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Monday, November 15, 2010

Dexter - Take It recap/review

This was a fantastic episode of Dexter. Sometimes Dexter can be a little slow in the middle of episodes, but the this one moved perfectly.

In the beginning of the episode, Dexter scoped out Jordan Chase’s seminar, and it was all about connecting with your primal self and taking what you want. This is sort of like The Secret, only less stupid. After the seminar, Cole (who was the man Dexter was planning to kill after coming up with a plan) approached Dexter and told him that Jordan wanted to meet with him. Jordan had heard about what happened to Rita and asked Dexter’s permission to discuss her death and research Dexter’s grief. He framed this as an offer to help Dexter get over his loss, but he knew all about Dexter’s business, including his son’s name, which was just scary. Meanwhile, Lumen was researching the men in Cole’s photo and coming up empty. She got a call from her ex-fiance, blonde, nerdy-looking Owen. He was in Miami and he wanted to see her. Owen seemed like a nice, if lame, guy. He offered Lumen a trip around the world with him. In the end, she turned him down to stay in Miami and kill with Dexter. We get why, and we know it would be awkward to act like she was the same person Owen knew, but still….A trip around the world sounds way more fun than bumming around with a serial killer.

Lumen met Dexter at the hotel where the Jordan Chase seminar was being held. They had their own hotel room which they set up for the kill. Dexter mused that it was much easier to prepare the kill room with a partner. Lumen realized that Dexter had “done this before,” meaning that he was a career killer. Boyd was not his first. The two planned to grab Cole from his hotel room that night (they had a room next to his), but he took a woman to his room for some loud, kinky sex. The screams upset Lumen and Dexter comforted her. She finally got a good night’s sleep. Sadly the kinky woman stayed the whole night with Cole, so Dexter planned to grab him during Jordan Chase’s seminar the next morning. However, Chase called him up on the stage at an inopportune moment and started questioning him about Rita in front of the crowd. Lumen was spotted by Cole in the lobby, and she ran away from him, ending up in her hotel room. Cole broke through the door that connected their hotel rooms and tried to strangle Lumen. Dexter got out of the Cole seminar just in time to stop him, drug him, and kill him. Lumen watched and accepted Dexter’s actions. Dexter talked to Chase before he left the hotel (with Cole’s body tucked away in his suitcases), and Chase apologized for surprising him by calling him up on stage. He dropped the phrase one of Lumen’s torturers used (“Tick tock- That’s the sound of your life running out”), and now he is Dexter’s newest target.

Deb felt bad that she didn’t feel bad about shooting a man, and she went to Dexter for comfort, not knowing why he was the best possible source for advice on this matter. Oh, the irony. He told her that their father believed that some men deserved to die and placated her conscience by suggesting that Carlos Fuentes was one of those men.

LaGuerta fielded the press and public after the club shooting of last episode. She told Deb that the scapegoat for the incident was going to be Officer Manzon. Deb told her that the cops should stick together and tell the truth about what happened. Sadly, the truth was that it was LaGuerta’s fault, so LaGuerta wasn’t into that plan. LaGuerta told reporters that it was all Deb’s fault. Officer Manzon backed LaGuerta’s lie, but Batista (LaGuerta’s husband) told Deb that he was going to fight the story and get Deb reinstated. For now though, Deb is on paid suspension and will be stuck sitting at a desk. Deb's reaction to LaGuerta’s betrayal was fantastic, and we loved watching Quinn try to calm her down. We also loved Deb telling off both Officer Manzon and LaGuerta.

Speaking of Quinn, he is still having that dirty cop investigate Dexter. Dirty Cop ran into Lumen’s car and got her information (seemingly for insurance purposes). Dirty Cop told Quinn that Lumen’s arrival into town and association with Dexter was too close in time to Rita’s death for it not to be suspicious. Quinn, through with Dirty Cop and wanting to just peacefully be with Deb, tried to call the whole thing off and not give Dirty Cop any more money. Dirty Cop told Quinn that if the deal was off, he would tell Deb about the investigation. At the end of the episode, Dirty Cop took pictures of Dexter and Lumen getting rid of Cole’s body in plastic trash bags by throwing them off a boat in to the ocean.

Whoa. They just went there. Dexter and Lumen are in danger. Well, more danger. This season has raised the stakes and the storylines are starting to converge. Another thing we liked about this episode was how the supporting characters were interesting and effective. The cop politics added to the episode, it looks like the Batista/LaGuerta marriage will pay off for the viewers, and we have no idea where they are going to take these characters this season. Could Dexter get caught? Would that be a good thing? We've said before that we think Deb should find out about Dexter, and we still think that. Maybe Quinn will call off Dirty Cop and come clean with her. Fat chance. Quinn seems a little chicken. We love that Batista is going to stand up to LaGuerta. His character has just been redeemed for us after seasons of wasting our lives and making dumb mistakes. This season isn't as good as the last one yet, but we are still fully engaged.

Episode grade: A

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