Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 115 “The Benders”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

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Image Courtesy of The CW


After Sam is kidnapped by a family in Hibbing, Minnesota, Dean must team up with a local Deputy to find his brother. The kicker is a father, two brothers, and one daughter who took Sam and several other people over the years are just normal humans. No supernatural evil at work, just plain ol’ evil. They enjoy hunting humans because they have become bored with hunting animals.

To get the Deputy, Kathleen (Jessica Steen), to work with him, Dean poses as a state trooper (using a badge he stole) and claims Sam is his cousin. He can’t tell the truth because as far as the law is concerned Dean Winchester is a murderer and dead. She quickly figures Dean is not who he says he is, but luckily she doesn’t think to guess that he somehow may be the dead brother. Who is so very handsome according to Dean.

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Image Courtesy of The CW

Dean goes with some of the truth tells Kathleen that he rescued Sam from a fire when they were kids and he feels responsible for him. Kathleen understands. She has a brother whom she practically raised that went missing a few years before. She allows Dean to continue looking for Sam and the mystery vehicle that took him, but she doesn’t trust him. When the two find a remote property the vehicle could have driven down, she handcuffs Dean to her car to investigate alone.

Kathleen is taken by the same family who took Sam when she arrives at their house. As the two brothers are coming up on Kathleen’s vehicle, Dean is able to pick the lock on her handcuffs and escape onto the property without being seen. He finds the shed where Sam and Kathleen are being kept, but is unable to open their cages without a key to work the heavy duty locks. He has to sneak back to the main house to find them. There he is jumped by the daughter and questioned by the dad as to whether or not more police will show up.

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Image Courtesy of The CW

To punish Dean for his smart ass remarks and not telling him the truth, the father tells one of his sons to shoot both Sam and Kathleen in their cages. Sam is ready for a possible attack and is able to throw the would be killer off before he could shoot him. Sam subdues the man and springs Kathleen as the father and other brother come to find out what is going on. The two of them are able to subdue the other two while Dean gets the jump on the daughter and locks her in a closet. The father taunts Kathleen about killing her brother and she shoots and kills him. Before more police and the FBI show up to deal with the rest of the family, Kathleen lets Sam and Dean go.

It is strange to me that a show that deals in escapism from the bad things that happen in real life by replacing them with folklore and urban legends would do an episode about the real evils of human nature. The Bender family (or the Bloody Benders) are a real family in Kansas who murdered many tourists staying at their inn from 1867-1872. They went missing before the law fully caught on to what they were doing. Dean said it best “Demons I get, but people are crazy.”

For the most part “The Benders” was a good mystery episode that didn’t fit in with the rest of the series. Here is hoping for less of that.

What did you think of “The Benders”? Were you surprised they show decided to do an episode not about anything mystical or supernatural? Talk to me in the comments section below and please do no post any spoilers for future episodes.

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