In Oak Park, Illinois, Walter Rosen is putting out his garbage when the street lights flicker and dark clouds roil. From the sky a stream of black substance overtakes Walter. He opens his eyes and they are black – he has been possessed by a demon.
Meanwhile, Sam studies the legend of Faust in order to find a way to help undo the deal Dean made with the crossroads demon, as Dean has a sexual romp. Bobby calls with news on a cicada swarm and crop failure in Nebraska. It is the first possible sign of demon activity they've had. When the Devil's Gate in Wyoming opened, strange storm clouds appeared over seventeen cities, but there have been no reports of demonic activity so far.
The boys rendezvous with Bobby at a farmhouse where they find a family who have starved to death in front of a television, despite the kitchen being full of food. While searching the house, Dean is jumped by Isaac, who along with his wife Tamara, are hunters. Back at Isaac and Tamara's house, they make it clear they don’t want to work with the Winchesters, as they blame them for all the demons that were let loose when the Devil's Gate was opened. Outside, in the shadows, a woman watches them.
Bobby and the boys investigate the death of a woman outside a shoe store. Examination of the security video shows Walter Rosen interacting with the woman responsible for the murder just before the crime. While at the crime scene, the woman who earlier had watched the house follows Sam. Even though Sam senses that somebody is following him, she disappears into thin air before Sam can see her. Using a photo of the man, Bobby and the brothers trail him to a bar, where Bobby urges cautious surveillance. However, Tamara and Isaac arrive and enter the bar. They have also spotted the possessed Walter Rosen, but when Isaac prepares to use holy water to see if he is a demon, they are detected. One by one the eyes of the bystanders turn black as the bar’s patrons are all revealed to be demons. Tamara and Isaac are restrained, and Tamara is forced to look on while a man hands Isaac a container of drain cleaner. He is overcome by some force, and drinks the poison.
As Isaac collapses, a car bursts through the door. Sam, Dean, and Bobby fight the demons, rescuing Tamara and throwing Walter into the trunk where he is held by a devil's trap. Back at the house, Bobby has deduced that they are dealing with the "Seven Deadly Sins" -– demons, as documented in Binsfeld's Classification of Demons in medieval times. They interrogate Envy, who is possessing Walter. He taunts them that humans possess all the vices they represent, and warns that the other demons will track them down. He taunts Dean about his lust and gluttony, and Tamara about her wrath. Tamara then exorcises Envy, and Walter dies in the process.
Dean offers to battle the demons while the others escape – a suicide mission – but Sam and Bobby agree they need to face the demons together. One of the demons possesses Isaac’s corpse and calls in agony to Tamara to help him, but she is aware of the ruse and stabs him with a stake of Palo Santo. However, she has broken the salt line at the door, allowing the other demons to rush in.
Bobby traps Sloth under a Devil's trap while Lust tracks down Dean and tries to seduce him, until he manages to push her into a tub of Holy Water. Sam is confronted by three others, led by Pride. Pride knows who Sam is, and knows of his connection to the Yellow-Eyed Demon, calling Sam a prodigy and the boy king. As Sam is attacked, the mysterious woman who had followed him earlier appears and attacks the demons with a knife, which kills two of them, while Sam helps her kill the third. The woman disappears after revealing she knows who Sam is. Bobby spends the night exorcising the demons – only two of the humans survive and in the morning Tamara leaves. Bobby confirms that he hasn’t heard of a blade that could kill demons and then heads off, telling them to look out for omens, as he will.
Sam suggests they travel to Louisiana to visit a hoodoo priestess to see if she can help with Dean’s deal. Dean says no to the hoodoo priestess and confesses to Sam that part of the deal was that if he tried to get out of it, Sam would die. Sam charges that Dean is selfish and is putting him through the same thing Dean felt after John gave his life for Dean. Dean admits to being selfish and says he thinks he's entitled – and that moreover, he feels great for the first time in a long while, and that he wants to enjoy this last year by killing some evil and having fun.
- (plays during recap of previous events)
- "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- (plays as Sam walks in on Dean and the twins)
- "Mean Little Town" by Howling Diablos
- (plays at the bar occupied by demons)
- "I Shall Not be Moved" by J.B. Burnett
- (played on radio as Sam and Dean are preparing for the Seven Deadly Sins to arrive at the house)
Let me see your knife.
Dean: What for?
Sam: So I can gouge my eyes out.
Dean: It was a beautiful, natural act, Sam.
It's a part of you I never wanted to see, Dean.
Dean: It's driving me crazy. I tell you, if it's gonna be war, I wish it would just start already.
Sam: I don't know, man. Be careful what you wish for.
Bobby: So, we're eating bacon cheeseburgers for breakfast, are we?
Dean: Well, I sold my soul. Got a year to live. I ain't sweating the cholesterol.
No offense, but we're not teaming with the damn fools who let the Devil's Gate get opened in the first place.
Dean: No offense?
Tamara: Isaac. Like you've never made a mistake.
Oh yeah, yeah. Locked my keys in the car, turned my laundry pink. Never brought on the end of the world, though.
Dean, what are you doing?
Dean: I'm comforting the bereaved. What are you doing?
Sam: Workin'. Dead body, possible demon attack – that kind of stuff.
Sam, I'm sorry. It's just, I don't have much time left, and, uh... got to make every second count.
We don't even know how many of them there are!
Bobby: Yeah, we do. There's seven. Do you have any idea who we're up against?
Dean: No. Who?
The seven deadly sins, live and in the flesh!
Envy: My point exactly. And you call us sins. We're not sins, man. We are natural human instinct. And you can repress and deny us all you want, but the truth is, you are just animals. Horny... greedy... hungry... violent animals. And you know what? You'll be slaughtered like animals, too... The others – they're coming for me.
Dean: Maybe. But they're not gonna find you... 'cause you'll be in Hell. Someone send this clown packing.
I suppose you're Lust.
Lust: Baby, I'm whatever you want me to be.
Dean: Yeah, all right, just stay back.
Lust: Or what?
Dean: Good point.
I'm not gonna hurt you – not yet. Not unless you want me to.
Sam: Who the hell are you?
Ruby: I'm the girl that just saved your ass.
It's hellfire, Dean.
Dean: Whatever. You're alive, I feel good – for the first time in a long time. I got a year to live, Sam. I'd like to make the most of it. So what do you say we kill some evil sons of bitches and we raise a little hell, huh?
Sam: You're unbelievable.
Trivia & References
At the beginning of the episode, Sam
is researching for possible ways to get Dean
out of his deal
. One of the pages refers to the German legend of Faust.
According to the legend, Faust was a highly accomplished scholar who was bored and/or unsatisfied with what he has accomplished. He made a deal with the Devil's servant Mephistopheles: unlimited knowledge and/or worldly pleasures in exchange for his soul. As a condition to the deal, after a set period of years, the Devil/Mephistopheles would collect Faust's soul and he would be eternally damned.
So where's your brother?
Sam: Polling the electorate.
- On The Simpsons, the local cops joke that Mayor "Diamond Joe" Quimby is "polling the electorate" whenever he meets an attractive young woman for a motel-room tryst.
Hey, I appreciate you giving me a little quality time with the Doublemint Twins.
- "Doublemint Twins" was a part of an old advertising campaign for Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum. The company used identical twins for their advertising for many years.
It’s weird man, I mean the night the Devil's Gate opened, all these weirdo storm clouds were sighted over how many cities?
Dean: Seventeen. You’d think it’d be Apocalypse Now. It’s been five days and bupkis. What are the demons waiting for?
- Apocalypse Now is an iconic France Ford Coppola movie set in the Vietnam War and based on Joseph Conrad’s book Heart of Darkness
- "Bupkis" is a yiddish word used to mean "nothing" or "nothing of value." It is derived from a Slavic word for goat poo.
In the house where the family die of sloth, the TV series Dallas
is playing on the TV. Jim Beaver
appeared in two episodes of the original TV series.
You guys seem nice enough, but, this ain't "Scooby-Doo," and we don't play well with others
- Scooby-Doo was a long running cartoon series about four friends and a dog called Scooby-Doo who hunt down ghosts and the supernatural.
I love you.
Isaac: I know.
- This is a reference to the famous scene in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back of Han Solo's last conversation with Princess Leia prior to being frozen in carbonite.
What’s in the box?... Brad Pitt? Seven? No?
- Se7en directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher. It is a dark psychological thriller about serial killer who bases each murder on a gruesome interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins. "What's in the box?" is a reference to his final kill. And no, I'm not going to tell you what’s in the box!
I don't give a rat's ass if they're the Three Stooges or the Four Tops! I'm gonna slaughter every last one of them!
- The Three Stooges were an early 20th century comedy trio famous for slapstick comedy with witty one-liners. The Four Tops are a U.S. band that formed in the 1960s.
We're out. We're free. Thanks to you, my kind are everywhere. I am legion, for we are many. So me, I'm just celebrating. Having a little fun.
- From the Bible, Mark 5:9. When a possessed man approaches Jesus, he asks for the demon's name and the reply is "My name is Legion; for we are many."
Please. You really think you're better than me. Which one of you can cast the first stone, huh? What about you, Dean? You're practically a, a walking billboard of gluttony and lust. And Tamara. All that wrath. Oohh, tsk, tsk, tsk. It's the reason you and Isaac became hunters in the first place, isn't it? It's so much easier to... drink in the rage than to face what really happened all those years ago.
- A reference to the Bible, John 8:7, which tells the famous story of Jesus defending a woman accused of adultery from being stoned to death by asking her accusers, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." This quote is more widely known in popular jargon and pop culture as "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
- The quote is from Animal House by Dean Wormer to Stephen Furst’s character Kent Dorfman.
- Famous Jack Nicholson quote from The Shining, in a mocking interpretation of the introduction of late night show host Johnny Carson.
I'll say it again. Who was that masked chick?
- A reworking of the line "Who was that masked man?" from The Lone Ranger, a long running radio and TV series which featured a masked Texas Ranger.
This episode was first made available a day before it was aired on network television, for free download on iTunes.
The bar where the Seven Deadly Sins Demons congregate is called The Old Terminal Pub.
There are Seven Deadly Sins, but only six are shown killed or exorcised on camera during the episode:
- Envy (captured at the bar and exorcised by Tamara; human did not make it)
- Sloth (not explicitly stated, but implied by Bobby's "fat, drunk and stupid" comment. Captured by a devil's trap and exorcised by Bobby; human made it)
- Lust (immobilized by Dean in the holy water bathtub; exorcised by Bobby later)
- Gluttony (killed by Ruby with Ruby's knife)
- Greed (killed by Ruby with Ruby's knife)
- Pride (killed by Ruby and Sam using Ruby's knife)
- Wrath (possibly Wrath is the demon that possessed Isaac's body; it was immobilized and perhaps killed by Tamara - and/or Wrath is the bouncer/bar owner who tells Isaac and Tamara that he doesn't like hunters coming into his bar)
During the closing scene, we briefly see three bodies in the mass grave. Bobby tells Sam and Dean that the humans possessed by Lust and Sloth will make it, but have a lifetime of therapy to look forward to. Presumably, the other demons not shown were also killed; at least one and maybe two.
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