Annie comes face to face with her own dead body. Yikes.
Bobby: You and me burned our fair share of bones and sent a lot of ghosts packing.
Annie: It’s a little different on the receiving end.
She tells him that she wants a hunters funeral. Says that it’s better than this; she’s ready for some peace. It’s lonely, what they do. Bobby says that his life is the one he picked and Annie points out that he had the boys, she only had her work and that’s done. Bobby argues that he’s not done, but Annie is, and she wants him to do this for her (since he’s figured out how to Swayze things now).
It’s another part to the story where they drive home the point that Bobby making this choice can go one of two ways – a resolution of finished business and a peaceful goodbye, or continuing to hang on until he turns empty and insane and vengeful.
Meanwhile, in the car Sam does some google-fu on what looks like an iPad and finds out where the Van Hess mausoleum is.
Dean: Let’s light up the bastard and finish him off.
Just then, the Primer Gray Mobile accelerates.
Sam: Take it easy; we’ll get there.
Dean: Uh, that’s not me.
Suddenly, Van Hess flashes visible between them and grabs the wheel, pressing down on the accelerator, sending the car careening out of control. Dean wrestles with it and him and finally manages to stop. The brothers bail out of either side of the car simultaneously trying to figure out how Van Hess is with them. Dean figures they must have something on them.
Just as Sam finds the key in his pocket, Van Hess grabs Sam – I think thrusting his hand into his back, but I couldn’t really tell. Dean knocks the key from Sam’s hand and shoots it, freeing Sam, but unfortunately snapping the ghost back to his favorite haunt.
Back at the house, Bobby and Annie are starting to burn the bodies, but Van Hess is heading their way with such angry determination I heard the Wicked Witch of the West theme in my head. They hear him just in time and managed to hide, almost getting away, before he finds them and traps them in the main entry way. He tries to ghost-kill Bobby like he did Dexter, but luckily the boys have found his grave and salt and burn his bones, turning his ghost to ashes and “saving” Bobby.
Bobby…passes out, if ghosts can do that. Annie’s sitting next to him on the ground when he comes to, sitting up groggily. He says he feels okay – dead, sure, but okay. He’s sitting on the ground when the boys walk into the house. He gives them a casual, “Hi, boys,” fully expecting to be invisible to them, but when they stare at him with heart-stopping shock, he blinks at them.
Dean (barely audible): Bobby?
Bobby: Wait…you can see me?
I can’t even imagine what the boys had to be feeling in that moment. It’s one thing to get confirmation that the ghost of your mentor and father-figure is still around…but to see him? *rubs heart* Oh, boys.
Bobby stands up, looking back at the boys. “You’re staring. Annie’s here, too.”
The boys look out and around, saying a small, “Hi, Annie.”
Annie: Hi, guys.
Bobby (pointing to where she is): She says you both look uglier than she remembers.
Dean is looking totally shell-shocked at all of this; Sam manages a slight smile.
Sam: How’d you stay here?
Bobby goes to the desk and pulls out his flask, tossing it to Dean.
Bobby: Suck on that, Swayze.
Sam (his voice holding that youthful wonder that tugs at my heart): That’s why you never answered me. I tried calling you. Talking board, the works. I was always alone. Dean always had that in his pocket. That’s why the EMF only went off half the time. We thought we were going crazy.
Dean’s still staring at his flask, his lips barely parted. He closes his eyes, lifting his head, then looks over at Bobby.
Dean (voice breathless, slightly shaking): So…so…what happened? Did you…get stuck? Or…what?
Bobby: I wanted to stay.
Dean (sad): Bobby…
Bobby: I need to help.
Sam: Not if it means you have to…be this.
Bobby: Life wasn’t comfy, why should death be? C’mon. Annie and I found all the bodies. Let’s put ‘em to rest. And keep my flask away from the fire. Obviously.
And right then I had this feeling that sometime in the next four episodes, that’s exactly what was going to happen. I hope it’s after Bobby helps them finish this – finish the Leviathans and Dick Roman. I hope the writers allow that before his flask heads to the flames and his soul to peace.
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