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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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 »


The city the story is set in, Hibbing, MN, is not in "Hibbing County," as is painted on the city police vehicle. (There is no such county in Minnesota.) Hibbing is actually in St. Louis County, MN. See more »


[Sam locks the two Bender sons in the cages, Kathleen has a rifle trained on Pa Bender]
Officer Kathleen: [to Sam] I'll watch this one, you go ahead.
[Sam hesitates]
Officer Kathleen: Go ahead!
[Sam leaves]
Pa Bender: You hurt my family. I'm gonna bleed you, bitch.
Officer Kathleen: You killed my brother!
Pa Bender: Your brother.
Pa Bender: Now I see.
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References Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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People Are Crazy – The Scariest Episode of Supernatural
22 December 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dean and Sam go to Hibbing, Minnesota, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a local. Once there, they realize that there are many missing persons in the place. When Sam vanishes in a parking area, Dean asks for help to Officer Kathleen (Jessica Steen), whose brother also disappear a couple of years ago. Dean and the sheriff disclose that Sam was abducted by a family of deranged hillbillies that hunt human beings.

"The Bender" is the scariest episode of this series up to this moment. In this tense story, the Winchester brothers do not face demons, ghost or fiends, but sick human beings worse than their usual enemies. I liked the open scene when Kathleen kills the father of the Benders; it is not explicit, and each viewer is allowed to have his or her own interpretation. In my point of view, justice worked through the hands of the female sheriff. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Família Bender" ("The Bender Family")

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