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Recap of Supernatural
Season 7, Episode 18

Party On, Garth

Written by Adam Glass.

Directed by Philip Sgriccia.

Air Date: March 30, 2012.

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

Body Count:

For this episode = 3 humans and 1 shojo.

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For the series so far = At least 796 humans (of which 6 were witches), 97 demons, 55 angels, 37 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 26 vampires, 19 zombies, 15 gods, 9 hellhounds, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 shapeshifters, 4 ghouls, 3 djinn, 3 dogs, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 Leviathan, 2 vetalas, 2 werewolves, 1 crocotta, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, and 1 wraith.

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  • Agent Scully: Sam argues for the mundane explanation when Dean thinks Bobby is haunting them.
  • The Alcoholic: We see how bad Dean's gotten with this in this episode. It takes a lot to get him even "kinda drunk".
    Sam: I mean, can you even get drunk anymore? It's kind of like, uh, drinking a vitamin for you, right?
    • Later Sam has to tell Dean where to swing his sword as he's not drunk enough to see the shojo.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In-Universe — the sake box spells out exactly what's in it!
  • Bookends: Garth plays "Poison" on his car radio at the beginning and end of the episode.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being Plucky Comic Relief and making some initial mistakes, Garth turns out to be a competent investigator.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Garth gets drunk after one beer.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Bobby's flask, which Dean keeps as a Tragic Keepsake, ends up being the thing that allows Bobby to come back as a ghost, despite having had a Viking Funeral.
  • Character as Himself: Mr. Fizzles.
  • Closest Thing We Got: The shojo must be killed a samurai sword subjected to a shinto blessing while in a running spring. Dean buys a katana from the pawn shop, then gets a sushi chef to bless it while he pours bottled spring water on the blade.
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  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Garth to the final victim. It doesn't work until an invisible force starts throwing Garth about the place.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Sam and Dean are busted dead drunk in the brewer's office. He's calling the police when Garth tasers him from behind.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts:
    • The ghost turns up on security camera footage, but you still have to be drunk first.
    • The EMF reader is apparently malfunctioning due to Garth's ineptness, but it turns out to be reacting to Bobby's ghost.
  • Expy: The Shojo is most definitely based on Kayako Saeki from Ju-on and The Grudge.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: Sam has to grab a cab this way as he's too drunk to drive.
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