Party down has always had a strange, mellow vibe to it that somehow makes the humor even stronger-the strange moments are made all the more surreal because everything is so simple and straight-laced. There are no characters who are over-the-top or uselessly implemented.
This episode does well to express the span of time between last season to present-it reintroduces Lizzy Caplan's character, gives us strong Ron moments, and Martin Starr as Roman has never failed to be fantastic; in this episode especially. He and guest star Jimmi Simpson (as goth rock star Jackal Onassis) trade places. Simpson, really, has the ability to light up anything he's in, and this episode is no different-I'm saddened that he's not going to be a recurring character.