Official Description: AN OLD HUNTER FRIEND RECONNECTS WITH SAM AND DEAN – Sam and Dean get a call from Annie Hawkins (guest star Jamie Luner), an old hunter friend, asking for help on a case. When they arrive in town, they find out Annie has disappeared. They trace her last whereabouts to an old abandoned house that is haunted by a powerful ghost. Tim Andrew directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming.
Before I get started, I just wanted to reiterate something I said in a few replies to last week’s comments. I like the idea of Bobby as a ghost. Not in a warm-fuzzy, oh-yay-the-band’s-back-together way, but in a this could really add layers and story potential way. I said in the Ramble for the episode where Bobby died that I wanted death to have dominion – I wanted his death to mean something. I wanted what was dead to stay dead this time. And I mean that.
That doesn’t negate all that came before – Sam and Dean and Bobby have all died and come back. And I am good with how they’ve done things in the past; the story is what it is. But this time, I didn’t want Bobby brought back from the dead or miraculously healed because I felt that would render his death meaningless in a way. I wanted his life to have the impact it was supposed to have and his death to have the import we all knew it would hold.
His being a ghost doesn’t change any of that (for me). At first I wasn’t sure – back with the whole disappearing beer and the paper appearing on the top of the stack. But I warmed to the idea and when we saw him last week, I thrilled at it simply because I love a good ghost story and having him around offered him and the boys (and us, in a way) a chance to complete things left undone, say things left unsaid, and then move on. Plus? It added a layer of angst-worthy complexity to the age-old question of “now what” that we didn’t have before when Bobby was simply gone. And I adore Jim Beaver — so getting to see more of him is always a bonus.
There’s a lot that they could do with this in the next few episodes. SO. I’m not simply giddy with delight and squeeing at getting back one of my favorite characters in any way, shape, or form, but I am happy to have this added storytelling opportunity. I hope that makes sense.
And just so it’s clear, it’s totally fine if you don’t agree – I enjoy the various opinions and ideas you all share with me in your comments. Okay! So, now that’s out of the way…let’s Ramble On.
The THEN refreshed our memories about Bobby’s death, dodging the Reaper, the boys mourning, Sam telling Dean he’d tried to contact Bobby with no luck. NOW, the boys are sitting on the hood of this week’s Random Stolen Car (I didn’t even bother to figure out what kind it was…primer gray, boxy, looked like a Caddy or Lincoln of some kind…*MISSES THE IMPALA LIKE WHOA*), pulled off to an empty side road, eating take-out tacos that taste, according to Dean, the exact same from any drive-through in any town in the nation.
Of that, I have no doubt.
A cell phone rings and at first they’re both patting their pockets before Dean pulls out his phone. There’s this moment of a subtle pause where you can almost hear them thinking who could be calling us…everyone we know is dead.
Dean answers and says the name Annie with a certain warm familiarity that brings Sam’s head around. Dean tells her it’s a nice surprise and then Annie – a pretty, mid-30’s red-head – tells Dean she heard about Bobby and is sorry. Dean has trouble replying to that. When the wound is still so raw, sometimes you think you’ve got it under control…and then someone offers you sympathy and it empties your lungs of air.
She tells him that she has some of Bobby’s old books and figured they’d want them. Tells him she’s in Bodega Bay at the Crows Nest Inn and asks if they’re close. Dean says they’re close enough and they decide to meet up the next day at the Pier Something restaurant for lunch. We then shift to an outside shot of this big, stately, and very much abandoned estate-slash-house.
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