Let me first begin by saying how happy I am the wait is over. It feels like it’s been forever since the last episode aired. So I was very pleased when the episode commenced and there were two familiar faces gracing my screen, Bobby and Rufus! Two older, but equally badass hunters that paved the way for Sam and Dean. In true Supernatural style, the main plot of the end of the world was soon pushed to the side with a one liner saying they had no leads on that front, which left us to focus solely on the case at hand.
This particular case was a revisit to a case Bobby and Rufus had previously handled a “handful of years before”. Much like Sam and Dean, Bobby and Rufus have a very entertaining banter and rarely agree on the terms of the case. Bobby was thinking it was a ghost, whereas Rufus is convinced it is a Baku, a Japanese nightmare eater. So it’s not surprising to see the flashbacks coinciding with modern day Sam and Dean both in their interactions and the case. And this episode really seemed to drive home the similarities between Bobby and Dean, which again proves they spent more time with him than their biological father; a point made by Bobby in this episode as well. (I love seeing Bobby’s soft side when it comes to those boys!)
Not sure where to go on this case, they reference Bobby’s hunting notebook, only to find yes, he was at that location previously, but he never filled in the information. Oh Bobby, how typical. So now it looks like they are flying blind, again. They chose to start with burning bodies, in case it was a ghost. Unfortunately for them, both bodies had been burned already, thanks Bobby and Rufus! They do know after speaking to previous tenants however, there was a sigil left behind the wallpaper, but they aren’t sure what it is for.
Time to hit the books, and Sam, doing what he does best, finds out who the culprit is. A Soul Eater? Thank goodness Bobby had notes on a previous encounter with the Soul Eater, but his notes say they can’t be killed only trapped. That explains how it could have been released. The house was recently bought, and the new owners disrupted the sigil in the redecorating process. Haven’t we learned that’s how most of these things start? Maybe we should stop changing up old houses until we do our research on them? Now this awful Soul Eater is free to trap souls in its nest again, and that’s exactly what it’s been doing! The nest mimics the house in which the soul eater resides, so that should hopefully make it easier to navigate.
Thank goodness for the Men of Letters and all their research, because Sam found a sigil that could actually kill this thing, and end this once and for all. No more risk of it being released. And good thing too, because this guy, as small as he is, uses the trapped souls as his own personal minions, and that’s just creepy. The only issue with the new sigil is it needs to be painted in blood, in two places. Inside the nest, and out! Dean’s very quick, “Not it,” response cracked me up, as did most of the banter in this episode. However, sadly for Dean, he lost the deciding rock, paper, scissors game and was voted to go into the nest. Which, knowing how badly Sam tends to muck things up, that is probably a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, Sam is wonderful when it comes to research, but we all know they don’t call him “Moose” for nothing.
But of course, once Dean gets in the nest, Bobby is also there. Apparently there is no time or space in the nest, because Bobby sees both Sam and Dean, and Dean sees him too. While Sam is busy drawing the sigil in his time, Rufus is busy doing the same in his. But the Soul Eater is no dummy, he takes over Dean and Bobby’s bodies in order to stop the sigil from being completed. Rufus is successful in fighting off the now possessed Bobby, with little struggle, as is Sam with fighting off the possessed Dean. As Sam finishes his seal, ALL of the souls trapped, regardless of time are released, including Bobby. Bobby’s gut always being on point, knows it’s not over. He tries to tell Rufus, but he insists the sigil worked, and pushed the souls out when it trapped the Soul Eater. But, we all know the truth, it was Sam and the sigil he made that saved Bobby. We would have been Bobby-less far before he died and he wouldn’t have been there to help with the apocalypse! Now that is a sad day! I for one am very happy that if we had to lose Bobby, it wasn’t to the Soul Eater. He went out like the badass that he is, and I was very happy to have him back, even if just for the episode!