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1.15 The Benders

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|prevep= 1.14 Nightmare
|nextep= 1.16 Shadow
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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 Kathleen approaches the house, the door is answered by a young girl, [[Missy Bender]], who distracts her while her father, [[Pa Bender]], knocks her out. Dean manages to escape from his restraints just before two other members of the Bender family approach. Dean finds Sam and Kathleen in the barn and he sadly confirms for Kathleen that he has seen her brother’s car near the house -- evidence that the Benders were responsible for his probable murder. Dean is unable to open the cages and goes to the house to search for a key. He finds grisly and gruesome human remains decorating the house. Missy Bender surprises him and stabs him, allowing the rest of her family to attack and overpower him.
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 [[Jared and Lee Bender|Lee]] to go and shoot both Sam and Kathleen.
Out in the barn, Sam has freed himself and Kathleen and they overpower Lee and then the other Bender son, [[Jared and Lee Bender|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. Meanwhile, Dean escapes and locks Missy 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.
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* [[Sam's Police Record]]
* [[Sammy]]
* [[Spring Heeled -heeled Jack]]* [[Table of Death]]
* [[Tongues]]
* [[Unconscious]]
* "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
:''(plays while Pa Bender is in the kitchen)''
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* "Whiskey and Guns" by Jim Moncur (AudioSparx)
:''(plays at Kugel's Kec bar, with Dean playing dart and Sam doing research)''
* "Sweet and Low Down" by George Gershwin
:''(plays while Pa Bender is in the kitchen)''
'''Sam:''' Well, there are all kinds. You know, Spring heeled 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.
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'''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>
'''Deputy Hudak:''' Like the rifle?<br>
'''Dean:''' Like the rifle.
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'''Pa Bender:''' I’ve hunted all my life. Just like my father, his before him. I’ve hunted deer and bear—I even got a cougar once. Oh boy. But the best hunt is human. Oh, there’s nothin’ like it. Holdin’ their life in your hands. Seein’ the fear in their eyes just before they go dark. Makes 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'Course, only one or two a year. Never enough to bring the law down, we . We never been that sloppy.<br>'''Dean:''' Yeah, well, don't sell yourself short. You're plenty sloppy.}}{{TriviaQuote |Text='''Pa Bender:''' Tell me... any of the cops gonna come lookin' for you?<br>'''Dean:''' Oh, eat me. No, no, no, wait -- you actually might.
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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.
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'''Deputy Hudak:''' Alright. What’s his name?<br>
'''Dean:''' Winchester. Sam Winchester.<br>
'''Deputy Hudak:''' Like the rifle?<br>
'''Dean:''' Like the rifle.
:''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_rifle Winchester rifle] is the blanket term for any lever-action repeating rifles produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.''
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This is one of only three five episodes to date where the [[monsters]] are human, the others being [[4.11 Family Remains]] and , [[11.08 Just My Imagination]], [[13.11 Breakdown]] and [[9.15 thinman]].
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* [http://supernatural.tv/gallery2/promos/s1/thebenders/index.html Episode Stills]* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aqxCf6y2Bw Episode Promo: 1.15 The Benders]
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==Episode Meta==
*[[SPN Heavy Meta]] Season One Meta Index
*Bond, Silvia. 2007. A Case of the Benders: "The Benders" Season 1, Episode 15. ''Pink Raygun'', September 19; [https://web.archive.org/web/20120326112136/http://www.pinkraygun.com/2007/09/19/supernatural-the-benders/ archive link]
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