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Supernatural Episode: "Man's Best Friend With Benefits"

Season 8, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: A cop who practices witchcraft is plagued by nightmares in which he kills innocent people. When the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in to investigate.
Original Air Date: Feb 20, 2013
Guest Cast Christian Campbell: Kevin Mishael Morgan: Kevin's Familiar
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Season 8, Episode 15
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Length: 42:13
Aired: 2/20/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Man's Best Friend With Benefits" Season 8, Episode 15

Sam and Dean head back to St. Louis, Mo. (site of Season 1's "Skin") where they have to figure out a way to help someone who already knows about what they do — the family business. In fact, this police officer once saved the hunters' lives while they worked a case together.

These days, James Frampton is also a witch...one that comes complete with a collared human/canine familiar named Portia. Any Supernatural fan knows that Dean hates witches. Turns out he's not into dogs either. This is definitely not the case for him.

After four really strong episodes ("LARP and the Real Girl", "As Time Goes By", "Everybody Hates Hitler", and "Trial and Error"), I have to admit that I couldn't quite get into this one. "Man's Best Friend with Benefits" was simply OK. I love the title but it was way light on mythology. The case didn't quite hook me. I didn't connect with the humor. Even the Sam and Dean moments couldn't save things for me. I still love Season 8 but you can't win them all.

It was good to see Christian Campbell, however. For those of you who don't know, he's Neve Campbell's older brother, but I probably know him best from the shows Malibu Shores and All My Children. His character (James) was plagued with nightmares where he murdered innocent people. Those dream victims ended up dead for real.

Apparently, it's possible for one witch to control another witch's actions with the goal of making that person think he's a murderer. Who knew? Only thing is the bad guy (Spencer) did it because he was jealous of his "friend" and his beautiful familiar. James and Portia share a strong, unbreakable bond that's emotional, telepathic and physical. Spencer wanted that for himself. He didn't appreciate the fact the soul mates went all Bella and Edward with their relationship. Sigh. Kind of flimsy but I suppose people have done crazier things for much less. Sam and Dean used a witch-killing spell to get rid of the villain of the week. See ya, Spence.

Let's talk about Sam, Dean and the tests. The brothers have a conversation about trust. Sam doesn't feel like Dean trusts him. He thinks Dean only trusts himself. At the end of the episode, Dean comes around and admits to Sam that he's on board with him and the tests and that he does indeed trust his younger brother.

It's like we're rehashing similar conversations from the end of Season 5. I'm not sure this is all about trust. Sometimes it seems that way but mostly I feel Dean is super worried about Sam. And he doesn't want to see Sam suffer. He knows his brother has suffered more than anyone should.

I do think that if Sam wants Dean to trust him then he's going to have to prove he's trustworthy. Right before the credits, Sam coughs up blood. Is he going to come clean and tell his older brother? Or is he going to keep this a secret? If Sam wants to be taken seriously, he's going to need to fess up to Dean. I guess we'll find out his decision next time.

Random Thoughts

-Apparently, Dean didn't know that the "le chat" in Spencer's familiar, Philippe LeChat, means cat in French. And since when was he allergic to cats, by the way? Did we know this?

-I knew Dean didn't want dogs in or around his Baby. I didn't realize he wasn't a dog person at all. I probably should know that, right? Is it because of his history with hellhounds?

-Sam, however, continues to be dog-friendly. That's so him. From when he ran away to Flagstaff when he was younger to the dog from earlier this season...it's easy to see why Portia took an instant liking to Sam.

-Love that Dean mentioned Benny. When are we going to see Ty Olsson again? Inquiring minds want to know.

-I don't think we're ever going to get away from the whole "kill or let monsters go" debate. This time around, Dean felt they had to be ready to gank James or the witch that was doing this to James. After all, people were dying. Sam mentioned this wasn't the first time they gave a monster a free pass. Dean told him the difference was the fact that James made a conscious choice to become supernatural. Benny and Kate (the werewolf from "Bitten") were forced into the life.

-Every time I heard James' last name (Frampton), I wanted to hear a Peter Frampton song. Preferably, "Baby, I Love Your Way."

-I can't believe people bought Dean being a Wiccan from Detroit.

-I liked the astral projection portion of the episode. But not as much as when Spencer messed with Sam and Dean. We saw Sam and Adam falling into Hell (when Sam was Lucifer's meat suit) plus his soulful time in hell. And as for Dean, he saw his mother burning on the ceiling and his own stint in hell. To this day, I still wonder if Dean witnessed his mom's death when he was little.

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Sam and Dean head back to St. Louis, Mo. (site of Season 1's "Skin") where they have to figure out a way to help someone who already knows about what they do — the family business. In fact, this police officer once saved the hunters' lives while they worked a case together.

These days, James Frampton is also a witch...one that comes complete with a collared human/canine familiar named Portia. Any Supernatural fan knows that Dean hates witches. Turns out he's not into dogs either. This is definitely not the case for him.

After four really strong episodes ("LARP and the Real Girl", "As Time Goes By", "Everybody Hates Hitler", and "Trial and Error"), I have to admit that I couldn't quite get into this one. "Man's Best Friend with Benefits" was simply OK. I love the title but it was way light on mythology. The case didn't quite hook me. I didn't connect with the humor. Even the Sam and Dean moments couldn't save things for me. I still love Season 8 but you can't win them all.

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