Every time Felicia Day gets invited back to The CW’s Supernatural we just get more jealous of her. Not only did she get to hack Leviathan computers and get Dean (Jensen Ackles) to cosplay, but she also traveled inside a video game, and now she gets to hang out with characters from The Wizard of Oz come to life!
Supernatural loves their gates, and on “Slumber Party,” the boys learn that there is a gate that leads to Oz and the Wicked Witch (guest star Maya Massar) is determined to find the key that would open those gates and connect the two worlds. Because the boys stumble on this information while attempting to move a giant computer in the Men of Letters bunker, they have to call upon Charlie (Day) for some technical help with a slightly more magical version of the world wide web.
“Charlie is obviously a fangirl, so I think she’s a little blown away, naturally, to have something that she’s a fan of come to life,” Day said to LA TV Insider Examiner about her character’s reaction to learning that The Wizard of Oz— and all of the characters within are real.
Click here for a photo preview of and video chat with the boys about “Slumber Party.”
“Dorothy is a really cool character. She’s from the past, and she’s and independent spirited person who is dropped into this world not knowing a lot of things. She’s from the ‘30s, and there’s an interesting dynamic there that she kind of reminds you of Amelia Earhart– at least that’s what I got from it. It’s a really cool stylistic choice to have that sort of vibe with that really cool screwball woman character embodying Dorothy in a way. I think it’s a really fresh take on it.”
Charlie has been involved with somewhat fantastical elements ever since meeting the boys a few years ago, so the shock she feels here may be less about the characters she is encountering and more about the setting. For the first time, the boys have a real home base, and they not only invite Charlie into it but are relying on her to help them save it as the Wicked Witch’s plans would pretty much destroy the Men of Letters bunker.
“The Men of Letters bunker is an amazing space and when you enter it as a person on the set or a viewer, it’s awe-inspiring, really. It really sets a tone for something epic to happen in it and with the people involved. It’s definitely an upgrade! I think Charlie’s really happy for them to have this central hub and flattered and honored to be invited to work with them in it,” Day said.
“Slumber Party” is a “lighter” kind of one-off episode, per Day, and because of this, Charlie and the boys are really focused on the task at hand, rather than some of the larger, already overarching themes of the season. That is not to say the danger that the Wicked Witch represents could not be catastrophic– her plans for the gates of Oz would mean destruction not only of the bunker but also potential casualties as new characters could cross between worlds, for example. But it’s a reveal that is all-encompassing but relatively containable once the boys– and Charlie!– get a handle on the situation. And it’s a reveal that is a distraction from some of the boys’ greater problems, such as casting Castiel (Misha Collins) out or the fact that Ezekiel is still healing Sam (Jared Padalecki) without Sam’s knowledge, let alone consent.
Day admitted that what is going on with Sam is not at the forefront of this episode, but because Charlie knows the boys so well, Day did think she was able to “sense something” was off about Sam, especially because Charlie is spending more time with him in this episode than before.
“The cool part about this episode I think is that Charlie gets to have a moment with each of the guys. [She] and Sam have not really had as close a relationship, so it’s kind of nice to see that she’s fully integrated in a way in their lives and so comfortable. They’ve been through so much together, so there are some nice scenes between her and Sam, and her and Dean,” Day said.
“These are really the first people in existence that she’s confided in and who really know her for who she is and not just who she says she is or pretends to be, so that dynamic to be really open and feel like she belongs is sort of unique for her, and that’s what, I think, sort of encourages her to latch onto becoming a hunter and proving that she’s part of the team and that she earned her place and earned the guys’ confidence. I think she takes that really seriously, and there may be a sense that she’s looking for something deeper as she goes through her journey with those guys, but at the end of the day, there are some really nice moments and surprises and emotional twists… Look for some surprises, especially at the end!”
Supernatural airs on The CW on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. “Slumber Party” airs on October 29 2013.
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