The Kettering Incident, Season 1 Finale, Episode 8, “The Homecoming”

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. The spiky sphere

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. The spiky sphere [Image via Showcase]

Welcome to my recap of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident Season 1 finale. This episode will be a hard one to recap as most of what needs to be said will fall into the “important shit” section, but I’ll try my best 😉

Here’s what went down in Episode 8 (entitled “The Homecoming”).

Without it being particularly hard, Anna (Elizabeth Debicki) escapes her confinement and Dr. McKenzie (Kris McQuade) pretty much confirms for me the fact she wasn’t really trying to keep her there in the first place. She also reveals to Anna how she was run off the road in Episode 6 of The Kettering Incident. Anna then spends the rest of the episode alternating between being really smart and incredibly creepy. Both of which work for me.

Episode 8 of The Kettering Incident dawns on the day of Chloe’s (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) funeral. And in Kettering, that means trudging up the hill to a creeptastic church and ignoring all the motherfucking moths all over the place.

CF:  This part, like so many others, seemed like it was coming right out of a horror movie.  In this last episode the show really went straight into this genre without looking back.

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Chloe's funeral

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Chloe’s funeral [Image via Showcase]

But, before the funeral can take place, it is discovered Eliza has Chloe’s camera, the one she had with her on the night she went missing. It is unclear if Eliza had it the whole time because she is a pathological liar. However, Fergus (Henry Nixon), in between trying to pin shit on Dutch (Matthew Le Nevez), discovers the very last picture Chloe took on the night she went missing. And that image is of a lipstick case lying on the ground. Regardless of how long Chloe had the camera, it seems highly likely now she killed Chloe according to Fergus and Eliza’s parents.

But let’s check up on another mystery for a while. People are still wondering where Travis (Kevin MacIsaac) has gone. Barb (Sacha Horler) suggests to her sister, Renae (Suzi Dougherty), that maybe Travis disappearing makes him look mighty suspicious. Renae, being her normal DV victim self, defends him completely. She also mentions she knows Barb has been getting it on with Dutch, which makes it all a bit awkward between them. Or, more so than normal.

Fergus and Dutch are getting serious about tracking down Travis after it was discovered the silver paint ships found at Chloe’s murder site could match Travis’ car. However, when they go to Renae’s she’s not there. They’ve just missed her as she is on her way to taking Deb’s (Alison Whyte) daughter, Matilda (Maya Jean), to a dance event rather than supporting her sister by attending the funeral of her niece. Remember Matilda? She’s the one who has been making those prank calls to Renae. This is important now.

CF:  I wanted to know how Renae knew Matilda was making those calls?  It sure as hell wasn’t from caller ID.

RT: A few episodes ago Maltilda giggled as Renae walked past. I suspect she had heard that giggle before just as Matilda was hanging up.

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Photo of the lipstick

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Photo of the lipstick [Image via Showcase]

And that’s when Fergus sees the lipstick in Renae’s house. It matches the one on Chloe’s camera roll. This is when we discover Renae is driving a silver car with a damaged bumper and she has left a note that reveals she has been holding a grudge for a really long time. Yes, creepy Renae killed her own niece because she thought the whole town was equally laughing at her and feeling pity for her. Matilda, it turns out, is Renae’s next victim.

CF:  Or maybe the show is throwing out enough misdirection to make David Copperfield envious.

RT: I completely agree on this point. It wouldn’t have surprised me either way with Renae.

Speaking of creepy, it seems half the town have taken a leaf out of the Children of the Corn movies and have taken to being incredibly unsettling. Adam (Brad Kannegiesser) is aggressive and Eliza (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is more than her usually unsettling self. Some of them also manage to be in two places at once. And Anna, well, she is just more “Anna” than I have ever seen her. She also spends a lot of this episode working out what the fuck is going on.

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming, Jens

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming, Jens [Image via Showcase]

So, in a nutshell, we discover Amber Arrow and Jens (Damon Gameau) are one and the same. He is also David Owens, just like Anna suspected. This means he was involved with that weird sphere thing found in Antarctica and then brought to Kettering via the sludgy waste Roy (Anthony Phelan), Max (Damien Garvey) and Craig (Ben Oxenbould) buried up at the ridge all those years ago. As well as all this, he is also convinced he is a new world order that will help fix the world.

CF:  Another bit of UFO lore here.  In referring to Antarctica Dominic brings up the Dyatlov Pass Incident, which occurred in northern Ural Mountains of the Soviet Union on February 2, 1959.  A group of students (8 men, 2 women) from the Ural Polytechnical Institute went on a ski trek, led by Professor Igor Dyatlov.  During the night of the incident it became apparent that a “force” made them rip their way out of their tents and run off into the night in various states of undress.  All the student’s bodies were found months later and there was evident a few died due to extreme blunt force trauma.  While there are several hypothesis as to what happened that night no one has found a compelling reason for what happened, but due to the nature of the incident, many believe this had something to do with “unidentified craft” which have always been popular in the Soviet Union/Russia.

RT: knew you would know more about this. Thank you for filling us in ☺ And those images are awesome!


One of the last image taken of the skiing group before they perished.


One of the tents used by the group.


The area of the search.

If anyone would like to know more about this event this website has an enormous amount of information on the incident, including what happened before and after, as well as a number of images, among them pictures of the bodies.

He will do that by cloning special individuals. That’s right, cloning. Motherfucking cloning. Anna finds herself in that damn bunker underneath the old Sullivan hose, along with what I am assuming is the real Gillian.

CF:  Motherfucking cloning is always a winner!

RT: I fist pumped pretty hard at this point.

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Anna and Anna

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Anna and Anna [Image via Showcase]

Anna definitely did go missing all those years ago, along with Gillian. For what ever reason, they decided Gillian would remain missing and Anna would assimilate. Or, perhaps she was just a very naughty clone who escaped, and, before they could really fix it all, Roy had taken her away. This is why Anna can’t remember anything before the incident, she is the clone version of the real Anna and only remembers the time from her creation. Or, so I assume. Anna also meets a woman at the Amber Arrow offices called Dr Colleen McKay (Anna McGahan) who bears an uncanny resemblance to a grown up Gillian. Turns out she is a brilliant doctor with a mind like no other and I am totally convinced this is a clone of Gillian.

Weird Shit That Turned Out To Be Important Later

Everything that aired in Episode 8 of The Kettering Incident could be considered “weird shit that turned out to be important.” However, the basics are below.

  • So The Kettering “Incident” actually turned out to be three events. Chloe’s murder was just a murder (even if Jens did see her dead body before it was moved to the mill). The cancers can be linked to the toxic waste buried up at the Ridge. Gillian’s disappearance turned out to be a cloning incident. So it wasn’t aliens at all. While these three events seem pretty solid now the series has ended, I am not so sure the aliens aren’t still involved thanks to the unresolved issue of that old plane wreck Fergus discovered in Episode 7 of The Kettering Incident. Plus, there are still plenty of strange crossovers and possible red herrings in all three events that could indicate there will be incidents hidden under other incidents in any further seasons of this show.
  • The first time I watched this series, the clone thing was a surprise to me. However, on the second viewing, it becomes more apparent. Next time I will learn not to tune out when boring conversations about flora are being had. As for who else is a clone, here’s my list (based on likelihood and suspicion):
  1. Anna Macy (and her mother)
  2. Gillian
  3. Eliza
  4. Adam
  5. Lofty
  6. Kade
  7. Jens
  8. Chloe (we just haven’t met any clones of her yet)
  9. Dr. McKenzie
  10. Fergus and Dutch
  11. Sandra
  12. Macca
Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Adam and the boys

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Adam and the boys [Image via Showcase]

  • While all of the above I am assuming are clones, there might actually be different sorts. My theory is the ones like Anna are made on purpose. The ones like Eliza and Chloe that have been exposed to the toxic waste and the sphere buried within it are accidental clones. I wonder if the boys taking Travis out to expose him was a way of experimenting as well. Except Travis seemed to actually die, so maybe exposure doesn’t change everyone, just the worthy? I have no idea. Most of my theories on The Kettering Incident are half-baked at best.
  • All that moss which still doesn’t really tie into any storyline in The Kettering Incident unless you assume the toxic waste has caused it. But it feels like so much more than that. It seems like Mother Nature is trying to reclaim her planet.
  • Ditto for the moths. While we know Jens is experimenting with them, the moths just seem to be something that could be created by the toxic waste. Although, my theory is that while most of the moths are just big moths, there are cocoons happening out at the old Sullivan hose that are more than moths. Like cocoons of humans that are being cloned and somehow the big moths and the people moths are interconnected.
  • The old Sullivan house. How’s that dam and its giant plug hole, eh? Mother Sullivan’s Ridge can also be added to the list of shit we knew was important right from the very start.
  • R.I.P. Dominic (Neil Pigot). Thank you for being such a wonderful plot device so that Anna could help uncover the truth about herself and Kettering.

Showcase 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Dominic

Showcase ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 8, The Homecoming. Dominic [Image via Showcase]

CF:  My take on Moss and Moths.  The moss could be the way the clones are “grown”, in a way much like the pods were used in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  And the moths are being genetically manipulated to gather DNA and transport it and moss to other parts of the world starting with Tasmania, then Australia proper, then the world.  For all I know that means you’re a clone and another one of you is running around somewhere.

RT: Oh, I really like this idea!

CF: Aliens can still find involvement in this as they are controlling the technology doing this.  And the trope of “Aliens replacing humans” is an old one, though one that isn’t that well known these days.

It’s possible Anna was sent out into the world to see how she’s fit in among “normal” humans and when it was seen that she was starting to have “issues” she was recalled home for–well, fill in the blanks here.  Maybe “they” want to take what worked from Clone Anna and remix it with Original Anna and make a new one.  We’ll only know if a Season 2 is made.

RT: Another great theory!

CF: And for anyone who’s as into the “Where Was That Filmed?” experience as me, this blog site shows the locations used for filming throughout the series.

What did you think of the Season 1 finale of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident? Let us know by commenting below!

As yet, Season 2 of The Kettering Incident has not yet been officially confirmed by Showcase.

CF:  They better get to it ’cause they can’t leave us hanging!

Many thanks to Rachel for bringing this show to the attention of us in America.  You can still find this on Amazon Prime.  Go binge it this weekend ’cause it is just that damn good.

Season 1 of Foxtel’s The Kettering Incident is now available for purchase here.

[Images via Showcase and Father Son Holy Gore]

7 thoughts on “The Kettering Incident, Season 1 Finale, Episode 8, “The Homecoming”

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  2. Oooh, thanks for the food for thought on just what Jens was doing with that moth he had under the bell jar — extracting DNA? Adding it (and what — flower DNA?) Does he need moth essence to stay immune or young or something (he could have been tripping on the thio drug in those couple self-administered IV drug scenes, but why would he)? Or was the moth dead and he brought it back to life? Hope one day there’ll be more info.

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  4. Thank you so much for the recap, commentary, etc. I too should have paid more attention to conversations about flora because the whole clone thing didn’t even cross my mind. At the end I was so pissed when there were so many open ends. I need clarification and closure with my stories. Anyway, I loved reading your take and recap, just wht I needed so I can go to sleep. Cheers!

  5. It was slow and boring and uneventful and exciting and mysterious and thought provoking. I’m in my late 60s so the movie references, historic events (or possibilities thereof) are somewhere in my head. They are there, nonetheless. And current events make this series more plausible. I am researching the twin moons. I plan to read Yeats. I may rewatch the series this week and follow each episode with your review, for safe measure. It has been quite an experience.

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