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Review: Dexter - If I Had a Hammer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:20AM
(S04E06) "We both have skeletons, which means we both get a closet to keep them in." - Dexter on him and Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer

Now that Dexter and his faithful followers have discovered Trinity's true identity as a family raising, student teaching, hymn congregation leading all around nice guy, it's made him twice as creepy. The fact that he can turn such a blind eye towards causing so much painful mayhem and in the blink of that eye pretend that everything is all rainbows and jellybeans twists my spine into a monkey fist. John Lithgow has not only reached into the bloody depths of this depraved character, but he's done a marvelous job of walking around in his skin, both figuratively and (I sure hope not) literally.

Now that Dexter is on the hunt, he seems more reserved, held back and less willing to pounce on his weakened prey. I'm sure part of him feels the need to put this man out of our misery and avenge the attack on his sister, but now he sees him as a mentor, a role model, a zen-like Yoda who can teach him how to strengthen his mask while he's doing the bidding of his "Dark Passenger." But will this moment of philosophy for madmen drag things down to a screeching halt?

The Rita element has picked up a smidge. Last week's revelation that the wifey discovered Dexter has been hiding his old apartment from her turned some heads, but not in the right direction. It seemed that things would deteriorate into a never-ending sequence of marriage counseling and endless talking about feelings and the truth. Some even wished that Rita herself would just disappear. But the follow-up gave her a real sense of purpose. Rita was no longer a diversion or an obstacle for Dexter. She became a full blown enemy and a damn good one, too.

You could just feel every one of those icy cold stares run down the back of your neck. Every sigh and look of utter disgust sent tiny toothpicks flying into your heart. That's because they weren't just directed at Dexter. They were directed at me and you. This episode not only helped you feel pity for Dexter, but utter disgust for Rita as she stared into the camera and gave him that look that every wife gives their husband when they know they should know something, but know that they don't know it and want to make them know it without actually telling them what they should know. Thank God I'm not married.

Speaking of relationships that should never have started in the first place, the highest point of excitement was the end of Laguerta and Batista's relationship. Their slow and heart-wrenching breakup was sad, but it was like watching a couple breaking up that you had hoped would break up for a long time. My face might have been solemn and comforting, but the synapses in my brain were throwing a huge going away party.

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John Lithgow is awesome. Do you think that Dexter could have gotten out of that choke-hold if he had needed to? Was he just playing around, acting like helpless Kyle?

I noticed an absence of Harry in this episode. Does this mean bad things for Dexter, as Harry seems to be his conscience? Is Dexter losing his way? And what kind of secretive serial killer would keep his trophies (his box of slides) in the air conditioner that his kids could easily open up, even if it is behind a lock and key? It's still just in his backyard. And what is Rita going to say if she sees Dex coming and going from his shed in the middle of the night in his killing outfit (you know the one, the brown henley shirt and pants, gloves, etc) with his tools? This is too close to home. I guess he'll need to keep Trinity around for a while to learn more from him.

Awesome episode. I think I may have to watch it again.

November 04 2009 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just kill off Rita, she is annoying as hell and just a complete distraction from all that is good with the show. I just wish her dead every time she is on the screen. Like finger nails on a caulk board when she starts complaining

November 04 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to Nova's comment

Do you really believe that Laguerta and Batista broke up?

November 04 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darth Ackbar

"We're always running out of milk, too. Did you buy me a cow?"

Hilarious line.

November 04 2009 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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