Supernatural: Is Bobby Going to Be OK?

Supernatural took a bit of a turn for the worse in the latest episode with a rather dull and poorly developed story about a couple of witches. Luckily, there was one thing that saved "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester," and that was the performance of Jim Beaver.

Bobby has always been a fan favorite, and his classic wisecracks and unique ability to keep those two idjit Winchesters in line make him a key part of Supernatural. But after he was paralyzed in the season 5 premiere, Bobby became defeated, a man stuck on the sidelines, unable to help in the battle.

Those fears were given a voice in the episode when Bobby tried to play against the Man Witch to get some years back on his life and go back to before he was in the wheelchair. Bobby later confessed that he doesn't feel like a Hunter anymore, and that he'd kill himself if he weren't such a coward.

It was a moving and touching speech, and while the episode ended with Dean trying to cheer Bobby up by assuring him just how vital he is to Sam and Dean, the haunting final shot of Bobby told a different story.

The truth is that Bobby is almost certainly not OK. No one is. The Apocalypse is coming, and everyone is now playing a game without knowing the rules. Sam and Dean are busy with witches and Paris Hilton, Castiel is off on a wild goose chase trying to find God and Bobby is forced to adapt to his newly disabled lifestyle while also accepting that the end of the world is coming.

The saddest part is that I don't think this is a hole Bobby can climb out of. The war has started, and it's impossible to fight a war on two fronts. Season 5 has been a largely depressing outing for the characters, with Sam and Dean facing tough moral dilemmas, the possibility of God being dead, and now Bobby's almost suicidal outlook.

Every Supernatural ends on a down note: the accident, opening the Devil's Gate, Dean going to Hell and releasing Lucifer. If Bobby's depression is any indication, we're heading towards an even darker end.

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Oct 30, 2009 5:14PM EDT

Ah i'm afraid i have to disagree, i think we are all forgetting the last line sam said, something about a booster shot with a glance at booby.........

Default avatar cat
Oct 30, 2009 11:00PM EDT

the booster shot was just a revisiting of the "clap" joke from earlier in the episode when the He-Witch gave Sam the Clap. it has nothing to do with bobby.
I agree. Bobby's expression seems like quite the gloomy foreshadowing of what is to come with his character. I see some serious struggles in his future

Oct 31, 2009 1:27PM EDT

I think when they stop the devil/find god or whatever comes out of this season - for helping out Bobby will get a healing miracle of some discription.
BTW - the clap gag was great - took me a moment to get it but then I lol'd

Default avatar cat
Nov 1, 2009 5:50PM EST

i really liked this episode, it felt more like the old supernatural of seasons 1 & 2, sam using brains to come from being the underdog & win. Also the whole Dean being really slow and then when Dean came out & did that leg kick thing and Sam getting the clap, it was more light hearted. you need that kind of episode every so often.Im not sure what story they are going to use with Bobby, but hopefully they do something so he's not depressed the whole time. :)

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