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|image= [[Image:1-15 The Benders.jpg|300px|Promotional image from The Benders350px]]
|title= The Benders
|episode= Season 1, Episode 15
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-benders/id262465152?i=263182047 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00117U1FK Amazon.com]
|outline= [[Sam]] is abducted by a family of cannibalistic hillbillies while he and [[Dean]] are investigating several decades' worth of missing people.
|motw= The [[Pa Bender family|Pa]], [[Missy Bender|Missy]], [[Jared and Lee Bender]]
|location= [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibbing%2C_Minnesota Hibbing, Minnesota]
|timeline=
|Synopsis=
[[File:TheBendersPromoPoster.jpg|thumb|left|300px200px|Promotional poster for "The Benders."]][[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 reports his disappearance to the local Sheriff’s sheriff’s office, pretending to be a police officer looking for his cousin. Inside a barn, Sam is being held captive in a cage, as is [[Alvin Jenkins]]. Two hooded figures enter and leave food, and Sam is astonished to find their captors are not supernatural beings, but people.
[[Deputy Kathleen Hudak]] begins helping Dean, and they identify a truck making a noise similar to what the witness reported. However, Kathleen discovers Dean's true identity along with his damaging [[Dean Winchester#Police records|police record]] ([[1.06]]), but motivated by the disappearance of her brother years ago, she agrees to continue the search for "cousin" Sam in hopes that she will also discover what happened to her own brother.
While Sam is trying to escape, the door on Jenkin’s cage opens, and against Sam’s warning he leaves the cage. Once outside, Jenkins is pursued, hunted, by two men who eventually kill him. Kathleen and Dean follow the truck to where it enters a property, but as they prepare to follow on foot, Kathleen handcuffs Dean to the sheriff’s car.
When [[Deputy Kathleen Hudak|Kathleen]] approaches the house, the door is answered by a young girl, [[Missy Bender]], who distracts Kathleen while her father, [[Pa Bender]] knocks her out.
Pa Bender boasts to Dean that his family has been hunting and killing humans for generations. He threatens Dean with torture to find out if other police are on the way, and then says Dean must choose whether Sam or Kathleen will be the prey for the next hunt. Dean chooses Sam, but then Pa instructs his son, Lee, to go and shoot both Sam and Kathleen.
Out in the barn, Sam has freed himself and Kathleen and they overpower [[Jared and LeeBender|Lee]], and then the other Bender son, Jared, who comes to investigate. Sam knocks Jared out, and then shoots Pa Bender, leaving Kathleen to cover him while he searches for Dean.
While alone, Pa Bender taunts Kathleen about her brother’s death, and she kills him.
Dean has escaped, and locked [[Missy Bender ]] in a closet. Kathleen joins the brothers and tells them she killed Pa Bender as he tried to escape. She lets the boys leave before the police arrive and admits that knowing her brother’s fate has not assuaged her grief.
|Characters=
* [[Sam Winchester]]
* [[Dean Winchester]]
* [[Sam Winchester]]
* [[Deputy Kathleen Hudak]]
* [[Alvin Jenkins]]
* [[Pa Bender]]
* [[Missy Bender]]
* [[Jared and Lee Bender]]
* Alvin Jenkins
|Pad_of_Definitions= * [[Phantom AttackerAliases]] <sup>* [[PoDDeliverance]]</sup>* [[Spring Heeled JackImpala]] <sup>* [[PoDJohn's Journal]]</sup>* [[Phantom GassersThe Most Dangerous Game]] <sup>* [[PoDPhantom Attacker]]</sup>* [[DeliverancePhantom Gassers]] <sup>* [[PoDSammy]]</sup>* [[The Most Dangerous Game]] <sup>[[PoDSpring Heeled Jack]]</sup>
|Music=
* "Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh
:''(plays at Kugel's Keg bar, with Dean playing darts and Sam doing research)''
* "Sweet and Low Down" by George Gershwin <sup>according to [[S1Com]]</sup>
:''(plays while Pa Bender is in the kitchen)''
|Quotes=
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''KathleenDean:''' Well, they could be right, it could just be a kidnapping. Maybe this isn’t our kind of gig.<br>'''Sam:''' Yeah, maybe not. Except for this—Dad marked the area, Dean. Possible hunting grounds of a phantom attacker.<br>'''Dean:''' Why would he even do that?<br>'''Sam:''' Well, he found a lot of local folklore about a dark figure that comes out at night. Grabs people, then vanishes. He found this too—this county has more missing persons per capita than anywhere else in the state.<br>'''Dean:''' That is weird.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Dean:''' Don’t phantom attackers usually snatch people from their beds? Jenkins was taken from a parking lot.<br>'''Sam:''' Well, there are all kinds. You know, Springhill Jacks, phantom gassers. They take people anywhere, anytime. Look, Dean, I don’t know if this is our kind of gig either.<br>'''Dean:''' Yeah, you’re right, we should ask around more tomorrow.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Deputy Hudak:''' Does your cousin have a drinking problem?<br>'''Dean:''' Sam? Two beers and he’s doin’ karaoke. No, he wasn’t drunk. He was taken.<br>'''Deputy Hudak:''' Alright. What’s his name?<br>
'''Dean:''' Winchester. Sam Winchester.<br>
'''KathleenDeputy Hudak:''' Like the rifle?<br>'''Dean:''' Like the rifle.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Deputy Hudak:''' Samuel Winchester. So, you know that his brother, Dean Winchester, died in St. Louis. And, uh, was suspected of murder. <br>'''Dean:''' Yeah, Dean. Kind of the black sheep of the family. Handsome, though.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Alvin Jenkins:''' Well, no offense, but this is a piss-poor rescue.<br>'''Sam:''' Well, my brother’s out there right now, too. He’s lookin’ for us. So—<br>'''Alvin Jenkins:''' So, he’s not gonna find us. We’re in the middle of nowhere. (He nods towards the door leading into the building.) Waiting for them to come back and do God-knows-what to us.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''KathleenDean:''' (about Look, look, look. If you wanna arrest me, that’s fine. I’ll cooperate, I swear. But, first, please—let me find Sam.<br>'''Deputy Hudak:''' I don’t even know who you are. Or if this Sam) Does your cousin have a drinking problem?person is missing.<br>'''Dean:''' Two beers Look into my eyes and he’s doing karaoketell me if I’m lying about this.<br>'''Deputy Hudak:''' Identity theft? You’re impersonating an officer.<br>'''Dean:''' Look, here’s the thing. 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. I’m just afraid if we don’t find him fast—please. (His voice breaks.) He’s my family.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Pa BenderDean:''' So, what, Have you with that pretty copseen ‘em? Are you a cop?<br>'''Sam:''' Yeah. Dude, they’re just people.'''Dean:''' If I tell And they jumped you? Must be gettin’ a little rusty there, you promise not to make me into an ashtray?<br>kiddo.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Dean:''' I'll Yikes. I’ll say it again. Demons again—demons I get, people . People are crazy!<br>.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''DeanPa Bender:''' Eat meI’ve hunted all my life.Just like my father, his before him.I’ve hunted deer and bear—I even got a cougar once. NoOh boy. But the best hunt is human. Oh, no, no, waitthere’s nothin’ like it. Holdin’ their life in your hands. Seein’ the fear in their eyes just before they go dark. You actually mightMakes you feel powerful alive.<br>'''Dean:''' You’re a sick puppy.<br>'''Pa Bender:''' We give ‘em a weapon. Give ‘em a fightin’ chance. It’s kind of like our tradition passed down, father to son. Of course, only one or two a year. Never enough to bring the law down, we never been that sloppy.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''SamDean:''' DudeAll I’m sayin’ is, you vanish like that again, they're just peopleI’m not lookin’ for ya.<br />'''DeanSam:''' And they jumped Sure, you? Must be gettin' a little rusty there, kiddowon’t.<br />['''Dean:''' I’m not...]<br />'''Sam:''' So , you got sidelined by a thirteen-year-old girl, huh?<br>
'''Dean:''' Oh, shut up.<br>
'''Sam:''': Just saying you're getting sayin’, gettin’ rusty there, kiddo. <br>'''Dean:''': Shut up.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Jenkins:''' What is it?<br>'''Sam:''' It's a bracket.<br>'''Jenkins:''' Oh thank God, a bracket. Now we got 'em, huh?<br>}}
|Trivia_References=
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
In The episode takes its plot from the scene where Dean enters the Benders' barn to find Sam and Kathleen, the original script had Dean humming the "classic short story [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dueling_Banjos Dueling Banjos]The_Most_Dangerous_Game "The Most Dangerous Game" 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 movingby Richard Connell.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
The episode takes its plot from the classic short story There was a family called [http://enwww.wikipediaprairieghosts.orgcom/wiki/The_Most_Dangerous_Game bender.html The "The Most Dangerous GameBloody"Benders] in Kansas in the 1870s, who killed over a dozen people. They were finally exposed by Richard Connella man looking for his missing brother. [http://mentalfloss.com/article/53672/bloody-benders-americas-first-serial-killers More on the Bloddy Benders here.]}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
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."}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=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. }}{{TriviaQuote |Text=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.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=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. [http://mentalfloss.com/article/53672/bloody-benders-americas-first-serial-killers More on the Bloddy Benders here].}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''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>
'''Evan:''' Totally.<br>
'''Dean:''' Yeah. [''nodding towards Sam''] He likes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_(1998_film) the remake].<br>
'''Evan:''' Yuck!
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla Godzilla ] first appeared in a self-titled 1954 Japanese film. Many films featured Godzilla - in the fourth film [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_vs._Mothra Godzilla vs. Mothra Mothra ] was enlisted to fight him. The foes met again in the Millenium Millennium 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.''}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''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 AlertGodzilla_(1998_film) Godzilla] 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 platestarring Matthew Broderick.''}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''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.''}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''Kathleen:''' It says here your badge was stolenGreg. I think we’ve got something. And there’s a picture These traffic cams take an image every three seconds, as part of youthe Amber Alert program. [''she turns These images were all taken around the computer to reveal a heavy-set black man'']<br>'''Dean:''' I lost some weight. [''laughs nervously''] And I got time that Michael Jackson skin disease..your cousin, Sam, disappeared.:''One of In the numerous controversies that surrounded singer/performer United States and Canada, an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson Michael JacksonAmber_alert AMBER Alert] throughout his life was his changing [http://enis a notification to the general public, by various media outlets, of a confirmed child abduction.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_appearance_of_Michael_Jackson physical appearance]. One " The alert goes out through a large number of these changes was outlets, including television, radio, and email, and usually includes a drastic whitening description of the abductor and his skin, which Jackson attributed to the skin disease [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitiligo vitiligo] but has also been rumored to be the result of bleaching creamsher car and license plate.''}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
'''JenkinsKathleen:''' They're just It says here your badge was stolen. And there’s a bunch picture of psycho hillbilly rednecksyou.<br>'''Dean:''' I lost some weight. And I got that Michael Jackson skin disease.. lookin' for love in all the wrong places.: ''"Looking for Love" is a song from the album One of the same name by country numerous controversies that surrounded singer /performer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson Michael Jackson] throughout his life was his changing [http://wwwen.johnnyleefanclubwikipedia.comorg/ Johnny Leewiki/Physical_appearance_of_Michael_Jackson physical appearance].'': This is also One of these changes was a second reference to ''Deliverance''drastic whitening of his skin, which Jackson attributed to the skin disease [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitiligo vitiligo] but has also featured "psycho hillbilly rednecks" who sexually assaulted been rumored to be the protagonistresult of bleaching creams.''}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
Filming location'''Alvin Jenkins: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge (''' They're just a bunch of psycho hillbilly rednecks... lookin' for love in front all the wrong places.:''"Looking for Love" is a song from the album of the ACT)same name by country singer [http://www.johnnyleefanclub.com/ Johnny Lee.]'':This is also a second reference to ''Deliverance'', Bordertownwhich also featured "psycho hillbilly rednecks" who sexually assaulted the protagonist.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
This is one of only two episodes to date In the scene where [[Dean]] enters the monsters are humanBenders' barn to find [[Sam]] and Kathleen, the other being original script had Dean humming the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dueling_Banjos "Dueling Banjos"] theme from ''[4http://en.wikipedia.11 Family Remains]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.}} 
|Minutiae=
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'''Filming Location:''' Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge (in front of the ACT), Bordertown.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=This is one of only two episodes to date where the [[monsters]] are human, the other being [[4.11 Family Remains]].}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=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."}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=Sam is kidnapped outside a bar called the Kugel Keg.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text=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.}}
{{TriviaQuote |Text=
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2145177/ Alexia Fast ] who played [[Missy Bender]] also played [[Emma]] in [[7.13 The Slice Girls]].}}
|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
|Promotion=
*[http://supernatural.tv/gallery2/promos/s1/thebenders/index.html Episode Stills]*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aqxCf6y2Bw Episode Promo: 1.15 The Benders]|Categories=[[Category:Canon]][[Category:Episodes]][[Category:Season 1]]
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