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That shotgun seems familiar.... 
30th-Dec-2011 07:28 am
Bobby.  Story of my life

Wee!Bobby in At Death's Door (7.10)

Devil's Trap (1.22)

Dean: Bobby, thanks. Thanks for everything. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure we should come.

Bobby: Nonsense, your Daddy needs help.

Dean: Well, yeah, but last time we saw you, I mean, you did threaten to blast him full of buckshot. Cocked the shotgun and everything.

You can tell I'm itching for the next ep yeah? I've been thinking about Show and the above lines of dialogue popped into my brain. It made me beam a little when I then considered wee!Bobby's actions in that last episode.

There is no way Bobby had the elaborate back story he has now when he first appeared here. In fact, it's my understanding that he was going to be around that much. What I do love is that they ended up giving Bobby a backstory that directly linked and a past action (shooting his father) to one of the very first bits of information we were given about him (cocking a shotgun at John).

It makes sense that this is how Bobby solves problems. It solved his first, childhood problem after all.

I also like that we saw Bobby use a shot gun in episode 7.09. And use it expertly.

I would like to think this was a deliberate set up. The audience has it fresh in their minds that Bobby is very familiar with shotguns. It means that when he picks it up to shoot his father it rings true. This is something Bobby could have done.

Other parallels that I liked:

Bobby being shot in the same place he shot his dad. (very cool)

The glass of milk shattering on the floor, similar to the way the coffee cup was dropped when John died. Not identical, but I'd like to think it was a call back.

The sliding doors opening up to reveal the childhood scene, similar to them opening in Dream a Little Dream, when we discover that Bobby's wife was possessed by a demon.

Is it January 6th yet?
30th-Dec-2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow - I've been writing John and Bobby for most of the day, and was just listening to this very line a few hours ago.

I so agree about the backstory they've given Bobby. I need to rewatch the last ep (sob) before next week's episode, but I've been thinking about it a lot over the past month. You know it's good television when it haunts you.
30th-Dec-2011 04:15 am (UTC)
Yay! Writing John and Bobby! :D (hee...maybe your brainwaves were heading my way. I was shopping and *bam* it popped into my head).

I did a re-watch recently and it made me cry again. :( Such a good episode though. I CAN'T WAIT to see where they go next.
30th-Dec-2011 12:22 am (UTC)
ooh that a wonderful observation about the shotgun! I've always loved that tidbit we had about Bobby seeing John off with a shotgun.

I adore how Bobby's character was slowly fleshed out over the seasons, although his love for Sam and Dean was evident write from the first.
30th-Dec-2011 07:10 am (UTC)
Yeah - I like the we've been given little bits here and there. They've really built a well rounded character. But his love for the boys has never changed. :DD
30th-Dec-2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh wow, good catch. I love when Show creates these sorts of parallels - it's one of the things they do more subtly, which allows for the thrill of discovery or realization. Like this :)
30th-Dec-2011 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh yes... the little discoveries are such fun to find. (even if we just imagine them sometime..*g*)

30th-Dec-2011 05:49 am (UTC)
Not to ruin your theory, but Wee!Bobby and ClosedEyesShooter!Bobby are not actually using shotguns in those scenes. He's using a bolt-action hunting rifle like these right here. A shotgun, on the other hand, looks like this. That one in particular is a pump-action; Dean prefers his shotguns sawed off.
30th-Dec-2011 07:23 am (UTC)
Well, my theory as such is more about pointing a weapon (gun) I suppose rather than the actual type - which might screw up the idea, but for me it was more about Bobby being comfortable with guns and using a weapon as such when he's either pissed off or not liking what he's seeing. In this case his father and John.

I admit to not being gun savvy at all, so thanks for the links. :)

I'm also (just now) wondering if John actually pointed the shotgun at John because of they way he treated the boys. Which would also link back to his childhood memories.

And if both wee!Bobby and ClosedEyesShooter!Bobby are both using bolt-action rifles then that kind of makes me more excited. It means they've definitely made the link between now Bobby and then Bobby. :DD

30th-Dec-2011 08:12 am (UTC)
Oh, yes very nice. It's one of the things I really love - yes, they have their share of plot holes, but they're just as likely to remember a throwaway line from years ago and turn it into an important character point. Also Bobby going out after Sam with a gun in When the Levee Breaks - this is what he does when he runs out of reasonable solutions, and now we know why. :)
30th-Dec-2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Ooh yes. I forgot about him going after Sam with a gun. :)

Show is certainly weird like that. They can forget plot and character points that seem vital and yet remember (and use) something as simple as this. I would like to think this one is deliberate - it's hard to tell. I definitely think it was no accident that we saw Bobby hunting in the previous episode. They knew where they were going with this story line. (yay!)
30th-Dec-2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's so lovely when it works that I forgive them for the times when it doesn't. :)

I think you're right about the set up in the previous episode - and well, I don't know for sure whether the long-term stuff is deliberate either, but I think there's at least a strong possibility. Calling back to previous episodes to create iconic images is something they've done before.
30th-Dec-2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Agree, agree, agree!♥
And I hope Bobby will continue to use his gun to protect the boys even from heaven...*sniff*
(is there such a thing as a heavenly gun? :P)

31st-Dec-2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
*glomps* hey gorgeous! (thanks for my v-gift!! \o/ I was indeed enjoying some champagne last night *g*)

And I'm SURE Bobby will have a chance to use his gun again. I think Bobby will be too grouchy for heaven so they'll probably kick him out and send him back to look over the boys. :DD

30th-Dec-2011 10:13 am (UTC)
January 6th?? Ohhhh...Eeeeeek!

However, as much as I want NEW SHOW NOW PLEASE - I'm still not ready, everything's gone - *weeps* - maybe it's best Dean's not driving his baby any longer, I'm sure he wouldn't pack his beautiful mind brother into ANY old car and drive it off the pier, would he?

I've always thought about that line and wondered what it would take to drive the normally calm and collected Bobby Singer to not only point a gun at John but actually cock it too, that's something those familiar with guns just don't do on a whim.

I do have to watch the last episode once more, there were so many call outs to things that have been hinted at before and as usual the parallels were flying thick and fast - but honestly I just don't have the heart right now, I'm still here in denial I think.

31st-Dec-2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh yes... good point. He wouldn't go driving off a cliff in any old car. *sniff* I'd like to think Dean would never do a Thelma and Louise on us, but with this show anything is possible. I am hanging out to see exactly how Dean does react to this. It should be the last straw.

I like that we don't know why Bobby cocked his gun - though, I can imagine it might have been something to do with the boys. There's been some hints, but nothing outright said,

I watched the last ep again recently and had another tear. It's a very moving episode and one worthy of Bobby dying. He'll be back no doubt. Just like the boys - I just hope it's not instant otherwise it'll lessen the power of that ep.

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