Supernatural Episode 718
"Party On Garth"
Written By: Adam Glass
Directed By: Phil Sgriccia
Original Airdate: 30 March 2012
In This Episode...
Garth is in Kansas checking up on a boy who was gutted by an unseen monster while camping in the woods. The kids he was camping with seem to think it was the doings of local ghost Jenny Greentree. Garth finds Jenny's grave and sets her corpse alight, but when the victim's brother dies in the same way the next night, Garth calls in the Winchesters.
Sam and Dean show up and discover the boys' father Jim McCann is the owner of a local brewery. Just a few weeks prior, his partner Dale had killed himself. McCann and the third partner, Baxter, had decided to sell to a major beer manufacturer. Dale killed himself because the brewery was his baby, and he was forced out. Dale's widow doesn't believe he held any ill will to his partners; he even gave them a bottle of very expensive sake to show there were no hard feelings.
Baxter's wife is the next victim; her death witnessed by McCann's youngest daughter Tess. Tess accidentally had a drink of her godmother's "grown-up drink" (orange juice and vodka) and was able to see the "monster" - a ghostly little girl that looks like Samara from The Ring (or pretty much any other J-horror). The pieces fall into place: the "monster" they are dealing with can only be seen if you are drunk. Oh darn. The guys steal the box of sake and get the inscription translated. It contains a shojo, a Japanese alcohol spirit that could often be seen wandering around breweries by drunk employees. A shojo could be bound to an object, and once released, would do its master's bidding. In this case, Dale had cursed the shojo to take away his partners' kids. After all, the brewery was like his baby. Not sure why Tess wasn't killed, but whatever. The good news is that a shojo can be killed with a consecrated samurai sword.
Garth learns that Baxter did indeed have one child, an illegitimate son who works as the night janitor at the brewery, and has no idea who his dad was. Garth, Sam, and Dean converge on the brewery. Garth is drunk; the ghost knocks him out pretty quickly (this is Garth we are talking about). Sam is drunk; the ghost knocks him unconscious briefly. Strangely enough, Dean is the only sober one. How often can you say that? He's got the sword, and a dizzy Sam shouts directions until Dean's sword impales the ghost. She appears, briefly, before exploding into white light and mist.
Dean is a little spooked. During the fight, the sword slipped Dean's grasp and slid across the room - then moved back to him all on its own. After a throwaway comment from Garth earlier, Dean begins to think that Bobby is haunting them. Sam promises he tried to contact Bobby, with no results, and convinces Dean that, like normal people who experience a great loss, they just think they see Bobby everywhere. Except... they are being haunted. Bobby appears at the very end of the episode, frustrated that the boys can't see him.
Dig It or Bury It?
I love that no one really dies in this show. I mean, they die, but they come back. First Castiel, last week (and we know he will be back for at least three more episodes before the season's end) and we know Bobby returns next week. I like that. How can you not love Bobby? And Garth brightens any episode. He seemed, while just as gooney as the last time he was on the show, more helpful. Less annoying. Or maybe Dean has just accepted his awkward ways.
The shojo was a not-so-subtle nod to J-horror. She looked like every stereotypical Japanese ghost girl. But that stereotypical Japanese ghost girl always comes across scary.
Garth has a tagline: "You've been Garthed." As in, when he takes care of a ghost or a demon, he has "Garthed" them. Something tells me he would use the phrase after sex, too.
Sam and Dean are checking out some surveillance video at the brewery, but realize they need beer goggles to see if the shojo appears. Dean finds the good stuff in one of the executive offices, and the two get drunk - for science, of course. "Can you even get drunk anymore? It's it just like vitamins to you at this point?" Sam asks. Even funnier is that Dean seems shocked when he actually does get drunk.
The shojo likes to gut her victims - reach in and hollow out their torsos. Especially fun was the wife she guts. The shojo comes up behind her, reaches in, and starts digging around. You can see the shojo's fingers wiggling around under the wife's bloodied shirt.
The boys investigate what has been deemed one of the most haunted houses in America - and they finally see Bobby.