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She looks at them both with a smile and comments how much they've grown. Especially Dean, who was one goofy looking kid. If anyone saw what Jensen looked like in Days of Our Lives, she's right. I know hardcore Dean fans took huge offense to Missouri constantly picking on Dean in this episode, but I think it serves a purpose. It means to show she can see through his tough exterior and isn't buying the act. She is seeing the real sides of both boys and acting accordingly. I don't think she means it as disrespect at all. If anything, she's showing Dean she isn't going to fall for his crap.
 
Sam grabs Sam's hand and her face falls. "Oh Sam, I'm so sorry about your girlfriend. And your father, he's missing?" Sam asks how she knew that, and she says he was thinking it. Dean asks where John is. She doesn't know. "You don't know? You're supposed to be a psychic, right?" "Boy, do you see me sawing some bony tramp in half, you think I'm a magician? I may be able to read thoughts and sense some energies in a room but I just can't pull facts out of thin air."
 

 
Missouri tells them sit, but warns Dean not to put his foot on her coffee table or she's going to whack him with a spoon. "I didn't do anything." "You were thinking it." Sam actually smiles over her picking on Dean and then asks about John, and she mentions he visited her a few days after the fire. She told him what was out there in the dark. "I guess you could say, I pulled back the curtains for him." Dean asks if she knows what killed their mom. No. She went to the house and whatever killed Mary was long gone, but it was evil.  
 
Back to Jenny, who's feeling bad about the plumber, but not enough to be held liable since she hardly has money to pay for that. Shouldn't the guy have workers insurance? Anyway, Jenny leaves the Ritchie alone for a minute. Uh oh. Back to Missouri, who doesn't understand why they think something bad in back in the house. She's been keeping an eye on the place since the fire, and nothing has happened. Why is it happening now? Sam postulates Jessica's death, Dad missing and what's happening at the house is a sign that something is starting. You are so right about that Sammy!
 
Back to Ritchie in the playpen, and something unknown unlatches it. Then it unlatches and opens the refrigerator. Come on guys, picking on young children is not cool. I think you see what's coming. Boy goes to refrigerator, sees juice in the back of it, climbs in and the door slams shut, latching him in. Bastards. Mom comes back, sees boy missing and frantically searches. Luckily, it's only a minute before she sees milk pouring out from the fridge. She opens it and pulls out the now freaked out kid. Great, he'll never be able to open a refrigerator again. 
 
There's a knock on the door and she answers with boy still clinging to her in her arms. It's Sam, Dean and Missouri. Dean says they want to show Missouri the old place, but Jenny tells them it's not a good time. No, I can't imagine it is. Dean tries to talk but Missouri cuffs him in the back of the head. "Give the poor girl a break, can't you tell she's upset?" Missouri tells Jenny Dean means well but isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Well I don't know about that. No, I'm not making any suggestive sharp tool comments. She addresses Jenny's fears, pointing out she knows something's in that house that wants to hurt her family. She says they are people that can help, but she's going to have to trust them. That gets them in the door.
 
They search little girl's room and Missouri mentions that if there's any activity it would be there. Sam asks why. Oh come on Sam, you haven't figured it out? It's your old nursery dummy. Missouri feels around while Dean pulls out his homemade EMF reader. Oh, do you remember the days of the EMF reader? I'm getting nostalgic.   Missouri calls Dean an amateur (ha!) and then says whatever is there didn't kill their mother. Then she goes in the closet and stumbles on something else. There are two spirits there. 

 
Missouri mentions the problem. Real evil visited that house, and it left wounds. Sometimes wounds get infected. The place is a magnet for paranormal energy. It's attracted a poltergeist, and it's a nasty one. It won't rest until Jenny and her family is dead. Duh, duh, dun! Sam asks about the second spirit. Missouri can't make out the second one. Wait until they find out what it is! Dean proclaims no one is dying in that house ever again. How do they stop it? 
 
Next at Missouri's place they're putting together what looks like hex bags. She rattles off ingredients, plus "few other odds and ends." In other words, they don't want you trying this at home. The plan sounds simple enough. They're going to put them in the north, south, east, and west corners on each floor of the house. Dean mentions Jenny won't like the fact that they're making holes in the wall. "She'll live," Missouri wisely points out. These bags will purify the house completely. They'll each take a floor but have to work fast, for the spirits will figure out what they're doing. It'll get bad. Don't worry Missouri, danger is their middle names.  

  
 
Next is the really intense part! Missouri sends Jenny and the kids off to the movies. Understandably so, Jenny doesn't like the idea of leaving strangers alone in her house.  What do you think they're going to steal? You aren't exactly a Rockefeller.  They go anyway after Missouri assures her. 
 
Sam takes upstairs and man does he look like a pup in this episode. He's really manned up since then. He has his hammer and starts tapping a hole in the wall. Uh Sam, Missouri said fast. Start pounding! Too late, for the electrical chord for the lamp starts slithering its way behind him. Dean gets the kitchen, and does the same casual tapping. Missouri looks around in the basement, finds a corner, throws the bag in and suddenly gets pinned by a fast sliding desk. Dean hears something in the kitchen and ducks just in time to escape a flying knife. Then in quick thinking he shields himself with the kitchen table right when a whole drawer full of knives come flying at him. Cool! 

 
Sam isn't so swift though, as the chord wraps tightly around his neck, and he can't loosen it. Sam chokes and struggles to get the bag in the wall but can't, losing the battle. Uh, anyone notice while Sam gasps his shirt has rode up enough where we can see some bare belly and he's wearing button fly jeans? No, I didn't catch that either, for I don't pay attention to such trivial stuff. No, I'm not drooling, why do you ask? 

 

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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 ...