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Supernatural: Defending Your Life

Two men turn up dead, killed in a manner similar to crimes that they committed in the past. When the brothers investigate, they discover that the Egyptian god Osiris is judging people and weighing they're guilt... and if they are guilty, they meet a final, permanent justice. Osiris decides that his next target will be Dean.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x4
Production Number: 3X7054
Airdate: Friday October 14th, 2011

Director: Robert Singer
Writer: Adam Glass

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CW 23) Oct 19, 2011
UK (E4) Aug 22, 2012


Guest Stars
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Alona TalAlona Tal
As Jo Harvelle
Julian D. ChristopherJulian D. Christopher
As Warren (as Julian D. Christopher)
Faran TahirFaran Tahir
As Osiris

Co-Guest Stars
Teach GrantTeach Grant
As Christopher Fisher
Crystal BalintCrystal Balint
As AA Counsellor
Stephen Powell (2)Stephen Powell (2)
As Ghost Husband
Jenn GriffinJenn Griffin
As Flower Shop Girl
Angelo RenaiAngelo Renai
As Matthew Hammond
Melita FawcettMelita Fawcett
As Ghost Wife
Leanne MerrettLeanne Merrett
As Guilty Woman at Bar
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Dearborn, Michigan, Matthew Hammond runs down the street as a car pursues him. It manages to disappear and get ahead of him. Hammond finally runs into his tenth-story apartment, only to discover that the car is waiting for him and runs him over...

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Episode Quotes
Sam: Some kind of ghost?
Dean: With a license? License to kill.
Sam: Seriously?

Sam: All right, congrats on your sobriety. I'll go find out where Jane's is.
Dean: I--I gave up AA for Lent.
Sam: We're not Catholic.
Dean: Always with the details.

Warren: You believe me? Who the hell are you?
Sam: We kind of... specialize in crazy.

Mia: You may want to slow your roll there.
Dean: The more I drink, the better I tip.
Mia: Yeah, well I'm off in an hour. So don't pass out on me.
Dean: Well, then I think I'll switch to beer.
Mia: Good choice.

Dean: Uh, Sam, you're not a lawyer.
Sam: I was pre-law.
Dean: Yeah, "pre."

Osiris: I can make it very simple. Three witnesses.
Sam: Objection!
Osiris: Grounds?
Sam: Witness is being called without prior notice.
Dean: Good one.
Sam: I saw it on The Good Wife.

Bobby Singer: Near as I can figure, it ought to put him down for a couple of centuries at least. it's worked a few times since the pharaohs were big.
Sam: So it's temporary.
Bobby Singer: Long temporary. I say we slap that Band-Aid on and leave finding a cure to some hunter in a space suit.

Jo Harvelle: He was right about one thing.
Dean: What, your massive crush on me?
Jo Harvelle: Shut up. You carry all kinds of crap you don't have to, Dean. It kind of gets clearer when you're dead.
Dean: Well, in that case, you should be able to see that I am 90%... crap. I get rid of that, what then?
Jo Harvelle: You really want to die not knowing?

Cultural References
Title: Defending Your Life

Defending Your Life is a 1991 movie starring Albert Brooks as an advertising executive who dies and finds himself in Judgment City. He must either prove he has overcome his fears so that he can move onto the next stage of existence, or be reincarnated and attempted to overcome his fears again.

Dean: License to kill.

The tagline "license to kill" comes from the James Bond novels and movies.

Sam: Could be Christine-like.

Christine is a red-and-white Plymouth Fury in the Stephen King novel of the same name. The first owner transfuses his spirit into it and takes control of the teenage boy who purchases it.

Sam: Now that we got a decent bead on Ghost Rider, let’s go.

Ghost Rider is a Marvel comics character who makes a deal with the Devil and receives the ability to transform into a motorcyclist with a flaming skull for a head.

Dean: He causes so much misery that some Rottweiler goes Cujo on him from beyond the grave?

Cujo (1981) is a novel by Stephen King about a rabid St. Bernard that goes on a rampage and traps a mother and her son in their car at an isolated farm. It was adapted into a movie in 1983.

Dean: I’d rather talk about your Bukowski schtick at the bar.

Henry Charles Bukowski is an American writer who spent much of his time hanging out in bars.

Sam: I saw that on The Good Wife.

The Good Wife is a CBS legal drama about a woman who must make a life for herself as a lawyer after her husband is arrested on sex and corruption charges.

Dean: This whole thing's like a friggin’ episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

Pee-wee's Playhouse was a children's show featuring Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) as a childlike adult in his bizarre-looking Playhouse.

Dean: Enough Ally McBealing.

Ally McBeal is a young lawyer on the legal comedy/drama of the same name.

Dean: By the way... I mean, I get why Judge Judy put me on trial.

Judge Judy is the presiding judge in the reality TV court series of the same name.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Sera Gamble  |  McG  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerJim Michaels  |  Peter Johnson  |  Adam Glass
ProducerAndrew Dabb  |  Todd Philip Aronauer  |  Daniel Loflin
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur  |  Craig Matheson
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorNicole Baer
CastingAlex Newman  |  Eric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorAdrian Diepold
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Key GripHarvey Fedor
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Assistant EditorNancy Hurley
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
GafferChris Cochrane
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Executive ConsultantEric Kripke
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorRobbie Thompson
Key Makeup ArtistJuliana Vit
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
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