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It's retro recap time! In continuation with the three part series I started with "Salvation" before season six started, here is part two, "Devil's Trap." Re-live the magic when the brothers cared for each other!
Devil's Trap. By the time Kripke got around to writing this episode, his evil streak had fully kicked in. Season two wasn't in the bag but hopeful, so why not fuck with the fan's minds? He decides to amp up the slow growing mytharc big time and then leave unsuspecting fans with a cliffhanger that gets them howling since they aren't sure if there will be a season two to resolve this. This is also an episode that has many firsts so I'll be pointing those out along the way. Also, it's a Kim Manners classic too. Always good.
Before we pick up with the drama interrupted by TO BE CONTINUED... there's another opening montage, this time to "Fight The Good Fight" by Triumph. Back in the 80's I saw Triumph in concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. To this day that is one of the best freaking concerts I've ever seen! I've seen Rush too and Triumph is not a Rush ripoff band. The only similarities is that they're Canadian rock power trios and that's it. Rush's albums are better, but I think Triumph put on a better show at the time. And that's today's "Classic Rock memories." Join me again next week!
Anyway, we're here for Winchester drama. We get the last few seconds from "Salvation" again in which Meg promises they'll never see John again. Dean freaks, Sam freaks, and now Dean's taking the lead on this one. He won't tell Sam what she said, only saying that they've got John. Dean starts packing up things and Sam wants to know why. Duh, the demon knows they're in Salvation. They've got the colt, the demons got John, they're coming for them next. Sam actually likes this because they still have three bullets left. Dean is being a bit more level headed. They aren't ready. They don't know how many of them are out there. "We're no good to anybody dead." Wanna bet? See season five.
Joe Walsh's "Turn To Stone" comes on, which makes for great Impala driving music. The Impala thunders down the dark road and they're trying to come up with a plan. Dean is willing to trade John for the gun. Season one Sam, who tends to be a bit more grim in his practicality, thinks that if that were true, why didn't Meg mention a trade? John might be...Dean won't let him say it. Sam continues to make his case, kill the demon. He's talking like John is already gone. "I'm trying to do what he would want. He would want us to keep going." "Quit talking about him like he's dead already!" Dean shouts. Ah, there's the "D" word. "Listen to me, everything stops until we get him back. Everything!" Yeah Sam, shut up and listen.
So where do they start? Dean suggests Lincoln, since that's where John was taken. Sam doesn't think the demons will leave a trail. No, they won't. Dean actually agrees with that and decides they need help. Cue one of the two most worthwhile and important character introductions ever on this show.
The Impala drives under a metal sign that says "Singer Auto Salvage." The next shot is of a junked up old farmhouse with one mean looking chained Rottweiler on top of an old Ford pickup. The top windows of the house are all boarded up. Yeah, this screams home of a long time hunter and/or crazy old man. Or the town drunk. Hmm, all of the above!
Now for the first appearance ever of Bobby Singer. He has two flasks in his hand and hands one to Dean. The first is full of holy water. The second is full of whiskey. Guess which one Dean takes? Sam is sitting at the desk reading one good book. Dean thanks Bobby for everything and admits he wasn't sure if they should come. Last time they saw him he threatened them with a loaded shotgun. "Yeah, well what can you say, John has that effect on people." We certainly know he wasn't father of the year! Bobby is pretty centered though and realizes all that matters is they get him back. That's because he's awesome.
Sam is blown away by what he's reading, telling Bobby he's never seen anything like it. You've never read "The Key of Solomon" Sam? Like one of the most important books of the occult ever? We know you don't spend all that drive time reading Danielle Steel novels. Bobby confirms its the real deal, and if a demon gets caught in one of those protective circles they're trapped and powerless. "Just like a Satanic roach motel." Dean boasts how Bobby knows his stuff, just so we get the necessary character exposition. I love how Bobby wasn't supposed to be a recurring character but made that great an impression. Look how important he's become!
Bobby also points out that this is some serious crap they've stepped into. Sam wants specifics. Normally Bobby hears of maybe three demonic possessions a year, maybe four tops. This year he's heard of 27 so far. "More and more demons are walking among us." He doesn't know why, but it's something big. "Storm's coming and you boys, you're daddy, you are smack in the middle of it." Interesting how that remains true today and probably will be, forever. These guys are universally screwed.
Speaking of being screwed, the Rottweiler outside starts barking. "Rumsfeld" Bobby says. Ha! Great name for a big mean old dog. He looks outside to see there's a chain but no dog. No, not the dog! I've said it before, I can handle people getting ganked but the animals, that just gets me hard. Bobby says that something's wrong and a split second later Meg busts through the door. You need to figure these things out a little faster Bobby!
Meg enters and Dean grabs the holy water. "No more crap, okay?" she tells them. Dean can't get the flask opened fast enough and goes flying into a pile of books. Sam shields Bobby and leads them backward into the other room. While they're moving Meg demands the colt. Sam claims they don't have it on them but Meg ain't buying it. "I swear, after everything I've heard about you Winchesters I gotta tell you I'm a little underwhelmed." What, you didn't see all that hotness? The black eyes must be blinding her or something.
"First Johnny tries to pawn off a fake gun, and then he leaves the real gun with you two chuckleheads." I love that, because that's not the only time Sam and Dean are called chuckleheads, but it's the first. Another first! Anyway, Sam keeps backpedaling and Meg follows, going on and on with her monologuing. Then she asks Sam if they really thought she wouldn't find them. Dean now appears behind her. "Actually, we were counting on it." One look up explains it all. She's caught under the Devil's Trap, aka Bobby's most awesome demonic roach motel. Take that bitch!It's just then that we get the title card! That whole thing was the teaser! This is really the first episode that came fully loaded with the action and drama not stopping the whole time. It's funny how this was a treat back then but is sort of the norm now.