Supernatural: Party On, Garth
October 4, 2021 4:27 AM - Season 7, Episode 18 - Subscribe

Garth calls on Sam and Dean for assistance in battling a ghost that one can only see when drunk.


Dispatcher: Uh, we got another body up here. Guy's torn to shreds.
Garth: [Listening] What? No way. How is that possible? I Garthed her!

Dean: [Garth is wearing an army uniform] What, are you allergic to a suit?
Garth: No. I just... look good in a uniform.

Garth: The witness said that whatever was chasing victim numero uno was invisible.
Dean: Uh, so, invisible ghost werewolf?
Garth: Why'd you think I called for backup?

Sam: Hey. Either of you ever heard of Thighslapper Ale?
Garth: Is that a stripper or a beverage?
Dean: Beverage for douchebags.
Sam: Uh, number one microbrew in the Pacific Northwest.
Garth: But we're in Kansas.
Dean: Yeah, I rest my case.

Dean: No microbrew is worth... What was it... eight food magazine awards? Beer's not food. It's... whatever water is.

Dean: [after Garth chugs a beer] Wow, party on, Garth.
Garth: I don't even usually drink beer. It messes with my depth perception -- especially when I skinny dip.

Sam: Garth, are you drunk?
Garth: Dude, I just drank a whole beer. Of course I'm drunk.

Garth: Monster you got to be drunk to see. Cool! Also... hard to fight.
Dean: Ahh. [takes a swig from flask] Just getting in the zone. You are strictly on wine coolers.
Garth: Hey, I love those. Anything sweet.

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

Sam: [drunk] So, he -- he let that thing out of the box, and it must have just followed him to the place with all the thingies.
Dean: [also drunk] Yes. Yes. That's smart.

Marie McAnn: It doesn't help Dale's wife is suing us.
Dean: Really? Why?
Marie McAnn: She's angry and grieving, and this is America?

Garth: Hi, Tess. You want to tell me what you saw tonight? Or maybe you'll talk to... [puts on a sockpuppet] Mr. Fizzles! I'm your friend! Yay!
Dean: Garth, why don't we put the sock away?
Garth: Mr. Fizzles wants to help Tess. He wants to listen.
Dean: Mr. Fizzles is gonna go where the sun don't shine.


The episode title is a reference to Wayne's World.

In the end credits, Garth's sock puppet, Mr. Fizzles, is credited as himself.

When Garth spots the shojo in the brewery, he tells Lee, "Come with me if you want to live." Garth is quoting The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

When Garth gets drunk on one beer, Dean calls him Tara Reid. In the late 1990s Reid seemed to have a promising future as an actress, but it fizzled out. She became known as a heavy drinking party girl. In 2005 she hosted a reality show that was essentially centred on her drinking her way around the world. In 2009 she went into rehab after giving a few too many drunken interviews.

In one shot of the Brewery at night you can read Avalon Brewing Company on one of the tanks behind the janitor cleaning the window. Avalon Brewing Company was located in Vancouver, BC where Supernatural is shot, but is now closed.

As the shojo is dying, it makes the same sound as the Predator, who also uses invisibility to hunt its prey.
posted by orange swan (7 comments total)
No wonder Garth got drunk so quickly -- he can't weigh very much, and is almost certainly a cheap date. Actors who look like they're a good, healthy weight on camera are usually actually 10-20 pounds underweight, and for DJ Qualls to look as scrawny as he does onscreen... he must be skeletal in person.

It's hard to believe those people would just leave their little girl with Dean and Garth without question.

I found Mr. Fizzles just as annoying as Dean did. He's so good with kids he doesn't need to pull out any stupid puppet to get whatever information he needs from them.

I don't think we ever see Dean hug any other men outside his own family except the Cupid and Garth. I don't even recall him ever hugging Castiel. But he and Sam let it happen, and I get why. Garth does get on my nerves, but at the same time he's such a genuinely sweet, earnest guy that it's ultimately impossible not to like him.

And of course Dean has opinions on beer, just as he does on cars.
posted by orange swan at 4:37 AM on October 4, 2021 [1 favorite]

Qualls got cancer when he was 14 and apparently among other things it basically stopped him from growing as he otherwise might.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:41 PM on October 4, 2021 [1 favorite]

I'll admit, I came around to liking Garth. (I think it's his next appearance that really cements it for me as a character.)

Initially, he came across as one of those sad-sack guys that tends to glom onto the nearest girl that doesn't actively tell him to go take a hike and then never lets go, and honestly, I've got way too much experience with those kinds of dudes in real life that I can't cope with them in fictional properties, but as I said, his character grows and develops and proves he's more than that.

It's a shame to hear about the cancer, nobody deserves that, and especially no kid, but it's great that he survived.
posted by sardonyx at 1:32 PM on October 4, 2021 [1 favorite]

Bobby helping the boys from beyond the grave isn't sitting well with me at all, especially really overt help like force-pulling the sword for Dean.

... and that's Bobby's flask, isn't it? Kind of a no-brainer that it could serve as a conduit, especially with Garth pointing out that that it oozes emf.

I'm a fan of Qualls, and the Garth character is a nice departure and counterpoint to the boys.
posted by porpoise at 6:30 PM on October 4, 2021

Garth can be a little over the top for me at times, but on balance it's nice to have another hunter around who's friendly but not especially invested in Winchester drama.

If Bobby's really bound to the flask such that he's stuck wherever Dean leaves it, it is extremely funny to me that when Dean forgot it after his one night stand with the Amazon, Bobby was just stuck haunting this random woman's house for like two days wondering if anyone was going to come get him.
posted by jameaterblues at 8:09 PM on October 4, 2021 [1 favorite]

That also means Bobby had to watch Dean bang the Amazon, which I'm sure he would have preferred not to do.
posted by orange swan at 9:18 PM on October 4, 2021

Which was straight out of Skinemax - Amazon kept her heels on.

I feel sorry for the bed sheets/ mattress.

Which brings up an interesting question; ghosts/ spirits are able to manifest away from their bones/ fetish, are they geographically tied to them? Could Bobby fuck off to a local distillery and indulge in some Angel's share of a distillery nearby-ish?
posted by porpoise at 11:03 PM on October 4, 2021

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