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Don't Take God's Name in Vain
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Air date December 5, 2019
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Don't Take God's Name in Vain is the seventh episode of Psycho-Pass 3.


Torri S. Aschenbach threatens to harm Maiko Maya Stronskaya in an attempt to extract information from Kei Mikhail Ignatov about the Public Safety Bureau. Arata Shindo determines that Kurisu Kyoji O'Brien is being used by Aschenbach, and they need to apprehend both O'Brien and Theresa Shinogi to rescue the undercover team. They find Shinogi who confirms the existence of the plan between herself, O'Brien, Joseph Auma, and Motohiro Nisei to help immigrants. Shinogi reveals that Atsushi Shindo opposed the plan which was subsequently hijacked by Bifrost, but then she is assassinated by a sniper. An unknown party helps Ignatov escape his cell and he then helps Kisaragi escape, but they are recaptured. Mao Kisaragi warns Shindo about Ignatov and Stronskaya's plight. Shindo realizes that O'Brien created a sixth bomber to eliminate the one target they missed - Karina Komiya. The Sibyl System authorizes a raid on Heaven's Leap and Nobuchika Ginoza and Teppei Sugo, who are operating undercover, help Ignatov escape once more. Chief Mika Shimotsuki leads the raid with Unit Two while Shindo goes to protect Komiya. Shindo intercepts O'Brien, who has turned himself into the sixth bomber, and convinces him not to blow himself up, although he soon dies from the cancer imbedded within him. Aschenbach takes Stronskaya hostage to escape, but she easily disarms and kills him. Meanwhile, Kyoko Saionji is disintegrated by Bifrost after her illegal interference in the Roundrobin is revealed by Haruki Shirogane, leaving Shirogane and Shizuka Homura as the last Congressman of Bifrost. Later, the Sibyl System tells Akane Tsunemori that they plan to add Shindo to their ranks, but Shimotsuki is confident Shindo and Ignatov will uncover their real adversary[1].


Episode 7 begins with O’Brien receiving a call from Shinogi in his hideout. During the call, Shinogi implores O’Brien to stop what he is doing as he is being used. O’Brien admits that he knows they are both being used, but argues that he can't miss this opportunity since Aschenbach thinks that he has brainwashed him. Shinogi sadly tries to persuade by informing O’Brien of Auma’s death. But O’Brien calmly replies that he did warn him and reminds Shinogi that he is a father too. O’Brien furthers elaborates that he must move time forward for his son’s sake. Imploring Shinogi to take care of his son, O’Brien hangs up and leaves the shed.

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Main article: 0307 Don't Take God's Name in Vain/Story


  • The episode title, Don't take God's name in vain, is a reference to the second of the Ten Commandments from the Bible,"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." The passage comes from Exodus 20:7 and warns against committing blasphemy in the name of God or using his name to commit evil [2].
  • The name Jackdaw is a reference to the Aesop Fable, The Jackdaw and the Fox. In the fable, a Jackdaw sits on a branch of a pear tree waiting forever for the pears to ripen. When a fox asks him why he does it, the Jackdaw explains the reason. Hearing the Jackdaw's answer, the Fox replies,You've got it all wrong, friend. You're just living off hope. Hope feeds illusions but not the stomach.[3] The moral of this story is Don't deceive yourself [4].'
  • The final confrontation with Aschenbach is a contrasting parallel to Tsunemori's confrontation with Makishima in 0111 Saint's Supper. However, unlike Makishima, Aschenbach picks the wrong hostage as he doesn't foresee that Stronskaya can defend herself.





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