“I'm proud of you, Zane. One day, I promise. We will find your family.”
“But I've already found them.”
“I feel there's more to you than meets the eye. There's something special about you, Zane.”
Sensei Wu and Zane
Season 1, Episode 2
Air date December 2, 2011 (US)
Written by Dan & Kevin Hageman
Directed by Justin Murphy
Episode guide
"Rise of the Snakes"

Home is the second episode in the first season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It aired on Cartoon Network on December 2, 2011, in the United States, while paired up with "Rise of the Snakes".


Back in training mode with the looming threat of Lloyd and the Hypnobrai, Zane wanders after a Falcon and lands himself in a heap of trouble.


The ninja training.

At the Monastery of Spinjitzu, Sensei Wu is disturbed from his meditation by the ninja; to his pleasant surprise, they are training instead of playing video games. Their training is interrupted when Zane uses his Spinjitzu to freeze the entire training course. Torn between awe and irritation, the other three ninja discuss their icy comrade's odd behavior. Sensei Wu arrives in the middle of the talk and explains Zane is "a brother" to them; and, like all brothers, he is different.

The Mailman comes by with letters and packages for all of the ninja except Zane. Jay questions Zane why he never receives any letters from his parents, to which Zane responds he had been an orphan all his life and never knew his family. Sensei Wu tells him the monastery is now his home, and he and the ninja are his family. Unconvinced, Zane goes inside sadly.

Lloyd's treehouse fortress.

Meanwhile, in Wildwood Forest, the Hypnobrai are building a treehouse fortress from where Lloyd plans to rule Ninjago. Atop the fortress, Skales is using Cole—unknowingly hypnotized during his previous encounter with the Serpentine—to spy on the ninja, noting that the Hypnobrai staff is in the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Slithraa arrives to rebuke his second-in-command for slacking off, but Skales retorts that they should be focused on retrieving their staff from the ninja. The discussion is broken up by Lloyd, who demands more booby traps in his fortress, and both General and Warrior get back to work.

At the Monastery, as the ninja converse among themselves about dinner, Zane walks into the dining room with a roasted turkey and places it on the table. However, the others burst into laughter when they notice that Zane is wearing a flowered pink apron. Zane questions it, though he does not understand as the other ninja attempt to explain to him that it has to do with his ridiculous outfit. Cole tries to make Zane laugh by tossing a plate of shrimp at Kai's face. This only results in a food fight, but not before Wu dumps a pot of chili right on top of Cole's head.

Later that night, when Zane goes outside to take out the trash from dinner, he finds a Falcon that mimics his every move and is persuaded to follow him. He soon discovers Lloyd's treehouse and brings the others to help destroy it the next day. After analyzing the structure, Kai thinks that if they destroy all three ropes holding up the fort, it will crash down with the Serpentine inside it. The plan almost succeeds, but Skales enforces his hypnotic hold over Cole, causing him to fight the ninja and nearly bring the fort down with them on it. In the nick of time, Sensei and Nya arrive on Flame, Kai's dragon, while Sensei plays the Sacred Flute that breaks Cole's spell.

The monastery is burned down.

After rescuing them and destroying the fortress, Sensei Wu explains the flute is as old as the Serpentine themselves, and sacred, as it will play a large role in the Serpentine's downfall. When returning to the Monastery, they find the entire building demolished and burned to a crisp, causing the ninja to turn on Zane and blame him for destroying their home. Zane subsequently leaves with his dragon, Shard.

Back at the Hypnobrai Tomb, a tied-up Lloyd tells Slithraa to do something about Skales, prompting the General to demand his staff back from the Warrior. However, Skales finally rebels openly by refusing to return the staff, challenging Slithraa to a Slither Pit for command of the tribe. Mezmo acts as the overseer for the match, and Lloyd is tied to an icicle to keep him from getting away—unnoticed by the Hypnobrai, the would-be evil overlord manages to snatch a map from a nearby crevice in the process.

Unfortunately for Lloyd, Skales matches Slithraa blow for blow, even interrupting his hypnosis attempt. When the General uses a large ice shield to block the Warrior's attacks, Skales mesmerizes Slithraa with odd body movements before striking down his opponent with a powerful flying kick. As Rattla identifies the attack as a "Fang Kwon Do" technique, Lloyd demands that Slithraa get up, but the General can take no more and passes out.

Mezmo declares Skales the winner and hands him the Hypnobrai Staff. Upon grasping it, Skales' legs begin to merge and lengthen into a tail while Slithraa's tail shrinks into a pair of legs. The other Hypnobrai chant the name of their new General as Skales tells Slithraa to obey him from now on; when Slithraa pledges his allegiance, Skales banishes Lloyd from the tomb.

Cole eating Mud Newt.

In the mountains, the ninja are attempting to keep their spirits up, despite their minimal food and shelter. Just as Jay laments the loss of Zane, the Ninja of Ice returns, telling the others that he has something to show them. As they arrive in the Sea of Sand, Zane explains he was following the Falcon, which led him to Destiny's Bounty, the ninja's new home. The ninja rush over to the ship as Sensei Wu promises Zane that they will help him find his family, but Zane tells his mentor that they don't have to—they are his family. The ninja, Nya and Sensei Wu later engage in another food fight, unaware that Lloyd passes by after seeing them.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations Visited


  • This, and "Rise of the Snakes", are the last episodes to air in 2011.
  • The episode name refers to the recurring theme of home (and more broadly, a sense of "belonging") that appears throughout the episode:
    • Zane is melancholy due to not knowing details of his past or his family and is something of an outcast among the ninja due to his odd behavior.
    • The Monastery is destroyed by the Serpentine, only for Zane to reveal a new home in the Destiny's Bounty.
    • Lloyd attempts to build a treehouse to use as his new headquarters, only for the ninja to destroy it. Later, he is banished from the Hypnobrai Tomb, forcing him to wander Ninjago alone.
    • Finally, the theme of belonging is reinforced at the end, where the ninja fully accept Zane as a brother, and Zane, in turn, tells Sensei Wu that they are his family.
  • The opening scene of the episode is parallel to the previous one, with Sensei Wu being disturbed by the sounds of his pupils. However, this time, the ninja are training rather than playing video games—notably, Wu checks the gaming room first, only to find it empty.
  • In the US/Canadian version, Zane left a message in the fridge. However, in the variable language variation, he is actually sitting inside the fridge when responding to Kai's reaction. The Netflix version does not show the latter.
    • This may have been censored to prevent children from being trapped in the fridge.
  • The weapons rack in the Hypnobrai Tomb's Slither Pit includes ice versions of the Grim Pick Axe, the Silver Dark Blade, the Silver Battle Mace, the Double-Bladed Dagger, the Bowie Knife, and the Katana.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Destiny's Bounty.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Zane's Falcon.
  • The Slither Pit scene can be seen on TV screens in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still," "The Surge," and "Level Thirteen".
  • When Lloyd asks a snake to hold a sign saying "No girls or ninja" the writing is in English rather than the traditional Chinese characters used in the show before the introduction of Ninjargon.
  • Zane combs his hair in Cole's brief flashback. With the reveal that Zane is a robot in "Tick Tock", and his hair is presumably made of metal, it's unknown how this would have worked.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Nya and Jay's romance film. In "The Green Ninja," one of its following appearances, Garmadon would interrupt the film by changing the channel, similar to how Zane interrupted the film in this episode by laughing.
  • In the Japanese version, a notice is displayed on the bottom right corner of the screen during the food fight scene, saying ※あとでスタッフがおいしくいただきました. This roughly means "After that, the staff ate it and found it delicious."


  • After Shard extinguishes the fire, Sensei Wu's eyebrows are black instead of white.[2]
  • Even though Hypno Vipers were not present at Lloyd's treehouse fortress, they are seen returning with the rest of the Hypnobrai to their tomb later in the episode.
  • When the Hypnobrai return to their cave, one can be seen walking through a rock on the ground.
  • Although Wu says the flute is as old as Serpentine itself, "Spellbound" shows that the flutes were created during the Serpentine War, which took place forty years before the events of The Hands of Time, while Serpentine have existed for at least a thousand years.[3]



For the gallery of the episode, click here.


LEGO Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
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Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
Season 14: The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
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