After following a history of disappearances in Hibbing, Minnesota, Sam finds himself locked in a cage and Dean must team up with a by the book sheriff to find him......before the hunt begins.



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Alvin Jenkins (as Jon Cuthbert)
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Sandra Steier ...
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After hearing in 'smallville' Hibbing, while masquerading as Minnesota state police, a boy's story about a monster probably was inspired by a Godzilla movie, Sam points out the county was marked by dad as suspicious and has the state's highest ratio of disappearances, but Dean just wants to relax, at least till the morning, until Sam disappears on the parking lot. Dean teams up with local police woman Kathleen, who even after finding out they impersonated cops decides not to arrest him before Sam is found, because her own brother also disappeared years earlier. Their search reaches the large, lonely house where a sinister human family keeps Sam and others in cages, and their intentions at least are monstrous... Written by KGF Vissers

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14 February 2006 (USA)  »

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The Police Station in this episode is the same Police Station used in Season 1 Episode 3 - Dead In the Water. This Station has also been used in other episodes as well. See more »


The city the story is set in, Hibbing, MN, is not in "Hibbing County," as is painted on the city police vehicle. (There is no such county in Minnesota.) Hibbing is actually in St. Louis County, MN. See more »


Pa Bender: Only reason I don't let my boys take you right here and now is that there's somethin' I need to know...
Dean Winchester: Yeah, how 'bout it's not nice to marry your sister.
Pa Bender: Tell me. Any other cops gonna come lookin' for you?
Dean Winchester: Oh eat me. No no no wait, wait, wait, you actually *might*.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »


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People Are Crazy – The Scariest Episode of Supernatural
22 December 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Dean and Sam go to Hibbing, Minnesota, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a local. Once there, they realize that there are many missing persons in the place. When Sam vanishes in a parking area, Dean asks for help to Officer Kathleen (Jessica Steen), whose brother also disappear a couple of years ago. Dean and the sheriff disclose that Sam was abducted by a family of deranged hillbillies that hunt human beings.

"The Bender" is the scariest episode of this series up to this moment. In this tense story, the Winchester brothers do not face demons, ghost or fiends, but sick human beings worse than their usual enemies. I liked the open scene when Kathleen kills the father of the Benders; it is not explicit, and each viewer is allowed to have his or her own interpretation. In my point of view, justice worked through the hands of the female sheriff. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Família Bender" ("The Bender Family")

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