The Dresden Files

Season 1 Episode 10

What About Bob?

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Things seem to be going well between Harry and his new flame until she walks out on him... and takes Bob's skull. Now Dresden must find Bob and rescue him from the clutches of an old enemy. But will Bob want to be rescued?

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  • What About Bob?

    What About Bob? was a perfect episode of The Dresden Files and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of action, drama, intrigue, flashbacks, and new allegations. It was great to learn more about Harry's past with his father and his uncle. This was a fun to watch episode because Murphy was having a hard time dealing with what happened and has been super suspicious of Dresden since, Dresden deals with his past, and Bob makes important decisions. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Adventurous episode with unexpected turns of event...

    This episode is rather different from its predecessors... The characters are somewhat changed from the behaviour point of view...Murphy is shown as an insecure woman, who takes pills to try and feel better...She is staled by nightmares...Harry has a relation with a woman that goes bad and results in the disappearance of Bob's skull...When he investigates he finds out that his "dead" uncle is behind this...This episode reveals Dresden as being behind the death of his uncle, thus making him a murderer...Bob is freed from his skull to help with the revival of Harry's uncle but Bob remains loyal to Harry...I found very interesting the flashbacks from Harry's past...Its interesting that though he killed a man he didn't sticked to black magic.moreless
  • The truth about Harry Dresden's past becomes clearer as he searches for Bob.

    This episode was absolutely amazing! It is definitely one of the best Dresden Files episodes of the season. Morgan’s feelings for Dresden were shown when he found out Bob went missing. I love how the show portrays Bob as a spirit able to leave the skull, because it makes the show so much more interesting with him as an active character.

    Harry has started to be more truthful around Murphy. By the end of the episode, he was able to tell her the truth about both his father and his uncle’s deaths. He also told her the nightmares she’d been having were all true and she did witness someone killing himself right in front of her. I really hope the relationship between Murphy and Dresden grows stronger. They are an excellent team.moreless
  • Fantastic, Bob, Coppers!!!

    Wow, I can't believe this eppy. It was sooo fantastic!!!! I was really expecting Bob to go the distance with his mortality. I'm so happy that he's more loyal than that. I expect that the High Council will eventually give him Reprieve and allow him to finally Rest In Peace. I'm getting a little sick and tired of the Unbeliever ... AKA ... Lil Miss POLICIA!!!! Get a grip woman, quit taking the happy happy sleepy pills and realize that there's more out there than RULES and regulations ... Which were MEANT to be broken or at least bent by the WAY!!! I do have to say ... Her character though could be moved in so many directions, what if she has latent powers herself ... that she's using and doesn't know it? In anycase ... another fantastic eppy from the writers and producers. I am looking into collecting the books that this series is based on!!!moreless
  • Finally Bob says a little more! I loved this episode, it had me laughing and gripping the edge of my seat - basically, it rocked. Can't wait for the next one!moreless

    Harry gets tied up and drained of powers.....? Interesting... Loved the scene, loved the series, loved ... everything!!! Not much more i can say... keep 'em coming!

    But... as a review has to be a min of 100 words, i can't help but go on a little. Bob was great, always had me guessing what he was up too and for that i was thankful, i hate when your able to guess every little thing thats going to happen! Secondly, I liked how the focus was on Harry's past, it was just a matter of time that an episode was about it. Overall - Loved: Worshiped: Enjoyed: Watched THIS Episode AGAIN And AGAIN And AGAIN...moreless
Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight

Young Harry

Guest Star

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan Higgins

Colm Dresden

Guest Star

Jordan Madley

Jordan Madley

Tara Wright

Guest Star

Matt Gordon

Matt Gordon

Waldo Butters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Harry presumably just got a PI license in the previous episode. It seems improbable that you can get one without being fingerprinted, since background checks are standard. But Murphy resorts to tossing something to Harry to get his fingerprints. Since she knew that he had applied for his P.I. license, it seems more likely that she would have just pulled the prints from the background check, assuming that she could gain access to that information.

    • Despite giving away all of his uncle's money and common worldly possessions, Harry, at least on paper, is still a multi-millionaire due to the value of his uncle's estate, which he still owns.

    • This is the first time in the series that a recap on the last few episodes namely episode 2 "The Boone Identity" is used.

    • It is revealed that Bob's full name is Hrothbert of Bainbridge.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Harry: For the working magician, the best tool in his toolbox is a little thing we like to call "the false expectation." If played right, it could stun an audience into total submission. The false expectation is also known by more aggressive illusionists as "the dashed hope." Timed just right, it can be a real killer. Here's the thing about the dashed hope. You hit someone hard enough with it an early age, and it can make a blind spot in one's habitual search for closeness and affection. Okay, my habitual search. The current blindspot's name is Tara. Sweet and funny. And willing to destroy my life for a fistful of cash. Of course, the hunger for money can create its own blind spot. And what you can't see coming... can kill you.

    • Harry: Here's the important thing to remember about our last lesson. The dashed hope--if it's successful and you've shattered your subject's illusions of normalcy, then the most unbelievable and bizarre situations will be accepted without question. With a gentle nudge, you can send your subject into a world of wonder... or straight off a cliff. Your choice.

    • Harry: It's okay Bob, it's okay. You're gonna be okay.
      Bob: If by "okay" you mean dead, then yes.
      Harry: Please don't die on me, Bob.
      Bob: (Harry cries as Bob grows limp in his arms. Bob's body disappears and reappears across the room.) That is really touching.
      Harry: Bob, that's not fair. You knew...
      Bob: Once cursed, always cursed. My soul forever ensnared, forbidden to move on.
      Harry: I guess I can live with that.
      Bob: Yes, I thought you might.

    • Harry: I saved you, Murphy. Saved you with Black Magic.
      Murphy: I can't believe that. Your world cannot exist because this world, the world that I live in -- it's scary enough.

    • Murphy: (when told about Black Magic) I can't join you there, Harry, because my rules don't apply there and I need my rules. I need them.
      Harry: I need you, Murphy. I need you to help me be a better person, to do something half-decent in this world, okay? And you gotta help me to do that for as long as I can. Please!
      Murphy: Okay. For as long as I can.

    • Murphy: What did you do?
      Harry: I'm sorry? What do you mean?
      Murphy: Something happened to me, I can still feel it.
      Harry: You had a close call. I helped you out. You'll get better. It's just gonna take time.

    • Murphy: The death of your uncle made you a very rich man.
      Harry: Wow... We just really aren't friends anymore, are we?

    • Harry: What are you doing about all this?
      Morgan: (holds up small crystal skull)
      Harry: What is that?
      Morgan: If the skull is ever unshielded, this will tell you where to find it.
      Harry: (dubiously) What, it talks?
      Morgan: It will glow. When you touch it, you'll know where to go. (Gives skull to Harry)
      Harry: (Looking at skull) Well, do you have something a little more proactive? I just gotta sit around waiting for this to...? (Looks up to find Morgan gone) God, I really hate that.

    • Murphy: You inherit a fortune from your uncle and yet you're still living here practically begging strangers for lunch money...
      Harry: Look, I gave the money to charity, okay? You wanna see the tax returns?
      Murphy: Your uncle left you this big house. Why aren't you living in it?
      Harry: Because it isn't my home.
      Murphy: Then sell it!
      Harry: It's safer if I don't.
      Murphy: Safer for who?

    • Murphy: Now, just so we're clear, your father also died of a heart attack?
      Harry: Okay, okay, just so we can both get something clear here. If I'm gonna discuss my family's tragedies, I'm gonna do it with a really, really close friend, okay? Not with a cop who seems to be measuring me up for shackles right now.

    • Murphy: We got an anonymous tip
      Harry: Saying what?
      Murphy: That your uncle was murdered and you did it. Crazy, huh?
      Harry: That is a little crazy. Let me get this straight - five years after my uncle drops dead of a heart attack, you're investigating me for murder because some crank calls up?

    • Justin doppelganger: And you left nothing behind?
      Tara: Only a sweet memory and a pair of handcuffs.
      Justin doppelganger: Handcuffs? My instruction was very clear. You were to leave nothing.
      Tara: I didn't want him chasing me out the door, did I?
      Justin doppelganger: Well, you left a possession. He can chase you around the world with it.
      Tara: What does that mean?
      Justin doppelganger: I'm sorry, Tara. I must alter the agreement.

    • Young Harry: (about Bob) Is he a genie?
      Bob: I'm not a genie. I'm a sorcerer.
      Justin: Former sorcerer. His soul was damned for eternity and trapped inside his own skull.
      Young Harry: What did he do?
      Bob: I can hear you...
      Young Harry: He's cranky.
      Justin: Yes, he is, and very smart. You'll learn a lot from him.

    • Morningway copy: (to Bob) You can end the never-ending torment, if you agree to use your forbidden talents and bring Morningway back from the dead.

    • Harry: Hey, how's Bob?
      Morningway: As you know, cranky.
      Harry: Still?
      Morningway: Eternally.

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