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Season 1, Episode 22

AirdateMay 4, 2006
Written byEric Kripke
Directed byKim Manners

DateJuly 14, 2006 - July 15, 2006
LocationSalvation, Iowa (fictional location)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Jefferson City, Missouri

Salvation In My Time of Dying

Episode Transcript


WB Description On a mission to save their father from Meg, Sam and Dean seek help from an old family friend, Bobby . When Meg shows up on Bobby's doorstep, the brothers lure her into a trap and exorcise the demon from her body after learning where John is being held prisoner. While trying to rescue John, the demon shows up and a full battle ensues between the Winchesters and the demon they have been searching for all their lives.


July 14, 2006 (night)Meg taunts the boys; Dean and Sam leave Salvation, Iowa, for Sioux Falls, South Dakota
July 15, 2006Dean and Sam meet and plan with Bobby Singer; Meg arrives, demanding the Colt and is trapped in a devil's trap; the boys interrogate Meg for information about John; Bobby informs the boys that Meg is possessing a human that can be hurt; Sam starts to exorcise Meg; Meg gives up some information about John and his location; Sam finishes the exorcism and sends Meg to Hell; Meg Masters tells them about being possess and a few more details about John's location before she dies; Sam takes Bobby's book, the Key of Solomon; Dean and Sam head for Jefferson City, Missouri; Sam draws a devil's trap on the Impala's trunk from the book to hide the Colt; they find the Sunrise Apartments and begin planning how to get John out; Sam pulls the fire alarm; Dean and Sam disguise themselves as firemen to get into the building; they find John and lock the demons guarding him in a closet; the Winchesters leave through the fire escape as more demons begin attacking; outside the apartments, Sam is tackled by Tom; Dean shoots Tom with the Colt, killing him; Dean, Sam, and John escape to the Impala
July 15, 2006 (night)The Winchesters arrive at a hunting cabin to regroup; the demons find and attack the cabin; Dean figures out that John is possessed; Dean cannot pull the trigger to kill John; the yellow-eyed demon throws the boys into separate walls, pinning each and making Dean drop the Colt; the demon taunts the boys with what he has been able to accomplish and tortures Dean; John fights the possession, releasing Sam; Sam grabs the Colt and shoots John in the right leg; John tells Sam to kill him and the demon but Sam refuses; the demon escapes; the Winchesters escape the cabin in the Impala, headed for a hospital; John is furious at Sam for not killing the demon; the demon possesses a truck driver and uses the 18-wheeler to t-bone the Impala


The scene opens up where Salvation left off. Dean is desperate to contact his father, but as he makes another call, Meg answers the phone, telling him he has screwed up and will never see his father again. Dean hangs up and tells Sam the bad news. Both boys are distraught. Dean begins to pack hastily, saying the demon knows where they are and that they have the Colt, so they have to leave. Sam wants to stay and try to kill it, but Dean says they are not ready, and not knowing how many there are, they are leaving - now!

As the Impala races through the night, Sam thinks they could have taken them, but Dean says they need a plan. The demons must be keeping their dad to get the Colt, but Sam is not convinced. He thinks Dad might be dead, and they should still try to kill the Demon and finish the job. Dean argues that Dad is alive, and screw the job. Everything else stops until they find Dad, so what do they do now? Reluctantly, Dean acknowledges they need help and hits the gas harder.

The boys arrive at the home of another hunter who is an old close family friend, Bobby Singer. Bobby gives Dean a flask of holy water, and one with whiskey with a shot of holy water to test for possession. Dean thanks their old friend for agreeing to help, even though Bobby threatened to shoot John full of buckshot. Bobby wryly points out John has that effect on people. Sam is impressed with one of Bobby's books on demon lore, called the Key of Solomon. It tells how to catch a demon and hold it powerless inside a protective circle. Bobby also tells the Winchesters he normally hears of three or four demonic possessions a year, and so far he knows of twenty-seven already. More and more demons are walking the earth - something big and bad is coming, and the Winchesters are smack right in the middle.

Bobby's dog, Rumsfeld, begins to bark and suddenly the door bursts open - it is Meg. Meg walks in and tells them no more crap. She tosses Dean against a wall and demands the real Colt. Sam and Bobby back up, saying they buried it. Meg is "underwhelmed". She cannot believe Johnny tries pawning off a fake gun, leaving the real one with them. Did they think she would not find them? Dean gets up and says, "Actually, we were counting on it." He glances up, and she looks up as well. They have tricked Meg into a protective circle - a devil's trap - on the ceiling!

Later the boys have Meg tied up in a chair under the circle, while Bobby salted all windows and doors to keep all other demons out. Dean interrogates her, demanding her to tell them where their father is, but Meg keeps saying he is dead, taunting him that he died screaming. Dean ends up slapping her, but Meg simply says, "That's kind of a turn on. You hitting a girl." Bobby takes Dean to one side and tells him Meg is possessed - there is a real girl trapped inside he could hurt. Dean says that could be good news. Sam starts off on exorcising the demon. Meg reacts violently, threatening to kill Sam, and then to violently killing Dean. Sam reluctantly reads the ritual while Dean continues to question Meg about John; she repeatedly claims that John is dead, and Dean repeatedly denies it, claiming he will kill all demons in hell if it were true, vehemently declaring he is not dead. Eventually, Meg says he is not dead, and tells them about a building in Jefferson City, Missouri, but she does not know the address. Sam asks if the demon is there too, but she says she does not know. Dean tells Sam to finish the exorcism anyway. Sam is reluctant. He says they may be able to use her. Dean is more concerned about the innocent girl trapped inside. Bobby explains that Meg is actually a girl possessed by a demon, and that the injuries she previously sustained in Chicago (in Shadow) will kill her if the demon leaves her body. Dean insists on exorcising the demon to save the girl from the torment of possession, no matter how broken she is. Sam reluctantly finishes the ritual. Finally, the demon is banished, and human Meg is left, broken, dying painfully, but still alive.

Bobby goes to grab blankets and water, and call 911. The boys try to make her comfortable, and Dean questions her about what the demon said. She thanks them, tells them the possession has been a year, that she has been awake for some of it, and that it has been a nightmare. She tells Dean the demons want them to come for him. The demon they are looking for is not there, but other ones are. She offers the clues by the river and "Sunrise" before dying. The boys leave Bobby to lie to the paramedics to head to Jefferson City. Before they leave, Bobby hands the Key of Solomon book to Sam, telling them both to be careful and bring their dad around. He will not even try to shoot him this time. The Impala drives away.

In Jefferson City, Dean is loading up guns, salt, and the EMF meter to fight demons while Sam is reading the "Key of Solomon". Dean has been quiet, and Sam reassures him that Dad will be fine. Sam begins drawing on the Impala's trunk, explaining that the symbols are called a "devil's trap". Demons cannot pass through it, so it turns the car's trunk into a lockbox to keep the Colt safe while they go save Dad. Dean wants to take it with them as it might help save their father. Sam and Dean argue about the Colt, and what they each want, but in the end Sam wins the fight. Dean reluctantly puts the gun in the trunk, but he has a strange look on his face, watching Sam walk away.

Dean and Sam are scoping out buildings along the water when Dean spots one called "Sunrise Apartments". There are lots of families with kids outside - what better way to stop the boys than a building full of human shields? The boys do not know what the demons look like, but the demons know them. Dean's plan of attack? Pulling the fire alarm.

Sam walks into the apartments, checks for coast clear, and once clear, pulls the fire alarm. In one of the apartments a couple reacts strangely to the alarm. The man checks the bedroom, where John is tied to a bed, not moving. The people are evacuating, and within seven minutes there are fire crews everywhere outside.They are able to get the firemen outfits by Dean distracting the real firemen by claiming he wants to go back in his apartment to get his Yorkie, while Sam goes around the back of the firetruck and picks the lock.

Two firemen completely decked out are walking down the hall, one of them with an EMF meter. Dean mentions he always wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. The boys are in stolen uniforms masquerading as firemen! Dean gets a reading and the boys knock on the room door that they figure out has demons inside. The couple are wary, and Sam and Dean burst in when the door is open. They have holy water in their extinguishers, and fight the couple into a closet, placing salt in front of the door so they cannot get out. The boys strip out of their gear, grab the duffel, and walk into the bedroom. Dean checks Dad - he is breathing. Sam checks to see if he's possessed by sprinkling holy water on him, but nothing happens. Dean gets to work slicing through the ropes. John awakens and is barely coherent. He has been drugged, and asks about the Colt. Sam assures him it is safe, and John replies, "Good boys."

Outside, a man in a mechanic's uniform in the crowd feels strange, and his eyes turn black from possession. He heads for the building, and when he is stopped by the fireman, the fireman ends up being possessed too. Together they go into the building, after the Winchesters.

Just as Sam and Dean are dragging their dad out out of the bedroom, the two possessed men burst in the front door. The boys back up and lock themselves in the bedroom. The fireman starts chopping on the door. Sam salt lines the door then the window as the chopping continues. The fireman watches Sam joins Dean and John on the fire escape and leave. They climb down the fire exit, Dean helping Dad at the bottom for the drop. Once all three are out of the building, they are set upon by Tom, pinning Sam to the ground and beating him severely. Dean races over to kick Tom, who tosses him into the nearest car windshield. He continues to hit Sam until BANG, he is shot through the skull and dies. Dean holds the Colt, which apparently had not been in the trunk after all. Dean grabs Sam up, helps him over to Dad, releasing Sam to grab Dad up, grabs the duffel, and they make good their escape.

In an abandoned cabin in the woods, Sam is salting all the windows and doors and asks about their dad, when Dean comes out from the bedroom where John is lying down. Dean says Dad just needs a rest, and asks about Sam. Sam will survive, then worries if they were followed. Sam then thanks Dean for saving him. Dean confesses that he is scared of the lengths he will go to in order to protect his family, not even hesitating to kill. John enters, claiming that Dean did good. Dean is surprised his father is not mad that he wasted a bullet that was meant to kill the Demon. John claims he is proud of what Dean does for the family. The lights begins to flicker and John, followed by the boys, goes to the window. The Demon has found them. He sends Sam to check the salt lines again, and then asks Dean for the Colt. Dean grows suspicious of the kind words - wasting a bullet, Dad would tear him a new one and not be proud - and points the Colt at John. Sam re-enters, and wonders what is happening. Dean claims Dad is acting strangely and is possibly possessed. Despite John's pleas, Sam allies himself with Dean. John says if they are so sure, they should kill him.

When Dean does not pull the trigger, the Demon shows itself. He tosses Sam and Dean across the room, pins them to opposite walls, and picks up the dropped Colt. Sam confirms the identity of the Demon, and asks why holy water did not work. It does not work on this Demon. Sam threatens to kill it, and the Demon lays the Colt on the table and dares Sam to float it. Sam fights, but nothing happens. The Demon relishes his power, and claims their dad, trapped in his own meatsuit, will taste the iron in Dean's blood. It claims this is justice, since Dean exorcised his daughter Meg and killed his boy in the alley. Sam wants to know why the Demon killed Mom and Jess. The Demon mentions to Dean that Sam was about to propose to Jessica. The Demon reveals he killed their mom and Jessica because they got in the way of the plans he had for Sam, and kids like Sam. Dean draws the Demon's attention away from Sam, by insulting his monologuing. The Demon verbally attacks Dean, saying Dean has got some nasty pain, that the family does not need him like he needs them. Sam was always John's favorite; John shows Sam more concern than he has ever shown Dean. Dean says, "I bet you're real proud of your kids, too, huh? Oh wait, I forgot. I wasted 'em." The Demon uses a psychic power to torture Dean, causing him to bleed internally as blood pours from his mouth and chest. Dean pleads for his father to help him, finally passing out. At the last minute, John manages to surface long enough for Sam to free himself and grab the Colt. The Demon is back, and if Sam shoots, he will kill his father. Sam knows this and shoot Dad with the penultimate bullet in the leg. John falls to the floor, as does Dean. Sam rushes to his brother's side - he has lost a lot of blood. Dean insists Sam to check on Dad. The bullet restores control to John who begs Sam shoot him in order to kill the Demon still inside him. Sam hesitates as Dean pleads for Sam not to shoot. Sam lowers the gun, and the Demon escapes John's body, to John's frustrated disappointment.

Sam drives the Impala with John in the passenger seat and Dean, gravely hurt, in the backseat. Sam promises to get them to the hospital in ten minutes. John is angry at Sam for not shooting him to kill the demon, for that came before everything. Sammy, looking at Dean in the mirror, says, "No sir. Not before everything." He says they still have the Colt, and one bullet, and just to start over hunting the Demon -

BAM! An 18-wheeler slams into the side of the Impala, smashing it and pushing it forward into a crumpled heap, rendering all three Winchesters unconscious and blood spattered. The truck driver has the black eyes of the possessed.

Song playing is "Bad Moon Rising".


Main Cast Recurring Cast
Guest Cast


  • Triumph - Fight the Good Fight
    (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)
  • Joe Walsh - Turn to Stone
    (plays when Sam and Dean are on their way to see Bobby)
  • Creedance Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
    (plays at the end of the episode, when they are hit by the truck)


  • Dean - Lives in Sunset Apartments, and owns a Yorkie that pees
  • Dean and Sam - Firefighters, in full turn out gear

Supernatural Beings

Interesting Things

Shirts the Boys Have Worn
PersonShirt Counts
Dean1 Blue
1 Gray
Sam1 Black
1 Red
Interesting Things That Have Happened
Baby damaged1
Baby driven by Sam1
Dean in back seat of Baby1
Dean knocked unconscious2
Dean lies to Sam1
Other cries1
Sam knocked unconscious1
Items That Have Shown Up
Items Shown
Devil's Trap
Holy Water
Key of Solomon
The Colt
Quotes People Have Said
Bitch (Dean)1
Sammy (Dean)1
Sammy (Other)6
Son of a bitch (Dean)3
Son of a bitch (Other)1
Total Count of Species
SpeciesNumber of Characters
Characters Who Are More Than 1 Species
Character NameSpecies
Who Died and How
CharacterCause of DeathKilled By
MegExorcisedSam Winchester
Meg MastersOther demon reasonMeg
TomShotDean Winchester


  • Unnamed motel (Rent) in Salvation, Iowa
    Rock-looking wall; blocky stain glass partition, orange double beds; sheers and brown curtains; gold sunrise pattern on wallpaper around kitchenette; dark wood kitchen tabletop with chrome legs with matching chairs

Pop Culture

Bobby: Hell, yeah. You get a demon in one - they're trapped. Powerless. It's like... a Satanic roach motel.
Roach Motel is a brand of roach bait, that uses scents to lure cockroaches into a compartment, where they become trapped, and unable to exit.
Bobby's tow truck has Lawrence County, South Dakota plates. Deadwood is the county seat of Lawrence County, and refers to Jim Beavers role in the HBO Western drama, Deadwood.
The name of Bobby's dog, Rumsfeld, is a reference to the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld (2001-2006).
The book flipping pages seemingly of its own accord during Meg's exorcism is a visual reference to a similar occurrence (in similar circumstances) in the Evil Dead films.
Meg's exorcism/interrogation scene could be considered a visual reference to the interrogation scene of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct, considering the similarities in styling (the short blonde hair), posing, and cinematography in certain shots.
"Steve Moffet" is the name on the side of the cab of the 18-wheeler. He is a writer and producer of the BBC TV shows Doctor Who and Sherlock.


Writing the Episode

  • "For a season finale, it's not action-packed at all, which I think was an interesting choice for us to make. The episode is two showdowns with two different demons, bookended, and with a little action in the middle. But the dramatic content of the scenes between all of them is so rich, and such monumental things happened, that I think we got away with it." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 116, 118
  • "At the time, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a very difficult actor to schedule because he was on our show and at the same time, and shuttling back and forth from Vancouver to L.A. He was in first position on Grey's Anatomy, so we had to work around their schedule, not vice versa, and they were using him a lot, so it was very difficult to steal Jeffrey away for one or two days to shoot was we needed him to shoot. We quickly realized that it would be impossible to have Dean or Sam kidnapped and have the whole episode be dad and one of the boys rescuing the other son because we knew we simply wouldn't have Jeffrey long enough in our schedule to get all the scenes shot. So fairly late in the process we changed it so it's dad who got kidnapped." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 118
  • Writing the episode came easy, once they knew what was going to happen. The demon would be exorcised from Meg, and she would die. Dad would be rescued, because the previous episode had him captured. Plus, the yellow-eyed demon would possess Dad.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 118
  • "Looking back, you say, 'Of course, that's how it had to be.' The whole year has been looking for dad, so of course the final push of the grand finale of the season would be one last very desperate search for dad. And of course it's dad who had to be possessed by the demon, because all the year the boys have been looking for two people - they've been looking for dad and they've been looking for the demon - and so it makes all the storytelling sense in the world that they'd find both of them at the same time... and that both of them would be in the same body. And the choice that would be presented to them of 'We can kill the demon, but it means having to kill dad.' The reality of the production motivated us to dig deeper and find the right solution. So much of our job is just there happy accidents - you really have to give yourself over to the fact that things happen for a reason." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 118-119
  • "We originally were going to kill dad at the end of season one. That was planned by about the middle of the year. The reason we made that choice was because looking for dad, in an odd sort of way, is a flaw in the story engine. It was dad off fighting the front line battle and the boys were playing catch up. Dad was actually off having more exciting adventures than the boys, and we believed that was a flaw. Dad needed to die so the boys could move to the front lines, as it were. We needed the boys to be able to explore, investigate and confront the yellow-eyed demon directly. Dad kinda kept the boys one step away from the fight, so we knew we had to remove dad and bring out boys closer to the fight. So originally we were going to kill him - that was going to be the big surprise at the end of the finale. They were going to climb out of that wreck, Sam and Dean were going to be barely alive, and dad was going to die in their arms. But it felt like it would've been the ultimate downer to kill dad on top of everything else, and we just couldn't bear the darkness that it would've framed the show in. So, very late in the draft, we said, 'You know what, we have to cliff-hang it with this car accident. We can't kill him now, it's too cruel to the boys after everything they'd been through." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 123-124

Casting Characters

  • This is the only episode Bobby Singer is in for Season 1.
  • There were quite a few articles written how much sarcasm the character had the first year with Nicki playing her. She did not realize she was doing it until she stepped away and was enjoying watching the sarcasm in Meg.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 140-141
  • "I think it's really important to see that this is just a young girl who was trapped in this demon body, doing all these horrible things, watching it almost list an out-of-body experience. And you see that in the last episode when they finally exorcise the demon from her body and then she's just broken and she dies, and admits all these awful things that she couldn't control. It was very important too, I think, to really show that vulnerable side, because all the way through the arc you don't really see her very vulnerable - she's always sharp-tongued, witty, smart, and always just trying to get what it is she needs and get what she wants. So that, to me, was the most important moment." - Nicki AycoxSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 140
  • The first couple episodes I did, I always thought, "well, that'll be it." It was a great experience, a great crew up there, and I was just happy for a job... [By the end of the season] we got to find out the history of these guys and the dynamic that played out between father and sons... I was shooting Grey's Anatomy simultaneously, ... So I remember that I was really tired and playing these two characters simultaneously and Supernatural was really cool... they shifted my schedule so I would shoot during the week with Grey's, fly to Vancouver and shoot Supernatural on the weekend, and I remember being pretty scattered, and Jared and Jensen and [director] Kim Manners really pulled me through that and helped me, which I'm forever grateful for, because I think those were some really great episodes that we got to do, fleshing out the dynamic between John and these kids. At that point it really became [shorthand] after we'd done a couple episodes; I felt like it was a really great father-son dynamic and we had come a long way - we were really fighting as one unit at that point. ~Jeffrey Dean MorganVariety, 'Supernatural' at 200: The Road So Far, An Oral History
  • "Being able to film with Jeffrey Dean Morgan was awesome. Not like it's not fun to work with Jensen, but it's really fun to work with another great actor. He always elicits some response from us that Jensen and I don't get from each other, because when he and I are in character and we're looking at Jeff, he's our dad, and there's just a way you feel when you look at your dad that you don't feel when you're looking at your brother, no matter what. It can only help our character development and the levels of Sam and Dean." - Jared PadaleckiSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 124-125
  • In Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, Guy Bews is listed as playing the husband (demon) and Monique Ganderton is listed as playing the wife (demon). However, IMDb has Guy Bews only for stunt work occasionally during Seasons 8 and 9. IMDb also has Monique Ganderton only in Hunted and The Magnificent Seven. Chad Bellamy is listed as playing the mechanic, but according to IMDb he only did stunts for Sympathy for the Devil. This mechanic is the man in the crows that the demon possesses to get back inside the Sunrise Apartments.
  • In The Hunter Games, there was a credit of "In Memory of Matt Riley 1971 - 2014". This is probably the same Matt Riley who played a firefighter in this episode.


  • In the Road So Far intro, there is a scene and a line from John talking with the boys in the motel that was filmed, but never made it into the final cut of Salvation. John: We finally know where this demon's gonna be. And now, we know how to kill it.
  • Doing to exorcism on Meg was rather difficult in trying to make it seem visually exciting, "when in reality four characters are all just standing talking to each other." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119
  • "I'd never shot an exorcism before. We had a girl tied to a chair. An I wanted to make it exciting, I wanted to give it a lot of movement. We were doing three-sixties and very tight shots. It had to be very powerful. This poor girl - she collapses on the floor and dies in Jensen's arms. It was very, very touching because Dean realized that he killed this young lady who was an innocent victim of this demon. That was an interesting character dynamic." - Kim MannersSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119
  • The exorcism was shot in about thirteen to fourteen hours straight, so by "the end, everyone was very tired and it was back and forth laughing and giddy, and then trying to focus and get back into it. But it definitely got a little bit slap-happy there in the end!" - Nicki AycoxSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119-120
  • Jared Padalecki remembers during Nicki's coverage, when she's laying down on the floor and dying, he just looked at her and thought, "Man, she's good!" and "Jeez, this girl can act." She's a sweet girl, and Jensen Ackles agrees. "I was really sad to see her go at the end of the first season."Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 120
  • The scene where Sam is running a salt line across the bedroom door, before throwing the duffel out of the window to Dean, supposedly John is on the fire escape with Dean, just out of sight. However, with the tight schedule of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's filming, it is most likely that John is not there. If he were, he'd be in the shot.
  • "We were in the one cabin for an extended period of time. That cabin had better be interesting, because we're spending a lot of time in it." - Production designer Jerry WanekSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119
  • "Because it was all done at night, and we had to create an entire forest, and then we had to build the cabin in the forest," Wanek continues, explaining how they created the setting. "So everything that you see in that sequence was all done on stage. We want to keep the audience engaged, so if we do not totally sell to people that this cabin is in the middle of that damn forest, they're going to switch the channel. For us, that was a huge thing to match the exterior forest. That's the key for that episode."Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119
  • "We have to get special people who put in special contact lenses so that the demon's eyes glow." - Producer Cyrus YavnehSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 119
  • That was a lot of fun - I got to create the Yellow-Eyed Demon. I remember for years after that, Jensen would call me because they would have to send tapes of that performance to all the other actors that took over the Yellow-Eyed Demon role, and I remember thinking that I wanted to do a Jack Nicholson-esque crazy motherf***** when I did that guy. I talked about it with Kim Manners and he was like, "yeah, man, that's what we wanna do." I remember that scene very well, because I couldn't see anything with the yellow contacts in, and they put sandbags on the ground and I was going from Jared to Jensen to Jared to Jensen. I would run into sandbags and realize "they must be in front of me now, I should talk." I couldn't see a foot in front of me, so that was cool. I did see that and thought it turned out pretty neat. It's always fun to play the bad guys. ~ Jeffrey Dean MorganVariety, 'Supernatural' at 200: The Road So Far, An Oral History
  • The biggest technical challenge was filming the crash finale. "We did it in an area that used to be an airport space and has flat roads. We had to spend a lot of money shoring up the dirt and putting culverts in so that the water would run through it, and then putting the sod on that. It was a one-shot deal, so we did it with multiple cameras. Kim placed the cameras perfectly." - Producer Cyrus YavnehSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 120
  • "When we broadsided the car, I wanted to have the camera in the car and I wanted the truck to come out of nowhere and hit the side of the car with the camera inside. When we shot the blue screen portion of it with Jeffery Dean in the foreground, we exploded the window right at him. Well, it's real glass, so to protect that we put a sheet of lexan in front of it, about a quarter of an inch away from the real glass. Then we put two cannons full of rubber glass below the frame. The timing has to be just right so that when we hit the knockers on the real glass it shatters, we blow the cannons full of rubber glass at Jeffery." - Kim MannersSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 121
  • "And then, when we cut to outside, we did a very big stunt where the truck was actually cabled on a ninety-degree winch to the car (the car had dummies in it). So as the truck was coming at it, it was pulling the car so it had to meet in the middle for a center punch. And what I wanted to do was center punch it and hit a cannon on the Impala and blow the Impala straight up in the air and at the camera and have it rolling in the air." - Kim MannersSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 121-122
  • "The Impala was supposed to do a barrel roll - like the worst car accident, like this crazy rolling car accident. The truck was supposed to just drive off into the night, and we see that the truck driver was a demon." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 122
  • "We hit this thing with the truck, the cannon went off - it put a hole in the pavement - but the car didn't flip because it was stuck into the bumper of the truck. Now the truck went out of control and there was a big ravine at this intersection, and just for protection we'd built a plywood and two-by-four bridge. Well, the car got married to the truck, and the truck went out of control. Thank God we had a great stuntman driving it, and he went over this plywood bridge. When I saw them headed in that direction, I though, 'My God, the truck is going to cave that thing in and it's going to flip the truck, and we're going to have a hell of a wreck.' Well, through the grace of God, that little plywood bridge held, and as luck would have it, the truck started to jackknife and the stuntman saved it. I had a camera in the field win the crash box, so he used his head and he said, 'I'm now gonna push this car right into that camera,' so it went right to black, which was a great cutting point. And that was all the stunt guy who made that decision when he was out of control in this truck, and it worked great." - Kim MannersSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 122
  • Jensen and Jared went out to see the stunt crash. Jensen took his own video camera, knowing it was going to be awesome. Jared was just hoping to keep his mouth shut and not tell his family, because he could not wait to see their faces or hear their reactions.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 122
  • Sound editor Mike Lawshe loves the way the sound mix worked out for the big crash scene. "The picture is a quadruple cut, and so you see truck, truck, truck, truck. And so you have to make the choice, is it more interesting - and I had to fight for it a little bit - to hear it crash, and then add another crash and add another crash, or the way that my lead editor was doing it on the show and I came up with, which is to intercut it to silence between each crash. So it goes by really fast - there are about eight frames or a little more than a fifth of a second pause between each of the crashes: 'Cra- Cra- Cra- Cra!' And it makes it worse because it's not just one continual action, it's like it's happening again and again. It's like someone rapid firing a shotgun at your head. It's coming at you over and over again. My dialogue editor, Karen, when she first saw it, she just screamed at the screen, and she was like, 'NOOOO!!!! I need to know!"Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 122-123


  • The Meaning of Episode Titles: "Devil's Trap" name elements key to the plot.
  • The subtitles on the DVD sections are:
    1. Looking for help.
    2. Fire alarm.
    3. One bullet.
    4. Different.
    5. Out of the night.
    6. End Credits.
  • This is the only season finale that doesn't feature the song "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas.
  • After this episode, Rumsfeld is never seen. It is assumed Meg kills the dog. Bobby, however, never gets another dog.
  • The apartment John is being held in is number 33.
  • "I think the season finale was pretty spectacular. A real nice balance of a cliffhanger and giving the audience a certain amount of answers to what's been going on. I thought that episode was one of the strongest, and I was very pleased because you wanna end on your best footing - especially the first season of a brand new show - and I think we did." - Co-executive producer John ShibanSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 125
  • Inside the Legend: Devil's Trap


  • John was captured in Salvation, and the boys are trying to rescue him.
  • Bobby Singer shows up for the first time. He's a close family friend, who is a father figure to the boys.
  • First use of a Devil's Trap, which is a major sigil used in the series.
  • The demon Meg is exorcised from Meg Masters.
  • The first time a demon is killed - Dean shoots Tom with The Colt to save Sam.
  • This is the first known instance of a host overthrowing their possessor - John is able to take control for a few seconds from Azazel.


  • Nikki jumped her line so Jared actually missed a word in the exorcism, when he says the line: "omnis satanica potestas, omnis incuriso infernalis adversarii, e omnis legio, onmis congregatio, et secta diabolica." Meg grimaces in pain before he can say "diabolica", so he only says "dia".
  • The firefighter didn't have an axe in his hand downstairs before becoming possessed. The axe is, however, in his hand when they come barging into the apartment.


Bobby: Here ya go.
Dean: What is this - holy water?
Bobby: That one is.
(Bobby holds out the other flask.)
Bobby: This is whiskey.
Bobby: Nonsense. Your Daddy needs help.
Dean: Yeah, but last time we saw you, I mean, you did threaten to blast him full of buckshot. Cocked the shotgun and everything.
Bobby: Yeah, well, what can I say? John just has that effect on people.
Bobby: I'll tell you something else, too. This is some serious crap you boys stepped in.
Sam: Oh, yeah? How's that?
Bobby: Normal year, I hear of, say, three demonic possessions? Maybe four, tops?
Dean: Yeah?
Bobby: This year I heard of 27, so far. You get what I'm sayin'? More and more demons are walkin' among us. A lot more.
Sam: Do you know why?
Bobby: No, but I know it's somethin' big. Storm's comin'. And you boys, your daddy? You are smack in the middle of it.
Meg: Didn't I say 'no more crap'? I swear - after everything I heard about you Winchesters, I got to tell you, I'm a little underwhelmed. First Johnny tries to pawn off a fake gun, and then he leaves the real gun with you two chuckleheads. Lackluster, man. I mean, did you really think I wouldn't find you?
(Dean steps up behind her.)
Dean: Actually, we were counting on it.
(Meg turns to look at him. Dean stares at her and then looks up at the ceiling. Meg also looks up and sees a large protective symbol etched there.)
Dean: Gotcha.
Dean: Where's our father, Meg?
Meg: You didn't ask very nice.
Dean: Where's our father, bitch?
Meg: Jeez. You kiss your mother with that mouth? Oh, I forgot, you don't.
Bobby: You just go find your Dad. And when you do, you bring him around, woudya? I won't even try to shoot him this time.
Dean: I don't care! Sam. I don't care what Dad wants, okay? And since when do you care what Dad wants?
Sam: We want to kill this demon. You used to want that, too! Hell, I mean, you're the one who came and got me at school!
Sam: You're the one who dragged me back into this, Dean! I'm just trying to finish it!
(A beat. Dean looks up at Sam, and back down, shaking his head. He looks back up.)
Dean: Well, you and Dad are a lot more alike than I thought, you know that? You both can't wait to sacrifice yourself for this thing. But you know what? I'm gonna be the one to bury you!
(Sam doesn't answer. Dean drops his head again, before looking back up.)
Dean: You're selfish, you know that? You don't care about anything but revenge.
Sam: That's not true, Dean. I want Dad back.
Sam: Wait. Wait.
Dean: What?
Sam: He could be possessed, for all we know.
Dean: What, are you nuts?
Sam: Dean. We got to be sure.
(Dean pauses, looking down at Dad. Sam takes a flask of holy water out of the duffle bag and sprinkles it on John. It has no effect. John moans and starts to come around. He lifts his head to look at Sam with difficulty.)
John: Sam? Why are you splashing water on me?
Dean: Hey, Sam?
Sam: Yeah?
Dean: You know that guy I shot?
Dean: There was a person in there.
Sam: You didn't have a choice, Dean.
Dean: Yeah, I know. That's not what bothers me.
Sam: Then what does?
Dean: Killing that guy, killing Meg. I didn't hesitate, I didn't even flinch. For you or Dad, the things I'm willing to do or kill, it's just, uh, huh... it scares me sometimes.
(Dean looks back down. John comes into the room.)
John: It shouldn't. You did good.
Dean: You're not mad?
John: For what?
Dean: Using a bullet.
John: Mad? I'm proud of ya. You know, Sam and I, we can get pretty obsessed. But you-you... you watch out for this family. You always have.
Dean: Dad, Sam tried to shoot the demon in Salvation. It vanished.
John: This is me. I won't miss. Now, the gun, hurry.
(Dean hesitates and looks down at the gun. He looks back up at John, suspiciously.)
John: Son, please.
(Dean starts to back up a few steps, still looking at John.)
John: Give me the gun. What are you doing, Dean?
Dean: He'd be furious.
John: What?
Dean: That I wasted a bullet. He wouldn't be proud of me, he'd tear me a new one.
(John just looks at him as Dean raises the gun, pointing it at him and cocking it.)
Dean: You're not my Dad.
Sam: It's you, isn't it?
(Azazel smiles.)
Sam: We've been looking for you for a long time.
John/Azazel: Well, you found me.
Sam: But the holy water?
John/Azazel: You think something like that works on something like me?
Sam: I'm gonna kill you!
John/Azazel: Oh, that'd be a neat trick. In fact,
(John/Azazel puts the Colt down on the table.)
John/Azazel: here. Make the gun float to you there, psychic boy.
John/Azazel: Ha-ha. Well, this is fun. I could've killed you a hundred times today, but this...
(John/Azazel exhales.)
John/Azazel: this is worth the wait.
Sam: I wanna know why. Why'd you do it?
John/Azazel turns to Sam.
John/Azazel: You mean why did I kill Mommy and pretty little Jess?
Sam: Yeah.
John/Azazel: You wanna know why? Because they got in the way.
Sam: In the way of what?
John/Azazel: My plans for you, Sammy. You, and all the children like you.
Dean: Listen, you mind just getting this over with, huh? Cause I really can't stand the monologuing.
John/Azazel: Funny, but that's all part of your M.O., isn't it? Masks all that nasty pain. Masks the truth.
Dean: Oh, yeah? What's that?
John/Azazel: You know, you fight and you fight for this family, but the truth is - they don't need you. Not like you need them. Sam? He's clearly John's favorite. Even when they fight, it's more concern than he's ever shown you.
(Dean's lips curl up in a snarky smile.)
Dean: I bet you're real proud of your kids, too, huh? Oh wait, I forgot. I wasted 'em.
John: Sammy!! It's still alive. It's inside me. I can feel it. You shoot me. You shoot me! You shoot me in the heart, son!
(Sam cocks and aims the gun at John.)
John: Do it now!
Dean: Sam, don't you do it.
John: Sam.
Dean: Don't you do it!
John: You've gotta hurry. I can't hold onto it much longer! You shoot me, son! Shoot me! Son, I'm begging you! We can end this here and now! Sammy!!
Dean: (whispers) Sam, no.
John: You do this! Sammy!!
(Sam can't shoot, slowly lowering the gun. John is devastated.)
John: Sam...
Sam: Look, just hold on, alright? The hospital's only ten minutes away.
John: I'm surprised at you, Sammy. Why didn't you kill it? I thought we saw eye-to-eye on this? Killing this demon comes first. Before me, before everything.
(Sam looks in the rear view mirror at Dean, who is looking back steadily at Sam.)
Sam: No, sir. Not before everything. Look, we've still got the Colt. We still have the one bullet left. We just have to start over, alright? I mean, we already found the demon onc-
(An eighteen wheeler suddenly slams into the passenger side of the Impala at full speed, driving it sideways in front of it, glass going everywhere.)