Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 22

Devil's Trap

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 04, 2006 on The CW
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When Meg boasts that John is her prisoner, the boys visit a friend of their father's to get information about demonic possessions and ways to trap a demon. It turns out Meg is not what she appears.

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  • Cliffhanger...only means on to season 2!

    9.0
    Season finale was what I expected it to be, just absolutely excellent! Isn't as story packing and plot twisting like expected, but there was a lot of tension, emotions, and it really opened up for things for season 2. The scene where they exorcise Meg, and afterwards where they see her death, the whole "being possessed" by a demon thing played out beautifully here invoking an odd hate and then love moment; although most of us would have loved to see Meg killed, to see her die in her now human form was pretty sad. The scene where Sam had the choice to kill his father and the demon or not was also great. A cliche, but with all that's happened, it invoked a lot of emotions.moreless
  • Talk about a cliffhanger!! A great season finale, couldn't ask for more.

    9.5
    We pick up right where we left off after Salvation, Meg has John and has Dean thinking he's dead, but he doesn't tell Sam that, he just gets him out of town before the demons get to them. After failing to kill the demon (YED) and with only 3 bullets left and no plan, they obviously need help, so they turn to Bobby, an old friend of John's who's been at odds with him, but he's definitely ready to help get him back, after all no matter what their differences were they're still friends and he cares about John and his boys. Meg finally finds them, but they're ready for her, actually they were counting on her finding them, they trap her in a "Devil's Trap", a protective circle that renders the demon powerless, they exorcise the demon after a lot of back and forth in which she finally admits that John is still alive and tells them where to find him, but she can only give them the name of the city, and she doesn't know where the yellow-eyed demon is. After the exorcism is over and with the demon sent back to hell, Meg, the human Meg is free and she's still alive despite her broken body (she took a 7 story swan-dive back in Shadow) she thanks the boys, she's been possessed for a year, trapped in her own body, and then she dies right after she gives them an additional piece of information: on the river, sunrise …



    I probably shouldn't tell the whole story here, so long story short, they find John, take him to safety, turns out YED is possessing him, he tortures the boys, Sam finally pulls the gun on him but he can't muster the courage to shoot the demon killing his father in the process so he shoots him in the leg, that doesn't kill him, he gets away and they're back at square one, they need to find it again, with only one bullet left in the colt, that's when the car, with all three Winchesters inside, gets hit by a truck (the guy driving it is possessed) …



    It was a great episode, well written, well acted. And again Sam and John are only after revenge while Dean is all about keeping the family together, he refuses to believe that his dad is dead, and he gets him back, he saves Sam, and then he gets tortured by YED for all his trouble, poor guy got the short end of that stick! Possessed!John was eerie, JDM set the bar for any future YED meat-suits, he's amazing. Seems like that's the last we'll see of Meg (not really), kudos to Nicki she knocked it out of the park. It won't be the last we'll see of Bobby though, he's about to become the most coveted recurring character on TV.



    What's going to happen to the three Winchester men? Could it be the end for one of them? All of them? The Impala certainly seems a goner! And in the greater scheme of things, what did YED mean when he talked about his plans for Sam and all the children like him? What are those plans, who are these children and how are they all connected?

    Patience … patience …moreless
  • The end of Season One: a breathtaking finale and a mind-blowing cliffhanger!

    10
    The last three episode of Season One form a sort of isolated trilogy, revolving around Samuel Colt's long lost mystical gun, a gun made for an Hunter in 1835, during the passage of Halley Comet. Searched for years by John and retrieved by the vampire coven led by the charismatic Luther, who knows what the Colt is and what it is capable of doing, being born around the same time, the Colt was finally conquered by the Winchester boys and when the news spread that the ancient Luther was murdered, the Yellow Eyed Demon realized that the Colt had been found and sent out his children - particularly Meg - to move war to the Winchester and snatch the deadly weapon from their hand.



    "Devil's Trap" is the final, at least for now, confrontation between the Winchesters and the Yellow Eyed Demon, diabolic author of their tragedy and all miseries. With John captured and held hostage, Sam and Dean must seek the help of an expert of demonology, fellow hunter and old friend Bobby Singer - easily one of the greatest characters of the series, Bobby is like an uncle to Sam and Dean, and his down-to-earth, mocking and yet capable of great tenderness personality makes him a wonderful addition to the Supernatural canon.



    The episode is magnificent: Meg's exorcism managed to be both frightening and touchingly sad, and, most importantly, breathtakingly exciting to watch; John's rescue at the Sunrise Apartment was astonishing and the final scene at the cabin - foggy night out in the wood - was spine-tingling and thrillingly impressive. I was literally moved to tears by the adamantine, unconditional love showed by Dean and Sam for each other, and from their dedication to their mission, their ultimate sacrifice. "Devil's Trap" has everything I ask not only from a TV show, but from a story, no matter what medium is the story told through: emotional involvement, tension and suspense, thrills and chills, love and power and - more importantly than anything - an engrossing, mesmerizing tale about light and darkness, and shadows of gray, about good and evil and the moral ambiguity in between, about the extraordinary and the everyday, about life and death. About Mankind, and us.



    "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"moreless
  • by far the best episode of season 1

    10
    Dean calls his father and gets Meg, who warns they won't see their father instead. Dean grabs the Colt and the three remaining bullets and tells Sam they're heading out because they're not ready to take on the demon. Sam is worried that Meg isn't offering a trade and is concerned John is dead. Dean agrees they need help and they go to an auto junkyard and get holy water from a family friend, Bobby. Sam sees Bobby has a book on drawing circles to contain demons. Bobby warns that demonic possessions are up and trouble is brewing.





    They're interrupted by Bobby's dog barking. They look outside to see the dog is gone, and the Meg barges in. She tosses Dean aside and demands the gun, but he gets up and points out she's now standing beneath a demon-containment circle on the ceiling.





    Meg refuses to give up information on John and Bobby warns that she's a possessed girl and they can't harm Meg for fear of harming the host. The brothers prepare an exorcism and Meg starts to flinch and a wind blows through the room. Meg insists that John is dead but Dean doesn't believe her. Meg finally breaks and directs them to a building in Jefferson City. Dean orders Sam to finish it but Sam is reluctant and Bobby warns that if the demon is withdrawn, the possessed girl dies from the injuries when she fell from a building (in "Shadows").





    Dean orders Sam to finish the exorcism and a black essence pours from her mouth. The badly injured girl is still barely alive but thanks them, telling them she's been possessed for a year. She assures them the demon was telling the truth and there are other demons holding their dad. She says "sunrise" and then dies.





    The brothers head out for Jefferson City, leaving Bobby to clean up. Sam takes the book on demon-trapping spells and draws a "devil's trap" on the Impala's trunk so they can hide the Colt. Dean insists they take the Colt to save John and Sam argues they can't bring the gun, and Dean reluctantly agrees.





    They get into Jefferson City and find "Sunrise Apartments," filled with innocents. They decide to pull the fire alarm, giving them seven minutes until the fire department arrives. As Sam goes in, a demon couple contemplates John tied to a bed. Sam breaks into the fire truck and they go in disguised as firefighters. They find the apartment and break in, spraying the demons with holy water. They toss the demons out then salt the door to keep them out. They find John, barely alive, and use holy water to test him for possession.





    John checks out but outside demons possess a firefighter and a bystander and the two barge in, locking the door behind them. As the demons hack through the door the Winchesters head out the back but another demon, the one with Meg when she captured John, gets the drop on them and proceeds to beat Sam. It turns out Dean brought the gun and he shoots the demon with one of the three remaining bullets, killing him.





    Later at a hideout, Dean considers the fact he isn't hesitating at shooting possessed people. John thanks Dean, pointing out he's always watched out for the family and he did the right thing. A storm whips up and they realize the demon is coming. They use salt to block the doors and John demands the gun, but Dean realizes John is lying as he'd never thank him for wasting a bullet.





    Dean holds the Colt on John and Sam comes in and questions what's going on. Sam sides with Dean and John insists Dean should shoot him. When they don't, "John" reveals he's the demon and telekinetically shoves them into the walls, and then takes the Colt. The demon boasts it's immune to holy water and taunts Sam with the fact he can't telekinetically summon the Colt to him. Then he boasts that John aware inside of his possessed body. The demon points out that the exorcised demon was his daughter and the other one Dean shot was his boy.





    When Sam demands to know why the demon has targeted their family, it says they got in the way of its plans for Sam and all the children like him. When Dean mocks him, the demon tortures Dean but seeing him in pain lets John gain control long enough for Sam to get free and grab the gun, then shot "John" in the leg.





    John tells Sam to shoot him in the heart, but then Dean says not to. Sam hesitates but then shoots him in the leg, instead. The black cloud emerges from John and passes through the floorboards. They head for the hospital and Sam explains how they can start over and they still have a Colt. But then…a semi broadsides them and runs them off the road. A possessed driver sits behind the wheel of the semi as the Winchesters lay apparently dead.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural its the second part of the season one final and meg is boasting that she has john winchester as her prisoner and so sam and dean go to a old frind to get help for traping deamons and they go and find out but when they got to use it they realize meg is not what she appears to be this was a good season one final i thought it was really intense like anyothe shoe final and it had its very interesting parts learning new stuff about them and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
Matt Riley

Matt Riley

Firefighter

Guest Star

Sebastian Spence

Sebastian Spence

Assistant Demon

Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Meg Masters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • 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. He sees Dean straight on, which would be impossible unless the rear view mirror were twisted around at almost a 45-degree angle. And even then, Sam's head would be blocking the view, since Dean is behind him and against the car door on the same side.

    • As Sam is checking to make sure John isn't possessed, he splashes him with holy water. However, the very first time Sam splashes him, although you hear the noise like water is coming out of the flask, no water comes out.

    • When Dean shoots the possessed man who was attacking Sam in the street, you can see he falls over with his legs staying on top of Sam's. But when the camera pans out the man is lying farther away and his legs are nowhere near Sam's.

    • Both Meg's hands and feet were tied and yet when Sam and Dean are untying the rope they barely have to work to get out the knots on her hands and they don't even untie her feet yet in the next shot the rope is lying untied on the floor.

    • When Dean hits Meg, her hair gets messed up, but in the next shot, her hair is undisturbed.

    • When the possessed John is "killing" Dean he has blood coming out of his mouth and dripping down his chin. Then they show John but when they go back to Dean he doesn't have any blood on his face.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Sam: I want to know why?
      John: (possessed) What? Why I killed mommy and pretty little Jess?
      Sam: Yeah!
      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?!
      Sam: Yes!
      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 bitches, so help me God!

    • 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: You never told me that!

    • Dean: Let him go, or 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 says "Hi," by the way.

    • Dean: Listen, you mind just getting 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're the only one who can have a family? You destroyed my children. How would you feel if I 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, it's more concern than he's ever shown 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?
      Meg: Jeez, you kiss your mother with that mouth? Oh I forgot, you don't.

    • 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.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Eric Kripke's original plan was to kill John Winchester at the end of season one. The boys were supposed to come out of the car crash, barely alive, and John was supposed to die in their arms. Eventually, they changed their minds because the finale was already pretty grim and Eric Kripke feared that killing John would have framed the show in too much darkness.

    • The secluded cabin in the woods was actually built on stage. In the Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 1, production designer Jerry Wanek explains that the location had to be particularly atmospheric because the Winchesters were going to spend a lot of time in it. So they had to build a forest and then the cabin.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: June 4, 2006 on TV3
      France: March 5, 2007 on TF6
      Portugal: March 5, 2007 on AXN
      Belgium: August 29, 2007 on VT4
      The Netherlands: November 30, 2008 on NET5

    • 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.

    • Music: Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fight the Good Fight by Triumph, and Turn to Stone by Joe Walsh.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dean: Oh we're going for it, baby. Head spinning, projectile vomiting, the whole nine yards.
      Referring 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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