Sure, it only took six months of unfulfilled promises, but in honor of elle2's season one articles of late, I bring you a long deserved episode recap of "Home." 
 
I'll just say it right now, this is one of my all time favorite episodes. It was the episode that sucked me in for good after doubts emerged from watching "Hookman" and "Bugs". The episode isn't thick on plot, but very hefty in emotion and so well played by all. We meet Missouri Mosely, psychic extraordinaire, and get to see both Winchester parents. Plus, it really jump starts Sam's mytharc and kicks off a bit of speculation that hampers us all the way to season four.
 
Here We Go!
 
A woman is in a living room unpacking a box. Judging by the state of things, my guess is she's moving in. She finds her wedding photo, and gives a bittersweet smile. That makes me think she's a widow, but that's never revealed. It's never really important either. The message is a new life. 
 
Her little girl comes down and claims there's something in her closet. Mom checks out the closet, nothing. Ah yes, the old check for monsters under the bed or closet parenting trick. Everyone knows they hide from parents. She kisses girl goodnight, but not before putting a chair in front of the closet door in assurance.
 
Mom goes back to unpacking and the lights flicker and she hears scratches in the floor. "Please God, don't let it be rats." Considering what it really is lady, rats are your best case scenario. She goes down in the creepy basement, and the lights don't work. At the same time in little girl's room, the chair in front of the closet door moves mysteriously on its own. Girl clutches blanket in fear. Uh, wouldn't that be a good sign to run?
 
Mom searches the basement more finds an old box. She opens it and it includes momentos and photos. It's John Winchester! When he was happy! Back to little girl who watches in utter terror the closet door open. Uh, this is the part where I would really scream and run. Back to mom, who looks on the back of one family photo, "The Winchesters. John, Mary, Dean and little Sammy."  
 
Okay, two nitpicks here. First, in labeling family photos, last name is rarely written unless you're sending them to strangers in Christmas cards that you want to remember who you are. Second, the house burned and was rebuilt. I know from experience basements trap a lot of smoke smell, so they're usually completely cleared out and the foundation treated. The only way that box would be there is if the ghost of Mary put it there recently. My only explanation.
 
Back to little girl, who watches the closet door open and something burst into flames before it comes out. She clutches her blanket and watches, then screams. Uh, okay, how about running for your dear life now? What more do you need? 
 
Time for the blue Supernatural logo, and I give that opening on a scary level a one. A long sequence that didn't do much. Okay, criticism over, because it gets so good from here. 
 
 
 
Mom can be seen from outside the bedroom window screaming for dear life. Why couldn't they have ended the teaser with this? It would have been so much better. I accept though that at this point TPTB were still trying to find their footing, so I'll give it a pass. Suddenly Sam Winchester jolts awake! He was dreaming that. He's rather disturbed while Dean peacefully sleeps in the other bed.
 

 
Later, Sam is drawing a tree on the Sleep Easy Motel pad that's been seen in another season one episode, "Dead Man's Blood." (in that one, John's drawing has an "un" written in front of easy.") Dean is talking about the next job, but Sam ignores him. "Hey, am I boring you with this hunting evil stuff?" Apparently you are, but Sam claims he's listening. It's also right about here that the nagging question hits me, the one that I bring up to this day. They find wireless access in these flea bag motels? There's no cables plugged into that laptop. I've been to Vegas tons of times and often can't get it in their luxury hotels. I know, this show forces us to suspend believability with some things.
 
Dean mentions a guy that shot himself in the head three times, but Sam lied and really isn't listening. He knows where he saw that tree. He goes to John's journal and pulls out the same family photo the woman in the teaser saw. "I know where we have to go next. Back home, back to Kansas." Okay, a pretty big leap there Sam considering that was never really your home.
 
This spooks Dean, who calls Sam "random" and wants to know where that came from. Sam stammers, shows the picture to Dean and confirms that their old house was rebuilt. Sam then tells Dean this might sound crazy (which it does), but the family living in that house is in trouble. Dean, naturally, wants to know why in the world Sam would believe that. Yeah Sam, we're listening. 

 
Sam tries the whole "trust me" act, but Dean isn't that stupid. "Come on man, that's weak, you've got to give me a little more than that." Sam can't explain, so Dean refuses to go anywhere until he does. Sam is finally forced to fess up the secret he refused to tell Dean in "Bloody Mary." "I have these nightmares," Sam confesses. "I've noticed," Dean replies. Ha! You can't get nothing past Dean. 

 
Ah, but Sam delivers the bombshell. "And, sometimes they come true." "Come again?" Dean says. Sam goes on to explain he dreamt about Jessica's death days before it happened. He didn't just dream it would happen, he dreamt every specific detail. Now he's dreaming about that tree, their house, and a woman inside screaming for help. It's where it all started, so it must mean something. He even makes the leap that it might be the thing that killed Mommy Winchester and Jessica. 

 

Comments  

Tigershire
# Tigershire 2009-06-02 01:19
It's funny the things one appreciates in an episode of fictional television.

The whole scene with the garbage disposal. I have one in my house. Had one for years. My dad is a general contractor and has installed stuff like this for years. I know how they work, having seen them in pieces.

So usually when we see a garbage disposal scene, folks are getting sucked into it like the action of the unit itself is pulling them in. BUT, they don't actually work that way. The stuff inside is blunt, not sharp and essentially bludgeons your veggie clippings and left over chicken bones into stuff small enough to wash down the drain.

So why do I bring this up. Well, this is the first time I have ever seen this scene done is a way that I would consider.....re alistic, for lack of a better word.

The poor plumber looked like he was being held by a person who was forcing his arm down the disposal. Not like the disposal was sucking him in.

Yea, yea, I know. It makes no nevermind to you all. It was just a scary scene but to me it was the very first time it didn't look cheesy. And if you think I pay that close attention to stuff like this....you don't want to see me review something where horses are involved! :mrgreen:

Oh Alice, a phone book in a phone booth - in this day and age you're lucky to find a phone booth period. :lol: Kind of strange actually.

Now, I'm not a "Sam" girl or a "Dean" girl. Heck if I HAD to label myself then I'd say I'm a Winchester/Supe rnatural!Girl - however, it has always bugged me why Missouri seemed to be giving Dean the gears. Although we know from "Everybody Loves a Clown" that Dean doesn't take sympathy from strangers, so what you said about why Missouri was doing what she was doing makes a lot of sense. She is a psychic after all.

I love re-watching season one in particular because it just amazes me how they evolved this show so beautifully.

Great recap Alice.
Bethany
# Bethany 2009-06-02 02:31
I loved this episode and wa always sad that they never could bring Missouri back, hopefully they will at some point.

This episode was the start of the upward trend for SPN thing just clicked and you get all the things that would make SPN o great in one episode. The angst, the horror, the family drama, the humour, daddy issues, sibling conflict, the wider series arc - it all comes together to make and awesome episode and the coming together, I believe, of kripke's vision of the show.

Also it's the start of Kripke and Co's ongoing mission to make me think twice before using anything in my kitchen, garbage disposal, fridge, knife draw - keep watching the episodes and you see what I mean. Honourable mentions go to the mircowave, blender, oven in MM (not officially scary but gross enough to qualify) and melonballer which i've never been able to pick up again (ditto butter curl maker by association). The trend had started in DITW (the sink) but I hadn't picked up on it yet until this episode. If they decide to go for the kettle/coffee maker i'm screwed!
Suze
# Suze 2009-06-02 09:42
This is the up-side of not having any hightech domestic wossnames ... The nearest I get to a garbage disposal is a combination of an elderly labrador and the compost heap, and though the former might steal your cake if you weren't looking and the latter smells a bit questionable when it's hot neither is particularly perilous when you get right down to it.
The fridge is too tichy and too full of past-it veggies to get get anything bigger than a very small thing shut inside and all my knives are totally blunt due to small boys pinching them to chuck at bits of wood outside ( Ninja training, apparantly, blame Naruto ... ) If I had a melon baller I would be too scared to use it though, so you do have a point! ( Unlike my blooming kitchin knives ... mutter, mutter ... )

I can't imagine Dean being particularly receptive to comfort from motherly strangers ... He has enough problems accepting it from his thin-on-the-gro und nearest and dearest, so Missouri struck the right note for me.

Good recap, I can't wait for my discs to arrive so I can get stuck in ... It's been so looong!
elle2
# elle2 2009-06-02 11:07
Awesome, Alice, Just awesome.

I'm glad you agree with my assessment (in tone and flavor) of how/why Missouri dealt with Dean, and you added to it as well, fab.

This was a powerful episode and Kripke himself states that this is where they really got their footing going, sure there were fumbles after that but overall this ones marks the turn...it's awesome DAMN YOU, KRIPKE (in the best possible sense.)
Elle
# Elle 2009-06-02 11:11
Great recap! This episode is one of my favourite's as well. The fact that the "I'm sorry." hung in the air for three seasons before we got the ultimate pay-off is why this series is so incredible. The other scene I love is Dean leaving the voicemail for John. I always think that what Dean needs is a good, long hug (I volunteer!).

I cannot, nor have I ever been able to, watch the garbage disposal scene. I don't even close my eyes, I simply fast forward. That scene is too authentic and in the realm of possible kitchen accidents for me to stomach. Werewolves, wendigos and ghouls? Bring 'em on. But not the appliances - I just can't handle it.

Okay, back to real life and work now *sigh*.
alysha
# alysha 2009-06-02 18:29
This is pretty much the episode I consider a first for so much that is/was to come in future seasons.

I want answers as to why Missouri felt power in Sam.

Heck! I want Missouri to return, I really enjoyed her in this.
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2009-06-03 00:45
Thank you! I thought I was the only one getting a headache thinking about bow they seem to get internet access ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE! It's mind boggling...

And yeah, Missouri definitely needs to come back!
Tigerhshire
# Tigerhshire 2009-06-03 01:55
Well, could it be that with their credit card scams and all that they opted for satellite hook up for their internet? That would work in a lot more places.....

Yes, yes, I can rationalize anything. I'm such a killjoy, I know.
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2009-06-03 10:30
Hi. First time commenting, a loooong time follower :D

I found your blogcritics stuff last summer and tracked them back to your own site. Since then I have been totally sucked in by your great and snarky (plus funny as hell, excuse the pun lol) commentaries as well as your insightfull and emotional analyses of the boys.
I esp. love all your top 10's (mooooore please!!!) and the "deeper look at season 3 Sam" and "...Dean" -bits. And anything about the music of this show is love :-)

About this review, I *love* Home, it's my fave s1 ep, hands down. So your rev was great and soooo funny :-)

I just decided to voice my opinion(s) after being silent for a year 'cause it's starting to take a toll on me... especially since I can't really talk and squee about this AWESOME show with anyone 'cause none of my friends or family are hooked like I am :-) And boy, can I talk about this show :D SPN is THE show for me, and this comes from someone who watches tv and movies ALOT... like truckloads or something...

SO, a long story short, thank you for all these writings (and yes, i've read everything I've found off yours, and they kick *ss :-) ) and hope you keep it up and thanks to Elle2 ( I loved the s1 music bits) too who also writes very well :-)

I'm swearing off spoilers this season so this hellatus is going to be a tough one, but thank god for my DVD's and your articles :DD
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2009-06-03 10:34
Oh crap, I didn't realize I had overusage of the smileys *sorry* :-) Damn, it's a decease or something, need medication... :-)

OK, I'll stop now... :D

dammit *grin*
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2009-06-03 11:10
Hey Supernarttu..I totally know how you feel! (ok I know this is a bit off topic here, sorry) Anyway, I'm in the same position as you Supernarttu...t he online fandom is the only place for me to squee. I used to frequent this one forum a lot, and it was like my online home or something. But that forum has been cooling off a lot lately, much to my dismay. Fortunately, around the same time I found this wonderful site.. :D I might not survive Hellatus if I didn't find this place.
elle2
# elle2 2009-06-03 11:46
Hi, Supernarttu and Narcissus.

I join in on the "this is the only place and you are the only people I can talk to about this fabulous show."

I'm so blessed that Alice lets me write stuff here and that you all comment on it, it keeps me going and energized to find more things to go on about.

Sometimes I just need to 'talk' or emote or whatever about the show and this is the spot I come to. I visit some other places and occasionally (and now very occasionally) tag a comment or something, sometimes I vote on some polls but this is the place for lotsa comments. I'm so glad for everyone who comes here and shares.

Supernarttu, there will be a music review for each season to go with The Road So Far Series and Alice has an open invitation to add to any of those articles so the next one is coming your way in about a week to a week and a half. I'm planning on two posts of some length each week until the new season starts. If you have any suggestions (Alice is working on the best of the baddies and we're collaborating on Supernaturalism s (or saying of the Winchesters plus some select others) that will head out later this month, likely, but if you have some suggestions...t hrow them out there. Together we'll make it through and have a lot of fun along the way.
Bethany
# Bethany 2009-06-03 15:12
I know how you feel, i'm a big movie/tv buff (i can make a small fort out of my dvd's - what i was bored)bu SPN is something special. Only one of my friends watches the show and she's not the "lets talk about it" kind of person even though she does love it, so the only place i get to gush is online and here is one of the few places where you can talk about it without things getting well........ lets just go with crazy. I like talking about the show here as people look at things differently and see things in a way that i hadn't seen before and it brings new elements to my viewing.
plus it's always fun to chat to other SPN fans and the general awesomeness of the show!
Suze
# Suze 2009-06-03 15:39
Frankly me dears, if any of us unleashed our inner fangurls out in the real world we'd be in danger of being carted off ... or at least chucked out of the PTA for aggravated oddness ... But if we keep it virtual no one need ever know and we can obsess to our heart's content!

So bring it on, it's going to be a very long summer otherwise ...
Bethany
# Bethany 2009-06-03 19:21
just been looking at the screen shots - how young does sammy look, all together now - awwwwwwwwwwwwww ww
Nicki
# Nicki 2009-06-03 23:52
This is my first time here and after browsing around a bit I happened upon this and decided to comment :-) Home is the first ep of SPN that I ever watched and I was hooked right away. I don't really know if I love the ep because of the guys or Missouri or because John appeared or what but It's among one of my favorite episodes from Seasons 1 to 4. I wish they'd bring Missouri back. Thanks for re-capping it :D BTW I totally agree with whoever said that Jared/Sam looks really young in this episode!
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2009-06-04 03:17
Thank you for welcoming me, it was very sweet of you guys :-) And I promise I wont rant obsessively - alot anyway *grin

But, since this (Home) is my fave episode of S1, I have to add a little squeee 8-)

I don't remember the exact time I saw this the first time... My SPN hook-up happened rather late (like spring 08) even though I had been familiar with it for 2 years.. It started running here 2006 and I used to flip it on and off occasionally but I wasn't hooked so to speak... It was only after S2 All Hell Breaks Loose I (the ending) that got me mental :D I was shaking the whole week waiting for the last ep ( OMG THEY KILLED SAMMY screaming in my head 24/7) I just didn't see that they would *shame on me* And after the finale I just jumped onto my computer and checked if the network had rights to S3, witch they didn't... And I was... very cranky :-) Oh, I'm getting sidetracked here, sorry...
LOng story short, I watched S3 online (like I watched s4 and propably s5 too) 'cause they only started showin it here this april. And after that I just ordered all the season dvd's... I'm gonna order the season companions too some day, for I hear they are filled with great stuff and I love all the behind the scene -commotion and stories.

BUT, this was (supposed to be anyway :mrgreen: ) about Home... So I love this ep, this is the most emotional ep of s1 for me... It has the boys, mom, dad and missouri all in this one wonderfull teary angsty shell, oh *love*
I agree, the teaser was kinda boring in the sense that it wasn't that scary... or interesting... but if they had included the sammy dearming bit part of it, it would have been SO much better.

But I loved everything else, it is epic for me :-)

On a side note, the garbage disposal thing wasn't that creepy for me (still thank god, we don't have those things here *g*) but the cymbalmonkey toy freaked me out!! I would run out of the house screaming if that kinda creepyass monkey started to do the rumba all on its own *shudders*

Both boys were just love in this and I just felt for both of them... I just wanted to hug them and stroke their hair and say it's gonna be okay *sigh*
And mom, oh, she was so heartbreaking with the whole loving glances and the "I'm sorry" (which bugged me -alot - way up until s4 and then it was just more heartbreak) and John in the end just killed me. He can be a bastard but I just love him too
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2009-06-04 03:21
part 2:

Oh, I ran out of space, what a surprise :D

But ranting on...

I can never pick a favorite ep, 'cause I.just.can't. but a season favorite seems a little more possible... Even though as I speak, I feel like I'm cheating other awesome S1 eps *grin* 'cause it still was very hard to choose.
There are no eps that I hate or dislike 'cause they all tell the story of Sam and Dean :-)

Sh*t, I can't keep on the topic :P Ok, Home is awesome on top of awesome (like many, many others) and I'll shut up now until I have something sane to say :-)

P.s. You should do the award thingy on S1 and 2 too :D
Pp.s. Elle2: I can't wait for the music articles and your road so far -bits are great too :-)
Suze
# Suze 2009-06-04 07:42
You could have a point there, Alice ... Several of the trophy wives who occasionally wander into the PTA meetings to slow down proceedings and flash their add-ons at the chairman bear a strong resembelance to that crew out of Malleus Maleficarum ...