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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.



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Episode cast overview:
James Frampton
Spencer Wallis
Ed Stoltz
Phillippe LeChat
Hooker (as Britney Miller)
Blind Victim
Michael Vairo ...


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

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Release Date:

20 February 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Portia is trying to convince Sam and Dean of James's innocence, a crew member's shadow pops into, and quickly back out of, shot (right before; "I saw his thoughts"). The move is too pronounced for it to be explained away as one of the characters, who are quite still during the scene. See more »


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Mediocre episode of a totally different show?
5 January 2014 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

...because it was a truly awful one of Supernatural. If I didn't know the writers credited for this episode have credits on episodes dating all the way back to the first season (including some I really liked), I'd accuse them of never having watched the show before. The "witch community" featured in the episode a) comes out of nowhere, and b) isn't consistent with what we've seen of witches on Supernatural at any point in the preceding 7.5 seasons... was this a script for a different show where witches do hang out in an underground bar and sling lightning bolts around?

And even if that were the case, putting it back into its "native habitat" wouldn't erase some highly troubling things pertaining to the character Portia.

If I were advising a friend who was starting the show from the beginning, I'd probably point out a few other episodes that fell a little flat and could probably be skipped. This is the one I'd tell them outright not to waste 40 minutes on. It gets a 3 based on "production wasn't too bad", but I kind of want my time back.

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