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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:
Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
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 »


References Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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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.

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