Supernatural (2005– )
7.7/10
1,456
4 user 3 critic

Man's Best Friend with Benefits 

James Frampton, an old friend of Sam and Dean, has become a witch. Now he's supposedly killing innocent people.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
...
James Frampton
...
Portia
...
Spencer Wallis
...
Ed Stoltz
...
Phillippe LeChat
...
Drexyl
...
Josh
...
Miles
...
Hooker (as Britney Miller)
...
Blind Victim
Michael Vairo ...
John
Edit

Storyline

The brothers are called to help cop acquaintance James Framton, now a police detective in East St. Louis, who fears his nightmares about committing ripper murders may be true, especially after finding his bloody shirt in the trash. The help cry actually was faked by his 'familiar' Portia, who approaches Sam in her canine form, and admits James became a witch, mentored by local Spencer Wallis. Posing as FBI agent, Sam worries, finding James's cop colleague Ed Stoltz seems building up a case against him. Portia's feline colleague Phillippe LeChat is part of a trap, which has the brothers puzzled which side anyone is on, while Sam works on why Dean is so reluctant to let him try the triple challenge from the tablet. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 February 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spencer refers to James' relationship with Portia as being all "Bella and Edward". This is a reference to the protagonists of the wildly popular Twilight series of books and novels. The Twilight movies were filmed in the lot right next to the Supernatural lot in Vancouver. See more »

Goofs

This episode is set in "East St. Louis" and not St. Louis according to the opening descriptor. East St. Louis is located in the State of Illinois while St. Louis is located in the State of Missouri. The states are separated by a major river. While the boys are supposed to meet their witch cop friend in his precinct in East St. Louis, the station has a few references to the State of Missouri instead of the State of Illinois. For example, the Missouri state flag is on the outside of the station, not the Illinois flag. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Confusing but interesting.
18 November 2015 | by (Tampa, USA) – See all my reviews

Just saw this episode again on a TNT repeat. I forgot about it, frankly. I remember disliking it because as others have mentioned, it wasn't a Winchester story. In fact, it felt like one of those Supernatural episodes that you find out was supposed to be a back door pilot. I don't think that is the case here, but I think I might have liked it if this had become its own show. The detective is intriguing and well cast. Almost perfectly Gothic noir. Reminded me a LOT of Mike Carey's LUCIFER comic (that happens to me a lot watching Supernatural).

But the problem is that it feels so OFF as a Supernatural episode. We're told these characters have history with the boys, and that right there for us die hards is frustrating. Because we're sitting there trying to remember and it turns out it is a one and done situation, not a call back.

We're also asked to care about characters to a level I think is unrealistic since we don't know them. We're not invested. It's as if we're supposed to be just because we are TOLD the Winchesters are invested (at least Sam is).

Without getting all rambling, I'll just say it felt like a half baked premise that could have been so much more. Last few seasons we keep hearing how CW is trying to get a Supernatural spin off going and I'm thinking, hell, this would have been a good candidate. Just give us a couple more episodes with these people and then let them go on their merry way.

That ship sailed, I suppose.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Give Rick a chance. calusari70
EW Cover vote FINALISTS! gonzosgirrl
Imaginary Friends Episode Question samunfiltered
EW cover vote round 4 Casseopia60
Actress who plays Hannah jessicaraelene
Supernatural saves the world? gonzosgirrl
Discuss Man's Best Friend with Benefits (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?