Supernatural episode Weekend at Bobby’s breaks the mold in a good way
Friday’s episode of Supernatural might not have pushed the story forward much this season, but it was a great effort in trying to tie up loose ends by following the show’s charming redneck Giles character Bobby Singer’s fight to get his soul back.
The story begins with Bobby summoning the head crossroads demon Crowley to get his soul back. With a clever glow-in-th-dark devil trap, Bobby holds Crowley hostage, only to find that Crowley brought a few hellhounds with him. Forced to release the tricky bastard, Bobby has to go back to the drawing board. He wakes up the next day to menial tasks, you know, posing as an FBI chief, helping Rufus bury a monster’s body… the usual Bobby stuff. In these sequences, we discover that Bobby’s not just go-to guy for fake official references, general hunting clean-ups and monster lore for Sam and Dean but for basically all the hunters in the U.S. So he’s ALWAYS BUSY.
Next we see Bobby head to the basement, where he’s trapped a red-eyed crossroads demon. He begins to torture her in a most unusual way, namely by torching “something of hers” in a cloth bag. After he manages to extract Crowley’s real name — the name he had when he was human — from her, he just burns the bag and she goes up in flames. What? New way to kill and hurt a demon? New information! It’s not explained till the end though, so we’re forced to sit tight.
Eventually, Rufus tracks down a ring belonging to Crowley’s son and swallows it while in hot pursuit by the police. Bobby’s connections gets Rufus down there where he hands him the “passed” ring for him to summon the ghost of Crowley’s son.
Sam and Dean only really show up over the phone when they ask him for random lore about whatever case. Bobby reams them for being selfish, which makes them feel really bad about relying on him so much, and they agree to help him with his new plan to get his soul back.
Bobby summons Crowley again under a devil’s trap, but this time he’s ready. Apparently Crowley was a terrible father, who knew? So the ghost son was happy to help Bobby torture or kill the demon version of his dad. Bobby’s got Sam and Dean on speaker phone, who stand ready in Scottish grave-site to torch Crowley’s bones if he doesn’t give Bobby back his soul. That’s right! Dean overcame his fear of flying just help out our good old friend Bobby — how sweet is that?
Crowley claims that it’s myth that torching a demon’s human bones kills the demon, but Bobby convinces him otherwise, adding that demons are nothing but “twisted and manipulative ghosts.” Crowley gives up Bobby’s soul and doesn’t render him paraplegic either.
I can never get enough of Bobby (or Crowley for that matter) so this episode was exactly what I wanted. It’s really sad, though, to see how much everyone takes Bobby’s services for granted, and when he explodes on Sam and Dean, it’s a really cathartic moment (akin to when Cas kicks the shit out of Dean in season 5).
Even though it broke the mold, this episode also felt more than any of the previous ones this season. If I didn’t know that this is Jensen Ackles’s directorial debut, then I would’ve thought they simply got a good director from a previous season to bring the show’s aesthetics back to its pulpy monster movie roots. Some plot points might have spilled out too, such as Crowley’s title as the “King of Hell,” whatever that means, or with the that he wants to hold on to all the souls he got, but all of that depends on where the writers take the rest of the season.
In Weekend at Bobby’s we get a new, more in-depth glimpse at how helping hunters disrupts Bobby’s daily life. At one point in his demon torture session, a friendly new neighbor knocks on Bobby’s door holding a container of peach and ginger cobbler. All Bobby can say is thanks, though it’s obvious that she wants him to ask her out. Distracted by the demon burning in the basement, he quickly promises to help her fix her wood chipper so she will go away.
When Bobby goes over to her house, it’s to finish off the monster Rufus thought he killed, chucking it in the supposedly broken wood-chipper. That of course hampers anything he could’ve had with neighbor lady, and so Bobby returns to his tedious and morbid routine of answering calls and being “good friend” for a living.