The Following

Season 1 Episode 8

Welcome Home

36
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2013 on FOX
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews (12)

7.1
out of 10
Average
122 votes
  • What's wrong with all you people?

    8.0
    Maybe the way of "killing one of our own" was presented a bit ridicilously but those of you who say it is stupid and not real are gravely mistaken. In the past there were many incidents in which people were killed, or got themselves killed in the name of some beliefs or because their leader wanted to. Like kerrfal wrote, most of people who are watching the show are looking too much into the reality as there were only show like this on the ground. Strange I must say because quite a good show receives such a strange reviews that are not grounded by anything reasonable.
  • Who knew it was a comedy?

    1.0
    For a while it just annoyed me when each episode got progressively more absurd. But finally, the writers have revealed their fiendish secret: they're working for funnieordie! (No pun intended ) I was giggling like a fool by the end. I mean, seriously, how did James Purefoy and Tom Lipinski keep straight faces during that I'm-yours-kill-me scene? Chuck Lorre obviously took over as head writer and nobody told us.
  • A Rush? Really??

    1.0
    What is it with gratuitous violence and killing on screen for "love"??? What happened to any sense of morality and story telling that the makers of this disgusting piece of filth and pornography of violence may have ever had?? Is this what they think Americans want? They are very mistaken. I just wish Kevin Bacon and Aaron Ashmore would quit the show now. The end to this episode was utterly disgusting.
  • I simply like it

    8.0
    I 've read all the negative reviews. Have to say this episode was not one of the best and the last 10 mins were a bit funny but I like the plot and when watching series I am never expecting links to reality (is this scene possible??). I do not care, what I care of is if the plot keeps me watching and The Following does. I'll keep watching it. Ciao!
  • It Get's My Blood Pumping...

    2.0
    because I can't believe the level of gullibility they expect from their audience. I've got it, it's fiction, but really, three twenty-somethings escape from a home surrounded by local police, tactical units, helicopters by just running through the woods and driving away, with a 10 year old kid in tow. Because tactical units always assume someone walking up behind them is a good guy. "Gosh, what are you doing wandering around out here in the woods in the middle of our takedown??" Then last week, half the guards in a prison are apparently in on a scheme to let a serial killer with 14 kills to his name just walk away. Right. And then this week. why don't you and I just drive over to where a team of kidnappers who have kidnapped an FBI agent are holding him hostage. "This is the vehicle" but let's not put a knife in all four tires to disable it or maybe call in every cop within a 20 mile radius or maybe leave one person outside to ambush whoever comes out.



    I really wanted to like this show but it's reached the point where it just strains credulity. Here's a plot idea they missed - when the lawyer had Joe locked in the trunk of her BMW, she drives to the nearest dock, gets out, puts the car in gear and watches it sink into 20 feet of water while screaming "Up Your's Joe you piece of crap! Who's getting the finger now!!" Or how about this one - Joe: "Ryan, you have no ideal how many of us there are and what we're Ryan: "Damn Joe, sounds like you're masterminding a terrorist plot, welcome to Guantanamo!"



    Whatever.
  • I Quit

    1.0
    Done. I'm done, removing the season pass on my dvr. The most horrible, ridiculous, unimaginative show ever. Leaders of cult groups never get involved, only as giving orders. Joe getting drunk, killing one of his followers, just stupid!!
  • Utterly insane

    1.0
    I normallly watch and don't post here but this time, it is going too far. The whole concept is utterly insane and I hope the network makes room for better entertainment by cancelling the show right away. That is, showing anything but this.



    Holy Moly!
  • What a piece of garbage.

    1.0
    I don't know why I keep watching. Every episode drags us down just another foot deeper into the giant pile of disappointment this show has become.

    The lazy unimaginative writing is just killing this show. If it weren't for the actors I would have already given up and stopped watching.

  • Romanticizing Murder - The Following Episode 8 Welcome Home

    3.0
    The premise of the show is preposterous to me. I can see a few psycho or at best, disturbed people idolizing a serial killer to this point. But to be organized and dedicated to the point they are portrayed is just too implausible to me. The scene where Joe stabs Charlie got to me (which is saying something,) but in the end it's like, how does that give his life meaning? To be forever in a list of his victims doesn't seem meaningful just pathetic. And all it did for Joe was give him a rush. In the end evil is just evil and it bothers me when people try to glamorize it.

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    ARAP said "Back at the followers' mansion, Charlie apologizes to Joe for failing him once again and he tells Joe that he only became a follower because he wanted to make something of himself. The two share a hug, and Joe stabs him. But this isn't an anger stab. It's happening because both Joe and Charlie want it to happen. And as strange as this sounds, this scene was beautiful. After Charlie dies, we get a few more looks into how screwed up the followers truly are, and we learn that Weston knows where Claire is being held. The ending was actually amazing. "

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    BEAUTIFUL? Really? Oh Mr. serial killer, I so revere you that having you kill me will give my life meaning, especially if it's in front of a roaring fire with moving music.



    That being said, Kevin Williamson has managed to create some very compelling characters. Baccon and Purefoy are doing a SUPERB job playing their respective rolls.
  • Welcome Home

    9.0
    Welcome Home was a superb episode of The Following. I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing and full of surprises. There were some shocking moments as well. It was crazy to see Joe meet his followers. There were some changed in leadership within the investigation which were great. I liked how everything played out snd certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!
  • The Following.

    7.5
    This new Agent:Nick Donovan isn't doing it for me, he basically screwed up straight away & put Mike Weston in hospital & yes i blame him. Donovan has no idea what he is doing & makes the FBI look even more stupid if thats possible, why would you give the call & send only 2 FBI Agents to look for Weston when you know he's been talkin' by the cult. Then leave the rescue up to Ryan & Debra without back up & when Ryan started shooting where was Debra, she couldn't hear any of that. Give us the audience some credit we're not stupid like the FBI in this show, i was the first to rave about this show, but the more i watch it keeps letting me down. The ending scene, crazy house full of psycho's, Roderick nice to put a name to that face (Common Law).
  • This Was Actually Good

    7.5
    Wow! I never thought the day would come when I would write this, but I actually thought that this week's episode was pretty good. Sure, the writers took some liberties and there were a few eye-rollers, but definitely not as many as there have been lately.

    This one starts out with Carroll's grand entrance, and a good four-dozen of his followers are waiting for him to make his grand entrance. Meanwhile, there's (almost literally) a new sheriff in town at the FBI and he's a real hard-ass. He's making everybody run cases through him, and here's hoping that this will keep the followers-in-the-FBI action to a minimum in the coming episodes.

    The follower who they caught at the end of the last episode will only talk to Hardy ('cause that's never happened before)... Anyway, Hardy walks in to the interrogation room and doesn't break the guy's fingers this time. Instead, he eats his own fingers off. This was disguising and twisted, but the direction was truly great and made it impossible to look away.

    Since Joey's giving his serial killer dad the cold shoulder (shocking, huh?), Carroll decides he needs to find Claire, but to do that, he'll have to kidnap Weston and torture him until he reveals her location. Meanwhile, at the FBI, Weston has hacked into the new boss' email and is send away to a motel. Well, the followers are waiting for him there, and they kidnap him and take him to a shipyard.

    Ryan Hardy goes to the motel to check on Weston since he hasn't been answering his phone calls, and finds his room ransacked, and him nowhere to be found. Parker then shows up and after checking the security footage, they manage a partial plate. The problem: nine cars match the description. So somehow Ryan Hardy manages to figure out exactly which one belongs to the followers (I'm still a bit shaky on how that happened), and he and Parker make their way over to the shipyard.

    At the shipyard, the followers are playing a fun game with Weston, where people beat the shit out of him if he doesn't tell them where Claire is. And this goes on for a few rounds; he doesn't give up anything. Then, Charlie stabs him, and just as he's about to finish him off, Hardy goes in, guns ablazing and kills 5 of the followers (though no one of importance), and the rest get away.

    Back at the followers' mansion, Charlie apologizes to Joe for failing him once again and he tells Joe that he only became a follower because he wanted to make something of himself. The two share a hug, and Joe stabs him. But this isn't an anger stab. It's happening because both Joe and Charlie want it to happen. And as strange as this sounds, this scene was beautiful. After Charlie dies, we get a few more looks into how screwed up the followers truly are, and we learn that Weston knows where Claire is being held. The ending was actually amazing.
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