Season 7 Episode 18

Party On, Garth

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2012 on The CW
out of 10
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273 votes

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    Supernatural: When Beer Goggles Are a Good Thing

    It was time to get blotto in "Party On, Garth," a throwback episode full of fun frights, and a surprise ending made it one of the best of the season.

  • Episode Summary

    Hunter Garth calls on Sam and Dean for help when he comes up against a Shojo, a Japanese creature that can only be seen and fought when the hunter is drunk.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

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    • Bobby and Castiel

      Great that Booby came back as a Ghost - readers of mycomments will see that I predicted it (wee-jee board pun intended)... shame that I wasn't quite right about castiel but I still think that Booby and castiel are Aces up the sleaves of the boys for a showdown with the Levianthans (actually a friendly Male Witch who once bonded a Leviathan for a few hours has shown the way)... cool... as episodes go - good, good episode bc as well as major plot advancement it used a "quirky" hunter as a foil for a good episode... not all hunters are Sasquatichs and Cavaliers... carry the torch guys, use the silver and salt... the bells the bells...moreless
    • holy smoke

      had goose bumps throughout the episode and actually cried at the ending. bravo!
    • Party On, Garth

      Party On, Garth was a superb episode of Supernatural and I really enjoyed watching because Garth was funny, the creature was spooky in a "The Ring" sort of way and it seems as if Bobby is hanging by the brothers. The story was well written and intriguing. There was some good character development and plot progression for the characters as they each endure their own issues. I liked how Dean paid a Japanese cook to decipher the box and bless a sword for him. This was a cool story with some humor, action, and suspense. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Bobby is Superman.

      The title may be misleading to some but to others if they think long and hard on the comparisons will fit naturally. Flashback to the year 1992. The offices of DC Comics under pressure from Warner Bros. put off the wedding o the century Clark Kent and Lois Lane and flustered for stories decided to kill off Superman, and throughout the next year thw wheels were set in motion to bring him back to life. The story was a ploy to boost sales and prolong a wedding issue.

      Bobby's situation is pretty similar When Superman died protecting those he loved from an unstoppable menace he couldn't even hurt, Bobby died protecting his surrogate sons from Dick Roman the so far unstoppable Leviathan leader. Superman came back to life mere months after falling in battle, Bobby returned last night months after he died to a GSW to the head.

      It seems to me that the writers pulled of what I call a "Death of Superman" moment. When the writing staff flushed for ideas kill off a major or supporting character in a way to boost ratings. Only to use that character's demise as a catalyst to fuel stories that will evetually brinag about his return the same year. Much like Superman the writers always planned to bring him back in some form ultimately leaving his monumental death and sacrifice sour. The impact and meaning is lessened.

      For that ending alone I give this episode a 7 rating. It's convienient and ruins a monumental episode just months after it aired. Despite how I felt about this urban legend season 1 throwback (which was good) this ending will always leave a sour taste in my mouth.moreless
    • Awesomefest!

      -Ha! Awesome bit of continuity! Bobby: "No, Garth, not me the FBI, the real FBI! How are you still alive?" I love that a random crazy hunter introduced only by name in a gag one and a half seasons ago in Weekend at Bobby's later becomes a full-fledged awesome character.

      -Telling ghost stories around a campfire in a Supernatural teaser? That's not going to end well.

      -Haha, love the feathers from the disemboweled down vest floating around!

      -Garth trying to act all badass and cool to the tune of Bell Biv DeVoe's Poison. And while wearing chucks with his police officer outfit!

      -Going back to the woods at night where your brother was disemboweled? That's not going to end well either.

      -Sam: "I wish I wasn't like the damn tape from The Ring. I wish I wasn't okay because I passed on the crazy." Nice reference to the Japanese horror movie, seeing as the Shojo pays homage to every ghost in every J-horror movie ever, including Samara in The Ring.

      -"Corporal James Brown." Love that Garth obviously gets a kick out of playing dressups and shares Dean's affinity for cool aliases. Garth puts the fun in hfunting.

      -Dean: "Invisible Ghost Werewolf?" Garth: "Why do you think I called for backup." Smart move Garth.

      -Mr. Fizzles! Bwahahaha! I particularly love when Mr. Fizzles and Mr. Fitzgerald both give Dean identical "I told you so" looks.

      -Whichever of the writers thought of a creature that can only be seen while drunk is a genius! All the drinking scenes were awesome. And spawned many fandom drinking games. Bet most of us were seeing Shojos by the end of the episode. (I would've liked even more drunken shenanigans, but executive producer Jim Michaels tweeted that was the maximum amount of drunken shenanigans that the network's Standards and Practices would let them get away with it.)

      -Sam: "Can you even get drunk anymore? Isn't that like drinking vitamins for you?"

      -The normally eloquent-and-erudite-when-sober Sam: "So he let that thing outta the box and it must've followed him to the place with the thingies."

      -It's so awesome they go to a random chef at a Japanese restaurant for all their translation and spellwork needs.

      -I love that for all that he's a spaz, Garth is actually a good hunter in his own way. He's smart enough to figure out Baxter had a child that no one knew about and brave enough to go off to save him even though totally defenseless against the Shojo. And completely pickled in tiny booze bottles.

      -Larry, Curly and Moe rescue the janitor at the brewery. But they got her done in the end! With maybe a little help from an old friend?

      -"What did I miss?" That's gonna be Garth's catchphrase.

      -Finally, a Supernatural character not afraid to hug!

      -Trivia Alert: this week's car is an AMC Pacer, which happens to uncoincidentally be the same car driven by Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World, from whence comes the title "Party On, Garth!"

      -And now we get to the most awesome part yet. I have no words to describe how awesome it was, but I'm betting the awesomeness of it jumped right out at you and you don't need any explanations or embellishments from me:


      -"I'm right here, idjit!"


      -A few things made that moment even more awesome, aside from the total awesomeness that is BOBBYYYY!!!! One is that they simultaneously foreshadowed Ghost Bobby while also throwing out red herrings to make us believe the guys were imagining it due to their grief. So when BOBBYYYY!!!! actually does appear, it is both a climax they have built up to, and one that is unexpected.

      -The second thing that increased the awesomeness exponentially is the lengths to which the cast and crew went to disguise the fact Jim Beaver was working on the show again. For those of you not part of the fun and games that is Twitter, Jim threw up an elaborate smokescreen about working on an abominable snowman movie in the mountains of British Columbia, complete with tweetpics of frozen toilet seats, fictitious crew members in icicle-trimmed parkas, and blizzards on mountainsides. He really pulled the frozen wool over our eyes! He even exchanged several tweets with Supernatural crew saying they hoped to meet up in Vancouver and how much they missed each other. Right after the episode aired, Jim tweeted that someone really should make that abominable snowman movie. They basically punk'd the whole fandom--and a fandom full of spoilerhounds at that!

      -Hahaha! Did you notice in the end credits? "Mr. Fizzles as Himself"

      Really looking forward to the next episode on April 20. Hope we see more of Bobby, Garth and Cas!

    Terry David Mulligan

    Terry David Mulligan

    Randy Baxter

    Guest Star

    Andrew Francis

    Andrew Francis


    Guest Star

    Debbie Podowski

    Debbie Podowski


    Guest Star

    Jim Beaver

    Jim Beaver

    Bobby Singer (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The description of the shojo on the website says that it has red hair and face, but the creature on-screen clearly has black hair and a white face.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Sam: Say, either of you heard of Thighslapper Ale?
        Garth: Is that a stripper or a beverage?
        Dean: Beverage for douchebags.

      • Sam: I mean, can you even get drunk anymore? It's kind of like drinking a vitamin for you, right?
        Dean: Shut up.

      • Dean: You have the CEO of the douchiest microbrew in the U.S. gagged in your hot tub? You really think that's gonna end well?
        Garth: I'm not feeling the love.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Title:

        Referencing the Wayne's World character Garth who was created as a SNL sketch in 1988. Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar are metalheads who performed a cable public access show from Wayne's basement. They would introduces themselves at the beginning of each show by saying "Party on, Wayne" and "Party on, Garth."

      • Chris' Girlfriend: What do you want, Top Gun?
        Referencing the 1986 movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and Anthony Edwards as RIO Nick "Goose" Bradshaw. They train with other top pilots at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School as part of the Top Gun program. Tom Cruise's character wears shades, just like Garth does.

      • Sam: Just wish it wasn't like the damn tape from The Ring.

        Referencing the 2002 horror movie based on the 1998 Japanese horror movie Ring. The movie features a black-haired ghost white-skinned, Samara, who comes to kill people seven days after they've seen a particular video tape.

      • Garth: Come with me if you want to live!

        Referencing James Cameron's Terminator franchise. The line has been spoken, by various characters, in all three movies, as well as The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series.

      • Dean: All right, well if it wasn't Bobby, then what Jedi'd that sword into my hand?
        Referencing the Star Wars series and the Jedi Knights. The Jedi Knights are the "good" protectors of the galaxy, capable of tapping into the mystic Force to gain a variety of powers such as mind control and telekinesis. They avoid strong emotion, which can lead them to the Dark Side, the "evil" side of the Force. The Jedi and the Force are first mentioned in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).

      • Dean: Instant Swayze, right?
        Referencing the 1990 film, Ghost, starring starring Patrick Swayze as a ghost who is able to move objects when angry or otherwise feeling strong emotion. Dean has used "Swayze" as a verb to describe ghosts moving objects before, starting in "In My Time of Dying".