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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.