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The Magnificent Seven

Season 2 Episode 7

The Trial

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Mar 05, 1999 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Nathan's father, Obadiah, is brought to town to stand trial for the murder of his former owner. The Seven are assigned the task of protecting Obadiah from the raging mob crying for vengeance. Ezra's mother is arrested for stealing a set of cufflinks. She claims Preston Wingo, the owner of said cufflinks, planted them in her satchel to try to get her to accept his offer of marriage.moreless

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  • A great Episode...

    this episode had a very exciting storyline and it had alot of action like usually.chris meets up with his ling lost love, and finds out that she is responsible for the murder of his wife, and daughter.someone else is trying to buy the land that she owns and they want to kill chris. while of course at the end a big shootout settles things so thatchris survives. i think that this was a very good episode and very well written. i have seen the majority of the episodes for the magnificent seven even though that isn't very many. it's too bad that they only made two seasons of this great show.later.moreless
Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Obediah Jackson

Guest Star

David Stifel

David Stifel

Witness 3

Guest Star

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips

Maude Standish

Guest Star

Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden


Recurring Role

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

Judge Oren Travis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Stain: Uh-huh. Sure is easy to look tough when you have loaded weapons and we don't. I gues you men wouldn't be interested in a fair fight, would you?
      Chris: Oh, I think we can manage a fair fight. What do you say, boys?
      Buck: Oh, I love a fair fight.

    • Nathan: The judge says one of us needs to represent my father. I don't think it should be me. Chris?
      Chris: What?
      Vin: Ah, hell, Nathan, you know Chris don't say more than 3 words in a day.
      Ezra: My apologies, Nathan, but I've...legal issues of my own to deal with.
      Nathan: That's all right, Ezra. I wasn't really thinking about asking you.
      Buck: What you need is an honest, well-spoken, handsome man for this job.
      JD: Fine, I'll do it.
      Buck: JD, ain't nobody going to listen to a youngster like you.
      JD: Oh, Buck, you see a pretty girl in that courtroom, you're going to be rrh. Rrh.
      Buck: I was thinking about Vin.
      Vin: I...I get too nervous in front of a crowd. What about Josiah? He studied Cherokee law. That should count for something.
      JD: And he's got a suit.
      Nathan: Josiah...would you do this for me?
      Josiah: Nathan...I'd be honored.

    • Josiah: Just for a moment, I would like you to try on Obadiah's boots. A man walks into your house, takes your wife, and he rapes her. And you're powerless to stop him. He rapes your wife and then he threatens to take your seven-year-old child away from you. And you are powerless to stop it. Imagine what that must be like, having to stand there and watch this grievous harm be done to your loved ones. And you're powerless to stop it. I would kill that man. You--you would kill that man. But Obadiah Jackson could not kill that man. Not until twenty years later. When Obadiah Jackson saw Jonah Catchings again and remembered all that he had suffered at his vicious hands, and once again felt the sting of Mister Catchings' abuse, can any of you declare that you would have acted any differently? I believe the answer is no. If ever any man deserved to die, Jonah Catchings was that man, for all that he imposed on Obadiah and his family, doubtlessly on many, many others. Just as surely, I believe Obadiah Jackson deserves to live. I believe that as strongly as I believe in God's eternal love. When you pass judgment on this man, Your Honor, on this decent, long-suffering man who has endured endless years of deprivation and finally, finally has a chance to live out his last days as a free man, I beg you, search your heart and do what is right and just. Let Obadiah Jackson live.

    • OBEDIAH:
      Yes, sir. But this is my day in court and I aim to finish. I want to tell how I came to know Mr. Catchings, the man I killed. I want to tell this so my son will know. Mr. Catchings was the overseer on the cotton plantation in Georgia where I slaved with my wife and children 19 years ago. I don't need to say how bad life was to a slave. We worked from sun up to dark, we got whipped, we got sold, we ain't had no hope. But this is what I need my son to know about what I did. When our little boy was 7 years old, his mama was forced into carnal relations with Mr. Catchings. What Mr. Catchings told her was that if she didn't, he'd sell the boy away from us. 7 years old. He'd sell him away from his mama and daddy. My wife... couldn't bear the thought of that, so she went to his bed. When she found out she was in a family way, she was so afraid it would be that man's baby... she lost her mind. Walked into the river. Drowned herself. I would've killed Mr. Catchings then, but me and the children was loaded on a wagon in chains that same day and sold to Alabama. It took a lot of spirit out of me, and I hope my son understands why now. So you see, when I had the chance to kill that man... all these years later, I had to do it. I reckon I'll find out soon enough if God holds me to judgment. But I'm glad I did it.

    • MAUDE: My, my, my, Judge. You are the handsomest man I've ever met. Hasn't anybody ever told you that?
      JUDGE TRAVIS: Well, you're the first prisoner.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Obediah Jackson said that he and his family worked on the Catching's plantation 19 years before the time this story took place. He also said that Nathan was 7 years old at the time, so we can conclude that Nathan is around his late twenties in the series.

    • We learn that Nathan's mother went insane after being raped by the slave master and killed herself when Nathan was 7 years old.

    • Maude has been married five time already, though we don't know if either of them is Ezra's father.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on 26 Feb 99 but in a sweeps month decision, was pre-empted in favor of extra episodes of Kids Say the Darndest Things and Candid Camera.