Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

Sam stops Dean before he zaps Bobby too much and asks how much more he thinks Bobby can take. The monster is all, you can’t kill me without taking him with me. The boys look grim and exchange a look. Then, in another moment of wordless solidarity, Sam hands Dean a roll of duct tape and Dean tapes Bobby’s mouth and ears. He looks at Sam, who nods.

Dean: No way out, sluggo! Bobby! Hang on in there!

ZAAAAAAP!

Sam flinches and shakes and has to turn away. Bobby’s body is rocked with electricity. And Dean’s jaw muscle jumps and twitches—perhaps remembering the pain of having gone through this before—as he has to hurt his friend pretty badly to get the monster out. Black gunk oozes out of Bobby’s nose and ears and then he slumps forward, the spot on his neck charred black. A black wormy thing slithers out of his ear and hits the floor.

I actually said, step on it! to my TV.

Dean calls Bobby’s name. Sam pulls the tape from Bobby’s mouth and cradles his head, both bending close, calling Bobby’s name. Sam says, frantically, that he’s not breathing…and then we fade to black.

We return with both boys standing in the rain over a freshly buried grave in the middle of a cemetery looking grim. For one fraction of a second I was like, they wouldn’t dare, but then Bobby stepped up between them.

You mean Show, you.

Dean: Never figured Rufus for the religious type.

Bobby: He didn’t keep kosher. Pulled the old “can’t work on the Sabbath card” when we had to bury a body.

The boys each offer him a half smile. Bobby just looks beat down. Lost. Just about as lost as he did the second time he had to kill his wife. I wondered what they’d decided to do with Samuel and Gwen. Wondered if they burned them or buried them. But then Bobby started talking and I decided to let it go.

Bobby: Y’know…I was just a job. I was Joe Mechanic until my wife got possessed. I stabbed her but it didn’t do anything. Next thing I knew, this guy comes busting in, soaked her with Holy Water, sent that demon back to Hell. I woulda gone away for killing her, but Rufus cleaned up everything. Taught me a thing or two about what’s really out there. Pretty soon, we were riding together. Like you two knuckleheads.

And, guh. I hope this wasn’t a foreshadowing—Bobby and Rufus were like Sam and Dean…Bobby killed Rufus (though not of his own volition). That coupled with MoA being called Eve…a woman who gave birth to fated brothers, one killing the other…. I hope I’m reading too much into this and going off in a very wrong direction.

Sam: What happened?

Bobby: Omaha. It was my fault, and he never let it go.

Dean: Well, he should have.

He looked kinda beautiful—if a bad-ass hunter can look beautiful—in that moment. His face set, his eyes serious, standing in the rain next to his friend and his brother. (annnnd avi number two)

Bobby: You don’t know what I did, Dean.

Dean: Doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, you two were family. Life’s short. Ours shorter than most. What are we going to do? Spend it wringing our hands? Something’s gonna get us. Eventually. And when my guts get ripped out, just so you two know? We’re good. Blanket apology for all the crap that anyone’s pulled all around.

Wow. I mean…wow. Seriously.

Sam: Some of us pulled a lot of crap, Dean.

Dean (lips folded, one shake of the head): Well, clean slate.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

4 Comments:

  1. Ugh! All I could say about this episode was… why? A real let down after the sharp one of last week… and seemed like a pretty cheap way to unload past cast members who could have had much more interesting stories to tell. Seriously, that’s all for Grandpappy Samuel?! We hardly knew ya!

    But I was also disappointed by the wimpy take on on “The Thing” meets cliched brain-worm from Star Trek.

  2. I had several people mention “The Thing” in comments on my LJ. Apparently I missed out having never watched it. *laugh* I remember something vaguely about Kurt Russell having a Grissly Adams-type beard, but that’s about it. The brain worm was just…gack.

    I was more going on the title than anything. And in my efforts to see all things positive about Show, it did make me tense not knowing who they were going to kill off and how. But the ‘why,’ as you point out, was definitely murky. Especially for Samuel. I can hand-wave Gwen — she was red-shirted from the jump. And I can mourn and get over Rufus, though he would have made an awesome recurring character. Bobby-worthy almost.

    But it’s Samuel that gets me. Like I said in the ramble, it’s entirely possible it will all become clear in retrospect. And sure, his death could easily be construed as a life gone sideways. But looking at it from a broader picture — from the viewpoint of the over-all story arc — every character introduced should have a reason tied to the plot of the story or why have them there? They just get in the way. UNLESS they’re a purposely place Red Herring. Which, maybe he was. That’s always possible. *considers*

    But so far, the information we’ve been given is that Gramps was pulled out of Heaven the same time Sam was pulled out of Hell (both by Crowley, presumably, though I have my serious doubts about that) and that he spent a year and a half working for Crowley, capturing and torturing Alphas for intel on the location of Purgatory in exchange for the promise of Mary.

    The boys get all tangled up with him, in different ways, and then he tries to kill them. He never finds Purgatory, never gets Mary out (both would have affected the boys and the storyline), and managed to get all of his relatives except Dean and Sam killed. Then he just gets possessed by a worm and gets killed by his grandson??

    Plot-wise (for me) that was a big, huh?? Why introduce him, his allegance with Crowley, his desire to get Mary back, all of that just to kill him off without any of those things realized? The only thing I saw that he brought to the storyline was twisting up the boys’ heads and adding a layer of tension. But that could have been done in so many other ways….

    Which leads me to think that his story can’t be over — there has to be something else we haven’t seen yet coming up in the last several episodes. I just have to believe there’s more to the story because him dying this way seems pointless story-wise.

    Annnddd…I’ve spent way too much time on this. Sorry. *laugh* Thanks for commenting, Simon! :)

    • Sounds like you’re thinking along slightly different lines as SPN fan critic Mo Ryan, who posted her own recap/view on the episode yesterday:
      http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/06/supernatural-recap-then-there-were-none-rufus/

      She seemed to think that Samuel’s story was played out, but regretted the loss of Gwen, and earlier death of Corin Nemec’s character Christian.

      • Hey there — just saw this.

        I haven’t read Mo’s review. I think there is room for plenty of differing thought when it comes to the introduction of the Campbell clan and by extension a lot of other hunters. I could see where some would think the loss of a female character, raised a hunter, is a regret. We get very few good female characters — and by good I mean both solid characterization and “not evil.”

        I would still like to get some back story on Christian. I didn’t like him from the start (as evidenced by these rambles) and I would have liked to know exactly when he was demonized.

        But I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that Samuel’s story was played out. It may have lost steam or the writers may have lost the plot, but they brought a character whose story not only made a significant impact on Dean when he traveled back to 1973, but also was part of what seemed to kick-start the plight of the Winchester brothers: Mary’s deal for John’s life. In a way, she sacrificed her father for that, and Dean saw.

        So, knowing Mary is such a beacon to the brothers not only because she was their mother but also because she was taken from them and sacrificed her spirit to save them, the writers choose to return her father for the nebulous reason of bringing Mary back…have him work with a demon…have him betray his grandsons…. *shakes head*

        I don’t know. In much the same way I feel that Crowley’s death was too quick and wonder if there’s more to the King of Hell than we have yet seen, I feel like Samuel’s story isn’t finished. Or…it shouldn’t be. It may be that the writers are done with him, but I feel it’s a loose end.

        I suppose we’ll all see in time, yeah?

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