Supernatural Review: The Truth About Witch Cats & Dogs

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Sometimes I wonder how Sam and Dean would handle the Wicked Witch of the West.

While "Man's Best Friend With Benefits" didn't involve a technicolor trip to Oz, the brothers were called upon to deal with a little toil and trouble involving a friend from their past. Turns out, this pal had been dabbling in witchcraft while gaining a really hot dog as a companion. Oh, and he's having crazy murdering dreams.

Sam & Dean Help a Cop

Portia, James the cop-witch's familiar, was a decent addition to the show. In a lot of ways, she completely stole the spotlight from her magic counterpart. Yes, she was attractive, but there was a fiery passion not only visible in her love for James but her general demeanor with everyone around her. She was sexy, confident, loyal and able to hold her own against Dean.

Is this the second time in a row that Dean's been a bit speechless around a girl?

If anything, Portia's introduction - involving the hilarious lines from Sam about asking to keep the dog only to reveal her lying on the bed seductively - was perfect. As was Dean's response. She can stay.

I'm more indifferent when it came to James. He was fine as a witch, and even his willingness to do the right thing when he thought that just maybe he might be the killer, was a good touch for his character.

But overall, he felt less like a friend from the past who had saved Sam and Dean and more like a simple character falling in line with the story being told.

At least the concept of the familiar was intriguing. Having Phillipe be a cat also makes me wonder what other kinds of animals the familiars can be. Horse? Iguana? Or is it restricted to felines and canines?

Yet overall, the whole Creature of the Week storyline didn't jump off the screen for me. It was nowhere near as exciting as facing off against the hell hounds or even a scary ghost haunting a house. Maybe I'm just not a fan of witches.

True, I guess they can fill in on performing inception when Leonardio DiCaprio is busy, but I'd be more interested in seeing witches on a grander scale than small love quibbles with each other.

I did enjoy getting to see flashbacks to major events in the Winchester brothers' lives. I'm always a sucker for getting the call backs and witnessing Dean in Hell and Sam ablaze was fantastic. It's good to see the show hasn't forgotten its own past.

Unfortunately the argument about Dean trusting Sam and letting Sam complete the trials felt like a bit of a rehash.

That said, Dean did finally seem to get on board and say that he did in fact trust Sam. I'm glad he did, and I hope that conversation can finally be put to bed. These two are in agreement and on the same page, so let's keep it that way.

But Sam coughing blood? Not good.

I've got a feeling that not only the God trials going to get harder, but Sam's going to have a lot more problems that just a little blood coming up.

This was an interesting direction for Supernatural to take after last week's well-done "Trial and Error." While I did like some aspects of the hour, the story itself never felt as personal to the brothers as it should have, especially in them trying to help out an old friend. Too bad there weren't any ruby red shoes to click together to make this a better episode. Hopefully, Sam and Dean can kick it up a notch for next week.


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this was a ho-hum episode for me.....average IMO but definitely not up to the standard of the last few episodes.....Potia was interesting and the actress pulled the part off as believable....I cannot say the same for the part of James...possibly it was the acting....just didn't come off as real.


I have been really enjoying this season of Supernatural and this episode was completely Awesome! Honestly, I cant believe they went there in a few of those scenes! have i mentioned how much I love my show?
Portia was great as a familiar and actually had chemistry with both sam and dean which is extremely unusual. Even while wearing a dog collar and calling her guy Master--she was still likeable without being a Mary sue.
Am also enjoying the relationship btw the boys again so I hope Sam doesnt ruin it by hiding the fact that he is coughing up blood.
This may have been a filler episode,but it had a lot of good little details which IMO make the heart of the show.


Opps excuse my spelling in the last post. Im typing to fast, break about to end. : )


This was an ok episode. I liked James and Portia; especially her because of her strenght, cinfidence and passion. However, I did have an issue with a black woman, wearing a collar calling a white man Master. I found this very weird and insecutive. Hell is black hsitory month and you air this episode.
Sam and Dean trust issues is getting old. Hasnt Sam proved to Dean.. that he can hang with the best of them. Sam beat freakin lucifer. Give Sam a break Dean.


I love Season 8 (especially myth arc episodes 8x07, 8x10, 8x14) but this ep and 8x03 were not so good. Bitten was really boring and this one just rubbed me the wrong way. But I have igh hopes for next episodes :) Gods are always fun.


This episode was weird.I have been disappoint with this whole season.


This was a weird episode. I was a bit disappointed, after how good the last 3 or 4 ones had been, but I guess there's always ups and downs. I really likes her, she was pretty and smart and overall likeable, in my opinion, but I must admit there were some unfortunate implications with the whole owner/familiar dynamic. The best parts were the parallels between the 'unbreakable bond', 'dying for each other' etc, that clearly related to Sam and Dean, and the few flashbacks that made the episode a bit sad, but in a good way. And let's hope their 'trust' is more than lip service, but I'm afraid Sam won't get to complete the trials. Not the best episode of the season, that's obvious,


I was not happy with the episode. I am a HUGE Supernatural fan so it pains me to say I was disappointed in any episode, but it was a drag. Plus the wonky dialogue: a Twilight reference? "Don't try this at home kids"? (I about died from the cheesiness - that was the line they could come up with?) The dialogue in the garage with the freaking warlock?? (Some warlock . . .) The awkward pauses between the bros? I liked the flashbacks and am curious about the ending. Next week's episode looks much better. I'm actually surprised they haven't dug into the whole Greek Mythology storyline more by now. Go Jensen and Jared!


I really liked this eposide. Portia was beautiful as a woman and as a dog. It was funny that the cats' name was Phillpe Lachat which is Phillpe the cat in french. I like the direction the show is going this year because I had stopped watching this show because it was way over the top for awhile but i am enjoying this show again.


I loved the familiar scenes, Portia the Doberman was fierce as a girl and as a dog. But Dean is appearing goofy and deprived through the last episodes, I hope the writers give him a lady-friend soon so he could get his mojo back.

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