Dexter: Shrink Wrap
(S01E08) Despite the fact that I think pretty much everyone was sharing the same hunch about who the real Ice Truck Killer is, how cool was that final scene? I'm so pumped for the rest of this season now. We'll come back to this though.
One of the big things I really loved about this episode is that Dexter seems to finally be realizing that in order to make it, he needs to start humanizing himself a bit more. He needs to start giving into the things that once made him feel powerless and accept that fact that even he needs to find a real connection with someone. Clearly it's Rita and the fact that Dexter was finally willing to have sex with her (and she didn't find him to be "empty" in bed) was a big step. He definitely cares about this woman, despite what his inner monologue says, and the only thing that worries me now is what happens when she finds out what Dex does?
Obviously he doesn't want anyone to know who he is. That became clear from his conversations with the shrink, Dr. Meridien. I love the time and patience that Dexter put into his pursuit of the doctor though. He made appointments, broke into his office at night... really made sure that this guy was someone who deserved to die. It was almost comical when after a botched sexual experience with Rita, that Dexter realized he couldn't kill Meridien yet because he needed another therapy session. That was odd though if you think about it. Dexter was actually taking advantage of someone's skills fully knowing that he was going to kill him anyway.
Rita's ex-husband Paul is still around. He's a total jerk too. Anyone else pick up on all the subtle jabs he kept throwing at Dexter? These two are going to end up going at it. And Dexter will win. It's just a matter of when and what Paul does to push Dexter over the edge. He's like the grown-up version of that bully who used to harass Dexter as a teenager. Dexter never got to kill that kid and now it's like he's being given a second chance.
LaGuerta's story is starting to get really good as well. She's completely setting up Captain Matthews and the district attorney when it comes to Neil Perry. LaGuerta finally took Dexter's advice and she grilled Perry -- he admitted he lied after she shook a decapitated head in front of him. The guy was terrified of it. Despite this new info, Matthews and the D.A. want to push forward. The case is going to fall apart, so it's a total power-play for LaGuerta. She'll probably end up with a promotion by season's end. She's smart.
OK, back to the prosthetics doctor. His name is Rudy right? I vaguely remember Tony Tucci calling him Rudy in a scene from last week's episode. I don't think his name was used in this one though. Regardless, he and Deb are hitting the ground running. Too bad she has no idea why he's chosen her. Once again, how cool was that last scene? He responded to Dexter's personal ad on Craig's List and then retired to his built-in freezer... to chop up some body parts. Creepy. I can't wait to see how this turns out. He's going to use Deb against Dexter too. That's the only thing I'm not looking forward to.
What did he say in his response though? Something like, "Patience Barbie, we'll share a cold one some day soon?" This is going to be good.