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How would you rate 4x03 "Home"?

1 = never should have been made
 
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3 = fun, average, undemanding
 
4 = good episode, totally had fun watching it
 
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4x03 "Home"

Post by Rey Solo on Tue 01 May 2012, 09:00

4x03 "Home"
Original Air Date: 11 October 1996
Written by: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by: Kim Manners

Mulder and Scully travel to a bucolic small town where a baby with birth defects is found buried alive in shallow ground. Mulder and Scully follow the trail of evidence to a reclusive family who has a history of inbreeding.


This was on my watch list yesterday. I don't see why it was banned... well, I can because FOX is all like sensitive and crap like that, but really. What was most offensive about it to them? I just love that Morgan and Wong scared the crap out of people with this one. Man, those Peacocks are creepy-crazy! *shudders* The use of "Wonderful, Wonderful" is just so creepy and cool all at the same time.
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Cassiopeia on Tue 01 May 2012, 10:27

From IMDB: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

The episode was banned from Fox after its first airing due to its sensitive and somewhat taboo subject matter. It is also the only episode to receive a TV-MA rating in America.

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This episode was banned by FOX due to its graphic nature (the baby murder, the references to incest, and the brutal murders).

I wonder if back then all you had to do was turn on the news to get this kind of story too... I wasn't watching the news very much at this time (if at all), so FOX banned for content that basically can be seen and talked about on news programs... hey, at least they didn't animate it so take away the TV-MA rating that the episode got LOL
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by gorgclaud on Mon 28 May 2012, 04:03

I remember reading about this being banned in the US and I was surprised, but not completely 'cause a good 1 third of American Gothic was never shown on US TV, whereas the UK showed it. The UK showed Home on the BBC and SKY showed it, but the scene of Scully examining the baby was cut heavily.

There was a TV Zone magazine cover of the eps characters with Mulder and Scully with a caption of something like "Will the BBC show this ep?" or something. They added humour, the look of the ep is fantastic even if it is a bit eerie to be that sunny for Vancouver (season 4 seemed the sunniest Canadian season) and Mulder and Scully's reaction to the mother under the bed was very well done. I think Scully and Mulder chatting about her being a mum was apt and we needed this to be brought up, so there was even character development. The boobie-traps and Mulder being scared in his hotel room was great. The only scene that bothers me slightly is when the Sheriff and his wife get killed. It was harsh and the music made it creepy.

I loved the scene of the kids playing ball. Morgan and Wong Baby know how to show normal things and make them entertaining. We all played ball outside and were scared of an old house near by and having to retrieve our lost ball from it's garden.
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Post by gorgclaud on Mon 28 May 2012, 04:07

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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by gorgclaud on Mon 28 May 2012, 04:07

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Here it is. I didn't buy this issue, 'cause the silly cover annoyed me. I saw the ep on Sky previously in the year and it didn't bother me.

£2.75 for a magazine??!! blink
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Rey Solo on Sat 13 Oct 2012, 12:25

I make this simple for everyone... Glen Morgan and James Wong get 5 ratings for everything they did this season. This one is no exception! Totally awesome!
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by gorgclaud on Sat 13 Oct 2012, 12:35

5 - Morgan and Wong Baby
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Rey Solo on Sat 13 Oct 2012, 12:45

YAY!
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Post by Sue866 on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 16:14

I do think it was silly to ban this episode, though I do partly understand why. It is creepy. My boyfriend was creeped out by the scene where they buried the crying baby alive. He was shocked, actually. So, that's where it comes from. I, having seen it plenty before, am a little numb to it, though logically I realize its creepiness.

Great episode, gave it a 4. The scene of the brutal murder of the sheriff and his wife along with the upbeat 50's/60's music is the most disturbing to me. I hope that isn't a real song because it would forever be tainted after hearing it in this 'light'. Deranged.

The events that I find a little bit strange is how light Mulder and Scully take the deputy's death when the three of them went to confront the boys "three on three". He dies so soon and easily that they should had listened to Mulder's advice to wait for the state back-ups to go after the boys. Scully insisting they need to save someone is a little foolish for her. It's amazing they made it out alive with the booby traps and all.

I do like the little conversation the had about Scully wanting to be a mother and also the baseball-loving Mulder. Of course, he's tuning out Scully, as he often does...
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by TheInvisibleMan on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 21:33

I'm gonna be unpopular and say that I actually don't care much for this episode. It ain't bad by any stretch, but it's just never grabbed me at all. I think it's silly that it was banned (I guess I can see why, but I also feel like there are various other episodes with more disturbing content, of various sorts). I don't really find it creepy or scary, just gross, and not the good, shocking kind of gross either. Nothing about it really appeals to me in any particular way, though I do like the sheriff's murder scene, that was extremely well done. That's about the highlight for me.
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Cassiopeia on Wed 30 Oct 2013, 09:20

'home', one of the best x-files episodes ever produced. reading through the comments though it still baffles me that people get that creeped out or scared (by this episode, or any episode for that matter). i wonder if Kristi will let me watch this episode on halloween along with 'millennium's' 'the curse of frank black'... 'home' is a halloween ep to me because in 1999 the fox network actually re-aired it for the first time since it originally aired (the article linked says 1997, but that's wrong because i was in college when it re-aired, not high school)

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10 Fascinating Facts About The ‘Home’ Episode Of The ‘X-Files’, The Most Disturbing Hour In TV History

By Dustin Rowles / 10.29.13

Whenever Halloween arrives, I’m always reminded of one of my all-time favorite episodes of television. For all the subverted horror tropes, gore, and twisted sexual perversions in Ryan Murphy’s The American Horror Story, it has nothing on what may be considered the most disturbing episode of television in network history, the X-Files episode, “Home,” which holds up as well now as it did 17 years ago.

If you haven’t seen “Home,” stop whatever you’re doing and track it down. Watch it tonight. In the dark. By yourself. It will f*ck you up and haunt you to the core of your soul. It will give your willies the willies. It’s not scary in the sense that it will make you fear for your life, or jump out of your skin. It is scary in the sense that visions from the episode will stick with you for days, months, maybe years, and come to you in your sleep and stir you awake in a cold sweat covered in your own piss.

You will never look under the bed in the dark again.

A refresher: “Home” was a stand-alone “monster-of-the-week” episode that had Mulder and Scully investigating the discovery of a deformed baby buried near the home of the Peacocks in a small town in Pennsylvania. During the course of the investigation, Mulder and Scully end up questioning the Peacock brothers, who live in an old shambling house without electricity or running water that had apparently missed out on the 20th century. During the course of the investigation, Mulder and Scully discover the deformed baby had been buried alive, and that its deformities may have been the product of inbreeding.

Mulder and Scully are stumped because their lead suspects, the Peacocks, are all brothers, so how could they breed? They arrive at the conclusion that the Peacock’s must have kidnapped and raped a woman, and after the local sheriff issues a warrant for the Peacocks’ arrests, the brothers flee. Ultimately, the Peacocks escape and bludgeon the Sheriff (Andy Taylor) and his wife to death with baseball bats. The next day, when arrest warrants are served at the Peacock home, the Deputy is decapitated by a booby trap.

As Mulder and Scully investigate the inside of the home, they eventually find Mrs. Peacock hiding under the bed. She is a violently deformed quadruple amputee who, it turns out, has been breeding with her sons for years. Though Mulder and Scully manage to kill two of the brothers, the eldest son and Mrs. Peacock escape, presumably to begin a new family elsewhere. Ew.

With that out of the way, here are ten things you may not know about “Home.”


1. “Home” was the first episode of The X-Files to get a viewer discretion warning. In fact, it was the first network television episode in America to ever receive a TV-MA rating.

2. Fox only aired “Home” once. It was banned from being re-aired on Fox and, in fact, wasn’t seen again until 1997 during a marathon on cable network, FX.

3. The episode was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, who had left the show after the second season to develop the sci-fi series, Space: Above and Beyond, which was cancelled after one season. “Home” was the first episode they wrote upon their return, and it was based, in part, on the documentary, Brother’s Keeper. The documentary was about four backwoods brothers who lived together on a rural farm in upstate New York. After one of the brothers, William, had died, an investigation led to two theories: 1) That another brother, Delbert, had killed him as an act of mercy, because Delbert’s health had been declining for years, or 2) consistent with the autopsy showing that William had semen on his clothing and his leg, William had killed his brother during an act of sex gone bad. Delbert, whose IQ was 68, was acquitted due to insufficient evidence, and because his confession had apparently been coerced.

4. That’s not even the creepiest inspiration for the episode. It also took inspiration from an anecdote in Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography in which he described staying in a tenement house. After dinner, the owners took Chaplin upstairs to meet their son, a quadruple amputee who they kept under the bed. They pulled their son out from under the bed, and while the family sang and dance, the son “flopped around,” which is a squicky thought by itself, but in combination with the scene the anecdote inspired, it’s even more creepy.

5. Producers of the series felt that the episode “had gone too far” and called it tasteless, while a member of the crew had told Tucker Smallwood, the actor who played the Sheriff (and was shocked by the level of violence in the episode) that it was the most gruesome episode of the series and “awful, even for us.” During filming, that actor banged his head attempting to do one of his own stunts, and also had the very unpleasant experience of having to lie face down in fake blood for an hour and a half.

6. In the opening scene of the episode, while the Peacock brothers are burying the deformed baby, the sequence is shot from the perspective of the baby, who is having dirt thrown on his head. The episode’s director, Kim Manners, described is as “the most awful shot of my career.” In the initial draft of the screenplay, which network censors nixed. the baby is heard screaming and crying while the Peacock brothers were burying him.

7. The episode was one of the few X-Files episodes to use a popular song, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” a Johnny Mathis cover that played inside the Peacock family vehicle while the brothers were BEATING THE SHERIFF AND HIS WIFE TO DEATH. It was an upbeat song, played for ironic effect (like “Hip to be Square” in American Psycho while Patrick Bateman was axing a man to death). Johnny Mathis actually denied the use of his version after he read the screenplay because of the graphic content, so the producers had to find a cover version that sounded similar.

8. The Peacock home in the episode was actually used previously on The X-Files, as the home of the antagonist in the season two episode, “Aubrey,” which featured Terry O’Quinn, who would appear as a different character in the feature film and a ninth season episode of The X-Files.

9. At the time that the episode was being shot, NBC and Fox were engaged in a long feud. The last name of the family, “Peacock,” was meant as a backhanded slight against NBC.

10. Mrs. Peacock was played by actress Karin Konoval, who looks like this:



Compare that to the way she looked in the episode:

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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Sue866 on Wed 30 Oct 2013, 12:42

Great article. Answers my question about the song!

Totally a Halloween episode. I almost re-watched some of Season 8 for the creepiness last night, but ended up continuing Breaking Bad. But I think I will be doing some serious X-Files for Halloween this year! (I see my post earlier was very close to Halloween last year, too.)

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Post by Funk Mulder on Wed 30 Oct 2013, 13:08

It's so weird to think this episode had this affect on people, especially considering the filth on TV these days.

It was a purer time. :(
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Re: 4x03 "Home"

Post by Rey Solo on Wed 30 Oct 2013, 19:57

Interesting article, thanks for posting it. I didn't know about the NBC/FOX feud, and the HOME house was in Aubrey?? Who knew!! LOL
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