Season 8 Episode 5

Blood Brother

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2012 on The CW
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    Supernatural "Blood Brother" Review: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Vampirate's Life for Me

    I've put a lot of stock in Dean's vampire BFF, Benny, ultimately being a baddie... but now that we've learned his side of the story, I'm not so sure.

  • Episode Summary

    Dean goes to help Benny, who has run afoul of vampires guarding his Maker. Left alone, Sam thinks about his year of retirement, but is soon called back in when Dean calls him for help.

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    • A clever title goes here!

      In three words : WORST - EPISODE - EVER.
    • Back on Form

      Superb episode. Gorgeous sets, good characterisation, top class fighting on screen and off and exceptionally well cast actors- especially the 'Old Man'- not easy to give a convincing performance, especially in the current Twilight climate, but he really pulled it off.

      Supernatural walks a delicate line between being able to take the mick out of itself and, conversely, dealing with relatively ridiculous subjects in a serious fashion. This episode exemplifies just how adept they are doing this.

      Top marks and a bucketful of Thanks for making such great television.moreless
    • Very good episode with a good backstory

      I liked this episode quite a bit and a big part of that was the Benny back story. It was interesting to see a "good vampire" and the way Benny became this way was realistic whether vampires are a myth only or not. I like Dean's working with Benny and how they took on Benny's god's lair. It was also realistic to see how things ended up for Benny and Andrea. Dean's experiences with Benny and Castiel in purgatory helped to see what was going on better and I keep holding out hope for the return of Castiel. Now that said we once again get more of Sam's year off and his relationship with the woman. I'm not sure where this is heading but I am afraid it might ultimately lead, as I said in another review, to the ending of the series after this season. I've really enjoyed the show although not as much when it was on the grand arc series as much as when they do the monster of the week, particularly the monsters rooted in actual mythology, and if it ends I will miss watching it. I'm a bit surprised it has lasted this long but that is a testament to how good it is and it keeps its edge up even after 8 seasons.moreless
    • New showrunner Jeremy Carver seems to have forgotten the "No Chick Flick Moments" rule from back in the pilot.

      He's chick-flicking all over the place, between Sam and Amelia, Benny and Andrea, and Brian, Michael and Kate last week. At least the latter ones have vampires and werewolves thrown in, but the Sam and Amelia story doesn't even have that.

      The Purgatory flashbacks were the stuff I love, but I need more than just a few cool flashbacks sandwiched between chick flick moments.
    • "Blood Brother"

      I love the twist of Dean getting together with Benny and am totally not surprised- anyone following the series knows Dean to be loyal to the death or to a fault, however you choose to put it. This was an excellent episode- keep them coming!!! Eventually I'll buy every one of them (I had the first 5 seasons but homelessness is hard and I had to hock them to pay for moving).moreless
    Patrick Stafford

    Patrick Stafford

    The Maker

    Guest Star

    Athena Karkanis

    Athena Karkanis

    Andrea Kormos

    Guest Star

    Harrison MacDonald

    Harrison MacDonald


    Guest Star

    Misha Collins

    Misha Collins


    Recurring Role

    Ty Olsson

    Ty Olsson


    Recurring Role

    Liane Balaban

    Liane Balaban

    Amelia Richardson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Sam: Kid's like Rain Man.
        Dean: He's like a crappy little credit-card-counting criminal prodigy Rain Man.
        Sam: Well, he was in Advanced Placement.
        Dean: Shut up.

      • Castiel: It does present a curious curl in the metaphysics, doesn't it? If you murder a monster in monster heaven, where does it go?
        Benny: And this is the crazy aunt I want to take on the road?
        Castiel: I am not your aunt.
        Benny: What? Really?
        Castiel: I have no possible relationship to your sibling offspring.
        Benny: Now you're kidding me.
        Dean: Oh, you two are killing me.

      • Dean: Vampire pirates? That's what you guys are. Vampirates.

      • Dean: What the hell do you know about the value of life? You're a vampire.
        Benny: Yep. And I think we both know which of our kinds killed more humans.
        Castiel: Well, statistically speaking, that'd be your...
        Dean: Yes, thank you, Cass.

      • Sam: So, you think I'm creepy?
        Amelia: I think it's creepy that you buy all of your clothing at army surplus. White supremacists do that.
        Sam: Yeah, but I'm not.
        Amelia: Drifting serial killers do that.
        Sam: Fair enough.

      • The Maker: You're right. I've been here so, so long, Benny, seen all the outcomes, all the patterns a trillion times. It all means so little. This universe is a pyramid of despair, nothing else.
        Benny: A little dark.
        The Maker: I am evil, after all. At least I've had that much to keep me cold at night.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Sam: Kid's like Rain Man.
        Referencing the 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, with Tom Cruise as Charlie Babbit discovering the brother he never had, savant Raymond (Rain Man).

      • Sam: You are a wascally wabbit, Mr. Tran.
        Referencing Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, as soon in various animated shorts, movies, and TV series sch as The Bugs Bunny Show, which features cartoon animals in an animated world. Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny were two of them. Elmer was always hunting down Bugs Bunny, who was a rabbit. He was never able to say the 'R' in a word, so whenever he talked to Bugs Bunny or about Bugs Bunny, instead of saying rascally rabbit, he would say "wascally wabbit."