Well, so much for my plans to blog this show daily! Darned real life keeps getting in the way. But I will try to at least wrap up this current, extended storyline as quickly as possible. Then the remaining episodes I can do on the weekends, probably. But let's look now at the second chapter about the Wizard's return to Oz and his visit to the Wicked Witch's castle. Having heard she's still alive, the Wizard hopes to see the Wicked Witch, and convinces Wilhelmina to divulge a few secrets. Back in the Emerald City, Dorothy creates a hot air balloon pie, but Ozma throws in some flying magic, causing Dorothy and her friends to retrieve it. Back in the castle, the Wizard bargains with the Wicked Witch to get real magical powers, in exchange for delivering Dorothy to her—not realizing that Dorothy and the gang have ruby slippered into the castle to deliver the pie to him. They overhear the whole thing! Little does the Wizard know, but you can't have magic powers granted to you, you must acquire them after years of study. (So this is clearly not the Wizard of the books, who got his powers in just that way!) The pie gets away from Dorothy, causing the Wizard, the Witch, Wilhelmina, Frank, and Lyman to all notice her. Ozma discovers what's going on and comes to the rescue (with a pie cutter, no less), but in the ensuing chase, the crystal ball gets knocked over. Dorothy, being the helpful soul that she is, grabs it before it can fall—putting her exactly where the Witch wants her! Dorothy starts getting sucked into the crystal ball, then everyone else joins in trying to pull her out. No suck luck! So now the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, Ozma, Wilhelmina, Frank, and Lyman are all trapped in the crystal ball! To make things worse, Ozma drops her magic wand/scepter, so she won't be able to use that!
And that's our cliffhanger ending for this episode. Not a lot happens, but there's a lot of set-up for the second half of our story. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next! On a side note, the floating hot air balloon pie is a nice touch, and a very Ozzy invention.