Supernatural, "Party On, Garth": the hapless hunter drinking game

Quick Take: Supernatural, “Party On, Garth”
“Beer’s not food. It’s whatever water is.” - Dean 

Supernatural

Review: Supernatural, “Party On, Garth”
(S0718) Well, those of us playing the Supernatural drinking game woke up to a bad morning today, didn’t we? We sure did. That whole ‘drink when Dean drinks’ rule certainly backfired magnificently. Did anyone catch the fact that when our merry trio actually fought the monster, despite giving it his best go, Dean wasn’t actually drunk enough to see it? I don’t know if I should applaud his tolerance or schedule an intervention.

I came into “Party On, Garth” torn between my disappointment over last week’s “Born Again Identity” and my love of guest star DJ Quallis. I like Garth.  He was the single bright spot in “Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!” and it’s nice to see a hunter who isn’t an complete trainwreck, who actually seems to enjoy what he does. Despite his role as mostly comic relief, I appreciated the introduction that showed Garth as a capable hunter. Well, mostly capable.

Admittedly, the plot itself made my head hurt and the general consensus is that once again, Supernatural has managed to carry on its long tradition of butchering foreign urban legends.  Apparently, Japanese monsters all bear a striking resemblance to Samara from The Ring. Who knew?

Just because most of America isn’t intimately familiar with the mythology behind Shojo the way we are with Bloody Mary and the Hookman, doesn’t mean we won’t figure it out, Supernatural. It’s called Google.  But hey, at least this was closer to accurate than Osiris and the Vetala were, am I right?

Of course, the booze monster and the Drunkest Hunt EVER are forced to play second fiddle to the real highlight of “Party On, Garth”: GHOST BOBBY. That’s right. The missing beer, the helpful research,  Mackey’s Taxidermy—all the work of a frustrated phantom Bobby.  I’ve been claiming Ghost Bobby all along because, honestly, what else could it have been? But I still wasn’t expecting to see Jim Beaver calling the Winchesters idjits juuuust yet. The return of Bobby (kinda sorta) was information so closely guarded that Jim Beaver actually spent the past month tweeting about his role in a non-existent movie purely to throw the spoiler-obsessed off.  

Supernatural fans, you’ve been Punk’d.

(And it was awesome.)

Not awesome? Another hiatus. New episodes of Supernatural return on April 20th. I swear I’ve never seen a series take so many breaks in a single season.  

By MaryAnn Sleasman

About the author

MaryAnn was raised by television because her parents were too cheap to get a babysitter. Some people have fond memories of summer camp, she has Salute Your Shorts rerunsStalk her on Twitter at @radium_girl.

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