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Unless he has a storage locker somewhere full of things, Dean doesn't have a lot of possessions. The ones he carries with him tend to be things that were previously owned by someone close to him, now gone. Most of these items were John's, arguably the person he most looked up to and wanted to emulate. He has his father's journal, and for a while he had his father's leather jacket that he claimed in the Pilot. He's driving John's car, although a case could be made that she was always Dean's and John just kept her for a while. The journal is pretty much a representation of John's life as a hunter and the jacket says a lot about who he was in other ways.

Dean's had a few other possessions that seem to be constants. They represent huge pieces of his life. One is his gun that he lives by. Another was the amulet Dean wore given to him by Sam. It pretty much represented his relationship with Sam until it got tangled up with Cas's search for God. He's had a few other things that must have had some meaning to him although we never knew their stories. His silver ring from the first several season must have had a heck of a back story (and I figure it's somehow become a permanent part of the Impala, by chance or design).

At the beginning of this season, Dean retrieved Cas's trenchcoat after he disappeared into leviathan goo. The trenchcoat was as closely tied to Cas's identity as his wings. We saw in a later episode that it was in the trunk going along on Dean's journey.

Looking through caps from the last two episodes, it appears that Dean is now carrying Bobby's flask. He pulled it out of Bobby's duffle when Sam answered Bobby's phone at the beginning of Adventures in Babysitting.

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In Time After Time, when he is arrested, it is in a pile of his belongings on the table in the interview room. Later, when he gets a new suit, he puts his items in his new pockets and he holds the flask for a second.

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I don't really think that the flask represents Bobby in the same way as Cas's trenchcoat symbolized him. It's a pretty strong symbol nonetheless.  Just by the nature of it's use, a flask is a pretty personal item and I'm wondering what this flask means to Dean. He and Bobby spent quite a bit of time in the last couple seasons drinking together as they worked through some rough situations. Alcohol has been taking a more prominent place in Dean's life as losses have accumulated and the stakes have gone up. He didn't need a new flask as he already had one. Alcohol played a pretty big roll in Bobby's life. Sheriff Mills initially called him the town drunk. He even produced his own. I hate to see Dean end up heading down the same path but at this point it certainly looks probable. 

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no_ones_sleep
Jan. 16th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
...and I was so proud of Dean when he declined Ness' offer when he handed Dean his flask :-(. You are right though- I didn't realize it was Bobby's flask Dean is carrying with him, and so I thought the flask in this episode to be the 1944 version of a manly accessory.

I wonder where they are going with Dean's alcoholism. It isn't something anymore that can be resolved with a few well meant advices and some strong will (though that would help). And I fear for Dean. But then this is why I watch the show.

And I forgot to add that I LOVE your idea of the ring now being a part of the Impala! I sorely miss the ring as I am wearing the same, and it felt like some connection to/with Dean.. (I tried to pretend that I was keeping the ring for Dean until he wanted it back...)

Edited at 2012-01-16 02:11 pm (UTC)
galwithglasses
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
I hope we actually get to see Dean work on the alcoholism. I don't think it can be hand-waved away anymore. They seem to be working it into the storyline more and more.

I'm imagining that Dean took the ring off to work on the engine and set it down and it slid into an unreachable part of the workings. The Impala is happy because she feels like a high school student with her boyfriend's class ring and she's not going to give it back. I like that version a lot more than thinking he had it cut off at the hospital to deal with an injury. Actually though, it's probably a lot safer for Dean/Jensen not to have that on his hand with all the action they do.
hugemind
Jan. 19th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Dean is now carrying Bobby's flask

I noticed that, too, and it seems that he snagged it for himself almost right after he first noticed it. I do think that it's more about the flask than about drinking to Dean. Sure, Dean and Bobby have been known to abuse alcohol, but it's also been used to honor the passed (e.g. Bobby and the boys on Rufus's grave, sheriff Mills and Sam talking about drinking the bottle Rufus gave Bobby). And here, Dean had a chance to do some drinking with Eliot Ness but he didn't, so I'm taking that as a good sign.

The boys are collecting Bobby's contacts (Frank, Lee Chambers, now sheriff Mills) and Sam got Bobby's stuff from the storage locker, so there is this vibe of the boys sort of continuing Bobby's work, but I feel they're still a good way from being the new town drunks.
galwithglasses
Jan. 19th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right about the flask and the drinking. It does go well with Jodi and Sam sharing the bottle of Bobby's. I was glad to see Dean turn down the drink with Ness. He even commented about how he was surprised to see it. Both boys have had a chance to go back and meet up with people they considered heroes, Sam Colt and Ness. It's been fun to watch them interact with the real deal. Dean got to meet Dr. Sexy though too - the real fake deal? Anyway...

I love the idea that they could be taking up Bobby's work. If they manage to keep Rufus's cabin, they might even have a home that doesn't come with wheels. I'm really looking forward to seeing where they go from here.
twoexcluded
Jan. 20th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness. I love your observations!!!!! Bobby's flask and the symbolic meaning of!!!11! The parallel between the trenchcoat and holding on to the memory of who Cas once was!

And this -

His silver ring from the first several season must have had a heck of a back story (and I figure it's somehow become a permanent part of the Impala, by chance or design).

Woman, do you realise what a brilliant and beautiful story idea you've just suggested ♥
galwithglasses
Jan. 21st, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
I always wondered how Dean ended up with the ring to begin with. I can't imagine it just vanished...
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