Back at the ghost reunion, Bobby and Annie sit forward as a man wearing an older-style suit walks through the wall, heads to the bar, and – with a book in one hand – moves a chair over to sit down and read.
Annie: All right, that’s cool.
Bobby (to the man): ‘Scuse me. Hey, Boss.
The dude ignores them.
Bobby says that ghosts aren’t sociable – as evidenced by the rest of the ghosts in the room who are simply standing and staring at…nothing. Bobby thinks that if the Suit can do it, so can he, and he tries to move the trunk in front of the couch they’re sitting on, ending up falling through it and landing on all fours – making Annie laugh.
The Suit mutters that they’re novices and they all make the same mistakes. Annie and Bobby make their way over and the Suit tells them he can do what he does because he’s been at it for 80 years. Annie tells him she doesn’t know what happened to her. Bobby says he was shot in his melon; didn’t feel a thing (which is a relief, honestly). Suit man says he was stabbed, brutally, right there at that bar in April of 1932. Bobby wants to know who stabbed him and Suit looks like he’s going to leave.
Annie turns on the charm and asks him his name: Haskell Craig.
Annie: Haskell, could you do me a solid and show me how to move that chair?
Haskell: Baby steps, gorgeous.
He tells them to try to move the candle first. When both of them try, but their hands go through it, he tells them that they’re “angsting” at it. That they have to calm themselves and let go of all of “that” and tell the thing what to do. Either that or use explosive anger and red-hot rage.
Was anyone else flashing to Ghost and the Subway Ghost’s advice to Sam Wheat? You gotta take all your emotions, all your anger, all your love, all your hate and push it way down here into the pit of your stomach, then let it explode like a reactor….
Maybe I saw Ghost one too many times in the ‘90s. *ahem*
Bobby: For the record, I hated that Swayze flick. Romantic bullcrap.
Whoops. Don’t tell Bobby I can quote it, okay?
Bobby tries once more to move the candle when behind them there’s a hair-raising scream. They turn and a freaky-assed, insane-looking woman rushes at them, then dissolves into smoke.
Bobby (to Haskell): What in cold Hell was that?
Haskell: You, one day. All of us. We deteriorate, some sooner, some later, eventually all…like that.
In what is the first of several reminders that Bobby choosing to be a ghost can only end in tears and is not the way things were supposed to happen, Haskell gestures to an old, scarred woman staring around vacantly before he moves away.
Bobby and Annie look at her with horror.
Bobby: Ghost Alzheimer’s.
Annie: I’m liking this less.
Just then, the boys walk into the room and both Annie and Bobby light up a bit.
Dean: That’s every inch of this place. No bodies. No pieces of body. No Annie. All sizzle, no steak.
Meanwhile, the EMF in Sam’s hands it going batty.
Sam: Maybe no news is good news?
Sam: Maybe she’s just not here. Maybe she’s okay.
Aww, Sammy. You break my heart when you sound hopeful.
Dean: What does your gut say?
Sam’s silence is his answer. They decide to leave to see if there’s something else in her research. Annie calls out to them as they head out of the room.
Bobby: Honey, don’t you think I’ve tried that? I’ve shouted myself hoarse.
Annie: But I’m right here!
Bobby: You just have to wait until they find you.
Annie: I don’t know where I am and I’ve searched every room! No wonder they’re walking away.
Bobby, though, has noticed that a dark-haired female ghost in a ‘20’s or ‘30’s style dress is staring at him.
Bobby: Is it me, or am I being checked out?
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