3.01 The Magnificent Seven
|Title||The Magnificent Seven|
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 1|
|First aired||October 4, 2007|
|Directed by||Kim Manners|
|Written by||Eric Kripke|
|On IMDB||The Magnificent Seven|
|Outline||Opening the Devil's Gate has let out hundreds of demons. Sam, Dean, and Bobby hunt seven of them in Illinois, meeting up with some other hunters on the way.|
Seven Deadly Sins
|Timeline||One week after 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two|
|Location(s)|| Oak Park, Illinois|
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In Oak Park, Illinois, Walter Rosen is putting out his garbage when the street lights flicker and dark clouds roil. From the sky a stream of black substance overtakes Walter. He opens his eyes and they are black – he has been possessed by a demon.
Meanwhile, Sam studies the legend of Faust in order to find a way to help undo the deal Dean made with the crossroads demon, as Dean has a sexual romp. Bobby calls with news on a cicada swarm and crop failure in Nebraska. It is the first possible sign of demon activity they've had. When the Devil's Gate in Wyoming opened, strange storm clouds appeared over seventeen cities, but there have been no reports of demonic activity so far.
The boys rendezvous with Bobby at a farmhouse where they find a family who have starved to death in front of a television, despite the kitchen being full of food. While searching the house, Dean is jumped by Isaac, who along with his wife Tamara, are hunters. Back at Isaac and Tamara's house, they make it clear they don’t want to work with the Winchesters, as they blame them for all the demons that were let loose when the Devil's Gate was opened. Outside, in the shadows, a woman watches them.
Bobby and the boys investigate the death of a woman outside a shoe store. Examination of the security video shows Walter Rosen interacting with the woman responsible for the murder just before the crime. While at the crime scene, the woman who earlier had watched the house follows Sam. Even though Sam senses that somebody is following him, she disappears into thin air before Sam can see her. Using a photo of the man, Bobby and the brothers trail him to a bar, where Bobby urges cautious surveillance. However, Tamara and Isaac arrive and enter the bar. They have also spotted the possessed Walter Rosen, but when Isaac prepares to use holy water to see if he is a demon, they are detected. One by one the eyes of the bystanders turn black as the bar’s patrons are all revealed to be demons. Tamara and Isaac are restrained, and Tamara is forced to look on while a man hands Isaac a container of drain cleaner. He is overcome by some force, and drinks the poison.
As Isaac collapses, a car bursts through the door. Sam, Dean, and Bobby fight the demons, rescuing Tamara and throwing Walter into the trunk where he is held by a devil's trap. Back at the house, Bobby has deduced that they are dealing with the "Seven Deadly Sins" -– demons, as documented in Binsfeld's Classification of Demons in medieval times. They interrogate Envy, who is possessing Walter. He taunts them that humans possess all the vices they represent, and warns that the other demons will track them down. He taunts Dean about his lust and gluttony, and Tamara about her wrath. Tamara then exorcises Envy, and Walter dies in the process.
Dean offers to battle the demons while the others escape – a suicide mission – but Sam and Bobby agree they need to face the demons together. One of the demons possesses Isaac’s corpse and calls in agony to Tamara to help him, but she is aware of the ruse and stabs him with a stake of Palo Santo. However, she has broken the salt line at the door, allowing the other demons to rush in.
Bobby traps Sloth under a Devil's trap while Lust tracks down Dean and tries to seduce him, until he manages to push her into a tub of Holy Water. Sam is confronted by three others, led by Pride. Pride knows who Sam is, and knows of his connection to the Yellow-Eyed Demon, calling Sam a prodigy and the boy king. As Sam is attacked, the mysterious woman who had followed him earlier appears and attacks the demons with a knife, which kills two of them, while Sam helps her kill the third. The woman disappears after revealing she knows who Sam is. Bobby spends the night exorcising the demons – only two of the humans survive and in the morning Tamara leaves. Bobby confirms that he hasn’t heard of a blade that could kill demons and then heads off, telling them to look out for omens, as he will.
Sam suggests they travel to Louisiana to visit a hoodoo priestess to see if she can help with Dean’s deal. Dean says no to the hoodoo priestess and confesses to Sam that part of the deal was that if he tried to get out of it, Sam would die. Sam charges that Dean is selfish and is putting him through the same thing Dean felt after John gave his life for Dean. Dean admits to being selfish and says he thinks he's entitled – and that moreover, he feels great for the first time in a long while, and that he wants to enjoy this last year by killing some evil and having fun.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- Walter Rosen
- Binsfeld's Classification of Demons
- Bobby's Car
- Bobby's Hats
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Amulet
- Demon Smoke
- Devil's Gate in Wyoming
- Devil's Trap
- Get this
- Holy Water
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- Palo Santo
- Ruby's Knife
- Seven Deadly Sins
- Sexual Encounters
- Star Wars
- The Shining
- The Simpsons
- Table of Death
- Title Card
- "Hells Bells" by AC/DC
- (plays during recap of previous events)
- "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- (plays as Sam walks in on Dean and the twins)
- "Mean Little Town" by Howling Diablos
- (plays at the bar occupied by demons)
- "I Shall Not be Moved" by J.B. Burnett
- (played on radio as Sam and Dean are preparing for the Seven Deadly Sins to arrive at the house)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Three Meta Index
- 3.01 The Magnificent Seven: The Family That Slays Together by bardicvoice (October 2007); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2007. The Magnificent Winchesters: "The Magnificent Seven" Season 3, Episode 1. Pink Raygun, October 5; archive link
- Camerawork, Blocking, and Nonverbal Cues: How a Scene From "TM7" Establishes The Dynamic For S3 by bowtrunckle (October 2007); archive link, spnematography