Official Description: GARTH IS BACK TO HELP THE WINCHESTERS – Dean is surprised when he gets a call from Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) asking for the brothers’ help on a case. Sam and Dean discover they are battling a Shojo, a Japanese creature sent to seek revenge on enemies. The worst part about fighting a Shojo? You can only see it when you’re drunk. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Adam Glass.
You guys. This show. I just…. We all may be riding the SPN roller coaster throughout the season, but I have to say, when it’s good it is good.
Also? I’m so glad I am a spoilerphobe. This was one episode I would not want to have had prior knowledge of. That said, if you are among those who reads this ramble before watching the episode, you obviously don’t mind that I spoil you for the whole thing – but there’s a scene in this episode that really deserves to be seen first for the sheer impact.
Just make sure you come back…. *grins*
I got to watch this episode with a good friend and my favorite beer – Newcastle Brown Ale, if you’re wondering. So, it was enjoyable on multiple levels. And there were moments I had to pause simply because she fed my laughter and I didn’t want to miss anything. Plus, there were a few ‘Dean Looks’ that we just had to see again. Because of the reason. *grins*
The title and previews gave me the ‘this is going to be a light, filler episode’ feeling – especially with DJ Qualls returning his Garth character to our boys – and I wasn’t disappointed. They nailed some funnier than heck scenes in this episode – and all without going meta on us. But at the same time, there were some serious undertones that I really appreciated. Undercurrents of need and pain that are never far from Dean’s eyes.
Okay, I’m just gonna dive in because if I do too much musing here at the front I’ll get way too far ahead of myself. Besides, this was one of those episodes that amused, entertained, and surprised me to the point that any plot holes and hand waving were forgiven.
The THEN reminded us about Garth, aka The Skinniest Hunter In the History of Ever. Flashes of Dean grousing to Bobby on the phone that he doesn’t want to hook up with another hunter, flashes of Bobby on the phone with Garth (“Not me, the real FBI! How are you still alive?”), flashes of Dean (wearing the blue sweater vest…*sigh*) and Garth hunting…. So, Garth. With me? Good.
NOW we have a group of teens around a campfire, huddled together under sleeping bags to ward off the chill. One is telling the other three the obligatory ‘it’s a dark and stormy night’ ghost story about a homeless girl named Jenny Greentree who froze to death in these very words…under the very tree they were camping under…. Just as they’re all skittish, a bottle breaks against said tree and they all jump. It’s the (very drunk) brother of one of the campers.
The older brother – Ray – gets up to try to get his younger brother – Trevor – to go home when he realizes that Trevor is three sheets. Trevor’s all, “you gonna call dad?” and Ray’s trying to be the responsible one when Trevor suddenly stills and asks if he hears something. No one does, but Trevor startles like he hears whatever it is again, then looks past his brother with horror etched on his features gasping out, “You gotta run!”
Before Ray can do much more than look over his shoulder, Trevor’s off and running. A few moments later, they all hear him scream from deeper in the woods and Ray heads after him, calling his name. A few yards down a dirt path, Ray finds his brother against a tree, dead, a big hole where his guts used to be and the air littered with feathers from his down-filled coat.
Next we get the money shot of…an El Camino pulling up to a curb. Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is blaring from the speakers…aaaandd, I just flashed back to high school. *laughs and shakes self* Garth emerges from the car, aviator shades in place, and makes his way up to an outside table at a café where the two girls who had been part of the camping trip were seated.
They start off by mocking his shades, until he flashes his (very fake) badge and asks for some respect. He wants to know about the death at the campsite. The girls start talking at once and Garth calmly holds up his hand to get them to stop, then points at one. His Rico Suave demeanor was grin-inducing.
The chosen one tells him about the ghost of Jenny Greentree and that she was a girl who was buried in a local cemetery. Next thing we know, Garth is standing above Jenny’s grave and dropping a match into the hole saying solemnly, “You’ve been Garthed.”
He walks away – in slow-mo – with “Poison” playing in the background and the flames from his vanquishing fire burning high and bright behind him. Thought it interesting he didn’t stay until the fire was out and refill the grave, but…different strokes, right?
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