|“||Cherish your life.||”|
— The clinic's motto[src]
Layout and Structure
The clinic was located on the ground floor of a multistoried building. Between the staircase, which led up to other rooms with no connection to the clinic, and the clinic itself was another room with a security door system. The doors of both sides of this room had to be unlocked everytime they were used as the doors clicked shut whenever they were closed. Behind this security entrance was the big waiting hall of the clinic, which was connected to the treatment room and the office of the owner. (Saw IV)
Cherish your Life
The Homeward Bound Clinic was a recovery clinic for drug addicts located in the downtown area of the city. The clinic was run by Jill Tuck under the motto "Cherish your life." Thereby, she was supported by her husband, John Kramer, a successful civil engineer. Besides Jill, a few nurses worked at the clinic, which was specialized on the addiction treatment with methadone. On one occasion, William Easton, manager of the Umbrella Health insurance company, sponsored a party for the clinic. On this occasion, John and William got to know each other and got into a conversation about William's work and his dubious business practices. However, despite their disagreements, John eventually became his client. (Saw IV, VI)
Despite his initial support for her work at the clinic, John soon became worried about her safety, especially when she continued to work there when she was pregnant by him with a boy, Gideon. On one occasion, he witnessed a fight between two patients, Cecil Adams and Gus Colyard, who had slapped Cecil in the face after he had complained vociferously about the long wait for his methadone treatment. After having been separated from each other, Cecil pulled a knife from his pocket, but John told him to reconsider what he was about to do. When Cecil angrily asked him what his problem was, John responded that he was his problem and soon he'd be the problem of everyone else. Eventually, Cecil put the knife away. (Saw IV)
One night, while John was waiting for Jill before the clinic, he made acquaintance with Addison Corday, a prostitute who offered him her company, which he rejected and instead told her to go home. Unknown to him, Cecil and his girlfriend, Amanda Young, who was one of Jill's patients as well, had invaded the building as Amanda suffered from extreme abstinence symptoms and had therefore persuaded Cecil to rob the clinic. When Jill was the only person left, Cecil suddenly had scruples and tried to dissuade Amanda from robbing her. However, she urged him even further, and eventually persuaded him. As Jill was about to leave, Cecil knocked at the security door at the entrance, claiming that he had forgotten his jacket in the waiting room. After initially hesitating, Jill eventually went back and got him his jacket. However, upon doing so, Cecil pushed her back and threatened her with a knife, thereby forcing her to open the door to the clinic. After obeying his order, Cecil told her to stand back. He quickly stole the medications and then ran back. Thereby, he accidently slammed a doorknob into Jill's stomach, who was in her seventh month of pregnancy at this time. As she saw the blood on her skirt, she slumped down and started to cry. Cecil tried to calm her down and asked her what happened. However, when he realized what he had done, he quickly fled and left Amanda behind. Upon leaving the clinic, he was spotted by John. Alerted by this, John ran into the clinic and found his wife, thereby not noticing Amanda who had gone back to her hiding spot. He brought Jill to the Angel of Mercy Hospital where he met Deborah, one of the nurses, who immediately took care of his wife. However despite all efforts the doctors weren't able to save the child. (Saw IV, VI)
Following Gideon's death, John suffered from severe depressions. However, he eventually found a new purpose in life when he decided to test other peoples will to survive by putting them in potentially deadly situations, thereby becoming known as the Jigsaw Killer. His first victims included patient's of Jill, such as Cecil and a man named Paul Leahy. Despite knowing about his deeds, Jill didn't tell the police about John. Eventually, Amanda was tested by him as well and thereby became the first known survivor of one of his games. Shortly afterwards, he recruited her as his apprentice and successfully converted her to his ideals. After that, John visited Jill at her clinic to talk to her about their work. While he deemed his one work necessary, he told Jill that her work at the clinic was for nothing as he believed that her patients were only using her and her good nature and only came to her to avoid their prison sentences. Furthermore, he didn't believe that her methadone therapy was successful as it made no difference if her patients were addicted to their own drugs or the methadone. Jill tried to explain that they only needed time to overcome their problems. This made John angry, causing her to yell at her, claiming that noone would appreciate life without having a close experience with death. However, he calmed down and finally revealed Amanda to her. John then tightly hugged his ex-wife and reminded her how she had already given up on Amanda, calling her a "lost soul". However, Amanda had overcome her drug addiction and claimed that it was John who had helped her. (Saw VI)
Several months later, John revealed his identity to the police, but was able to elude custody. Afterwards, Jill was interrogated and also treated as a suspect herself. Another six months after the reveal of John's identity, the special agents Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez came to her clinic to take her to the police station for further interrogation, as photos of her had been found at the latest crime scene. (Saw IV)
Later that night, John died at the hands of Jeff Denlon, another one of his test subjects. After his death, Jill was called by his executor, Bernie Feldman, and gave her a black box left to her by John. This box contained six envelopes with photos of the victims of another game focusing on William Easton and his colleagues. When Jill went to her work at the clinic only a few days later, she was surprised to see that Detective Mark Hoffman, John's other apprentice and successor, had already been waiting for her. Therefore, she took him to his office, stating that she didn't expect to see him so soon. Hoffman told her that he wanted to accelerate the next big game and start it the same day as someone had found out about the box, even though he didn't tell her who it was. Instead, Hoffman demanded Jill to give him the envelopes from the box, which contained the photos of the test subjects of the game. Jill initially hesitated as this wasn't John's will, but quickly gave in and handed him five of the envelopes, thereby concealing the existence of the sixth one. He took a look at the photos in the first envelope, which showed William. When Hoffman asked Jill who he was, she merely responded that he was on John's list. After receiving the envelopes, Hoffman left the office, telling Jill that he wouldn't see her again once he was done. While she was alone, she remembered the day when John came to her clinic along with a seemingly purified Amanda Young. Due to this, she was finally convinced to carry out John's final request. (Saw VI)
In other Media
- In flashback scenes in Saw IV, several characters from the first three films can be seen as patients at the clinic, including Paul Leahy, Donnie Greco, Michael Marks, Gus Colyard and Troy.
- In one of those scenes, a patient named Derek can be seen in the background. Derek was portrayed by Devon Bostick, who later returned to the series in Saw VI as Brent Abbott.