Season 8 Episode 15

Man's Best Friend with Benefits

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2013 on The CW
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    Supernatural "Man's Best Friend With Benefits" Review: In the Dog House

    There's always one terribly awkward and vaguely problematic episode each season and I think we hit ours for Season 8 with "Man's Best Friend With Benefits," which sounded like a really bad idea from the title alone.

  • Episode Summary

    A witch's familiar asks the Winchesters for help when the witch, a cop who helped Sam and Dean on a case, has nightmares of murder that come true.

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    • lol.. dean`s expressions!!

      Funny episode really. Not as funny as yellow fever or mystery spot. But it sure had its moments.
    • Potential Spinoff

      Interesting character development. Cop who is a witch... female familiar with love interest. Sounds like a setup to put feelers out to introduce a new show. Ties to a succesful series. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see this in the fall lineup on its own.

    • Woof Jokes

      While I liked the idea of a witch falling in love with a familiar it did kinda lead into the idea of "what happens when they are in animal form" and consequently there was some call for a bit of delicacy in managing the "rough edge of humour" that can darken that doorway.

      Even Sam made the comment to Dean - in summary that not making dog/person jokes indicateed that Dean was improving - shame the script writers couldn't show a bit more restraint...

      Anyway, tho a fun episode and ceratinly tongue-in-cheek (dog slobber!) I wouldn't put it down as an unmissable episode of Supernatural.moreless
    • Man's Best Friend with Benefits

      Man's Best Friend with Benefits was a superbly entertaining episode of Supernatural. I really enjoyed watching because there was s lot of great character development and plot progression. It was interesting to see the varjous character conflicts. I liked the humor regarding Deans standpoint on cats and dogs. The story was well written and I liked how everything played out and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next! !!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Just like a Witch, this feels all too familiar

      The dog stuff in this episode was not that great. While they did continue the story and thread of Dean not liking the idea of Sam being the trial person for God's tasks. What worked for this episode was the concept of James Frampton (some guy we've never seen before in the series but Sam and Dean have worked a job with) have dreams about murders that come true. James is a cop turned witch who uses his powers to solve crimes. His "Familiar" a Doberman turned human Portia, is bound to him (much like a maker and progeny are linked in True Blood) but the relationship isn't supposed to be sexual, but in this case it is really really creepily. The brothers come to town and suspect that it may be another witch and James' jealous companion on the police force seems to be guiding the investigation towards him with an eyewitness statement from the familiar of a fellow witch. The twist here with it not being his old cop buddy was clearly a misdirect with the guy simply being jealous of his relationship with Portia. The witch fight was kind of cool along, but Sam and Dean's molotov of blood to kill the other witch was too conveniently used. However, the beginning of the episode had promise which it dropped all too quickly. Portia showing up as a dog and then Sam asking if it could stay the night and then turning into the beautiful Portia was obvious but fun and very typical of typical Supernatural funny moments. While seeing the Witch community be fleshed out a little more since we have seen quite a bit of them in the show before and the concept of Familiars obviously taking a page from Blade (who use Familiars as humans who are addicted to and serve vampires for blood and sex and Blade does it much better). James and Portia feel totally flat for me as did the forced angst of this episode. The only positive note on the brothers' development was nice to see Dean admit that he did trust Sam just in time Sam to conveniently have something weird happen with his body (coughing up blood) and then hide it from him. Not the worst episode but I expect stronger especially when this show has been on such a winning streak since the time travel episode. Hope it gets better next week.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Dean: Wow, You know, of all the lame-ass things you've ever said, that has got to be the lame-assiest.
        Sam: I'm sorry, but I happen to think Shemp was a funnier Stooge than Curly.
        Dean: Curly was a freaking genius!
        Sam: I always found Curly's work a bit obvious.
        Dean: It's supposed to be obvious, man. They're Stooges.

      • Portia: Tonight, James and I were close, without psychological walls--intimate.
        Dean: I don't...
        Sam: They had sex.
        Dean: Wow. I, uh, didn't expect that.

      • James: Dean, a witch can go to a place without having to go to a place.
        Dean: What, like phone sex?
        James: Astral projection.

    • NOTES (1)

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: February 24, 2013 on SPACE
        Australia: March 4, 2013 on Eleven
        Norway: April 19, 2013 on FEM
        UK: August 21, 2013 on Sky Living
        Finland: December 18, 2014 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Spencer: But when you two went all Bella and Edward...
        Referencing the Twilight novels written by Stephenie Meyer, chronicling the adventures of Bella Swan and her romance with Edward Cullen, a 104-year-old vampire. The series was first published in 2005 and a movie adaptation of the first novel, Twilight, premiered in 2008.