Crossing Jordan

Season 5 Episode 1

There's No Place Like Home, II

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2005 on NBC
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There's No Place Like Home, II
With a familiar killer in their midst, Slokum is forced to get help from an unlikely source. Will the morgue staff be able to stop this killer…again?

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    Garret, Oliver and Solkum: This was an excellent case. I loved Wizard of Oz. And there were tons of clues to figure this one out right from the get go. The first was Nigel’s comment when they arrived at the house out in the middle of nowhere.

    Nigel: I feel like I’m in Kansas.

    “We’re not in Kansas.” My initial thought, and it dawned on me I was thinking of the Wizard of Oz. May I take one moment to comment on Nigel’s hair. I practically had a heart attack when I saw the hair. Thank GOD it was a wig. Nigel, Bug and Garret all understand the evilness of Oliver. They’ve seen the two crimes he’s already committed. The understand the pure evil at Oliver’s core. Slokum, either to be a pain, or out of ignorance to take Garret’s words seriously, doesn’t put much faith in the gangs theory.

    While in the conference room Oliver murmurs in an eerily calm voice, “I learned a lot in those three years. Mostly that there is no place like home.” Oh my the second reference to WofO. That was enough to get me thinking. Oliver’s plan was starting to take shape…to show itself to us.

    Clue 3: The Tin Man…a guy without a heart and The Wicked Witch.

    “I hate to speak ill of the dead, but he always was a heartless son of a bitch.”

    “She called him boring. He called her witch.”

    In two sentences he made two references…so did you pick up on the pattern yet?

    I was once again furious when Nigel comes out with the comment, “Unidentifiable meat.” The poor dog (and clue #4: Toto)

    I was happy to see Seely back. He still had his quirkiness, but he wasn’t nearly as ‘snobbish’ and ‘jerky’ as his normal behavior. I’ve always liked Seely and this was the most likable I’ve ever seen him. And of course he’s still his clueless self (he could have been the scarecrow) Seely: Oliver’s right he’s brainless—Clue #5. By this point Garret had figured out the WofO reference and it was a matter of time before they figured it out.

    “I walked away so now I’m the cowardly lion.” I was a bit disappointed at the very end with Oliver. He shows up and he wasn’t nearly as creepy as he was through the rest of the episode and the seen seemed almost anti-climatic. You knew Seely was waiting in the wings. It was still a great play on the WofO and I enjoyed the storyline.

    Jordan and Woody: Two thoughts. Jordan was justified. Woody was an ass. On that note I loved the storyline between them. I’m a Woody-Jordan shipper and I want to see them together, but I’m liking this new twist and an almost reversal in character roles the two of them portrayed.

    This is the first time Jordan outright said she pushed him away. She screwed up. I didn’t think we’d see the day. The tension between Jordan and Woody could have cut through the toughest steel out there. It was like watching them walk on eggshells. Jordan never seemed quite sure what to say to Woody and when she did say anything she seemed to be on a cautious-defensive mode.

    Jordan however was trying. She warned Woody about his fingerprint. She kept things from the police—for a time. She gave Woody the benefit of the doubt, helping him find evidence. All she gets for that are false words from Woody. (I don’t think the spiel he gave to Jordan was real. I think he was saying what he needed to get Jordan to help him.)

    Woody’s one angry man and it seems it’s all being taken out on Jordan. His last words to Jordan were cruel. Uncalled for and mean. I don’t care if he was shot at, if he did go through six weeks of Hell and if he is still haunted from the experience. He has no right to treat Jordan (or anyone) that way. The two definitely are hitting their first ‘rocky’ patch in their relationship. (I know technically they’re not together, but they’ve never been together but somehow are always connected to each other)

    So I see this as their first challenge in their relationship. I’m looking forward to the trip we’ll take with them.

    Slokum: Now I’m glad to see Garret back, but I HATED the way they brought him back. I’m sorry but it was a copout. Slokum is this man who doesn’t care what the world thinks about him. He’s a hard-ass. He’s a jerk. He’s not a softy. He took pleasure throughout this entire episode in poking wholes in every ones theories. Why would he hand things back to Garret when he’s worked gleefully at making everyone’s life miserable?

    That said it was a great episode and wonderful season opener.

  • not the best one for opening a season.

    This one didn't speak to me that much, not for a opening season episode...

    I confess I was surprised by Oliver, I didn't expect to see him again.

    And that morgue was weird, all hearing suits and Nigel's hair.

    Woody was strange too, I hope things get better between him and Jordan.

    About that guy, Slockum. The final scene where he looks at the guys saying goodbye to Dr. Macy, they were laughing and happy. I guess that's when he realized the envy he had, he wasn't respected like that nor loved.

    One thing he got right, they would do anything for Garrett.

    Now he is back!!!moreless
  • It was okay.

    I thought that Jordan standing up to Slokum was about the best part in that show. That or Nigel tackling Garrett then removing the wig. I honestly was bored a little by ths show. It just didn't appeal to me. I think that it could have used some pizazze to it.
  • Everyone at the morgue is ignoring Jordan, but they finally bring it to an end. Garrett is back & Henry Winkler’s out. Jordan tries to make up with Woody, but he refuses. Things are back to normal at the morgue, but things with Jordan and Woody aren\'tmoreless

    What a season premier! This episode had so many emotions in it! I’m very glad that Garrett is back, and the Oliver/Wizard of Oz storyline was a perfect way to get him back to the morgue. I have to admit, I was very surprised at the way Henry Winkler’s character left the morgue (just giving the job back to Garrett). After the changes he’d made, and how much he seemed to love being there and controlling everything, I didn’t ever think he’d just say that Garrett should have the job back, but I’m glad he did!

    This episode had a whole different mood about it than the others. I guess it was because Henry Winkler’s presence at the morgue made everything so much tenser, but the Jordan/Woody storyline also greatly contributed to this. I felt so sad the way things worked out between Woody and Jordan in the season finale, and I was even sadder to find how things worsened in the season premier. I hope that they make up soon, and can be at least friends- if not more!

    Henry Winkler’s morgue dress code looked so funny on everyone. Seeing Nigel, Bug and Sydney in suits and the way they argued was so cute, and Nigel’s wig was hilarious! Jordan looked really different in the dress code, because it was completely opposite of her usual attire, and more like what Lily normally wears.

    All in all, great episode, and I can’t wait to see the how the rest of the season plays out!

  • This is one the best episodes of the series ever! It had so much drama, mystery, suspense, and ofcourse dark humor.

    I loved this episode. Though, it was a little upseting to see woody so mad, it really got into his past and gave him some deep turmoil. The beginning of the episode was probably, part of the best. It was hard watching jordan go into woody's room like nothing had happened, and then he turn her away. I also really liked when jordan almost attacked riggs, the boy who shot woody. IT seems woody went off the deepend, but i guess this is why he will need a psycologist.I hope some set of circumstances brings woody and jordan togehter. This episode seemed to trade woody and jordan's places. She was being responsible, while he was risking his life to find a shooter. There argurement may have been hard to watch, but were very emotional and well written. They added so much drama to the show. I loved having garrett back, and he looked so good. Matt looked good do, and ironically he was dressed down. The suits the morgue staff had to wear, actually looked pretty good, and jordan looked good, but it still wan't some of their personalities. The wizard of oz theme was so creative. And it was a wonderful experience when you understood the title. Lilly was very good at being an emotional pillar, and nigel's hair was so funny. I loved the rivarly between nigel, bug, and sidney. Sidney was less annoying. All in all this episode was fantastic, with great acting, directing, and writing. Leaves you wanting more, and i can't wait for the rest of season and where all the characters end up and with whom.moreless
Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Woody Hoyt

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Lily Lebowski

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy

Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Dr. Nigel Townsend

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Employee Break Room Rules of Conduct

      1. No personal calls on office phones
      2. All cellular phones must be silent or off.
      3. No extremely odoriferous food will be tolerated
      4. All personal food items in the refrigerator will have the name of the owner and the date it was put in the refrigerator.
      5. Failure to claim untouched food after two days will be thrown out.
      6. No sleeping in the Break Room
      7. Clean up after yourself - your mother does not work here!
      8. No loud music
      9. Put newspaper sections back in order when finished.
      10. Do not cut the crossword puzzle out of the newspaper.
      11. Person clothing items left in the break room, i.e. jackets, hats and sweaters, will be removed.
      12. Broken dishes, utensils and mugs will be replaced by the breaker at his/her personal cost.
      13. Sugar, salt, creamer packets etc. are to be used here and not "borrowed" for use at home.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jordan: He's lucky I didn't kick him in the nuts. What? Wouldn't be the first time.

    • Bug: The kid didn't just kill his mother and stepfather, but the little dog too.

    • Nigel: I feel like I'm in Kansas.

    • Sydney: Face it the dress code just comes a little bit easier to me.
      Nigel: Ah yes and your lips just happen to be placed strategically low enough to Slokum's ass.

    • Slokum: This didn't fit where you suggested, but since you're so fond of it here. Somehow I think you'll find the appropriate place to put it.

    • Jordan: Woody, you lied to me. You betrayed my trust. You used me.
      Woody: At least I didn't rat you out.
      Jordan: No. You said this was about us that you needed closure so you could move on.
      Woody: Oh come on Jordan does it always have to be about you?
      Jordan: Oh you need help Woody.
      Woody: I don't need help. Especially not from you.

    • Jordan: (to Slokum) No, no. I watched you turn this morgue from a place we all love into an anal retentive dictatorship. You're an obsessive compulsive android with a Napoleon complex, and I actually live for the day when someone takes that bonsai tree of yours and shoves it so far up your ass, you will have pine needles coming out your nose.

    • Jordan: What is this? (stares at green juice)
      Garret: Protein, whey, a little green algae.
      Jordan: Ahh…looks like stomach contents. (sips) Umm…taste like it too.

  • NOTES (2)