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Supernatural: Salvation

After Sam has a vision of a family being attacked by a demon, similar to the way his mother was attacked, the Winchesters follow demonic signs to Salvation, Iowa, to kill the demon using the Colt. However, Meg calls the family to let them know if they don't give her the gun, she is going to kill their friends.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 2T6020
Airdate: Thursday April 27th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) May 28, 2006
PT (AXN) Feb 26, 2007
FR (TF6) Mar 05, 2007
BE (VT4) Aug 22, 2007
DE (Pro7) Mar 17, 2008
NL (Net 5) Nov 23, 2008


Guest Stars
Nicki AycoxNicki Aycox
As Meg Masters
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As John Winchester
Sebastian SpenceSebastian Spence
As Assistant Demon

Co-Guest Stars
Erin KarplukErin Karpluk
As Monica Holt
Serinda SwanSerinda Swan
As Layla
David LovgrenDavid Lovgren
As Charlie Holt
Richard SaliRichard Sali
As Pastor Jim Murphy
Rondel ReynoldsonRondel Reynoldson
As Receptionist
Josh BlackerJosh Blacker
As Caleb
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Blue Earth, Minnesota, Pastor Jim Murphy is in his church when a wind springs up out of nowhere, and Meg Masters enters the church, She says she needs to talk to someone and says she's done bad things, and asks if there is forgiveness for everyone. Pastor Jim assures her that there is, and Meg tells him that she's lied, stolen, lusted, and slit an innocent man's throat. She reveals her demon eyes and Pastor Jim he says that she can't be on hallowed ground. When she says it only works on minor demons, Pastor Jim runs into the back and goes to a room filled with dozens of weapons. Meg kicks her way in and Pastor Jim throws a rune-inscribed knife at her. She catches it and says that she wants the Winchesters, and Pastor Jim says he hasn't spoken to John in over a year, and he wouldn't tell her if he did know where they were. Meg agrees, cuts his throat, and walks away...

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Episode Notes
This episode opened with a "The Road So Far" segment which, in a series of clips, recapped the past 20 episodes of the season thus far.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
KansasCarry On My Wayward Sonopening recap

Episode Quotes
Meg Masters: 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. (her eyes turn demon-black) Does that make me a bad person?

John Winchester: This ends... now. I'm ending it. I don't care what it takes.

Layla: Hi, is there anything I can do for you?
Dean: Oh God, yes.

John Winchester: All right, something like this starts happening to your brother, you pick up the phone and you call me.
Dean: Call you? Are you kiddin' me? Dad, I called you from Lawrence. All right? Sam called you when I was dying. Gettin' you on the phone, I got a better chance of winning the lottery.
John Winchester: You're right. Although I'm not real crazy about this new tone of yours, you're right. I'm sorry.

Sam: The last time I saw you, you fell out of a window.
Meg Masters: Yeah, thanks to you. That really hurt my feelings, by the way.
Sam: Just your feelings? That was a seven-story drop.
Meg Masters: Let me speak to your dad.
Sam: My dad? I don't know where my dad is.
Meg Masters: It's time for the grown-ups to talk, Sam. Let me speak to him now!

John Winchester: I'm gonna kill you, you know that?
Meg Masters: Oh, John, please. Mind your blood pressure.

John Winchester: I just want to buy a few hours, that's all.
Sam: You mean for Dean and me. You want us to stay here and kill this demon by ourselves.
John Winchester: No, Sam, I want to stop losing people we love. I want you to go to school, I want Dean to have a home. I want Mary alive. It's just... I just want this to be over.

Dean: This thing go south, just get the hell out. Don't get yourself killed, all right? You're no good to us dead.
John Winchester: Same goes for you.

Sam: Maybe we could tell them there's a gas leak. Might get them out of the house for a few hours.
Dean: Yeah, and how many times has that actually worked for us?
Sam: Yeah. Could always tell them the truth.
Sam and Dean: Nah.

Sam: I wonder how Dad is doing.
Dean: I’d feel a lot better if we were there backing him up.
Sam: I’d feel a lot better if he were here backing us up.

Sam: Dean, uh, I want to thank you.
Dean: For what?
Sam: For everything. You've always had my back, you know? Even when I couldn't count on anyone, I could always count on you... and, uhh... I dunno, I just wanna let ya know... just in case.
Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa! You kiddin' me?
Sam: What?
Dean: Don't say "just in case something happens to you," I don't wanna hear that freakin' speech, man. Nobody's dying tonight. Not us, not that family, nobody. Except that demon. That evil son of a bitch ain't gettin' any older than tonight, you understand me?

Meg: (to her assistant) You shot me! I can't believe you just shot me!

Meg Masters: You're dead, John. Your boys are dead.
John Winchester: I never used the gun, how could I know it wouldn't work?
Meg Masters: I am so not in the mood for this, I've just been shot!
John Winchester: Well, then, I guess you're lucky the gun wasn't real.
Meg Masters: That's funny, John. We're gonna strip the skin from your bones, but that was funny.

Dean: Sam, I wanna waste it. I do, okay? But it's not worth dying over!
Sam: What?
Dean: I mean it! If hunting this demon means you getting yourself killed, then I hope we never find the damn thing!

Dean: You said yourself once, that no matter what we do, they're gone and they're never coming back.
Sam: Don't you say that, not you, not after all this, don't you say that!
Dean: Sam, look. The three of us, that's all we have. And it's all I have. Sometimes I feel like I'm barely holding it together, man. And without you or Dad...

Episode Goofs
As the Winchesters arrive in Salvation, Iowa, there is a sign that says, "Are you ready for Judgement Day? - JW 2:27". However, there is no such book of the Bible, or any such Bible verse in any other book.

When John gets out of his truck after driving down the interstate near the beginning of the episode, when he gets out, his hair is already wet despite it being the first time he's stepped out into the rain.

When John learns that Sam has been having visions, he's surprised to learn his son has extrasensory perception. However, in "Home," Missouri Moseley told John that Sam had powerful extrasensory abilities.

John says that there are only four bullets left for the Colt. However, in the previous episode, "Dead Man's Blood," there were seven and then John used one to kill the head vampire, Luther. Two bullets have disappeared without explanation.

Cultural References
Mary-Ann Liu

The name Mary-Ann Liu appears on the birth certificate that Sam examines. This is a possible shout-out to Vancouver artist Mary-Ann Liu, but has never been confirmed. Her name previously appeared in "Scarecrow" on Sam's cell-phone.

Meg: (to John) Wabash and Lake.

This is a reference to The Matrix in which the location of Wabash and Lake is an exit.

Episode References
The vision that Sam has relates back to the "Pilot" in which Sam and Dean's mother is violently killed by an evil spirit.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerKim Manners  |  John Shiban
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorVictor Landrie
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Post Production CoordinatorKristin Cronin
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
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