But you're here to read my much delayed thoughts about the last SPN eppy from way back on December 2nd. I promise, this will be brief.
Keep in mind I'm going purely from memory here...and the notes from SuperWiki. ;)
Sam & Dean rush Bobby to a hospital, bickering a bit about first aid for a head wound. Meanwhile, Bobby's reliving the walk in the forest with the boys from the previous episode...and soon realizing that this can't be real. He soon remembers he was shot in the head and writes down the numbers from the papers he looked at in Dick Roman's office, so he can tell the boys when gets back to the real world.
All of a sudden he's in his house with his wife, Karen. Pretty racy outfit there, too. Heh. The Farrah Fawcett joke was cute...
Karen: You were expecting Farrah Fawcett?
Bobby: No, she always calls first.
No wonder a poster of her was in the Panic Room. *g* I liked getting this look into Bobby's married life, since we'd only previously seen it in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
Rufus!!!!! So happy to see him again. :D I can think of nobody better to help guide Bobby through his alternate reality. However, at first we get a look at the 2 of them on a case, about to enter a church. I like the Reaper who's come to get Bobby. He's a little annoying, but trying to be gentle. Bobby will have nothing of it and decides to run away.
The rest is all hoping back and forth in Bobby's AU between being with Rufus, Dean & Sam, or as a child with his parents. Once he convinces Rufus of what's going on the two of them set out to find the door to wake up that Rufus used after his brush with death. Bobby has to find his deepest, darkest memory.
Meanwhile in the real world the boys get Bobby to the hospital where the trauma team get him stabilized, but have to wait for the swelling in his brain to go down before they can remove the bullet. The boys brood and worry in their own way...Sam quietly standing vigil nearby and Dean first confronting a man asking about organ donation and then going outside to verbally spar with a waiting Dick Roman. Loved both these scenes. So powerful! I also liked the little part with Sam rubbing his hand again to help him distinguish reality from his hallucinations. If only all this were just something imagined. *sigh* Poor boys...
Back in Bobby's head he and Rufus are shown a crying Karen. This was when Bobby admitted he didn't want children, breaking Karen's heart. Three days later she would become possessed and Bobby admits his greatest regret wasn't having to kill her, but that they never got past this fight. After going through a door we see a young Dean and Bobby playing catch instead of shooting target practice as John had instructed. Rufus wonders why Bobby didn't want kids and Bobby says his father was such a mean drunk he didn't want to turn out the same way. They move on to a scene with a young Bobby and his parents. His dad gets angry when young Bobby spills some milk and present Bobby admits this isn't anything unusual and they move on - deciding a way to hold back the reaper is best.
As Rufus and Bobby prepare to bind the reaper, Bobby notices that things are disappearing, or actually...fading away. When the reaper appears and is trapped he confirms this is evidence that Bobby is dying, that the bullet has done damage to his brain. He can either remain as a ghost or accept his death. Rufus urges him to go, but Bobby won't budge because of the boys.
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 goes back to his childhood and the dinner scene with his angry and violent father. Young Bobby eventually grabs a rifle and shoots his father dead, but not before present Bobby gets to stand up to his old man.
Bobby: As fate would have it, I adopted two boys. And they grew up great. They grew up heroes.
In the real world, Bobby's about to be taken into surgery and Sam & Dean get to say their goodbyes. Just as they're about to leave, Bobby wakes up just long enough to write the numbers on Sam's hand and say "Idjits" to the boys. *sniffs* Pass the kleenex please? :(
His heart stops and suddenly we're back in Bobby's AU. He's remembering an evening with the boys again at his house, they're about to watch a movie. The reaper appears, telling him it's time to decide. Everything is dark outside. This memory is the last piece Bobby has left. He goes back in with the boys as they bicker about candy...
Dean: All right, scoot, jerkface. Show your elders some respect.
Sam: You scoot, asshat.
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.
They fade away and the reaper says it's time. All we get is a look at Bobby's face before the screen goes to black with the ticking of a clock. Gah!!!!!!!
Okay, my theory? I'm hoping, hoping, hoping that Bobby's just in a coma. I know show may very well kill him off, but right now I just can't accept that. Bobby's been there since the beginning and losing him would destroy the boys, especially Dean. He's like a 2nd father to them and they've already lost virtually everything else - right down to their car!
The best theory I read was that Bobby was in a coma to be re-awakened by Castiel near the end of the season. I like this very much. :)
Anyway, I loved this episode A LOT, as I know a lot of people did. I enjoyed the history on Bobby's childhood and married life and seeing Rufus again was a big plus! It is a shame that Bobby was afraid to have kids, because he never would've turned turned into his father....and in fact didn't. While he wasn't Sam & Dean's father, he did play surrogate dad and he did a fine job of that. Someone had to step in while John was off hunting alone. I equalled enjoyed the look at the boys just being guys....arguing over movies and food like brothers do. We never get to see them like this. I just hope they don't really lose Bobby. It would be too much to bear....for Sam & Dean...and for us. :(