Dexter: Let's Give the Boy a Hand
Dexter's right about relationships. A relationship means picking up someone at an airport, doing things together ... and things can sometimes get ... messy. However, the messy parts of a relationship aren't exactly what a normal person considers messy.
I know Jonathan's gotten into this already, but the most fascinating aspect of this series is how Dexter's father discusses how to fit in, to smile even when you don't want to, because it's what you do. Without this I'm not sure the show would be half as interesting ... not that that wouldn't be enough to keep me involved.
So, was the hand a sign that someone knows of Dexter from that long ago? It goes along with the whole "it's his sister" theory that Jonathan has. Or did the Ice Truck Killer really do what Dexter said, taking note of a photo in his apartment? I'd also thought that maybe Dexter was the Ice Truck killer, a split personality part of himself that he doesn't know exists. But come to think of it, how could it be Debra if she was stuck watching tapes for days? Or was that just to throw us off?
Hm ... Here's a random thought. Dexter was adopted. Could the Ice Truck Killer be someone blood related to Dexter? If that's true and it's not pulled off right, it could come out looking corny.
"It could make things so much easier for Rita ... but that would be wrong." I just had to mention that line because it was one of the best scenes of the episode.
The voiceover in the Halloween shop is something not exactly new, though it's incredibly effective for this show. There's a time of the year when someone like Dexter almost feels comforted that there are monsters walking about the world, even if it's just a rubber mask they wear. Because really, the mask Dexter wears is barely rubber-mask thick as it is.
There was a loophole in Dexter's findings that the hand and foot were taken from a live body -- how do they know the foot is from Tucci, the guard? Do toe prints match like fingerprints? Sure, a DNA test would prove it, but did they test that so quickly?
Dexter finds an active landfill soothing, watching trucks dump garbage into the earth, hiding it from sight. Sometimes they reveal things about Dexter that make him out to be not all that incredibly crazy, and then there's scenes like this. To have a landfill for a "favorite" spot is pretty out there.
Another random thought: Did they pick the right kids to play young Dexter or what? Definitely an excellent bit of casting there. And the makeup folks did an excellent job making a young Dexter out of the old one.
So, if Dexter's not interested in sex with Rita, how is it that he can so instantly have a boner when she goes down on him? I guess it shows he's actually human after all. "Unexpected" ... you could say that.
Angel's part of the story surprised me how touching it was. At first I thought this was a bit of fluff the writers threw in that I'd really not care to see more of. In the end, though, we see how all the work he went through to get an anniversary gift, only to have his estranged wife turn him away at the door.
God that was brilliant how the cops brought down the drug lord using Doakes as bait. Here was another storyline I didn't think I'd care for, but they pull out a surprise in the end. This was something right out of The Shield.
Don't forget the Dexter marathon this Saturday at 8!
Quote of the episode:
Dexter: "Who are you?"
Rita: "Laura Croft. Tomb Raider."
Dexter: "Ah. You raid tombs dressed like that? Impressive."