The boys head over to check out Annie’s motel room. That was something I liked about this episode – how organic the hunt was. It wasn’t one of those where they’re just heading somewhere and a hunt kinda finds them, or where they’re scouring the papers for something and head over to search up the supernatural baddie. They were just going to meet a friend to pick up some books – and it just so happened this friend was already on a job…then this friend became the job. I liked it.
Anyway, in the motel room they find a Wall of Weird (hunter-style) and files on unsolved disappearances going back years – all teenagers. The one thing these disappearances had in common was a place called the Van Hess House. While they’re talking about the house – Sam sitting at a table, Dean moving from the bed to a kitchenette sink – we see Bobby sitting on the other chair. He makes the curtain next to Sam move, but Sam doesn’t see.
Bobby (frustrated): Could you look in the right place at the right time?!
When the boys realize that the Van Hess house is on the most haunted house in America list, Bobby’s like, “Let’s get rolling,” and Dean says to Sam, “Let’s get rolling.” Hee.
They head out – Sam grabbing his coat, Dean just leaving. For a moment, Bobby’s left standing there in the empty motel room, but then Dean’s hand snakes in and grabs his jacket from the chair where Bobby had been sitting (with the flask in his pocket) and Bobby blinks out (much to his relief).
The brothers enter the Van Hess House, flashlight beams skimming the surfaces around them, Dean muttering a sarcastic (but oddly appropriate), “Honey, I’m home.”
Bobby follows them and for a moment looks afraid, and that’s when we see what he’s seeing. All over the room, in various manner and period of dress, are dozens and dozens of ghosts. Nicely creepy.
So this is one aspect of this episode that I really liked – the ghost-eye view. The idea that all those ghosts were around and that Dean and Sam were just…walking through them. That was chilling to me. I’m easily startled – ask anyone. I jump sky-high at the slightest unexpected glimpse of…anything. So anytime you have the screaming ghost launch itself at you or rush across the room ala Woman In Black (yes, that totally creeped me out) I’m gonna squeal and jump and grab my pillow as a protective shield.
But the idea that all those ghosts were around, unseen, and always present…now that’s scary to me. You never know what they see, what they hear, where they are. It’s one of the reasons I freak myself out when I wash my face…I’m always just a tiny bit convinced that when I wipe the soap from my eyes, for a split second I’ll see a reflection in the mirror next to me.
Gah, it’s way too late for me to be writing this! *thinks sunshine and flowers and happiness and rainbows*
But, that is one of the reasons I thought having Bobby as a ghost could offer such layered storytelling in a supernatural-themed show. With maybe one or two exceptions, ghosts have always the menace, the thing to kill or stop. This gives us something else to think about.
Bobby: Hi. I’m Bobby. I’m a ghost. (Half expected some of the ghosts to reply ‘Hi, Bobby.’) Gonna do a little…ghost orientation here? (He looks around then says ‘my name is Bobby’ in French)
Dean calls out for Annie. Sam has the EMF on and it’s going nuts. Dean calls Annie’s phone again and suddenly they hear it ringing in the back of the room (which was a little weird, I thought, since he’d said that it was going straight to voice mail just a bit ago *hand wave*).
Back in the main room, Bobby is still staring around at all the other ghosts who are just…wandering, aimlessly, staring at nothing. Looking up the stairway, he sees the big guy (Dexter) getting schooled by a man in a black suit. The man is saying that what Dexter did was forbidden in his house and if he did it again, there would be consequences. Duh duh duhhh.
The boys come back in the room and head up the stairs – right past the two men, presumably, though we can’t see them anymore. Bobby watches them head up when suddenly he hears his name called. It’s Annie. Ghost!Annie and Ghost! Bobby are both pale with bloodless lips, but other than that, they’re not marked or marred at all, which is interesting because some of the ghosts wandering the Van Hess house were.
Bobby: We’ve been looking for you!
Annie: I can’t believe you’re here!
Bobby: Yeah. Than a doornail. Bad news. If you can see me…you are, too.
So, Annie and Bobby sit down to have themselves a little chat. Annie’s trying to absorb the fact that she’s dead. And a ghost. She says she feels like she was drugged. Bobby tells her it was a month before he even realized he was still here.
Bobby: Did you duck your Reaper, too?
Annie: What? No. I never saw one!
Then she realizes that Bobby purposely ran away from his Reaper and says he’s crazy. They banter a bit about how he remembers a time she liked his brand of crazy, and they both agree they have unfinished business. Annie’s is the teens whose bodies she found when she entered the house (said teens wander through the room, not engaging, no looking at anyone, holding on to each other).
Bobby tells Annie that he can’t figure out this ghost thing. He’s seen a poltergeist bench-press a piano, but he tried to help the boys by knocking a book off the table and blacked out for two weeks. Annie realizes that Sam and Dean don’t know he’s there, which she agrees totally sucks.
Meanwhile, the boys are searching the house, the EMF going nutty, and Dean’s checking the VM on Annie’s phone (must not have been password protected). He hears a weird message from a few weeks back with a woman’s voice saying “Free me” and EMF running through it, the number on the caller ID nothing but a bunch of asterisks. He has Sam listen to it and they agree it’s more than weird.
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