Supernatural – Season 1 – Episode 21 – Salvation
The Road So Far…
The episode opens with Meg walking into a church in Blue Earth, Minnesota, where she tells a priest she needs to talk. She reveals herself as a demon to the priest, who says she can’t be there because it’s hallowed ground. She responds that it doesn’t work with her, implying that she’s a higher-level demon.
Meg asks the priest about the Winchesters, and the priest apparently knows John, but he says he would never tell her, so Meg slits his throat.
The next scene picks up with John showing the brothers everything he’s found on the demon so far. The demon is going after families with infants on the night of their six-month birthday.
In the days before the demon hits, signs such as electrical storms, cattle deaths and temperature fluctuations occur. John went back and checked and those things happened in Lawrence a week before their mother died and in Palo Alto before Jessica died. The signs are showing up again in Salvation, Iowa.
John gets a call that Pastor Murphy (the priest from the opening scene) is dead.
While looking for kids that fit the bill of turning six months old, Sam starts getting psychic flashes again, as well as the accompanying headaches. Sam then sees the woman from his psychic vision walking along the street with a baby, Rosie, in a stroller. It turns out Rosie is six months old this day.
Sam tells John and Dean about his vision. John is very skeptical, but Dean backs Sam up, leading to a light confrontation.
Meg calls Sam. She wants to talk to John. She reveals that she was the one to kill Jim Murphy. She also reveals that she’s in Lincoln. She’s with Caleb, a friend of John’s. Caleb tells John not to give in to Meg. Meg wants the Colt. John won’t give up anything and Meg slits Caleb’s throat. Meg tells John she will kill everyone he loves and everyone who has ever helped him unless he gives the bad guys the gun. John concedes and says he’ll bring her the Colt. They finally catch up to the fact that Meg is either a demon or possessed by a demon.
Dean buy an antique gun to be a replacement for the actual Colt. John plans to take it to Meg while Dean and Sam kill the demon.
John shows up at the meeting place and blesses a container filled with water. (Can you do that? Is John some sort of priest?) Meg shows up, another demon in tow. She demands the gun. John gives it to her. The other demon shoots Meg, who doesn’t die, proving the gun is fake.
Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are still sitting in the car when the radio starts broadcasting static, a sign the demon is coming. They run into the house.
After saving the family from the yellow-eyed demon, the brothers return to their hotel room and try to get in touch with their father, where they of course begin arguing.
When they still haven’t heard from John, Dean calls again. Meg picks up his phone and says they’re never going to see their father again.
When John is discovered as having brought a fake gun, he makes a run for it, the demons chasing him. He gets to a point and then stops and turns on a water valve. The demons can’t cross it because it’s holy water, so John gets away.
The owner of the house attacks Dean, thinking he’s an intruder. He tries to explain, but it obviously doesn’t work. Sam is able to run up the stairs and he sees the demon and takes a shot at it with the Colt right before it kills the woman. Unfortunately, the bullet just goes through the wall as if the yellow-eyed demon were an apparition. Dean gets in the room and lifts the baby out of the crib right before the crib bursts into flames.
Back in the warehouse, John pauses a moment to calls the boys, when he goes flying and the male demon is there. He holds John up against the wall using some sort of telekinetic powers, not unlike what the yellow-eyed demon does to the mothers of six-month old infants.
Dean stops Sam from going into the enflamed house to try to stop the yellow-eyed demon. Later, in their hotel room, Sam is bitter about it and says they could have ended things if Dean had let him go in. Dean says he just would have ended up dead and that going after the demon isn’t worth dying over, something that is somewhat revelatory to Sam.
Sam gets angry and says that their mother and Jess died because of him, because the demon was after Sam. Dean tells him it’s not his fault and it’s all of their problem.
John is upset because Dean didn’t call him when Sam started getting visions. Dean calls him out on always being unavailable and John concedes his point.
Sam thanks Dean for always having his back, saying he’s thanking him just in case.
After preventing Sam from running into the burning house after the yellow-eyed demon, Dean tells Sam that no matter what they do, it won’t bring them back and then he ends up slamming Dean up against the wall.
John gives Sam and Dean the Colt to kill the yellow-eyed demon, which shows how much he trusts them.
Impersonation of the Week:
John gets in on the fake Ids this week, posing as a cop. Sam and Dean also pose as cops.
Sam suggests they tell the family that there’s a gas leak to get them out of the house for a few hours. Dean points out that it never works. It’s funny to see the characters within the show acknowledge how bad the brothers are at impersonating people.
State of the Week:
“Call you? You kidding me? Dad, I called you from Lawrence. Sam called you when I was dying. Getting you on the phone? I got a better chance of winning the lottery.” – Dean
“You’re right. Although I’m not too crazy about this new tone of yours, you’re right. I’m sorry.” – John
“This is what war looks like. It has casualties.” – Meg
“I want to stop losing people we love. I want you to go to school. I want Dean to have a home. I want Mary alive. I just want this to be over” – John
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this fight and I’m not gonna be in it. It’s up to you boys now. It’s your fight. You finish this. You finish what I started, you understand?” – John
“We’ll see you soon, Dad.” – John
“I wonder how Dad’s doing?” – Sam
“I’d feel a lot better if we were there backing him up.” – Dean
“I’d feel a lot better if he were here backing us up.” – Sam
“Nobody’s dying tonight. Not us, not that family, nobody, except that demon. That evil son of a bitch isn’t getting any older than tonight, you understand me?” – Dean
“Sam, I want to waste it, I do, okay, but it’s not worth dying over.” – Dean
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