Supernatural is to the our brother site, The Backlot, what Rizzoli & Isles is to us—a beloved procedural that features ridiculous chemistry and sexual tension between two same-gendered characters. In our case, it’s Jane and Maura. In their case, it’s Dean and Castiel. But on very rare occasions of planetary alignment and golden sunshine, Supernatural offers up a little something for the gay gals, too. Her name is Charlie. She is played by Felicia Day. She is the lesbian super nerd to trump every other fictional lesbian super nerd. And on last week’s episode, “Slumber Party,” she delighted us again with her fantastical geekery.
Here’s everything you need to know to understand what Charlie is about: After her mom read her The Hobbit as a kid, she became obsessed with nerd culture. She’s a gamer, a comic book reader, an action figure collector, an IT superstar, and she sports a tattoo of Princess Leia in a golden bikini sitting astride a 20-sided gaming dice. She drinks coffee from a Wonder Woman mug. She eats candy from a Yoda Pez dispenser. And she calls Hermione Granger “H.” Oh, and one time when she was the queen of her own LARP realm, she made out big time with the good fairy Gilda.
So last week Dean and Sam needed some help fixing a dilapidated computer in their new HQ, and of course they called up Charlie. She agrees to fix their antiquated machinery and also reveals that she’s been doing a little supernatural hunting herself. You know, a ghost here, a teenage vampire there; though she admits she thought the whole hunting thing would be a lot more magical and glamorous than it actually is. After working for a while on the computer, she takes a break to watch a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones, and when she returns to HQ, she and Dean find a magical portal to Oz. Yes, that Oz. Oz Oz. And when they open the portal, out pops both Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West. It turns out Dorothy is actually a hunter and her father, L. Frank Baum(!), was a Man of Letters (a secret society of supernatural scholars).
The Wicked Witch wants to re-open the portal to Oz, wrangle up her flying monkeys, and then step back over into earth’s realm and unleash some mayhem. But first, she decides to kill Charlie. Never fear, though: Dean has Ezekiel bring her right back to life and he tells her Elphaba just knocked her out.
Charlie and Dorothy team up to make some poppy seed bullets, which are apparently as lethal as falling houses to Wicked Witches, but after Elphaba possesses both Sam and Dean (and tries to kill Charlie some more and some more), she and Dorothy decide the best thing they can do is find “something pointy” to use to take out the Wicked Witch. Something pointy, something point, hmm, what does Dorothy posses that is sharp and pointy? Oh, right: Her ruby red slippers. She hands them off to Charlie, who uses them to club the Wicked Witch of the West in the skull a couple of times, rending her and her flying monkeys completely incapacitated/dead.
In the end, Charlie decides to accompany Dorothy back to Oz where they can look for Toto, do some more magical-type hunting, and, of course, make out like happily ever after. (“You said you were looking for adventure; well, here it is, Red. Come help me find my damn dog.”)
Since her debut in season seven, Charlie has been in two episodes of Supernatural per season, so if the show is true to form, we’ll see her back at least once more in season nine. If you want to watch the Charlie-centric episodes, here’s a list for you:
Did you catch Felicia Day on Supernatural last week? What did you think of Charlie’s most recent shenanigans?