's time for Sam to say yes.  After the flurry of doing their jobs and finding Lucifer, reality hits.  It's time for Sam to say goodbye.  Even though they really know it's for good, Bobby won't surrender the idea this is really goodbye.  "See you around kid," Bobby says offering hope, even if it's killing him to say it.  Even Castiel feels the heartache of this situation, especially when the hug comes on.  



Bobby in broken voice gives Sam his last piece fatherly advice. 



"When he gets in, you fight him tooth and nail, you understand?  Keep swinging, don't give an inch."

Yep, all weepy! 

10.  Two Minutes "˜Til Midnight
  
There are many scenes where Bobby proves why he's so important in Sam and Dean's lives, especially Dean.  After all, he is the father they never had.  Out of all of scenes in which Bobby gives fatherly advice, none have a greater impact than this.  It's an impact that still affects the boys going into season seven.  
 
Sam already won Castiel over with his plan to say yes to Lucifer, but getting Dean and Bobby to agree would be tough.  Then Bobby sees Sam calmly and heroically rescuing innocents while they thwart the circulation of the Croatoan virus.  Bobby's now convinced that Sam can beat the devil.  Bobby's speech to Dean, it's absolutely uplifting, even if it means they all have to let go of Sam.  He asks Dean the hard question, one that's needed to be asked since the series began.  "So I've gotta ask Dean.  What exactly are you afraid of?  Losing, or losing your brother?"  




9.  Lucifer Rising
 
This:
 
 
 
"You stupid, stupid, son of a bitch! Well boo hoo, I am so sorry your feelings are hurt, PRINCESS. Are you under the impression that family's suppose to make you feel good? Make you an apple pie maybe? They're supposed to make you miserable! That's why they're family!"
 
Best...speech...ever.  Oh yeah, Dean had that coming. 


8.  Born Under a Bad Sign

It really does pay to be a paranoid bastard.  Holy water in the beer?  I especially love the casual way Bobby continued to drink his beer as Meg!Sam was steaming in agony before knocking him/her out.  Pure bad ass.




7.  And Then There Were None
 
Who can forget Bobby's heartfelt and heartbroken farewell to Rufus?  Sure Bobby was the one that killed him, but Bobby was under control of the worm at the time.  It's interesting how his guilt doesn't stem from the way Rufus died but how he died without them ever squaring the bitterness of Omaha.  Forgiveness for a mistake he would never get.  That was the true tragedy of that moment, and Bobby's understated yet devastated expression along with the Johnnie Walker Blue told that entire story of regret.  It's quite tragic really.  




6. Appointment in Samarra
 
Bobby has clearly perfected his self protection skills and it's so awesome to watch.  He gets all the great one liners too.  We thought the panic room was brilliance!   He keeps a weapon in the refrigerator veggie tray to protect against those sneak attacks by moose ("I may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night").  Oh, but such large creatures aren't going to go down with one whack.  So it's time to jump into the closet, give a perfect line as said moose breaks through with an axe ("Don't say, Herrrre's Johnnnnnyyyy").  Time to flip the lever to the trap door!  Yeah, Bobby was still caught in the end, but that was when he was lured out of his booby trap haven.  "Ain't nobody killin"˜ me in my house but me."  We so believe that now.    





5.  You Can't Handle The Truth
 
Bobby can be funny too!  This is an overdone gag in television history, but "Supernatural" has always been known for making their own twist interesting on common tricks.  In this case, gruff Bobby Singer comes in contact with Dean and his truth spell and man, the things we didn't know about Bobby and probably still don't want to know.  Tori and Dean?  Pedicures?  Thank heavens he didn't get to losing his virginity.  That's awkward with a capital A.  It's the last thing you'd ever expect to come out of Bobby's mouth.  We know Dean is scarred for life!




4.  Lazarus Rising
  
So, someone you've regarded as a son shows up on your doorstep four months after he was gruesomely killed.  As insides shredded to a pulp.  You just happen to be a paranoid hunter that's seen it all.  You actually going to believe this is really Dean?
 


This scene had it all.  Disbelief, the surprise attack, Dean calling Bobby "the closest thing he's ever had to a father", Bobby attacking some more, then the emotional hug.  So all is well right?  No, Bobby has to get in the holy water test.  Because that's so Bobby.  You really can't be too careful.  






3.  Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
 
Bobby had a few great scenes in this one, but one line in particular got me all misty.  It's the final scene when Bobby is burning the remains of his dead again wife.  This is about as somber as things can get for him.  Even the score paints the picture of extreme despair, but it's Jim Beaver that sells it big time.  
 
 
 
Dean:  Hey, I don't know squat from shinola about love, but at least you got to spend five days with her, right?
Bobby:  Right, which makes things about a thousand times worse.  She was the love of my life.  How many times do I got to kill her?  
 
The way his voice breaks up at the end of that line, I'm heartbroken.  Sam asks twice if he's going to alright only to get a gaze of overwhelming despair.  Ask again tomorrow Sam, it hurts too much right now.

 


2.  No Rest For The Wicked


 
"Family don't end with blood boy."  
 
When quoting Bobby's best lines, this is clearly the most popular.  And iconic.  No words better describe Bobby's lifelong relationship with the Winchester brothers.   
 
My only wish is that I could have seen Bobby come in and watch a weeping Sam cradle his dead brother.  I would have loved to see his emotional reaction too.  


1.  All Hell Breaks Loose Part II
 
Out of all of Bobby's scenes, none showed more raw emotion and his pure love for Dean than their confrontation in the salvage yard after Sam shows up with Dean alive.  Bobby instantly knew Dean made a demon deal and didn't take it well. 



He covered, although Sam could tell something was wrong.  Dean could only look at Bobby in avoidance.  Bobby grabbed the first chance to get Dean alone and man, did he positively kill me.  I already had the waterworks going over Dean's tearful speech over Sam's body.  This pushed me back into inconsolable territory.  

 

"How is your brother going to feel when he knows you're going to Hell?  How'd you feel when you knew your dad went for you?"

 

Comments  

Far Away Eyes
# Far Away Eyes 2011-08-15 22:46
This show would not be what it is without Bobby and the talents of Jim Beaver. He's a fantastic actor and it's no wonder why he's so popular with not just his fellow cast in Jared and Jensen, but with the fans. I am so thrilled that he's still around for season 7.
9Tiptoes
# 9Tiptoes 2011-08-15 22:51
Thank you for this. Bobby is actually my favorite character on the show. I just relate to his love of the boys.

Your No.1 - Yes. And then add Dean's broken plea for Bobby not to tell Sam. Gah! I'm in tears just thinking about it.
Julie
# Julie 2011-08-16 05:25
Thanks Alice
I just loved this as I so love Bobby.
Maybe because I am a little emotional at the moment, but I am with 9Tiptoes, I actually got teary reading that too.
This must have been a hard one to write as there are so many wonderful moments to chose.
I admit though I just love the `princess` rant at the beginning of `Lucifer Rising` this has always been one of my favourite `Bobby` moments.
Ju
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2011-08-16 08:58
Yes, absolutely, your #1 Bobby moment happens to be my favourite too. I watched the episode the other night (for about the hundredth time) and it had me balling...again . His character is like the mighty oak, unbending and always there when you need a limb, ahem, a shoulder to cry on.

I love Jim Beaver, he is such an asset to the show, and as much as I would love to see Loretta Divine again as Missouri Mosley, I'm glad she wasn't available at the end of season 1 and they expanded the role of Bobby Singer. Good for us I say.
Tim the Enchanter
# Tim the Enchanter 2011-08-16 09:12
One of the things I love most about Bobby is that very little seems to faze him. Even when PsychoSam was chasing him around the house he didn’t seem overly bothered, it seemed to be more of an inconvenience than anything else. The ‘Brains trumps legs, apparently’ line just epitomises Bobby. While you’re thinking one step ahead, Bobby is already ten steps ahead; something very important in the world of Supernatural.

I also love that he is the voice of reason in the midst of two fiery, passionate Winchesters. He says what we (the viewers) often want to say and he’s not afraid to tell Sam and Dean the truths that they often won’t tell each other.

Without Bobby I feel we’d be looking at a hugely different Winchester relationship, so while I don’t necessarily like that John has been replaced in the eyes of Sam and Dean (sorry!), I do feel that the boys deserve a Bobby and I'm glad they have him. (John is still hotter than Bobby though, I just have to get that in!)

I think I’m going to give myself a pedicure now in celebration of Bobby.
nancyL
# nancyL 2011-08-16 19:49
I think that John was so busy being their general that he may have forgotten how to be their dad. But maybe that is because of what little we have seen of him in the flashbacks of the wee-boys.

Anyway, Bobby loves them as his own, and if Bobby had just stayed as a hunter that helped Sam and Dean, we wouldn't care about him as much. But even Gramps recognized who Bobby is 'you must be the guy pretending to be their father'. Maybe, Gramps, but you are an a@@h@le that gave up your grandsons to a demon. Bobby stabbed himself to save Dean.

Alice, what about 'Let it Bleed':'Hi, glad to meet you. Bobby Singer. Paranoid bastard' LMAO.
MisterGlass
# MisterGlass 2011-08-16 21:19
Great list Alice. And your #1 Bobby moment is mine too. I liked him before it, but I loved him after. I too got a little teary reading this, especially once I got there.

I would love to add another of Bobby's lectures from "Point of No Return", when he told Dean off for wanting to give-in, or his confrontations with Crowley in "Weekend at Bobby's", or even his speaking Japanese, but I wouldn't know which of the great moments above to leave out. That's the thing about Bobby, he's too good for one list.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2011-08-17 06:16
Sniff... why the heck is Bobby a fictional character?! I would love to have such a fatherly friend in real life...

I love this list, Alice! It's a beautiful little tribute to this man. Without him, the Winchesters would have been dead already...

Three Cheers to Bobby!
Love, Jas
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2011-08-17 22:42
Wow! It's hard to pick just one favorite; I can't do it! Whether it is a comedic scene or deadly serious or one that breaks my heart, Jim is just amazing in the reality he brings to the character of Bobby. I too want an Uncle Bobby in my life!
Marilyn
# Marilyn 2011-08-21 15:29
I love Bobby Singer, played so artfully by Jim Beaver and written so well by the writers. He has introduced new words into my vocabulary, such as "idget." and hallmark phrases like "ditcheable prom date". :P
I love his funny scenes and his sad ones. When he told Dean he wasn't worth anything in the "Curious Case..."Wow. I loved his "Boo hoo princess" speech, too.
You picked some really awesome Bobby moments.
Thanks.
Karen
# Karen 2011-08-21 19:06
Hi Alice
This was a wonderful tribute to Jim/Bobby.
I loved all your choices and agree totally with your #1. That scene will always be my favourite Bobby moment.

Happy Belated Birthday Jim!
Belinda
# Belinda 2011-08-30 07:26
There is no other way to describe it, Bobby is the calm spot in the storm, when all hell breaks loose, it's Bobby who's gonna be the rock and glue that holds everyone together.

Between two human idjit and one angel idjit, Bobby sure has his hands full, but he's there, he's the steady constant that keeps all three guys sane and on track.

And let's hope in Season 7, he will continue to keep them all on track and help the boys to get that other angel idjit back!

Bobby was the one who said family was meant to make you miserable and that it doesn't end in blood, and those words now with Cas's situation in Season 7 are even more poignant and meaningful, and I sure hope Bobby and the boys remember that!
Jack
# Jack 2012-09-06 08:10
I have a question and I hope someone will be able to help me. I'm have been trying to find the episode with what I thought was the best alive Bobby ever gave to dean and I can't identify it. I really want to write it done. In the speech Dean tells Bobby that it's all to much for him to handle and Bobby tells him what character is. To paraphrase Bobby tells him that Character is when you make mistakes in your life are sad about them but realize that there is nothing you can do to change them except move forward and not do it again. Can anyone help me in finding this beautiful speech.

Kindest

Jack
fanotheboyz
# fanotheboyz 2012-12-14 02:07
I love all your picks, Alice. To add to it, I would say there were so many great Bobby lines in "Weekend at Bobby's". I loved when Dean was whining and he asked "Is your brother there?" and then he let them both have it! "God knows you two have issues!" Loved that. Also, his bad luck with Marcie and his never getting to eat the cobbler. Sort of like how Dean never gets to eat his pie! I love Bobby. I miss him sooo much!