Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.04: Defending Your Life

Sam has to cross-examine her and as he approaches her chair he’s practically vibrating with nervous energy and probably a little bit of shock at seeing his friend again. He points out that her dad was a hunter, too, and Jo says she idolized her father.

Sam: So, why’d you start? To impress some loud mouth ass you just met? Or be like your dad?

Jo: Daddy issues. Definitely.

She tries to say something to Dean, but Osiris waves her away. He gives Sam and Dean a minute to “strategize,” and Sam is like, “Who is the next witness? He looked at you like you knew.”

Dean: I got no friggin’ clue!

Osiris calls Sam to the stand. Okay, interesting. Osiris starts in on how Sam’s life has not turned out like he expected. Before Dean came to get him he was going to be a real lawyer, he had Jess, he was happy. Sam flashes to those scenes with Jess from the pilot and Dean starts to look less irritated and more…devastated. His lips are parted, his eyes focused inward, as the enormity of what Osiris is laying out there truly begins to peel away his protective layers.

Sam protests that none of that was Dean’s fault, and Osiris drives home the point that everything that happened after that, all the deaths, the blood, the pain stemmed from that one moment. Dean is seeing it all – every death: John, Sam, Mary, Jess, Ronald, Jo…all the blood on his hands and he looks gutted. Like he can’t quite breathe right.

Osiris: Don’t you think your brother dragged you back because he’d rather damn you with him than be alone?

Dean’s not look at Sam –he’s not looking at anything, really—but Sam is looking at him, then says, “No. One way or another, I’d have been pulled back in.”

Osiris sits back in the wake of Sam’s certainty and is like, well, if it was just about convincing me…but this is solely about how Dean feels, way down deep.

Well, crap. They’re screwed.

Sam’s like, “So if Dean believes he’s innocent, then he is?”

Osiris: Yes. People want to be judged. They really do. When your heart’s heavy, real punishment is a mercy.

So, Sam calls Dean to the stand. Dean looks at Sam like WTH?! But the chains break and next thing you know, he’s in the witness chair. Sam is really into this, jazzed up on the need to win this trial, to get his brother out of this. He’s been pumped all episode, actually – throwing Dean’s weariness into light by mere contrast.

Sam: When you came and got me, did you know Jess would die?

Dean: ‘Course not!

Sam: Right! How could you? Are you psychic?

Dean’s like, pfft, I know, right?

Sam: That was a question.

Dean: Oh. No. Definitely not psychic.

Sam: Why would you feel guilty about not predicting the future?

Dean (no longer as enthusiastic about playing the game): Yeah…that doesn’t make any sense.

Sam: What about Jo? Did you kill her?

Dean (more hesitantly): Uh…no.

Sam: Isn’t it true you don’t feel guilty? You’re just sad that she’s dead?

Dean (again looking like he’s trying to breathe): Actually…maybe…yeah.

Osiris makes doubty noises.

Sam: Does any of this feel like it’s really on you?

Dean (searching Sam’s face for the right answer): Not…really?

Sam: Is your heart heavy with guilt? Or just plain heavy and none of this guy’s business?

Dean: Uh…what you said. The 2nd thing.

Osiris is entertained, but it doesn’t matter. He can see into Dean’s heart…so this entire charade was pointless. They were still trying to convince Osiris. It was Dean they needed to convince and an act performed for an Egyptian god was soooo not going to cut it. Osiris asks Dean if he wants him to call his last witness and Dean immediately flashes to Amy. It would destroy him if Sam found out about Amy that way. Destroy both of them. He couldn’t let that happen. No matter what. So he calls an end to the Ally McBealing and tells Osiris to drop the hammer.

Sam’s like, WTH, man, he’s giving us more time! But it doesn’t matter, and Dean knows it. And there’s a moment where it almost looks like he’s…relieved. To be free of either the guilt or this life, I’m not sure. But right up until he put the salt ring around himself later in the hotel room, I wasn’t sure if he was going to do a thing to try to save himself.

Osiris reaches a verdict, finds Dean guilty in his heart, sentences him to death, and tells him to get his affairs in order. They head back to the hotel and see the police there, wheeling out a body in a body bag. Heading up to the room, Sam’s crestfallen when he sees the broken salt ring. Dean, though, looks at the room with numb acceptance. Time passes as Sam is on the phone, Dean is on the laptop, Sam is on the phone again, Dean drinks….

Bobby calls and (of course) has a way to put Osiris out of commission for a couple of centuries. He’s in the car again – probably because he’s still driving over Hell’s Half Acre collecting his back-up copies of books. Dean’s sitting on the edge of the bed, elbows on his knees, head hanging down, a drink in his hand. Sam, though, is on his feet, as he’s been this whole time, pacing.

Apparently, they have to stab O with a rams horn.

Bobby: Make sure it’s sharp. He ain’t gonna let you stab him twice.


Sam googles “rams horn” and finds out that Jewish people blow them once a year (really? Huh) and figures he’ll find one at a synagogue. Dean thinks ripping off a temple is a new low, but then he’s not really fighting for his life quite has hard as his brother is in this moment. He gives over the Impala keys and says quietly, “That dick’s gonna sic Jo on me, Sam.”

Sam: You’re a hunter, Dean. You know how to deal with ghosts.

He turns away, but stops when Dean says, still quiet, “You suggesting I kill her again?”

Sam: You didn’t kill her, Dean. I’ll hurry.

Yeah, you probably should. He’s hanging on by a thread, here, Sam. And he’s not looking for a new rope.

Dean puts a circle of salt around himself then sighs, saying, “You can come out now.”

Jo appears at the back of the room.

Sam find a synagogue and there’s a ram’s horn just sitting on the desk of the office he breaks into. Of course. Just then, a rabbi opens the door, catching them both by complete surprise, and says, “I’m guessing you’re not here for bar mitzvah lessons.”

I’d love to know what Sam said to convince the rabbi to let him leave with the ram’s horn.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Comments are closed.