'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap (VIDEO)
by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Nov 1st 2010 10:00AM
['Dexter,' 'Everything Is Illumenated']
We're halfway through the season, and the story lines are ramping into high-gear -- from discovering the (horrifyingly superficial) motive for the Fuentes brothers' Santa Muerte murders to witnessing the moment when Dexter and Lumen become friends to seeing Deb and Quinn confess they want to be more than "f--k buddies." Every subplot was handled remarkably well in this episode, and the overall theme that it's a constant struggle to juggle all the pieces of a compartmentalized life was particularly fitting.
Nowhere does this idea that compartmentalization is a joke work better than in that one long warehouse sequence when Dexter has to act as a father, brother, serial killer, friend, and blood-spatter expert seamlessly enough to help sing his baby son a lullaby; kill his new friend's rapist; track down his own escaped murder victim; and convince his sister and colleagues the two men were found dead together. Who else let out a breath they didn't realize they were holding when Masuka comes up with his theory of "auto-erotic mummification"? Another episode, another close call Dexter manages to survive.
Lumen's disclosure that she can only find peace by killing the men who raped and the fact that Dexter was willing to break Dentist Dan's neck answers a burning question from last week -- those two will kill together. It's fascinating that she knows more about the true Dexter than Rita ever did, and she's not turning away from him. Could this be Dexter's ideal mate and enabler -- another emotionally broken person who understands the desire to kill, even if it's for vengeance instead of necessity? And speaking of her victimizers, are they part of some super-secret Syndicate of underground white-collar rapists? How else does a family-man dentist feel he could get away with torturing and gang-raping a young woman.
Last week, we commented that ATM cash seemed too shallow a reason to kill someone, but now it appears that the motivation behind the Santa Muerte murder is even more superficial -- cash for table service at a nightclub. The Chief's sum-up was cringe-inducingly spot on: seeing these brothers swigging cocktails in the VIP room means someone got their head hacked off. Can this possibly be true?
Let's keep fingers crossed that Yasmin the hottie club-goer will help answer these questions in the next couple of weeks. There's loads more we don't know yet about these brothers and their freakish murder spree. Unless there's some weird satanic cabal that's headquartered in the club, it's hard to swallow that such grotesque acts are due to a need for champagne and women.
It was disappointing to see so little of Stan, the disgraced cop-turned-P.I., but Peter Weller still managed to chew up the scenery in that one exchange with Quinn and Deb. There's more of him headed our way, as the sneak-peek showed, and naturally his 'dirty cop' status begs the question of whether he's taking a one-way trip to Dexter's Dark Passenger table.
After her forceful presence in earlier episodes, when will Irish Nanny Sonya smack some more sense into Dexter?
Will Cira have more to do than scowl or snort? She's becoming a tad boring.
Are Batista and Laguerta capable of sustaining their marriage? Not sure anyone cares, but it's tiring to keep watching their newlywed drama.
"So if the Fuentes brothers do show up at this club, which is highly unlikely, it means that someone is possibly lying on the floor of their living room without heir head." -- The Chief
"All clothes are staying on." -- Stan to Deb
"That's funny, because I always remember my first words as 'hurry the f--k up." -- Deb to Dexter
"Compartmentalization is a joke... Life is the same way, it cannot be contained." -- Dexter's inner monologue
"I know exactly what happened. Two words: Auto-erotic and mummification." -- Masuka
"If this is going to end badly, can you please just tell me now?" -- Deb to Quinn
'Dexter' airs Sundays at 9PM on Showtime.