DETAILS

Writers: Eric Kripke 
Director: Kim Manners  
First aired: First Aired: Thursday October 4, 2007

Bracing themselves for the possibility of an apocalyptic war, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they have an enormous task of hunting down the hundreds of demons that escaped from the Devil’s Gate.

With only a year left to live, Dean decides to live life to the fullest and exhibits a carefree attitude that troubles Sam, who is trying to find a loophole in the deal. Bobby (Jim Beaver) tells the brothers about a sighting in Nebraska that turns out to be seven demons that are the actual manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Kim Manners directed the episode written by Eric Kripke.

 

 

RECAP/REVIEW

Recap by smallville-29

“The Magnificent Seven”

We start out with the always amazing opening, “The Road So Far” Followed by clips from previous episodes. We hear a voice over from Dean “Look dad’s gone now, we have to carry out his legacy and that means hunting down as many evil sons a b*tches as we can” Clips from Hollywood Babylon, Heart, Tall Tales, What is and what never should be, Nightshifter, with a recap from All hell break loose pt1, and 2.

We come to a street in Oak Park, Illinois, Ware a guy it taking his garbage out, when he goes to walk back inside his house the garbage cans start to shake, along with the street lights flickering.. He looks up and sees the cloud of demons escaping from the devils trap. One comes up and knocks him to the ground, He is now possessed. (Supernatural Intro shows, they re-did it again and it’s amazing)

7 days later – Sam is searching through books to try and find a everything on crossroads, And Dean is having a few lady friends over, Sam gets s call from Bobby asking him and Dean to come and help him with a job. Sam goes in to get Dean and sees Dean and his lady friends having some fun, he then runs out the door. We cut to Dean and Sam heading down to meet Bobby. Sam ask for Deans knife so he can “gouge his eyes out”, We find out there heading to “Lincoln Nebraska” and that the demon clouds were spotted over 17 cites but nothing Supernatural has happened in the last seven days.

We meet up with Bobby outside a house, they knock and Dean yells “CANDY GRAM” but there is no answer. The pick the lock and head in.. A few minutes later they find 3dead corpses on a couch watching TV. Dean hears a few foot steps outside the window and goes to investigate… He opens a door and then WOMP he gets hit with a gun and goes down, Bobby walks out and realizes that the guy who hit Dean is Issac (another hunter) and his wife Tamara. The head over to there house (which is located right outside of the closest town) and Sam asks them to team up so that they and get the job done faster, Dean calls the morgue and gets the employee to give him some info on the cause of death , which is dehydration.. There not sure what the heck is up with the dehydration cause there kitchen was fully usable, and stocked. Bobby doesn’t know any demon like this.
Issac and Tamara refuse to work with “the fools that let the demons out” We get a glimpse outside the house ware a young blond women (Ruby) is watching.

They switch over to a department store ware the guy from the beginning of the episode (the possessed guy) walks in and touches this girl and tells her that one of the other customers has some nice shoes in her hand, the girl then looks like she is possessed and walks over and ask the customer for the shoes, after the customer refuses the girl follows her outside and kills her against the window shield of her car.. She then takes the shoes and walks away.

Commercial #1

CSI is getting evidence from the scene and one of the CSI’s says “we better call Grissom”, (lol what a great little line) Sam heads into the store ware Dean is “comforting one of the other girl customers”.. Bobby walks in with the full costume on, he had been talking to the girl and has no leads. They have nothing until Dean suggest that they take a look at the security camera. They see the guy touch the girl and then watch her walk over towards the lady with the shoes. They print out a picture and are now trying to find him. They all split up, And for a few seconds Sam is followed by the same blond who was outside of Issac and Tamra’s house. When he turns around she has vanished.

They find out he drinks at this “stupid bar” as Dean puts it, He shows up at the bar, But Bobby makes them wait in the car because they don’t know what there walking into. Seconds later Issac and Tamra show up and head into the bar following him. Issac has some holy water and plans to kill the guy in the bathroom but he is stopped by the bar owner who says “i don’t like hunters in my bar’ they are quickly surround by demons, Sam and Dean try to break the door down but it won’t budge. It’s a demon bar!

Commercial #2

The demons are getting ready to kill them when one tells Issac to drink some drain chemicals, Issac dies after poising himself with the chemicals. I happens right in front of Tamra.. They are about to kill Tamra when Bobby backs his car into the bar and all three of the boys jump out and splash holy water on the demons to get Tamra away, Dean throws one in the trunk and they leave. The Demon is stuck under a protective circle on the ceiling, Tamra wants to go back.. And Dean says he will go with her, Bobby and Sam will have none of it. Bobby discovers there up against the seven deadly sins. ( Pride – Envy – Gluttony – Lust – Anger – Greed – Sloth) Tamra still wants to go back until Bobby yells at her “We’ve never faced anything close to this so were going to take a breath and FIGURE OUT WHAT ARE NEXT MOVE IS!” Everyone goes silent.

The demon as ALWAYS starts to boast and says that his friends will be there soon, when Dean gets sick of him they send him back to hell. 1 Down 6 Left.

“Were out numbered and out gunned” Dean wants them to head to the hills and he will hold them back as long as he can, “If were going down were going down together” Sam says, They salt the doors and get ready for a battle none of them think they can win. Sam and Dean give a quick brother look at one another and then the radio turns on, The demons are here.

They all hear Issac yell from outside “Tamara! Tamara! Help me please!”

Commercial #3

Issac comes up to the door, Bobby tells Tamara one of the demons is possessing him. He starts to talk about things that have happened in there life, he brings up when there daughter died and she then has had enough. She opens the door and tackles him to the ground, then sticks a stake in his stomach. 2 Down 5 Left.

Demons storm the house 4 run up stairs ware Dean and Sam are, and the fifth sees Bobby and starts to walk at him. Bobby steps back and the demon walks at him and under the protective circle, Bobby starts to exercise him.3 Down, 4 to go… Lust comes after Dean and Dean stars to make out with her, Pride and a couple others come after Sam, they see the protective circle on top of the wall and they break it in half, Sam is pretty much screwed.. They tell him they’ve heard of him as the “boy king” but since the Yellow Eyed Demon is dead they can do whatever they want to him. Dean is making out with Lust and he takes her into the bathroom…. He grabs her and throws her head under the tub water, which has a cross in it and is holy water. 4 Down, 3 to go.

Pride grabs Sam and is about to strangle him when the blond woman who was following Sam early (Ruby) walks in and cuts one of the demons throat with her knife, 5 Down 2 to go. The next demon turns around and says “You!” right before she gets stabbed, 6 Down one to go… The last demon grabs the blond and Sam punches him in the face. The blond turns around and stabs him too. 7 Down 0 left. Sam in shock asks “Who the hell are you?” “I’m the girl that just saved your ass” she replies, “Well i just saved yours too” Sam responds, “See you around Sam” she then walks around a corner and is gone.

Commercial # 4

There getting ready to burn some bodies, Bobby exercised them all hoping to save some of the people, 2 make it, the other five they burn. Sam ask “what kind of blade can kill a demon?” Bobby says “if you asked me yesterday i would have said none”

Tamra is going her own way, Bobby is heading back home and tells the boys to look out for omens.

Sam and Dean are trying to figure out ware to go, Sam wants to go to Louisiana and try and find a way to get out of the deal Dean made, Dean wants to go to reno. Sam asks Dean why he acts like he couldn’t care less and wants to die, Dean tells Sam “if we try and trap the crossroads demon, trick it, try and welsh are way of the the deal someway… you die”

Sam tells Dean he’s selfish for not thinking about what it would put him through, Dean says he couldn’t live without him… “I got a year to live Sam and id like to make the most of it, so what do you say we kill some evil sons a *****es and we raise a little hell?”

They get in the Impala a drive off….

Credits.

This episode was everything we wanted it to be, Bobby was amazing and has stepped up. Dean is carefree and doing what he wants, and has no fear so demons beware, Sam knows he can find a way to save Dean and it more determined then ever. Along with a new demon killing knife, This season has started out with one win in what looks to be a very dark world.

 

Review by Gaelic

3.01: Magnificent 7

I loved it. Friggin’ LOVED it. Overall, the deaths and killings and effects were much bloodier, the music was much spookier, the opening “credits” was seriously NICE. Oh – and did you catch that Sera Gamble produced it? Hee. Multi-talented that one.

Only thing that bugged me was the lovey-dovey-ness of Tamara and her husband and the very obvious fact that a demon or some such had killed their child. I was actually glad then the husband died — and gah! What a way to go!!

Bobby — I so dig that man. When they were in the store and he stepped in front of the mirror — sans hat — and was all dapper I actually said “Who’s that?” HA! And seeing him drive that bad-ass rust bucket and talk on the cell phone was priceless. Going off on Tamara? Perfectly pitched and the look of fear before he tossed out the “boozin’ and drinkin'” line to the sloth demon trapped in the devil’s trap — *claps*. His pregnant pause at the end when Sam’s looking for reassurance that they can win said more than a soliloquy by Shakespeare. I am so excited that he’s going to be in many more episodes. And I dug his car!

Ruby — eh. Wasn’t in it enough for me to make an assessment — though that blade of hers is tough. Gonna have to bring that back. The slow-mo of her taking out the demons that were attacking Sam (and then Sam’s slow-mo upper cut) was clever. Nicely done.

Sam — I am so not a Sam girl. He just doesn’t do anything for me. The only thing I find attractive about him (aside from the obvious pecks and abs he nicely displayed in Heart) are his cat-eyes. He has nice eyes. That said, Sam totally did it for me in this episode. I think his need to get Dean out of the deal, obsessively searching the book, finding the hoodoo priest in Louisiana, trying to give Dean the space and latitude he thinks Dean needs… so right on. So perfectly done. He’s not so desperately rudderless as Dean was at the beginning of Season 2 — mostly because (I think) Dean is still there, but he’s searching.

He’s trying to find his sea legs. He’s scared to death of losing his brother, of losing this war, but he’s Sam. There’s a reason the Pride demon recognized him by name. Sam, God love him, has an ego. It’s really subtle — not as overt or showy as Dean’s. But I think that’s because Sam doesn’t realize he has one and Dean uses his to cover everything else. Sam is going to be so interesting to watch this season. I really think he’s going to come into his own — he’s going to be a powder keg. I see him as Dean from Season 2, with a deadly twist. Sam is darker than Dean in my eyes and he is going to show it this year, I think.

Dean — my boy! It was just so good to SEE him again. I must have sighed over a dozen times. The eye movements, the grin, that damn wife beater, the lower-lip licking, the way he kissed that Lust demon (he needs to kiss something else besides a demon… Dean needs a “Heart” episode… especially now with one year left…). God, just the way he moved. When they were entering that house, covering each other… toe. curl. His brashness and cavelier attitude about the deal was really appropriately inappropriate. I could totally see why he was behaving that way — pushing at Sam, seeing how long it would take until Sam pushed back. What an intoxicating sense of freedom he must have at the moment — a year seems like a long time at the beginning of it, y’know?

The moment of silence in the candlelight while they waited for the demons to approach actually made me catch my breath. I could feel him waiting for Sam to say something, almost hoping that he might. And his speech at the end kinda shook me a little. And man, some of the stuff I’m going through right now made me totally identify with so much of what Dean said. I totally bought his flat-out refusal to figure a way out of the deal. Get out of the deal, Sam dies. Not gonna happen. Sam calling him selfish and him agreeing I found so refreshing. And when he said “after all I’ve done for this family I think I deserve a little selfishness” I practically cheered.

How bad have I wanted to say that to the parental units, the sibs that I raised? How BAD did I want to be selfish?! Just say, hey, listen, I’ve given everything I’ve ever had for you — it’s my turn now and you’re just going to have to deal with it. I could taste it. When he said that I was like “it’s about TIME!” When he said he was tired, I felt his weariness in the way he closed his eyes for that brief second — and I could totally believe the fact that the year’s end would be (at this moment at least) a light at the end of the tunnel. I mean, sometimes things at work get so bad that I actually make up scenarios in my head of tragedy striking that would be significant enough to change my life to the point that I would have to leave my job. Because… you want to quit, to just stop doing what your doing, just stop living the life you’re living, but you don’t know how — you’re not a “quitter”… you can’t bear to see yourself that way or to think about how others might see you. But a death sentence? Heck! That’s a get out of jail free card, man! And the only thing you care about in the world is standing there and he’s okay.

Now I’m just waiting for the mask to slip — because you know it’s going to. I’m waiting for the panic to grab him a little bit, then dig in. For the realization that a year isn’t as long as he thought it was, and the fear that even though Sam is okay and alive, with Dean gone, who’s gonna watch out for him? This is going to be a fantastically interesting year for this character and I can’t wait.

General — Loved their reaction to the stench in the house. Very real. Holy crap moment: the chick slamming the other girl’s head against the window. Blech death scene: drinking Draino. Oh shit moment: bar filled with demons. I actually yelled at the TV “Use the CAR!” when Bobby and Dean were slamming their shoulders against the locked door. Yum moment: Dean in wifebeater with double thumbs-up. I want that screen grab. And I loved that their were actually some similarities in how we’re writing them in Bloody Sunday and how we plotted it. Hee!

Okay, so that was off the top of my head. I’m sure I missed a ton of stuff that you saw, but I am just so GLAD they’re back. I can’t wait for this season to unfold. There is something to look forward to on Thursday’s again!

 

 

GUEST STARS

  

Recurring Role:
Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer)
Katie Cassidy (Ruby) 
Guest Star:
Gardiner Millar (Wrath)
Tiara Sorensen (Greed)
Allison Warnyca (Shopper)
Monique Ganderton
Ben Cotton (Pride)
C. Ernst Harth (Sloth)
Katya Virshilas (Lust)
Michael Rogers (Gluttony)
Peter Macon (Isaac)
Josh Daugherty (Envy / Walter Rosen)
Caroline Chikezie (Tamara)

 

 

IMAGE GALLERY

 

 

TRAILER/CLIPS

 

 

MUSIC

 

Hells Bells by AC/DC
Momment of the episode: Played at the beginning of the episode, during its preview.
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Momment of the episode: Played while Dean was having sex with the girls. Also while he was driving to Nebraska with Sam.

 

 

QUOTES

Sam: Hey Bobby, we can win this war, right?
(silence)
Bobby: Catch you on the next one.

Isaac: A family that slays together, stays together.

Isaac: I’ve locked my keys in the car, turned my laundry pink, but I’ve never brought on the end of the world.

Walter: Some people crochet, others golf: me, I like to see people’s insides on their outsides.

Walter: You’re just horny, greedy, hungry, violent animals. And you’ll be slaughtered like animals.

Sam: Look, if we’re going down, we’re going down together.

Pride: Come on. You really think something like that is gonna fool someone like me? I mean me.
Sam: Let me guess. You’re Pride.

Dean: I suppose you are Lust.
Lust: Baby, I’m whatever you want me to be.
Dean: Yeah, hell right. Just stay back.
Lust: Or what?
Dean: Good point.

Bobby: You boys find anything around here?
Sam: No, nothing.
Dean: Well, maybe something. (points to video camera) See, I’m working.

Bobby: Do you have any idea who we’re up against?
Dean: No, who?
Bobby: The Seven Deadly Sins, live and in the flesh.
Dean: (laughs.) “What’s in the box?” … Brad Pitt, Seven, no? (shuts up)

Dean: All I see is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Sam: That’s hellfire, Dean.

Sam: You’re unbelievable.
Dean: Very true.

Bobby: Where is your brother?
Sam: Polling the electorate.
Bobby: What?
Sam: Never mind.

Sam: I’ve been bending over backwards trying to be nice to you, and I don’t care anymore.
Dean: Well, that didn’t last long.

Sam: It’s suicide, Dean!
Dean: So what? I’m dead already!

Sam: Dean, what’re you doing?
Dean: Comforting the bereaved. What’re you doing?
Sam: Workin’. Dead body, possible demon attack, that kinda stuff.
Dean: (fake coughing) Sam, I’m sorry. It’s just, I don’t have much time left. And, uh… (more coughing) …gotta make every second count.

Bobby: So, we’re eating bacon cheeseburgers for breakfast, are we?
Dean: Well, sold my soul. Got a year to live. I ain’t sweatin’ the cholesterol.

Sam: Dean, let me see your knife.
Dean: What for?
Sam: So I can gouge my eyes out.
(Dean laughs)
Dean: It was a beautiful, natural act, Sam.
Sam: That’s a part of you I never wanted to see, Dean.

 

 

TRIVIA

 

  • It was implied throughout the episode that the demons could control humans with a touch (as evidenced by Envy controlling the woman and Gluttony controlling Isaac). When Lust touched Dean, however, he was able to lure her over to the bathtub, which was full of holy water. How come he wasn’t affected?
  • Oak Park, Illinois is shown here as being on a bluff overlooking Chicago, which is geographically inaccurate.
  • At the start of the episode when Sam is in the car reading the Faustus book, if you pause it to get the still picture you can read a few paragraphs of it. These few paragraphs are word for word straight from Wikipedia.
  • The shoes that the woman who was influenced by Envy kills for are green. The color green is often associated with envy (e.g., “green with envy,” “the green-eyed monster”).
  • When the brothers find the family at the Sloth house, the TV set is showing Charlene Tilton on a Dallas episode playing her character Lucy Ewing.
  • Katie Cassidy joins the starring cast in this episode, although her character’s name isn’t mentioned in this episode.
  • In-joke: As the CSI techs go over the crime scene at the shoe store, someone says, “You’d better get Grissom” in the background. Referencing Gil Grissom from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CSI airs opposite Supernatural on Thursday nights, as of the time this episode originally aired.
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    ALLUSIONS

    • Envy: Which one of you can cast the first stone?
      Referencing John 8:7 from the Christian Bible. Jesus says “Let ye without sin cast the first stone”. He was trying to get across the idea that those who brought forward the woman as a sinner could not judge her for they had all sinned to some extent.
    • Book: Binsfeld’s Classification of Demons
      In the book, Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. The pairings are as follows:

    Asmodeus: Lust
    Beelzebub: Gluttony
    Mammon: Greed
    Belphegor: Sloth
    Satan (or Gaap): Wrath
    Leviathan: Envy
    Lucifer: Pride

  • Book: Faustus
    Faust (German for “fist”) or Faustus (Latin for “auspicious” or “lucky”) is the protagonist of a classic German legend in which a medieval scholar makes a pact with the Devil. A story made most famous by Goethe’s play of the same name.
  • Pride: Here’s Johnny!
    Refering to the 1980 movie The Shining in which a man and his family go to an isolated hotel in the winter. After a while the father goes crazy. In one scene he breaks down a door and screams “Here’s Johnny!”
  • Dean: Candygram!
    Referencing the Saturday Night Live skit featuring Chevy Chase as the Land Shark. The Land Shark snuck up on unsuspecting victims by knocking on the door and getting them to open up with unlikely ruses.
  • Envy: My name is Legion, for we are many.
    This is a reference to Mark 5:9 in the Christian Bible. It is the reply given to Christ by a demon-possessed man after Christ questioned him about his identity.
  • Bobby: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
    Referencing the film Animal House. In the film, the dean tells this to Flounder.
  • Title
    The episode title shares its name with the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven directed by John Sturges. The film starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen as two of seven gunfighters hired to defend a peasant village from bandits. It spawned various sequels and was also made into a television series with the same title in 1998. However The Magnificent Seven was actually an American remake of the Japanese film The Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1954.
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