Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 15

The Benders (14 Feb. 2006)

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Episode cast overview:
Alvin Jenkins (as Jon Cuthbert)
Shawn Reis ...
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Sandra Steier
Sadie Lawrence ...


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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Alexia Fast, the actress who played Missy returns in season 7 as a different girl named Emma, in "The Slice Girls". See more »


When Officer Kathleen is accessing Sam and Dean's records on the County's Police Records database, the heights of both brothers are listed as 6'4". This is incorrect as Dean is several inches shorter than Sam. See more »


Officer Kathleen: So, State Police and the FBI are gonna be here within the hour. They're gonna want to talk to you. I suggest that you're both long gone by then.
Dean Winchester: Thanks. Hey listen, I don't mean to press our luck, but we're kinda in the middle of nowhere. Think we could catch a ride?
Officer Kathleen: Start walking. Duck if you see a squad car.
Sam Winchester: Sounds great to me, thanks.
Dean Winchester: Listen, um. I'm sorry about your brother.
Officer Kathleen: Thank you. It was really hard not knowing what happened to him; I thought it would be easier, once I knew the truth. ...
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References Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964) See more »


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Brothers against Evil: Traditional, Flesh & Blood Hillbillies
7 February 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Demons follow a strict pattern, ghosts want revenge … People are just crazy!" This piece of dialog, which is an actual quote taken from the show, is the best possible summarization of this fifteenth episode in the magnificent show "Supernatural". So far, this is the only installment that doesn't live up to the name, as there's absolutely nothing supernatural about the type of evil the Winchester brothers encounter here. Whilst scouting around in a remote Minnesota countryside town where there is a mysteriously large amount of unsolved missing person cases, Sam himself disappears in a parking lot. With the help of a local police detective, Dean quickly discovers the root of the evil. Rather than mythological monsters or restless spirits, the brothers are up against the sickest and most unpredictable kind of enemy. A family of hillbilly hunters deranged as hell and probably as inbred as they come, uphold their tradition of capturing unsuspecting people and hunt them down again in the woods. "The Benders" is definitely the most effectively unsettling episode of the first season because, let's face it, there's nothing scarier than flesh and blood human beings. The Bender family is a collection of eerie redneck freaks, with obligatory bad dental hygiene and sniveling laughs, and their modus operandi of abducting victims and holding them is inventive but admittedly a bit too sophisticated for a bunch of yokels. The basic plot of "The Benders" is inspired by one of the oldest but still one of the greatest horror/cult movies ever made, namely "The Most Dangerous Game". This 1932 film has been imitated numerous times, with variable success, but never surpassed in terms of quality. This "Supernatural" episode brings another terrific homage to the cinematic landmark. Due to the typically remote backwoods setting and the archetypal redneck characters, the script is also stuffed with references and little tributes towards tons of other 'Hicksploitation' movies, most notably "Deliverance", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Just Before Dawn".

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