Supernatural Stars Preview Dean and Sam's Run-In With Dorothy of Oz, Charlie's Return

Supernatural Season 9 SpoilersSupernatural has traveled to the past, the apocalyptic future and even to its own set. But on this Tuesday’s episode (The CW, 9/8c), the Winchesters encounter their strangest world yet — Oz.

With the fantastical Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn, Hemlock Grove) — and a witch! — on the loose in Dean and Sam’s home base, the adventure harkens back to the series’ roots, says star Jared Padalecki. The episode also grows the world of the Men of Letters (check out our set photos for a special tour).

“This is what kind of stuff really excites me – these fun, little ways we can tie [in] real pop culture or real urban legends, kind of how the show started,” Padalecki explained when TVLine visited the show’s Vancouver set.

Below, Padalecki and Jensen Ackles reveal what you need to know about the oz-some installment, which also features the return of Felicia Day’s hacker extraordinaire Charlie.

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DING-DONG, THE WITCH IS LOOSE! | “We find out that Dorothy’s been trapped in the Men of Letters bunker for a long, long time,” previews Padalecki. “Accidentally, she’s set free, but so is the witch [played by Maya Massar, Caprica]. So we have them running around our bunker. We have to employ the help of the coolest computer nerd we know to help us figure out what happened. Enter Charlie, who’s awesome. That was a really fun episode.”

FRIEND OF DOROTHY | While “Dean tries to battle with the fact that there’s an actual Wizard of Oz and Dorothy,” per Ackles, Sam finds a person he can confide in. “He gets someone to play off because there are parts where [the four of us] have to split up,” describes Padalecki. “Dean and Charlie head one way, and Dorothy and I head another way. We also get to see into Sam’s psyche a little bit. He opens up to Dorothy in ways he wouldn’t have opened up to Dean or Charlie or Crowley or Kevin or Cas. He gets to tell her things [because] he knows she’s not going to be around the next week.”

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FLIRT ON | “Charlie has probably the most memorable reaction” to Dorothy’s presence, teases Padalecki. Adds Ackles: “Charlie takes more of the [seductive], ‘Hello’ [approach], which is amazing because Felicia plays that great.” Meanwhile, the Winchesters are more level-headed and thinking, “‘Cool. Crazy. How do we fix it?’” says Padalecki. “The guys are like, ‘We have a witch running wild in our bunker.’ And obviously, we have the King of Hell in our bunker, as well, so we don’t want them to [meet].”

DUDE, WHERE’S THEIR CAR? | With the thought-to-be fictional figures running amok, the Men of Letters set was built out to include a lot of new spaces, including a garage, which made Ackles very happy. “I’ve been begging for that ever since we introduced the Men of Letters because it’s like, ‘Come on, really? We’re just leaving the impala parked out on the street, covering it up with some bushes and stuff?’” he says. “Baby’s finally got some place to sleep. Now we’ve finally got a kitchen. We’ve got more bedrooms. We’ve got a computer room.” Adds Padalecki: “It’s become a nice home for Jensen and Jared to have while filming.”

Check out TVLine’s pictures of Ackles and Padalecki’s on-set abode below.

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  1. Leanna says:

    Can’t wait to see it! Felicia Day is my favorite guest star on #SPN

  2. Carrie says:

    Looking forward to it. :)

  3. Drew says:

    Charlie episodes always make me want to say “ugh.”
    Of all the great guest stars this show has had, how did we get stuck with this one recurring? She doesn’t fit the style of the show at all.

    I hope it is good, but Charlie is kind of a one trick pony and we’ve seen the trick already. Many times. On many shows.

    • CAO says:

      Finally! I thought I was the only one that thinks there are far better characters that they could have back rather than Charlie. I cringe when I see she’s coming back in an episode. She’s tired and played out.

      • MO says:

        You’re not the only one, Many people dislike her, unfortunately, the writers ignore it and continue shoving her down our throats. I just hope she stays in Oz for good.

    • tp says:

      I’m soooo happy that I’m not the only one that feels this way. On every show she plays the same annoying character. And where is Kevin Tran? He didn’t leave the bunker so where was he when Cas was there?

    • Ella says:

      I couldn’t agree more. One dose of Charlie was quite enough, I just find her aggravating and a waste of perfectly good screen time. Not to mention the fact that after that devastating and heartbreaking moment at the end of last week’s episode with Cas, we’re now going into ridiculous, slapstick, filler territory. Charlie adds nothing to the plot, this is disappointing.

    • John says:

      Thank you! Seriously, of all the guest stars we’ve had, even recurring one’s, we get the forgettable boring eccentric computer nerd who has to hit on the girls every episode to prove she can hang with the guys. At least get some other recurring guest stars to mix it up a bit or do what you do best Supernatural and kill her off already.

    • Kati (@timotey) says:

      How is Charlie’s persona any different from, I don’t know, Garth’s? Why is she off? Because she’s a woman? Lesbian? RPG obsessed geek? Played by Felicia Day? What? What about her doesn’t fit the “style” of the show?

      IMHO, she’s a great addition to the show. She’s the little sister the boys never had. And especially her relationship with Dean is endearing.

      • Drew says:

        Charlie (who let’s face it, is really just Felicia Day) is a computer geek. She is Star Wars and Harry Potter. Computer hacking and tweeting. She would maybe fit in on Chuck. She fit on Eureka. Not here.

        Supernatural is truck stops and muscle cars. Fast food. Plaid shirts. Guns. Jo, Ellen, Krissy, Sarah… there have been a ton of tough chicks who fit in with this show really well. But Charlie fits about as well as the Leviathan “big business” plotline did… which is not at all. She isn’t the little sister they never had. She is Kimmy Gibler, never knowing when to go away.

        I would buy Krissy as the little sister they never had (since Jo died anyway). Charlie, not so much.

        • Alan says:

          why cant the boys be friends with someone a little different for once? in real life people dont have friends who all fit one mold so why should they?

          • Drew says:

            I don’t care if they have a friend who is different. What I care about is the fact that I have to watch a show that keeps bringing back a character who does not fit on this show. Her personality doesn’t fit the style of the show. She adds nothing to the show. Her episodes are not good because they keep having to twist the show into something it is not just so they can feature her. If she belonged on the show, she would naturally fit into the story. Show me one episode where that happened. Instead, Sam and Dean always look strangely out of place around her.

            It is possible that Garth would get old too if they kept shoving him into the show uselessly.

            People complain about Lisa and Amelia but at least they had a good reason for being around the guys. Every time Charlie shows up, I have to ask why. It doesn’t make sense for her to be in this world. She belongs on The Guild.

          • Alan says:

            what about the french mistake? or changing channels? both twisted the show into something it wasnt, both didnt have charlie in them and both were hilarious and highlights of their respective seasons specifically because they messed with the well worn formula. the same thing is what i enjoy about the charlie episodes because after so many years it lets them do something different, such as this week after years of angels vs demon which is starting to get boring we get the wizard of oz, or last time it was a videogame inspired world. in the past few years where the show has started to repeat itself in a bad way the charlie episodes have been something to breath new life into it because it lets the writers, directors and cast members do something new for once.

          • Drew says:

            Yeah, The French Mistake was cool. But if they kept going back to that world over and over again, it would be annoying.

            “Something different” only works until it isn’t different anymore. Charlie was a one episode character who refuses to leave and stat gone. The episodes that she is in usually focus way too much on her and make the guys look like idiots. Why? Because her episodes don’t fit the series and the main characters of Supernatural don’t fit in her episodes.

            I love when they do different, weird things with the show. But it is only cool if they don’t sacrifice the show in the process.

          • Alan says:

            each one of her episodes have been totally different, first there was a standard episode that was important to the overall story, then there was a LARP episode, then a video game episode and now we get the wizard of oz; i just dont see how this is the same everytime.

          • Drew says:

            I haven’t seen the latest episode yet, but the LARP episode and the video game episode were not real Supernatural episodes. They were episodes of “Charlie!” featuring Sam and Dean Winchester. Yes, the plots were different. But the motivation and the overall feel of the episodes were the same… Hokey catering to some geek fanbase, which isn’t really where “Supernatural” fits.

            Stylistically speaking, there is a difference between a “geeky computer hacker” vibe and a “truck stops and guns” vibe. They clash. It’s like having “Supernatural” cross over with the “Carrie Diaries”. Or the “Vampire Diaries” for that matter. They’re different flavors that do not mesh. Charlie is “Eureka”. Maybe “Chuck” if the story was right. “The Guild”.

            You’ll notice that the Winchesters would not fit in on any of these shows either. I like “Fringe”, but we can’t just slap Peter and Olivia on “Supernatural” and call it a great episode.

            When Jo appeared on the show, there was no clash. She was a part of that universe and she felt like part of that universe. They didn’t need to make excuses for her to show up. They didn’t need to have anyone act out of character just to have them in the same scenes. They didn’t need to change the entire feel of the show to have Bobby in an episode. Or Castiel. Or Ellen. Or Krissy. Or Lisa. Or Benny. Or Chuck.

            If the show has to be reimagined every time a recurring character comes back, they shouldn’t be there. If Charlie can’t fit into good old fashioned “Supernatural”, she shouldn’t be there.

    • Kenny says:

      Thank you. I hate this character especially when you compare her to other female characters that have graced the show like Jo and Ellen who were AWESOME!! Charlie comes off as insipid, weak and really annoying. I wish she could die.

  4. Alia says:

    The names on the chalkboard are interesting.

  5. mia says:

    can’t stand Charlie ugh

  6. Sara says:

    I love the bunker….I hope they keep that around for a while

  7. Dee says:

    Fantastic!! Can’t wait for the episode.
    I love Charlie and look forward to seeing her.

  8. Alan says:

    i cant wait to see dean trying to process that the wizard of oz is real, he always has the best, most realistic reaction to the crazy crap they encounter. also glad they are going to be doing a bit more with charlie and dean, she seems to bring out a different side to the character than what we see with his usual over protective nature towards sam, cas and kevin, she seems to be his license to have fun and stop worrying about things for a few minutes.

  9. Rishi says:

    WOW! Sam finds out that the Wizard of Oz is real, he meets Dorothy! and what does he do? he does what Sam has always done best, Talk and think about himself! what a fking annoying character seriously! I am so sick of this nine year long Sam series, every season is about him! and now they are bringing useless pointless character Castiel forward and completely leaving Dean (the other Original LEAD!) in the dust!

    F**k Jeremy Carver and the rubbish writers, please Eric Kripke come back! bring Edland and Gamble with you!”

    • Alan says:

      you want eric kripke back but then complain about how the show has been a “nine year long Sam series”, 5 years of which eric kripke wrote. makes total sense, well done.
      i have to ask why the hell are you still watching? if you clearly dont like the direction of the show, and apparently havent for 9 years, why do you torture yourself with this? are you a masochist? do you only allow yourself to watch tv that you hate? please do yourself and everyone else a favour and go watch a show you actually enjoy while you continue to completely ignore how dean gets just as much storyline as sam.

    • Jen says:

      You do realize that Eric Kripke created this show with Sam as the main protagonist, right? It’s always supposed to have been about Sam. You’re just figuring this out now? Wow, some people are just dense. And I agree with Alan, no one is forcing you to watch the show if it bothers you that much.

  10. trev says:

    Typical Supernatural fans hating on the female characters. This is why I can’t take this show too seriously. The fans just ruin it for me.