It's time to take a look at the visuals from "Man's Best Friend With Benefits."  This review is a little shorter than usual because the episode was so dialogue-heavy, and when episodes are really dialogue-heavy, that means the screen caps are a lot of faces and not a lot of other stuff.  But that's okay.  The less tiime spent with this episode the better!


1.


This is from the "Previously On" segment, so I'm not positive what episode it's from, but look at their faces!!!  Their faces, holy shit.  Amazing.

2.


This dog was the best part of the episode.  It was so pretty!  Look at how expressive this dog is.  I mean, honestly, you look at this dog, and you could totally buy that it would transform into a human being.

3.


Just look at its face!  Soooooooooo adorable!

4.


Many people have raised the issue of the insensitivity of having a minority actress wear a collar and call a white man master.  I'm not going to go into that here because much more eloquent articles have been written on the subject than I could manage.  I do think probably the writers didn't specify her race when they wrote the script and that this actress was just the casting people's favorite.  At least, I hope they didn't specify her race when they wrote it.  I'm all for colorblind casting and would love to have more ethnicities represented on the show, but in this case, it backfired.

But anyway, I have a few questions about logistics here.  Where did that dress and shoes come from?  Can she just conjure clothes out of thin air when she transforms?  What happens to her clothes when she transforms back?  And in the scene just prior to this, Sam was petting her chest when she was in dog form.  Did he just accidentally sexually assault Portia or are all bets off when she's in dog form?  Also, the clasp on her collar is always in the back while she's a human.  Doesn't her hair catch on the clasp?  Doesn't it catch on the rhinestones?  Wouldn't a smaller, less intense collar make sense for her to wear when moving in human circles?

5.


This is a neat shot.  The long tree shadows make it very ominous.  Of course, while I was watching the episode, I was like, "not the blind guy.  Do not kill the blind guy, show.  OH, COME ON!  THE BLIND GUY????"  I don't know why that was a line I didn't want crossed, considering what has happened on this show, but it was.

6.


Look at that shiny paint job, reflecting light on the side.  That car is a thing of beauty.

7.


This warehouse is sweet.  Look at those windows!  The natural light is fantastic!  I really liked this location.

8.


SAM GOT STUCK IN A LAUNDRY BIN!!!!!  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ah ah aha.  Funniest part of the episode right here.  And how did that thing not collapse under the strain?

9.


Super awesome Dean profile shot right here.  Not quite as awesome as Sam getting stuck in a laundry bin, but close.

And that's all I've got.  The episode was well-shot and well-lit and everything we expect from the show.  But like I said earlier, the overwhelming amount of dialogue made the caps from the episode full of faces.  And while they are nice faces, that's not exactly the point of these reviews.  Anyway, did I miss anything you liked from this episode?


 

Comments  

WhiteWolf
# WhiteWolf 2013-03-16 23:50
The scene from "Previously on" was from "Shut up, Dr. Phil." It was showing the failed attempt at Bobby's witch killing spell, which didn't work b/c of improperly chilled chicken feet.
E
# E 2013-03-17 18:29
Yeah, This is actually a nice little detail that I wish that they had made more out of because I didn't catch this during the airing of the episode. I only caught it after the fact when someone mentioned it on one of the threads.
Ardeospina
# Ardeospina 2013-03-18 14:31
Aha! I haven't rewatched that episode since it aired, so that's why I didn't recognize it! Thanks.
KELLY
# KELLY 2013-03-17 00:03
This is not really defending the writing in this episode, but I think since she is magic she can decide what she is going to wear. Which is why I'm doubly confused as to why she wears the collar as a girl.
LadyJane
# LadyJane 2013-03-17 00:39
I think she wears the collar as a symbol of her "rank" as a familiar. Or maybe she's just into collars. ;D
Ardeospina
# Ardeospina 2013-03-18 14:32
That would work. Still, kind of weird that she wouldn't tone down that collar. It just looks uncomfortable. Like, if you're into collars and being collared, that's your decision and I'm cool with that. But that thing didn't look padded, the leather looked stiff, and really, wouldn't it chafe?
LadyJane
# LadyJane 2013-03-17 00:30
I agree the dog was the best part of this episode. Although, I did like Portia's character and the actress. And at least the writers made sure we knew she was "with" her master by choice.

In the shot with the awesome faces, I can tell from the pile of herbs Sam is setting ablaze and the window shades in the background that it is from that other headdesk worthy episode. "Shut Up, Dr. Phil."
E
# E 2013-03-17 14:04
Beautiful dog! :D Beautiful actress! :D Beautiful boys! :D (Even when they are stuck in a laundry bin) not such a good eppie. :sad:
NOLANOLA
# NOLANOLA 2013-04-09 13:10
LADYJANE I AGREE WITH YOU. I AM CREOLE AND SO USED TO LIGHT SKINNED ACTORS MOSTLY. THIS WAS A BEAUTIFUL LADY AND IT IS SCI-FI FOLKS. SHE WAS THERE NOT ONLY BY CHOICE. SHE PICKED HIM.

THE COLLAR DID NOT BOTHER ME AFTER A WHILE. QUITE SURE UNLESS YALL KNOW SOMETHING I DONT, THE COLLAR MUST HAVE BEEN COMFORTABLE. I WOULD HAVE INSISTED. I ACTED IN MUSICALS AND TRAINED IN OPERA FOR A WHILE.