10.11 There's No Place Like Home

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Title There's No Place Like Home
Episode # Season 10, Episode 11
First aired January 27, 2015
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Written by Robbie Thompson
On IMDB There's No Place Like Home
Outline Charlie returns from Oz a changed person. Sam and Dean attempt to find out what happened to her, and help her.
Monster Dark Charlie Bradbury
The Wizard of Oz
Location(s) Topeka, Kansas
Lebanon, Kansas
Junction City, Kansas
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In a dark house, a man runs down the stairs and outside, where he falls down. Charlie approaches and says she is going to torture him.

In the bunker, Sam is on the phone with Castiel when Dean comes in with egg-white omelets. In order to control the Mark of Cain, Dean is on a 12-step program: no drinking, 8 hours of sleep, and eating healthy. The boys are researching when Sam comes across a video of Charlie beating someone up. Dean believes there has to be a reason. Further research reveals another victim, both in Topeka. They decide to check it out and, while packing weapons, Dean's hand shakes.

In Topeka, Sam and Dean question the torture victim. He tells them that Charlie wanted to know about the Middleton drunk driving case. While a concerned Sam watches, Dean threatens the man until he admits that he gave Charlie a name, Councilwoman Barbara Cordry. Charlie is tracking the driver that killed her parents.

On the way to Barbara's house, Sam reviews Charlie's file. They find out her real name is Celeste. When Barbara Cordry is less than helpful, the boys stake out the house as they continue to review Charlie's file. Dean continues to believe there is an explanation. A scream from the house sends the boys running. They find Charlie holding a knife to Barbara's throat. The boys question Charlie who makes a run for it. Dean tackles Charlie and they wrestle but she escapes. Charlie slashes Baby's tires and then pulls away, just as another Charlie pulls up. The second Charlie tells the boys that they need to catch up.

Good Charlie explains that there are two Charlies: one good and one bad. The split happened in Oz when the Wizard of Oz told Charlie that she had to release her inner darkness to win the war in Emerald City. Charlie explains that the two Charlies are connected physically but are two separate beings. The boys want to put the 2 Charlies back together. They surmise that they need the Wizard's help, but the key to Oz is broken. However, the first step is finding Dark Charlie. The boys discover that it all leads back to Russell Wellington who it appears was the drunk driver that killed Charlie's parents. The boys split up, with Sam and Charlie returning to the bunker to find a way back to Oz and Dean trying to find Dark Charlie.

Sam and Good Charlie search the Men of Letters archives and they find out that Clive Dillon is the one that originally found the key to Oz. It seems that Clive went to Oz, and then L. Frank Baum rescued Clive. Clive retired, and Sam and Good Charlie track him to a nearby town.

Meanwhile, Dean stakes out the office of Russell Wellington but, at the end of the business day, Dean is forced to meet with Wellington. Dean pretends to be a potential real estate buyer. Dean finally comes clean and lays it on the table for Mr. Wellington. Dark Charlie shows up, and she convinces Dean that she just wants to talk to Wellington. Dean allows her to do this, but Dark Charlie kills Wellington instead.

Dean calls Sam to tell him what happened. Sam tells Dean to meet them at Clive Dillon's house. Before Dean can leave to meet Sam, Dark Charlie approaches him and teases him about his dark side. Dean taunts back that Sam and Good Charlie have a way to end Dark Charlie. Dark Charlie leaves and steals Baby.

Sam and Good Charlie arrive at Clive's house and explain why they are there. At first, he denies knowing anything about Oz, but then he tells them that his Dark Half is really the Wizard. He can't fix the key or Charlie. Good Charlie is worried about Dorothy. Clive doesn't know how to get back to Oz, but he knows how to get the Wizard to come to him. Clive shoots himself.

Dean arrives at the house, and Dark Charlie has followed him. Dark Charlie confronts Dean on the front lawn of the house, while inside, the Wizard comes through a mirror. The Wizard immobilizes Sam, while Dean and Dark Charlie fight outside. Good Charlie feels every punch that Dean lands on Dark Charlie. Clive is lying on the floor with a gunshot and he points to the gun, indicating that Good Charlie should shoot him. Good Charlie picks up the gun, apologizes to Clive, and shoots him in the head. This kills Clive and the Wizard. Sam, who is now freed, carries Good Charlie outside and yells for Dean to stop hitting Dark Charlie.

Sam lays Good Charlie next to Dark Charlie and then pulls out a key that the Wizard had with him. The two Charlies confront each other before Sam puts the key in Good Charlie's hand. The two Charlies merge into one. Sam comforts Charlie while a desolate Dean watches.

Back at the bunker, Sam fills Cas in via phone. Sam is worried about Dean—they have to find something. A banged up Charlie approaches the boys. She has slept for 2 days and she has had enough rest. Charlie is not good or bad, just balanced. Charlie asks about the Mark and Sam has found a book that might be helpful, but the book is in Tuscany. Charlie volunteers to check it out. Before she leaves, she tells Dean that they will fix this, meaning the Mark of Cain. Dean isn't convinced, but Charlie knows he has something that Cain didn't. Dean's eyes to flick to Sam. Dean is a Winchester. Then she forgives Dean, but he doesn't forgive himself. After Charlie leaves, Sam reiterates Charlie's words: they can do this. Then let's get to work, Dean says as he looks at his steady hand.




  • "Feel So Fine" by Simon Stewart (De Wolfe Music Library)
(playing in the bar when Dark Charlie talks with Dean)
  • "You Don't Have the Right" by Brett Boyett (5 Alarm Music 5A Series / Imagem Production Music)
(playing in the bar when Dark Charlie talks with Dean)


Dean: Sooner we get rid of this demonic tramp stamp, I am back on the booze, burgers... and more booze. Tell me you got something.
Sam: Anti-authority disorder, clinical depression, violent outbursts; Charlie was a-
Dean: Dude, if a shrink interviewed us at that age, you think the report would be all kittens and rainbows? Come on, she's a good kid. There's got to be an explanation for this man, there's just got to be.
Dark Charlie: Oh Sam, you're adorable. You're not gonna hurt me. In fact, that's your problem—all good-guy code, no bite. What a waste. And you, always letting this albatross hold you back.
Sam: There are two of you? One good and one bad?

Dean: Yeah, and what, dick you is some sort of a ninja?

Charlie: She's a badass, yeah.
Charlie: We're still connected physically, if you hurt her, you hurt me. But bottom line, she's bad and I'm good. And 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: Charlie... Lets talk about this.
Dark Charlie: You Winchester boys and your talk. Blah blah blah repressed feelings. Blah blah blah passive aggression.
Dark Charlie: You hit like a girl who never learned how to hit.
Charlie: We are going to fix this. I'm not letting what happened to me happen to you.

Dean: But it's already happened.
Sam: Cain found a way to live with it.
Dean: Right yeah, after centuries of murder.
Charlie: Yeah well, there's one thing you have that he didn't. You're a Winchester... I forgive you Dean.
Dean: Yeah well, I don't.
Charlie: I know, kinda your move. How's that working out for you?
Dean: I'm so sorry kiddo.

Charlie: Then prove it.
Charlie: Arrivederci, bitches.
Sam: She's right, Dean. You can do this. We can do this.
Dean: Then let's get to work.

Trivia & References

"There's no place like home" are the words Dorothy says in The Wonderful World of Oz to get back home to Kansas. Sam also quoted the line "There's no place like home" at the end of 9.04 Slumber Party and Dean did at the end of 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be.
Dean: Yeah, well, until we get answers on this Mark of Cain, I am on a twelve-step program not to backslide.
A twelve-step program is a program designed to aid in recovery from addictions—the most well-known of these being Alcoholics Anonymous.
Dean: What are you saying Charlie tortured someone? Our Charlie, yay high? Wouldn't hurt a hobbit, practically sparkles.
Hobbits are a race of beings from the work of Tolkien, known for their short stature and strong character. When Charlie was a child, her mother would read to her from the novel The Hobbit.
Sam: The guy she went all Jack Bauer on, Peter Harper.
Jack Bauer was the lead protagonist on the TV show 24. Which was known for its excessive use of torture.
Sam and Dean pose as FBI agents using the aliases "Gabriel and Collins," a reference to Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins of Genesis. Dean also uses the name "Mr. Presley" when meeting with Russell Wellington, a reference to Elvis Presley.
Dark Charlie: Should have known Rocket and Groot would have tracked me down.
Rocket Racoon and the sentient tree known as Groot are characters from Marvel comics, whose popularity was reignited with the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Charlie: And you... always letting this albatross hold you back.
An albatross is a popular metaphor in literature to represent a burden that feels like a curse.
Dean: All right, skip to the end, dragon tattoo.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson, which was made into a Swedish, and then later a U.S. film. The first episode to feature Charlie was also a play on this title 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.
Clive: A coven of witches grabbed me. They used the inner key on me, unleashed my ID.
ID is the Freudian psychological concept of "the dark, inaccessible part of our personality".
Dean: You aren't my friend.

Dark Charlie: I learned it from watching you.

"I learned it from watching you" is a reference to the 1987 anti-drug PSA. You can watch it here.
Dark Charlie: You did it, didn't you? You killed the Wizard. I knew it, the magic was in you all the time. Celeste.
A reference to the end of the Wizard of Oz, where the Wizard reveals to Dorothy and her companions that the things they seek from him—courage, a brain, and a heart—were a part of them the whole time.
Sam: Yeah maybe. I found this book, it's a lore book—Book of the Damned.
The print-out information on the Book of the Damned that Sam shows Charlie, is actually of the similarly-titled work of nonfiction by Charles Fort and was published in 1919. The book deals with various types of paranormal phenomenon ranging from UFOs to the existence of giants and fairies.


Robbie Thompson tweeted to William Shatner that the episode was nearly named "The Enemy Within" after an original Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk is split into a good and evil version of himself after a transporter accident.
Paul McGillion, who played Peter Harper, previously played Jim Grossman in 5.05 Fallen Idols.
The author of the article on the Topeka Weekly website is named after Adrian Hrytzak, the art department coordinator for Supernatural.
Felicia Day said of the photo used in the legal file, "That picture of me is when I was 15 and thought I could create professional modeling shots with a disposable camera."
The house where Barbara Cordry lives was the same location used as Victor's house in 8.18 Freaks and Geeks and the interior was previously used by Sam, Dean, and Jody in 7.12 Time After Time while hunting Chronos.
The house in "There's No Place Like Home" (left) and in 8.18 Freaks and Geeks (right).

Charlie's real name—Celeste—is a tribute by writer Robbie Thompson to his mother.
Improvised lines: Robbie Thompson tweeted about two ad-libbed lines during the episode: Dean's "crap" when Charlie has him in a triangle choke, and Charlie's "Arrivederci" at the end.
Continuing her tradition of wearing novelty t-shirts, in this episode the red t-shirt worn by "good" Charlie says "What would Falkor do?" Falkor is the Luckdragon from the book and movie The Never Ending Story. At the end of the episode, she wears a white t-shirt with the logo of singer and gay icon Robyn.
The name of camera operator Matt Tichenor appears on a bottle of apricot schnapps in a bar.
Barclay Hope, who played Russell Wellington, the man who killed Charlie's parents, previously played Professor Arthur Cox in 2.15 Tall Tales.
Executive Producer Bob Singer provides the voice for the book on tape Dean is listening to in the Impala while waiting for Russell Wellington.
Duncan Fraser, who played Clive Dillon, previously played Odin in 5.19 Hammer of the Gods.
The bar Dean and Dark!Charlie talk in is called Berto's Ale House.
Deleted scenes: The deleted scenes from this episode included on the Season 10 DVD and Blu-ray were:
  • A scene where good Charlie and Sam are catching up in her car. They talk about the Mark of Cain and she explains what she got up to in Oz. She then admits that her dark side was separated from her because she was trying to save Dorothy who had been captured and was being tortured. Read the transcript here.
  • A scene where Dean is approached by a suspicious police officer on a Segway whilst sitting in the Impala in the parking lot of Wellington Realty and Development. Read the transcript here.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts