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'Supernatural' nostalgia recap: Winchester Brothers go home for the first time

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Home” | Aired Nov 15, 2005

“The Story So Far” Rating: On the “must watch” scale, it goes to 11.

We open on a home in Lawrence, Kansas, and find Jenny (Kristin Richardson) going through old pictures. From the tears in her eyes when she looks at a wedding picture, we already know the story.

She’s interrupted by her daughter, Sairie (Haili Page Phillipe), who says there’s something in her closet. During the tuck into bed, Sairie says she doesn’t like this house, but Jenny assures her everything’s okay.

A bit later, when Jenny hears a sound in the basement, she goes down to investigate. WHY DO THEY ALWAYS GO TO INVESTIGATE? Meanwhile, up in Sairie’s room, the chair is moving away from the closet door BY ITSELF.

Jenny finds a box of old Winchester family mementos in the basement. Sairie finds a fire monster in her closet. That’s no fun.

Slam cut to Sam waking up, scared to death and telling Dean that they have to go back to their old home in Kansas because he had a nightmare about their old house.

It’s time for Sam to tell Dean the truth. Sam has nightmares, and sometimes they come true. He dreamed about Jessica’s death, and he’s sure this is another premonition. Dean, however, is having a hard time with this—not just the idea that Sam’s dreaming the future, but the idea of going home. Ever again.

sad winchesters

Soon, however, they’re back in Lawrence, Kansas, introducing themselves as the previous tenants and hearing that all sorts of funny things are happening in the house.

Cue the argument. Sam wants them out of the house pronto. Dean, who’s definitely freaked, is trying to explain that they need to think of it as any other job. Which means having to remember what happened. It’s so hard to watch them—both of them with so much pain and trying to do the job to keep someone else safe.

Dean calls their dad. He’s left messages before, with no answer from John. Lots of them. But this time, he’s asking for help.

dean calls dad

Okay, NO FAIR. There’s a plumber at the house and a creepy mechanical monkey has started up out of nowhere. WHO BUYS THESE TYPES OF TOYS?

Unlike any sane person, the plumber doesn’t get the heck out of Dodge. Noooooooooo. Instead he goes sticking his arm down the garbage disposal. Sure, he unplugged it, but CREEPY MONKEY.

While the plumber is getting his arm torn to shreds, the boys have learned that their father went to see a palm reader after Mary died; the palm reader’s name was Missouri Mosely.

Missouri (Loretta Devine) knows who Sam and Dean are without them saying a word. With one touch of Sam’s hand, she tells him she’s sorry about Jessica. Missouri is the real deal.


Back at the house, Jenny’s toddler son, Richie, has a hankering for juice—and SuperBad the Spirit just pulled the pins on the hinges of his playpen and opened the fridge for him. How helpful!

Jenny saves Richie, but now she’s terrified. Sam and Dean return with Missouri and she goes all Zelda Rubinstein. She’s feeling more than one spirit, but one of them is definitely bad. It isn’t the same thing that took their mom, but it’s pissed and it’s looking to kill.

They’re going to ward the house: They’re placing mojo bags in the walls at all four compass points on three floors. The trick is going to be doing it before the poltergeist can stop them. It tries to strangle Sam, sends an entire knife drawer after Dean, and pins Missouri with a dresser. In the end, the house looks like a war zone, but it looks like they got rid of the spirit.

They leave and everything’s fine.

You know it’s not, right? I don’t even have to say it, right?

Luckily, Sam had a funny feeling, and he and Dean see Jenny at the window screaming her head off, just like Sam saw her in his nightmare. They rush into the house, and Dean save Jenny while Sam goes to save the kids. He gets them outside, but he’s immediately yanked back into the house by SuperBad. Up in Sairie’s closet, the fire monster is back.

fire walks

Unlike when they were kids, this time Dean has a way to fight back. He grabs a shotgun and an axe out of Baby and fights his way into the house, while Sam is literally being thrown all over the kitchen. Sam gets pinned to the wall as the fire spirit moves closer, but when Dean gets in there and is about to blast it, Sam tells him no.

He says he knows who it is. He can see her now.


mary fire

I always lose it here. The idea that she’s come back and she gets to see her sons, that they get to see her, just kills me. When she says “I’m sorry” to Sam, we never get to hear why—but looking at that now, it’s an amazing moment. Did the writers know even then what they were setting up? Or was Samantha Smith just that good an actress? So many emotions. The whole moment is heartbreaking and uplifting all at once.

When she turns and says, “You get out of my house and let go of my son,” it’s like looking at a Valkyrie. She bursts into flame and blasts the spirit out of the house, disappearing along with it.

Still, so many feels. Because after all that, even seeing her one more time, it’s like the boys lost their mom again. Missouri tells them that their mom beat the spirit but destroyed herself doing it. To protect them.

sad sam

They leave the house with the box Jenny found in the basement, and more questions than answers—including why Sam is seeing and feeling things that others can’t.

Back at the house, Missouri has a question of her own. For John Winchester. He’s there and never revealed himself to his sons. Why?

Hopefully we’ll find out as we continue through season 1.

Speaking of season 1, Supernatural‘s 200th episode is coming up, and the cast and crew got together this weekend to celebrate. There are some amazing pictures floating around on the #SPN200 hashtag on Twitter, but I thought this one was pretty great.


Diyah Pera/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Congratulations to everyone involved with Supernatural, and thanks for letting fans like me be a part of the SPN family.

See you next week!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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