The part of my brain that thinks about things too long went to the license plate for a moment. The reason they changed it was to avoid detection back when they were “alive” and detectable. I found it interesting that the writers decided to toss us a bone of nostalgia without also changing enough of the brothers’ back story that would support the fact that they hadn’t needed to change their plate in the first place. But that’s when the curtain starts to be pulled back for me and I decide to focus on the story for the sake of the story.
After the brothers pull away, Bobby is back inside, pouring another drink, and is stopped by a double-barrel shotgun across his arm. Ellen. Home from a hunt with a bag of groceries.
Bobby: You’re worse than the boys. I’m working.
Ellen: I’m gone a week and this place goes to Hell. What is wrong with you?
Bobby: Get a pen. It’s a long list.
They continue to poke at each other as two people who live hard lives, but truly love each other, tend to do. Through the conversation, we find out that Jo is not only alive, but is hunting (elsewhere). Ellen is also sad about Rufus—and sad that Bobby is sad—but she knows he married her because she basically keeps him honest.
Poor Bobby. Poor Jim, really. They keep giving his characters story lines where he has to lose wives—twice over causing her death. That can’t be easy on his heart.
As for Bobby and Ellen being married…I liked it. I saw it as two friends knowing they were less lonely together and wanting to matter to someone. Nothing at Bobby’s house had changed—it was still the ratty, worn, hunter’s haven and research treasure trove. Jo was still in the picture. I just figured they’d decided to get married somewhere along the line (after Ellen had lost her husband and Bobby had lost his wife…maybe even after John died), and I liked that Bobby had someone. Of course I didn’t know how he was going to lose her at this point, but lose her he would—because that’s just what they like to do to us, this show.
And I have to tell you…I’m officially worried about Bobby again. They’re wearing him down, taking so much away. And Dean said it himself, if Bobby was this bad with Ellen, imagine what he’d be like without her. Just…worried, is all.
Back with the boys (which, I have to say, I know I’m probably in the minority with this, but I loved that everyone kept referring to them as the boys…it endeared them to me, and unified them, in a way) are off in PA (which…that Mustang must move, ya’ll) inspecting the Garage O’Death and coming up with a whole lot of nothing, though Dean is convinced that there are skeleton’s in the Russo family’s closet.
Dean: Accidents don’t just happen accidentally. (Pause. Look.) You know what I mean.
The only thing they walk away with is a strand of what turns out to be gold, leaving them even more confused. Sam takes the “search through family records” assignment while Dean goes with next of kin—an ambulance-chaser-type lawyer from the Russo family.
Pretending to be a genealogy student at the local University, Dean tries to get some info out of Russo about his family, asking if there was any kind of “violent” event that would “sully future generations.” Russo is all, I’m sorry, what? Dean presses on asking if anyone was a slave? Any ties to the Nazi party? Did Grandma piss off a gypsy?
Russo stands up to kick him out of the office when Dean, exasperated, decides to cut to the chase.
Dean: Your life is in danger.
Russo: Are you threatening me?
Dean: No! I’m just saying if you don’t watch your back, you’re gonna die.
Oh, Dean. *shakes head and pets him*
Needless to say, the lawyer kicks him out. Sam calls Dean (or visa versa, I can’t remember) and all he’s got is that the family immigrated to America in 1912 and appear to be white picket fence for generations. Dean climbs into the MUSTANG, saying, “If these people are the Walton’s then why the Hell are they dying?”
Cue freaky death number two. Y’know, in the original Final Destination (I only made it through one…though, I think there were like four or five), the death that disturbed me the most was the guy getting strangled by the line used to dry clothes in the shower stall. Because it just looked like it could happen so easily. This time, we get a Travel Agent alone in her office, on the phone with a potential client who is leaning toward Priceline because that darn William Shatner is so convincing.
In this death, though, we see Fate herself. She stops time, moves the Travel Agents keys from her purse to the floor next to the copy machine, then starts time again. When the weary Travel Agent hangs up the phone and reaches for her purse, she can’t find her keys and looks around the office. Spying them on the floor near the copy machine, she, too, sets off a random chain of events that result in her getting strangled to death when her scarf is caught in the copier feed. Ugh.
Once she’s dead, Atropos shows up again, opens a big black book, crosses a name off the list, a golden strand falling off the frayed bookmark. Sometime later, the boys are in the Travel Agency, trying to figure out what’s going on as the deceased wasn’t related to the Russos. They do find the stray strand of gold, though, and back at the—nicely appointed—motel room, Dean calls Ellen.
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