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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap (VIDEO)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Nov 1st 2010 10:00AM


Julia Stiles and Michael C. Hall in Dexter['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.

Burning questions:

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.

Memorable lines:

"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.

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Jack_H

Song from season 5 episode 6
Does anybody know the spanish hip hop song at s5e6 when Quinn stays at the disco?
Thx for answers!

November 06 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mb

@Natalie

I don't think I'm impatient or silly. I'm just a big fan of this show who's disappointed with the way they've dragged this season out with very little results for the viewer.

The writers/producers of Dexter have been masters of setting up their previous seasons where each episode slowly (but certainly) led up to a great finale. Like a good book, the story builds up and all of the separate stories come together to present a good finale.

That's the way a good story should be, wouldn't you agree?

Here's what we know from SIX EPISODES of this season so far:

- Rita's still dead, but some still believe that Dexter is suspicious.
- Lumen knows about Dexter's nocturnal activities.
- Lumen wants revenge on those who victimized her.
- Lumen doesn't have the skills to achieve that revenge.
- Dexter is dragged into Lumen's world.
- Angel and Laguerta's marriage is a bumpy one. Laguerta is trying to save it (and her rep) with unconventional methods.
- Debra and Quinn are "F" buddies and uncomfortable about it.
- Quinn is after Dexter and using a dirty Narcotics cop to help him prove his case. Could be his dad for all we know.
- Masuka is... well, Masuka.
- The Irish nanny is available for long, overnight hours and makes Dexter sing songs to Harrison over the phone while at kill scenes (and that's ALL WE KNOW ABOUT HER).

So... six episodes in and that's all we have so far. Where the previous seasons have gradually built and supported the different plot lines well, it looks as if this season's activity will be thrown at us all at once.

If you find this sloppy process an "opportunity to wonder" and enjoy that, I'm not going to argue with you because it's your opinion and you're entitled to express it.

And "In My Not-So-Humble Opinion" (which I'm also entitled to), the writers/producers are giving us disappointing work for one of the best shows on TV. As a Dexter fan, I can critique their process if it's not going well... and it's not.

And you don't have to listen/read it. Just move on.

November 02 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ashe

I think someone has been watching too much csi. Cops/Police believe it or not are mostly paper pusher. Few years ago, my home was burglarize, no one was home at the time. Call the police, thought they would fingerprint and do all that csi crap, nope, took down some info and gave a case number for our insurance claim. Like that scene in dexter, they are not gonna spend tax payer money on something with a simple and plausible story, case closed, time to move on with paper filing.

November 02 2010 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mb

I really hate to say this because Dexter has always been one of my favorite shows on TV from the start but...

Dexter has jumped the shark with the introduction of the Lumen character.

Why?

- Dexter has always operated alone (and was specifically trained to) in order to survive without being detected/CAUGHT. Now that he's acting as a mentor to Lumen, he risks exposure by having to babysit her (or clean up her mess).

- Julia Stiles is not a fantastic actress, IMHO. When I watch her, I don't see a traumatized victim at all. Her distant "I-could-care-less" demeanor works against the storyline. Bad choice in casting.

- One of the many signs of (story-development) trouble that I see on TV is when a "side" couple (usually consisting of characters who are NOT considered "main" characters) are experiencing relationship problems. Angel and Laguerta's troubled marriage is a big red flag to me, because there's also Deb and WhatsHisFaceWho'sAfterDexter going through relationship issues as well. When more than 5 minutes (of a 50 minute episode) is being dedicated to the "side" couple, problems arise.

- The final nail in the Dexter Jump-The-Shark coffin is the Irish/British nanny. Her character is there for some reason, but isn't being given enough development to create something good. If we're approaching the midpoint of the season, shouldn't the writers have thought to bring her into Dexter's world more than they already have?

Again, Dexter is one of my two favorite shows on TV. It pains me to see the red flags going up regarding this season, but it's happening. I'd heard that one of the original producers left the show at the end of last season, so I'm wondering if this season is a reflection of that.

I hope that the writers/producers can clean this up, because I would hate to see this series start to go downhill. And having said all of this, Michael C. Hall is still brilliant as ever.

November 01 2010 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Morgan Jones

Homophobia justifies not looking further into a double homicide? How does dexter explain the broken out window from his vehicle? Lumen just barely finished washing the ground...A real detective would wonder how that could happen when the hose is perfectly in its place. There are just a ton of things wrong with that scene the a real crime scene investigator would look into.

November 01 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Leroy

I didn't suggest homophobia justifies accepting a simple solution without close examination but such unjustified things do happen. I do think that budget issues, too many cases to handle, and a desire to wrap things up in a quick neat package to get a case marked closed often leads to sloppy police work in the real world.

Masuka and Dexter were the only CSI's at the scene. Dexter is the blood expert and his opinion would be accepted by the department without question. Masuka has been well-established as obsessed with kinky sex, so he could easily be misled into only seeing evidence that would support that theory. This scene was 100% consistent with both the history of the characters on the show and with the way things tend to work in the real world. As I and others have pointed out, the real world of police work does not at all function like it does in the CSI and Law and Order franchises.

November 02 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morgan Jones

In real life how do they explain the rapist had a broken neck? Why did the first officer on the scene not secure the area? If the both bodies were found in the same area how do the cops explain the blood trail? It seems like this episode had a lot of errors in the standard operation procedure for cops.

November 01 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Leroy

Well, the two crime scene experts were in total agreement about what happened. Masuka loves his theory so much, he's unlikely to look closer at the evidence. The officers were uncomfortable with the whole sexual angle and didn't want to dig any deeper either. As for the broken neck: the killer (plastic guy) first gets his jollies by shooting and chasing his victim, then obtains his final sexual release via asphyxiation after snapping his victim's neck.

This may not be the standard approach for TV crime dramas, but the real world does not work the way it does on TV and this sort of thing could easily happen. When you have a simple explanation, you take the win and move on.

November 01 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Florin

Masuka "going thru the motions" in the background while Dexter was narrating has to be one of the funniest ever bits from this show...pure awesomeness!

November 01 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tommy

I love this show, but man, this episode had one of the dumbest, most illogical scenes from the whole series.

Debra, the lead detective on a serial killer case, while heading an undercover sting to try and catch the killers at a known hideout (Club Mayan), gets pulled away because of "shots fired"? And a blood spatter analyst needs to go too?

When in this series have Dexter or Masuka, or any of the homicide detectives ever had to report to a scene because of shots fired? Never, because it would never happen, and the dialogue trying to explain it only served to make it more noticeably awkward and illogical. That was just lazy writing.

November 01 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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