7.18 Party On, Garth

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Title Party On, Garth
Episode # Season 7, Episode 18
First aired March 30, 2012
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Adam Glass
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1995111/
Outline
Monster Shojo
Timeline
Location(s) Junction City, Kansas
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Synopsis

Characters

Definitions

Music

Poison by Bel Biv Devo is Garth's theme

Quotes

Garth: Alright Jenny G, you're ganking days are over. You've been Garthed.
Sam: Have either of you ever heard of Thighslapper Ale?
Garth: Is that a stripper or a beverage?
Dean: Wow, party on, Garth.
Garth: I don't even usually drink beer. it messes with my depth perception - especially when I skinny dip.
Sam: Can you even get drunk anymore? It's sort of like drinking a vitamin for you, right?
Dean: Shut up.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode "Party On, Garth" is a quote from the 1992 comedy Wayne's World starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar as slackers who host a cult cable show. In the episode "Party On!" is the slogan for the MidWestern Brewery Company, makers of Thighslapper Premium Ale.
The return of Bobby in this episode was a closely guarded secret that was successfully kept by cast and crew alike. Jim Beaver even constructed an elaborate story through his Twitter that he was filming a French financed filom about the abominable snowman, complete with tales and pictures from the "set". Tweets with Supernatural producer Jim Michaels and even Jim's daughter Maddie gave the story veracity. You can read those tweets here. In addition Jim Beaver's names did not appear in the opening credits of this episode, to further protect the surprise. This had previously been done with Mark Sheppard in both 6.07 Family Matters and 6.19 Mommy Dearest.
The Guanaco Food Truck that Garth buys a meal from is a real Vancouver food truck serving El Salvadorean food, mainly pupusas. Declared by Jim Michaels as the favorite food truck of the cast and crew [1], you can check them out on Twitter @guanacotruck
Garth is greeted with "hey there Top Gun", by one of the witnesses to the first Shojo attack. The quote is a reference to the 1986 movie movie Top Gun, in which Tom Cruise's character "Maverick" wears aviator sunglasses.
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.
Sam is referring to the 2002 movie The Ring, which was a remake of a Japanese horror movie Ringu. The films feature a videotape that will result in a person's death in seven days, unless someone else watches the tape within that time.
The Shojo was reminiscent in look to the ghost - wearing white, with long black hair - from the movies. She is known as Samara (English version) or Sadako (Japanese version).
Garth uses the alias of R&B/funk musician James Brown.
Garth: I'm shipping out to AF mañana.
Translation: I am being deployed to Afghanistan soon.
Garth: Can I have some more Thighslapper?

Sam: No!
Dean: No - coffee for you Tara Reid.

Tara Reid is an actress known for partying with celebrities such as Paris Hilton and being caught on video in various stages of undress and inebriation.
Garth: Come with me if you want to live.
This line is a quote from the Terminator series of movies, and is used by a character in each of the movies. It is also a quote from the movie 'Snakes on a Plane'. Samuel L Jackson says it to Nathan Phillips at the beginning of the movie and Phillips calls it back at the end.
The translation of the Japanese text on the website Sam looks up to research the Shojo is a bit dodgy. It translates the word as meaning heavy drinker or orangutan. Shōjo actually means 'young girl'. Orangutan is a Malay word meaning 'person of the forest'. It also says the spirit has a red face and hair, whereas the Shojo encountered has a white face and black hair. Don't trust everything you read on the Internet.
The scene where the sword moves across the floor to Dean, is reminiscent of the scene in the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke uses the force to regain his lightsaber, when he is tripped in the wampa's cave.
Bobby's ghost, in addition to helping Dean regain the sword, had previously caused Dean's beer to disappear in 7.11 Adventures In Babysitting and moved a helpful paper to the top of a pile in 7.13 The Slice Girls. In the 7.17 The Born-Again Identity, while Dean is trying to find help for Sam, Bobby's journal falls on the floor, and a card for "Mackey's Taxidermy" falls out. Mackey in turn leads Dean to Castiel. It is worth noting that Bobby, who is fluent in Japanese, would have been a useful translator in this episode.

Minutiae

Garth has a room at "Mark & Diana's Last Resort Motel"
Mr. Fizzles is credited as himself.
Julia Rhodes who plays Maria McAnn also appeared as a vampire in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard
Andrew Francis who plays the janitor Lee, son of Dale Lampert, played the actor Rick who worked in alongside Tara Benchley in Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning in the episode 2.18 Hollywood Babylon

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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