After the utter randomness of “Machine-Gun Morris” (which really seemed to have been imported from another cartoon entirely), the plights of Dorothy’s friends are once again addressed.
In “Movie Maid,” the Wicked Witch, fed up with having to constantly clean up her castle– a dreary duty which has been interfering with her wicked deeds– decides to kidnap Dorothy to be her slave. As camouflage, she transforms herself into the spitting image of movie star Gloria Gorgeous and heads off for the Emerald Castle, where Dorothy and Rusty are trying to figure out what to do about Socrates’s brainlessness, which the Wizard so far has not been able to fix.
Dorothy hits on an idea and has Toto fetch a book to put in the straw man’s head.The dog brings back a movie magazine; and once inside Soc’s head, it transforms him into a vapid, starry-eyed Hollywood stereotype, calling everyone “Darling” and raving about everything. When “Gloria” arrives, Socrates tries so hard to ingratiate himself with “Gloria, darling” that the Witch loses her temper and ruins her own plan by revealing her true identity. Dorothy bravely grabs a hat stand and takes a swing at the Witch, knocking Socrates askew (and the movie magazine out of his head) and chasing the Witch off.
Socrates is restored, and the hunt for a brain continues.
In “Shadow Shakes,” Dandy’s cowardly nature worsens, making him afraid of his own shadow. He and Dorothy seek the Wizard… and find a giraffe. However, the giraffe turns out to be the Wizard, who upon returning to his proper form, measures the Lion for a set of courage (offering him the option of a vest or two pairs of pants), then pulls his chemistry set from his conical hat.
Following a tremendous explosion, the Wizard is nowhere to be found and Dandy has been cat-apulted to the chandelier, where he holds fast and calls for help. Dorothy reaches into the Wizard’s hat to see if she can find a ladder or something, and manages to extract the Wizard himself. After praising Dandy for having the courage to hang on at such a perilous height, the Wizard pulls a ladder from the hat and, with Dorothy steadying it, climbs up to help Dandy… just as the chandelier falls. Dorothy rushes to his side… letting go of the ladder. The Wizard also plummets to the floor.
But all is well; Dandy now wears a crown of sorts, namely the chandelier, and once the Wizard switches it on, the shadow departs. But the quest for courage goes on.
TO BE CONTINUED!