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'Supernatural' recap: Felicia Day guest stars in the CW drama

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Supernatural S07E20: 'The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo'

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Season 7, episode 20

THEN! Bobby died, but fled from his Reaper and now he's a ghost. Meanwhile, dangerously eccentric hunter Frank Devereaux was convinced he was being hunted by Bobby's killer Dick Roman and mysteriously vanished soon afterwards, leaving a blood-spattered HQ behind…

NOW! The Winchesters are still searching for a way to take down Dick and his Leviathans for good. Could a hacker named Charlie hold the key? Meanwhile, Bobby resists the urge to become a vengeful spirit...

Carry On, My Wayward Son... Those of you with long memories may recall that, just before he got shot in the melon, Bobby (Jim Beaver) had discovered just what Leviathan leader Dick Roman was up to. Now that he's returned in ghost form, Bobby finally reveals the truth to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) - Dick is building a giant slaughterhouse and his intended cattle is the human race…

Meanwhile, the Winchesters receive an automated e-mail from Frank Devereaux - someone is trying to hack into the missing-presumed-dead hunter's hard drive, which is now located at Richard Roman Enterprises. Or as Dean puts it, "the middle of the Death Star"...

The hacker recruited by Dick to unspool Frank's encrypted secrets is Charlie, played by Buffy actress, Dr Horrible star and all-round cult favourite Felicia Day. Given that she's played by Day, the character is every bit as chirpy and geeky as you'd expect - Charlie is a comic book and sci-fi nerd who dances vigorously to Katrina and the Waves' 1983 pop hit 'Walking on Sunshine'.

Supernatural S07E20: 'The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo'

© The CW



The character is drawn pretty broadly but Day is dependably charismatic, and there are definitely some fun moments via Charlie's interaction with the Winchesters. Best of all is the sequence in which she's recruited to break into Dick Roman's office and hack his e-mail…

Highlights include Dean's disgust as Sam uses Charlie's love of Harry Potter to spur her on throughout the mission, and later Sam's amusement as Dean coaches Charlie on how to flirt with a burly security guard ("Stop laughing, Sammy!").

These are the parts of 'The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo' that work well - the Charlie character is a good example of how to implement humour into Supernatural without resorting to the over-the-top antics of something like 'Shut Up, Dr. Phil'.

Supernatural S07E20: 'The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo'

© The CW



Unsurprisingly, the biggest flaw in this episode is the Leviathans' weakness as villains, and that's been the biggest problem with season seven of Supernatural as a whole. The strongest episodes have been the ones that omitted the creatures entirely. And enough "grab a bite" gags already!

Dick in particular remains a melodramatic and utterly unthreatening nemesis. The character's not exactly an inspiring creation, but part of the blame has to be placed at the door of actor James Patrick Stuart, who plays the role in a broad, pantomime fashion.

Thankfully, some of the time Dick's on-screen is devoted to furthering Bobby's current arc. Sam and Dean initially refuse their help in the Roman case, worried he will "go vengeful" when faced with his killer. But Bobby "hitches a ride" - his hip flask safely secured inside Charlie's bag…

At first, Bobby appears to prove the brothers wrong and assists Charlie using his new powers, but later grows more and more enraged as he comes closer to Dick. He's dangerously close to blowing his top and we wouldn't be surprised if Bobby loses control at some point over the next three episodes...

Judging by this episode's final scene, Sam and Dean have come to the same conclusion. Last season, it was Cas who turned against the Winchesters - could another old friend become their foe this year?

Let us know what you thought of this week's Supernatural below!

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