'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap
by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Sep 27th 2010 10:13AM
['Dexter' - 'My Bad']
America's favorite serial killer 'Dexter' is back for a fifth season, and now he's a widower in a grief-induced fog. The last time we saw Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), he had returned home from finally killing the Trinity Killer (so awesomely played by Emmy-winner John Lithgow) to find his baby Harrison sitting in a pool of blood, and his wife Rita (Julie Benz) murdered in the bathtub.
But how does a psychopath grieve? Apparently, he randomly and bloodily kills a belligerent scumbag at a boat gas station. Until Dexter unleashed his rage at the idiotic boater (Note to readers: Telling a guy who's just admitted his wife just died "Your dead wife can suck my d--k" is likely to get your head bashed in), he had no idea how to show how upset he was with himself for being responsible for Rita's death.
As anyone who has ever seen someone grieving can tell you, the newly bereaved can range from being completely inconsolable and in need of sedation, to nearly catatonic, but Dexter is nowhere in between. He doesn't know how to behave. Intellectually, he realizes he should cry out or punch something, but of course he doesn't feel things like the rest of us. He is angry and upset, but he's mostly just feeling guilty that his relationship -- even from that first date, as we now know -- was built on lies and deception.
Hall, as always, was brilliant in this episode. In the flashbacks, his body language and conversation skills were much more awkward than he was five years later. The first-date sequences revealed just how much his time with Rita helped him grow, even as he carried the burden of his "Dark Passenger" with him throughout their relationship. It's funny how he didn't pick up on her joke about paying the waitress, how he had a post-date conversation with her while holding a trash-bag of sawn-off body parts in his arms.
While Dexter was understandably unemotional, the women in his life had equally as understandable breakdowns. Lt. Laguerta (Lauren Vélez) snapped at everyone in the department, particularly her husband Angel (David Zayas); stepdaughter Astor laid into Dexter and yelled at him "I wish it was you who was dead!" for not being more visibly upset. Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) did the unthinkable and had sex with her manwhore partner Quinn (Desmond Harrington).
Speaking of Quinn, he's shaping up to be the second coming of Sgt. Doakes (Erik King) from the first two seasons. Quinn was the one person in the homicide unit to have a reason to be uneasy with Dexter after last season's confrontation. Quinn, unlike Doakes, who was actually quite the straight arrow, isn't above stealing money from a murder victim or sleeping with a reporter even though it's a conflict of interest, so it's obvious he'll be the main antagonist this season -- especially since instead of one scene-stealing A-list guest star, this season will feature several guest stars in smaller supporting roles, for a change.
Julie Benz as Rita will be missed, but it was only a matter of time until she realized what her husband was and turned him in. (Dexter would never have terrorized her the way Trinity Killer violently controlled his family.) But just how will Dexter fare raising baby Harrison and Rita's kids? He's going to need a lot of help, and Deb isn't exactly maternal. With Quinn on his case and the homicide team unsure how to act around him, it's going to be an interesting season.
-- "I've watched 67 people die, and at the moment of truth, I looked into their eyes, and they knew and I knew they got what they deserved. But what if that's not what happens? If you don't get what you deserve?" -- Dexter's inner monologue.
-- "I imagined her naked plenty of times, but never like this." -- Masuka to Quinn.
-- "Where are you now, when I really need you? When it's my wife in the body-bag, every body's looking, and it's the neighbor crying, not me?" -- Dexter's inner monologue.
-- "F.B.I.? F--king Bunch of Idiots" -- Deb to the an F.B.I. investigator.
-- "You should've been there to protect her. That was YOUR job." -- Astor to Dexter.
-- "Like your sister says, I'm toxic. You'd all be better off without me." -- Dexter to baby Harrison.
'Dexter' airs Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime.