At the brewery (which boasted a “Party on!” advertisement on the wall), they meet Marie, the manager and the owner’s daughter (sister to the dead brothers). This part was a bit confusing to me as far as how they rolled out the brewery family tree, so I’ll just sum it up here and save us all the trouble of wading through it in a play-by-play.
Thigh-Slapper Ale was run by a triad partnership between Jim McMann (dead brother’s dad), Randy Baxter (the “axe man”) and Dale Somebody. Didn’t get his last name. Dale was the master brewer and the company was “his baby.” Right before they are about to make this big, lucrative business deal, Randy and Jim force Dale out – not really sure why. Dale’s distraught and kills himself. Dale’s wife sues the company because “she’s angry and grieving and this is America.”
When the boys get there to question the owners they see Randy reading the riot act to one of the janitors, telling him this is his third strike. Jim’s just watching from the background. Jim’s daughter Marie is the only one who worked there – her brothers didn’t and apparently Randy didn’t have any kids, but felt like Jim’s kids were like his own. He’s the one who ends up answering the questions from Sam and Garth while Dean talks to Marie.
Later that night, back at the McMann house, a blonde woman (and I never did figure out if she was Jim’s wife or daughter) is fixing herself a vodka-OJ with a regular OJ for a little girl sitting at the table (her daughter?). Jim comes in the door, distracting the woman, and she sets both drinks down. Predictably, the little girl picks up the vodka mix, takes a big swig, then pulls it back, all “Oops.”
Jim sits down next to the girl and asks her what she’s drawing. She starts to giggle and we see her vision is blurry. That’s some potent vodka, ya’ll. She frowns at something and gets up, moving around the corner, following whatever it was she saw, then makes her way into the kitchen, Jim behind her. Standing next to the blond woman (who is at an island fixing dinner) is The Creepy Girl Who Could Be From The Ring (hereafter known as Creepy Girl). The little girl points and the adults give her confused looks until the blonde woman looks to her right and sees Creepy Girl. She gasps, starts to turn away and the thing shoves her hand through the woman, back to front.
The boys have joined Garth at his – somewhat cheesy and morally questionable – motel. Garth is sitting at a bar working on his EMF, Dean is sitting on a couch working on emptying his (/Bobby’s) flask, and Sam’s sitting at a table working on the computer. Y’know, come to think of it? I don’t remember seeing a bed in that motel room. Huh.
Dean mutters that there are a million things that go bump in the night, but not too many are invisible. He looks at the motel sign on the end table and gives Garth hell for his selection.
Garth: You want a nice hot tub after a day at the office.
Dean looks at Sam and Sam gives him a “hey, he’s your friend” gesture. The looks these two toss each other throughout the episode made me feel like I was in on a secret or something. I liked it. Dean drinks from his flask and listens as Garth laments about the poor dead guys. Sam goes back to his research and that’s when we find out that Dale is the brew master. Grumpily, Dean gets up and goes to the kitchenette. He sets Bobby’s flask down on the counter as he passes Garth and the EMF Garth was working on flares up. Curiouser and curiouser.
Dean: Beer isn’t food. It’s…whatever water is.
Oh, Dean. *smirk*
He gets out three bottles of Thigh-Slapper and passes them out. Sam and Dean twist off the tops of their beers without hesitation, but Garth has to use the edge of his sleeve. Hee. Dean takes a drink and a look of wonder crosses his face.
Dean: Wow. That’s actually awesome. I’m not even mad anymore.
Garth downs his beer like he’s on a Coke commercial and the boys look on like Holy Shotgunned Beer, Batman. When Garth finishes it off, Dean tips his beer to him, “Party on, Garth!”
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