1x15 The Benders
|Boring Production Crap
|Original Air Date: 02/14/06
Writer: John Shiban
Director: Peter Ellis
Jared Bender: Ken Kirzinger
Lee Bender:Shawn Reis
Pa Bender: John Dennis Johnston
Dispatcher: Sandra Steier
Missy Bender: Alexia Fast
Mrs. McKay: Sadie Lawrence
Deputy Kathleen: Jessica Steen
Evan McKay: Ryan Drescher
Alvin Jenkins: Jon Cuthbert
|What Time Is It?
|The hell if I know. *L* It obviously takes place after March 7th because they reference Dean's "death date" of March 7th, 2006. But beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.
|Now, Which One Was That?
|While investigating a missing persons report in Hibbings, Minnesota, Sam is kidnapped by a family of who like to hunt humans as their prey. Dean teams up with a local deputy to find Sam before the Benders can add Sam to their wall of human trophies.
|All the Niggling Little Details
- According to the computer readout, Sam was born May 2, 1983, in Lawrence, Kansas. He is 6’4”, 180-190 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. Dean was born January 24, 1979 and "died" March 7, 2006.
- The town this episode takes place in - Hibbings, Minnesota - is a real town.
- Evan McKay was watching Godzilla vs. Mothra when he saw Alvin Jenkins snatched by the Benders. Apparently, Sam likes the remake.
|Where'd That Myth Come From?
There was a real family of Benders who lived in Kansas in the 1870's and murdered travelers. But the idea of this episode was probably taken from the Richard Connell short story, The Most Dangerous Game, where a big game hunter is trapped on the island of a fellow hunter who has come to see humans as the only prey worthy of his skill.
From the Super-Wiki
Phantom Attacker A being that cannot be described as human, the phantom attacker harasses its victims, taking away their sense of security. The victims describe these encounters as traumatic, because what assaulted them was strange, unusual, and obviously not human. Those who have been attacked live with a horrifying fear that cannot be explained. Famous phantom attackers include the Mothman, Shadow People, the Springheeled Jack, and the Chupacabra.
Deliverence - A 1972 movie made by Warner Brothers, based off of a 1970 novel of the same name. Staring Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty, the film is about four men on a weekend canoe and camping trip. Upon its release, Deliverance was critically acclaimed and is considered a landmark film.
Spring Heeled Jack - An urban legend originating in England during the 1800s, the Spring Heeled Jack was said to have clawed hands and eyes of fire. His legendary status gained popularity between 1850 and 1880 as people became fascinated with his abilities to perform daring leaps and breath blue and white flames of fire.
Phantom Gassers - Also known as the Mad Gasser this phantom attacker sprayed paralyzing and nauseating gasses into people's homes during the night. The victims were unable to move for approximately forty minutes and extremely nauseous. The gasser was described as a man, or a woman dressed like a man, wearing all black and sprayed gas that smelled like flowers. The police received over a dozen calls in response to this attacker and at least twenty-nine victims, who were predominately female. The Phantom Gasser was never found.
|What's in a Name?
- While trying to gather information on what could have taken Sam, Dean tries to pass himself off as Gregory Washington, a police officer with the Minnesota State Police.
- Sam/Sammy Battle: Dean says "Sam" 3 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" twice.
|What Did You Just Say?
|Deputy Kathleen: I ran your badge number. It’s routine when we’re working a case with state police. For accounting purposes and what have you.
Deputy Kathleen: And they just got back to me. Says here your badge was stolen. And there is a picture of you.
(shows him a picture of a large black man)
Dean: I lost some weight and I got that Michael Jackson skin disease.
Deputy Kathleen: (about Sam) Does your cousin have a drinking problem?
Dean: Sam? Two beers and he’s doin’ karaoke.
Dean: Don't ever do that again.
Sam: Do what?
Dean: Go missing like that.
Sam: You were worried about me?
Dean: I'm just saying, you vanish like that again and I'm not looking for you.
Sam: Sure you are.
Dean: No, I'm not.
Dean: (talking about Sam) When we were young, I pretty much pulled him from a fire. And ever since then I've felt responsible for him, like it's my job to keep him safe.
Dean: I'll say it again. Demons I get, people are crazy.
Sam: So you got sidelined by a 13-year old girl?
Dean: Shut up.
Sam: I'm just saying, getting a little rusty there, kiddo.
|Counting the Cost
- Sam Owies: When he was kidnapped by the Benders, I'm assuming they knocked him unconcious somehow. Other than that, he's no worse for the wear.
- Dean Owies: Dean is beaten up a bit when he is fighting the Bender brothers, and then is hit over the head with a frying pan by Pa Bender. Later he is burned with a poker in the left shoulder.
The Benders killed many people before the Winchesters found out about them as referenced by all the trophy photos and junked cars Dean found while searching for a set of keys to free Sam.
The Bad, the Ugly, and the Dead:
Alvin Jenkins: Dead.
Deputy Kathleen's brother Riley: Dead.
Pa Bender: Dead.
No incidents. Sam is kidnapped while trying to get into her, and she is parked in front of the police station for the rest of the episode.
Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!
When the police database shows statistics for Sam and Dean it shows both as being 6'4" when it is clear that Sam is taller than Dean.
When Dean is tied up in the Bender house, he gets punched in the nose and starts bleeding. The blood disappears and reappears throughout the scene.
|Driver Picks the Music
|Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh
|What Did They Just Say?
|Official Heavy Metas
John Heavy Meta byanteka
Sam Heavy Meta by astri13