Inside a teenaged couple is making out on a couch with candles lit all around. The fact that they weren’t supposed to be there just heightens their excitement…until they hear a car pulling up and think it’s the cops. It’s actually Annie, but…close enough. The teens book it out of the room when they hear the car door slam, heading to another room. As soon as they get there, though, their flashlights freak out and they look up to see the ghost of a Very Large Man (like deep and wide, seriously) standing in the hallway.
The ghost bellows, “You shouldn’t have come here!” Then rushes at them. Next thing we see is Annie heading inside, shining her flashlight around and the beam of light suddenly falls on the bodies of the two teens sprawled at her feet, both covered in blood. Just then the door slams behind her and she turns, gasping.
Next day, the boys are sitting at the Pier Something restaurant, Dean reading a paper, Sam a menu, waiting for Annie. Dean finds out that Dick Roman has funded another archeological dig.
Sam: Anything on what he’s digging for?
Dean: Don’t you think I would’ve led with that?
Sam’s question sounds like me when I know something is important to a friend, but I don’t really know about it…or really care about it, personally. I try to find a question to ask that’s relevant because I know they want to talk about it, but I don’t know enough details to make the question grab hold. It’s not that I don’t think Sam wants to end the Leviathans…I just don’t think he holds close to the same obsession his brother has with ending Dick Roman.
They both agree that Annie’s never late, and that her not showing up doesn’t really feel right. Dean decides to call her again.
And if I might be allowed a shallow moment, can I just say: Dean’s. Green. Eyes. Holy Luminescence those peepers are amazing. I paused a couple of times in this scene just to…stare. *ahem* Sorry. Where was I? Oh, right, Annie. (Though I’ll be looking for screen caps for that scene….)
Sam: You know she and Bobby had a thing, right?
Dean (with a quick glance at Sam): Yeah. Yeah, I knew that. (pause, then another look) Really?!
Sam: Kind of a foxhole thing. Very Hemingway.
The way he put that just made it sound really appealing and romantic. More of a this might be our last night on earth romantic than Nicholas Sparks romantic, though. I dug it. Everyone should have at least one Hemingway moment. Which, as it turns out….
Dean (listening to the phone ring, nods in a well, what do you know manner, then says, grudgingly): She and I kinda went Hemingway this one time, too.
He gives Sam a tiny shrug, half looking at him. Sam looks slightly sheepish as he says, “All right, well. That happens.” Then he does this grin that just cracked me right up. Totally a, Hee…whoops! HA!
Dean sets his phone on his shoulder and looks at his brother with a you’ve gotta be kidding me expression, saying, “Wait, you, too?!”
Sam (back peddling): It was awhile back! We ended up on the same case. She was stressed…I didn’t…have a soul. (Vocal Shrug.)
Dean (turning back to his phone): That’s a lot of foxholes.
You’re telling me. When I was in high school, my mother – in an effort to scare me out of even thinking about having sex – told me that when you slept with someone, you slept with everyone they had ever slept with, too. I thought about that for a moment during the foxhole story. I’m just saying….
And aside – though I know they will return to Cas and deal with what he pulled from Sam, and I know that somehow angels and demons are going to come into play once more and drop the weight of the universe’s fate on the shoulders of our favorite brothers – I have to say I really enjoyed the boys being brothers again in this episode. Just…getting along. Things felt really easy and right between them. It was nice.
Annie isn’t answering her phone. Dean hangs up, then pulls out his (Bobby’s) flask and spices up his coffee a smidge with a, “Here’s to ghosts that aren’t here,” toast.
Sam: You sound kinda disappointed.
Dean: It’s better this way. Even though I wish we could see him again, it doesn’t mean we should.
So they drink their coffee and look at their menus. Then Dean exclaims, “Are we being stood up?”
Sam: Let’s hope that’s all this is.
The camera pulls focus to Dean’s flask on the table next to him as it rocks ever-so-slightly. As they leave the restaurant, Dean’s calling Annie again and getting no answer, saying it goes straight to voice mail. He pulls out his flask and sees that it’s empty, saying he needs a refill. Yeah, don’t want to go through withdraws in the middle of a hunt. Yikes.
Sam suggests that maybe he pack the flask away for awhile since it just reminds them of Bobby. Subtext (at least for me) was a bit of a, “Brother, you’re a functioning alcoholic…maybe we should try to taper you down?” Dean says he’s thought about putting it away, but…he can’t. Not yet. As he walks around the Primer Gray Mobile to get in the driver’s side, we see Bobby’s ghost sitting in the back seat looking sad.
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