Recap: Supernatural Episode 7.10 – Death’s Door

The trauma room is in action trying to get Bobby back. Boys stand back as action happens all around them, in shock. Dean is not handling this well; while his face is tight, his eyes are shattered and you can see the word please echoed there like a prayer.

Back in Bobby’s head, though, he’s returned to movie night and The Great Chuck Norris Debate. The Reaper shows up and says that this moment, this house is his last island. Everything else was melted by the bullet. Gone. He gives Bobby one more chance to move on, let go. Says the boys will be okay without him. This moment is his last memory.

Bobby: Glad I saved the best for last.

He brings the boys beers while they banter.

Dean (to Sam who is sitting on the couch): Scoot. Show your elders some respect.

Sam: You scoot, asshat.

Dean (looking through a bag): Did we get licorice?

Sam (mouth full of popcorn): No. We got good snacks. Licorice is disgusting.

Dean: I’m sorry, I didn’t quite understand that, Mr. Peanut Butter and banana sandwich.

Sam: I stand by that sandwich!

They continue to debate the merits of licorice as a classic movie food as they fade away. Bobby looks over his shoulder at the Reaper.

Reaper: Stay or go?

There’s a sound of ticking clock (the Reaper’s pocket watch, I assume) and we fade to black without getting Bobby’s choice. So, with everything they told us – the erased memories, the damage the bullet did – it really seems that the only way to save Bobby at this point is a full-on miracle. A deal, perhaps – I mean, Dean was given this same choice by a Reaper, really, and was spared because of the deal John made.

Castiel could maybe have pulled some strings, but he’s gone. And they’ve no more allies in Heaven – in fact, we don’t really even know who is running Heaven right now. Crowley might be able to do something – he worked out a deal for Bobby’s legs in Season 5 after all – but do they really want to be beholden to the King of Hell? And Bobby would hate that, knowing they did that just to get him back.

So, I go back to what I said. Unless there’s a family-wide reset of some kind (not a cheesy, Dallas-esque, it was all a dream solution, but some kind of reward for a Saving the World Hat Trick that gives the boys what they need to have peace), I don’t want them to cheapen who Bobby was, and what we learned about him, and what he went through to get that information to the boys with a magic hand-wave solution.

I can imagine many of you feel differently – especially in light of what his loss will do to the boys, Dean in particular. And I have to say, I’m surprised at my own reaction. But the journey they took us on was profound and I felt each bump in the road – both from Bobby and from Dean and Sam. I don’t want our boys to suffer, but I also want our show to stay ‘true.’

If you’ve stuck with me this long, I thank you. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be late on a Ramble again. Next episode is on January 6th, then we have one on January 13th and then another break until February 3rd. I’ll be there, and I hope to see you, too. Thanks for reading!

Slainte.

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.

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