"Salvation"
 
--Robin's Rambles
--Robin Vogel
 
"Carry on my wayward son, there'll be peace when you are done, lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more. . ." -- Kansas
 
So starts this episode, recapping all that started John Winchester on his quest to kill the demon that murdered his beloved Mary, leaving his four-year-old and six-month old sons motherless and dragged into the fight right along with John. 
 
Meg walks into Pastor Jim's church and slits his throat, then later does the same to another Winchester friend and compatriot, Caleb. She informs John that she will kill all his friends and anyone who ever helped him until he gives her the Colt. He agrees, despite the fact that he, Dean and Sam know, thanks to one of Sam's vivid visions, that this very night, THE demon, the one who killed Mary and Jess, is going after another family, another mother and child, and they need the Colt to do away with it forever.
 
John desperately wants this quest to be over; he wants Sam to go to school, Dean to have a home, even if it means sacrificing himself in order to accomplish it. It's heartbreaking to see how tired he is, how determined to end the deaths and see his children free of chasing what he believes he has forced them to chase. 
 
Upon learning of Sam's visions, John demands to know why Dean didn't tell him. Of course, Dean informs him, none too kindly, how many times they tried, including Sam's terrible phone call when Dean was dying. John apologizes, knowing how wrong he is in this instance. He decides to bring Meg a replica of the gun and send Sam and Dean to baby Rose's house with the real Colt to "Finish what I started."
 
The brothers have an angsty stakeout. They wish that they were with John, watching his back, and that John was with them, watching theirs. Sam thanks Dean for always having his back, which upsets the elder brother, who thinks it sounds like he's giving an “I'm going to die” speech, saying goodbye. "No one is dying tonight except the demon," says Dean firmly. Once it's GO time, lights going berserk, the brothers race into the house, where they are attacked by Dumb Husband Without a Clue. Sam gets a clean shot at the YED, but it somehow manages to disappear before the bullet finds its mark. Dean does grab Rosie from her crib seconds before it goes up in flames. As the family and the Winchesters gather on the lawn to watch the house go up, the husband is still making accusations, but his wife assures him these strangers saved their lives. 
 
Sam sees the YED's dark figure standing in the flames upstairs in the nursery and wants to run up there and attempt to kill him again, fire be damned. Dean won't let him. Later, Sam is angry at him for not letting him end it, but Dean insists Mary and Jess' deaths are not worth dying over. Where once Dean angrily pushed Sam against a bridge for saying something similar, it's Sam's turn to do the same to Dean, except this time it's a wall. â€œWe're all we have!” cries Dean, in tears. This starts Sam crying a bit, too, and he releases his brother. Family is really all that's worth fighting for.      
 
John does the best he can at the warehouse, but Meg's brother up and shoots her with the gun, proving it fake. She, of course, is horrified that he tested it out on her (nice sibling). John tries to get out of trouble by explaining he never used it before and had no idea it wouldn't work. He manages to escape them for a while, cleverly turning the water supply there into holy water, but Meg's brother corners and captures him, and when, later, someone finally answers John's phone, Meg tells Dean he's never going to see his father again. . .fadeout. . .to be continued. Oh, yeah, to one of the very best season finales of SUPERNATURAL ever!     

Comments  

Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-02-02 04:57
This episode, along with the follow-up, breaks my heart whenever I watch it. Anyone ever bothered to count the heartbreaking episodes of this show?

Hey, Ardeospina, I feel another top ten list coming on...?

There's so much going on here... I can't... It's just plain painful.

love, Jas
Randal
# Randal 2010-02-02 11:33
I still think season one's three-episode outro is *easily* top ten material, and I know I might be in the minority on this, but I might have to choose Devil's Trap as the best season finale, front-to-back. Given that all four (so far) are A+ efforts, I think it's okay to be a bit nitpicky with the order. 8-)
Suze
# Suze 2010-02-02 13:19
Me too, Rands ... I love 'em all but these are specially special, sweet first taste of Mr. K's evil cliff hanging tendancies. Drat the man and all his minions ...
Evelyn
# Evelyn 2010-02-02 13:24
Yes, this was a great and heartbreaking episode. I loved that we were able to get some strong emotional scenes between John and his boys. I just wish we could have had more of them before the jolting finish in IMTOD.

I do have a nitpick though with this episode. With all the talk about how smart and good John is in this hunting business, I find it rather unlike this reputation that he would park his truck in an obvious location that would allow the demons the slice up his tires. I would have thought that he would know better than that and park in truck in a location not easily found. That bugs me every time I see that. I thought John was smarter than that.

Besides that, great episode and truly heartbreaking.
Bevie
# Bevie 2010-02-02 13:55
I agree with Randal that Devil's Trap is the best season end cliff hanger. Between Salvation and Devil's Trap there was all that could be desired to make an awesome two hours.

The interaction of the boys and their dad (love to see them all together), eeeeeevil Meg!, meeting Bobby, Sam willing to die to finish off the demon, Dean so wanting his family to stay together, Yellow Eyes taking dad over and torturing Dean, and the shocking ending so abrupt and unexpected. (And also not knowing if the show would return in the fall).

Awesome story telling and acting!

Also agree with Evelyn as I also yell out to John to get in his truck and take off, even with flat tires.
Vehicles with flat tires I am continually seeing on those police chase shows seem to be able to outrun the cops for quite a distance before being caught.
Ardeospina
# Ardeospina 2010-02-02 17:10
Salvation is a downer, isn't it? I haven't seen it in a while, but reading your recap, Robin, makes me want to go through it again. Because it is such a perfect setup for Devil's Trap, you know? And I agree with everyone that Devil's Trap is the best season finale yet.

@Jasminka: Ooh, good list idea! I can make that one happen for sure. I'll put it in the pipeline!
Karen
# Karen 2010-02-02 22:02
Hi Robin
Another episode I loved, seeing the Winchesters actually working together.
John showing his soft side, wanting Sam to go to school and Dean to have a home, and wanting Mary alive. :cry::
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2010-02-03 02:06
Love the recap Robin...this eppie was just..*sigh*..

As much as I'm still loving the show, its quite blissful to look back at the good old days...