Supernatural: There’s No Place Like Home
January 30, 2015 9:59 PM - Season 10, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Dean starts on a new health regimen to help keep his dark side in check. Sam and Dean continue to search for a way to remove the Mark of Cain. While researching, Sam finds a video of Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day) beating up a district attorney. Believing there must be some explanation for Charlie's unusual behavior Sam and Dean begin to look into what happened.
posted by cfoxhi (6 comments total)
This...this was not a great episode.

Between Dean struggling with Ole Murder Arm and Moose perfecting that furrowed brow of his about Ole Murder Arm's effect on his brother, I am not even sure where the show is going anymore. I misspoke a while back about taking a break from the heavy mythology episodes and going back to old-fashioned MoTW status, but it seems my beloved Supernatural can't even do that right anymore.

And listen, I really like Charlie. I liked her the FIRST time they used her, but when they kept finding excuses to bring her back, then the shiny wore off. (Nothing against Felicia Day; she's game.) The best Shepherd and I could say about the episode is "Well, at least Dean found a woman he doesn't call a bitch."
posted by Kitteh at 5:03 AM on January 31, 2015 [2 favorites]

It was a mediocre episode which continued the Devil's Mom storyline (wrap it up, please!) and at the least, they are focusing on the Mark. But, yeah, after announcing they had been through every book/document in the Men of Letters' library, they spent more time looking through books in this episode. Huh?

Felicia Day, I'm always mixed on her. She has a narrow range, in my opinion, and I enjoy her in that range, but it's weird when she moves out of it - such as Bad Charlie. It definitely had shades of Bad Willow in my mind. I seriously don't mind if they want to setup Day as a new reach out for info help in the internet world, a la a Bobby of Technology, instead of the Supernatural (I MISS BOBBY).
posted by Atreides at 8:29 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yeah, to me, it is almost criminal how they're wasting Cas and Crowley this season. Mark Sheppard is such a delight that it does him no favours that the show is pretty much making the King of Hell a henpecked son right now.
posted by Kitteh at 9:34 AM on January 31, 2015 [2 favorites]

This was pretty lame. I like Felicia Day quite well, but I've never been a fan of Charlie: it feels like someone, (possibly everyone), in the writer's room has a crush on Day, and it seeps into the script. Gives me a distinct and uncomfortable 'Lana Lang in Smallville' vibe.

Mark Sheppard is such a delight that it does him no favours that the show is pretty much making the King of Hell a henpecked son right now.

That is really wearing me out. I liked Rowena in her first appearance, but the second Crowley uttered the word 'mother,' I knew the whole thing would be crap... and even knowing that, they have managed to find a lower place than I was expecting.
posted by mordax at 12:00 PM on January 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Dark Charlie: [to Dean] You hit like a girl who never learned how to hit!

Dean: [undercover, pretending to buy a house] Now I'm not saying that I have to have Jacuzzi, I'm just saying that I really like bubbles.
Russell Wellington: Look, I'm just going to stop you right there. Judging from your cheap shoes and your faded jeans, I'm guessing the only house you're on the market for comes with wheels.

Dean: What the hell is kale?

The Wizard: Your friend wanted to be a hero. And you know what happens to heroes? They die.

Dean: You lied to me.
Dark Charlie: You lied to yourself. That's kind of your move.

Charlie Bradbury: I forgive you Dean.
Dean: Yeah well, I don't.
Charlie Bradbury: I know, kinda your move.

Assistant: Mr. Presley?
Dean: Yes. Yeah. Hi. Uh, actually, I'm, uh, you know, really into this article on, uh... [looks at magazine cover] ... mammograms.

Dean: [listening to tape about relaxation]
Voice on Tape: The key to quieting your mind is minding your quiet. Know and understand; the lack of an answer is---
Dean: [takes the tape out and throws it away]

Light Charlie: Let me just tell you being good is really annoying. Normally at a place like this, I'd be pounding Harvey Wallbangers and checking out the bartender's ass. Now all I wanna do is sip club sodas and send her to college.

Dean: What are you saying, Charlie tortured someone? *Our* Charlie, yay high? Wouldn't hurt a hobbit, practically sparkles?

Charlie Bradbury: There's no going back to Oz. And with the wizard gone, Dorothy will be fine.
Sam: So, does this mean no more adventure?
Charlie Bradbury: I think we have all the adventure we can handle right here.

Dean: Soon as we get rid of this demonic tramp stamp, I am back on the booze, burgers... and more booze.

Sam: Where the hell are you?
Dean: Dick Charlie just hot-wired Baby!

Sam: You made egg-white omelettes?
Dean: Yeah. Breakfast of Champions. You know, if you're a dork like you.
Sam: And you slept past 7:00?
Dean: Yeah, well, until we get answers on this Mark of Cain, I am on a 12-step program not to backslide.
Sam: 12 steps?
Dean: Yeah. Hey, if Cain found a way to live with it after going dark side, then I just got to find a way to keep it in check, so haven't had a drink in a week, eight hours of rack time every night, and, now, this masterpiece.
Sam: That's three steps.
Dean: ... Shut up and eat.

Sam: So... are you...?
Charlie Bradbury: Good? Bad? I think I'll just settle for balanced.

Sam: Be careful out there.
Charlie Bradbury: Does that sound like either of me?


In a panel at C2E2 2016, Robbie Thompson (the writer of this episode) stated that in the bar scene with Good Charlie, Sam and Dean; that scene was originally written over 700 pages (according to the commentary on the DVD) to explain about everything that happened to Charlie in Oz and that in those pages, Charlie had a pet dragon named Mittens, which was written in as a joke.

When Sam and Dean confront Dark Charlie at the councillor's house, she says, "I should have known Rocket and Groot would track me down." Rocket and Groot are two of the main characters from the Marvel Comics series Guardians of the Galaxy.

When visiting the councillor, Sam and Dean introduce themselves as "Special Agent Gabriel and Special Agent Collins", and ask for details on a drunk driving case. Phil Collins became the lead singer for the band Genesis (of which he and Peter Gabriel were both a part before Gabriel left) and sang "Dreaming While You Sleep" on the album We Can't Dance. The song is about a hit-and-run, similar to what happened to Charlie when she was a child.

Good Charlie is wearing a shirt that reads, "What Would Falkor Do?" Falkor is the name of the Luck Dragon in The NeverEnding Story.

Sam makes the first reference in the series to the "Book of the Damned". He introduces it by showing Charlie a printout from the Italian Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) with information on the actual Book of the Damned by author Charles Fort. This was Fort's first non-fiction book, concerning data that has been excluded ("damned") by mainstream science, including data on mysterious disappearances, UFOs, and other anomalistic phenomena.

The house Barbara Cordry lives in is the same home used in "Freaks and Geeks" (ep. 8.18); where Krissy and two other kids stay with Victor Rogers after a vampire slaughters their families.

When Dean says "What is kale?", this may be a reference to Misha Collins and his GISHWHES event where kale is one of the main jokes and appears in every year's event.

While talking at the bar, Dark Charlie says to Dean, "There's no right, there's no wrong, there is just us and them." "Us and Them" was a hit by Pink Floyd who have a connection to the Wizard of Oz through the album Dark Side of the Moon.

Dean says about Charlie in the beginning that she would not hurt a hobbit, in reference to Charlie's favourite book The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. She reads it to her comatose mother in the "Pac-Man Fever" (ep. 8.20). The short sword that Dark Charlie wields also looks very similar in design to the sword named Sting, which belongs to The Hobbit's main character, Bilbo Baggins.

Once Dark Charlie and Good Charlie are re-integrated, no reference is made to Charlie now being wanted for three cases of assault and one count of murder.
posted by orange swan at 8:52 AM on December 3, 2021

Dean should have known better than to leave Dark Charlie alone in a room with the drunk driver who killed her parents.

I hate that Charlie can't get back to Oz. She seemed to love it there. Knowing her eventual fate doesn't help either.

Didn't Sam and Dean know Charlie's real name already? It's kind of funny that they keep calling her Charlie instead of Celeste.
posted by orange swan at 8:54 AM on December 3, 2021

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