Supernatural: Mans Best Friend with Benefits Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013


While waiting to hear from the Kevin Tran about the next trial they need to complete, the Winchesters get a text from a cop who helped them on a previous case, James Frampton, asking for their help.  When they arrive in St. Louis they find out their friend as become a witch and that the message for help came from Portia, a witch’s familiar who can transform into a Doberman.  It seems that James has been having nightmares where he brutally kills innocent people and then finds out that those people really did die. 


But is James really committing the murders or is someone else just trying to frame him?  The Winchesters have to navigate the strange underworld of witches and wiccans as well as the local police department in order to find out who is truly behind the series of murders.  And through it all Dean can barely contain his amusement at James having a lover who is a dog.


This was a rather mundane episode of Supernatural.  I suppose that witches could present another regular foe for the Winchesters is and when they manage to close the gates of Hell so perhaps the producers just wanted to remind the viewers of the other types of dangers that were out there.  That said this week’s episode wasn’t overly compelling.  The boys didn’t seem like they had a whole lot to do and there was an overabundance of characters just standing around and talking.


Sam especially took a backseat this week as it was Dean who posed as a “wiccan from Detroit” to go undercover at a secret witch’s club. Dean also gets to smirk throughout and gets some choice amusing lines while poor Sam is left to play straight man.  Sam’s one moment came at the end of the episode when Dean asks him is he is all right as it relates to completing the other trials.  Sam insists he is but a sudden nosebleed indicates he is definitely not ok.  Gosh as if he hasn’t been through enough is this an indicator that the trials could possibly take an enormous physical toll on Sam or is there something else going on?


Mania Grade: C
Episode: Man’s Best Friend with Benefits (Season 8, Episode 15)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Osric Chau
Written By: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming
Directed By: John Showalter
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Brothers