What happened to Deanâ€™s beer? This is the biggest question I took away from this weekâ€™s episode. There was a lot going on in this midseason premier and some other important questions were raised, but this is the one that is sticking around and driving me nuts.
Sam had a point when he told Dean he probably just drank it without noticing. Heâ€™s been drowning himself in alcohol all season (and even before that). But we know thatâ€™s not the case. We heard that little magical chime sound when Dean picked it up. Something else is going on. There are two possibilities that stick out in my mind. Please tell me if youâ€™ve thought of anything different because Iâ€™m dying to figure this out. It could very well be Bobbyâ€™s spirit. He was given one final chance to follow the reaper and instead he chose to savor his final memory with Sam and Dean. So if he was never reaped then heâ€™d still be floating around, right? And heâ€™d definitely be drinking beer. The other possibility that comes to mind is that it could be a set up for Castielâ€™s 1-2 episode return. (Did they ever confirm if it would be two episodes?) I mean, it wouldnâ€™t be the first time he hid out in the background watching Sam and Dean. I think heâ€™d be less likely to make himself known by drinking Deanâ€™s beer. But I donâ€™t want to rule out any possibilities.
So if this phantom drinker is Bobby, where is this storyline going? Itâ€™s unlikely that heâ€™ll be able to stick around as their invisible colleague so will they find a way to bring him back? Or is he just hanging around to help get revenge on Dick Roman? Will Sam and Dean have to find a way to help Bobby let go so they can put his spirit to rest? There are so many questions. And if it turns out to be Castiel, which I think is less likely, what does that mean? Has he been watching them this whole time? Is he trying to help Sam and Dean or is he simply gathering information? And where the hell is the impala!? Oh sorry, that question slipped in there.
I kind of canâ€™t believe how much else they managed to fit in to this episode. It was a whirlwind of information but somehow it didnâ€™t feel rushed. The writers even managed to include an interesting and well-developed monster of the week storyline. Iâ€™d put that in the win column.
The flashes of the weeks following Bobbyâ€™s death were heartbreaking. We all know how much these boys have lost but this felt like a new level of pain for them. It left them completely immobilized which is something Iâ€™ve not seen from them before. Even when John died Dean worked on fixing his car and Sam worked on fixing Dean. They were both doing something. They did eventually get off the couch and start obsessing over the numbers Bobby left them until they got a call from Krissy.
I really liked Krissy. She was smart and sassy and she gave Dean a run for his money. There have been a fair number of child-focused episodes in the past seven seasons and itâ€™s always a bit of a risk in my opinion. It can be hard to get a believable performance out of a child, but throw in the Supernatural aspect of the show and you make it even harder. There have been many very good episodes with kids and in my opinion this was one of them. It wasnâ€™t a stretch to believe that Krissy was raised in the life. I actually thought she was playing dumb when Sam first came. Thereâ€™s no way to hide the fact that youâ€™re a hunter from your child. Especially if they think youâ€™re a salesman. The injuries alone would give you away. Still she was able to outsmart two very capable hunters.
Krissyâ€™s scenes with Dean were very funny and enlightening. Dean made it pretty clear that he didnâ€™t give a ratâ€™s ass about hunting these vetala or saving Krissyâ€™s father. The only reason he showed up was to save Sam. Thatâ€™s classic Dean tunnel vision at work. Heâ€™s completely obsessed with getting revenge for Bobbyâ€™s death and the only thing that could distract him from that is Samâ€™s safety. So he was actually pretty rude to Krissy when he first met her. Although her pulling a gun on him and destroying the research didnâ€™t help her case much. Dean does eventually soften towards her in the car. Once he sees her desire to go to college he tells her she could leave the life if she wanted to. Dean is maybe the last person on the planet I would expect that from. Heâ€™s the only hunter Bobby ever knew that got out and managed to start a new life. And even he couldnâ€™t make it stick. But when he begs her father to give up hunting and start a new life I realized that he still think itâ€™s a possibility. Just not for him.
While Sam was off hunting the vetala Dean spent some quality time with Frank. Using probability generation Frank was able to figure out that the numbers Bobby left were part of some coordinates. And he realized that the coordinates pinpointed a piece of land in Wisconsin that was recently purchased by a subsidiary of Richard Roman Enterprises. But this plot development wasnâ€™t the most interesting piece I took away from Deanâ€™s time with Frank. Frankâ€™s story about finding his wife and children dead was much more heartbreaking. As was his advice to Dean to either give up hunting or decide to make it through the day and plaster a fake smile on his face. I mean that may work for a while but look at Frank now? Heâ€™s lives in solitude, losing track of time, obsessing over his work. Plus heâ€™s just crazy. Probably driven mad with grief that he never dealt with. But Dean latched on to this advice because it means pushing his feelings under the rug instead of dealing with them. Watching Dean try to smile at the end of the episode was awful because his pain was so evident. But we know Dean so we know heâ€™ll make this approach work for him for as long as possible.
Meanwhile Sam had no trouble admitting that heâ€™s not ok. And who can blame him? Weâ€™ve been told that the second half of the season would be focused more on Samâ€™s Lucifer problem and I canâ€™t help but wonder if this emotional stress will be the thing that puts him over the edge. If it is, I wish we had seen a few indications of it in this episode. Lucifer was mentioned in The Road So Far but we didnâ€™t get anything after that. Maybe this episode was meant to give Dean a way to present the strong front heâ€™ll need to help Sam through a possible breakdown? I guess weâ€™ll just have to wait and see.
So what did you guys think of the episode? Were there any otherâ€™s out there hoping weâ€™d see Bobby alive and well? I was 75% sure we wouldnâ€™t but that 25% was holding on for dear life! What did you make of the land Dick Roman acquired?
There were some other moments and funny quotes worth mentioning:
* â€œGweneth Paltrowâ€™s not a leviathanâ€¦â€
*Frank: â€œYou think it's easy to see inside what's real, and also be bi-polar with delusional ideation. There's no pill for my situation sweety-pop, so yeah the big mouths are on to me. Next question!â€
*Sam: â€œSince when do you read?â€
Dean: â€œDonâ€™t be rude to me, Sam.â€
*Dean: â€œWhatâ€™s she doing?â€
Frank: â€œBeing a naughty, bossy little girl.â€
Dean: â€œI'd hate to ask for that in the non-porno version.â€
*Dean in the cherry picker was priceless. Talk about drawing attention to yourself.
*Dean: â€œIâ€™m not gonna walk out on my brother.â€
*Dean: â€œIâ€™m a fun guy. Iâ€™m actually awesome. But right now Iâ€™m not in the mood.â€
*Dean: â€œNow shut up. Eat a cookie or something.â€
*Krissy: â€œYouâ€™re brotherâ€™s the size of a carâ€
*Krissy: â€œWhat century is this? No-one fist bumps anymore.â€
Dean: â€œC'mon. Give it up!â€
Krissy: â€œYou're a dweeb.â€
*Dean: â€œI will frisk you.â€ And she hands over the lock pick? I am so confused by that!
*Lee: â€œEver know anyone who left the life?â€
Dean: â€œNo - they all get killed first.â€
I loved Krissy. I kept thinking too bad she's not 10 years older she'd be quite the match for Dean. But I always love the big brother role on him too.
Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that the writers are totally disinterested in a Sam storyline.
I'm still not impressed with the MOTW but it worked and thats what mattered. And the boys splitting up. Never a good idea but hey at least they are back together in the end.
As far as the beer thing goes, it didn't even occur to me that it could be Ghost/Bobby until I got in the forums and read everyone else's posts. I went totally along with Sam, thinking Dean had probably already drank it and not remembered. I'm sad that Bobby may actually be dead but hopeful that he may be sticking around then in his less than corporeal form, at least for a little bit. And if thats really the case, I hope it won't have to be Sam or Dean who will have to salt and burn him. The boys are destroyed enough.
Neither boys are in a good place right now but are muddling through anyway. Fake it till you make it, right? The other shoesâ€™ gonna drop on them both pretty soon I think. Which one is gonna lose it first? Will Sam's hallucinations finally take over (and will Dean be able to still pull him back) or Will Dean finally hit his absolute rock bottom (and will Sam be able to pull Dean back)?
Stay tuned my friends.
And I think the Bobby (ghost) took Dean's beer too.
Thanks Sofia for the recap, I have been checking the site for an Adventures in babysitting recap.
I hated Krissy, but then I hate child actors. To me, Krissy was the stereotypical teenager...bad attitude, know-it-all, in your face adolescent. I did enjoy Dean's scenes with her, though. Whoever she is may be a good actress, but her delivery didn't work for me, and I didn't find her nearly as good as Colin Ford, who is about the same age.
Overall, I liked this episode. I think Bobby chose not to go with the Reaper and his spirit is sticking around to help the brothers. That feels like audience manipulation to me. I do like Bobby in the show, and I just hope I don't end up feeling like my chain is being jerked.
I also liked these monsters, but I regret that the show didn't have a good role for Ian Tracey, who is a very accomplished actor and one that I like very much. It reminded me of how misused Michael Shanks was when he was on the show.
I did like Frank better this episode. He kind of annoyed me the first time around, mainly because I kept comparing him to Ash and wanted Ash undead and back. But Frank works, and mostly because it was made clear he would not become a Bobby surrogate. He'll appear every once in a while, and I hope in small doses, but I sure could tell from this episode that Kevin McNally is a very good actor (I didn't know him before).
No idea where this story is going, and I don't even know what the quest is for this season yet, but Dean in handcuffs, a fedora, and holding a Tommy gun sure does perk my interest for next week. The actor playing Elliot Ness (and I don't know him) sure does look like he knows his job, too.
I just have a few things to add and I would like to tie it in on the Winchester Bros. podcast with Adam Glass who was the writer on this episode. As for the beer disappearing, he was evasive as to what really happened...and so, I take that as a point where the writers have several options of explanation which could be explored eventually. Another thing that was brought up was that the last digit that wasn't conveyed to the guys from Bobby was a 5 not a 3 as per Frank. So is this all that the Leviathans have up their sleeves? He never really addressed this point and so that may have been an error that never got caught in post...or was it?? And third....He stated that Dean did indeed sleep 36 hours and that Frank got that right. It seems that Dean really was exhausted and things like bathroom breaks weren't addressed...unn ecessary detail is what I got from his response. Anyway, I found the podcast very enlightening and was able to get a lot of my answers as to the writers approach to making an episode. It definitely helped me feel a lot better about some of the choices that have been made and why. I highly suggest that you listen to it if you can. It's long...over an hour, but very entertaining. I think it may help.
Here's the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2012/01/08/winchester-radio-adventures-in-babysitting-w-adam-glass
I'll have to listen to that podcast. Thanks for linking it up!
And not to be too crass, but I have a "friend" who was exhausted enough to sleep through for a similar amount of time. This "friend" discovered the miricle wonder of bladder endurance. It can be done!
The time lapse is quite intriguing actually. Bobby's spirit hanging around? That would be kind of cool, but I think he would go of his own accord once the Leviathans are taken care of. I don't see him wanting to be stuck around permanently to be salted & burned by some future hunters. Maybe Death could give Bobby back his life, He seems to kind of like Dean and He's done him a big favour before. A girl can dream. I miss Bobby's presence already.
As for Dean sleeping 36 hours without a bathroom break, I think it's quite possible if you're as exhausted as he was. Then again, Frank doesn't exactly have a good grasp of time, 4 days and 4 weeks aren't quite the same.
Now to the MOTW. I did find the Vetalas interesting, and I like Krissy. She was like a miniature Dean. And yes, some posters think she was just an annoying teenager, but I think she had a right to be. Her father was missing, probably dead, one hunter was already gone, she wasn't about to let the other get away without taking her along. So, yeah, I kind of agree with her on that. I was glad that Sam was the one that killed one of the Vetalas though. He's very low key these days, our Sammy. Is the s*** about to hit the fan?
Next weeks episode looks like it might have some very fun moments, and I am so happy to see Nicholas Rea back. I love Kricek from the X-Files.
It seems to be correct that Dean slept 36 hours. How do I now? Because the info is all there. Sam takes off to see Krissy and Dean looks upFrank. Supposedly all of that happening at the same time. Then Sam tells Krissy that in case he is not back in a couple of days she should call that number (which turns out to be Dean's number). So if she calls Dean because she hadn't heard anything from Sam for at least 2 days then the 36 hours is within the correct time line.
Loved this episode, though heartbroken about Bobby. Krissy won me over, and I couldn't help thinking that if Dean were 10...15...uh 18? years younger, he would have totally been hitting on her. Speaking of Dean, he nearly broke my heart (again) at the end with that tragic smile. It was beautiful, but a return to his life long habit of burying things. It has worked, but I was hopeful that his time of evolution into being a man who loved himself had come. Ah well, that's what Show does, break our hearts.
And Sammy....oh Sammy. His head is shattered, he's lost another father, and he still clings to the Winchester way of putting the lives of others over his own safety.
Last, I was actually pleased to see the lack of drama surrounding the brothers going seperate ways. I saw it as a sign of how they are secure and comfortable enough in their relationship that they (Dean especially) don't need to cling to eachother so closely. Yay! Of course, them splitting up never actually leads to good things, but still.
I agree! Dean would be all over a girl like Krissy if she was a bit older. She's just his type.
I still think Dean will have to deal with his issues at some point. I do think he'll try to bury his pain for a while but it always comes out.
I too loved the lack of drama between the brothers. They need that strong front right now.
Dean and Krissy. Dean and kids period. Heh. IIRC in wishful thinking Dean has bags of fun with the kids of the town. "With great power comes great resposibility" *smoke* And the astronaut that creams the car. Dean gets no love from kids.
Sam is as big as a car. Heh. And yet he's got a glass jaw when it comes to being hit in the head area. And as somebody else has mentioned this- weapons on bungee cords guys, or maybe crazy glue. Something to stop the things that save your butt from flying sideways.
My initial rant was much more harsh, but that's on the spoiler thread. Suffice to say that I am not impressed with the montage trope. Super lame.
Adam Glass. Gah.