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Defending Your Life 

Sam and Dean investigate murders of people who have their guilty pasts come back and kill them. Could Dean be next?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Singer
Warren (as Julian D. Christopher)
Stephen Powell ...
Matthew Hammond
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Christopher Fisher
Shop Owner
Shop Owner's Wife
Gerry Waldman ...
Guilty Woman at Bar


Dean and Sam are investigating two weird murders and they stumble into a scared man who tells a strange story about a judge in a red barn. They discover that all the victims were guilty of some crime in the past and they are judged by the Egyptian god Osiris and sentenced to death. Osiris decides to judge Dean's guilt and Sam becomes his defense lawyer. However when Osiris is ready to summon his last witness, Dean realizes that he will summon Jo and he takes the blame. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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14 October 2011 (USA)  »

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In the scene when one of the victims is being chased by the dog you can seen the sign for McOwens bar in the background; the same bar used in the previous seasons episode Mannequin 3: The Reckoning See more »


Before Dean leaves for the bar to continue the investigation, you see a Canada Post truck in the background behind Sam. The show is purported to take place in the United States. See more »


Dean Winchester: [Giving himself a pep talk while waiting for a waitress with whom he's arranged a rendezvous] It's been awhile. Control yourself. It's nothing but a ground ball. You just gotta... put your mitt down. You are Dean Winchester. This is what you do.
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References Ally McBeal (1997) See more »


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Composed by Jay Gruska
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Can't Defend this Episode.
11 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'd have to nominate this for the most contrived episode ever. Somebody should feel guilty for writing it. Jensen played his angst well but the story left him without much action. Did enjoy seeing the clips of Jo. Alona did a competent job of testifying and showing up to execute the guilty. I liked Mia,who could have been a stereotype bimbo barmaid, but Emilie made her a real person. I thought Faran did an awesome sarcastic judge. Nice to see him play something other than cop or terrorist. Ending was too fast a wrap-up.

If you want to see the concept of guilt having no real value, I recommend the final episode of Forever Knight. I don't think I've ever heard a better monologue on guilt than the one LaCroix has in Last Knight.

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