Supernatural ‘Man’s Best Friends With Benefits’ – Review

Supernatural -- "Man’s Best Friend With Benefits" -- Image SN815a_0146 -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Credit: Ed Araquel/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Dean really does not like witches.

Supernatural (8:15) Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) help a former acquaintance James Frampton (Christian Campbell), a cop that began to dabble in magic and now found himself in a perplexing situation involving homicidal dreams.  Although, this episode was only mildly entertaining–filled with Dean’s speculation about how witches’ familiars can engage in intimate relationships with their masters and other comedic puns. Humor is a strong and beloved part of the Supernatural experience, but the rest of Man’s Best Friend With Benefits was lackluster.

Portia (Mishael Morgan), James’s familiar, was the best new character in last night’s episode; she was stunningly beautiful, intelligent, and provided an air of elegance. Her interactions with Dean were funny though some may have found their exchanges (and the intimate relationship between her and James) a bit strange considering she is not entirely human but not entirely a dog. This relationship provided the majority of the humor of  for the episode and as a way to keep viewers watching the filled it fluff content. This was one episode where a plot involving witches did not prove to be worth the hour long time slot.

Though some emotional depth served as the undercurrent; Dean expressed to Sam his anxiousness for his brother’s stepping up to the plate in terms of taking on the Three Trials. Dean showed he would be more comfortable if he were the one to accomplish the remaining tasks. His concern is understandable; Sam has had a rough few years, to say the least, and who knows what could happen when it comes to him during this new task. Is it possible for him for succumb to the influences of Hell again?

Maybe. Considering how Heaven has Castiel (Misha Collins) serving as a pawn for an unknown purpose–it could happen.

Image source and synopsis courtesy of the CW

Supernatural, Man's Best Friend with Benefits
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Review Summary:

DEAN REALLY DOESN’T LIKE WITCHES — A police officer named Kevin (guest star Christian Campbell), who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam and Dean, is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by Kevin’s “familiar” (guest star Mishael Morgan) to help -- but the brothers aren’t sure they want to save a witch. John Showalter directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming.

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