Okay, if you didn't cry at least once during this episode, then YOU HAVE NO HEART!!
FINALLY we get the episode fans have been begging for for seven seasons...and what an amazing, touching, emotional, tear-jerker it was.
This was easily the best episode of at least the last 2 or 3 seasons! The writing was amazing, Jim Beaver was at his absolute BEST, and the directing was wonderful.
When we last left the boys, Bobby had been shot in the head after escaping the clutches of the Boss Leviathan, Evil Dick. (Ha! I totally just made that up! :P)
In a series of flashbacks, we travel through Bobby's memories as he tries to get away from his Reaper so he can wake up and tell the boys what he'd discovered before he was shot.
What was that, you ask? A number! What does it mean? I have no idea!
In these memories, we see the utter hell Bobby has lived through.
From his drunken, wife-beating father, whom he shot to death, to having to kill the love of his life (twice!).
It becomes clear that Bobby's most proud of 'his boys'. He realizes he's been a father to Sam and Dean and that, because of HIM, they turned out pretty darn well.
Considering he never wanted kids, he loves those boys to death. *sniffle*
I thought it was great that they brought Rufus back to help Bobby out in his memories, and be a voice of reason. I really loved the way they played off each other. We didn't often get to see Bobby and Rufus work together. Now I wish we'd seen more of it.
And I can't forget to mention how amazing both Jared and Jensen were in this episode. They didn't have many lines...they were mostly speechless with pain when they were onscreen, but their faces definitely told us enough.
Dean looks equally lost, hurt, angry and teary, and Sam quietly presses against the scar on his hand, hoping he's having another hallucination....It was painful to see them hurting so much.
The last word Bobby said to the boys was beautiful. That one word, "Ijits.", has meant so many things when he's said it to the boys...but most often it's meant, "I love you. I'm proud of you.", and the boys knew it. *tears*
We all know that there's much speculation that this is the series last season, and if it is, Jim Beaver can be proud. He's going out on a wonderful high and the writers did Bobby proud. Fans everywhere will remember that wonderful, amazing, gruff teddy bear by this episode...and we'll smile.
I knew Beaver was a great actor...He's been in many, many things and he's a talented man...but finally, FINALLY, the writers of our beloved Supernatural let him shine. His quiet tears while watching the fight with his wife to the pride in his eyes as he spoke about his boys was just such a joy to behold.
Well done, Mr. Beaver. Well done.
Did you notice?
-The headline on the back page of the newspaper Bobby's father is reading was, "The past is best left in the Past."?
Reaper: "Bobby, you've helped. You got handed a small, unremarkable life, and you did something with it. Most men like you die of liver disease, watching Barney Miller reruns. You've done enough. Believe me."
Bobby: "I don't care."
Bobby: "Because they're my boys."
Bobby: "Well that's a load of crap. Who the hell were you to say?"
Ed Singer: "I'm your father. And you show your father respect."
Bobby: "The day he deserves it. You drunken bully. Punching women and kids, is that what they call fatherhood in your day?"
Ed Singer: "You deserved it. Believe me, you were nothing but ungrateful."
Bobby: "I was a kid! Kids ain't supposed to be grateful. They're supposed to eat your food and break your heart, ya selfish dick! You died and I was still so afraid I'd turn into you, I never even had kids of my own."
Ed Singer: "Good. You break everything you touch."
Bobby: "Well, as fate would have it, I adopted two boys and they grew up great. They grew up heroes. So you can go to hell!"
Dean: "Did we get licorice?"
Sam: "No, we did not get licorice. We got good snacks. Licorice is disgusting."
Dean: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that, uh, Mr. "Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.""
Sam: "I stand by that sandwich. Nobody likes licorice. It's--it's made of dirt."
Dean: "It is a classic movie food. It's right up there with popcorn."
Sam: "You're out of your mind."
Dean: "What, it's like little chewy pieces of heaven."
-Dean-"Will you please tell Sam that Chuck Norris could kick Jet Li's ass."
-Bobby-"Today, you're gonna throw a ball around. Just like evry other snot-nosed little jerk."
Questions after this episode:
-IS Bobby dead?
-If so, how will Sam and Dean cope?
-What did the number that Bobby gave to the boys MEAN??
-WHEN will the Leviathan story end already?!
-Where's Crowley and what's he up to?
And that's it until January, Supernatural fans! Enjoy the winter hiatus! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I'll see you back here January 6, 2012!