Dexter: Apocalypse Soon-ish!

Do serial killers retire? Do their hands get too arthritic to wield knives? Do they prefer to go to bed at 7pm rather than prowl neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning? Do they start to use croquet mallets to actually PLAY croquet? It sounds like a silly concept—a serial killer too old to kill—but Sunday's episode of Dexter dove right in, and the result was pretty darn great.

You already know the drill when it comes to Dexter episodes: Even the best ones contain entire subplots of comparatively boring filler, so let's talk about the best stuff first:


THE GOOD PARTS

Obviously the way this episode ended was incredible, but we'll get to that in a second, as the primary plotline was pretty effective in its own right. When the team investigated the murder of a dead hooker, only Dexter noticed that her chipped tooth bore a resemblance to the trademark of a serial killer from the 1980s. After a quick leaf through his teenage diary full of serial killer news clippings (we all kept those, right?), Dexter determined that one of his heroes, the notorious Tooth Fairy killer, had struck again. But as the ghost of Harry informed him, the killer would have to be in his seventies by now. Good thing there is only ONE retirement home in Miami! Once we got past that major leap, Dexter's visit to the old folks' home gave him a great opportunity to muse about growing old, and how being elderly is basically just a second childhood that nobody survives.

Anyway, it wasn't long before Dexter was palling around with Walter Kinney, the crankiest old man in Florida. The more time Dexter spent with him, the more pity Dexter began to feel for how sad the man's life had become. Estranged from his son and impotent in almost every way, Walter's pathetic existence caused Dexter to doubt the man's guilt—that is, until he found the box of teeth. Save for a brief moment where Walter discovered Dexter's occupation and held him at gunpoint, it wasn't long before Dexter had him on the saran-wrapped chopping block and expressing relief that his death would finally lead to the discovery of his crimes (which would serve to really piss off his estranged son one last time). But that notion seemed to disturb Dexter: The thought that Harry Jr. could one day learn of Dexter's crimes was almost too much for Dexter to bear, so he decided instead to smother the old man and then dispose of his trophies in the harbor. One final denial of glory to a man who never deserved it. Meeting your heroes really sucks sometimes.

After the relatively tidy kill, it was clear Dexter felt a little rattled about being shown a glimpse of his own future as a geriatric serial killer. As he tried to place the newest slide in his trophy box, he dropped them all, mixing up most of them and shattering the rest. In a chillingly cryptic moment, Dexter looked at the shambles before him and realized he doesn't have as much control over his life as he thought, and probably never will again.

Elsewhere in the episode—and continuing the season's best subplot so far—Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and Travis (Colin Hanks) were tending to the jogger they kidnapped last week. Travis repeatedly instructed the man to repent for all his sins, but wasn't completely convinced that the man truly meant it. As Gellar worked on his mannequin-crafting project, he reminded Travis that if their captive hadn't purified himself through confession, they couldn't "proceed." It was so creepy! Later on the jogger got loose, only to come face to face with an ENRAGED STALLION inside their decrepit church, which was enough to send the man over the edge begging forgiveness from the Lord. At first these scenes were cryptic and sinister, but then the payoff was just absolutely horrifying:

Yup. A human body split into pieces, sewn to mannequin parts, strapped to four horses, and loosed in public. The water snakes were just the prelude—Gellar and Travis are definitely looking to get the whole Apocalypse thing rolling and these horrifying "Four Horsemen" were their coming out party. Dexter will be thrilled!

Another great subplot also involved a new character: This Ryan chick is WEIRD. We already knew she was the ultra-competent, busty new girl. But she's also apparently obsessed with the Ice Truck Killer! After Masuka tried to impress her with actual evidence left behind by the Season 1 villain, she secretly stole it. Also she accepted a date with Masuka, so something is DEFINITELY up with her, because nobody would ever do THAT. I'm very curious to see where this goes, especially if it leads to Ryan being a long-lost relative of the Ice Truck Killer (and therefore Dexter too).


THE REST

Deb struggled in her new bosslady position, particularly when it came to dealing with LaGuerta's condescension and Quinn being super mad at her still. Her main job in this episode was to hire a new detective, and she ended up contradicting LaGuerta's wishes by hiring an out-of-towner, who then proceeded to treat Deb real mean. Assuming the new detective is competent, it probably won't be too long until HE is the detective who grows suspicious of Dexter? Yay.

Oh, and speaking of Quinn, he's taken a shine to showing up at crime scenes in red convertibles and making out with blonde ladies:

Also, Batista bought a car.

Finally, Harry Jr. continued to speak in weird ADR voiceover that sounds like a grown woman doing an impression of a two-year-old. He's like Tommy from Rugrats, basically.

So yeah, anyway, forget these last bits, because the good parts of this episode were REALLY good! What did YOU think?

Random Blood Splatters:

... How do you think Ryan is connected to the Ice Truck Killer? Daughter? Sister?

... Was that supposed to be a HUMAN hand that Ryan stole? It looked like plastic!

... Is Dexter getting kind of sloppy? Why was he gallivanting around town with someone he intended to murder? Why did he break into a storage unit in broad daylight?

... Why was Harry, Jr.'s toy horse bloody?

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The Ryan story should have lasted longer. Seriously. I didn't even consider that she could be connected to the Ice Truck Killer. That would hae been freaking awesome. And the four horseman of the apocalypse... probably the craziest, awesomest scene I've seen on Dexter. Ever.
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The retirement home was within a block of the crime scene.



Also, do other people actually dislike the police station subplots involving Deb, Quinn, and Batista? I think they're damn interesting in their own right, and well acted.
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ryan is gonna attempt to replicate the ice truck killer. that's why deb is freaking out at the end of the preview
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Great episode, although I like to get into the main storyline now, perhaps next week?
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... Daughter? Seriously, Price, how old do you think Rudy was when Dexter killed him? What, did he had Ryan when he was 10 years old?! And, if she was related to either one of Laura's boys, wouldn't she be right there with all of them when their mom got cut into pieces?
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Did anyone wonder why Walter, after finding out Dexter's idenity while Dexter was buying Walter's Porn magazine, would then lead Dexter to the warehouse where he hid his teeth collection? Did he want Dexter to find out? Was he just getting careless in his old age? Or did the writer's just take a short cut in the story development?
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maybe he thought that if dexter was sure he was the tooth fairy, dexter would be more willing to come 'help' him when he asked for it.
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Ryan is just a freak, no connection to ITK... I'm curious what happens next week in the scene, that was at the end of the promo. Whose death would make Deb so desperate?
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Awesome episode and important for Dexter to consider his future. I think Ryan is connected some how to the Ice Truck Killer, and Dexter is being a little sloppy with the running around town and doing things in day light hours. The last scene was awesome! Gellar is most likely a figment of Travis's imagination.
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the retirement home was the closest to the crime scene u dumb F**K........!!!!!!!
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its a prosthetic hand u dumb shit.......!!!! how can u store a f***ing real hand in a f***ing cardboard box.....????!!!!!!!!! MORON.....!!!!!
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Indeed have you ever watched DEXTER?? Especially the first season ?
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TV.com should get someone who actually watches dexter to write the god damn reviews.....!!! this guys an IDIOT......!!!!
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hey dumbass, he's just trying to get people to post comments bc it's his job. why write an review if you're not going to raise any questions?
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yup...i do regret that comment...'dumbass' was totally required...
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Great episode. Can't wait for every storyline to come together, usually toward the end of the season.
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For a second there, I thought the final scene was a dream Harrison was having (based on his fondness for horses) that was going to portray him developing some sort of darkness; it wasn't until a second later that I remembered the horse in the abandoned church where Travis and Gellar were and the mannequin Gellar was working on. I don't think Ryan is connected to the ITK, but just has a creepy fondness for serial killers (or just the ITK in particular). Also, yes, the hand was a prosthetic -- lol @ a human hand being kept in a box. Finally, please somebody kill off LaGuerta!
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KILL LaGuerta.......!!!!!
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The Professor is to Travis as Harry is to Dexter...a mental apparition that serves the purpose of both helping Travis to cope with his mental state and deal with his horrid Catholic thoughts.

-Notice that the writers have yet to show a scene with the Professor talking to anyone else but Travis, this is a good indicator to watch for every episode to see if this theory is true.

-If you look back at episode 2 I believe when the Professor burns his arm with the steel pipe, Travis winces more than if he was just watching. I believe the big reveal towards the end of the season will be Travis rolling up his sleeves to reveal the burn mark on his arm.



This seems obvious to me once you look at their interactions with this in mind.
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I know this kind of a stretch but right now i'm getting this vibe that the professor is not real and that he is a figment of Travis imagination think about he could be his dark passenger. I don't think i've seen him talk to anone but Travis
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Cool like in fight club ? :D
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Boom you solved it, been waiting to release this info for a while but you beat me to it! Very obvious once you realize...
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"How do you think Ryan is connected to the Ice Truck Killer? Daughter? Sister?"



So, you're saying she's Dexter's sister or niece?



"Was that supposed to be a HUMAN hand that Ryan stole? It looked like plastic!"



Have you even watched the first season?



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Yeah... my points have already been covered.



The nursing home was the closest one.

The hand was prosthetic.



The only thing that would indicate to me that Dexter is getting sloppy is the fact that he was so ready to trust Walter.



Aside from that nothing too out of the ordinary for him in this episode.



The most obvious question needs to be asked though and that's "How on Earth do they keep the horses as evidence?!"
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I like this episode because it has the same thematic that the fourth season : what Dexter's future could be like. Just like with Trinity Killer, Dexter hangs out with him, under a false name, to better understand him (it's his general process so no surprise). Then, he's made and the final confrontation gave a unpleasant revelation : rita's death with trinity and killers-get-old morale with Walter. And as usual he learned something.

As far as the subplots are concerned, I find them great. The Quinn-break-up though has not my full interest but it happened so we can't really push it under the rug. Laguerta is at her best place, doing politics and trying to manipulate people. Ryan and Masuka storyline is promising : let's hope it will not be treated trivially. The new guy could be nothing or everything; I can't say right now. The relationship between Dexter and Brother Sam will evolve next week and I'm quite impatient about it. The encounter between Dexter and Faith is ready : the good side of it through Brother Sam and the bad side through the Apocalypse Horse thing. Looks like the season is finally taking off.
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I was scratching my head at easily finding the nursing home too, but they kinda threw in a "I checked the closet nursing homes to the crime scene, so I let it slide. But I do agree Dexter is getting a bit sloppy, I think in the end it was already set up for the guy to die of "natural causes" otherwise 100 + witness could have easily testified to the new stranger hanging around all of a sudden. Now its just old guy has a heart attack and falls on his face so we move on. And how dumb is Musuka? Not one part of his storyline will end well: sexual harassment lawsuit plus getting fired, being blackmailed (eventually) to do something stupid plus getting fired, or evidence starts to go missing they trace it back to Masuka plus getting fired. *face palm*
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Why is tv.com always so down on Dexter even when the episode gets a good review? Personally i like the subplots, yeah they aren't as interesting as the main plots but that is why they are SUB plots. Deb having to crawl out from LaGuerta's thumb was completely reasonable and Angel having to do the same was completely necessary for his character.
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Because Dexter, on average, is half terrible. Fortunately the good parts are very good.
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Season 1 was a masterpiece and the best to day, been mediocre since, bar trinity.
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Trinity season was by far the worst. Too much family, too much hanging around with T, too chaotic.
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Mediocre, really ? Maybe you would have prefer see a procedural about a serial killer killing other serial killers in every ep ? If so, well, that's not really the point of the show.
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Good, but not great episode overall. I can tell they are setting things up for later in the season, I just wish there had been more action.

Oh, forgot about the toy horse! Is Harry already killing animals?
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He had 43 slides again after Doakes got his old case :D

I miss the old Dexter though ... Toothfairy was a nice exception to his "recent" kill method ... personally preferred the old Dexter in Season 01 ... The bad guys died quite horrible as they deserve and not with an easy clean death via knife.
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I happen to think that Ryan is just one of those girls that has a sexual attraction to serial killers. It would be cool if she is somehow connected. If this ends up being the last season of Dexter, bringing the series full circle to season 1 would be a nice touch. What I've really enjoyed about this season and last season is the element of mystery involving the main villains that was lacking in seasons 3 and 4.
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Hmmm, weird weird :D die natural cmon this ep failed, how about car crash and tooth fairy head injury :D and than he just kill him with pillow totally makes no sense i love Dexter but this Episode wasn't good for mee !
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You mean , like people who have heart attacks cannot fall on the ground? :D Don't think when old people die, especially when they are lone and poor, and stuff looks like a natural death that they will spend time investigating.



Just for your interest:

"Clinical autopsies are conducted much more infrequently today than a decade ago. There are various reasons for this and also negative consequences. One underlying reason is the lack of acceptance of the autopsy in society as well as in the medical profession, based on emotional aspects, legal-philosophical ideas and ignorance of the practical details, the purpose and value of the clinical autopsy. Furthermore, the change from a fixed waiting period to the active procurement of permission to perform the autopsy makes the matter worse."



Don't think it would cause any suspicion.
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Wait, the bloody toy horse was DEFINITELY a foreshadowing of the last scene.
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i caught that too, and him wrecking his car again (conveniently) will bring him back to the Good Shepherd Auto body for more soul searching.
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Who would honestly think the police department would keep a rotting hand in a plastic bag in a card box in the evidence room? "Oh don't mind the smell, that's just the evidence. You get you get used to it." Lawl.
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That wasn't a real flesh hand, it was a hand prosthesis from one of the hookers the Ice Truck Killer killed...
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That's exactly what ArjunaJennings said. Read again his ironic comment.
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I don't know why the author does not remember the prosthetic hand of Ice Truck Killer's victim... I am glad you noticed...
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Good call, definitely didn't remember that. It definitely looked like a mannequin hand to me, but this is the least professional homicide department ever, so I wouldn't have been surprised either way.
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"Good thing there is only ONE retirement home in Miami!"



There is only one not far from the crime scene. Dexter mentioned that the victim was found a couple of blocks away from the retirement home.
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Yeah, Dexter states that this was the closest retirement home to the crime scene. If Dexter didn't find anyone there that seemed fitting, he would've probably moved on to the next closest one. It's not exactly implausible.
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i was just getting on my computer to mention that, glad someone else noticed
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Nope, sorry, still dumb.
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Haha, come on Price, the commenters got you twice in one article. Admit defeat! :P
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My favourite character has always been Masuka. And I'm really exited to see where the story of Ryan takes us. Immediately when she expressed her interest in the Ice Truck Killer, my alarm bells went off. Is she related or does she only wish to become a copy-cat? Does she have a shrine at home, or what was the reason she stole the hand? Or is she only about to sell the hand on eBay?



The main plot with Gellar and Travis hasn't convinced me yet though. The simple reason for that is that they are still quite distant characters to us viewers. We really know nothing about them, what is driving them and what their motives are. The reason for why the Trinity Killer was so fascinating was because we saw him ruthlessly in action from the very beginning. We were close to what he was doing and what kind of man he was from the start. Gellar and Travis are just somehow distant. They are doing something together, but we have no sense of an impending doom, of what bad things are about to happen. So I am not really sitting at the edge of my chair biting my nails waiting for the next episode, as I did with the Trinity Killer story line.
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masuka may well end up a victim especially if ryan turns out to be ice trucks daughter or whatever?

as for travis/gellar they put seven snakes in first vics stomach, 7 snakes -7 deadly sins??? next victim cut into pieces and sewn together with manaquin parts onto horses representing the horsemen of the apocalypse? they seem to be preparing for the end of the world or possibly believe they are bringing it about with these ritualistic killings? who knows? maybe dexter will end up stopping them from bringing about the end of the world?
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I'm with you here. Until Dexter catch up with those two freaks, we have no really reason to sit at the edge of our chair. I'm sure that know we have their second "work" they will catch Dexter's interest and therefore ours. At least, I hope so.
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Loved. It. Walter was absolutely hilarious. And as for your questions:

...Pretty sure she's just creepy. They already pulled the "relative to a villain" with Christine.

...That's Monique's prostetic hand. Yes, I remember her name.

...He's had contact with plenty of people he killed, what's the difference this time. He was even using an alias with Walter. And he's also broken into homes in broad daylight. Remember Boyd?

... And it was jam. Because they were having breakfast.

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What an episode! This is what makes Dexter the best show on TV. Internal monologues about life + creepy killers gone mad on experimental drugs!! The ending was almost as creepy as the 4th season's ending. And according to me:

--- Ryan is not related to Dex.

--- It was a plastic hand in Season 1.

--- Might be or he knew that this old guy wouldn't be too much trouble.

--- It was strawberry jam.

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dex is almost forty and his brother was older, his daughter if he had one early could be around ryans age?
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