Sam (Jared Padalecki) has a vision of a family being attacked in the same manner as the attack on his mom, so he, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) head off to Salvation, Iowa, to save this family and finally kill the demon using the Colt gun. However, Meg (guest star Nicki Aycox) calls and lets the family know she is going to start killing their friends unless they return the gun. John meets Meg to deliver a fake gun, while the boys are left to deal with the demon.
The episode was written by Sera Gamble & Raelle Tucker and directed by Robert Singer.
A young blond woman tells a priest in his church that she needs forgiveness. The priest says everyone can be forgiven… but then the blond brings up her throat-slitting habit, and her eyes go all demonic and dark. Yep, it’s Meg, the bane of the Winchester family. The priest runs to his holy weapons locker, but Meg follows. She kills him.
John has detected a pattern around the demon that killed their mother. It’s going after families with six-month-old infants. The week before it strikes, there are cattle deaths, temperature fluctuations, electrical storms. He’s pinpointed where the next attack will be – Salvation, Iowa. John wants to go there and check up on every family with a child who is about to turn six months old.
John pulls off the road on the way to Salvation – he’s just gotten word that Pastor Jim was killed, his throat slashed in his own church. The guys split up check hospital records. Sam gets a vision of a child’s nursery and hears a train outside the window. He follows the tracks and gets more visions, of the house and the doomed mother. He sees the woman from his vision walking with a baby carriage. The mother, Monica, tells him her daughter, Rosie, is such a good baby – sometime it seems like she’s reading your mind! When Monica walks away, Sam gets more visions of the impending death and destruction – he sees Monica confront a figure in the nursery, then get pinned to the ceiling and start bleeding.
Sam tells John and Dean what he saw. John is shocked that Sam is having visions, and enraged that Dean didn’t call him about them. Dean confronts him – don’t you remember me calling you when we went to Lawrence, and Sam calling you when I was, oh, I dunno, dying? Oh yeah, that. John apologizes. The phone rings. It’s Meg, demanding to talk to John. Meg tells John she’ll go on slaughtering everyone he’s ever known and cared for unless he hands over the magic gun. He’s got until midnight tonight to bring the gun to Lincoln, Nebraska. Come alone. John agrees. The guys are appalled, until John tells them he’s going to try to bluff – he’ll take a fake gun, and the guys will use the real one to protect Monica and her daughter – and kill the demon.
The Winchesters prepare to go their separate ways. John warns the guys that there are only four magic bullets left – make them count. Dean begs John to be careful, and tells him to run like hell if things go south. Ditto for you, John says. Now go finish what I started.
John goes to the creepy abandoned warehouse Meg specified. Before meeting her, he does some prep work, chanting over a water cistern and dropping a rosary in it. He meets Meg and her demonic partner. John hands over the gun, and Meg’s partner examines it – then shoots Meg in the chest. Meg is pissed, but not dead. Now they know John was bluffing. John runs away and turns on the water. Meg and her partner sneer, but when they try to walk into the water, they start to sizzle – John’s chanting and rosary turned the building’s water supply into holy water. John escapes – for the moment. But his tires are slashes, so he can’t escape. Meg and her partner eventually catch up with him, and they’re not happy. They hoist John up against the building.
The guys stake out Monica’s house, waiting for the demon. Sam thanks Dean for always being there for him – you know, just in case. Dean doesn’t want to hear that speech – they’re both going to come out of this alive! The radio goes fuzzy, and the guys know the demon is making its move. They storm the house, and Monica’s husband thinks they’re thugs. While Dean restrains him, Sam runs up to the nursery. Monica is being dragged up the wall when Sam bursts in. He sees the demon with orange eyes and shoots, but the demon disappears before the bullet hits him. Dean grabs the baby and Sam drags Monica out of the house as the crib bursts into flames. Everyone makes it out, but Sam sees that the demon is still in there. Sam wants to go back in, but Dean stops him – it’s suicide! The demon disappears.
Back at the hotel room, Dean frantically tries to contact John. Sam is nearly catatonic – why didn’t Dean let him go back in house, he could have ended everything! Dean won’t let him throw his life way, and if Sam living means they never kill the demon, so be it. Sam throws Dean against the wall – this is the thing that killed their mom, and Jess! Yeah, and they’re gone – they’re never coming back, Dean replies. You’re still here, and you and dad are all I have. Sam comes to his senses. The guys try to call John again. Meg picks up the phone and tells them they’ll never see their father again.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as John Winchester
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as Pastor Jim Murphy
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as Hospital Recptionist
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Episode Screen Caps:
“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas
Dean: Sam, I wanna waste it. I do, okay? But it’s not worth dying over!
Dean: I mean it! If hunting this demon means you getting yourself killed, then I hope we never find the damn thing!
Meg: Well, I’ve lied… a lot. I’ve stolen. I’ve lusted. And the other day I met this man – a nice guy, you know? And we had a really good chat…sort of like this. Then I slit his throat and ripped his heart out through his chest. (her eyes turn black) Does that make me a bad person?
Pastor Jim: I like to say, salvation was created for sinners.
John: I’m going to kill you.
Meg: Oh, John, please – mind your blood pressure.
Sam: I wonder how Dad’s doing.
Dean: I’d feel a lot better if we were there backing him up.
Sam: I’d feel a lot better if he were here backing us up.
Dean: You said yourself once, that no matter what we do, they’re gone and they’re never coming back.
Sam: Don’t you say that, not you, not after all this, don’t you say that!
Dean: Sam, look. The three of us, that’s all we have. And it’s all I have. Sometimes I feel like I’m barely holding it together, man. And without you or Dad…
Sam: Maybe we could tell them there’s a gas leak, that might get them out of the house for a few hours.
Dean: Yeah, and how many times has that actually worked for us?
Sam: Yeah. (long pause) We could always tell them the truth.
Sam and Dean: (in unison) Naaah.
Meg: You’re dead, John. Your boys are dead.
John: I never used the gun, how could I know it wouldn’t work?
Meg: I am so not in the mood for this, I’ve just been shot!
John: Well then, I guess you’re lucky the gun wasn’t real.
Meg: That’s funny, John. We’re gonna strip the skin from your bones, but that was funny.
Sam: Dean, uh, I want to thank you.
Dean: For what?
Sam: For everything. You’ve always had my back, you know. Even when I couldn’t count on anyone, I could always count on you. And, uh, I just wanted to let you know, just in case.
Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, you kidding me?
Dean: Don’t say just in case something happens to you, I don’t want to hear that freaking speech, man. Nobody’s dying tonight, not us, not that family, nobody. Except that demon. That evil son of a biches ain’t getting any older than tonight, understand me?
John: Alright, something like this starts happening to your brother, you pick up the phone and you call me.
Dean: Call you? Are you kidding me? Dad, I called you from Lawrence, alright. Sam called you when I was dying. I mean, getting you on the phone, I got a better chance of winning the lottery.
John: You’re right. Although I’m not real crazy about this new tone of yours, you’re right.
Hospital Recptionist: Hi, is there anything I can do for you?
Dean: Oh god, yes.
Pastor Jim: I know what you are. You can’t be here. This is hallowed ground!
Meg: Please, maybe that works in the minor leagues, but not with me.
Meg: You shot me! I can’t believe you just shot me!
Talking about the Colt in the previous episode, “Dead Man’s Blood” John said that thirteen bullets were created, and half a dozen were used. Onscreen images showed thirteen bullets then seven bullets. Now John says only four bullets are left. One was used on the vampire last episode, so where are the other two?
The road sign at the Salvation town limits has what appears to be a Bible verse on it: “Are you ready for Judgement Day? – JW 2:27”.
However, “JW” does not refer to any book of the Bible, so this verse does not exist.
In freeze-frame, you can see that the dagger the priest throws at Meg has “God’s Eye” inscribed on it, along with other mystic markings.
At 04:34, there’s a note John posted on the wall. It says “sleep easy motel” with a picture of the demon (?) holding an orb of some sort, the gun (with the words ‘the one only one’ and ‘SAM’), and there’s a phone number – 555-0918 with the name Gerry.
John yells at Dean for not telling him about Sam’s visions. In the episode “Home,” Missouri says “that boy has such powerful abilities, why he couldn’t sense his own father, I have no idea”. When she said that John was sitting right there. He acted like he didn’t know what was happening but he knew 11 episodes ago.
This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television – Short Form.
First episode to feature a “To Be Continued…” at the end.
The town of Salvation, Iowa, is fictional.
This episode opens with “The Road So Far” – a series of clips accompanied by music showing what has happened in the season to date.
Meg: Still there, John-Boy?
Referring to the 1970s TV show The Waltons – The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream.
The signature scene that closed each episode was the voice-overs, where each character bids the other good-night: “Good night, Mary-Ellen.” “Good night, Jim-Bob.” “Good night, Elizabeth.” “Good night, Ben,” etc., until the last good-night from John Walton, Sr. to his son: “Good night, John-Boy.” “Good night, everyone” The show ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981.
Meg: Wabash and Lake.
That is the same location of one of the exits near the end of the first Matrix, albeit in a different city.
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