Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.18 – Party on, Garth

Back at the motel, the boys are standing outside with Garth. A Merc Mobile (I kid you not, it was Wayne and Garth’s car…pretty much) is parked next to Garth’s El Camino. I kinda wanted to hear shades of “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing in the background.

Garth gives Dean a hug goodbye and tells him to call anytime. Dean’s all, heh, shucks, okay that’s enough. Sam sticks out his hand, but Garth makes him bring it in for the real thing. He heads around to the driver’s side calling out, “Sayonara Kimosabes!”  He notices the Merc Mobile and grins. “Nice ride!”

As he pulls away, Sam admits, “You’re right. He’s growing on me.”

They head back into the motel room to pack up, and this was another of those wide camera shots that had me watching the whole screen at the same time. Sam confronts Dean almost immediately.

Sam: Let’s talk about it.

Dean: About wha—oh, the talking board? Nevermind, I get why—

Sam: Not the board. I heard you. What happened in the brewery? I know something did…be straight with me.

Dean starts to resist, knowing that Sam’s going to dismiss it and not wanting it dismissed, but he eventually gives in. He talks fast, his voice anxious, as if he has to get it all out before it evaporates inside of him. He says rapidly how he was down on the ground and the sword moved into his hand, his beer drank itself, the paper just landed on the bed, and the book fell with Mackey’s card coming out of it.

Dean (sarcastic): Sure. It’s nothing. (turns, paces) I mean, is Bobby here or not?!

Sam says he thinks regular people see things all the time – faces in crowds type thing – of people they love, too. Because they miss them. He says that when the beer disappeared, he went a little nuts about it.

Dean: Why didn’t you tell me?

Sam repeats that he was a little nuts at the time, which Dean accepts, but you can see it hurts a little that Sam thought there just might be a possibility – enough to explore the option with the talking board – but outwardly dismissed the idea to Dean. Especially because Dean so obviously needs to believe – needs it to be true. Needs something to believe in.

Dean: If it wasn’t Bobby, what Jedi’d that sword across the room?

Sam says it was probably the Shojo reaching for it since it had shut the door from across the room. After a moment of internal struggle, Dean looks as if he decides to buy that – though, to me, that sounds like the kind of logic those of us who don’t see ghosts every day attribute to the happenings of ghosts to help us make sense of it. Just…saying.

Dean (working his expression into one of acceptance): If it was Bobby, he’d let us know. Who knows more about being a ghost than Bobby? Instant Swayze, right?

Sam: Exactly.

It sounds like they’re trying to convince each other…but of what, exactly? I’m not sure I know what each of them hope for at this moment.

Dean (turning away and stuffing the rest of his things in his duffel): Okay, so your theory is that we’re regular people for once.

He nods as if working that over in his mind, trying to get a grip on it, find traction in the concept. Sam nods and Dean takes a breath, forcing his voice into the casual, I’m always all right tone that gets him through so much. He asks Sam if he wants brunch and brews and Sam groans, saying he’s so hung over he just wants to get on the road.

They walk out of the room and the wide angle of the camera had me scanning the room because I was convinced they’d forgotten something, so I was looking at the couch and the table and the bar as the camera pulled back a bit and—


I literally said that out loud – very loud – and put my hands in my hair.

Bobby. Was. Standing. There.

For the briefest of moments I thought that they were going to leave it as us looking at his back (so that it could have been a stand-in), but they tracked around to his front and it was Bobby. I had goose bumps. Lots of them.

I did NOT see that coming. At all. And it was perfectly, perfectly done.

In the Merc Mobile, Dean pauses, telling Sam to hang on, and he heads back inside. He opens the door and Bobby’s face lights up. Dean looks across the room and for a moment it looks like he actually sees his old friend. His eyes soften and he half smiles, saying, very softly, “There you are.”

He crosses the room, picks up the flask, and puts it in his pocket. As he’s walking away, Bobby hollers, “I’m right here, ya idjit!”

Dean pauses at the door, looking back as if something caused the hairs on the back of his neck to rise, but then he shrugs it off and heads out. Bobby snarls, “BALLS!” before flashing out of sight as the boys drive away.

Seriously, that just…caught me TOTALLY by surprise. I suspected from the start that each of those mysterious moments of help was Bobby’s spirit but I never expected them to not only confirm that so soon but also SHOW HIM! Seeing Jim Beaver was a thrilling shock and I’m so excited to see how they play this out.

The thing that made me anxious was how frustrated Bobby sounded when he couldn’t get Dean to see him, to know he was there. My only hope is that he heard how badly Dean wanted to believe, how he said he needed a ‘sign’ something to prove in the moment that Bobby was there. Not only that, the fact that Sam looked for him — used the talking board to find him — has to show Bobby that they want it, they’re just afraid to trust in the possibility. Faith is one of the hardest things to have — no matter what it’s in.

To me, it’s obvious that Bobby’s tied to the flask. That’s why the talking board didn’t work – Sam did it away from Dean, so the flask wasn’t nearby. It almost makes me want to go back through each of those moments and see where the flask was – ala The Sixth Sense reveal. *laugh*

I said all along that the only reason this could go south for me is if the boys had to “vanquish” Bobby because he’d turned into an angry spirit. There are ways for them to help him move on, if they are able to see him…see that he’s been there the whole time, helping them, watching them, hurting with and for them. I hope that whatever the writers have planned takes care of this beloved character and our boys…and if they do it right? Could offer the straw moment Dean needs to breathe again.

Because for a long time now, Dean has had this sense of not being able to take a deep breath about him – the world is too heavy, the weight to costly to release. And during this episode, when he stood in that empty hall at the brewery and asked Bobby to give him something, that burden was almost visible in the curve of his shoulders, the tightness of his face.

Interestingly, though, that moment he opened the door and saw the flask? For that brief moment, he looked as if a fraction of that weight lifted – which was why I thought he was actually seeing Bobby. *rubs heart with a lump in throat* Man, he gets to me.

The next episode isn’t until April 20th so we have a couple weeks to wait – but that makes sense for the pacing of a finale in May after we know if they’re coming back. Still, it’s going to be hard to wait after seeing those previews. All I’ll say is: haunted house! Squee! *grins*

Thanks for reading – I look forward to hearing your thoughts.



Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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