Obviously, I have skipped “Party on Garth,” but I thought it was more pressing that we discuss the fact that Bobby, Dean and Sam have all slept with the same person, and the all time record for the fastest a female character has been killed off.
Dean gets a call from Annie, an old hunter friend who has some books of Bobby’s for them. They plan to meet in Bodega Bay the next day, where Annie is doing a job. Annie is on her way to a very haunted looking house. There are a couple of teenagers making out in there because nothing says sex like musty abandoned furniture and rat droppings. A ghost appears in the house and the two kids are killed. Annie comes in, and the door ominously closes behind her.
Cut to Dean and Sam, who are waiting at the restaurant for Annie. She hasn’t shown, and she isn’t answering her phone. The boys are obviously worried. Sam keeps picking up his menu and putting it down for some reason, maybe because he and Dean just realized that they both slept with Annie, as did Bobby, and that makes them uncomfortable. They decide to go to Annie’s hotel to see what they can find.
There we see Bobby, who is still around but not able to communicate with the boys. There are basically two conversations going on at once, and though I watched the episode twice this weekend I’m still not 100% clear on what Dean and Sam figured out that made them go to the haunted house because I was distracted by Bobby. In any case they go to the house and Bobby can see dozens of ghosts there, just standing around being creepy doing nothing. There is a ghost who is obviously in charge, and telling off the ghost who apparently killed the kids earlier. That’s when Bobby sees Annie, who is also a ghost and apparently dead.
When Annie first showed up, I started making a note thinking it would be funny to do a countdown to when she was killed off. Turns out we didn’t need one, because she got like a minute and a half of air time before she died. However, at this point I did start making a “Balls” count for Bobby (3, in case you were wondering.) Annie and Bobby talk a bit about being dead, and then get some ghost 101 from one of the residents. It turns out that the leader and owner of the house, Whitman Van Ness, has some sort of hold over the rest of the ghosts and can sort of burn them away.
Our ghost friends meet Victoria, a “fancy lady” ghost. Victoria was the one who had brought Annie to the house, calling her phone and saying “free me.” Annie needs to find her body so she can move on, but no one knows where Van Ness keeps them. Back at the hotel, Dean is taking a shower and Bobby writes on the mirror, letting them know for sure that he is there.
Two more teenagers, friends of the first pair, go into the house. They are killed by Van Ness, and Victoria and Annie work together to try and find the bodies. The boys show up at the house, and Victoria (who has a little more ghost juice than the others) acts as a translator. Van Ness kills her, and, unable to get help from the living, Bobby and Annie decide to find the secret room with the bodies.
The boys go off to burn Van Ness’ body, and Van Ness plants something on Sam so he can try and stop them. They fight, and Van Ness is snapped back to the house, where Bobby and Annie are getting ready to cremate some bodies. They struggle for a moment and Bobby almost bites it, but Sam and Dean come through and burn Van Ness.
Everyone meets back together at the house. Bobby can now make himself visible to the boys, and they say goodbye and cremate Annie. Dean is obviously upset Bobby choosing to stay around, because he can see the end of the road and burying family twice sounds like not a lot of fun. Bobby flickers out, pissed.
I don’t know what to say about this episode, other than that it was frustrating. Annie seemed like a cool character, but with how little we know her it’s hard to be honestly upset that she’s gone. My frustration here is probably misplaced, and more Jo-Ellen-Lisa related than anything else. We got one line about the Dick Roman/Leviathan storyline. One. I mean, come on. Bobby finally has a chance to talk to the boys, but they immediately get into a fight and aren’t speaking anymore. So, that’s good.
At least next week we get Felicia Day.
(PS: I’ve been heartlessly taking my caps from Home of the Nutty, and they are fantastic.)