Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 9

Home

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on The CW
9.2
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When Sam has nightmares of their old home, the brothers return to Lawrence, Kansas to investigate. They discover that a new family has moved into the Winchester's home, and the woman is the one that Sam has been dreaming about. The family has been hearing and seeing frightening things, and the brothers think it might be haunted by the thing that killed their mother. They enlist the help of their father's psychic to rid the house of the angry poltergeist.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Oh Mary...

    10
    And this episode brings us full-circle, dragging Sam and Dean back to their childhood home in Lawrence where Mary Winchester burned and their lives as Hunters began. Oh, yeah, and Sam is having premonitions too - freaky visions of the future that leave him with blinding headaches and the knowledge that someone is about to die horribly. Just when you thought his life couldn't get any worse!





    Looking back now from a post-Season 9 perspective, I am amazed at just how much foreshadowing is packed into this one little episode. If you thought that some of the lines didn't quite make sense, hang on because explanations are coming. If some of the actions and back-stories seemed strange, hang on because explanations are coming. If you cried when Sam and Dean saw Mary, hang on because we all cried with you. This episode is emotional and beautiful and I really don't know why, whenever I first watched the season, I didn't think much of it.



    Well, actually I do. Like I said earlier, this episode contains a lot of foreshadowing and leaves us with more questions than it answers. Usually stories where the characters go back home or back to ground zero (or both) are stories that fill in missing chunks of back-story for characters ad plot elements and seek to tie up loose ends. Home does none of those things. It doesn't tell us anything that we didn't already know from the pilot, it lays down plot elements for later in the show without bothering to explain them leaving us with questions, and is just generally a dark and sad episode in general. Also, I know it's a reference to Poltergeist and all that, but did we really have to do the arm in the garbage disposal?! That was just nasty.



    This episode is a seething mess of emotions that will take you on a roller-coaster ride from terrified to confused to crying all within the 42 minute running time. It's also a dark story, bringing to the foreground again the murder of Mary Winchester and the shadow it casts over Sam and Dean's lives, as well as introducing Sam's visions and psychic ability. Missouri creates some much-needed comic relief (because Dean clearly wasn't in the mood this week) but she never seems like a cartoon-y figure. Jenny and her kids are likeable people, if a bit bland and under-developed. And the ending scenes with Mary sacrificing herself for her sons and the implication that she's only remained a kindly spirit so long for the love of them is deeply touching. We even got to see the elusive John Winchester for the first time non-flashback and got a clue as to why he has cut off all contact with his boys, even as he rushed to their secret aid after Dean's call.



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  • 109-"home"

    10
    Sam has nightmares of a family being attacked by a supernatural entity in his and Dean's childhood home, prompting the brothers to return to Lawrence, Kansas, to investigate. They enlist the help of their father's psychic friend, Missouri Mosley (Loretta Devine), to rid the house of a poltergeist. Though Missouri claims to have purified the house, Sam does not believe it was successful, so the brothers watch over the house. When the poltergeist returns, Sam's premonition starts to come true. The brothers rush in to rescue the family, but they themselves are saved by the spirit of their mother, who sacrifices herself to stop the poltergeist. Unknown to them, their father is at Missouri's house and though he dearly wants to see his children, he informs her that he can't until he knows the truth about something.



    WRIITEN BY: Eric Kripke

    directed by: Ken Giroti

    my thoughts: LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! best ep of season 1 thank you mr. kripke you are great



    Ep. rankings:

    1.)"home"

    2)"Hook man"

    3.)"skin"

    4.)"bloody mary"

    5.)"pilot"

    6.)"Dead in the water"

    7.)"phantom traveler"

    8.)"Wendigo"

    9..)"bugs"moreless
  • This is way I watch Supernatural!

    10
    These kind of episodes are exactly why I am so in love with this wonderful show. This episode is just so well written and acted out wonderfully by our two brothers. It's such an emotionally episode that it just makes me cry every time that I watch it, and trust me when I say that I've watched this episode a lot. This episode was just so unpredictable the one after the other thing happened, and I expected none of it. To me that means that you have a great and exciting episode. The ending of this episode is a great example for it.moreless
  • There's no place or episode like home.

    10
    Home really stands out in season 1 of Supernatural. It followed a couple of lack-luster episodes: Hook Man and Bugs. Home is WAY better than either of those episodes. I like it as much if not just a litle more than more. Sam and Dean travel back to their hometown and work a case in their childhood home. This episode gives us glimpes of what happened to their mother and really starts building more into their characters so we can see why they act as they do. This episode also gives us the first view of their father other than in a flashback. The one thing that stands out most though is the performance of Loretta Devine as Missouri.moreless
  • "And don't cuss at me either!"

    9.5
    So far the best episode in this young season. It opened up strong, kept the middle parts entertaining with its funny script much thanks to Missouri, and then ended in a shocker. First off the emotional act that Dean pulled off when he found out that he and Sam need to go back to their old home where it all started was pretty unexpected; who knew he was capable of such emotion? And then Missouri was a welcome introduction to a hilarious character; it's quite unfortunate she isn't a permanent staple in the show. Really could have made the show more interesting and funny. And then the ending? The father and mother make their re-appearance after the first couple minutes of the pilot episode. Much of this season has been a "case of the week", but this episode has done pretty good to develop the overall storyline.moreless
Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Missouri Moseley

Guest Star

Don Thompson

Don Thompson

Mr. Guenther

Guest Star

Jerry Rector

Jerry Rector

Joe the Plumber

Guest Star

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

Mary Winchester

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Joe (the plumber) takes his hand out of the sink hole, the faucet is facing toward the left of the sink. The shot when he puts his hand back in, the faucet facing toward the center of the sink. The next shot while his arm is back in the sink hole, the faucet is back toward the left.

    • When Sam and Dean run to the house to save Jenny and the kids, they do not have to bust the door to get inside. If she is in bed for the night, why is her front door unlocked?

    • Just after the young boy gets into the fridge, there is a shot of the safety latch securing the door to the fridge closed. But in the next and final shot of the scene, the fridge stands with the safety latch obviously open as the scene fades to black.

    • When Dean is running to the house with the ax, there is a visible shadow of the camera and the cameraman on the grass.

    • When Dean and Sam are talking, just before Dean makes the call to dad, Sam is sitting on the trunk lid and Dean is standing facing the other way. Sam, then, looks at Dean as if he is standing beside him. The way they are both positioned there is no way Sam would be looking at his brother when he is looking in that direction. Dean would really be on the other side of him. So, you can tell those are two different versions of the same scene.

    • Early on in the episode everything was scattered around in the fridge and there were shelves but, when Richie climbs in it the shelves are magically gone and the food is all stacked neatly to the sides just leaving enough room for the little boy to climb in there.

    • As Sam is being strangled by the lamp cord, you see Dean supposedly "straining" to loosen the cord from Sam's neck. However, if you look closely the cord is extremely loose with plenty of room for Sam to breathe.

    • Why didn't Dean just break a window instead of trying to bust down the door with an ax?

    • After Richie climbs in the refrigerator it shows the childproof latch snaps locking him in there. After the commercial when Jenny see's the milk and goes over to the fridge it is unlatched so she picks it up and pretends to unhook it when clearly it wasn't hooked to begin with.

    • Trivia: When Sam was getting the kids away from the spirit, he tells the girl the same thing his dad said to Dean in the "Pilot" episode.

    • Trivia: Dean's phone number, given in the previous episode, "Phantom Traveller," is again heard in John Winchester's voicemail message. The number has been updated with yet another easter egg (a working email address).

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Missouri: I haven't been back inside, but I've been keeping an eye on the place and it's been quiet. No sudden deaths, no freak accidents. Why is it acting up now?
      Sam: I don't know. But Dad going missing, and Jessica dying, and now this house all happening at once, it just feels like something's starting.
      Dean: That's a comforting thought.

    • Missouri: You see, all those years ago real evil came to you. It walked this house. That kind of evil leaves wounds, and sometimes wounds get infected.

    • Dean: What is all this?
      Missouri: Crossroads dirt, few other odds and ends. We're gonna put them in the west and east sides of the house; it'll repel the spirit.
      Dean: Punching holes in the drywall. Jenny's gonna love that.
      Missouri: She'll live.

    • Dean: All right. I've been cruisin' some websites and I think I found some candidates for our next gig. A fishing trawler found off the coast of Cali, its crew vanished. And, uh, we got some cattle mutilations in west Texas. Hey! Am I boring you with this hunting-evil stuff?
      Sam: No, I'm listening. Keep going.
      Dean: And here, a Sacramento man shot himself in the head. Three times. Any of these things blowin' up your skirt, pal?

    • Missouri: Sam, oh honey. I'm sorry about your girlfriend. And your father... he's missing.
      Sam: How'd you know all that?
      Missouri: Well, you were just thinking it, just now.
      Dean: Where is he? Is he okay?
      Missouri: I don't know.
      Dean: Don't know? You're supposed to be a psychic, right?
      Missouri: Boy, you see me sawing some bony tramp in half? You think I'm a magician? I may be able to read thoughts and sense energies in a room but I can't just pull facts out of thin air.

    • Missouri: Don't worry about a thing, your wife's crazy about you. (client leaves) Whoo, poor bastard. His woman is cold-banging the gardener.
      Dean: Why didn't you tell him?
      Missouri: People don't come here for the truth, they come for good news.

    • Dean: Just slow down would ya. I mean first you tell me that you've got the Shining, and then you tell me that I've got to go back home, especially when...
      Sam: When what?
      Dean: When I swore to myself that I would never go back there.

    • Dean: (to his Dad's voicemail) Dad, I know I've left messages before. I don't even know if you get 'em. But I'm with Sam, and we're in Lawrence, and there's something in our old house. I don't know if it's the thing that killed Mom or not... but... I don't know what to do. So whatever you're doing, if you could get here... please. I need your help, Dad.

    • Dean: Listen, Jenny, it's important, Ow!
      (Missouri hits him on the back of the head)
      Missouri: Give the poor girl a break, can't you see she's upset? (to Jenny) Forgive this boy--he means well, he's just not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    • Missouri: You sensed it was here, didn't you? Even when I couldn't.
      Sam: What's happening to me?
      Missouri: I know I should have all the answers but...I don't know.

    • Missouri: Don't you worry-–Dean's going to clean up this mess. What are you waiting for, boy? Get the mop. (Dean glares silently) And don't cuss at me!

    • Missouri: That an EMF?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Missouri: Amateur.

    • Missouri: Boy, you put your foot on my coffee table, I'm going to whack you with a spoon.
      Dean: I didn't do anything.
      Missouri: Well, you were thinking about it.

    • Missouri: You boys grew up handsome. (looks at Dean) And you were one goofy-looking kid, too.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Eric Kripke is particularly proud of "Home" because of the plumbing scene: "My favorite scene all year long is the guy grinding up his hand in the garbage disposal. We had the shot of underneath the pipe, where you saw the goo going into the bucket, and I laughed because I'm a sick puppy."

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 5, 2006 on TV3
      The Netherlands: August 31, 2008 on NET5

    • In the promotionals for this episode, this episode was billed as "The Journey Home."

    • First appearance of Dean's and Sam's dad. (without counting the "past" when they escaped the house.)

    • Loretta Devine, (who guest-stars in "Home") jokes about Jared and Jensen: "Those guys are just so bad. You never know what they're going to do, and you can't keep your eyes on both of them at once!"

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dean: I mean first you tell me that you've got the Shining.
      Referencing the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. Dean is comparing Sam to the character of Danny Torrance, who had a gift of clairvoyance and telepathy. The film was based on the 1977 book by Stephen King of the same title, though the screenplay changed the story in several ways.

    • Dean: Missouri did her whole Zelda Rubinstein thing...
      This is in reference to the 1982 movie Poltergeist, in which Zelda Rubinstein played the part of the clairvoyant named Tangina Barrons.

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