"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
No long synopsis here, you can go find that over at www.moogi.com under SUPERNATURAL. This episode made me cry a lot, not just for Bobby, which is to be expected, but for Sam and Dean, too. By the way, what happened to poor Dean's plea the last time we saw him? After that fervent request, no one responded? Damn, that's cold. What does the title mean? I keep typing "Dean Men Don't Wear Plain."
For the first time, Sam and Dean are caught in their pose as FBI agents, and it's Bobby's fault, because it's his Podunk town and his sheriff knows everyone in it! Jody easily recognizes Bobby's voice. She also knows Bobby as someone who has a drinking problem and has committed mail fraud! Wonder what that's about? It's really weird though, how Jody allows the killer zombie (LOL) to go free, yet arrests the brothers! Brings up lots of questions, at least until we learn that Jody's own little boy is amongst the resurrected.
The scene with Sam and that white-drooling, ancient crone all over him?--more disgusting than most blood scenes, IMHO! I nearly threw up and had to turn away watching that.
This ep was a tour-de-force for Bobby and excellent acting on the part of Jim Beaver! To have someone you love come back from the dead the same way you remember them, gentle, loving, singing, baking, so sweet! And whether Karen knew it or not, she was preaching to the choir about wanting to keep a loved one smiling and protected--while Dean isn't IN love with Sam, he has the same feelings about his little brother that she feels for Bobby, so Dean understands only too well what she's talking about!
We learn here that Bobby gets no respect from the townsfolk--quite the opposite. He's apparently considered the town drunk by the sheriff and many others. Given what Bobby has seen, who can blame him for getting drunk? On the OTHER hand, he needs to remain sober, given what is going on; he needs his wits about him with the apocalypse nigh and all. Still, my heart ached for Bobby in this ep. Learning that he's apparently a town joke was very upsetting. Now, at least, Jody will feel differently toward him, much the way Hendriksen would have toward the Winchesters, had he survived.
As I watched Bobby sitting vigil with Karen, talking about what Death told her to tell him, her urging him to kill her and assuring him that it was OK, I was crying and thinking about weird things. Perhaps Bobby felt it fair that Karen kill him, given that he had once done the same to her. This way, he wouldn't have to worry about being in the hated wheelchair anymore. His guilt about Karen would be eased, at long last. He knew that after she killed him, someone else would take on the responsibility of killing her, but at least it wouldn't be him. Then again, Bobby insisted that HE take care of Karen in his own way, and actually ordered Sam and Dean, his family, off his property so he'd be able to do so without their interference. Life has been unfair to Bobby, that's for sure, and it isn't stopping now!
I get the distinct impression from this episode that Bobby wants out, don't you? Having his beloved wife for five days, then having to kill her--again--may not have literally murdered Bobby Singer, but I suspect his spirit has been stripped from him. Why else was he silent when Sam asked him if he was going to be all right? It's not easy being on the side of the Winchesters. If you're lucky, you just end up dead. If you're REALLY unlucky, you just wish you were.
This episode was very impressive. It had many moments of wit, as when the newly risen zombie got all huffy when he learned Dean was going to shoot him and called himself a taxpayer or when Dean referred to Karen as an American doll zombie or the Bride of Frankenstein.
The overwhelming feeling of "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," however, was one of tragedy. Jody and her husband got their dead son back, so briefly, and were elated, just as Bobby was thrilled to have his lovely, sweet singing-while-cooking Karen back in his life again. Like all happiness in SUPERNATURAL, it didn't last, and indeed, turned horrific. Jody lost both husband and son; Bobby lost his wife and was forced to kill her for the second time. All this so Death could leave a message for Bobby-- stop getting in the way of Sam saying yes to Lucifer!
It appears that the evil ones believe that isolating the Winchesters from those who love them might be the only way to get what they want. How, I wonder, will they be able to separate Dean from Sam, and vice versa?
Oh, Bobby, you poor man, you did make me cry a whole lot during this episode!
I'm with you Robin, I got that same I-want-out vibe in that last scene. It was wonderfully played, as if he was so shattered, he couldn't even tear up, just emotionally drained. How could he not be? Hope he remembers Dean's words about how wounded soldiers are still soldiers. They're gonna need the old man, no question.
Killing Bobby would've been the easiest route, but hey, this is Lucifer with the buckets o' pride. Why go for the kill when you can go for the crushed heart and soul.
Regarding Bobby, I don't think Lucifer just wants him out of the fight, I think he wants him to actively turn his back on the Winchesters (particularly Sam), to blame them for the hell he is in. Why else would Death send the message "I am doing this to you because of them"? Bobby's death would hurt the Winchesters, his condemnation could destroy them.
Let's not forget:
"Family don't end with blood, boy!"