List of Party Down episodes

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Party Down is an American comedy television series created by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd. The show is about six struggling Hollywood dreamers working for the L.A. catering company “Party Down". The series follows the six misfits as they service guests at everything from sweet sixteen parties to the most lavish Hollywood soirees. Party Down stars Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan, with Jennifer Coolidge temporarily joining the cast for episodes 9 and 10, and Megan Mullally joining the cast in season two.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 4
1 10 March 20, 2009 May 22, 2009 April 6, 2010[1] April 6, 2010[2]
2 10 April 23, 2010 June 25, 2010 September 28, 2010[3] February 2, 2011[4]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

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1 1 "Willow Canyon Homeowners Annual Party" Fred Savage John Enbom, Dan Etheridge, Paul Rudd & Rob Thomas March 20, 2009 (2009-03-20)
Failed actor Henry Pollard (Adam Scott) returns to the Party Down catering company led by Ron Donald (Ken Marino). The team cater a suburban homeowners' annual party hosted by Gordon (Enrico Colantoni) and Liddy McSpadden (Rebecca Creskoff) where Henry's co-workers and guests recognize him from a well-known beer commercial with the catchphrase "Are we having fun yet?". Casey Klein (Lizzy Caplan) has problems with her husband over her job. Roman (Martin Starr) tricks Kyle (Ryan Hansen) into thinking he's got an offer for a film.
2 2 "California College Conservative Union Caucus" Fred Savage Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: Rob Thomas & John Enbom
March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27)
While catering a college conservative event, the Party Down crew are given advice by the students. Casey wonders if she should move to Vermont with her husband to pursue being a comedian. Ron is tasked with preparing a gift for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who's scheduled to attend. Roman is able to slip in his film script as a part of the gift for the Governor.
3 3 "Pepper McMasters Singles Seminar" Bryan Gordon John Enbom April 3, 2009 (2009-04-03)
The crew cater a senior's singles mixer hosted by Pepper McMasters (Marilu Henner). Constance (Jane Lynch) runs into an ex-lover (Ed Begley, Jr.) at the mixer, and ends up reminiscing of old times with him while smoking pot along with Henry. Casey is given an ultimatum by her husband, and after a few drinks she texts him that she wants a divorce. Shortly after, Casey and Henry begin to make out and eventually have sex.
4 4 "Investors Dinner" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: Rob Thomas
Story: Rob Thomas & Dan Etheridge
April 10, 2009 (2009-04-10)
Tony Carolla (Daran Norris), a land tycoon hosts a party for possible investors for a Mexican condo project. While catering the event, Henry and Casey discuss what their status is, and agree to a casual relationship. Kyle makes a friend (Ryan Devlin) at the party, hoping to become successful like him—but ends up ditching plans for an after party with him after how he talks about Constance, and decides to hang out with her instead. Henry comes to the conclusion Carolla is scamming the investors after realizing none of the phones work, the rest of the house is empty, and recognizes a man from his acting class. After Ron writes a check of his life savings to Carolla to invest, Henry exposes that it is a scam, and Carolla pulls out a gun. Ron, thinking it is the prop gun Roman brought, stands up to Carolla and demand he be give his money back. After realizing he is holding a real gun, he drops to the floor and Carolla is able to flee.
5 5 "Sin Say Shun Awards Afterparty" Fred Savage Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
April 17, 2009 (2009-04-17)
While catering an adult entertainment awards afterparty, Ron gets an offer from a producer (Mather Zickel) to star in a porn film, to get paid enough money to be able to start up his "Soup 'R Crackers" franchise. Kyle tries to teach Roman how to play it cool around the porn stars, but to no such luck. After Casey takes ecstasy, she wants Henry to as well. Once Henry is able to get some, Casey comes off her high and suffers the after effects and decides to go home, leaving Henry alone feeling the effects of the drug.
6 6 "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen" Bryan Gordon John Enbom April 24, 2009 (2009-04-24)
Film producer Leonard Stiltskin (J. K. Simmons) throws his daughter Taylor (Allison Scagliotti) a sweet sixteen birthday party, though none of the popular kids show up. Ron gets advice about his "Soup 'R Crackers" franchise from the rappers (Kevin Hart, Fatso-Fasano) scheduled to perform at the party. An old friend (Breckin Meyer) of Henry's shows up at the party and tries to get him in the film he's doing with Leonard Stiltskin. Leonard's wife Diandra (Joey Lauren Adams) hits on Kyle and offers him the part in the film Henry is vying for, but Kyle loses the offer after he seems uninterested in her as he got his teeth bleached, causing him pain when they're trying to make out.
7 7 "Brandix Corporate Retreat" Fred Savage Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
May 1, 2009 (2009-05-01)
The crew cater a corporate retreat for Brandix, an office management supplier. Former NBA player Rick Fox is a guest speaker at the event, and hits it off with Casey, making both Henry and Roman jealous. Ron hosts a team building meeting in which Henry and Casey's relationship is exposed. Henry confesses to Casey that he truly has feelings for her even though they agreed to a casual relationship. Henry takes up an offer from Gary (Rob Corddry), a Brandix employee and goes in for an interview. At the interview, Henry finds out the job is a telemarketer position and realizes he's stuck in a dead end job.
8 8 "Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh" Bryan Gordon John Enbom May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08)
The crew cater a celebration party for Ricky Sargulesh (Steven Weber), though unsure what it is actually for. Roman later finds out Ricky was acquitted for murder, and that's what the party is for. Henry, Casey, Constance, and Kyle are all treated like stars after the guests recognize them as actors, leaving Ron to do all the work. Ricky proposes to his girlfriend Ula (Maria Zyrianova). Ricky gives Roman his screenplay for critique, and after reading it, Roman believes the plot of the film is actually a confession of how Ricky murdered someone.
9 9 "James Rolf High School Twentieth Reunion" Fred Savage Teleplay: Russell Smith
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)
Ron decides to cater his own high school 20th reunion, hoping to impress his former classmates—especially the event organizer Melinda (Molly Parker)—that he's a team leader and that he's not like how he was in high school. Constance's roommate Bobbie St. Brown (Jennifer Coolidge) takes over her position in the Party Down team. Henry thinks of moving back home with his parents, but Casey is able to convince him to stay as they rethink their relationship. Ron tries to ignore his former best friend from high school (Joe Lo Truglio), to try sell his new image to Melinda. After Ron interrupts Melinda and Mark Defino (Kyle Bornheimer) in an intimate situation, he slips back into his old ways by trying to drink an entire bottle of whiskey like he previously did in high school, and subsequently vomits while trying to get someone to call an ambulance.
10 10 "Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception" Bryan Gordon John Enbom May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22)
The crew cater a gay wedding reception, though Valhalla Catering shows up, led by Uda Bengt (Kristen Bell), and take over. Uda instructs the Party Down team to organize the food on different colored trays due to some of guests being allergic to some of the foods. Ron begins to fall apart, leaving Henry to take charge. Roman is tasked by Uda to point to a sign that points guests to the restroom. When a member of the Valhalla Catering team is injured, Kyle takes his position, and tries talking to Mr. Stennheiser, who is a film producer. After saying he'll do anything, he gets an offer from another producer to star in a film about BASE jumping. Roman meets George Takei and asks him questions about Star Trek and Mr. Takei accidentally eats food from a wrong colored tray, a mistake by the Party Down team. Casey tells Henry that she's taking a job as a comedian on a cruise ship for six months and believes he should be with someone better. Alan Duk (Ken Jeong) shows up and tells Ron he'll purchase one of his "Soup 'R Crackers" which Ron will run. Mr. Duk then offers Henry the team leader position, which he accepts. At the end of the night, Uda asks Henry out.

Season 2 (2010)[edit]

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11 1 "Jackal Onassis Backstage Party" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Rob Thomas & Dan Etheridge
April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23)
The crew cater a backstage party for rock star Jackal Onassis (Jimmi Simpson). Casey returns to the team after Henry fires an employee (Danny Woodburn) for being late and drinking on the job. Jackal Onassis switches place with Roman, acting as a bartender named "Dennis", so he could feel like a real person, after admitting everything in his life is fake. Even though Roman is dressed in Jackal Onassis' wardrobe and people think he is him, he still has no luck with the women there. New member of the team Lydia (Megan Mullally) tries to help Casey in dealing with the awkwardness of being back on the team and around Henry. Henry learns that Casey is dating someone and she finds out he is dating Uda. Ron comes to the backstage party with his new girlfriend Mandy (Aviva), who is a big Jackal Onassis fan. After Ron finds out Roman (dressed as Jackal) signed his girlfriend's breasts, he attacks him, causing security to taser Ron. Henry then gets in trouble when security finds out Ron and Mandy were allowed in uninvited. "Dennis" then takes the blame, letting Henry fire him. Ron asks Henry if he can get Alan Duck to give him his job back after it is revealed his "Soup 'R Crackers" franchise failed.
12 2 "Precious Lights Pre-School Auction" Fred Savage Teleplay: Rob Thomas
Story: John Enbom & Rob Thomas & Dan Etheridge
April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30)
Ron returns to the Party Down team, though working for Henry, who is still the team leader. Ron begins acting like Henry did when he was leader, causing problems for Henry. At the auction event, Casey helps out the chairwoman Annie LeGros (Andrea Savage), who has to raise $250,000 so her son will get a recommendation letter for the pre-school, when she learns she used to be an actor. Leonard (J. K. Simmons) and Diandra Stiltskin (Joey Lauren Adams) appear at the auction, with their prize being meeting Tom Hanks, though Leonard tells his wife he is actually unable to get Hanks, meaning he'll have to outbid anyone for it. When time is running out for the auction and they still have not raised enough money, Casey tells Annie to bid on the Tom Hanks prize, causing Leonard to bid another $20,000, which brings the total to $250,000. Casey gets good news when she learns she got a small part in a Judd Apatow film, believing it will be her big break. Leonard finds out Henry told people about his prize, which cost him more money, and then promises Henry he'll never work again as an actor.
13 3 "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Rob Thomas & Dan Etheridge
May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07)
The crew cater an orgy party hosted by Nick DiCintio (Thomas Lennon), though none of the guests knew it was going to be an orgy party. Ron tries to deal with his break-up with his girlfriend Mandy, while Henry deals with problems with his girlfriend Uda. When the party is not going the way Nick wants, he asks Roman for tips to help set the mood to get the orgy going. Kyle's film about base jumping goes straight to DVD and is crushed when one of the women working the party tells him he'll never make it in Hollywood, and seeks reassurance from Roman. Lydia is interested in Nick, but he never shows any interested back. Finally, at the end of the night, people start to loosen up, but Nick tells the Party Down team no actual orgy happened.
14 4 "James Ellison Funeral" Fred Savage Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)
When catering a funeral reception, Ron begins to think about death and if his life has any meaning. Kyle asks one of the guests to teach him about blues from who he thinks is an actual bluesman, though it ends up being a joke, but he still thinks it was about learning the blues. When the mistress (Arden Myrin) of the deceased shows up to the reception, Henry tries to keep her away from the widow (Loretta Devine).
15 5 "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21)
The crew are set to cater a birthday party for actor Steve Guttenberg at his house, but when he shows up, he tells them his friends already threw him a surprise party the previous night. He ends up inviting the Party Down crew in his house for a party and tells them to invite any friends. Ron returns as an improved man after entering into AA. Kyle invites Colette, a girl from his acting class, hoping to hook up with her. Roman invites his writing partner Kent (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), where they are working on a script. Guttenberg suggests that they act out their screenplay, to get a better perspective on the material. After finishing a scene, everyone suggests it needs more emotion, leading Kent and Roman to rewrite it, much to Roman's dismay. When reacting out the scene, it leads to Henry and Casey kissing. Later when both in the jacuzzi, Casey kisses him again, but Henry holds back, because he has a girlfriend. Casey then leaves. At the end of party, everyone leaves, although Colette stays behind with Steve Guttenberg, leaving Kyle behind on the way out the door.
16 6 "Not On Your Wife Opening Night" David Wain Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28)
The crew cater a community theater after party, where Kyle promises to help his old mentor (Jim Piddock), by seducing a wealthy female patron (Rachael Harris), in hoping she'll donate enough money to save the theater. Roman is treated like a king by two of the stage actors (Rob Huebel and Kerri Kenney-Silver) after he tells them he is a writer. Ron misreads Lydia thinking she is interested in him, leading to an awkward encounter where he kisses her. Casey continues to pursue Henry, which leads to them kissing again. The night is filled with plenty of miscommunications leading to several secrets being exposed.
17 7 "Party Down Company Picnic" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
June 4, 2010 (2010-06-04)
Valhalla Catering caters the Party Down company picnic, leading to competition between the two staffs to see who are the better caterers. Ron competes for the Operations Manager position at the main office by trying to impress the new owner, Bolus Lugozshe (Michael Hitchcock). Kyle teaches Lydia's daughter, Escapade, the ways of Hollywood. Ron hits it off with Bolus Lugozshe's daughter, Danielle (June Diane Raphael), who helps try him get the new job. Henry plans on breaking up with Uda (Kristen Bell), who is catering the event and tells Henry she was offered the Operations Manager position and could get him a job in the main office, securing them both with good jobs. Though Uda eventually tells Henry she feels the same way about their relationship, leading to a mutual break up. Henry then decides to step down as team leader, offering the position back to Ron. And Ron finds out Danielle is actually engaged.
18 8 "Joel Munt's Big Deal Party" Fred Savage Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11)
Roman finds out they are catering a party for his old writing partner, Joel Munt (Paul Scheer), who hired Party Down just to rub his success in Roman's face. Roman finds out he sold his spec script for an adaption of a science fiction novel written by AF Gordon Theodore (Dave (Gruber) Allen). Now that Ron is back in charge, Henry goes back to his old ways by fooling around with Casey, now that they are back together. Kyle is excited to cater the party as plenty of producers are present, trying his best to get auditions. Lydia mistakenly sniffs cocaine after given some in the bathroom and talks to Scott (Andre Royo), a film producer about ideas for his upcoming film. Roman spends the night trying to get revenge on Munt believing he is a sell-out, and succeeds when he is able to convince the author he will not stay true to the novel. Munt eventually apologizes to Roman for his actions and they begin thinking how to translate an unseen character from the novel to the screen while staying true to the novel. Though Munt ends up stealing Roman's idea which gets him back on board with the author.
19 9 "Cole Landry's Draft Day Party" Fred Savage Teleplay: Rob Thomas
Story: Rob Thomas & Dan Etheridge
June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18)
The crew cater a party for college quarterback Cole Landry (Aaron Hill) who is expected to be drafted by the NFL and the party will be broadcast on television. Ron tells Henry of a personal health concern, which Kyle overhears. Ron also wants everyone to not use their cellphones because complaints they've been receiving. Kyle gets news that if he can leave early, his band will be able play a gig, but Ron denies his request. Kyle then plays a prank on Ron by using the information he heard earlier by getting one of the guests (Daniel Franzese) who is pre-med to inform Ron he might have prostate cancer. Henry gets advice from Jerome, one of the football players, who thinks he is being treated unfairly by Casey. When Landry does not get drafted due to rumors of him being gay, Casey poses as his girlfriend for television. The rumor is confirmed on television when a photo is shown of him kissing another man, which Jerome sees who then confronts Cole about it live on television—with Casey in the middle of it.
20 10 "Constance Carmell Wedding" Ken Marino Teleplay: John Enbom
Story: John Enbom & Dan Etheridge
June 25, 2010 (2010-06-25)
Constance (Jane Lynch) reunites with the Party Down catering crew when she hires them to cater her wedding to Howard Greengold (Alex Rocco), a former film producer. Casey and the others are worried about her decision as Howard has been married nine times and cheated on them and that Constance may only be marrying him because he is thinking of getting back into the film business. Kyle is confused about a script for a film he is auditioning for, so he gives it to Henry so he can explain it to him. Bolus Lugozshe and his daughter Danielle along with her fiancé Stuart (John Ross Bowie) attend the wedding, where Danielle tells Ron she thinks they should end their affair because if her father finds out, Ron might get fired. Roman accidentally eats food with marijuana in it and comes up with an idea for what he thinks is his best script yet. Howard's daughter Mona (Jennifer Irwin) makes Constance sign a prenuptial agreement. Kyle and his band Karma Rocket perform at the wedding, though the song's lyrics ("My Struggle") accidentally makes references to Nazi propaganda and the Holocaust. After taking advice from Constance, Ron confesses his love to Danielle—in front of everyone, including her fiancé–and ends up getting punched by Stuart. Danielle ends up choosing Ron over her fiancé, and finds out her parents are getting a divorce—giving ownership of Party Down to her mother. Lydia then gets together with Bolus. Casey learns that her scene from the Judd Apatow film got cut out, and Henry tries to comfort her. When Constance and Howard leave the ceremony, he dies in the car—but Constance is thankful for every day she was with him and it is revealed he did not sign the prenuptial papers. The following day, Henry does not show up to work and instead goes in for the audition for the script he read.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (January 28, 2010). "Party Down - Street Date Revealed for the DVD Release of Season 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Party Down – Season 1 (2-Disc Set)". EzyDVD.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Party Down: Season Two (2010)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Party Down - Season 2 (2 Disc Set)". EzyDVD.com. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
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