The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 2

Home (11 Oct. 1996)
"The X Files" Home (original title)

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Scully and Mulder investigate the death of a newborn child found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of a small town. Mulder loves the locale and thinks it's small-town America at its best.... See full summary »

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Scully and Mulder investigate the death of a newborn child found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of a small town. Mulder loves the locale and thinks it's small-town America at its best. It even has a sheriff by the name of Andy Taylor. Sheriff Taylor is highly reluctant to investigate the family nearest where the baby was found however. He tells the agents that the three brothers who live there are all simple, the product of generations of inbreeding in the Peacock family. When the Sheriff is killed, all evidence points to the Peacocks and the FBI agents are shocked at what they find in the house. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is one of the few X-Files episodes to contain mass media songs in it. During the primal beating of the deputy sheriff and his wife, the radio inside the Peacock family vehicle prominently plays the song "Wonderful! Wonderful!" by Johnny Mathis. See more »

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Fox Mulder: Oh, that was just a little too Chuck Bronson for me.
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There's something rotten in Mayberry…
22 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Home" was undoubtedly one of the most notorious episodes of The X-Files for its adult themes and grotesque imagery, but if we look past the controversy we can find a great storyline. Deformed baby fetus is found on sandlot, the only suspects being a family of recluses who the county sheriff refuses to investigate (slightly ironic, when considering his fate). There are less-than-subtle implications right from the beginning that the Peacocks are a clan of Appalachian inbreds, and the identity of their female "captive" is rather predictable. Still this episode wins points for its clever juxtaposition of small-town naivety and the vicious savagery of humanity's dark depths. This binary is illustrated beautifully in chiaroscuro, with vivid sunlight setting up a curious background for the dark and dingy Peacock home. While "Home" may have upped the 'yuck' factor a notch, it was not without substance to boot (a quality that other episodes in the same vain sorely missed). For its brilliant camera work, commendable guest acting and residual impression - still haunting me some thirteen years later - I award "Home" a 10/10


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