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Bobby became a hunter after he had to kill his wife [[Karen Singer]] when she was possessed by a demon.  His guilt over this causes her to inhabit his dreams.<ref name="three10">[[3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me]]</ref> She is later resurrected by Death and turns into a [[zombie]] and he has to kill her again<ref name="five15">[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]</ref>, which causes him more grief.
Bobby became a hunter after he had to kill his wife [[Karen Singer]] when she was possessed by a demon. [[Rufus Turner]] is the hunter who exorcised the demon and helped cover up Karen's death. It was Rufus who introduced Bobby to the world of the supernatural, and they hunted together for many years until a hunt went wrong in Omaha around 1993. They become estranged after this although they had contact and some reconciliation from 2008 until Rufus' death in 2012..<ref name="six16">[6.16 ...And Then There Were None]]</ref>
Bobby's guilt over this causes her to inhabit his dreams.<ref name="three10">[[3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me]]</ref> She is later resurrected by [[Death]] and turns into a [[zombie]] and he has to kill her again<ref name="five15">[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]</ref>, which causes him more grief.
Bobby has extensive knowledge of the supernatural, and is well-known and generally well-regarded by other [[Hunters]] such as [[Gordon Walker]], [[Kubrick]], [[Rufus Turner]], [[Olivia Lowry]], [[Isaac]] and [[Tamara]] among others. He also knows [[Ellen]] and [[Jo Harvelle]]. According to [[Jo's Journal]], Bobby frequented the [[Roadhouse]] from around 1993.  
Bobby has extensive knowledge of the supernatural, and is well-known and generally well-regarded by other [[Hunters]] such as [[Gordon Walker]], [[Kubrick]], [[Rufus Turner]], [[Olivia Lowry]], [[Isaac]] and [[Tamara]] among others. He also knows [[Ellen]] and [[Jo Harvelle]]. According to [[Jo's Journal]], Bobby frequented the [[Roadhouse]] from around 1993.  

Revision as of 10:53, 5 March 2011

Name Robert Steven Singer, Bobby (Nickname)
Actor Jim Beaver
Dates Age unknown
Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Occupation Hunter
Episode(s) various in Seasons 1-6, see below

Bobby Singer is a hunter, close friend and father figure to Sam and Dean.

Trivia: The name 'Bobby Singer' is a reference to Supernatural's executive producer, Robert Singer. See him talk about how the naming came about here.


Bobby became a hunter after he had to kill his wife Karen Singer when she was possessed by a demon. Rufus Turner is the hunter who exorcised the demon and helped cover up Karen's death. It was Rufus who introduced Bobby to the world of the supernatural, and they hunted together for many years until a hunt went wrong in Omaha around 1993. They become estranged after this although they had contact and some reconciliation from 2008 until Rufus' death in 2012..[1]

Bobby's guilt over this causes her to inhabit his dreams.[2] She is later resurrected by Death and turns into a zombie and he has to kill her again[3], which causes him more grief.

Bobby has extensive knowledge of the supernatural, and is well-known and generally well-regarded by other Hunters such as Gordon Walker, Kubrick, Rufus Turner, Olivia Lowry, Isaac and Tamara among others. He also knows Ellen and Jo Harvelle. According to Jo's Journal, Bobby frequented the Roadhouse from around 1993.

Bobby speaks Japanese and has visited Japan.[4][5] Bobby is often seen with a Colt Single Action Army revolver, presumably chambered in the .45 Colt caliber.

Favourite expletives are Idjit - usually in relation to Sam and Dean - and Balls! He is known to like pedicures and enjoy watching the reality show Tori & Dean.

Bobby has known the Winchesters since at least 1991 - he gave an eight year old Sam an amulet as a Xmas present for his father, which he eventually gave to Dean.[6]. John Winchester and Bobby were not necessarily on good terms - Dean comments that the last time Bobby saw John he nearly "filled him with buckshot".[7] It is to Bobby's place that Sam and Dean go to grieve after John's death. After this Bobby's relationship with the Winchesters grows even closer, and he becomes both father figure and friend.

When Sam and Dean try to go after Lilith without him, Bobby tells them "Family don't end with blood, boy."[8] and more than once Dean tells Bobby he's like a father to him. Bobby has listed Dean as his official next of kin.[2] In 2009, Bobby is paralyzed from the waist down after stabbing himself with Ruby's Knife to overcome his own demonic possession when Meg orders him to kill Dean.

Bobby sells his soul to Crowley in exchange for information on Death's location. Crowley also makes it possible for Bobby to walk again. He says that he will return Bobby's soul after Lucifer is defeated. It is later revealed that Bobby was given the standard ten years to live until his soul is dragged to hell. Bobby is able to trick Crowley and negotiate the return of his soul.

A soulless Sam later turns their closeness against Bobby when Balthazar tells Sam that the spell to keep his soul from being returned requires the blood of his father but that needn't come from the "father of your blood", and he tries to kill Bobby.

Dean, worried because of Sam's cold and relentless behavior on his return from Lucifer's cage, calls Bobby for support and Bobby says he'll look into it. But Bobby also says that this whole thing could be Sam working through the trauma and the torture he endured. They eventually discover that Sam is soulless. To return his brother's soul, Dean makes a bet with the Horseman Death. Dean asks Bobby to watch Sam before leaving to complete his part of the deal.

Sam contacts Balthazar and gets the spell. Later, while Dean is out, Bobby and Sam play poker. Before Sam can make his move and kill Bobby, Bobby traps him downstairs. Sam eventually escapes and overpowers Bobby. Dean, who lost the wager, appears just in time to save Bobby and capture Sam. Death appears, and tells Dean to keep seeking information on souls. Then, in spite of winning the wager, the Horseman goes to Lucifer's Cage, gets Sam's soul, and returns it.

Bobby is hesitant to accept the new Sam, who remembers nothing, after the attempt by a soulless Sam to kill him. He believes that Sam is at least partly responsible.

Bobby's Place

Bobby owns Singer Salvage Yard (also seen written as Singer Auto Self Service Salvage Yard, on a sign in Everybody Loves a Clown), and lives in a house on the premises. It is located in South Dakota (as confirmed by Dean in 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign), near the town of Sioux Falls.[3]

Bobby has lived at Singer Salvage Yard since he was married to Karen. It is here the Impala is towed after she is wrecked, and where Dean repairs her.[9]

Bobby's House contains many esoteric books on lore and religion. Bobby has a wall of at least five cordless phones in the kitchen, each labeled with a different government agency and alias. When a hunter is pretending to work for the FBI or other agency, they give a number to one of the phones and Bobby answers as their superior.

The basement is an unfinished storage space except for a large ghost and demon proof panic room, which Bobby built on “a weekend off.” Over time, Bobby has made other modifications to the house. Sometime after 5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Bobby placed a trap door in front of the hall closet that can be triggered by a lever inside the closet. The trap door opens into the basement, which he equipped with a steel core door and titanium kick plate.

He had a dog called Rumsfeld who was killed by Meg.[7]

Bobby owns a blue Ford tow-truck with Lawrence County, South Dakota plates : 9NO3L1. This is probably a reference to Jim Beaver's role in the HBO Western drama Deadwood. Deadwood is the county seat of Lawrence County. In Season Three he also drives a 1971 Chevelle.

Bobby gets people to drink holy water to test whether they are possessed - he first does this to Dean when he and Sam are trying to find where Meg is holding their father.[7] He gives Sam beer laced with it when Sam is possessed[10] and Ellen has to drink a holy water shot after she escapes the demon attack on the Roadhouse.[11] When Dean returns from the dead in 4.01 Lazarus Rising, Bobby throws holy water in his face, even though Dean has cut himself with a silver blade to show he is human.

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1.22 Devil's Trap

Screencap from 1.22 Devil's Trap (episode). Sign says "Singer Auto Salvage."

With John held captive by the demons, the boys turn to Bobby for help. He gives Sam the Key of Solomon. When Meg turns up at his house, they restrain her using a devil's trap (symbol) painted on the ceiling. It is Bobby who alerts the boys to the fact that Meg is not a demon herself, but a woman possessed by one. After the demon is exorcised, and Meg dies, Bobby agrees to dispose of her body and the authorities (he had already placed a 911 call).

2.01 In My Time Of Dying

With Dean in a coma and John injured, Sam goes to visit Bobby who has towed the Impala from the crash site. Sam has to retrieve the Colt, and John has given Sam a list of herbs to get from Bobby. Sam is distressed at the wrecked state of the Impala, and Bobby suggests scrapping the car, until he sees that to Sam it embodies the state Dean is in, and to give up on the Impala would be to give up on Dean. He also informs Sam that the items Sam has requested are not for repelling a demon, but for summoning one.

2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown

Although Bobby is not present in this episode, Sam and Dean are staying with him as they recover from their wounds, and the death of their father. Dean uses Bobby's tools to repair the Impala. They have been there a week at the beginning of the episode. Bobby lends them a van (which makes Dean feel like a "soccer mom") when they drive to meet Ellen at the Roadhouse.

2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign

When Sam is possessed by the Meg!Demon, he turns up at Bobby's place, intending to kill him. However Bobby is alerted to the demon's presence when it reacts to holy water he has spiked Sam's beer with. Again, the demon is restrained under the devil's trap, but this time the exorcism Dean attempts fails because the demon has bound itself to Sam's body with a brand. The demon is expelled when Bobby burns across the brand with a hot poker.

Bobby is aware Sam killed another hunter, Wandell, while possessed, and advises the boys to leave before other hunters find them. He gives them each a charm to ward off possession.

2.15 Tall Tales

Unable to make heads or tails of their Springfield hunt and divided by recent conflicts, Sam and Dean turn to Bobby for help. Bobby joins them on the hunt. Listening to their account of the case, he figures out that a Trickster is the culprit, and responsible for fanning hostility between the brothers.

2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One

When Sam disappears, Dean turns to Bobby for help. Together they search for Sam, and find the burnt out ruins of the Roadhouse. After Dean receives the vision of Sam's location, it is Bobby who deciphers that the town is Cold Oak. When they arrive there, Bobby pursues Jake after he stabs Sam, but loses him in the woods.

Bobby faces Jake in All Hell Breaks Loose Part Two

2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two

Bobby tries to look after Dean in the wake of Sam's death, but Dean pushes him away in anger. Bobby responds with understanding, and leaves. When Dean and Sam turn up at Bobby's, he immediately knows Dean has made some deal to resurrect Sam. Out in the middle of his junkyard he confronts Dean, and is upset when he learns Dean only has a year to live. His affection for Dean is clear, when he despairs that Dean doesn't value his own life.
When Ellen appears, having escaped the demon attack on the Roadhouse, Bobby makes her drink a shot of holy water to ensure she is not possessed.
Bobby is part of the effort to stop the opening of the Devil's Gate in Wyoming, and it is he and Ellen who actually close it.

3.01 The Magnificent Seven

Bobby tracks down a possible omen in Nebraska, and the boys join him to investigate. They meet Tamara and Isaac, a married hunter couple Bobby knows. While Bobby urges caution, they are attacked by demons and Isaac is killed. Bobby works out that the demons are the Seven Deadly Sins, and with Sam, Dean and Tamara and the intervention of a mysterious girl, the demons are trapped and Bobby exorcises them.

3.02 The Kids Are Alright

At the beginning of the episode, Sam is on the phone to Bobby as they try to translate an ancient document.

3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock

After finding John's lock-up has been broken into, the boys contact Bobby, who confirms that he built the Curse Boxes, one of which has been stolen. Later, he explains the curse of the Rabbit's Foot and starts researching how to destroy it. During this conversation, he appears to be working on the Colt. After Bela steals the Rabbit's Foot, Bobby identifies her to Dean, and tracks down her address for him. Finally, Bobby provides Sam and Dean with a ritual which destroys the Rabbit's Foot and breaks its curse.

3.04 Sin City

Bobby is working on the Colt, with Dean's help. After the boys leave for Ohio, he is test firing the Colt, when Ruby appears, and offers to help turn it back into a demon-killing weapon. Summoned by Sam he arrives to help, only to be struck down by Father Gil. At the end of the episode he reassures Dean that Sam is okay - that nothing has changed since he came back from the dead.

3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas

Sam consults with Bobby over the phone - he tells they are not dealing with an "anti-Santa" but with a pagan god. He later advises them that evergreen stakes will kill the god.

We learn that Bobby's association with the Winchesters goes back to at least 1991. Sam refers to him as Uncle Bobby, and it is Bobby who gives Sam the amulet as a present for John Winchester, but which Sam gives to Dean.

3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me

Bobby is investigating the death of a doctor who researched sleep disorders when he mysteriously lapses into a coma. On investigation, Sam and Dean find the culprit is Jeremy Frost, a patient of the doctor who was unable to dream until the doctor gave him African Dream Root.

Sam and Dean take some of the herb themselves in order to enter Bobby's dream and rescue him. In the dream they find Bobby having a nightmare about his wife. Before Bobby knew about the world of the supernatural, his wife has possessed, and he killed her. Dean manages to convinces Bobby he is only dreaming and he awakes.

Bobby works with the boys and Bela Talbot to track down Jeremy Frost.

3.11 Mystery Spot

After Dean dies, seemingly for real, on the Wednesday, Sam becomes obsessed with finding the Trickster, while ruthlessly hunting other evil across the country. Bobby calls him, worried about him. Finally Sam responds to a call from Bobby that he has found a way to summon the Trickster. Bobby says they need blood for the ritual - fresh blood. While Sam apparently seems willing to go and kill someone, Bobby offers himself as a sacrifice. Sam stabs him with a wooden stake - this is not Bobby but an illusion of the Trickster.

3.15 Time Is On My Side

Bobby calls Dean with a lead on Bela, who he has been told his contacts to keep an eye out for. An old hunter acquaintance, Rufus Turner, has called with news that she has been in contact with him.

3.16 No Rest For The Wicked

Bobby finds a way to locate Lilith. After giving her location to the boys, they obtain Ruby's Knife and prepare to leave to go after her. Bobby has disabled the Impala, and argues that he must go with him, because "there's more to family than blood", and that they need him. After Dean kills a demon possessing a police officer, Bobby explains that because Dean is close to going to hell, he can see their true faces.

When they arrive at the house where Lilith is, Bobby blesses the water in the sprinkler system, so that when the sprinklers activate the keep the demons in the neighborhood at bay. Bobby is not present during the finale encounter between the boys and Lilith.

4.01 Lazarus Rising

When Dean shows up on his doorstep, Bobby at first tries to kill him, convinced it must be a supernatural being and not Dean. Dean finally convinces him after cutting himself with a silver knife. From the number of empty liquor bottles, it's obvious Bobby has had a hard time since Dean died and Sam left. He accompanies Dean to find Sam. He then takes the boys to meet an old friend, the psychic Pamela Barnes, who is blinded during a seance by Castiel. Dean then convinces Bobby to help him summon Castiel. When they do Castiel renders Bobby unconscious so he can speak to Dean alone.

4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester

Sam and Dean are staying at Bobby's, discussing the implications of Castiel's revelations, when Bobby becomes concerned that a hunter and friend, Olivia Lowry, is not returning his calls. When the three go to check on her they find her dead, apparently from a supernatural being. When they find other hunters int he area also dead, they head back to Bobby's place.

Here they are confronted by the ghosts of people they all failed to save. Bobby is attacked by two young twin girls, who accuse him of failing to find and save them from a "monster". They hide Bobby in an old car in Bobby's yard, and are suffocating him when he is saved by Sam.

They take refuge in Bobby's Panic Room and Bobby determines they are dealing with Witnesses. They leave the room and he performs a spell to return the spirits to rest.

4.06 Yellow Fever

Sam calls Bobby, who thinks the boys are dealing with Ghost Sickness, in which a spirit literally infects a person with fear, which intensifies until the victim's heart gives out. Bobby theorizes that if the ghost that started the infection is destroyed, the sickness should clear up. As Dean's "infection" worsens, Bobby meets Sam at the wood mill. Bobby reveals that he is fluent in Japanese, and identifies Luther as a "buru buru," which can be killed with fear. Sam lures Luther out of hiding by destroying his drawings of Jessie O'Brien. He then wraps an iron chain inscribed with a spell word around Luther's neck, while Bobby drags him behind the Impala until he dissipates -- a "terrible" plan that both dislike, but which they feel is their only option.

Bobby's phones

4.10 Heaven And Hell

The boys, Ruby and Anna take refuge at Bobby's place. He is apparently in the Caribbean.

4.14 Sex And Violence

Sam contacts Bobby to help with their case. He provides backup to Sam and Dean's FBI cover story by phone identifying himself as their superior, Mike Kayser. He identifies the culprit as a siren, which needs to be killed with a brass knife dipped in the blood of someone under its spell. Just as Sam and Dean, both infected, are being forced to fight to the death, Bobby arrives, stabs Dean with a brass knife and then uses it to kill Nick Monroe - the siren.

4.20 The Rapture

After Dean sees Sam drink Demon Blood during the battle with the demons, Dean arranges with Bobby for him to call Sam, and say that he needs to see them. When they get to Bobby's place, he pretends to show them something in his panic room, but it is a ruse to trap Sam in there.

4.21 When The Levee Breaks

Bobby helps Dean keep Sam in his panic room to help him withdraw from the effects of the Demon Blood. He gets a call from Rufus Turner alerting him that more of The 66 Seals have been broken. He challenges Dean a couple of times about keeping Sam locked up - he fears it may kill him. "He's like a son to me" he tells Dean. When Castiel releases Sam, Bobby catches him trying to sneak out and tries to stop him, but when he can't shoot him Sam gets away. As Dean takes off after him, Bobby begs him to bring him back, and not push him away.

4.22 Lucifer Rising

Following their terrible fight, Dean withdraws and refuses to contact Sam. Bobby pushes him, and accuses him of behaving like his father, calling John Winchester a coward for not reaching out to Sam after they argued when Sam left for Stanford. Bobby says Dean is a better man than that, and there is no doubt Bobby gets through to Dean.

5.01 Sympathy For The Devil

Bobby meets up with Sam and Dean, bringing the Impala with him, in order to help decode Chuck's message about Michael's Sword. When Sam confesses that his killing Lilith freed Lucifer, Bobby coldly tells him that once the hunt is over, he wants nothing to do with Sam. Sam leaves to do some research. While researching further, Dean gets an idea, and going through some of John's old things. He finds a receipt for a storage facility that fits the message from Chuck.

Bobby attacks and restrains Dean - he too is possessed! A woman arrives with two henchman. It is Meg, the demon that once worked with Azazel and possessed Sam. Meg says the demons want Dean dead so he can't stop Lucifer. She orders the possessed Bobby to kill Dean with Ruby's Knife, but just as he is about to strike, Bobby manages to battle the demon and stab himself instead. Sam returns and helps dispatch the other two demons, but the Meg!Demon escapes by leaving her vessel.

Sam and Dean drop off a gravely injured Bobby at the hospital. When Zachariah tries to coerce Dean into allowing himself to be the Archangel Michael's vessel, he offers to heal Bobby but Dean refuses.

Later a doctor tells Bobby he won't walk again. As the boys leave, Boby tells Sam it was the demon talking earlier, and that he would never cut Sam out of his life.

5.02 Good God Y'All

Bobby is still wheelchair-bound and in the hospital. He hasn't spoken in days. When Castiel turns up, Bobby asks to be healed, but Castiel says he can't - he is cut off from Heaven's power. Bobby gets pissed off at Cass and tells him that when he finds God, to ask him to heal Bobby.

5.03 Free To Be You And Me

Bobby is back at his house still in a wheelchair when Sam calls him, telling him that there are what appears to be demonic omens near Sam's location. He asks Bobby if he knows any hunters that would be willing to check out the situation, but Bobby retaliates, suggesting that Sam himself should investigate. Sam eventually hangs up on him.

5.07 The Curious Case Of Dean Winchester

Patrick is a 900 year old witch who plays poker with people, gambling with years of their life. Bobby gambles with him, hoping to regain the use of his legs, but loses. Patrick is a 900 year old witch who plays poker with people, gambling with years of their life. When he takes 25 years from Bobby, Dean plays and donates 25 of his own years to Bobby, and loses an additional 50.

As they try and work out how to reverse the spell, Bobby finally reveals how despairing his paralysis has made him, and reveals that he wishes he had the courage to kill himself.

Lia, Patrick's partner, gives them a reversal spell. As Dean and Bobby undertake to do it, Sam stalls Patrick by playing cards against him. When the spell fails, Dean's life is in the balance as Sam plays for real; finally winning.

Dean tells Bobby that he is still valued - both as a hunter and as family.

5.10 Abandon All Hope

Family Portrait from 5-10 Abandon All Hope.JPG

Sam, Dean, Jo, Ellen and Castiel gather at Bobby's place after retrieving the Colt from Crowley. He insists on taking a portrait of the group to remember everyone by.

After the attempt fails, and Jo and Ellen are dead, Bobby burns the photo in a re-creation of the Hunter's Funeral Pyre.

5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Death comes to Bobby's town of Sioux Falls and raises the dead, including Karen, Bobby's dead wife. He tries to convince Sam & Dean to leave the town alone, he wants to keeps his wife. But after she begins to turn, he has no choice but to kill her. Karen came to warn Bobby though, that because he's helping Sam say 'no' to Lucifer, Death has his eye on him. Dean tries to comfort by saying that at least he got to see his wife again. Bobby replies that it only made her death "a thousand-times worse".

5.18 Point Of No Return

Team Free Will gathers at Bobby's place as he tries to help find an alternative to Dean being Michael's vessel, Dean lashes out at him. Bobby states that every morning he thinks about killing himself, but doesn't because he promised Dean he wouldn't give up. Later, Dean is held in Bobby's Panic Room. The angel's manage to snatch Adam from Bobby's, after he reveals to Zachariah where he is in a dream. Later, when Sam decides to take Dean with him to rescue Adam, even though Dean says he will use the opportunity to say "yes" to Michael, Sam reveals that neither Castiel or Bobby have faith that Dean will do the right thing.

5.20 The Devil You Know

Sam and Dean begin the episode on the trail of Pestilence, posing as CDC agents at a hospital hit with a swine flu outbreak. The doctor reports there have been 70 cases in a day and a half. Dean notes that the timing of the outbreak coincides with when "those statues started crying." Bobby later tells them over the phone that this is the fourth town that they know of that Pestilence has hit, but they are no closer to finding him.

Sam later calls Bobby and asks him how he took control of his body when he was possessed by a Demon in 5.01 Sympathy For The Devil. Sam suggests he wants to try consenting to possession from Lucifer and then try to take control of his body in order to trap him in Lucifer's Cage. Bobby angrily dismisses the idea, saying they had just talked Dean out of consenting to possession by Michael. He also says what he did was a million-to-one, and notes he was possessed by a demon, while Sam would be under control of Lucifer.

Bobby is talking on the phone with Rufus Turner discussing possible omens for Death when Crowley appears in his home. Crowley tells Bobby he can help them find Death, but he needs to make a deal for Bobby's soul to pull it off. Bobby is resistant to the idea, but Crowley assures him that it will be temporary and that he will give Bobby back his soul after it's done.

5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Bobby has sold his soul to Crowley in order to find out where Death is, although Crowley states he intends to return it and is only keeping it as "insurance" so that Sam and Dean don't turn on him.

As they rpeapre to go and stop the distribution of the Croatoan Virus, Castiel laments his newfound humanity and how useless he now feels, although Bobby quickly reprimands him for these thoughts considering he is still trapped in a wheelchair. Sam ponders how complicated their lives have gotten, and remembers the old days when they used to "just hunt Wendigo's. Crowley gives Dean Death's Scythe in order to kill Death and also reveals that he gave Bobby back the use of his legs in their deal.

Sam, Bobby and Castiel arrive at the Niveus warehouse and immediately get to work stopping the trucks from leaving with the virus, however the demons inside infect a number of people with the Croatoan virus to attack them. Sam rushes through the warehouse quickly looking for survivors and dispatching the infected.

After dean has obtained Death's ring, Dean places the four rings in position and they immediately magnetize. Dean tells Bobby he actually lied to Death about Sam saying "Yes". Although Dean says they can't believe Death, Bobby is not so sure. Bobby tells Dean that he watched Sam save almost a dozen people back at the warehouse and he never let up for even a moment. He admits to Dean that they've always been unjustly hard on Sam even though, through all the criticism, Sam has been fighting hard since he was twelve years old.

Bobby also says he knows that Sam has got a deep darkness in him but he also has a lot of good in him too, which he knows will mean Sam will either beat Lucifer or die in the process. Dean says he knows this which prompts Bobby to ask what he is afraid of more: losing the war or losing Sam.

5.22 Swan Song

Omens lead Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel to Detroit, where Lucifer had always predicted Sam would say yes. They arrive in Detroit, and after saying goodbye to Castiel and Bobby, Sam drinks the demon blood, and he and Dean go to confront Lucifer.

After Sam is taken over by Lucifer, Dean, Castiel and Bobby watch the news, as disasters occur across the world - the Apocalypse is beginning. Both Castiel and Bobby seem without hope. Dean calls Chuck who tells dean the confrontation between Michael and Lucifer will take place at Stull Cemetery near Lawrence in Kansas, where the boys first lived. Dean prepares to head there, telling the others that he won't let Sam die alone.

In Stull Cemetery, Lucifer faces Michael who appears using Adam as a vessel. Dean arrives in the Impala, Def Leppard's Rock of Ages blaring. Dean tries to talk to Sam, inside Lucifer, but Michael tells him it's not his fight anymore. Castiel arrives tossing burning Holy Oil on Michael causing him to vanish temporarily. Lucifer turns and disintegrates Castiel, and then as Bobby shoots him, he snaps his neck.

After Sam throws himself with Lucifer and Michael into Lucifer's Cage, Castiel reappears, his angelic powers restored. He heals Dean and resurrects Bobby.

Chuck tells us in voiceover, that Dean and Bobby won't see each other for a very long time, and that a week later Bobby will be hunting a Rugaru outside Dayton.

Bobby Singer and Sheriff Mills

6.01 Exile On Main St.

When they are attacked by Djinns, Dean takes Lisa and Ben to Bobby's home for protection. He is shocked to learn Bobby has known that Sam has been back for a year.

6.04 Weekend At Bobby's

One year ago, Bobby summoned Crowley and, since Lucifer had been defeated, demanded the return of his soul. Crowley refused and smugly quoted his contract, which stated that he only had to "make best efforts" to give Bobby his soul back. He agreed to give Bobby ten years of life, but that was all.

In the present day, Sam and Dean are on the trail of a monster in Wisconsin and they call Bobby for help. Even though Bobby says that he's busy, he spends hours researching, going so far as to break into a University library to find a book that he needs. It's early morning the next day when he calls Dean to tell him that they're hunting a Lamia. After he's off the phone, Bobby goes down to his basement, where he has a Crossroads Demon tied up and caught in a Devil's trap. He wants to know Crowley's true name - the name he had as a human before he died and became a demon in hell - so he tortures the demon by using a blowtorch to singe its bones. Finally, she admits that Crowley, who is now the King of Hell, was a Scottish man named Fergus MacLeod in life. Once Bobby has the information he needs, he burns the demon's bones, killing it and its host.

After killing the demon, Bobby answers phones and backs up other hunters posing as various law enforcement until Rufus knocks on his door. Rufus needs Bobby's help burying the body of an Okami. They bury the body on Bobby's property and Rufus leaves just before Sheriff Jodie Mills shows up with an FBI agent, Agent Adams. Agent Adams is looking for Rufus. Dean calls while the FBI agent is there and asks for help killing the Lamia because they couldn't kill it with a Silver knife blessed by a priest. Bobby tells him to find salt and rosemary and "blend the herbs, saute over a high heat, and cook well," and hangs up when Dean kills the Lamia. Agent Adams is persistent, and Sheriff Jodie Mills tries to distract him, but Adams finds the spot where the Okami was buried. Fortunately, there is no longer any evidence of a crime because the Okami is gone. Unfortunately, Rufus didn't stab it enough times to kill it, and it is loose.

While Bobby was interrogating the Crossroads Demon, Marcy Ward rang his doorbell with a homemade peach cobbler. She has been his neighbor for six months now, and seems to be interested in him romantically, asking him over for dinner and a movie and then, when he seemed hesitant, asking him to come over and take a look at her wood chipper, which has broken down. When he learns that the Okami might be after her, he breaks down her door with a shotgun, scaring her, but drawing out the Okami, which had been waiting in her bedroom to kill her. He kills the Okami by pushing it through Marcy's (obviously functioning) wood chipper, and Marcy is covered in blood. Bobby still tries to salvage a relationship with her, but she turns him down. Afterwards, Rufus thanks Bobby for helping him with the Okami and tells him what his contacts in Scotland have learned about Fergus MacLeod, aka Crowley. Crowley had a son named Gavin MacLeod, who's signet ring is now on display in a museum in Andover. Rufus steals the ring for Bobby, but is arrested.

Meanwhile, Bobby has been getting flak from Dean, who feels like Bobby is being selfish because he doesn't have time to listen to his worries about Sam. Bobby gets angry and has Dean put him on speaker so that he can talk to both Sam and Dean at once:

Bobby: Sam, Dean, I love you like my own. I do. But sometimes you two are the whiniest, most self-absorbed sons of bitches I ever met. I'm selfish? Me? I do everything for you. Everything! You need some lore scrounged up, you need your asses pulled out of the fire, you need someone to bitch to about each other, you call me and I come through every damn time! And what do I get for it? Jack! With a side of squat!

Dean: Bobby -

Bobby: Do I sound like I'm done? Now look, I know you've got issues. God knows, I know. But I got a news flash for you: you ain't the center of the universe. Now, it may have slipped your mind, but Crowley owns my soul, and the meter is running, and I will be damned if I am gonna sit around and be damned! So how about you two sack up and help me for once?

As a favor to Bobby, Sheriff Mills extradites Rufus and allows him to "escape custody" so that Rufus can deliver the signet ring to Bobby. Bobby uses the ring to summon Gavin's ghost, and they "have a chat." He then summons Crowley, who arrives and discovers he is trapped in a Devil's trap. Crowley repeats his position that he won't give Bobby his soul, but Bobby counters by revealing his son Gavin's ghost. Fergus, aka Crowley, and Gavin hated each other, and Gavin gave Bobby all the information he wanted about Crowley, including where his bones were buried. Bobby then hands Crowley the phone so that he can talk to Dean, who tells him that he and Sam are standing over Crowley's bones in Scotland. Bobby makes Crowley an offer: his bones in exchange for Bobby's soul, and Crowley agrees. Bobby makes sure that he will still have the use of his legs before releasing him from the Devil's trap. Crowley appears in Scotland moments later, picks up his bones, and disappears. Bobby then thanks Sam and Dean for flying to Scotland and helping him get his soul back. He also apologizes for the things he said earlier in the episode, but Sam and Dean tell him that he was right and that they had been taking him for granted.

6.06 You Can't Handle The Truth

Dean calls Bobby and confides in him about Sam's questionable actions in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard. He asks Bobby to research possible causes for Sam's strange behavior because he is convinced that his brother is not himself, but Bobby can't find anything specific and is worried that Sam has simply changed into a colder, less compassionate person.

After Dean invokes Veritas' curse, he calls Bobby to test it. Bobby is compelled to tell Dean a few interesting truths, including the fact that Bobby occasionally gets a pedicure. Dean hangs up when Bobby starts discussing his first girlfriend, who "turned out to be a-"

6.08 All Dogs Go To Heaven

After discovering that a dog, Lucky, is a skinwalker, Sam calls Bobby for an update on skinwalker characteristics.

6.11 Appointment in Samarra

Dean informs Sam and Bobby about his deal with Death to return Sam's soul if Dean can wear his ring and perform his duties for a full twenty four hours. Sam tries to prevent Dean from getting Death's ring, which was buried on Bobby's property, but Dean gets there first. He asks Bobby to watch Sam for him, and then disappears after putting on Death's ring.

Sam sneaks away to summon the angel Balthazar, who tells him that he can prevent the return of his soul if he pollutes his body using a spell. The spell requires Sam to commit patricide...but he does not need to kill his blood father; a surrogate father will do. Sam returns to Bobby's house, claiming that he just went for a drive. The two play cards, and Bobby offers to get Sam a beer. Sam quietly follows Bobby into the kitchen, but Bobby knocks him out before he can attack. Sam comes to and escapes before Bobby can imprison him.

The two hunters stalk each other through the house. Bobby hides in his hall closet and Sam attacks the door with an axe. Cornered, Bobby triggers a trap door beneath Sam, who crashes into the basement below. Bobby and Sam talk through the locked door.

Sam manages to break out while Bobby is speaking. Bobby follows a trail of blood in search of Sam, but Sam comes up behind him and incapacitates Bobby with a whack to the head. Bobby awakes tied to a chair above spell glyphs painted on the floor. Sam holds a large knife and raises it to kill Bobby, but Dean reappears and attacks Sam, saving Bobby.

Bobby and Dean tie Sam up in the panic room. They discuss his fate in grim terms, as both of them know that Sam will eventually escape, and that he could do anything. Death appears to Dean, and to his surprise agrees to return Sam's soul despite Dean's failure. Death disappears, and then reappears in the panic room. Bobby and Dean watch in shock as Death pushes Sam's soul back into his body while Sam screams in agony.

6.12 Like A Virgin

Ten days after Death returns his soul, Sam wakes up, enters Bobby's living room, and hugs both Dean and Bobby. He has no memory of the last year and a half. Dean is glad, and is willing to let Sam believe that he has just now been returned to Earth. Bobby and Dean discuss that matter later in the salvage yard. Bobby is in favor of telling the truth, insisting that Sam will find out the truth eventually, and he deserves to hear the truth from them. He agrees to remain quite as Dean persists. Bobby is having difficulty moving past soulless Sam's attempt to kill him, and is not sure that this Sam is entirely separate from the previous version.

Bobby finds an incident involving kidnapped girls that has supernatural overtones, and he and Dean plan to investigate. Sam asks to go along, and Bobby backs away from the hunt, giving an excuse about needing to man the phones for Rufus Turner. Dean calls Bobby later when they speculate that dragons are behind the disappearances. Bobby calls back with the name of an expert, Dr Visyak. It appears that Bobby and the doctor had a relationship, which she accuses Bobby of messing up. Sam calls Bobby for help in finding the dragons' layer, and though he asks, Bobby remains silent on the last year and a half.

Sam and Dean return to Bobby's house after freeing the victims with an unusual book. Bobby determines that it is made of human skin. He is able to read some of it, though the Latin is obscure and difficult. He finds references to Purgatory, and to the "mother of all".

6.13 Unforgiven

Dean calls Bobby to find out if he's learned anything more about Mother. We do not hear from Bobby himself, but Dean tells Sam what Bobby says: he doesn't have anything solid and things are quiet.

6.16 ...And Then There Were None

Bobby tells Sam and Dean about a string of supernatural activity along the i80 which has culminated in murders in Sandusky, Ohio. While they are tracking investigating the deaths they also encounter Rufus, who joins in the hunt. However things get tense when they encounter Samuel and Gwen Campbell. The creature responsible for the deaths - the Khan Worm - infects Dean who kills Gwen, and then it infects Samuel. Finally it infects Bobby who kills Rufus while possessed. Sam and Dean restrain the possessed Bobby, which speaks to them using Bobby's voice. Finally they kill it by electrocution.

After the creature is killed, Bobby, Sam and Dean bury Rufus. As cremation is not undertaken in the Jewish tradition, Rufus is buried, in what is obviously a Jewish cemetery, rather than given a Hunter's Funeral Pyre. Bobby pours some of Rufus' favourite drink - Johnny Walker Blue Label - on the grave before taking a drink himself.

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