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Screencap from Salvation.
Title Salvation
Episode # Season 1, Episode 21
First aired 27 April, 2006
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Sera Gamble
Raelle Tucker
On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0772002/
Outline The Winchesters attempt to deal with demons and prevent the Yellow-Eyed Demon murdering another mother the way Mary died.
Monster Demons
Timeline 29-31 October, 2006 (speculation)
Location(s) Blue Earth, Minnesota
Manning, Colorado
Salvation, Iowa
[[{{{prevep}}}|« Previous Episode]] | [[{{{nextep}}}|Next Episode »]]


Blue Earth, Minnesota – A priest is reading the Bible at his Alter. A young, blonde woman enters seeking solace. The priest encourages her to speak as “Salvation is there for all who seek it” but, when he sees her black eyes, the priest retreats in horror to an underground office. It is fitted out with the tools of a Hunter, with research and runes spanning the walls. Our young blonde follows him kicking in the barred doors. He demands, “What do you want?” and she demands the Winchesters who he refuses to betray. She slits his throat.

Back in Manning, Colorado, John is sharing his research of the last 20 years with Sam and Dean. He explains the trail he has followed and the telltale signs. Sam’s guilt at being the cause of the death of both Mary and Jess turns into anger and pain. But neither John nor Dean allow him to wallow. John sees the signs starting again and is intent on saving another family from the pain and loss suffered by the Winchesters. The 3 hunters head out to Salvation, Iowa.

On the road, John receives the news that Pastor Jim Murphy has been murdered. It is believed to be demons. John feels the pressure to hurry, to find the next family on the demons list. In despair, John mourns his friend and states “This ends…now…I’m ending it. I don’t care what it takes”.

Overcome by the size of their task, they split up to cover more territory. As Sam leaves the medical centre where he has been reviewing birth records, he has a vision of the demons next target. Following the signs in his vision he meets the young mother Monica and her daughter, Rosie. Unable to warn her, he returns to Dean and John. John is angry that the boys hadn’t told him before about Sam’s visions. Dean angrily states he would have had better winning the lottery than reaching his father on the phone. John agrees reluctantly with Dean. Interrupting, Sam’s phone rings and Meg, our blonde from the church, demands to speak with John. Informing him that she murdered Jim Murphy and today she is with Caleb. She wants The Colt.

In desperation John plays dumb and Meg kills Caleb. Capitulating, John offers her the Colt, but typically, he has a plan. To substitute a fake colt for the real one. In an emotional revelation, he admits again that he needs this job to be over. When Dean returns with the fake colt, he pleads with John to not throw his life away, he’s no good to them dead. John responds by handing the task of killing the demon to the boys, to finish the job he started.

John arrives in Lincoln to meet Meg. He cases the territory for escape routes and traps. It is apparent he doesn’t plan to fail or die. While the boys stand watch over Monica and her family, John confronts Meg. She is joined by another demon - scary and silent. John hands the gun to Meg and she in turn hands it off to the other, asking if they think it’s the real thing? Without warning he shoots Meg. In shock and anger, Meg rounds on John now that it is obvious the gun isn’t the real Colt. Making his escape John finds his truck’s tires have been slashed. Running, he finds himself in a dead end and trapped.

Meanwhile, recognizing the signs, the boys break into the house in attempt to save Monica and Rosie. Racing to the nursery Sam faces the demon over Rosie’s crib and after hesitating for a second, fires off a shot but the demon vanishes. Grabbing Monica as Dean saves Rosie, they race them from the burning house. Dean stops Sam from trying to reenter the burning building to reach the demon.

Back at the hotel room, while is Dean is anxiously trying to contact John, Sam is angry that he stopped him from going after the Demon. Dean confronts him about his desire for revenge and self sacrifice, stating that if it means Sam getting himself killed, he hopes they never find it. Sam’s anger boils over and Sam pushes Dean into an emotional confession. Shocking Sam into the present, his focus shifts back to John. Dean tries his father’s phone again, it is answered by Meg and to their horror she promises they will never see their father again…

To Be Continued…





Meg (to pastor Jim): 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. (She blinks and her eyes are suddenly completely black) Does that make me a bad person?
John: Alright, something like this start 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.
Dean: I mean it. If hunting this demon means you getting yourself killed - then I hope we never find the damn thing.

Sam: That thing killed Jess. That thing killed Mom.
Dean: You said it yourself once – that no matter what we do, they’re gone. And they’re never coming back.
Sam: Don’t you say that! Don’t you.... not after all this, don’t you say that.

Dean: Sam, look... The three of us, that’s all we have. And that’s all I have. Sometimes I feel like I’m barely holding it together, man. Without you and Dad.....

Trivia & References

When Sam slams Dean against the wall, it mirrors the scene in the Pilot where Dean slams Sam against the bridge when he questions the family mission.
The location of the warehouse where John is supposed to meet Meg, Wabash and Lake, is used several times in the Matrix trilogy.
John stays in the Sleep Easy Motel. This may be considered a reference to the Simpsons episode The Cartridge Family. In this episode, Marge and the children stay at the Sleep Eazy Motel, but the neon sign flickers, appearing to read Sle__ _azy Motel.
At Salvation Hospital when John is rummaging through his false IDs one that appears is for the Oklahoma City, OK morgue.
The sign for Salvation quotes a bible verse JW 2:27 "Are you ready for Judgement day?" This verse doesn't actually exist and is likely meant for John Winchester.
Sam realizes for the first time that he was exactly six months old the night of the fire.
In this episode, John finds out about Sam's visions.
Signs of The Demon attacks are : cattle deaths, temperature fluctuations and electrical storms.
Sam's visions get stronger the closer he gets to anything involving The Demon, indicating that there is a connection between them.
John blesses the water in the tank to make it Holy Water. According to Catholic doctrine, only an ordained priest can do this.
This is your host Jack Killian on KJCM 98.3 FM, and good night, America, wherever you are.
When Sam and Dean are waiting in the car before the Demon attacks baby Rosie, this can be heard on the radio. KJCM was a fictional radio station used in the TV Show "Midnight Caller" about a radio host called Jack Killian whose sign-off was always "Good Night, America, wherever you are".


Screencap from Salvation.

In John's motel room, among various maps and notes:

  • handwritten note:
Screencap from Salvation.
  • a map of the US, with Xes marked in Southwest Pennsylvania, northern North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee, circled, arrow pointing northwest.
  • Sleep (^un) Easy Motel notepad
with doodle of figure, dark head and shoulders, halo, holding circular object.
Doodle in a rough gun shape
"Sam," in a box, circled.
Screencap from Salvation.
  • small rectangular paper with drawing of window, with fire coming out, and a dark silhouette
  • newspaper article. headline: USA WEATHER REPO..
in the text of the article, "rapidly into a powerful cyclone," has been marked with a box.
(picture of tropical storm)
  • books:
Butler - Igloo Killinek
Air Force One Is Haunted
Danielle Steel - Secrets (HAH HAH)
  • sticky note on typewritten paper : SULPHER TRACE (sic)
  • roadmap of the US, with map, two handdrawn Xes shown: one in California near Palo Alto, one in Arizona.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts