Season 7 Episode 4

Defending Your Life

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 2011 on The CW



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sam: Some kind of ghost?
      Dean: With a license? License to kill.
      Sam: Seriously?

    • Sam: All right, congrats on your sobriety. I'll go find out where Jane's is.
      Dean: I--I gave up AA for Lent.
      Sam: We're not Catholic.
      Dean: Always with the details.

    • Warren: You believe me? Who the hell are you?
      Sam: We kind of... specialize in crazy.

    • Mia: You may want to slow your roll there.
      Dean: The more I drink, the better I tip.
      Mia: Yeah, well I'm off in an hour. So don't pass out on me.
      Dean: Well, then I think I'll switch to beer.
      Mia: Good choice.

    • Dean: Uh, Sam, you're not a lawyer.
      Sam: I was pre-law.
      Dean: Yeah, "pre."

    • Osiris: I can make it very simple. Three witnesses.
      Sam: Objection!
      Osiris: Grounds?
      Sam: Witness is being called without prior notice.
      Dean: Good one.
      Sam: I saw it on The Good Wife.

    • Bobby: Near as I can figure, it ought to put him down for a couple of centuries at least. It's worked a few times since the pharaohs were big.
      Sam: So it's temporary.
      Bobby: Long temporary. I say we slap that Band-Aid on and leave finding a cure to some hunter in a space suit.

    • Jo: He was right about one thing.
      Dean: What, your massive crush on me?
      Jo: Shut up. You carry all kinds of crap you don't have to, Dean. It kind of gets clearer when you're dead
      Dean: Well, in that case, you should be able to see that I am 90%... crap. I get rid of that, what then?
      Jo: You really want to die not knowing?

  • Notes

    • International Airdate:
      Canada: October 19, 2011 on SPACE
      Australia: October 24, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Norway: January 27, 2012 on FEM
      UK: August 22, 2012 on Sky LIVING HD
      Finland: March 2, 2014 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1991 movie starring Albert Brooks as a man who dies and must show that he can overcome his fears and insecurities. If he fails, he will be reincarnated and sent back to Earth to try again.

    • Dean: License to kill.
      Referencing the tagline of the James Bond novels and movies. James Bond's "00" ranking is often referred to as a "license to kill." In fact, the concept is mostly fictional. One of the Bond movies is named License to Kill (1989).

    • Sam: Could be Christine-like.
      Referencing the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen King, featuring a demonic red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury which is possessed by the spirit of its first owner, Roland D. LeBay, slowly takes control of an outcast teenage boy, Arnie Cunningham. It was adapted into a movie later in 1983.

    • Sam: Now that we got a decent bead on Ghost Rider, let's go.
      Referencing the Marvel comic book character, originally Johnny Blaze, who makes a deal with the Devil and is transformed into a blazing skull-headed motorcycle who rides a flaming motorcycle and can project blasts of hellfire. Several characters have become Ghost Rider throughout the years, and a movie adaptation was produced in 2007.

    • Dean: He causes so much misery that some Rottweiler goes Cujo on him from beyond the grave?
      Referencing the fictional fictional dog in the horror story of the same name by Stephen King. This vicious, rabid Saint Bernard kills characters by mauling them in the book and the 1983 movie adaptation.

    • Dean: I'd rather talk about your Bukowski schtick at the bar.
      Referencing author Henry Charles Bukowski, who wrote extensively about alcohol and spent years in Los Angeles drinking. The movie Barfly (1987) is a semi-autographical portrayal of Bukowski's life. Previous episodes have established that Dean is a reader of Bukowski's works.

    • Sam: I saw that on The Good Wife.
      Referencing the CBS legal drama that focuses on a wife who must return to work as a litigator and start over from the bottom after her husband is jailed after a sex & corruption scandal.

    • Dean: This whole thing's like a friggin' episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse.
      Referencing the children's TV series (1986-1990) starring Paul Reubens as the title character. The surreal Playhouse, set in Puppetland, featured talking appliances and furniture, puppets, and live individuals, all interacting with Pee-wee as he typically dealt with some kind of situation that allowed the teaching of a moral/ethical lesson for children viewers.

    • Dean: Enough Ally McBealing.
      Referencing the TV series Ally McBeal (1997-2002), which focused on the life of a young lawyer, Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) at the law firm of Cage & Fish.

    • Dean: By the way... I mean, I get why Judge Judy put me on trial.
      Referencing Judge Judith Sheindlin, an outspoken family court judge who became famous enough that she was asked to preside over a syndicated reality TV court program, Judge Judy. Judge Judy presides over a small claims court with a $5,000 rewards limit, and is famed for her gruff manner and her refusal to tolerate fools lightly.