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|imdb= [http://imdb.com/title/tt0757750/ The Benders]
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|outline= Sam is abducted by a family of cannibalistic hillbillies while he and Dean are investigating several decades' worth of missing people.
|motw= The Bender family
|location= [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibbing%2C_Minnesota Hibbing, Minnesota]
Dean and Sam are investigating some mysterious disappearances in Hibbing, Minnesota. After interviewing a young boy who heard something when the last victim, Alvin Jenkins, disappeared, Sam himself goes missing, kidnapped from a parking lot outside a bar in the same manner as the other victims.
*[[Dean Winchester]]*[[Sam Winchester]]*[[Deputy Kathleen Hudak]]*[[Pa Bender]]*[[Missy Bender]]*Alvin Jenkins
*"Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh: ''(plays at Kugel's Kec bar, with Dean playing dart and Sam doing research)''*"Sweet and Low Down" by George Gershwin <sup>according to [[S1Com]]</sup>: ''(plays while Pa Bender is in the kitchen)''
In the scene where Dean enters the Benders' barn to find Sam and Kathleen, the original script had Dean humming the "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dueling_Banjos Dueling Banjos]" theme from ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deliverance Deliverance]
,'' a horror film that shares some story elements with this episode (most notably the antagonists being murderous backwoods psychos). However, possibly because they couldn't get the rights to the music, in the episode itself the humming is cut out, though you can still see Dean's mouth moving.}}
The episode takes its plot from the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game"
Both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles cite this episode as one of their favorites in the first issue of the Official Supernatural Magazine::'''Jensen Ackles:''' "...the guys on The Benders - the whole family - were also great..."
:'''Jared Padalecki:''' "I realize that wasn't supernatural at all, but it was a fun show to film and a fun one to watch."}}
This episode has similar themes to the ''The X-Files'' episode "[http://www.tv.com/the-x-files/home/episode/565/summary.html Home]," which features a secluded family that has a long tradition of inbreeding and violence toward anyone who comes close to its members. Both episodes play on the same themes: a strong (and perverted) sense of family and a vision of horror that isn't brought by demons or creatures, but humans. It is often said to be the scariest and most disturbing ''X-Files'' episode. }}
According to police computer file 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.}}
There was a family called [http://www.prairieghosts.com/bender.html The "Bloody" Benders] in Kansas in the 1870s, who killed over a dozen people. They were finally exposed by a man looking for his missing brother.}}
'''Mrs. McKay:''' Tell the officers what you were watching on TV.<br>
'''Evan:''' ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_vs._Mothra Godzilla
Vs. Mothra]''.<br>'''Dean:''' That’s my favorite [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla Godzilla] movie! It’s so much better than [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_(1954_film) the original], huh?<br>
'''Dean:''' Yeah. [''nodding towards Sam''] He likes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_(1998_film) the remake].<br>
"Godzilla versus Mothra (1964):" Mutant giant dinosaur who gets super powers from a nuclear blast, Godzilla first appeared in a 1954 Japanese film. Many films featured Godzilla - in the fourth film Mothra was enlisted to fight him. The foes met again in the Millenium series (1999-2004) movie called "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack". The remake Dean refers to Sam liking is most probably the 1998 American remake "Godzilla" starring Matthew Broderick.''
:''Godzilla and Mothra are referenced also in [[4.10 Heaven and Hell]] by [[Ruby]] and [[Sam]] as a metaphor for their plan to get the angels and demons to fight each other.''}}
'''Kathleen:''' These traffic cams take an image every three seconds, as part of the Amber Alert program.
"In the United States and Canada, an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_alert AMBER Alert] is a notification to the general public, by various media outlets, of a confirmed child abduction." The alert goes out through a large number of outlets, including television, radio, and email, and usually includes a description of the abductor and his/her car and license plate.''}}
'''Jenkins:''' But I’m waitin’.<br>
'''Sam:''' Waitin’ for what?<br>
'''Jenkins:'''' Ned Beatty time, man.
: ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Beatty Ned Beatty] is an award-winning actor whose debut role was in the famous 1972 horror movie
''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deliverance Deliverance] '', where he played a suburban man viciously raped by psychotic mountain men. See [[Deliverance]] for other episodes which have quotes from this movie.}}
'''Kathleen:''' It says here your badge was stolen. And there’s a picture of you. [''she turns the computer to reveal a heavy-set black man'']<br>