Trivia & References

The episode title The Magnificent Seven is the title of a 1960 Western about a group of hired gunmen. It's also the name of a song by the English punk band The Clash

Caroline Chikezie who plays Tamara also appeared in Torchwood as Lisa the Cyberwoman.

The Impala's license plates in this epsiode - CNK 80Q3 - are the ones used since the original ones were ditched in 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be.

"Doublemint Twins" is a part of an old advertising campaign for Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum. The company used identical twins for their advertising for many years

Dean: It’s weird man, I mean the night the Devil's Gate opened, all these weirdo storm clouds were sighted over how many cities?
Dean: Seventeen. You’d think it’d be Apocalypse Now. It’s been five days and bupkis.
Apocalypse Now Iconic France Ford Coppola movie set in the Vietnam War and based on Joseph Conrad’s book Heart of Darkness
Bupkis is a yiddish word used to mean ‘nothing’ or ‘nothing of value’. It is derived from a Slavic word for goat poo.

Bobby: So where's your brother?
Sam: Polling the electorate.
On The Simpsons, the local cops joke that Mayor "Diamond Joe" Quimby is "polling the electorate" whenever he meets an attractive young woman for a motel-room tryst.

In the house where the family die of sloth, the TV series :Dallas is playing on the TV. The character speaking is Lucy Ewing Cooper who will be played in the film remake of the series by Katie Cassidy who appears for the first time as the New girl in this episode. Jim Beaver appeared in two episodes of the original TV series.

Isaac: This ain't Scooby Doo.
Scooby Doo was a long running cartoon series about four friends and a dog called Scooby Doo who hunt down ghosts and the supernatural.

Offscreen voice: You better call Grissom
A shout-out at the Shoe Rage crime scene to the character Gil Grisson from the TV show CSI:Crime Scene Investigation

Dean: What’s in the box? (pause) Brad Pitt? Se7en? No?
Se7en directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher. It is a dark psychological thriller about serial killer who bases each murder on a gruesome interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins. "What's in the box?" is a reference to his final kill. And no, I'm not going to tell you what’s in the box!

Envy: Which one of you can cast the first stone?
A reference to the Bible, John 8:7, which tells the famous story of Jesus defending a woman accused of adultery from being stoned to death by asking her accusers, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." This quote is more widely known in popular jargon and pop culture as "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Envy: My name is Legion; for we are many. From the Bible, Mark 5:9. When a possessed man approaches Jesus, he asks for the demon's name and the reply is "My name is Legion; for we are many."

Bobby: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
The quote is from Animal House by Dean Wormer to Stephen Furst’s character Kent Dorfman.

Tamara: I don’t care if they’re the Three stooges or the Four Tops!
The Three Stooges were an early 20th century comedy trio famous for slapstick comedy with witty one-liners. The Four Tops are a US band formed in the 1960s.

Pride: Here’s Johnny!
Famous Jack Nicholson quote from The Shining, in a mocking interpretation of the introduction of late night show host Johnny Carson.

Dean: I'll say it again. Who was that masked chick?
A reworking of the line "Who was that masked man?" from the long running radio and TV series which featured a masked Texas Ranger

At the beginning of the episode, Sam is researching for possible ways to get Dean out of his deal. One of the pages refers to the German legend of Faust. According to the legend, Faust was a highly accomplished scholar who is bored and/or unsatisfied with what he has accomplished. He makes a deal with the Devil's servant Mephistopheles: unlimited knowledge and/or worldly pleasures in exchange for his soul. As a condition to the deal, after a set period of years, the Devil/Mephistopheles will collect Faust's soul and he will be eternally damned.

There are Seven Deadly Sins, but only six are shown killed or exorcised on camera during the episode:
* Envy (exorcised by Tamara)
* Sloth (not explicitly stated, but implied by Bobby's "fat, drunk and stupid" comment. Exorcised by Bobby)
* Lust (exorcised by Dean in the holy water bathtub)
* Gluttony (killed by Ruby with Ruby's knife)
* Greed (killed by Ruby with Ruby's knife)
* Pride (killed by Ruby/Sam using Ruby's knife.)
* Wrath (possessed Isaac's body, was immobilized by Tamara and later exorcised offscreen by Bobby)
During the closing scene, we briefly see three bodies in the mass grave. Bobby tells Sam and Dean that the humans possessed by Lust and Sloth will make it, but have a lifetime of therapy to look forward to, seemingly implying that the other five people who were possessed by the Sins were killed.

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