On a mission to save their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) from Meg (guest star Nicki Aycox), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) seek help from an old family friend, Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver). 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.
The episode was written by Eric Kripke directed by Kim Manners.
Meg has John! Sam wants to stay and wait for the demon, but Dean wants to trade the gun for their dad. Sam notes that their dad may be dead, but Dean refuses to believe it. He does acknowledge that they need help. They go to Bobby, another hunter, who tells them the Winchesters are obviously stirring something up – demonic possessions have skyrocketed. Before they can ponder that, Meg busts down the door. She flings Dean to the side and starts advancing on Sam and Bobby. But it was a trap! The guys have inscribed a protective circle on the ceiling, which Bobby describes as a “Satanic roach motel.” Meg is powerless. Dean interrogates Meg, indulging in a little violence when she gets lippy. Bobby warns him to be careful – Meg’s possessed. There’s a human being in there. Dean has Sam perform an exorcism as he pumps Demon Meg for more information about their dad. The demon is obviously in pain, and finally admits that John is still alive – for now. Dean tells Sam to complete the exorcism – even though the demon is the only thing keeping the human Meg alive after falling out of a window and being shot. The demon is vanquished. The human Meg thanks the guys for exorcizing the demon, and gives the guys some clues to John’s location, then dies.
To the rescue
Sam inscribes a mystical symbol on the car’s trunk – with that, demons won’t be able to get to the gun. Dean is appalled – they’re trading the gun for their dad! Sam convinces him that they can’t bring the gun with them. They find where the demon is keeping John – it’s an apartment building, full of innocent civilians, and any one of them could be possessed by a demon. The guys decide to trip the fire alarm to get the humans out. They do, and everyone pours out of the building – except for one couple. The guys steal protective equipment and sneak into the building disguised as firefighters. They trap the possessed people in the closet, then find John tied to the bed. He’s bloody, but alive. Sam insists on sprinkling him with holy water, just so they can be sure he’s not possessed. John passes the test, and the guys drag him out of the building. They’re ambushed by a couple more possessed people, including the demon who was with Meg at the warehouse. He jumps Sam and is beating him to a pulp when Dean shoots him with the gun. Dean took it inside despite what he agreed to with Sam. The demon – and his human host – dies.
The guys take their dad to a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere. Sam wards off demons by pouring salt around the perimeter. He thanks Dean for saving his life. Dean admits that he’s a little freaked out by how wiling he was to kill even human beings when his family is on the line. John wakes up. Dean asks if John is pissed at him for wasting a bullet, but John tells him he’s proud of him. Sam and John get obsessed, John says, but Dean watches out for the family. The lights start to go wonky – the demon is here! John sends Sam out to check the lines of salt, and asks Dean for the gun. Dean starts to hand it over, then hesitates. His real father would be furious that he wasted a bullet, Dean says as he aims the gun at John. You’re not my dad.
Sam runs into the room and asks what the hell is going on. John says Dean has gone nuts – if Sam wants to kill the demon that killed their mom and Jess, Sam needs to trust him. Sam sides with Dean. John tells Dean to shoot him if he’s so convinced he’s the demon. Dean can’t. John laughs, and his eyes go orange. He pins the guys against opposite walls, and the gun goes flying. He sneers that holy water doesn’t work on something like him. Sam fumes that he’ll kill the demon, but possessed John scoffs “make the gun float to you there, psychic boy!” Sam can’t. Possessed John gloats that trapping them this way is loads of fun, and that human John is in there with him, “trapped inside his own meat suit.” The demons possessing Meg and the man Dean killed were this demon’s children, and he wants revenge. Sam asks why the demon killed their mom and Jess. They got in the way of my plans for you and all the children like you, the demon replies. Dean snarks to get the demon’s attention, and possessed John turns on him – that tough-guy act is just there to mask the pain you feel because your family doesn’t need you the way you need them! Sam is John’s favorite; he’s never cared about you! The demon uses his powers to attack Dean, and Dean starts bleeding copiously. “Dad, don’t you let it kill me! Daddy, please!” Dean begs. He passes out. The demon lets John resurface so he can see what’s happened. This releases Sam, who grabs the gun. The demon comes back: “You kill me; you kill daddy,” the demon says. “I know,” Sam replies – and shoots him in the leg. John falls, and the demon is wounded. John yells that he demon is still alive inside him, and demands that Sam shoot him in the heart right now to kill it. Dean begs him not to do it. Sam doesn’t shoot. The demon leaves John.
Sam pulls John and Dean into the car and drives to the hospital. John is furious that Sam didn’t kill the demon (and John himself) when he had the chance – killing this demon comes before everything! Sam looks at Dean, pale and bloody, in the rearview mirror and disagrees. We still have the gun and one bullet left. We can start over! Before John can respond, a huge truck slams into the passenger side of the car. The driver has the block eyes of one possessed by demons. All the Winchesters are unconscious and bloody in the car.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as John Winchester
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“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Fight the Good” Fight by Triumph
“Turn to Stone” by Joe Walsh
Sam: I want to know why?
John: (possessed) What? why, I killed mommy and pretty little Jess?
John: (possessed) You know, Sam never told you this, but he was going to ask Jess to marry him. Been shopping for rings, and everything. You want to know why?!
John: (possessed) Because they got in the way.
Sam: In the way of what?!
John: (possessed) In the way of my plans for you and all the other kids like you.
Bobby: (handing Dean one of two flasks) Here you go.
Dean: What is this, holy water?
Bobby: That one is. This is whiskey.
Dean: Boy, you and Dad are a lot more alike that 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!
Meg: He begged for his life with tears in his eyes. He begged to see his sons one last time and that’s when I slit his throat.
Dean: For your sake, I hope you’re lying. Cause if it’s true, I swear to God I will march into hell myself and I will slaughter each and every one of you evil sons of *****es, so help me God!
Meg: Jeez, you kiss your mother with that mouth? Oh I forgot, you don’t.
Meg: That’s kind of a turn-on, you hitting a girl.
Dean: You’re no girl.
Dean: I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.
Sam: What? You never told me that!
Dean: I swear to God…
John: (possessed) What? What are you and God gonna do?
John: (possessed) Your dad, he’s in here with me. Trapped inside his own meat suit. He say’s “Hi,” by the way.
Dean: Listen, you want to just get this over with, huh, cause I really can’t stand the monologuing.
Sam: I’m gonna kill you.
John: (possessed) Oh, that would be a neat trick. In fact, here, make the gun float to you there, psychic boy.
Meg: I swear, after everything I heard about you Winchesters, 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: Actually, we were counting on it.
Sam: And these, uh, these protective circles, they really work?
Bobby: Hell yeah, you get a demon in one, they’re trapped, powerless. It’s like a satanic roach motel.
Dean: You know that guy I shot? 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 scares me sometimes.
John: (possessed) What? You are the only one who can have a family? You destroyed my children. How would you feel if I have killed your family? Oh…that’s right, I forgot, I did. Still, two wrongs don’t make a right.
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: No, sir, not before everything.
John: (possessed) Sam, he’s clearly John’s favorite. Even when they fight, its more concern than he’s ever showin’ you.
Dean: Yeah, I bet you’re real proud of your kids, too. Huh? Oh wait, I forgot, I wasted them!
Bobby: You think you guys invented lying to the cops. I’ll figure something out.
Meg: You know, if you wanted to tie me up, all you had to do was ask.
Meg: You son of a bitch, you promised!
Dean: I lied!
Dean: Where’s our father, Meg?
Meg: You didn’t ask very nice.
Dean: Where’s our father, bitch?
Sam: Hey, uh, Dean? Ummm…You saved my life back there.
Dean: So I guess you’re glad I brought the gun, huh?
Sam: I’m trying to thank you here.
Dean: You’re welcome.
Dean: What’s happening? Is there a fire?
Firefighter: Sir, you have to stand back.
Dean: Well, I got a yorkie upstairs and he pees when he’s nervous.
Dean: No, you’re gonna burn in Hell, unless you tell us where our dad is. (no response) Well at least you’ll get a nice tan.
Trivia: Bobby’s dog is never seen or mentioned again.
When Bobby is talking to Sam about the Key of Solomon, you can see Dean in the background, mouthing his next lines.
At the end of the episode, when Sam is driving his dad and Dean to the hospital, Sam looks in the rearview mirror to look at Dean. When we see Dean in the mirror, he is in a different position than we we see him behind Sam.
When Sam was drawing the “Devil’s Trap” on Dean’s car, Dean smears the drawing making the trap useless.
When Dean realizes that John is possessed and pulls the gun out on him, for a brief moment following the commercial break you can see Jensen Ackles looking at the camera waiting for his acting cue. Shortly, after you see his eyes shift to Jeffrey Dean Morgan and they begin the scene.
This marks Bobby’s first appearance.
“Bobby Singer”, friend of the family Dean seeks out for help, is a shout-out to executive producer Robert Singer.
Bobbys dog’s name Rumsfeld is an allusion to Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932), the 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Dean: Oh we’re going for it, baby. Head spinning, projectile vomiting, the whole nine yards.
Refering to the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist, in which a young girl is possessed by a demon. The movie was written by William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the novel it was based upon.
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