Recap / Supernatural S 07 E 05 Shut Up Dr Phil

Recap of Supernatural
Season 7, Episode 5

Shut Up, Dr. Phil

Written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: October 21, 2011.

Sam and Dean deal with a witch who is using her powers to terrorize a small town. They soon discover that she is taking out her anger with her husband, also a witch, who she discovered was having an affair.

Body Count:

For this episode = 3 humans.

For the series so far = At least 706 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.


  • The Alcoholic: Sam is jogging but Dean is drinking more than ever.
  • An Aesop: Sam tries to draw one from this episode's events, to encourage Dean to talk about what's bothering him. Naturally, Dean refuses to admit there's anything wrong in the first place.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Turns out both parties are witches, not just Maggie.
  • Bee Bee Gun: Don has hornets swarm around Dean's face.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Apparently Maggie had Pity Sex with Christopher Columbus.
  • Big "NO!": Maggie when her paintings start to run.
  • Blood Magic: Maggie's spells include drawing sigils on photos using her own blood.
  • Bury Your Gays / Off with Her Head!: Sue.
  • Conflict Killer: Two Hunters bursting in on the two witches causes them to team up.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Don manages to easily stun a Leviathan. The effect lasts for days and leaves it very weak when it snaps out of it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Innocent bystanders die in a family squabble.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: "They will get out, just not alive."
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Dean, as per usual.
  • Empathic Environment: Plants die and Don's statue cracks when the couple get really pissed at each other.
  • Eye of Newt: Dean's really not happy when Sam dumps a bag of chicken feet next to him as he's about to tuck into his cream pie. Turns out it's the wrong ingredient anyway.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Dean searches for "freaky accidents".
  • Grow Old with Me: Inverted. Don refers to Maggie as the woman he " wants to never grow old with", but the meaning is the same.
  • Hysterical Woman: Don's personal assistant is freaking out after being hexed. Dean mutters, "Shall I slug her?"
  • Karma Houdini: The witches never receive any punishment for the people they killed.
  • The Masochism Tango: Don and Maggie. Their "arguments" consist of ruining each other's lives and killing each other's friends and lovers. They make Buffy and Spike seem functional.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Jenny with Don. And, apparently, a "Medici chick".
  • Nail 'Em: One of the victims are killed by a nail gun firing nails through a porter potty. Somewhat lampshaded when the local cops comment that they can't figure out where the nail gun had been plugged in during the attack.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Sam and Dean letting the Starks away with their crimes is a pretty big one, especially since Dean killed Amy on the same principle. Partly justified in that both are incredibly powerful (Don could take down a Leviathan with sheer magical power), Sam and Dean were lucky to escape with their lives.
  • Power Incontinence: As the witches' argument gets worse, they start losing control over their powers. They go from killing plants to blacking out the town.
  • Punk in the Trunk: Chett has a dead body in his trunk for a snack. It's poetic justice that he ends up hooded and chained in the back seat of the Impala.
  • Punny Name: BM Disposal on a Porta-Potty.
  • Quick Nip: Dean is drinking on the job now.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Turns out his marriage has been going on quite a while.
  • Shipped in Shackles: Chett is chained up in the back of the Impala. Though it's clear only the spell is holding him.
  • Shout-Out: Bewitched, both versions. There's a sneaky one to Dragon Ball Z when the witches are charging their spell and Don's Magical Gesture looks like he's preparing a Kamehameha.
  • Tempting Fate: Dean assures Bobby he's got the spell ingredients right. He hasn't.
  • This Means War!: Maggie after her art show is ruined.
  • Time for Plan B: When the counterspell didn't work, Sam tries marriage counseling.
  • You Owe Me: Dean says they owe Don one after he saves them from the Leviathan. It's implied Don is returning the favour for them saving his marriage — he originally went there to remove the hex coins Maggie left in their hotel room.