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It's just good to be home, Mom
―Jim to his mother upon returning home

Homecoming is the thirty-first episode of Trollhunters and the fifth episode of Part Two.

Official Synopsis

Hope springs from an unlikely source when Gunmar learns that Jim's friends are in the Darklands on a mission to bring him home.

Summary

With their lives in danger, the Trollhunters must face against Gunmar and escape the Darklands before their time runs out. Can Draal make it into the Darklands and save his friends in time before any more bad guys can escape and they run out of precious time, trapping them all in the Darklands?

Plot

Gunmar calls it a battle to break Jim's will. Jim tells Nomura she doesn't have to fight anymore. She says he doesn't, but she does. She apologizes because she was beginning to like him. They start to fight, but he only defends himself. He tells her his friends are there and they're going home soon. She says home is gone and continues to fight. Jim starts getting weaker.

Claire and Toby try to run through the bars and get thrown back. Claire then has the idea to use Gnome Chompsky to open the door. It works and she sends him to go get Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! while they go get Jim.

Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! are tied up. Blinky is disappointed that his brother worships Gunmar. Dictatious wants to know the location of the bridge, but Blinky refuses to tell. Dictatious hits him repeatedly, but Blinky continues to say he won't tell. Dictatious thinks Blinky has already given it away with his wordplay. He knows the bridge is in a forest near Arcadia. They need to figure out how it corresponds to the Darklands. He then cuts Blinky down, but Blinky whips around with the flare, blinding Dictatious. He then hits Dictatious with a rod. Once Dictatious is down, he frees AAARRRGGHH!!! and they go to leave. They run into Gnome Chompsky and he points them in the direction they need to go.

Gunmar knows Jim is holding back. He tells him to kill Nomura as it won't end until he takes her life. Their fight continues, though Jim refuses to attack her and just runs away and defends himself. He finally grabs Nomura and holds his sword to her neck and tells her there's a way out. Nomura doesn't believe there is a rescue coming.

Toby and Claire can hear Jim. Toby accidentally opens a trap door and they start falling.

Jim is shocked when Eclipse disappears and he can't summon is again. Nomura goes to kill him, but Gunmar stops her, saying she's proven her loyalty. He wants the final blow. Just then, Toby and Claire fall into the arena and Nomura realizes he was telling the truth. Normua says they need to get back to the bridge, but Toby doesn't want Gunmar to follow. Nomura says she'll take care of that and releases a stalkling.

Gunmar cries out and stands from his seat.

Toby and Claire find a keyhole and stick her key in it. They open a doorway and go in it. Gunmar sends his army after it.

As they run, Toby tells Jim he has to be rescued alone.

Draal paces at the Bridge, telling his friends to hurry.

Gnome Chompsky leads Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! to where they discover a corpse.

Claire and Toby weren't expecting Nomura. Toby reminds her that they were supposed to rescue only Jim. Nomura helps them get across a large gap.

Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! continue searching for Jim. They come across his drawings of them. Blinky suggests they rendez-vous at the bridge, but AAARRRGGHH!!! wants to find their friends first.

Nomura, Jim, Claire, and Toby are surrounded by goblins. They fight them off, but realize they can't fight them all and run.

They reach a dead end and are surrounded by goblins. The goblins were herding them to Gunmar. Nomura warns the others to stay away from his sword as he'll put them under his control with it. Nomura steps in front of the kids and fights Gunmar herself. She tells the kids to go while she holds off Gunmar. Gunmar throws a rock at Nomura, trapping her. Claire says they can't leave her like that.

Jim still can't wield Eclipse. Gunmar hovers over him and asks Jim where the Bridge is. He uses his sword to try to control Jim, but his armor protects him.

Claire and Toby free Nomura, whose leg is broken.

Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! are running and hear Gunmar and Jim. They run into another dead end.

Gunmar tries to control Jim again. Claire tells him to hold on. Gunmar finally breaks through his armor.

Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! spot Jim and Gunmar, but far below them. AAARRRGGHH!!! jumps to get to them, but Blinky doesn't join him. Once down, AAARRRGGHH!!! jumps on Gunmar and knocks him off his purpose. They start hand-to-hand battle. Gunmar tries to use his sword on AAARRRGGHH!!!, but AAARRRGGHH!!! won't let that happen. He throws Gunmar into a wall, which crumbles, leaving him covered in rubble. They run to escape.

Gunmar bursts out of the rubble. Dictatious tells him he knows where the bridge is and they need to gather the armies. Gunmar says to forget the army and wants to go now.

Draal is still waiting at the Bridge and getting impatient.

As they make their escape, Toby tells them time is running out. Nomura nearly falls, but Jim catches her. He's too weak to pull her back up, so she tells him to go and she'll hold off as many as she can. She lets go and tells him to go. He tries to catch her, but AAARRRGGHH!!! grabs him.

Nomura is surrounded by guards and prepares to fight.

The others turn to find guard approaching them from the other side. They're stopped when the gyre comes through them. Draal is there to get them. They climb in, but Jim insists they go get Nomura as well. They drive the gyre down and he grabs her and pulls her on. The bridge starts closing as they approach. A Nyarlagroth blocks their way, but they burst through it and out into Arcadia.

They're all relieved to be out of the Darklands. Nomura admits that Jim was right about hope and friends. Blinky gives Jim back the amulet, which restores Jim. Jim climbs up a rock and stands in the sunlight. Claire follows him up and they share a kiss. AAARRRGGHH!!! covers his and Toby's eye to give them privacy. Draal and Nomura are both disgusted. As they pull away, Claire tells Jim he stinks. Blinky is ready to get rid of the Bridge once and for all. Toby freaks out thinking about what the Tribunal will think, but Blinky doesn't care because they have Jim back.

Jim arrives at home and comes inside. Barbara demands to know where he's been. Jim hugs her and says it's good to be home.

A leaf floats out to the woods, repealing an imprint in a rock.

Cast

Trivia

  • Jim escapes the Darklands and reunites with his friends in this episode.
    • Nomura also escapes with the Trollhunters and officially reforms.
    • However, Gunmar, Dictatious, and a couple of Gumm-Gumms are unintentionally freed from the Darklands as well, since Toby failed to ensure that they only bring back Jim (as they've saved Nomura as well) and Draal left his position of guarding the bridge to help his friends escape with a Gyre.
  • Dictatious is permanently blinded by Blinky in this episode, courtesy of the latter's flare crystal which Kanjigar entrusted to him.
  • Jim and Claire share their first real kiss.
    • Their very first one was in the middle of Part One. However, that was just a stage kiss, so this is their first actual kiss.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After Blinky is freed from his brother, he hits him with a staff saying "GOODBYE DIC-TATIOUS!" with a bit of a pause between "Dic" and "Tatious".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Jim pulls Claire away from the edge of a cliff as she loses her footing, he pulls her towards the ground and slightly drifts his hand over her hip. Claire offendedly exclaims, "Hey! Watch your hands!" Jim realizes what he was doing and quickly holds his hands up while awkwardly saying, "I really pictured that going more smoothly".

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Trollhunters
Part One
"Becoming: Part 1"- "Becoming: Part 2"- "Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"- "Gnome Your Enemy"- "Waka Chaka!"- "Win Lose or Draal"- "To Catch a Changeling"- "Adventures in Trollsitting"- "Bittersweet Sixteen"- "Young Atlas"- "Recipe for Disaster"- "Claire and Present Danger"- "The Battle of Two Bridges"- "Return of the Trollhunter"- "Mudslinging"- "Roaming Fees May Apply"- "Blinky's Day Out"- "The Shattered King"- "Airheads"- "Where Is My Mind?"- "Party Monster"- "It's About Time"- "Wingmen"- "Angor Management"- "A Night to Remember"- "Something Rotten This Way Comes"
Part Two
"Escape from the Darklands"- "Skullcrusher"- "Grand Theft Otto"- "KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"- "Homecoming"- "Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"- "Hero with a Thousand Faces"- "Just Add Water"- "Creepslayerz"- "The Reckless Club"- "Unbecoming"- "Mistrial and Error"- "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Part Three
"Night Patroll"- "Arcadia's Most Wanted"- "Bad Coffee"- "So I'm Dating a Sorceress"- "The Exorcism of Claire Nuñez"- "Parental Guidance"- "The Oath"- "For the Glory of Merlin"- "In Good Hands"- "A House Divided"- "Jimhunters"- "The Eternal Knight: Part 1"- "The Eternal Knight: Part 2"
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