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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Ryan Drescher ...
Sandra Steier ...
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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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14 February 2006 (USA)  »

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This episode is the first which doesn't feature a teaser at the beginning of the episode. Instead, it shows the "22 years ago" recap and then goes straight into the titles. All other episodes have a short teaser of the current story before the titles. See more »


When the officer is searching Sam's info on the computer, you see the date Dean supposedly "died". It says died March 7, 2006 when in fact this episode aired February 14, 2006. The date on the record is wrong. See more »


[Kathleen wakes up in the cage next to Sam's]
Sam Winchester: You all right?
Officer Kathleen: Are you Sam Winchester? Are you?
Sam Winchester: Yeah.
Officer Kathleen: Your uh... your cousin's looking for you.
Sam Winchester: Thank God. Where is he?
Officer Kathleen: I uh... I cuffed him to my car.
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References Godzilla (1954) See more »


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The tension of a real crime film
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Benders is a key element to the series, simply because it reminded the audience how frightening humans can be and how similar they are to the daily monsters shown in the series.

The episode has some very terrifying villains, and it has the direction and cinematography look to that of a real crime/thriller film. It is punchy and not afraid to show the real nature of what people like this can do, and in that respect it reminded me of Rob Zombie's brilliant The Devil's Rejects. Anywways, one of the season's best and sure to please all of Supernatural's fans, even when, there is nothing supernatural about the situation.

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