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Devil's Trap is the 22nd episode and the season finale of Season 1. It aired on May 4, 2006.


Dean Purgatory Blade.png There was something about being there... It felt pure.

This episode summary is an official CW press release. It may contain errors.

On a mission to save their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) from Meg (guest star Nicki Aycox), Sam and Dean seek help from an old family friend, Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver). When Meg shows up on Bobby's doorstep, the brothers lure her into a trap and exorcise the demon from her body after learning where John is being held prisoner. While trying to rescue John, the demon shows up and a full battle ensues between the Winchesters and the demon they have been searching for all their lives.


Dean is desperate to contact his father, but as he makes another call, Meg answers John's phone. Meg taunts Dean that John is beyond help. Sam responds by saying that they should find the Demon and kill it with the Colt, but Dean counters that they need a plan because John isn't dead.

The boys arrive at the home of another hunter who is an old close family friend, Bobby Singer, and their shared history is quickly sketched out - Dean seems to know him quite well, and Bobby once ran John off with a shotgun. Sam goes through some of Bobby's books on demon lore, including the Key of Solomon, while Bobby and Dean talk. Suddenly Meg kicks in the door, attacks the boys, and demands the Colt. However, she soon gets caught under a Devil's trap that is painted on the ceiling. Bobby explains that Meg is actually a girl possessed by a demon, and that the injuries she previously sustained in Chicago (in the episode Shadow) will kill her if the demon leaves her body. Dean insists on exorcising the demon to save the girl from living through the demon's actions, no matter how broken she is. Sam reluctantly reads the ritual while Dean questions Meg about John; she repeatedly claims that John is dead. Finally, the demon is banished, and human Meg, dying painfully, thanks them for freeing her and offers the clue "sunrise". The boys leave Bobby to head to Jefferson City, Missouri.

On their way to rescue John, Sam reiterates the need to kill the Yellow-Eyed Demon, while Dean argues the importance of family. Dean says Sam is like John: eager to die if it means killing the Demon. They arrive at the building where John is being kept (Sunrise Apartments), form a plan to evacuate it that involves dressing up as firemen, and execute it. They manage to overpower the possessed humans guarding John and get him out of the apartment - after Sam insists on testing John with holy water. John is barely coherent, but he manages to ask about the Colt. Once all three are out of the building, they're set upon by Tom, who beats Sam severely. Dean whips out the concealed Colt and shoots him through the head.

In a secluded cabin, as the boys salt the doors and windows, Dean confesses that he's scared of the lengths he'll go to in order to protect his family. John enters, claiming that Dean should be proud of what he does for the family. Dean grows suspicious of the kind words and points the Colt at John. Sam allies himself with Dean, and John is revealed to be possessed by the Demon as his eyes glow yellow. The Demon injures both boys and mocks Sam's unreliable special powers, and he also mentions that Sam was about to propose to Jessica. Dean draws the Demon's attention away from Sam, and it reveals that the demons in Meg and Tom were his children. He uses a psychic power to attack Dean, causing him to bleed internally. Dean appeals to John to take control and not let Yellow Eyes kill him, and John manages to surface long enough for Sam to free himself and grab the Colt. Aiming the deadly weapon, Yellow -Eyes balks, "Kill me, you kill daddy," it mutters. "I know" Sam spits. He fires a round from the Colt into a non-fatal leg wound, causing Yellow-Eyes to be badly wounded. As John regains control he begs Sam to kill him, pleading that he cannot hold the demon much longer. John urges Sam to shoot him in the head with the final deadly bullet, ending this once an for all, but a badly injured Dean begs him not to dare. Sam aims, but agonises over the choice. Ultimately, Yellow-Eyes violently expels from John in a cloud of dark smoke, and flees for parts unknown. All three WInchesters are clearly horrified over the escape, but are resigned to their fate.

Sam drives the Impala with John in the passenger seat and Dean, gravely hurt, in the backseat. expresses disappointment that Sam didn't shoot and end the family's quest, but Sam says that killing the Demon is not the most important thing. Sam promises to get them to the hospital, but a huge truck slams into the Impala, smashing it and rendering all three Winchesters unconscious. The truck driver has the black eyes of a demon.


Main Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Featured Supernatural Beings[]



  • This is the last episode to air on The WB and on Thursday Nights on the network.
  • The official summary for this episode does not cite Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a guest star.
  • This is the only season finale in the series that doesn't feature the song "Carry On Wayward Son".
  • The Yellow-Eyed Demon's son Tom, whom Dean killed with The Colt as he was thrashing Sam, was played by Sebastian Spence, who co-starred with Jensen Ackles in two episodes of The CW series Dawson's Creek. Ironically, the episodes were titled "Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell" and "Instant Karma!."
  • This is the first and only episode where a demon actively possesses someone without a cloud of black smoke going into their mouth.


  • At 17:01 appears a man at the bottom right of the screen holding a camera and then tries quickly to get out of the picture.
  • When we first see Sunrise Apartments we see a two women walking across the sidewalk, one in a purple shirt and red sweatshirt the other in a black jacket. Then it pans back to Sam and Dean. When it goes back to the the apartments the two women aren’t there at all, then it goes to Sam and Dean again but when it comes back to the apartment the two women can be seen again halfway through the scene.
  • Same thing from above happens with the couple walking down the steps of the Sunrise apartment at the beginning.
  • The same clip of John yelling "Sammy!" Is used twice in quick succession when he's pleading to be shot with the colt.


Featured Music[]

  • "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Fight The Good Fight" by Triumph
  • "Turn To Stone" by Joe Walsh

Cultural References[]

  • The name of Bobby's dog, Rumsfeld, is a reference to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
  • The book flipping pages seemingly of its own accord during Meg's exorcism is a visual reference to a similar occurrence in the Evil Dead films.
  • During their escape of the Sunrise Apartments, the Winchesters are locked in a room while a demon possessing a firefighter breaks the door down with an axe. The shot composition mimics a famous scene from the Shining.
  • Meg's exorcism/interrogation scene could be considered a visual reference to the interrogation scene of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct, considering the similiarites in styling (the short blonde hair), posing and cinematography in certain shots. 
  • Bobby: Hell, yeah. You get a demon in - they're trapped. Powerless. It's like a Satanic roach motel.
    • Roach Motel is a brand of roach bait, that uses scents to lure cockroaches into a compartment, where they become trapped, and unable to exit.


Dean: "Hey, what's happening, is there a fire?"
Fireman: "We're figuring that out right now. Just stay back."
Dean: "Well, I've got a yorkie upstairs and he pees when he's nervous."

Dean: "Where's our father, Meg?"
Meg: "You didn't ask very nice."
Dean: "Where's our father, bitch?"
Meg: "Jeez. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Oh, I forgot... You don't."

Dean: "This sucks out loud."
Sam: "Yeah, tell me about it."

Meg: "An exorcism. Are you serious?"
Dean: "Oh, we're going for it, baby. Head spinning, projectile vomiting, the whole nine yards."

International Titles[]

  • Finnish: Paholaisen Ansa (Devil's Trap)
  • Brazil: A Armadilha do Diabo (Devil's Trap)
  • French: Délivrance (2e partie) (Salvation, Part Two)
  • German: Teufelsfalle (Devil's Trap)
  • Italian: La Trappola del Diavolo (The Devil's Trap)
  • Polish: Pułapka na demony (Demon Trap)
  • Romanian: Capcana Diavolului (Devil's Trap)
  • Hungarian: Halálcsapda (Death Trap)

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