|“||Sidney, go on. Please, you're in a safe place now.||”|
— Bobby encourages Sidney to tell her story[src]
As the deadly games of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, shattered the city, numerous people fell victims to his vicious traps. However, as the games went on, there were also a few people who managed to survive. In order to share and overcome their horrific experiences, some of these people founded a self-help group and organized their meetings in a local church in the downtown area of the city. With time, more and more survivors joined the group. (Saw 3D)
One rather prominent member of the group was Bobby Dagen, a man who had gained wealth and fame by publishing his book "S.U.R.V.I.V.E. - My Story of Overcoming Jigsaw", in which he told his readers how he supposedly survived a deadly trap set up by the Jigsaw Killer and how his life developed afterwards. In fact however, he had never been tested by the killer and his whole story was nothing but a lie. To promote his book as well as his national tour, he attended the group's meetings along with his wife, Joyce, his crew and a camera team which recorded the session. During the meeting, Bobby listened to the stories of the other survivors, including a woman named Sidney, who had been forced to kill her boyfriend, Alex, in order to escape one of Jigsaw's traps. However, she stated that Alex had frequently battered her and said that her game was the first time she took action against him. Therefore, she was berated by Simone, another survivor, as Alex had to die for Sidney to leave him and then told her about her own game, during which she had cut off her own left arm. Afterwards, she spoke to Bobby and asked him why he had brought a camera team with him to film their conversation. Bobby responded that he wanted to illustrate the fact that a traumatic experience such as the kind that each one of them had been forced to endure can have a positive outcome, such as a new perspective on life. As Simone attempted to contradict him, Bobby interrupted her, showing understanding and respect for her anger, and told her to take a look at the other survivors, who had all managed to find something positive in their horrific experiences.
In yet another one of his dramatic speeches, he encouraged the others not to be ashamed of their experience but to be proud of having been able to survive. Thereby, he unbuttoned his shirt and let the others take a look at his own scars. Furthermore, he talked about the value of beloved people, which he, according to himself, had never done before his martyrium, and then introduced Joyce to the group, while kissing and declaring his love for her. He was, however, interrupted by Dr. Lawrence Gordon, another survivor, who, unknown to Bobby, was an accomplice of Jigsaw and therefore knew about his lie. Therefore, he sarcastically mocked him and his "remarkable" ability to get something positive out of his horrifying experiences. Bobby however tried to act confident and thanked him. Therefore, Gordon and the other confused members of the group applauded him, showing their gratefulness of being part of his story. (Saw 3D)
Bobby Dagen's Abduction
After the meeting, Bobby and his crew were about to leave the church, when Cale, his manager and best friend, asked him to talk to him alone. Therefore, Joyce went on ahead with Bobby's driver and told Bobby she'd wait for him in the car. Once they were alone, Cale asked him about Dr. Gordon, the "creepy guy with the cane" as he called him. Bobby however assured him that Gordon was fine and has been at these meetings longer than he did. Cale believed him and told him to rest for a while. Furthermore, he praised him for his performance at the meeting. Bobby then left the church and was confused when neither his wife nor his driver were at the car. Moments later he was attacked and subdued from behind by Detective Mark Hoffman, the successor of Jigsaw, who covered his face with one of his sinister pig masks. Afterwards, he took Bobby to the abandoned Clear Dawn Psychiatric Hospital, where he had prepared a deadly game for him. (Saw 3D)