Dexter: Truth Be Told
(S01E11) Oh. My. God. This may very well have been a perfect hour of television. Could this show possibly be any better? Frankly, I have no idea how I'm going to spend my Sunday nights after next week's season finale. Maybe I'll take up crocheting? Or try watching Brothers and Sisters? Nah... Sally Field freaks me out. Doesn't matter really. Nothing else will compare to Dexter. For those that have doubted Showtime and this show still hasn't sold you on the quality of the network? Man, maybe you should be the one taking up crocheting.
So this episode was the unveiling of Rudy. Everything fell into place and Dexter came up with the answers he needed. For Rudy that is... not himself. The majority of the episode, Dexter spent his time digging through newspaper microfilms. But much like him, we're in the dark still. We know his mother (her name was Laura Mohser) was killed with three other people who had been stealing cocaine. They were butchered inside a shipping canister down at the pier and Dex witnessed it all as a boy. The date is what had relevance. It happened on October 3, 1973. 10/3/73. 10 and 3. 103. That newspaper article is what Rudy wanted Dexter to find all along. I still think we're going to find out they're brothers. Why else would Rudy be invested in something like this unless there was a blood relation?
Even more confusing is Camilla's (remember her? the police records lady? loves bear-claws?) admission that she destroyed the original case file per Harry's request. There is something in there that Harry didn't want Dex to ever find out. My guess? There was a brother. My second guess? We're not going to find out until next season. It looks like there's way too much going on in the finale next week. How bad could it be though that Camilla is still keeping her lips sealed? The Nine is all but canceled, so can we start using the tagline "What Happened in There" for this show?
OK, moving on. So how cool was it as it all unfolded for Dexter? First he found blood on the back of Angel's shirt. Then he found teeth marks on the back on Angel's head. And BOOM! Angel said something about giving the guy a fat lip and it hit Dexter. Rudy had a fat lip, slightly bloody, day old maybe. Checked out his apartment, grabbed a bloody cotton ball from the trash. Saw the industrial grade door lock, the security camera. Despite the fact that we've known what was going on for a while now, the way they did this, I still felt like I was finding out for the first time too. It was great.
So of course the blood from the trash and from Angel's shirt matched. And as if we didn't need more proof, Masuka found the connection between the latest prostitute victim and her prosthetic arm. Then Rudy, who was with Deb, popped a menthol cough drop (remember Tucci's description?) in his mouth. The final blow before he knocked her unconscious. We literally got everything we possibly could have gotten to confirm Rudy was the ITK. I loved it.
Way too much going on, but some other observations:
I honestly can't believe Matthews came out clean and he demoted LaGuerta. I guess it's like Doakes said: "It's who you know and who you blow." I wonder if we'll meet the new Lieutenant, Esme Pasquale, in the finale?
I feel so bad for Angel. His ex-wife totally shot him down in the hospital when he broached the topic of them getting back together. Maybe she shouldn't be spending every second by his bedside then? You have to admit, anyone would have come to the same conclusion he did.
Doakes totally wants Deb. There's been flirting all season, but there was that one scene... he was undressing her with his eyes. She was returning the favor though. They were all smiles. Again, we definitely won't see a payoff on this until next season.
Even though Rita took Dexter's advice and had Paul lay out the truth for his kids, she still seemed pretty angry that Dexter was offering parenting advice. I wonder if they'll continue to fight?
Is it wrong that I laughed as Rudy was humming "Deck the Halls" while wrapping up all those body parts?
How mean was Rudy to Deb on the yacht? Remember what he said to her when he described how easy it was to trick her? Because she was desperate to fall in love. Ouch. And he proposed to her using the dead hooker's ring!
Wow... I should really stop talking. I could keep going on this write-up all night. This is just such an incredibly good show and I can't get over how great this episode was. Your turn now. Who's got theories about next week's finale?
Oh man, quotes! I forgot quotes!
Dexter (lamenting over his current dreams): "I've never had much concept for Hell. But if Hell exists? I'm in it."
Deb (declining Masuka's sexual advances): "No thanks. Last thing on my wish list is a burning sensation when I pee."