Recap / Supernatural S 07 E 04 Defending Your Life

Recap of Supernatural
Season 7, Episode 4

Defending Your Life

Written by Adam Glass.

Directed by Robert Singer.

Air Date: October 14, 2011.

While investigating a series of very strange murders, Dean and Sam learn that the Egyptian god Osiris is responsible for the killings. A god with nothing but revenge on his mind, Osiris is putting random people on trial for any mistakes they've made in the past and then promptly killing them if they're found guilty. Upon sensing Dean's guilt, Osiris puts him on trial, with Sam becoming Dean's lawyer. But both Sam and Dean are stunned when Osiris calls a witness, someone they thought they'd never see again.

Body Count:

For this episode = 3 humans.

For the series so far = At least 703 humans (of which 6 were witches), 88 demons, 55 angels, 36 Jefferson Starships, 34 ghosts, 26 vampires, 19 zombies, 14 gods, 9 hellhounds, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 shapeshifters, 4 ghouls, 3 djinn, 2 Arachnes, 2 dogs, 2 kitsunes, 2 werewolves, 1 crocotta, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, and 1 wraith.


  • Sadly Mythtaken: Osiris isn't the judge of the Underworld, he's the king. Anubis, as the Guardian of the Scales, is the one who runs the judging ceremony, the "weighing of the heart". He balances your heart against Ma'at ("truth"), generally represented as a feather. If your heart is heavier than the feather, Ammit the Devourer eats it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Osiris can't actually be killed; the only option the boys have is to seal him away for a couple hundred years.
  • Shout-Out: To Judge Judy, Ally McBeal, and The Good Wife.
  • Surprise Witness: Jo.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Jo Harvelle is way paler now that she's a ghost than she ever was as a flesh-and-blood human.