Alright, so we kick off the first filler episode of the season in the year 1935! Tonight we’re gonna party like – Nevermind. It just doesn’t fit the scenario or the time. Here we see two members of MoL (Men of Letters) Haggerty (Gildart Jackson) and Jenkins (Andrew Jenkins) stepping into the bunker for the first time since it was built, claiming that it only took two years to construct. Excuse me? Protocol is popping in two fuses that power up the entire place. Excuse me. Since I don’t exactly understand what the hell just occurred and this show demands that you ignore both reality and logic, I’m just gonna let this one slide.
Anyways, Jenkins is very enthusiastic about the bunker, whereas Haggerty is older and more experienced and sees the bunker for what it really is – a dump. Excuse me – We can just parallel Jenkins to Charlie. They’re both wanting and craving some form of adventure in their lives. Life can be provincial, conventional, and well, that’s boring. Everyone around them thinks of adventure as a burden, as a death sentence, and just bad all around.
There’s nothing worse than adventure is a piece of friendly advice that Haggerty offers to Jenkins. This kind of sets the mood of the entire episode. The phone rings and it’s a foul-mouthed Dorothy (Kaniehtiio Horn). She hefts in her bagged prize, the Wicked Witch of the West (Maya Massar). Apparently Dorothy has exhausted all of her resources as a huntress and needs help from MoL. This is usually frowned upon where both parties are concerned, however there is no other way she can kill the witch as she’s proven to be indestructible. You can tell by the way Dorothy speaks that it’s implied that the Men of Letters are sexist, maybe even misogynistic. Who honestly knows, because we do not see an example of this behavior from either Haggerty or Jenkins.
There are a few mentions about Dorothy’s father, Frank. Both men know of him and that he did something important for Dorothy, however it remains a mystery until later. This gave us time to allow it to bake in our mind-ovens for a bit.
Crowley is still chained to his spot in the dungeon when Sam opens the doors, walks in and places down a blank sheet of paper and a single black crayon. As anyone can guess, the Winchesters don’t just want a few names; they want ‘em all. Now, you can’t make Crowley do anything for free. He is, first and foremost, a salesman. He may be the King of Hell, but he’s also the king of deals. He wants to stretch his legs, get those chains off, but more than anything, I think he just wants to get his way in some form or another. He has no control and he needs that. Sam sort of just smirks at his request and then wordlessly leaves.
This next part makes sense IF you’re not looking to involve a character. However there could (should) have been a better way to incorporate Kevin Tran without having to use him so much, other than simply getting rid of him (or sending us spiraling into a world of what the fuck?) Apparently Dean just got back from dropping Kevin off at a lovely and highly warded hotel room, where he will be on a mini vacation for two days. It would have been more comical and believable to have Kevin passed out while all of these Oz events were happening due to some serious tablet crunching. They could have had him crawl out of bed in a sleepy zombie-like stupor with zero reaction to seeing the witch, the destroyed kitchen, or the Winchesters possessed. I could see him grabbing a glass of water and going back to bed.
If that wasn’t enough for lackluster, there is a mentioning of Castiel, however we have no idea where he is. This could be for plot reasons. Perhaps they don’t want to reveal this until an episode where Castiel himself is involved. The thing is, the cliffhanger of episode three just about exploded everyone’s minds like dynamite. Our mind-ovens couldn’t work properly. Where the hell is Castiel? Sam says that he doesn’t understand why Castiel would leave the bunker and Dean cashes in another lie, making it seem like leaving was Castiel’s idea. Sam should know (excluding Ezekiel) that Dean wouldn’t have allowed Castiel to leave, even if it were for the right reasons. It would make the family speech Dean handed Kevin look like a gentle pat on the shoulder.
Sam proposes an idea that can essentially help out Castiel. He wants to hotwire the board from when the angels fell and lit up their locations, so that they could get an idea of where the angels are currently populated. This could work as some sort of tracking method. Knowing this information would indeed be most beneficial to Castiel, so that he can know where to steer clear of. They follow these wires down into MoL territory and Sam shows Dean what it is that he found earlier; A computer from 1951. Computer buffs will tell you that the first computer was available for purchase sometime in the 1970’s, although the idea of the computer has been around since the 1800’s. Of course computers were used for other means before home computers were released unto the world, but this is just to give you an idea of how special these Men of Letters bastards were and the success of their operation. They were about as wealthy and capable as the government. And that’s terrifying.
Trying to open up the back of the computer to see its source of power, Dean eventually pries it open with a screwdriver and is sent crashing into the shelves behind him. This knocks over a bottle filled with mysterious cloudy contents that looked to be alive. Giving up hope of figuring out the computer, Dean tells Sam that he knows of someone who might be able to help. The lights go out in the room when the Winchesters leave and the top of the bottle pops open. The gray liquid starts taking on a life of its own and attaches itself to a wall.
Back to 1935, we resume the discussion between Dorothy, Haggerty, and Jenkins. The wicked witch is tied to a chair beside them, almost as though she were an unwelcomed dinner guest. We could write off the comment Haggerty makes towards Dorothy capturing the witch by herself. I think it has more to do with the fact that she’s a hunter, but she takes it as a disparaging remark towards her gender. It could have been and it probably was, since Haggerty is seriously amused by the entire situation, however what he does later dissolves any negative opinions I had of him.
Dorothy does not like her father. We get this. She doesn’t care that her father would be proud of her. She doesn’t seem to give a flippin’ flop about anything really. This is not the Dorothy we all know and love. She’s rougher, she’s callous, and she’s catty. She cut out the witch’s tongue, just because she could. Dorothy knows and claims that the bonds won’t hold the witch for long and we see here that she is cutting through them with the sharp point of her long creepy nails. That’s probably why, Dorothy. You might want to get on that.
This place is the last true beacon of light. This is a line that could only be said by Jenkins at this point. His perception of his job and the bunker have not been skewed or corrupted by doubt or hard years on the job. It’s endearing. Doesn’t he remind you of someone? So, he and Haggerty go to look up ways to kill the witch, as Dorothy stays where she is in order to keep a watchful eye on her longtime enemy. Believe me that the witch is getting more pleasure out of being watched as she’s simultaneously freeing herself and thinking of all the ways she can dupe you.
It’s time for everyone’s favorite computer hacker, Charlie Bradbury. Here is where we learn that Charlie has taken up hunting as a hobby. And she’s been hunting alone. This doesn’t bode well with Dean, and you’re damn right – it shouldn’t. Apparently it went well for her, but there’s something missing. Hunting vampires, demons, and spirits isn’t magical enough for her. Excuse me. They bring her to the computer, where she instantly falls in love, and reveals that the computer is wired to set off whenever there is global badness. Using her Surface, Charlie is able to download all the MoL’s files into her computer, while shamelessly promoting a Microsoft device.
They’re not over the fact that you hunted alone, Charlie and it’s not a good idea according to the Supernatural books, so why did you do it? Death wish? Do you know what happens to all huntresses in Supernatural? Unpublished books of the Supernatural series are being posted by Becky. Hey, she’s still alive? I actually don’t mind her character and would like to see her again. I think it would be nostalgically uncomfortable for Sam and that makes me happy somehow? Since the download is going to take ages, Sam decides to put his new Game of Thrones season one to good use and pow-wow with Dean and Charlie in his bedroom.
Sam has not settled in nor does he want to be and Dean is a little upset by this, because he considers the bunker their home. They finally have a place where they can live. Goodbye hotel rooms! However, Sam doesn’t feel it, and how appropriate for this Oz themed episode. Dean leaves to go grab more beers aka go off and pout, leaving Sam and Charlie to discuss the lack of magic in hunting. It’s expected that Charlie wants something more, that she wants a quest, and something real, more real than LARPing.
Sam’s response to this is that magic and quests suck and that they’re all dead ends. This is especially true for the world of Supernatural. Sam and Dean have died multiple times. Every road they go down leads to death. Hell – even their destinies would have brought them to death, where only one of them survived it. Charlie doesn’t realize that true adventure is dangerous and that it usually results in a permanent ending. There is no end game, Charlie.
There is no information on how to kill this witch and she escapes because no one actually gave a shit about securing or checking her binds periodically. One touch to Jenkin’s head has him possessed and speaking the witch’s words. This is the first time we hear that there is something inside the bunker that belongs to her and she wants it. So, it’s possible that the witch allowed herself to get captured just for this reason. Dorothy heads off in the direction of the lab, leaving Haggerty to deal with Jenkins, and unfortunately this leads to killing him. The spell releases and with his dying breath, Jenkins says to Haggerty, you were right, there’s nothing worse than adventure.
Haggerty is not satisfied with that, not even close. Those last words struck a chord, because that’s the moment that changed what he would be doing with the remainder of his career. Anyways, he heads off to find Dorothy and when he reaches the door, there is a light growing behind it. Dorothy’s last attempt to stop the witch entailed sealing their souls together inside the jar in which the binding spell was cast. Haggerty bursts in, but it’s too late, as no one is there. This is a case that never escapes him, not even for a moment.
When the trio returns to the lab room, we see that the liquid has manifested into a cocoon of some form. Dean retrieves his knife and cuts into it, where Dorothy collapses to the ground. We learn a couple of things here:
1) The first case worked at the bunker was the one that Dorothy brought to Haggerty and Jenkins, so they were literally sitting around for six months with nothing.
2) Oz is part of the fairy world. (Don’t ask me why I thought that was important, it just was)
Dorothy doesn’t realize that times have changed and that the MoL no longer exists. Sam and Dean are hunters, and Charlie sure as hell isn’t a secretary, although she would be really good at it. The witch makes her way to the dungeon and finds Crowley. What a perfect opportunity for him to get his leverage for later, right? She uses the paper and crayon to write down what she’s after. Meanwhile, we discover that Dorothy is in fact protected by the Witch of the North’s kiss and is immune to anything the wicked witch could do to her. She was also kind enough to tell the Winchesters that the witch is after something inside the bunker.
The boys leave Charlie and Dorothy to research,while they go to take a look around. Charlie can’t stop fangirling, when Dorothy starts killing the Wizard of Oz tales at every turn. And guess who wrote them? Dorothy’s father. Here comes more resentment as she refers to him as a sad old man. It’s also revealed that her father was a MoL member. There’s a limit to how much a single person can discredit a society of righteous bookworms before Charlie snaps. Hey – they might’ve been sexist, but they were also geniuses. Too bad they weren’t smart enough to identify women as equals? Anyways, Haggerty never stopped working Dorothy’s case, until he retired. Even though he wasn’t able to find Dorothy, he still found a way to fight against the wicked witch by making a deal with a fairy in return for some poppy extract.
I hope that deal wasn’t anything serious for the small amount of extract he received in return.
Sam and Dean start stalking over by Crowley, who begins whistling Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Let’s just get to the point with this one. In exchange for information on what the witch wants, the Winchesters allow the chain around Crowley’s neck to fall. He shows them the piece of paper where the witch wrote the word, “Key”. He also informs the Winchesters that he directed the witch towards the kitchen, and told her that’s where all the keys are kept. I’m surprised she didn’t turn around and kill him for lying. Then again, Crowley IS a charmer, and her biggest fan.
Heading into the kitchen, the brothers find that it is completely ripped apart. That’s a shame since Dean had just cleaned it. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate all the fine cleaning Dean has done around the bunker. I’m not sure how or when he became domesticated (*cough* Lisa *cough*), but he’s putting it to good use. Charlie and Dorothy come in with the new poppy bullets. One bullet for each person. Unfortunately the most the bullet will do is stun the witch. Dean looks to Charlie and says, that’s my girl.
Sam mentions that the witch is looking for a key and Dorothy knows immediately which key it is, and what it’s for. It’s the key to Oz. This key will turn any locked door into a portal to get there. If the witch manages to return, she will destroy Oz. Upon seeing what the key looks like out of a page in Dorothy’s journal, Dean remembers where he placed it. It’s in his room with the vintage, first addition Busty Asian Beauties magazine he found while going through inventory.
So, as usual, when there are four people present, Dean’s first inclination is to split up. He must be suffering from Fred syndrome. Let’s split up gang! Dean and Charlie go to look for the key in his room, while Sam and Dorothy buy them some time. Just before they start heading off, Dean stops Charlie and says that the safest place for her is in the dungeon. But that’s not Charlie. She’s not going to hide, because this is a quest, and she’s on it.
Sam and Dorothy share common interests, like never finding a place they could call home, never having good home experiences, and preferring the open road to a stable home life. What the fuck? You must like it then. Dorothy turns to see that the witch is behind Sam and fires a shot at her, scaring her off into a green smoke that escapes into the vents, where she is able to travel wherever she damn well pleases. Dorothy suggests they split up to cover more ground. Excuse me. Sam would have died if you hadn’t just been watching his back.
Now, I want to say a few things about the relationship between Dean and Charlie. It’s platonic and unconditional, like that of a brother and a sister. She never ceases to amaze him and his care for her is something vital. You have to remember that Charlie has no one. She doesn’t have a family. Last season Dean discovered that Charlie was keeping her mother alive on life-support for years, because she was terrified of losing her. She wanted to apologize and tell her she loved her one last time. And it was Dean who convinced her to let it go, to shed off that last piece of her dark past. These two characters fall back on each other quite a bit. Don’t ever underestimate their bond.
So, when Charlie turns and sees the witch standing behind Dean, she calls out to him. The key is stolen and he gets sent flying back. The witch charges up her magic and Charlie takes the hit for him. She sacrifices herself without a second thought. A lot of people were angry, some were even annoyed that she would do this, or that Supernatural would do this again. But this is Charlie and he’s Dean, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do for him, and why wouldn’t she? He’s saved her before and it’s her turn to return the favor. This was a move she made out of impulse and I only feel that this makes Charlie more loveable. Dean comes to, shoots the witch and scares her off.
Then he looks at Charlie.
The moment itself is fragile, especially when he realizes that she’s gone. The way he reaches for her, grabs her face, and carries her over to the bed. He’s careful and gentle about placing her down. The entire scene is sad and precious when it really shouldn’t be. As I said in the video recap, it’s almost as if these first four episodes were about breaking Dean. Then we have Sam turning the corner and immediately Dean calls for Zeke, who switches over instantly. The angels tells Dean it’s either he heals Sam so that he can leave his body sooner and help rid of the witch, or he could revive Charlie and lose his strength again. Of course Dean chooses the latter. If not for Ezekiel, Dean would have lost Sam, Castiel, AND Charlie. Excuse me.
When Charlie comes back, she bolts upright all, “Merry Christmas.” We see Ezekiel fall back unconscious and Sam wakes up.
I enjoyed this piece of dialog, so I’m just going to force it on you:
Charlie: What… Yeah, I know you.
Dean: I told you to stay in the dungeon.
Charlie: I bet you say that to all the girls.
Dean hasn’t been laid in a very long, long time. But still, that was hilarious.
It’s time for more Dean lies. Maybe one day you’ll get better at it, champ. He doesn’t tell Charlie that she died, but he does tell her that she saved him and how. He also informs Sam that the witch got the drop on him. Dean has a face when he lies and he keeps on using it. Why doesn’t Sam know what this face is yet? Dorothy shows up and apparently the witch is wounded and they should go find her in the nowish sense of urgencies. With one poppy bullet left, Dean and Sam go off to find her and end things once and for all – yeah right. Who is Zeke, Dean? Oh, you must be a little punchy still. Favorite lie ever. No! All of Dean’s lies are my favorite.
This leaves Dorothy and Charlie alone together, where Charlie learns the truth, that she was in fact dead and Dorothy says the line, You’re not a real hunter until you’ve died and come back again. Where does that leave Garth? Anyways, being zapped by the witch is instant death and Dorothy would know. In Charlie’s Heaven, it’s always Christmas and her parents are still alive. So, through Charlie dying we’re able to confirm that Heaven is still running on normal, at least where death is concerned. Thank god. I’d hate to imagine Metatron sashaying around Heaven and mucking things up further.
The real story of Oz told by Dorothy is that she was curious of her father’s work. As a kid, she was always looking for trouble and adventure. She even hid herself and went on one of her father’s cases to the Emerald City. This is where the resentment comes in. She got left behind and was forced to live in Oz. This was a terrifying event for her, but she met up with three freedom fighters. They believed that Dorothy was destined to defeat the witch and so they protected her, but then the witch turned them into the Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow. Then she hunted Dorothy down and killed her. This reaffirms Charlie’s love and adoration for both Dorothy and Oz.
Charlie: Yeah…that never made it to the books.
Dorothy: Sometimes real life is darker than fiction.
Preaching to the choir, sister!
Back to Sam not thinking of the bunker as his home, because you know, we didn’t get enough of that. At least this time he makes a valid point. Sam has never in his entire life experienced what home feels like, so what would he honestly know what that is? Dean had a few good years with their parents, however Sam was just a baby when their mother died, and their father dragged them on countless hunting trips, or possibly to Bobby’s doorstep. However the hell John Winchester made it work, it was not useful to Sam, at least not in regards to home.
Dean sums it up with, the bunker is the closest thing they have to home and it’s theirs, like really theirs. It’s an argument that I believe he’s won, as Sam remains quiet.
Dorothy feels that her father wrote the books to ease his guilt over what happened to her, however Charlie rationalizes that the books were actually guides filled with clues. The books led Haggerty to the poppy fields for the extract. Maybe there’s something else they would be able to use? Preferably something with a pointy end. After those words leave Charlie’s mouth, Dorothy realizes that there is something sharp and pointy they could use: The ruby slippers. The girls head to the garage to go get them.
Meanwhile, while the Winchesters lower their guns thinking the witch is gone… surprise! She’s actually standing right beside Sam. I can’t… With a single touch, she’s able to take control of them both. Holy awkward for Sam/Ezekiel.
Inside the garage are a bunch of vintage cars. It’s an extremely nice collection. And among them is Dorothy’s ‘bike’. More like motorcycle. I’m kind of wondering if she’ll eventually use the late tin man’s helmet for when she rides around. I find Dorothy’s version of Oz to be intriguing and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of it. And I also love the way Charlie and Dorothy work together. I love their interaction. I can probably go on forever about how adorable this blossoming friendship is, but I won’t. The heels still have magic properties and they can be used to kill the witch.
Charlie and Dorothy turn to see Sam and Dean standing there, possessed, and not themselves. The witch begins talking through them and reveals her totally unoriginal plans to bring her army to earth (insert eye-roll). She’s set up her caldron upstairs at a door. Is it just me or does she look entirely too much like the evil queen from Snow White? I know it sounds like I’m putting her down, but I like her, folks. She reminds me of my grandmother. Anyways, she unlocks the door with the key and starts summoning the flying monkeys.
The Supernatural version of Oz looks fucking intense, however not as intense as Charlie swiftly kicking Dean in the nards. She apologizes and escapes her way past him, as Dorothy tosses her the heel, and attempts to hold off Sam and Dean. We don’t actually get to see this fight, which was a bit unfortunate, because when we return to Dorothy, the stick she was fighting with is broken in half on the floor and it looks like she’d taken a few hits. The witch adds that although she cannot kill Dorothy with her own body, theirs – meaning Sam and Dean’s certainly can.
The witch is about three seconds away from getting what she wants, which is Dorothy dead and her army on the way. But then Charlie slams the heel right into the back of her head. This is enough to break the possession spell on Sam and Dean. Just as the witch turns around, Charlie slams the second heel into the front of her skull, Now heel! It was so amazing. She closes the door on the witch’s army and we see how creepy a good CGI flying monkey looks like. Like, being seriously serious here. How could anyone not have loved this? Charlie saves the day. Ding-dong, bitches. The witch is dead.
Sam throws Crowley back into his chair and chains him back up. We see the Winchester digging inside his pocket for something – Oh, wait, is it… yes! The paper and crayon, back to square one, darling. Bullocks. Balls. Bullocks. Is this a thing now, Crowley?
Charlie nods off to Dean to follow her. This is a brief and short confrontation of Hey, Dean thanks for the slumber party, oh and uhm, bringing me back from the dead. Oh, Dean, when will I ever be able to stop oh, Dean-ing you? He asks that she keeps it a secret between them and in return she has him promise to explain it to her later. Does anyone believe that he will? Sam finds the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book in the archives and hands it to Dorothy, to which she replies with you have no idea how odd it is having a series of books written about you. Actually, Dorothy.
Dean mentions possibly riding around on Dorothy’s bike… uhm, yes? What would I have to pay in order to see this?
Dorothy has a rebellion to finish and she invites Charlie to tag along. The thing is, Charlie died, she saved the day, and she got her quest and her adventure. What Charlie needs now is the magic. She takes Dorothy up on her offer and they use the key to make a portal to Oz. Sam and Dean watch as the girls walk off on the yellow brick road, leaving them to sort of marvel at the scenery. This is where they should retire, I mean why not? The doors shuts and when they open again Oz is gone.
Dean: Think she’ll be back?
Sam: ‘Course. There’s no place like home.
Now, I’m wondering if Sam has finally accepted the bunker as his home. Will we see him embrace this or was he just being ironic? I’m not entirely sure, but I really do hope Sam starts coming around. At this point Dean is more human than Sam and although that’s normal, it still feels weird – like something is missing. I want to see who Sam is more often. Put more into Sam, other than having him possessed. While he’s Sam, let him be Sam. Am I even making any sense?
Next week we get to see Dean Doolittle. So, Dean acting like a dog, sympathizing with dogs, helping dogs? It’s already amazing.
Fuck me. That was a long recap.
*On a side note, E4K is happening again from November 2nd-3rd. If you don’t know what that is, here is a handy dandy link (x) so you can learn more about it. Kevin Tran – Er, Osric Chau (x) has decided to participate by skyping and playing LoL for twenty-four hours straight! He shall endure and guess what? You can join him.
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This is an event held by Random Acts, therefore it should be no surprise that Misha Collins will be participating as well and he will be running for this event. Wish him good luck and that he remembers to keep warm and damned hydrated.
Everyone is allowed to participate and donate to this amazing cause. I myself have donated and it feels really good knowing that I did something kind and unselfish. Honestly, I spend most of my time being a real shitty person. Oh, god. Why would you say that? Because it’s the horrible truth and that has to end at some point. And where that point ends, something new has to begin, and I’d rather be brave and selfless this second time around.
My downfall as a human is my inconsistency. This blog, my recaps, my video recaps are 1) Doing what I love and not caring if no one else sees it and 2) Doing something I fail at, which is being consistent. I always give up, so this is a challenge for me. I’m putting myself out there, whereas I would rather not be noticed. I’m not saying that donating or participating will give you an epiphany or put you through some form of metamorphosis. I’m not saying that your heart will go from ice to sunshine, but you will notice that a little dose of kindness makes a huge difference.
Have a great weekend everyone and happy November.