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The Benders 

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.


Peter Ellis


Eric Kripke (created by), John Shiban





Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
John Dennis Johnston ... Pa Bender
Jessica Steen ... Officer Kathleen
Johnny Cuthbert ... Alvin Jenkins (as Jon Cuthbert)
Ken Kirzinger ... Jared Bender
Shawn Reis Shawn Reis ... Lee Bender
Ryan Drescher Ryan Drescher ... Evan McKay
Alexia Fast ... Missy Bender
Sandra Steier Sandra Steier ... Dispatcher (voice)
Sadie Lawrence Sadie Lawrence ... Mrs. McKay


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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Release Date:

14 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Dean is left handcuffed to a squad car, he says: "I gotta start carrying paper clips". It's a reference to a scene in the Supernatural: Pilot (2005) where Dean uses a paper clip from his dad's journal to get free of handcuffs. See more »


When Dean enters the cellar for the first time, his lips are moving but there is no audio to match it. See more »


Pa Bender: Only reason I don't let my boys take you right here and now is that there's somethin' I need to know...
Dean Winchester: Yeah, how 'bout it's not nice to marry your sister.
Pa Bender: Tell me. Any other cops gonna come lookin' for you?
Dean Winchester: Oh eat me. No no no wait, wait, wait, you actually *might*.
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References Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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Too darn trope driven
4 September 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

It was inevitable that the show would eventually explore the cult murderous family that makes up a lot of the horror genre. This episode fits in with dozens of other "dangerous game" stories and nothing sets it apart. Of note, the Benders' characterization is utterly banal and predictable. Of course they hunt because it is fun. This is wasted potential.

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