Supernatural Episode 904
Written By: Robbie Thompson
Directed By: Robert Singer
Original Airdate: 29 October 2013
In This Episode...
Charlie’s back! Do you need to know more? You do? Okay.
Sam suspects that the lightboard/table that lit up when the angels fell could be backward engineered to track angels. The machine is a relic, dating back to the 1950s, and has no obvious source of power. So who do the Winchesters call? Charlie, of course. She hacks the computer in order to download all the files. They enjoy Game of Thrones, beers and general hanging out while they wait for the files. When Dean was in the machine room earlier, he unknowingly knocked over a big jar filled with goo. So when Sam, Dean, and Charlie return to the room, naturally the goo has forced its way out of the jar and formed a huge moldy-ivy-nesty-hive thingy on the wall. Dean cuts it open - as you do - and a girl in 1930s clothing falls out.
Folks, this is Dorothy. As in, Dorothy from Oz. Toto, ruby slippers, yellow brick road... the whole nine. But her reality is far different than the stories we knew as children. Her father, Frank Baum (yes, the author of the Oz books), was a Man of Letters, and totally consumed by his work. When Dorothy was born, nothing changed, and she grew up looking for adventure. One day, during one of her father’s research trips, Dorothy stowed away. This trip was to Oz, and Dorothy was left behind in the Emerald City, where three freedom fighters found her and thought she was destined to kill the wicked witch. These three fighters became the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion when the with got to them. Dorothy eventually came back to our world, and the witch followed, but there was no way for her to be killed in this world. The only thing Dorothy could do was bind the two of them together and seal herself up with the witch in a bottle. Knocking it over freed both of them. Now the witch wants to find some sort of key, which can be used to turn any locked door into a portal to Oz, and let all the bad minions from Oz into our world.
What follows is a pretty standard “chase the monster” episode. Crowley wants to help her, but the warding pretty much makes that impossible. Charlie remembers the poppy fields from the book (which she helps show Dorothy is not a “silly story” but a guidebook) and makes poppy bullets. The bullets are supposed to slow down the witch, and they do - but barely. The witch attacks Charlie and Dorothy, but Charlie takes the brunt of it and when Dean comes in seconds later, she is dead. Panicked, he calls for Zeke and begs him to save her. Zeke is not even at half strength yet, so he can either save Charlie or kill the witch. Dean doesn’t hesitate, and Zeke brings Charlie back (a fact that Dean later asks her to keep secret because Sam already thought he heard Dean say the name Zeke and is starting to ask questions).
Dorothy needs to get to the garage (yes, the bunker is now officially the Batcave) where she knows the Men of Letters would have stored her motorcycle. She finds it, and inside are her ruby slippers (just red patent leather pumps), never worn. These came from Oz, so they have Oz magic and can kill her. (I have no idea why she didn’t do that the first time she had the witch.) The witch possesses both Sam and Dean, so while Dorothy distracts the possessed Winchesters, Charlie stabs the witch in the head with the heels of the shoes. She instantly disappears, and all that is left is a pile of robes and the key. Dorothy opens up a portal to return to Oz, and invites Charlie to come along. Charlie, happily, accepts.
Dig It or Bury It?
I’ve never really been a fan of Wizard of Oz. When I was little, I was afraid of the witch and never made it to the end of the movie. When I finally did, and saw that all it took was a puddle to destroy her, I felt stupid for being afraid of something that I could kill with my spit, and angry at the show for making me afraid of something so stupid. This was definitely a version of Oz I could get behind. A witch that can only be killed with magic? A heroine that is a total badass - and a lesbian to boot? (Oh come on, you know she and Charlie were giving each other the eye.) This is a far better story.
Dean mind-melds with a German shepherd - and starts to take on some of the canine’s characteristics.