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The Benders 

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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 ... 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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This episode takes place in Hibbing, Minnesota, which is the hometown of Sheriff Donna Hanscum. However, Donna is not introduced until halfway through the 9th season. 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 »


Sam Winchester: See anything else out there?
Dean Winchester: Uh, he has about a dozen junked cars sitting out back. Plates from all over, so I'm thinkin' when they take someone they take their car too.
Officer Kathleen: Did you see a black mustang, out there, about ten years old?
Dean Winchester: Yeah, actually, I did.
[Kathleen nods slowly]
Dean Winchester: Your brother's. I'm sorry.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »


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Composed by Jay Gruska
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The tension of a real crime film
9 September 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee 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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14 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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