|Title||Defending Your Life|
|Episode #||Season 7, Episode 4|
|First aired||October 14, 2011|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Adam Glass|
|On IMDB||Defending Your Life|
|Outline||Sam and Dean encounter the Egyptian god Osiris, who is putting people on trial for their past mistakes and killing them if found guilty. Osiris hones in on Dean's guilt and decides he's next, and Sam steps in as his lawyer.|
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Sam and Dean travel to Dearborn, Michigan, for a case. Posing as FBI agents, they enter the crime scene of a man who was hit by a car and killed... on the tenth floor of his apartment building. After scanning Matthew Hammond's apartment for EMF, they conclude that a ghost is responsible and search for other clues. They find red dirt on the ground, a ten-year chip from Alcoholics Anonymous, and bank statements with a recurring charge to a place called Jane's.
Sam speaks to a woman who knew Matthew from Alcoholic's Anonymous. She tells him that Matthew—ten years sober—called her from Neal's Tavern, about to fall off the wagon. She met him there and talked him out of drinking again, but she doesn't know what caused his near relapse. Meanwhile, Dean goes to Jane's, a florist, and learns that Matthew had monthly deliveries of flowers sent to Elizabeth Duren. He also paid for three years' worth of deliveries in advance just a few days ago. He asks for her address, and is given the location of her grave: Elizabeth Duren died ten years ago at the age of ten when her then neighbor, Matthew Hammond, backed up over her on her bike. It was ruled an accident, but they suspect that Matthew was drunk and that his guilt is why he stopped drinking. They dig up Elizabeth's grave and salt and burn her bones to put her spirit to rest.
After taking care of Elizabeth, however, another local man dies in an unexplainable way. Christopher Fisher, a man who was convicted of running a dog fighting ring years ago, was found ripped to shreds in a diner bathroom by a dog that nobody saw or heard. Dean says that the man deserved to be killed by a spectral dog looking for revenge, but Sam is adamant that Christopher was a changed man who volunteered and raised money for dog shelters. At Sam's insistence, they go to the morgue, where Sam finds red dirt on Christopher's shoes that is identical to the dirt he found in Matthew's apartment.
The red dirt leads Sam and Dean to a nearby apple farm. Before they can get there, however, they're stopped in the road by a man named Warner who jumps in front of their car. They take Warner back to their motel room and learn that he was recently released from jail, where he served thirty years for killing a liquor store owner and his wife during a robbery. When he was leaving Neal's Tavern the other night he was jumped, and when he woke up, he was in a strange courtroom. It was in a barn at the apple orchard, and there were "weird symbols." While there, a judge put him on trial and sentenced him to death. Sam asks him to draw the symbols and then is pulled outside by Dean, who has reservations about helping Warner—after all, he's a murderer. Sam tells Dean that they have no right to judge others, but Dean isn't convinced. He leaves to check out Neal's Tavern, where both Matthew and Warner were before their deaths.
While Dean goes to the bar, Sam gets the sketch of the "weird symbols" from Warner and tells him that they have to go back to the barn where he was on trial. Warner refuses, so Sam sets him up in a chair surrounded by a ring of salt before leaving, already on the phone to Bobby for a consult on the symbols. When he arrives at the orchard, he goes to the large red barn that Warner described, but it's empty except for hay and a little red dirt. When he's about to leave, he gets a call from Bobby, who tells him that the symbols were Egyptian, from the Book of the Dead, and that they're dealing with Osiris, an Egyptian God who can see directly into a human heart. He weighs a person's guilt, and if he finds more than "a feather's worth," he kills them. Sam wants to hunt him down, but Bobby tells him that he and Dean need to get away before Osiris hones in on them.
Meanwhile, Dean is at Neal's Tavern flirting with an attractive bartender named Mia. She asks him what's weighing on him, and he reveals that he's feeling bad about having to go behind someone's back while on the job. She sympathizes, but tells him not to feel bad if it's something that he had to do. He slams back a few more hard drinks, but then switches to beer when she alludes that she's getting off work soon. Later, when he's outside the bar and psyching himself up for their "date," he gets a call from Sam. He picks up, but is snatched by Osiris before he can say anything, and his cell phone falls to the ground outside the bar. Worried, Sam continues to call Dean's cell phone until it's picked up by the bartender. Sam gets there quickly and questions her, and when he looks where she found Dean's phone, he sees more red dirt.
Back at the orchard, Sam approaches the barn, where he finds Dean chained to a chair in front of Osiris. Osiris can sense Sam's presence outside the barn, and invites him in. When Sam learns that Dean is going on trial, he insists on defending him and then objects to the fairness of the hearing. Osiris has little patience for him, but agrees to limit the number of his witnesses to three. His first witness is Jo Harvelle. Osiris summons her ghost and questions Jo about her motives for hunting and for going on the job that lead to her death. He tries to get her to say that Dean is responsible for her death, but she refuses, and when Sam cross-examines her, he asks her if her motivation was to be like her father, who was also a hunter. She answers that yes, she had daddy issues, and that her decision to be a hunter had nothing to do with Dean. She starts to say something to Dean, but Osiris banishes her before she can.
The next witness Osiris calls is Sam himself, and he questions Sam about why he started hunting. He implies that the reason his girlfriend Jessica died and everything in Sam's life snowballed out of control was because Dean came to get him for that first hunt out of the selfish desire not to be alone. Sam tells him that he doesn't blame Dean and that he would have lost his normal life with Jessica one way or another. Osiris says that he believes him, but it's not about convincing him—it's about convincing Dean himself, who's guilt isn't so easily dismissed.
Sam then insists on calling Dean to the stand, and Osiris allows it. Sam questions Dean about his guilt directly, and Dean says that he doesn't feel guilty about Jo's death or about what happened to Sam. Sam emphasizes that Dean isn't psychic, and that feeling guilty about things he couldn't predict would be ridiculous. Osiris is amused and gives Dean the choice of whether or not he will call his third and final witness. Dean remembers killing Amy and knows that she will be the last witness. Still feeling guilty about going behind Sam's back and lying to him about killing her, Dean tells Osiris to skip it and just make his decision. Sam is confused and then upset when Osiris finds Dean "guilty in his heart" and sentences him to die.
Back at the motel, they find police and see a body being wheeled away on a gurney. Warner didn't stay in the circle of salt in their room and was killed by the ghosts of the people he murdered thirty years ago. Dean is resigned, but Sam won't give up on him. Bobby calls and tells them that Osiris can be banished for a few hundred years if he's stabbed with a ram's horn, something used in Jewish traditions, so Sam goes to a find a Jewish temple where he can steal one. Dean stays behind in a circle of salt, and Jo's ghost appears soon after Sam leaves.
Jo apologizes to Dean for what she's about to do—Osiris is controlling her. Dean tells her it's okay, and that the judge was right. She and Sam were kids, but Dean never was, and he should have thought before dragging them in on hunts. She tells him that it's not his fault and that he carries too much guilt, but he can't let go of it. She goes over to the stove and turns on the gas, then breaks the window so that the salt line is blown away. Once the barrier is gone, she takes his lighter and prepares to light it.
Meanwhile, Sam has retrieved the ram's horn and gone back to Neal's Tavern, where Osiris is about to take his next victim. He stabs Osiris with the ram's horn, destroying him, and is just in time for Jo to drop the lighter. She caresses Dean's face and then vanishes.
On the side of a small gravel road, Sam and Dean discuss the case over beers. Sam asks if Jo seemed like she was in pain, but Dean tells him that she seemed like herself, maybe even happier. He compliments Sam on his skills as a lawyer, and Sam asks him who Osiris was planning to call as a third witness. Dean lies and says that he has no idea. He then asks why Osiris didn't put Sam on trial, and Sam tells him that he doesn't feel guilty anymore. He's done his time in Hell and finally feels like his past is past and he can move on with his life. He feels good.
- "Down South Jukin'" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- (plays at the bar)
- "4 am Blues" by Barrett Johnson
- (plays when Osiris is drinking at the bar)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode title
- On location pics by Vancouver Sun
- Location pics by OLTV
- Location pics
- Fan report with pics by dragonlit
- Location pics
- Jared on set by JustJared
- Fan report complete with pet rat by tigerkatz
- Pics by spinningjenny64
- report of filming with pics by elsiecat
- Article about filming with pics
- Set pictures
- Official Synopsis
- Promo pics by ontd-spnparty
- Promo clip
- Sera Gamble introduces clips from the episode
- Canadian promo
- Further comments from Sera on Dean
- Interview with a Alona Tal
- Winchester Radio podcast with special guest Faran Tahir