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“Slumber Party”, Supernatural’s quirky take on “The Wizard of Oz”,  gave us cool bunker insights, a bit of Men of Letters history, and that there really is “no place like home” for the Winchesters. Written by Robbie Thompson with Robert Singer directing, this episode scored high! We got two ferocious, fully clothed fighters(!): Charlie(Felicia Day), nerdy and newbie hunting and Dorothy(Tiio Horn) from Oz, a huntress extrodinaire!  Sam really questions Dean about this guy Zeke where Dean continues to lie! All in all, a fun, lighthearted, and magical quest, just what Charlie desired! Starting with 1935 black and white flashbacks, we get Men of Letters history.

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Beginning with flashbacks, “Slumber Party” sets us up right out of the box with Dorothy and the Wicked Witch(Maya Massar). This Witch is way scarier then our cute fiction! In 1935, the bunker gets computerized and two hunters(one elder, the other a young buck), span a six month time period from which enthusiasm wanes for the young man. Dorothy knows where the bunker is, shows up with the Witch in tow, looking for a way to kill her. Seems the best hunters have that ‘sacrificial’ gene because when all else fails, Dorothy does exactly that: binds her soul with the Witch’s to be forever bottled up.

Kevin takes a braincation in Branson and Sam diligently provides Crowley

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with crayons and paper for demon info. With Kevin on break, Dean brings Sam back Game of Thrones dvds for their entertainment! Sam again questions why Castiel isn’t there and Dean spouts the company lie: the bunker’s not safe with Cass there. Yep…. Sam totally buys that. He has also finds a computer room, another treasure! Although the system isn’t running, the guys feel a warm spot on a surface, indicating some kind of activity. They open a panel which activates the computer but which also unknowingly unleashes Dorothy and the Witch.

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Getting the system running is important so Dean finds and delivers their computer tech, Charlie.  Charlie squees over the historical hunk of history and yes, she can deliver the goods. She loves “The Wizard of Oz” books  which leads the conversation to the “Supernatural” chronicles which will be around forever due to some ‘Becky'(Sam’s ex!) who’s uploaded them all! Perfect responses and reactions from both Sam(Jared Padalecki and Dean(Jensen Ackles)!

Dorothy makes her Indiana Jones entrance, thoroughly insulting the Winchesters. Her biggest announcement: if Dorothy is free, ding dong, the Witch runs free! Dorothy educates Charlie on how the Oz books were the rantings of her old dad, based on truths but made pretty for the public. We find out that Charlie is quite the romantic! From sharing with Sam and Dean that she envisioned hunting to be more magical to not allowing Dorothy to destroy her dreamy views regarding Oz. I like it! Nerd Charlie informs Dorothy that the hunter that she trashed earlier, worked diligently to solve the Witch/Dorothy dilemma until the day he died. Hence, Charlie knows that poppies will stun the Witch til they can kill or bind her again.

The Witch finds Crowley(Mark Sheppard) but with all the warding, is no help to him. Not being able to speak, the Witch conveniently communicates by writing what she wants on Crowley’s paper. FYI: “come to Daddy”, hissing and whistling, is Sheppard perfect or what?! The Witch needs a key which allows her to make any opening a portal into Oz. Dean remembers finding said key. Charlie and Dean head to retrieve it where unfortunately the Witch also arrives. The Witch throws her voodoo at Dean, Charlie jumps in to save Dean and gets killed in the process.

Enter Zeke. This is too convenient and sooo easy to use. Without Castiel, it’s understandable for the writers to have Zeke in Sam. Of course this makes it the worse possible possession ever: Zeke in Sam, popping out when asked or when he chooses. My thought when the Witch possesses Sam: how can that happen? Zeke possesses Sam so does this mean that evil can now possess angels? This was hinted around last week also. What do you think?

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Zeke heals Charlie, Charlie wants to know if she’ll be eating brains now which raises Sam’s antenna more. But no time to lose here, the Witch is working on letting in all those horrible critters from Oz! Dorothy heads down to the garage which now houses ‘Baby’ and an entire fleet of primo drives. Dorothy finds her motorcycle, the Tinman’s head AND her red slippers which yield magic from Oz. Note: ‘Baby’ wasn’t scheduled to appear but the cast and crew couldn’t resist for us, the fans!  🙂

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Sam and Dean find the Witch who fills them with green witch power and orders them to kill the girls. Dorothy really believes that she can take on the Winchesters but is no match of course! Charlie escapes after catching the red slippers thrown from Dorothy. Side note here: Felicia Day says catching the shoes took awhile because she truly is a nerd and not good at ‘catching things’! Just before Dean intends on stabbing Dorothy, Charlie finds the Witch, stabs her with a slipper and saves the day, save the girl and saves the Winchesters!

Charlie gets her magical adventure when she leaves this earthly plane with 2013-08-23 11.59.42Dorothy to fight a revolution in Oz! So who else thinks the Winchesters might end up there at some point?!

Another fun fact regarding this episode. I was there for the filming and the garage is an huge, old grain stop. But what I learned about the set: it took them four days to make it, it was the first set that had a ‘made for tv’ feel to it, and it was Supernatural’s largest endeavor to date! A huge, black covering enclosed an opening which turned out to be virtual ‘Oz’ which was VFX galore!

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Another feather in the crews’ cap!

Addressed by the Winchesters from the start to the end was home. Sam regards the bunker as a job site. For Dean, it’s a place to clean, hang up his weapons and to enjoy his morning coffee wearing his robe! Charlie asks Sam about the lack of nesting also with Sam reiterating that there’s no such place for him. Sooo, when Charlie and Dorothy walk off into the Oz sunset, how perfect were Sam’s words to Dean, “of course,  there’s no place like home.” Brotherly connections: we love them and watch the show because of them! Until Tuesday and “Dog Dean Afternoon”, stay supernatural….

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