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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:
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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Did You Know?


Sam suggests that the car "might be Christine-like." He is referring to the 1983 Stephen King novel (and subsequent movie) about an antique car gone homicidal. See more »


When Sam calls Dean on the phone, Dean immediately drops the phone. When it lands on the ground, the call time is listed as 13 seconds, even though only a couple of seconds have passed. See more »


Sam Winchester: Looks like this guy had a history with dogs.
Dean Winchester: Meaning?
Sam Winchester: Five years ago, he was arrested for running a dog-fighting operation.
Dean Winchester: Classy. All right. So, what? He causes so much misery that some rottweiller goes 'Cujo' on him from the grave? Wait a sec. Do... dogs even have ghost?
Sam Winchester: First I've heard of it.
Dean Winchester: That sounds weird. 'Ghost Dog'?
Sam Winchester: No weirder than 'Ghost Car,' you know?
Dean Winchester: You know that does sound right, vengeance on the guy that Michael Vick'd you.
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References Defending Your Life (1991) See more »


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Can't Defend this Episode.
11 October 2015 | by (United States) – 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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