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Supernatural Episode: "Blood Brother"

Season 8, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Benny is beat up by vampires and calls Dean for help. Meanwhile, Sam reflects on the life he left behind with Amelia.
Original Air Date: Oct 31, 2012
Guest Cast Ty Olsson: Benny Liane Balaban: Amelia
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Season 8, Episode 5
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Length: 42:28
Aired: 10/31/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Blood Brother" Season 8, Episode 5

In "Blood Brother," writer Ben Edlund and director Guy Bee delivered Benny's vampire origin story plus some more backstory for the Purgatory crew as well as a Sam that was figuring out how to live life out of the business and all alone. It's also the episode where Sam finally met Benny.

I don't know about you guys but I was expecting a big Sam and Dean rager over Dean's new bud, Benny. That didn't happen...yet. However, Sam's face wasn't looking too happy at the end of the episode. There was a handshake and a Dean silently warning Sam not to kill Benny. But no huge argument. We're going to get one, right?

Although there was no big bad showdown (yet), we did get some initial conflict when Dean let it be known he needed a day to take care of some personal "crap" and he was heading out a.s.a.p. -- Toblerone and all.

Sam wasn't having it since he thought they were busy trying to track down Kevin the Prophet who has proven to be mighty resourceful -- he's managed to stay out of the Winchesters' clutches thus far.

Finding Kevin and closing the Gates of Hell is why Sam's on the road with Dean and not off doing the normal life thing. There was some resentment being thrown Dean's way for taking a break from the mission. Meanwhile, from Dean's perspective, he just wanted a day, something he felt he deserved, especially since (paraphrasing his words) Sam just got a whole year off. Ugh. This battling brothers business is making me anxious. I don't want it to escalate but you know it will.

Benny's Origin Story

Benny's tale took front and center as he called Dean while he was down for the count after facing some of his old crew (actually they were vampire pirates or as Dean put it "vampirates"). Dean came to his friend's rescue which included giving him blood so the vamp could heal. It's such a different world seeing Dean provide a vampire with blood.

Benny then explained how he was going after the guy (Quentin) who not only turned him into a vampire but killed him as well, making a trip to Purgatory mandatory. This former "god" to him also turned Benny's girlfriend (Andrea) into a monster. Yes, Benny thought the woman he loved had died the same night he did. Instead she was turned and became a true blue lady vampirate.

Benny ultimately realized there was no going back for him and his woman. They both had changed. Dean stabbed and then beheaded Andrea ending Benny's fantasy of being with his love again. The show did a lot in the way of explaining Benny and the fact that even before he met his maker, he was no longer feeding off of humans, he was buying grade-A black market blood. Since he got back, it doesn't seem like he's been preying on humans either. Let's see if he continues this trend. He seems sincere but this is Supernatural. Things can change in a split second.

Purgatory Crew

The angel Cas, the vampire Benny and the human Dean all fought together side by side. Cas seemed coherent and fierce even though he and Benny had some issues. Benny would be wise not to call Cas "aunt" ever again. Just saying.

In those flashback scenes, Benny may have realized the angel was a good weapon to have but he also felt he and Dean were doomed with the seraph anywhere in their vicinity because Cas was a monster magnet. There seemed to be a little truth to that considering Leviathan quickly showed up and had to be dispatched. Benny saved Cas. Does that mean they're best buds now? Something tells me that is not going to happen.

Sam and Amelia

These were the flashback scenes I thought we were going to get in "Heartache," an episode that aired a couple of weeks ago. Sam and his dog (that he calls "dog") were living in a hotel where he was making an effort to connect with the kid whose dad owned the hotel. I wondered what kind of job he'd get and this episode explained a little bit. The kid made Sam the resident repair guy. That's how he reconnected with Amelia, the vet. She had been living in the same hotel for three months.

We learned Amelia no longer had anyone in her life and that she digs being cranky to Sammy. She was always giving him attitude. I think we're supposed to believe she's a damaged soul just like Sam. While I'm still not feeling their connection (I know I'm a broken record about this), I like seeing how Sam lived during that year off. I want more pronto.

There was a lot going on in "Blood Brother" -- I continued to enjoy the friendship that exists between Benny and Dean. While I'm clearly not a fan of the brothers not being on the same page and not even being in the same city, I'm along for the ride. And as for Sam, I'm wondering if he's ever going to get closer to having what he wants. He decided to "spy" on Amelia (he wasn't stalking he was concerned). When is he going to see her in the present? When are we going to find out what happened between them? Information is leaking out way too slowly for me.

I'm not going to say this was one of my favorite Ben Edlund scripts because I do think it was a little too heavy on Benny and not enough on the brothers but I did enjoy the episode a lot. Seeing Cas was great but I definitely need to see more of him too.

What I really got into was the way the multiple flashbacks seamlessly blended in with the action in the present. I thought Guy Bee's Purgatory scenes were some of the best we've seen so far. The way the Leviathans crashed to the ground and then transitioned into human form was so cool. As were the first set of flashbacks where there were quick cuts of Dean fighting for his life to the soundtrack of Benny whistling. It made everything seem more brutal somehow.

Random Thoughts

Talk of Benny's "maker" coupled with his southern accent kind of reminded me of True Blood. At one point I was hoping Dean was headed to Bon Temps to help his friend out.

I wasn't that big a fan of the guy that played Quentin. But I thought Ty Olsson was so good. He's another great find for Supernatural.

I'm with Cas. Where does a monster that is ganked in monster heaven go?

When Cas and Benny were at odds and Dean was standing in the middle frustrated, I flashbacked to Dean being in the middle of a fighting John and Sam.

How cool was it seeing Sam actually steal a car?

I liked Dean having the urge to call his brother for help. He couldn't go through it right away but, ultimately, he needed Sam there so he gave his brother his location, which set up the Sam/Benny meet and greet.

I'm glad Cas has some of his mojo in Purgatory. Plus I loved him explaining to Benny why he couldn't possibly be Benny's aunt.

So far Dean is still adamant about Cas escaping Purgatory with him and Benny, even if they have to die trying. I'm so happy about that. I still want to know where it all went wrong -- I'm wondering if Cas made some sort of sacrifice in order for Dean being able to make it out.

After watching the promo for the next episode I'm dying to see what goes down between Sam and Dean. How bad is it going to get? I hope not too bad.

Oh and here's an annual reminder to vote for Supernatural in the People's Choice Awards - make sure the show gets nominated in the Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV show, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Favorite TV Fan Following categories. Anything else (like Favorite Network TV Drama), you'll have to write them in.

Oh and TVGuide.com has a fresh interview with Jared and Jensen about season 8 so definitely look it up.

What did you guys think of "Blood Brother?"

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In "Blood Brother," writer Ben Edlund and director Guy Bee delivered Benny's vampire origin story plus some more backstory for the Purgatory crew as well as a Sam that was figuring out how to live life out of the business and all alone. It's also the episode where Sam finally met Benny.

I don't know about you guys but I was expecting a big Sam and Dean rager over Dean's new bud, Benny. That didn't happen...yet. However, Sam's face wasn't looking too happy at the end of the episode. read more

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