Weekend at Bobby’s
Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2010
Alyssa Silva – TwoCents Reviewer
Warning: No Castiel Sightings.
Behind every great hunter, there’s Bobby.
That should have been the title of the episode. This week we take a break from the brothers Winchester to spend a weekend in Uncle Bobby’s shoes and oh boy, is it a trip. In between pretending to be every federal acronym under the sun, looking up how to kill a Greek demon and feeding a Okami through his neighbour’s woodchipper, the poor man can’t even finish a slice of cobbler! Oh wait, I forgot to mention fending off the authorities who don’t understand that sometimes you just have to bury a body in your salvage yard.
We find out that Bobby’s spent the last year trying to get his soul back from Crowley. For those left scratching their heads, Bobby pawned his soul over to the demon so that they could get a lock on Death last season. In any case he manages to shanghai one of our black-eyed friends into a devil’s trap down in the basement, and pretty much sets her on fire by burning her bones (which is a myth now debunked by Bobby, thank you very much). She reveals that Crowley’s actually become El Heifer down in Hell and also that Crowley’s real name is Fergus MacLeod. Yes, Crowley’s English accent is all a scam! Also seems Crowley was a tailor who sold his soul for an extra three inches downstairs (riiight). Bobby manages to corral fellow hunter and friend Rufus into helping him snag a ring containing Crowley’s son’s ghost, who in turn feeds Bobby enough leverage to get his soul back. And keep his legs. Some now on to the observations!
Jim Beaver has never failed to disappoint whenever he shows up on the show, and allowing him time to shine in the spotlight only makes us love him more. There’s just the right amount of exasperation and affection whenever he talks to the Winchesters, and also especially in his hilarious conversations with Rufus. Gosh these two old timers need more screen time together.
Regarding the ten-year expiration date on his soul contract, I think I can see why Bobby was so desperate to get rid of it as soon as he could. He’s been there when Dean and then Sam both went to Hell and Bobby’s heard from both sides (presumably) about how…unpleasant it was. Perhaps he also thinks now that he’s got his legs back, he’s got a second chance at life guiding those two idjits along. Bit thin I know but that’s the only explanation I can come up with for his undue haste.
Dean also called Bobby selfish, which sparked off a tirade from Bobby about how they take him for granted. Problem I have with this is I don’t think Dean would ever call Bobby selfish. I mean c’mon. No matter that Dean and Sam are a little self-absorbed at times, both brothers have demonstrated more than once how much they care for Bobby. So I don’t buy Dean even thinking of Bobby as anything other than selfless, which made Bobby’s tirade a bit off. But the meat of the tirade was tied into the frustration Bobby was feeling at the time (at that point in the episode, he couldn’t even cut himself a slice of cobbler) so yes…cue guilt trip that made Dean endure a nine-hour flight to Scotland.
Dean and Sam
Now I love me my Winchester brothers, be they shirtless or clothed. But really? The angst fest has to end or at least get less predictable. It seems that every single episode now the brothers spend the last few minutes talking about their feelings. And I’m all for it, don’t get me wrong. But it seems like Dean’s just going on and on and on about how Sam’s gone over to the dark side. Gets repetitious after a while. Maybe they could just convey their displeasure with their eyes or with snarky remarks, like how they did before?
What did you think of this week’s episode? Did you enjoy the glimpse into Bobby’s life? Did you enjoy the return of Crowley? How about your feelings towards making Rufus part of the team? Did Jensen Ackles directorial debut fly or bomb? How excited are you for next week’s episode where I hear Robert Pattinson will be mocked mercilessly? Give me your TwoCents!
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