The way his mind was shifting from moment to moment through his memories – some good (boys) some bad (Karen, kid, as we learn eventually) – had me thinking about what we file away, what we hold onto. That term “my life flashed before my eyes” is so cliché now, but this made it feel really relevant. I’ve posted before about how I don’t remember some of my childhood – unless I’m with my sibs and we all remember together. But there are moments I can recall with clarity – some I wish I couldn’t, some I don’t want to let go. Most of those moments have happened since I met my husband and had our daughter, but there are still some in my past that I hope I’m able to remember for the extent of my life. I just really liked how they spliced together Bobby’s life in such a disjointed – yet seamless – manner.
Bobby tells Karen he has to go. He heads out of the room and suddenly he’s standing with Rufus outside of a church, both dressed in “Pest Control” uniforms. Rufus is giving him instructions about just acting like he knows what he’s doing and when Bobby says his name, Rufus is all, oh, you know everything – you can just go wait in the car, then. Bobby tells Rufus that he (Bobby) is going to die and Rufus gives him a look saying, “Oh, great view of mortality on a ghost hunt!” His EMF goes whacko and Rufus goes inside the church.
Before he can follow, Bobby sees that same grubby kid run past the church in the rain. He turns to tell Rufus he’s coming and when he turns back to check on the kid, the kid is Right There (startled me a bit), grabbing his arm and saying, “God’s gonna punish you.” Bobby hears the sound of a glass breaking, turns to see broken glass in a puddle of milk on a linoleum floor, turns back and the kid is gone. He goes into the church. *whew*
Inside, there’s a choir singing and Rufus is “checking for pests” with his EMF. Just then, the choir disappears, the lights start to go out, and a man steps out, calling Bobby ‘Mr. Singer’ (reminded me a bit of The Matrix and ‘Mr. Anderson’). The actor who played the Reaper has been in a ton of shows, but in a ‘Six Degrees of Jensen Ackles’ way, I remember him from Dark Angel. He played ‘Sandeman.’
Bobby: Never heard of a Reaper showing up in a guy’s custard.
Reaper: You’re in a coma, genius. This is what happens. I climb in and fish you out.
He tells Bobby not to waste his time, but Bobby’s like, I think I will, thank you very much and runs off with the Reaper telling him he’s just prolonging the inevitable and he can find him anywhere. Bobby runs out of the church and suddenly he’s back at his house – YAY! I missed his house! – with Sam and Dean ‘debating’ about Chuck Norris vs Jet Li movies. This was my favorite memory of his – and I love that he revisited it again. For one, it was a happy time with ‘his boys,’ and two it shows that the boys are sometimes just…boys.
We see all the angst and fight and struggle to overcome, adapt, survive. We see the hunts and the fall out of the job. But we also know there are great gaps in time that we don’t see. And this memory goes to show that they have ‘normal’ nights. Movie nights. Debates that don’t involve life and death and the universe. They are just…brothers. I loved it. I want more of it – but, if they do end up losing Bobby…those moments might be fewer and further between for awhile.
Just because when you lose someone like that, someone who made the world right for you, the world turns backwards for awhile and your heart is so bruised it hurts to breathe and laughter feels like a blasphemy.
Bobby walks in, staring at the boys, as Dean is saying to Sam that there’s no contest.
Sam: Depends on the criteria.
Dean: The only criteria is survival. When the crap hits the fan, it’s not about who has skill. It’s about who is the bigger bad ass.
Dean (turning to Bobby to mediate): Tell Sam that Chuck Norris could kick Jet Li’s ass.
Bobby moves numbly into the kitchen, as if on autopilot, and Dean asks him to grab him a beer while he’s in there. Bobby opens the door to the kitchen and sees his mom setting the table and telling him he’d better have washed up. She turns to look at him and a mixture of fear and concern flashes across her face.
Mom: You’re filthy. What is wrong with you? It’s like you want to get him mad.
Bobby closes the door and is suddenly back with Rufus, down beneath the church in a crypt where they’re working on getting rid of a spirit of a woman who was jilted at the altar, then killed herself and her spirit goes after men who break girl’s hearts. Bobby asks for Rufus’ help again and tells him a Reaper is coming for him. Rufus is like, dude, a Reaper’s coming for all of us eventually. Rufus bashes in the crypt of the spirit’s bones and suddenly we’re back in the now and Bobby is being wheeled into the ER on a gurney with nurses and docs shouting vitals and orders across him to each other.
I’d almost forgotten about the ‘real world’ – I was so wrapped up in Bobby’s story and what memory we’d see next.
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