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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 3 Recap: 'Smokey and the Bandit' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 16th 2011 11:15PM
Season Six of 'Dexter' has already shown it has two intriguing, disturbing and creepy "Big Bads" working for it in Travis and the Professor. They're murdering people in bizarre ritualistic ways and their storyline was the most compelling part of this episode, yet frustratingly, Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks were only given a few minutes of screen-time. Using an abandoned temple as an evil lair, they orchestrated a grotesque final scene that made the Headless Horseman look quaint, sending a chopped-up, half-murder-victim, half-mannequin riding on two horses through a Miami block party.

Still, at this point it's unclear exactly what specific kind of twisted cult ideology is driving Travis and Professor Gellar's murderous weirdness. It feels like we should know by now, but I guess we're still in the weird ritualistic storytelling phase of this season's plot set-up. It's something about repentance and purity, but that lack of info is starting to walk a dangerous line between suspenseful and feeling like it's overdue. As Travis put it, "I don't believe what you are saying."

Then, in a completely random and typical 'Dexter' B-plot, Dexter discovered that his favorite childhood serial killer, the Tooth Fairy, apparently the Mickey Mantle of his childhood serial killer card collection, had been living in a Miami senior citizen's home, killing prostitutes and playing golf. This, of course, led Dexter get to know him, track him, discover that he keeps a trophy box of victim's teeth and a porno stash in a storage locker, almost get killed by the serial killer and then serial-kill the serial killer. Stop me if you've seen this pattern in an episode of 'Dexter' before.

As his victims usually do, Walter Kenney taught Dexter a lesson, offering an image of a lonely sociopath in sad old age. "I took teeth ... you take blood," he Kenney said, right before Dexter suffocated him with a pillow.

I continue to think that Dexter and Brother Sam should hang out more. Michael C. Hall and Mos Def seem to have an easy chemistry that has me hoping they'll eventually form a crime-fighting duo to take down Travis and the Professor. Or maybe Sam is just there to keep this parallel religious theme going. He tried to recruit Dexter to come to a Sunday beach BBQ baptism baptism, but Dex was skeptical of his old time religion. "Sounds like you're trying to get me to go to church."

Now, onto a new segment of this recap, which we'll call Gossip from around the Miami Metro Homicide Unit. Here goes: Quinn is hot-headed and swimming in women since Deb rejected his marriage proposal. He gets dropped off at crime scenes in red convertibles by blonds and is bored by doggy-style sex. He is broken-hearted.

He also tried to get inside Batista's head by calling him Mr. La Guerta. La Guerta tried to get into Deb's head, overruling her at her first meeting and trying to get "her guy" hired as the new Detective. Meanwhile, Deb prefers Mike Anderson, an overly serious guy with a high solve-rate from Chicago who insults her immediately.

Masuka continues to hit on his hot blond graduate student. She flirts with him and steals some Ice Truck Killer evidence. I don't know what her deal is, but I hope Vince at least gets laid out of the whole ruse.

And finally, Dexter dropped his blood slides, thrusting the careful order of our heroic serial killer of serial killers' world into disarray. Here's hoping he just throws the trophies away already. I'm starting to think he has a hoarding problem.

Tell us: what did you think of tonight's episode of 'Dexter'?

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While some poor chump has a snakes-in-the-tummy problem, I've got a snakes-in-the-sinus issue...Dizzy with pain, I turned to my fictional TV hero for help with the blood work. Fans of Dexter might like my blog post today! Please check it out and comment, for better or worse...on SinusSister.com


October 26 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I hope Vince at least gets laid out of the whole rouse."

Any guesses as to what word was intended when "rouse" was used in the sentence above?

October 17 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alex Moaba

I'm gonna go with 'ruse.' Thanks for the edit.

October 17 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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