In Lawrence, Kansas, Jenny is looking at a photo of herself and her husband, when her daughter Sairie comes in and complains that there's a monster in her closet. Jenny checks and assures her that there's nothing there. She then puts Sairie to bed and assures her that the three of them, including Sairie's brother Ritchie, will all be happy there despite Sairie's misgivings. As Jenny goes, her daughter asks her to prop the chair in front of the closet doorknobs...Read the full recap
This is the first appearance of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) in scenes that aren't flashbacks.
This episode was originally entitled "The Journey Home".
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?
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: (leaving John a 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.
Missouri Moseley: Oh, you boys grew up handsome. (to Dean) And you were one goofy-looking kid, too.
Missouri Moseley: Sam, oh honey. I'm sorry about your girlfriend. And your father... he's missing.
Sam: How'd you know all that?
Missouri Moseley: Well, you were just thinking it, just now.
Dean: Where is he? Is he okay?
Missouri Moseley: I don't know.
Dean: Don't know? Your supposed to be a psychic, right?
Missouri Moseley: 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 Moseley: 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 Moseley: Well, you were thinking about it.
Missouri Moseley: That an EMF?
Missouri Moseley: Amateur.
Missouri Moseley: 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!
Visual: Dean chopping down the door and his face is framed in the hole
This part of the scene is a reference to the the 1980 horror film, The Shining. In the film, Jack Nicholson's character's face is framed by a door that he too chopped a hole in with an axe.
Dean: Missouri did her whole Zelda Rubinstein thing.
Zelda Rubinstein is an actress from the 1982 movie Poltergeist who played Tangina Barrons, a clairvoyant.
Connection to Home
This episode is a good example of the brothers' closeness to their home. Though they were forced to leave the home after their mother's violent death, they still feel strong ties and a need to help the current residents of the house. Despite being haunted by memories of their mother's death, as well as Jessica's, the brothers work together to save their childhood home.