Page 4 of 6They're leaving the motel and Bobby is left to struggle up a steep drive in his chair. "A little help here?" Sam jumps right in and pushes him along. A handicapped guy, and old guy, and a guy with the clap. There has to be a dirty bar joke there somewhere. Sam wants to play. Dean says he's not good enough. Oh Dean, do you know this from personal experience? I'm really wondering what happened in their lifetime that had him come to that conclusion. Sam isn't happy. "So what, I don't get a say in this anymore?" Don't be unreasonable Sam. You never had a say.
"Sammy, when you get to be our age-" "You're thirty Dean." Hee, Dean must be old, for he's already forgotten. Sam has watched Dean hustle cards plenty of time. He knows the object is to not play the cards but to play the other guy. Bobby gives him a "hooray for you." He's watched this guy and can take him. He wants to play again. You know, there's a ton of Bobby and Dean not listening to anyone in this episode. Are they really that stubborn?
Dean doesn't like the idea for Bobby doesn't have enough years in the bank. Sam mentions he'll die if he loses. "So what if I do? What exactly am I living for, huh? The damned apocalypse? Watching men die bloody while I sit in this chair, can't take a step to help 'em?" Dean tries to jump in an object, but Bobby cuts him off. You see, NOT LISTENING!!! "No, no, it's the facts. I'm old, and I'm broke down, and I (crack in his voice)â€¦I ain't a hunter no more. I'm useless. And if I wasn't such a coward, I'd have stuck a gun in my mouth the day I got home from the hospital."
You mean to tell me none of them have had this talk yet? I assume Sam and Dean have been too pre-occupied with this whole being vessels for the freaking end of the world showdown. Really, they've got it all pretty shitty right now. Older Dean looks positively heartbroken, and that's the exact expression I'd expect Jensen to use! You have to give Chad Everett major kudos for picking up on all these Dean faces and mannerisms so perfectly. Sam gets his say now. "Bobby, you are not playing again. I'm not letting you do that. There's another way out of this, there's got to be. And I'm going to find it."
Dean and Bobby are back at the motel room, so Sam must be out finding that other way out of this. The girlfriend/spouse/companion whatever you want to call her of Patrick (I believe it's Lia) is there. She's offering up a powerful reversal spell, one that will reverse everything Patrick has done. For the people alive anyway. Bobby points out that will reverse everything, including her man. It'll change her too. She knows and says she looks good for her age. Bobby is skeptical. The woman has her reasons, and holds onto a big locket around her neck. That's code for "we'll find out later." They leave town tomorrow, so they don't have much time.
Now back to Patrick is playing an older guy who has a losing hand. But Patrick surprises us by folding and letting the old guy have his 13 years by suggesting they call it a day. Old man doesn't argue. Then Patrick starts talking to someone behind the old man, letting that person know the man is going to live old enough to see his granddaughter's Bar Mitzvah. It's Sam! I've read some theories on whether Patrick was actually showing mercy here or if he was putting a show on for Sam. I think he was being nice. Considering Cliff won earlier, something tells me Patrick has a soft spot for the desperately old. Then again, he could be pure evil. Ambiguous characters are so like that.
Sam looks at Patrick skeptically. He isn't convinced he did that out of the goodness of his heart. He even says so. Patrick claims he's a nice guy, then does the "what can I do you for" line. I've never liked that saying, despite its clever connotations. I'm going to pay careful attention to Sam's expressions during his entire time playing with Patrick, for everything he does from beginning to end is quite calculated. It's quite brilliant too. Sam takes a seat at the table with this whole apprehensive "I don't like this but I have no choice" expression. He's already doing the polar opposite of Dean's overconfidence. "Deal." Patrick smiles, for he has another desperate sucker.
It's a graveyard! We haven't seen one of those in a while. Bobby and older Dean are there and poor old man Dean is being forced to dig a grave. Does anyone remember that this dude is 80? Most 80 year olds can't get out of bed let alone dig into hard earth. Dean, rightfully so, is griping like mad. He questions if the plan will even work. "We don't know. Now less flapping and more digging." Geez Bobby, wait until you're 80. Dean keeps complaining. His elbows hurt, he's all creeky. "Hurry up you cry baby." "Pound it up your ass Ironsides." Hee, Bobby did have that one coming and I like that nickname. "One little grave," Bobby chastises. Dean challenges him to do it. "Fine, I'll hop right in." "At least your legs are numb," Dean counters. "Shut up and dig grandma." Wow, this is Grumpy Old Men. These two are so damned funny together! I wonder if Chad Everett and Jim Beaver ever worked together before.
Older Dean keeps complaining, now it's his back. Bobby wants to know if he can straighten up. "Yeah, but a little sympathy wouldn't hurt." "Butt cheek tingling?" "Well that's getting personal." Dean, Bobby saw your clawed up guts from the insides out. This guy can take personal. Bobby takes older Dean's snide comment as confirmation. "It's sciatica. You'll live." Oh, you don't have to be old to have that! I had a real bad case of that ten years ago and then got on a plane to England for 8 hours. Ouch, ouch, ouch! Then it bothered me while I walked around London for two days. I'm better now though. Anyway, older Dean says that killing Bobby is officially on his list. Hey, sciatica makes you grouchy. Older Dean is in the right here.
Back to Patrick and Sam, and it's time for Patrick to do that whole psychoanalysis thing. Watch out Patrick, Sam is NOT an easy read. Trust us fans, we've tried! Patrick likes him, figures out he's smart and his heart's clearly in the right place. He can tell a lot about a guy just by looking at him. Sam shows interest, asking Patrick if he's psychic. "No, that would be cheating. I'm talking about good old fashion intuition." Sam brushes that off and just wants to play. Patrick insists that they are, and then wonders if his big brother knows he's there. Sam gets all bothered and ignores the question by betting 5. Ah, the whole avoiding the question thing. Sam is a master at that!