Supernatural 7.19 Recap: Lessons in How to Be a Ghost…And Break Our Hearts

Clarissa April 20, 2012 2

Supernatural - Of Grave ImportanceSupernatural is such an interesting show sometimes. It’s probably the most perfect blend of mythology and procedural. There are a great many mythology episodes that are stellar and outstanding, but every once in a while a standalone episode comes along that dazzles you. Not because it’s big and showy (although sometimes they are), but because it’s heart-warming and heart-breaking, two qualities that Supernatural has in spades.

The Very Definition of Awkward

The Winchesters are chilling on the side of a road, eating burgers on the hood of their car (She Who Shall Not Be Named Because She Is Not the Impala) when Dean gets a call from an old hunter friend named Annie. He immediately brightens, obviously pleased to be chatting with her. She expressed her condolences about Bobby’s death and said she would be happy to meet them to pass along some of Bobby’s old books.

But then Annie pulled up to a large house, where two teenagers are having a little party inside…a make-out party. Unfortunately for them, their make-out is short-lived, because they encountered a ghost and ended up dead moments later. That’s when Annie walked in and…met the same fate. Oh, Annie, we hardly knew ya!

The next morning, the boys are chilling again, this time in a diner, waiting for Annie to show up. Sam is all “hey, you know that Annie slept with the guy who is like our father, right?” Well now, Annie, isn’t that interesting. Dean, who can never be shown up regarding sexual conquests, just had to slyly throw in the fact that he too knocked boots with the lady. And guess what? So did Sam. On the one hand…go, Annie! On the other hand…that’s kind of gross, right? Sort of incestuous in a purely non-familial incestuous sort of way.

Let’s fast-forward through the part where the boys realized that Annie was probably working a job at the old Van Ness house (she was), because the important thing is that Bobby is still sticking around, but he’s growing increasingly frustrated by the fact that he can’t really communicate whit the boys. Making even a curtain move is an exhaustive task.

Supernatural - Of Grave ImportanceA Realtor’s Nightmare

The boys headed to the Van Ness house and while the EMF meter was going haywire, only we see the truth…the house is full of ghosts. Bobby followed the boys inside because he’s tied to the flask Dean always carries in his pocket and he can see all of the ghosts, although most of them seem more content to stand and stare than interact with him.

Bobby soon saw Annie and has the unfortunate task of telling her that she’s dead. She seemed to come to terms with it, although she wants to figure out what’s going on in the house and finish her last job before moving on. While the boys blundered about, trying to find Annie, Bobby and his lady friend managed to interact with another ghost who tried to give them lessons in how to move objects. There’s two ways: (1) either you do it calmly, or (2) you unleash a terrible burst of anger like a poltergeist. Bobby kept getting frustrated when his repeated attempts don’t yield results.

The boys headed out to learn more about the house and the Van Ness family, while Annie wa left behind on her own, witnessing the death of two more visitors. She managed to interact with a friendlier ghost, who warned her not to cross Whitman Van Ness, because he is keeping all of the ghosts hostage until they anger him enough to kill them.

Back at the motel, Sam was browsing the case file while Dean showered. Supernatural completely failed in one respect this episode when it didn’t deliver the obligatory towel scene that should have followed the shower scene. Instead, Dean put on a t-shirt and spotted a message that Bobby had left on the mirror, saying Annie was trapped in the house. When the boys realized someone was in the room, Bobby managed to draw his name in the steam and Sam quickly realized he was tied to the flask.

Concluded on next page…

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  • Jessica

    I think you must be sharing my brain, Clarissa! I completely agree with you about Dean’s reaction to Bobby hanging around. I think if Bobby had come back during S1-3 or even early S4, Dean would’ve just been thrilled to have him back in his life. But knowing what he knows now, I think Dean’s reaction was totally true to the character and the things he’s experienced up to this point. I would’ve had more of a problem if Dean had just readily accepted Bobby still being here. I also think Sam’s reaction was true to character. Sam has always tried to find the silver lining in things and hope for the best possible outcome. I think intellectually he (Sam) knows that this isn’t going to end well with Bobby, but he still feels like they should try. The last 5 mins or so of this episode just tore my heart out. The Boys (Dean especially) have spent the last few months mourning Bobby. They’ve wanted him back so badly and now they know he’s still around. But at what cost? Dean absolutely wants rest for Bobby, but he also doesn’t want to have to go through losing him all over again. It makes it difficult to get on with your life when you can’t properly grieve because the person you’re grieving is still there…sort of.

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