7.10 Death's Door

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Title Death's Door
Episode # Season 7, Episode 10
First aired December 2, 2011
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Sera Gamble
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995103/
Outline While Sam and Dean stand vigil at the hospital, a wounded Bobby fights a battle in his own splintered mind.
Monster Leviathans
Timeline directly after the events of 7.09 How to Win Friends And Influence Monsters
Location(s) Hammonton, New Jersey
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Directly following 7.09 How to Win Friends And Influence Monsters, Dean and Sam rush Bobby, who's been shot in the head by Dick Roman, to the Hammonton Regional Hospital Trauma Center. As Dean drives, we see that although Bobby's body is unresponsive, his mind is busy.

In Bobby's subconscious, Bobby, Dean, and Sam are walking through the Wharton State Forest. They come across the body of Ranger Phil in a tree, and Bobby gets a weird feeling and realizes that something bad has happened. Blood drips from his forehead, but when he touches his head, he doesn't find a wound. They leave and head back to the abandoned house where they're squatting, and Dean and Sam ask him what's going on. Bobby tells them that he was shot in the head, but Dean and Sam insist that nothing like that happened. He ignores them because he knows that what he's seeing now is just in his subconscious mind, but there's something he has to remember to tell the real Dean and Sam when he wakes up. He finds a pad and marker and writes down a number, 454895, then tears off the paper and puts it in his jacket pocket.

When Bobby looks up, he's suddenly in his bedroom, reliving a moment with his dead wife, Karen Singer. He hands her a glass of wine and she takes his hand, determined to talk to him about something serious. Bobby recognizes the scene, but when he hears a storm coming in, he looks out the window. He sees a young man running towards the house from behind a distant wood shed. When he turns back to Karen, he tells her that he has to go.

The moment he walks through the bedroom door, he's standing in the rain outside a church with Rufus Turner. They're dressed like pest control workers and are on a ghost hunt. Bobby tries to tell Rufus that he's dying, but Rufus doesn't listen—his EMF reader lights up and he goes inside the church. Bobby looks back at the street and sees the same young man running by. Rufus calls for him to get inside, and suddenly the young man is in front of him, grabbing him by the arm. He tells Bobby that God will punish him, and Bobby looks down to see a glass of milk shattering on a black-and-red-checked tile floor. Disturbed, Bobby goes into the church, but the building starts to shake, people vanish, and the lights go out.

Once it's dark, a thin man in a suit approaches. He carries a watch on a chain and tells Bobby that his time is up. Bobby immediately recognizes him as a Reaper, even though he's never heard of one going inside someone's head before. The reaper tells him that he's in a coma and that it's his time to die. Bobby decides to lead him on a chase before giving up and dying, and the next memory he stumbles into is one of him, Dean, and Sam hanging out at his house. Dean and Sam are arguing about who's better, Jet Li or Chuck Norris, and Dean asks Bobby to get him a beer. When Bobby goes into the kitchen, however, he sees his mother setting the table for dinner. She tells him he's filthy and scolds him, saying "It's like you want him to get mad." He closes the door on her and turns around in time to catch a shotgun from Rufus.

They're in a mausoleum, and Rufus is getting ready to pull out Lara Coggin's corpse so that Bobby can burn it. Lara killed herself after being left at the altar and is now killing men who break women's hearts. Bobby tries to tell Rufus that a reaper is after him, but Rufus doesn't take him seriously.

Meanwhile in the real world, Bobby is being wheeled into the trauma center. He has a bullet wound in his head and no exit wound, so the nurses and doctors are trying to get him stable. They have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can even think about trying to remove the bullet. Sam and Dean are pushed out of his room as the EMTs work.

Back in Bobby's subconscious, Lara's spirit appears and calls Bobby a heartbreaker before shoving her hand in his chest. He's going into cardiac arrest, in his mind and in the real world, when Rufus slashes through her with iron. He stabilizes, but she picks up Rufus and throws him to the ground. Bobby quickly grabs his homemade flamethrower and lights her remains on fire, destroying her spirit.





Karen: You were expecting Farrah Fawcett?
Bobby: No, she always calls first.
Bobby's Dad: Oh, you deserved it. You were nothing but ungrateful.
Bobby: I was a kid! Kids aren't supposed to be grateful. They're supposed to eat your food and break your heart, you selfish dick.
Reaper: Bobby... you've helped. You got handed a small, unremarkable life, and you did something with it. Most men like you die of liver disease, watching Barney Miller reruns. You've done enough. Believe me.

Bobby: I don't care.
Reaper: Why?

Bobby: Because they're my boys.
Bobby: As fate would have it, I adopted two boys. And they grew up great. They grew up heroes.
Dean: All right, scoot, jerkface. Show your elders some respect.

Sam: You scoot, asshat.
Dean: Did we get licorice?
Sam: No, we did not get licorice. We got good snacks. Licorice is disgusting.
Dean: I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that, uh, Mr. "Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich."
Sam: I stand by that sandwich. Nobody likes licorice. It's--it's made of dirt.
Dean: It is a classic movie food. It's right up there with popcorn.
Sam: Popcorn?
Dean: Yeah.
Sam: You're out of your mind.

Dean: What, it's like little chewy pieces of heaven.

Trivia & References

Death's Door is a colloquial saying to refer to the point just before dying.
The numbers relating to the Leviathan plot which Bobby writes down on the piece of paper are 454895. We only see him write 45489 – one digit less – on Sam's hand.The latitude 45.4 and longitude -89.5 are the coordinates for Beaver Lake, in Lincoln County in Wisconsin, which could be one of the spots marked on Roman's map.source. For more speculation see Bobby's Numbers.
Chelah Horsdal who play's Bobby's mother also appeared as the librarian in 1.07 Hookman
Rufus: What year is this? '89-ish?

Bobby: What's it matter? I'm still stuck in eternal friggin' sunshine.

Bobby is referring to the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is about a couple who have their memories of each other erased.
Nicolai Guistra who plays a ten year old Dean in this episode also played Dean in the flashback scene in 5.22 Swan Song.
Reaper: Bobby... you've helped. You got handed a small, unremarkable life, and you did something with it. Most men like you die of liver disease, watching Barney Miller reruns.

Barney Miller is a 1970s sitcom set around a New York City detectives' squad room.
Tweets from Jim Michaels during the episode


The DVDs for Sam and Dean's movie night at Bobby's are "Chuck Norris American Hero Collection" and "The Delta Force." The second one seems redundant since "The Delta Force" is part of the "American Hero Collection".
In the Bobby's final memory, Sam wears a distinctive shirt that he's worn since season two source.
Bobby's father becomes violent after Bobby accidentally knocks over a glass of milk, and Bobby kills him to protect his mother. Ironically, the saying don't cry over spilt milk means to let go of mishaps.

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