Supernatural Season 8: ‘Man’s Best Friend with Benefits’ Review

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Did that feel like a spin-off pilot to anyone else?

Homicide detective / witch and his sexy familiar fight crime in the big city. I’d watch. I really liked James (Christian Campbell) and his gal / Doberman pal. And I’m the first to complain when Supernatural tosses a lame, female character into the mix, but this time, they got it right.

Mishael Morgan was strong and sexy and still caring and vulnerable as Portia. The whole scene with her in the hotel room was an instant classic. Sam going on about how she just wanted her belly rubbed and can she please stay the night. . . while Dean get’s an eye full. . . so funny.

I also loved Dean’s oh-so-male reaction when she told him off. Hot, indeed. There are times when Dean’s pre-occupation with sex is grating but all of his interactions with Portia, especially after he found out she was sleeping with James, were delightful.

You know Dean’s going to be dreaming about her for a long while.

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The storyline itself was a bit of a throwaway. It reminded me of “Heart” and Sam waiting to see if the were-woman was going to turn on the full moon. And why did the boys leave James and Portia alone that night? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to stay there and watch what happens when the nightmares hit?

I did enjoy the trip to the witch bar. Nice set and a fun cast of background actors. Phillippe LeChat was too adorable for words.

Other top moments include the fight over who was the better Stooge, Shemp or Curly. (I’ve had that argument many times my self and I prefer Curly.)

The conversation about Dean not trusting Sam with the tablet trials was also lovely. Clearly, this is just Dean feeling protective of Sam but as usual, little brother sees it as something else.

Sam, he’s not afraid you’ll mess it up. He’s afraid it’ll mess you up – which apparently it is, as evidenced by Sam’s bloody nose at the end.

Oh a completely random note, the CW write-up for this episode kept referring to James as Kevin which was confusing for obvious reasons. The name was changed before filming began, but no one told the marketing department.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of James and Portia. How about you?

Next week, the boys have another run-in with the Greek Gods in “Remember the Titans”:

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stumped when they investigate a possible zombie case where an amnesiac man (guest star John Reardon) dies and then revives himself once a day. After the guy is attacked by the goddess Artemis (guest star Anna Von Hooft), Sam and Dean realize he’s not a zombie but instead a god, more specifically, Prometheus.

Here’s the promo:



by Cynthia Boris on February 21st, 2013

Cynthia is a TV fanatic who turned her obsession into a living when she became an entertainment reporter. She loves all kinds of TV but has a special place in her heart for brother shows and anything paranormal. Follow her on Twitter @TV_ofthe_Absurd and on Google+


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One thought on “Supernatural Season 8: ‘Man’s Best Friend with Benefits’ Review

  1. Raymond says:

    I think I smell a spin-off but I rather see one about Cas but I watch any attachment to the Supernatural mythos…

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