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September 22, 2014

'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 11 Recap

['Dexter,' 'Hop a Freight Train'] As the fifth season comes tumbling to an end, Dexter is acting like man who's found true love for the first -- and possibly only -- time. My husband even summed up the scene with Dexter and Lumen mapping out their plans with Harrison's toys as "two college students who can't keep their hands off each other studying for finals." The two of them were so...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 10 Recap

['Dexter,' 'In the Beginning'] Remember how last week Dexter protested (a bit too much) to Aster and Deb that Lumen was not his girlfriend? Well, this week he obviously had a change of heart, seeing as the two of them went from kissing to shagging all in the space of two minutes. They've been building to this moment rather slowly for several episodes now. A few episodes ago, Lumen still...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap

['Dexter,' 'Teenage Wasteland'] Before we jump into the recap, kudos to the writers for referencing the Who's 'Baba O'Riley' with this episode's title. It's an epic song, so a big episode was expected. Instead, this was more of a character-driven episode than a plot-changing one. Except for that amazing beatdown Dexter gave Barry and a couple of big revelations, including the climactic one...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap

['Dexter' - 'Take It'] Of everything that happened in tonight's episode of 'Dexter,' the most significant moment boils down to this quote: "Miguel couldn't. My father couldn't. Can anyone live with the truth of what I am? Is Lumen what will make me whole?" We know what has happened to everyone who has ever known the truth about our favorite serial killer, but Lumen, as we've witnessed again...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 7 Recap

['Dexter' -- Circle Us' ] As we get further and further into the fifth season of 'Dexter,' otherwise known as the year with multiple guest-stars, it's becoming clear that this season is not going to top last year's excellent Trinity Killer plotline. It's not just that none of this season's many well-known supporting characters has Emmy-winning Lithgow's gravitas; it's that the show is...

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MTV's 'Skins' Preview: Creator Talks Remaking the British Teen Drama

Fans of the edgy British teen drama 'Skins,' which airs in the U.S. on BBC America and is also available on DVD, probably already know that the hit series is being adapted for American audiences by MTV and producer/creator Bryan Elsley. But what even smug "original fans" may not know is that, like the U.S. version of 'The Office,' the U.S. edition of 'Skins' will not feature one-for-one copies...

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

['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...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 5 Recap

['Dexter,' 'First Blood'] Poor Dexter. He's trying so hard to get Lumen to move past her need for vengeance and instead almost kills an innocent man (a sexual offender, for certain, but not the one that gang-raped and tortured Lumen) who would have certainly got him caught. Although the airport scene was touching -- or as touching as a psychopath and an extremely damaged victim can be with...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

['Dexter,' - 'Beauty and the Beast'] According to your comments last week, Julia Stiles is one of those divisive actresses whom some of you love, and some of you love to hate, but this episode clearly set her up as another one of Dexter's damaged, morally ambiguous allies (who, as always with Dexter's non-cop friends, has about a 1 percent chance of surviving the season). This week, let's...

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

['Dexter' - 'Practically Perfect'] This was one of those game-changing episodes that usually doesn't come along until the second half of a 'Dexter' season. Not only did some of the less-compelling storylines get a kick in the arse (Angel's barroom brawl lands him an Internal Affairs investigation; Cira's (April Lee Hernandez) rookie cop gets a possible informant killed -- Santa Muerte...

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