If a man beats a woman horrifically, she'll forgive him if he was "under the influence"
and if she
was behaving badly.


"There's No Place Like Home"

Writer:Robbie Thompson
Director: Phil Sgriccia
Air Date: January 27, 2014



If a man beats a woman horrifically, she'll forgive him if he was "under the influence"
and if she
was behaving badly.


A ruckus comes from a house on a suburban street. A man rushes down stairs, hands tied before him.
He tumbles onto his GREEN lawn. Panic stricken, he pleads,
"Please! I don't know anything else."
A dark figure responds, "I know. I'm gonna torture you anyway."        
Charlie (Felicia Day) steps into the light. "Cuz, who doesn't love a little torture?"


Castiel checks in with Sam via phone. Dean makes egg white omelets and places them
on the book laden table of the lit up library.
Dean's trying a "12 Step" program to control the Mark: no drinking, 8 hours of rack time a night,
and eating healthy. Sam notes it's only "3 Steps" but the omelet is "awesome."
Dean's disgusted, "It's crap. God. Soon as we get rid of this demonic tramp stamp,
I am back on the booze, burgers, and more booze."
(No broads?)
"Tell me you got something."
But, Sam doesn't. Hours of research continue.
Dean makes GREEN smoothies and gags on it like it's tequila.


Online, Sam finds unbelievable footage of Charlie beating a man.
Dean asks, "Our Charlie? Yea high, wouldn't hurt a Hobbit, practically sparkles?"
(Who would hurt a hobbit?)
Dean fails contacting her phone. Sam digs up information:
"District attorney in Topeka...(Yes, we are in Kansas) he wasn't the only person in town that was hit.
A court stenographer was assaulted the night before."
Dean suspects Charlie might have a good reason, "You know what we do, taken out of context,
it doesn't look that much different. She could be hunting."
They decide to investigate.


Alone in his bedroom, Dean stares at his trembling hand holding a blade.
Sam peeks in to ask if he's ready. Dean stuffs the blade into his duffel bag.



Sam and Dean discover that the Stenographer and District Attorney worked
on the Middleton case involving Charlie's parents.
They visit DA Peter Harper (Paul McGillion) who confirms all the "crazy bitch"
wanted to know was about an old case where a "drunk driver T-boned another car,
killing the driver, and the passenger was declared brain-dead on the scene."
He gives them a Social Services report on Charlie, maintaining the "case never went to trial," and all "the files were sealed."
He's withholding information. The stenographer wasn't released until she gave up a name.
Peter denies this.


Dean slams his chair back and leans into him repeatedly asking,
"What name did you give up?"
Fearfully, Peter admits he received money from an overseas account.
Not good enough!
Dean wants a name.


Dean terrifies him into spitting out the name,
"Councilwoman Barbara Cordry."
Back in Baby, Sam reads Charlie's file. Her name's Celeste.
She's looking for the person who destroyed her family.
Dean asks, "Can you blame her?"  
He realizes they need "to find her before she does something nobody can walk away from."



Agents Gabriel and Collins, ring the doorbell.
Barbara's (Iris Quinn) sorting accumulated vacation mail.
When Sam asks about the Middleton case, she claims to have "no idea what  They are talking about."
Her assistant would be happy to "pencil them" in for a meeting.
She shuts the door.


Dean comments, "Guilty much?" They return to Baby and their stake out.



Dean bites into a sandwich, “What the hell is kale?”


Sam reads Charlie’s file: "Anti-authority disorder, clinical depression, violent outbursts."  
Dean says reports done on them at that age wouldn’t be “all kittens and rainbows.”        
A scream galvanizes them.



They find Charlie with a choke hold on Barbara.
Charlie immediately insults them, "Rocket and Groot."
"Let her go!" Sam demands.
"Who?' Charlie cleverly asks while punching Barbara, "Oh. Her?"
Dean lectures her, "Since when do you start pounding on people for [answers]?
What the hell happened to you in Oz?"
Charlie got an adventure and a sword. She insults Sam, "all good-guy code, no bite. What a waste."
She then insults Dean by insulting Sam again, "Always letting this albatross hold you back."
Dean tells her to put the knife down because he doesn't want to "hurt" her.


                                                  Charlie makes a run for it and gets tackled in the foyer by Dean.                                           
                                                                       She puts him in a leg headlock.                                                                     
(Cringe. Hated this.)


(If it was supposed to be then it was an epic fail.)
She flips him, rises, and kicks him in the head.
Dean dashes out into a world of GREEN hedges, unable to see where she went.


Barbara says Charlie wanted Bank statements. Dean discovers Baby's slashed tire.
"Oh, you Son of a Bitch."
Charlie drives past in a dark SUV. Another Charlie pulls up in a YELLOW Gremlin.
"What's up, BITCHES?"


Seeing their confusion she adds, "We should probably catch up."



Embarrassed, Baby with her tire magically repaired, sits in front of Berto's Ale House (?) with the yellow Gremlin.
Charlie establishes she's split in two; the other Charlie is a badass dick ninja.
Sam wants the full story, "Dorothy, Oz, yellow brick road. But then . . . ?"

Charlie explains there was a "war for Emerald City."
The Wizard of Oz unleashed Charlie's inner darkness  to win the war. Dark Charlie broke the key.
Dark Charlie did some "truly awful things" but won the war.
They're "still connected physically. If you hurt her, you hurt me.
But bottom line, she's bad, and I'm good."

Dark Charlie wants to win Good Charlie back by seeking vengeance for their parents.
It's Dark Charlie's "messed-up way of showing me how close we are."
Good Charlie finds "being good really annoying. Normally in a place like this,
I'd be pounding Harvey Wallbangers and checking out the
bartender's ass.
Now all I want to do is sip club soda and send her to college
(Note to self: Drinking and hitting on someone is bad.)
Sam suggests they find Dark Charlie, "before she finds the drunk driver.
... Barbara gave up her old bank statements, right?That means Dark Charlie will probably
follow the money back to whoever made the
Dean gets refills while Sam persuades Good Charlie to hack Barbara's bank accounts.
Good Charlie can't do bad. Sam solves the problem by asking Charlie to guide him
"through the process, and then I'm the bad one."


At the bar, Dean eyes a bottle of Whiskey with longing.
When the bartender removes the bottle, Dean catches his reflection in a mirror.
He stares at his shaking hand. The Mark is jonesing.
Dean returns to where Sam and Charlie discovered "Russell Wellington had a car reported stolen the week of the accident...
... he went on a sabbatical ... and returned to work with bruises and a broken ankle."


Dean pulls Sam to the side for a private conversation.
Good Charlie reminds them, "Secrets are bad."
They don't want her around this Russell character.
She agrees to go to the Bunker with Sam.
Sam suggests, "Maybe I should be the one . .."
(Ya think?)
Dean says 'no'. He'll try to capture Dark Charlie when she comes for Russell.
Dean can't believe he has to protect that "piece of crap."
They remind Dean not to hurt Dark Charlie.
If she gets hurt, so does Good Charlie.


(Find Dorothy's basket)


Dean, eating almonds on a stakeout, listens to a self-improvement tape.
"The KEY to quieting your mind, is minding your quiet." He chucks the almonds and the tape.
Russell Wellington pulls his Mercedes in.
Dean enters the waiting room, signs his name Mr. Presley, and takes a seat.


Charlie and Sam, doing research, become curious about "Clive Dillon, Man of Letters who discovered
the KEY to Oz." He went to Oz, but left the KEY on earth. L. Frank Baum found the KEY
and went to rescue Clive in Oz. "Dorothy snuck along for the ride and got stuck there."
Baum rescued Clive and put him in a secret relocation program.



The assistant, (Paula Burrows) calls "Mr. Presley" for his appointment. Dean stalls.
He wants to finish the "Mammogram" article, "Riveting stuff."
(It's funny if you are of the sexist opinion that men don't care about Breast Cancer.)
No one's left. Dean must fake an interest in real estate while waiting for Dark Charlie.
Russell (Barclay Hope) instructs Piper, to look after his "dry cleaning" and dog.
Dean launches into a description of his "dream home."



Good Charlie speculates that Clive must be 100 years old although
"time passes differently in Oz." Clive gets a new name and house "which are still listed."
And, "he is the only person who might be able to fix the key to Oz." Sam decides,
"Let's go."



Dean's wants a Jacuzzi because he likes bubbles.
Russell's had enough, "Mr. Presley ...Judging from your cheap shoes and your faded jeans,
I'm guessing the only house you're in the market for comes with wheels. Now,
look, I'm a busy man. My time is extremely valuable. I prefer not to have it wasted by
some HAYSEED."
Despite Dean's claim he can buy, Russell wants to show him the door.
Dean cuts off the call to security informing the arrogant Russell that he's trying to save his life.
Dean reminds him of the long ago accident. Russell denies knowing about it.
Dean growls, "Oh, no, you wouldn't, 'cause you were too DRUNK to remember anything that night."
Russell says Dean's "insane" just as the lights go out.
Dean tells him to stay and leaves to see Dark Charlie in the waiting room.



Dean wants to talk.
She's not interested, "You Winchester boys and your talk. Blah,blah, blah, repressed feelings.
Blah, blah, blah, passive aggression."
Dean tells her she doesn't "want to do this."
Dark Charlie explains, "it isn't about revenge; it's about making him see what he did to me, to us. That's all.
Please, Dean. I deserve that. And then we hand him over to the cops."
She turns her blade over. Dean relents. Dark Charlie enters Russell's office.
Russell greets her as "Celeste" and apologizes.
Dark Charlie tells him, "You took everything from me."
She turns, slams and locks the door.
Despite Dean's pleading, Dark Charlie stabs Russell with a letter opener and disappears through the window.
Dean busts in see the damage.



Dean calls Sam in Charlie's Gremlin and updates them. Sam updates Dean.
They're on their way to Clive's in Junction City.
Dean stares at the whiskey shot.
The Bartender (Nesta Cooper) asks, "Are you gonna stare at that all night?" Dean's "pacing" himself.
Dark Charlie slides next to Dean, "She's cute." Dean accuses her of lying to him.
She maintains he lied to himself. She's "not the monster here. He was. He got what
he deserved. You know I'm right. You know what I learned about being dark? It sets you free.
And part of you knows that's right, too."


Clive Dillon (Duncan Fraser) denies being Clive until Good Charlie shows him the key.


( Minnesota Wild plays one's really watching.)
Dark Charlie ogles the bartender with Dean. She asks did the "princess me find a way back to Oz?"
Dean semi lies saying Sam and Good Charlie are getting the key repaired "in Grantville, two towns over"
and they'll "put you back to where you belong."
(Isn't that what Dark Charlie wants?)
If Dean's not going to make a move on the bartender, she will. She follows the bartender to a room behind the bar.
When the bartender returns, Dean asks, "Did my friend strike out?"
Dean's 'friend' "slipped out the back door."
Dean hears the rumble of Baby's engine.


Dean runs yelling, "No, no, no, no! Oh, you son of a bitch! Damn it."
He calls Sam, "Dick Charlie just hot-wired Baby.  She thinks she's on her way to you...
I told her the wrong town, so I probably bought
you a little time, but, just be on the lookout.
I'll be there as soon as I can jack a ride."



Clive reveals the keys can only be magically repaired in OZ. What happened to Charlie, happened to him.
"A coven of witches grabbed me. They used the inner key on me, unleashed my ID. He was awful.
He killed all the witches and went into a tantrum. Power-hungry, crazy. He became the Wizard of Oz."
Clive knows only ONE WAYto summon the Wizard.
He pulls out a gun and shoots himself.


Dean arrives in a jacked minivan.
Seconds later, Dark Charlie pulls in with Baby. Dean sticks out his tongue.
She knew Dean would lie about the location. (?)
Dean asks what the hell she wants. Dark Charlie wants to talk to Good Charlie.
(I thought she wanted to get back with Good Charlie.)
Dean doesn't want Dark Charlie "corrupting" Good Charlie. (?)
He warns her, "You take one more step, I'm gonna put you down."
She smirks, "There's the Dean I love."
Inside, a mirror emits a green light and explodes.
The Wizard (Carter Kinsella) of Oz, younger with a silly half mask, enters in a GREY robe.


He looks at Clive on the floor, "What have you done, you fool? You had but one task, stay alive.
And you couldn't even manage that." He disarms Sam, handcuffs him with GREEN rope lights, and sidelines him.
Good Charlie's mouth starts to bleed as Dean lands a punch.


Dark Charlie sneers, "You hit like a girl who never learned how to hit."
(Isn't that still sexist?)
She knocks Dean over a railing.
Sam begs the Wizard "Stop this, please! Let me help my friend."
The Wizard declares, "Your friend wanted to be a hero. And you know what happens to heroes? They die." (?)
He encircles Sam's throat with GREEN light preventing him from saying any more lines.


Dean punches Dark Charlie
and breaks her arm.


She falls on bricks. Dean sits on her and feeds her more punches.


Good Charlie knows what she has to do: shoot Clive, even though her arm is broken,
she's being punched in the face,
and she has no evil left in her soul. "I'm sorry."
Clive forgives her. She shoots Clive.
Clive/Wizard dies.
Sam carries Charlie outside and retrieves the key.


Dean sits on Dark Charlie alternating right and left blows.
Sam yells at Dean to stop and lays Good Charlie beside Dark Charlie who manages to talk,
"You did it, didn't you? You killed the wizard. I knew it. The magic was in you all the time. Celeste."
Sam gives the Key to Charlie and Dark Charlie sorbs into her.


Sam comforts Charlie. Dean looks guilty.



Two days later, Sam talks to Castiel on the phone, "We've got to find Cain!"
Dean listens. Charlie enters, telling Sam she feels "balanced."
She asks about his progress with the Mark. 
Sam shows her a picture of "The Book of the Damned" in a Tuscany library.

Charlie volunteers to check it out. She approaches Dean, "We are going to fix this. I'm not letting
what happened to me happen to you."
She says, "I forgive you, Dean." Dean does not forgive himself.
Charlie insightfully replies, "I know. Kind of your move. How's that working out for you?"
Dean apologizes, "I'm so sorry, kiddo."
Charlie tells him to, "Prove it."
They hug.


Charlie hugs Sam. "Arrivederci, bitches !"
Sam checks Dean, "You good?" Dean answers, "No."
Sam's motivated by Charlie, "She's right, Dean. You can do this. We can do this."
Dean agrees to "get to work." He stares at his steady hand.
The Mark has temporarily satisfied its bloodlust.



This script earns a ZERO for:



Charlie, a replica of Lisbeth and female empowerment, was introduced to the
Supernatural audience
in an epsiode with the same title. Like Lisbeth, she was embraced by fans.
It is not so much the borrowing of this character that's disturbing, as much as what was done to her.



The SEXISM in and behind the scenes of this episode are infamous.


These and other inspirations, and countless allusions make this episode unoriginal.
It is not just that there were heavily borrowed concepts; but, which pieces were used and how.  
"The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo" made a powerful statement about women and survivors of rape and abuse.
Here the empowering message was turned upside down.
"The Enemy Within" is a Star Trek epsiode still heavily criticized for its blatant sexism and horrific "rape culture" beliefs.
Here it was revalidated.
"The Wizard of Oz"  is a long time favorite for depiciting a female character as a powerful protagonist
on a quest and who triumphs over evil. Here it was made into a mockery. 


Dean's struggle with the Mark parallels the struggles of people with addictions.
This is not a new theme explored in Supernatural.
(Remember Sam's struggle with demon blood?)
Supernatural fans enjoy the way this show raises social consciousness about issues.
(Berens and Dabb recently explored Prostitution and the scum who prey on lost children.)
Charlie was banished to Oz, brought back, beaten and banished again. 
Why do that to this character?


Dark Charlie, like Dean, seeks vengeance for her parents who were destroyed.
She may have learned some Ninja skills but she's no match for Dean who pummelled the martial arts
expert, Cole. Every punch Dark Charlie takes, Good Charlie takes. Dean knows this.
The broken arm and blows were excessive.
We could blame the Mark but that's like excusing someone for being under the influence of

alcohol and drugs; a parallel clearly drawn.
The blow that knocked her down onto the bricks could kill.
The subsequent blows would cause fractured/ broken cheekbones, nose, jaw and dislodged teeth.


But, unrealistically her injuries are reduced to a few red marks; this diminishes

the impact of injuries experienced by abused women.
Why do this? 

To be socially conscious is to be aware of the problem of VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN in our culture.
This is an important sensitive issue.
There are a 1000 other ways to show the Mark's progression.
And, Charlie forgives Dean. Is that the message? Forgive men who beat women?
Why not send a more powerful anti-violence against women message?
SPN has been innovative in other areas. Why not trail blaze a healthier perspective and treatment of women?

SPN's had the power all along.
Why should we have to drink the MISOGYNISTIC POISON of our culture simply
because we love Supernatural?


And, while we're here, enough with the
"Bitch." It's a derogatory term that degrades women.
And no, just because Charlie says it, does not make it right.
It creates a climate, and an excuse, for men to use it.
See how that works?


1. How did Charlie get back from Oz with a broken key? Why did Dark Charlie break the key?

2. Why does Sam ask the DA if he heard noises or noticed any smells?

3. How does Dark Charlie slip past Sam and Dean on stakeout in front of Barbara's home?
She parks her SUV close enough to slash their tire and make a getaway before Dean can catch her.
Why does it take Sam so long to come to Dean's aid?

4. Why does Sam need help hacking into a bank account? Why didn't Dark Charlie hack
Barbara's account instead of beating her up?
5. Why does Dean tell Charlie anything about what Sam & Charlie are doing? He lied
about location but why even mention it?

6. Charlie knew Dean lied about the location. How did she know where to go?

7. Why does Dean prevent Dark Charlie from going into the house to join with Good Charlie?
Wasn't that exactly what they were trying to do?

8. If the Wizard's going to die with Clive, what's his motive for hurting Sam and Charlie?

9. Does the leather clothing on Dark Charlie get absorbed into Good Charlie?

10. Now they have possession of the inner key of Oz, shouldn't they return it, or at least contact Dorothy?
Why does Charlie say, "Look, there's no going back to Oz.
And with the Wizard gone, Dorothy will be fine."?

11. If Charlie's been recovering for two days why hasn't Dean apologized yet? 
Why was his character made to wait so long?  It's extremely unlikely Dean would do that.

12. Where were the arcs for Castiel, Crowley and Rowena? A few phone calls to Castiel ....
No Castiel and Oz!! ? Aw.

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13. Sam was sidelined. Not as bad as a "basement banishment" but he's relegated to research,
handcuffed, and
muted, while action tornadoes around him.
Sam, why does this keep happening?

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14. Why bring Charlie back from Oz, just to beat her, banish her to Tuscany, and then

bring her back to ....


snuck in with a GREEN smoothie and escalated. Then, it stopped??

Clive's home and the Wizard's robe weren't green.
The half mask on the Wizard was laughably LAME

as were the green light SFX.
Twinning or doubling could have been used.

An overkill of Over the Shoulder/ Ear Shots created an almost permanent
blur in the corner of the screen. Very blurry especially the High Angles.
(Not the usual awesome we expect.)



Philip Sgriccia /Serge Ladouceur










(Bottle of schnapps named for Matt Tichenor (1st Ass. Camera)



Ackles was amazing! But, the difficult role made Felicia a star.

Congratulations Felicia Day!




Barclay Hope (Russell Wellington) played Professor Cox 2.15 "Tall Tales"

Paul McGillion (Peter Harper ) played Jim Grossman 5.05 "Fallen Idols"
Duncan Fraser (Clive Dillon ) played Odin 5.19 "Hammer of the Gods"


Barbara's house was used in 8:18 "Freaks and Geeks"




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