Previously - Rufus showed up at Bobby's to bury a body and was completely awesome, Grandpa Creepy collected Alphas and was a ****, Grandpa Creepy betrayed Dean and Sam, I cheered as Dean threatened Grandpa Creepy ("I'm the guy you never want to see again. The next time you see me, I'll be there to kill you.") - awesome!, Gwen took up oxygen, Purgatory looked like hell (huh?), the Mother of All Monsters rose and then disappeared for weeks
The cranial saw carves into Grandpa Creepy's head and I debate hiding beneath a pillow to avoid seeing blood and brains fly. What the heck? GC's eyes open and my heart leaps. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! He throws Rufus and Bobby, breaks a table and wedges the door closed. Dean and Sam come running (great incredulous expressions) and kick at the door to no avail. Bobby pushes GC into the electric socket where he is electrocuted. The worm slides out of him, as the brothers in tandem break down the door. Dean wakes Rufus, who says, "This can't be my afterlife because the three of you are here." Ha! Sam gets Bobby and they wonder "How'd he get double dead?" Bwah! They now know how to kill the monster but not how to find it. Sam suggests they check for goo so they all stick their fingers in their ears. It's an awesomely funny, classic SPN moment. There's no goo but Sam wants to be 100% sure. He suggests they electrocute themselves. Huh? I don't like this plan, Sammy. They electrocute Grandpa Creepy first. Rufus: "OK. I'm not a doctor but I'm gonna go ahead and call this one." GC is good and dead now. So long. I won't miss you. Dean goes next and then Sam. Dean heads for Rufus but he has a pacemaker. Dean: "Well, you better hope it's a good one." OK. No sympathy here. Bobby asks when Rufus got a pacemaker. "Since Bush Junior - term one. I'm down 3 toes too FYI." Ha! Rufus gets shocked then turns to Bobby. Bobby hems and haws, proving the monster is in him. When Rufus goes to shock him, Bobby plunges a knife into his old friend.
I leave this episode worn out but hopeful, satisfied that the Winchesters and Bobby will be okay. They have each other and that's a lot. I'm thrilled that Gwen and Grandpa Creepy are gone. The Campbell plot didn't go anywhere to me; they could have segued into the Alpha story without them. Of course, we would miss the twist in Family Matters minus the Campbells so for that I'm grateful. While I liked GC electrocuted, I wish it was really him when he died. I didn't get the visceral thrill I got with Zechariah and Ruby but it wasn't a complete let-down like Crowley. Gwen's death was a shock and I love that even with spoilers around every corner, Supernatural still surprises me. The atmosphere was sufficiently claustrophobic with all of them trapped until they found the monster and I love everything Rufus, especially the back story between him and Bobby. That Rufus was there when Bobby lost his wife means a lot to me. I like that Rufus trained Bobby and got him into the life but I'm not shocked their partnership ended badly. Now I need to read some good fan fiction about their early years.
I'm reaching here, but I assume Rufus' daughter died in Omaha. It gives the episode nice symmetry, since everything revolved around family. Think about it. Rufus mourns his daughter and can't get over her death, causing him to end his partnership with Bobby. Yet in Weekend at Bobby's, Rufus comes to his rescue when he most needs it. Contrast that with Grandpa Creepy. He mourns Mary's death and can't get over it. He blames Dean for choosing Sam over Mary (not sure what he meant). However, instead of turning to them, he uses RoboSam as enforcer and hands them over to a demon. In the end, Dean calls Rufus Bobby's family but distinctly says that GC isn't theirs. Bobby is. Also, GC refuses to apologize to Dean and Sam and gets all snarky, even before the worm invasion. Bobby, however, tries to make things right with Rufus. Even though Rufus rejects it, he still made the effort.
I'm not usually one for "hit me over the head" morals on TV, but the whole dichotomy of family was nicely handled here. I absolutely loved how Dean gave them all a blank slate, no matter what they did, no matter what happens in the future. Is this is realistic? No, they've all betrayed each other time and again and it takes time for that to heal. However, I love that he said it and he meant it. It allows us as the audience to move on too and I for one am happy that the Winchester clan, Bobby included, is back on their feet, solid together, and ready to kick some monster butt. That's my kind of Supernatural!
Next week - we start the mini-hiatus. I guess we have to make our own fun again!
Screencaps by Supernatural Fans Online and Supernatural Caps.