What a fun episode! I am constantly surprised and impressed by this little show of ours. It’s been nine seasons, but the writers, actors and crew are still as imaginative as ever. I was pretty excited going into the episode. The Wizard of Oz was a favorite story of mine growing up. Mostly because it amazed and disturbed me all at once, kind of like Supernatural. So basically, they are a match made in heaven.

What I’m most impressed with is the way the writers were able to weave the story into the Supernatural universe. Dorothy’s father is one of the Men of Letters while Dorothy herself is a slightly rebellious hunter. She stowed away in her father’s bag on a trip to Emerald City and finds herself stranded there. She meets up with three freedom fighters who are convinced that she is destined to kill the Wicked Witch. She is unable to, and the freedom fighters are cursed by the witch and turned into the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy manages to bring the Wicked Witch back with her in hopes that the Men of Letters will know of a way to kill her. The witch possesses one of the men and goes off in search of a key to Oz. Dorothy is forced to perform a binding spell to lock their souls together forever. I’m sorry, but that is just cool. I have no doubt that there are some holes in the story, especially if you’re a die-hard fan of the book. But for the most part, I think Dorothy was able to explain these holes away by revealing that her father wrote the books the way he wished things had been for her. I think my main question is why no one tried splashing the witch with water? Or maybe Dorothy already tried that?

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Another awesome element of this episode was Charlie. I love her character and having her around is like watching Sam and Dean with the sister they never had. Charlie has been struggling to establish a life for herself ever since Dick Roman found his way into her world. We knew that she had taken an interest in hunting but it seemed like she was strictly interested in the research portion, something I think she’d be great at. However she revealed to Sam and Dean that she has taken on a couple of cases since they last met. This did not make them very happy. What I found most interesting about Charlie’s relationship with hunting was that she expected it to be magical. Sure, she’s into LARPing and fantasy, but she’s been on actual jobs with Sam and Dean. She has to know it’s not glamorous, right?

Charlie: “Saving people, hunting things, the family business. I am down. But I was raised on Tolkien, man. I mean, where is all of this? Where’s my quest?”

Maybe what Charlie is looking for is a purpose rather than the “magic” of hunting? She needs to feel like she’s contributing to something. Deciding to accompany Dorothy to Oz gives her the purpose she craves and the quest she’s been looking for.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing Charlie again at some point, but it won’t be for a while and that bums me out. I’ve really grown to love her character and what she means to Sam and Dean.

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Before she left, Charlie was able to rig the angel table so that it can be used to track angels. I’ve been wondering about that table since the season 8 finale and I’m glad we’re finally getting some insight into its potential. If Sam and Dean can track the angels, they can help keep Castiel safe. Something he will really need since he’s out on the street fending for himself at the moment. I’m very interested to see how they plan to use the table now. Maybe Kevin will monitor the activity and report back to Sam and Dean?

It sounds like poor Kevin needed some recovery time first though. I was happy that they finally told us where he was. I spent all last week wondering why episode 9.2 ended with Dean convincing Kevin to stay and then 9.3 started and he was M.I.A. the entire episode. Well, this week Dean dropped him off at a motel for a little R&R and not a moment too soon from the sounds of it.

Dean: “He stared at the angel tablet and repeated the word ‘falafel’ the entire ride.”

Dean was hoping that he and Sam could also take a little time to rest up. The fact that he bought take out and season one of Game of Thrones made me so happy. I really do love knowing that every once in a while Sam and Dean have a normal night. Or at least they fully intend to.

The obvious theme of this episode is the idea of home and what it means to have a home. Since Supernatural functions as a road trip quest, the idea of home has always been unconventional. The Impala has really been Sam and Dean’s physical home for much of their life. But on a larger scale, home is wherever they’re together. I know, it sounds corny, but it’s true. Now they have the Men of Letters bunker. It took no time at all for Dean to make himself at home. He decorated his room, started using the kitchen, the robes and the slippers. Dean is home. But Sam has been hesitant to settle in from the beginning and I haven’t fully understood why. In this episode he finally gets the chance to explain it.

Dean: “Why haven’t you moved in?”
Sam: “Is now really the time for this, Dean? Look, I never really had what you had with mom and dad, okay?
Dean: “What are you talking about?”
Sam: “I don’t have any memories of home. And whenever I try to make a home of my own... it really hasn’t ended well.”
Dean: “Yeah, well a lifetime of abandoned building and crappy motel rooms, I mean... this is   about as close to home as we’re gonna get...and it’s ours.”

We all know how young Sam was when his life crumbled around him. And he certainly hasn’t had much luck since then. So it makes sense that he’d be hesitant to allow himself to feel at home in the bunker. On the other hand, Dean craves that feeling of being at home and settled with family. The bunker is the first time he’s had this chance with Sam, so he’s jumping at it. I do hope Sam is able to settle in a bit. I’m not sure what it would take for him to embrace the bunker as home. He did seem to warm up toward the idea at the end though. What did you guys think?

Now it’s time for the elephant in the room. Let me start by saying that I think there was the perfect amount of Zeke in this week’s episode. It was just enough to keep us intrigued but not so much that it took away from the monster of the week. Dean’s lies are starting to cave in around him. First he’s telling Sam that it was Castiel’s idea to leave the bunker, that he’s doing it for their safety. Does Cass know why he had to go? Did Dean come clean about Ezekiel? I’m guessing no. That lie could very easily come back to bite Dean in the butt. And on top of that, Sam heard Dean call to Zeke for help. Dean was able to smooth that over for the moment, since Sam was knocked out but Sam’s not stupid. He’s putting the pieces together. And if I was Dean, I’d start thinking about coming clean. Sure, we want Sam to heal completely before he ejects Ezekiel from his body. And if he knows, it’s possible he’ll choose to eject Zeke and suffer whatever comes with that. But now that Sam is starting to catch on, I think it would be in both of their best interests for Dean to find a way to tell him. If Dean is able to tell Sam in a non-confrontational way he can really explain his reasoning to Sam much like he did in the church last season. I think Sam would be much more inclined to listen and maybe even takes Dean’s advice on this one. What do you guys think? Is it time for Dean to come clean? And if he does, what do you think Sam will do?

So what did you guys think? Were you satisfied with this standalone episode? I think I made it pretty clear that I loved it. We were do for a little monster of the week and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Sure, it was a little cheesy but it hit me right in the feels. Next week looks like another good one. I can’t wait to see Dean mind meld with a dog. I see some excellent comedic potential in that plot.

There were plenty of quotes and interesting moments worth mentioning.

9.4 Wicked Witch

I think it was a really good decision to make it so that the Wicked Witch couldn't talk. She was much creepier that way in my opinion.

I have got to know what is running all the machines, lights, computer, etc. in the Men of Letters bunker. Is it a spell?

Dorothy: “Yes, despite all my lady parts I managed to catch the wicked witch.”
I really liked Dorothy. I wonder if we’ll ever see her again?

Dean: “You really can’t delete those from the internet?”
Charlie: “Not even I can do that.”

Dean: “Pace yourself, Toto.”

Crowley: “Big fan. Love your work”
Crowley would be able to recognize the Wicked Witch, wouldn’t he?

The idea for the poppy bullets was so creative. If you can’t kill the witch, get her stoned.

Charlie: “Stop ruining my childhood.”

Crowley whistling Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He’s such an ass and I love it.

Dean: “I think you’re aired out enough.”
Crowley: “Rude.”

Dean: “Damn it, I just cleaned in here.”
Sam: “Really?”

I loved that there are two ways to get to Oz; a natural disaster or the key.

Sam: “My brother calls it home. Me, I don’t have that much luck with homes.”

Charlie: “You keep your porn meticulously organized, but not...”
Dean: “Don’t judge me.”

Charlie take the hit from the witch for Dean. There is no way Dean could have let Charlie die saving him. I knew he would have to have Zeke bring her back. But it was interesting the Zeke told Dean that this means he’ll have to be in Sam longer than he would like. It seems like Ezekiel is anxious to be healed?

Dorothy: “Don’t worry about it, you’re not a real hunter unless you’ve died.”
How true it is!

I liked the idea that Dorothy’s father wrote The Wizard of Oz as a set of guidelines for her with hidden clues.
 
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Sam and Dean’s Batman voices were kind of scary. Have we ever seen them both go bad at the same time?

Anyone else want to see a Winchester on one of those motorcycles?

Charlie: “Sorry about the nards, Dean”

Charlie: “Ding dong, bitches.”

Was anyone else weirded out by the fact that Sam was double possessed at one point? How does that even work??

Crowley: “Really? After all I did with Miss Defying Gravity?”

Dorothy: “You have no idea how odd it is having a series of books written about you.”

Dorothy: “Come help me find my damn dog.”

Dean: “Think she’ll be back?”
Sam: “Of course. There’s no place like home.”