Season 3 Episode 1

The Magnificent Seven

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2007 on The CW
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Seven demons, based on the Seven Deadly Sins, are released into the world and the brothers must combat them with the aid of a married Hunter couple.

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  • Dean gets his evil on

    I love the way Dean is living his 1 year left! What a wicked smile and a way with the ladies. He personifies lust and gluttony - perfect!
  • That's what I call: "starting off the third season with a bang."

    This was a great concept! Even if it did become obvious to me, during the department store murder, what the pattern was going to be with these black cloud demons. I also liked the human realism of Isaac's reaction to the Winchesters. Yeah, I know! There were other super-birthday boys and girls who came to that ghost town. And, if Sam had been killed there, one of _them_ would have gone on to open the Demon's Gate, instead. But, try telling that to a Hunter, like Isaac, and he probably would have replied: "That's the same cop-out used by drug dealers!" Even so, it's the sin of pride that led him and Tamara into that demon bar without scoping it out, first (as Dean would say). And, it cost them dearly. What I liked best of all was the mysterious blonde who saved Sam's life. One of the Seven acted like they recognized her! So, I'm going to take a wild guess here. That blonde is the she-demon who Dean made his deal with, in a new form. And, she's making sure that Sam outlives Dean, so that the latter has no legitimate grounds to renege on the deal! What a financier would call; "protecting her investment."moreless
  • One of the best season openers of any show ever.

    With a demon army on the loose, Sam, Dean and Bobby are suprised at how remarkably quiet things are, with barely an omen in sight. They soon pick up the trail of a band of demons wreaking havoc, but when they try to stop them, they realize they have their hands full and then some, because what they are facing is more than just ANY band of demons. With plenty of action and one particularly gory death sequence, The Magnificent Seven kicked off Season 3 with one hell of a blast. We have a focused, interesting narrative that still manages to weave overarching plot threads for upcoming episodes and a whole lot of man-on-demons action, peppered with the series' trademark wit and style. The villains are cool, the acting's great, the action is solid - what more can you ask for?moreless
  • What's in the box!

    Season three kicks off with a fairly "safe" episode. That's not to say it wasn't good, it was, but there are only a few choice moments that made the episode above your typical season one episode, which is a little disconcerting at this stage in the show's run.

    Now that the yellow-eyed demon is out of the picture, focus is brought upon Dean and Sam's internal struggles. They're no longer hunting the big bad. Instead they're trying to capture all of cats they accidentally let out of the hat.

    I enjoyed Bobby's interaction with the brothers, it saved the episode from becoming stale. He really is taking the stand-in role as father figure, and it was interesting to see the brothers take orders from him.

    Hurrah! More characters are brought into the fold. Nothing special is made of them as of yet, but there's definitely promise in these two femme fatales. Especially from the mysterious blonde who has a really slick fight scene.

    It's Supernatural on auto-pilot, meaning you'll have your standard brotherly banter, a few misleads and some demons in a Devils Trap spouting off about how they're so much better than us mere mortals. As a means of paving the way as to what to expect from this season (heavy emphasis on Dean it would seem) it gets the job done. But as a continuation from last year, it's a little too low-key. The Seven Deadly Sins were cool, but they should have showcased more. The few horrific deaths proved they were powerful, but nothing much is made of this supposed "ancient evil," making them no different than your average Casper on this show. Pity.moreless
  • In my honest opinion, best premiere yet.

    What a great season premiere! This episode focused on a little bit of everything and brought back Bobby, while introducting yet another new character who will probably become a possible new series regular.. plus the Monster of the Week was great (Monsters, that is)

    I knew that the Devil's Gate opening would open up a number of new story lines, and this week's demon(s) show that the show hasn't lost its touch for coming up with interesting and frightening villains. The moment when the Gluttony demon makes the hunter drink the Drano was chilling and coldblooded. Supernatural has shown some brutal deaths in the past, but this was just torture for tortures sake.

    Watching Dean enjoy life, even though he knows he's going to Hell in a year, was pretty funny, although at times, I felt like Sam, wishing he would face facts with what he did and realize it was somewhat selfish.

    Overall, this was a great premiere.. good monsters, good acting, and Bobby returns! Bobby should be in the rest of the episodes from now on. Plus, I'm intrigued by this Ruby person. And that knife! Almost like Samuel Colt, except in dagger form...moreless
Josh Daugherty

Josh Daugherty

Envy / Walter Rosen

Guest Star

Caroline Chikezie

Caroline Chikezie


Guest Star

Gardiner Millar

Gardiner Millar


Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It is shown 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. No explanation is given for his immunity.

    • 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.

    • Trivia; 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.

    • Trivia: This episode is the first time we see Bobby in anything other than his usual vest and trucker hat.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Dean: You're alive, I feel good for the first time in a long time. I got a year to live... Sam, I'd like to make the most of it, so what you say we kill some evil sons of bitches and we raise a little hell, huh?
      Sam: You're unbelievable.
      Dean: (smiling) Very true.

    • Dean: What do you want?
      Envy: We already have what we want.
      Dean: What's that?
      Envy: We're out, we're free. Thanks to you, my kind are everywhere.

    • Envy: You really think you're better than me. Which one of you can cast the first stone, huh? What about you, Dean? You're practically a walking billboard of gluttony and lust.

    • Dean: You look like hell warmed over.
      Bobby: You try exorcising all night, see how you feel.
      Sam: Any survivors, Bobby?
      Bobby: Well, the pretty girl and the heavy guy, they'll make it. A lifetime of therapy bills ahead, but still…

    • Sam: You're a hypocrite, Dean. How did you feel when Dad sold his soul for you? 'Cause I was there. I remember. You were twisted and broken. And now you go and do the same thing… to me. What you did was selfish.
      Dean: Yeah. You're right. Was selfish. But I'm okay with that.
      Sam: I'm not.
      Dean: Tough. After everything I've done for this family, I think I'm entitled.

    • Dean: I'm just gonna ask it again... who was that masked chick? Actually, the more troubling question would be, "How come a girl can fight better than you?"
      Sam: Three demons, Dean... at once.
      Dean: Hey, whatever it takes to get you through the night, pal.

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

    • Isaac: A family that slays together...

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

    • Walter: Some people crochet, others golf. Me? I like to see people's insides on their outside.

    • Walter: The truth is you are just animals. Horny, greedy, hungry, violent animals. And you know what? You'll be slaughtered like animals, too.

    • 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: Did you boys find anything around here?
      Sam: No sulfur, 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?" (silence) Brad Pitt... Se7en (shuts up as Sam hits him with the Bible)

    • Dean: I don't know. It's like there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
      Sam: That's hellfire, Dean.
      Dean: Whatever.

    • Sam: Who the hell are you?
      Ruby: I'm the girl that just saved your ass.

    • 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: 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: 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.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Katie Cassidy joins the starring cast in this episode, although her character's name isn't mentioned in this episode.

    • Music: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive, Hell's Bells by AC/DC, Mean Little Town by Howling Diablos, I Shall Not be Moved by J.B. Burnett

    • 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.

    • International Airdates:
      Brazil: November 7, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: December 16, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: January 27, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: June 8, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: June 30, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: September 7, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: November 6, 2008 on RTP 2
      Germany: February 2, 2009 on Premiere HD
      Finland: April 23, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: January 22, 2010 on Prima COOL
      The Netherlands: January 31, 2010 on Net5
      Slovakia: September 8, 2010 on Markiza


    • 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!
      Referencing 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!" The line in turn is taken from Ed McMahon's introduction to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

    • 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: I am 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.