Dexter: It's a Gas!

Life is funny. One day you're tracking Miami's most notorious Christian extremist, and the next day you realize he's been dead in a freezer for the past three years. Poor Dexter! Dexter's really had a bad couple of weeks, you guys. This season promised to be an exploration into the nature of faith, and in particular the effects it may have on Dexter's Dark Passenger, but instead it's turned into a ten-episode (so far) testament that maybe Dexter needs a new hobby? Even HE seems to be sick of himself. There was a telling moment in "Ricochet Rabbit" where Harry literally pleaded with Dexter to just give up and call the police, and like a petulant teen, Dexter responded, "Why would I listen to you? I'm only here because of you and now I'm supposed to trust your judgment? I'll make my own decision!" Yikes, tantrum city. It's okay, Dexter, we know you're going through a lot, but you'll get through this.

By "this," of course, I mean Season 6, because WOW. Listen, I promise you, I'm not some angry Dexter hater. This year my favorite band Radiohead released a terrible album, as did Bjork. (I'd qualify these assessments with "in my opinion," but that should be obvious, right?) Does this recognition that King of Limbs and Biophilia were low points in their respective artists' discographies make me adore their other albums less? Absolutely not. It just means I know the difference between good and bad, and even the most capable, brilliant artists can sway between both extremes. Although, come to think of it, Season 6 of Dexter is probably more comparable to The Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist in that it is both bad and was made by an almost completely different behind-the-scenes team than the original lineup. Anyway. Rock and roll metaphors, am I right?

"Ricochet Rabbit" picked up only moments after last week's "shocking" reveal that Professor Gellar is just a frozen corpse in a flattering cardigan. And because these days Dexter's M.O. is less about vigilante justice and more about stating the obvious over and over and over, we began with a truly embarrassing scene in which Dexter was locked in a basement while Travis had a long conversation with "Gellar" in full view of Dexter, which went something like this:

You're definitely still alive, huh?

No, I'm not. You killed me.

That's not true. You're alive.

No, I'm dead, look at this gaping chest wound. I mean, it is imaginary, but then again so am I.

No way.

Yes way.

But you're alive.

I'm dead, Travis.

You helped me kill those people.

No, you killed those people while I was chillin' in a freezer. Literally.

But you're not dead.

Yes I am.

OMG

Dexter, Travis is crazy.

I think Travis might be crazy?

Travis might be crazy.

Okay I guess you are dead. Whatevs, still gonna kill everybody.

Okay bye. It's been real. Except not at all.

Time to go kill everybody, which I realize I just said but I might as well re-state it.

See? Travis is crazy.

I can't believe Travis imagined Gellar.

I can't believe Travis IMAGINED Gellar.

I better stop Travis.

I better stop Travis.

You're doing it wrong.

So yeah, from here Travis decided to recruit some new minions for his cause, and like most criminal masterminds, he turned to the comments section of his blog? Where people apparently leave video comments in support of murderers? Amazing. It's like every week Dexter finds new and inventive ways to get the internet wrong. First the magical Google alternative, and now this. Quick question: Is getting the internet wrong even excusable in 2011? Or is this just another clue that this season was written by fifth-graders who perhaps lost their internet privileges?

Anyway, Travis recruited a husband-and-wife team and the three of them proceeded to recapture Holly, the intended "whore of Babylon" victim from a few episodes back. The newcomers assisted Travis in murdering the woman on her boyfriend's yacht, and then they set to creating their next tableau, code-named "Wormwood" which [SPOILER ALERT] involved gassing Miami Metro. First of all: Promises, promises, Dexter. Don't tease us with something that awesome when you KNOW it won't happen. But second of all: Whoops! Travis is officially a Christian terrorist now. He barely qualified as a serial killer before since serial killers are all about methodology and he was more about freaking people out. But now he's definitely firmly in the realm of terrorism. Suck it, Homeland! (Just kidding, Homeland, you are the only thing redeeming my Showtime subscription.)

In a similarly intriguing turn of events that will surely lead nowhere, Batista was captured by Travis and his female minion (the husband was killed by Dexter in a misunderstanding, obviously). Will Batista be killed off? Sure, if this was Breaking Bad. Unfortunately this is Season 6 of Dexter, so I'm guessing no, he'll be fine and back to marble-mouthed bantering with Quinn in time for Season 7. (Prove me wrong, please, show?)

Elsewhere, Deb's job got more difficult as she discovered that the dead call girl's final client was indeed her department boss, Matthews. LaGuerta continued being a total B about it, horning in on Deb's de-briefing and accusing Deb of not doing her real job. Can someone please gas that lady? Ugh, LaGuerta's the worst. At least that's one thing this episode got right.

Also, Louis finally worked up the courage to show Dexter his video game mockup, and here's where things took an interesting turn: It was a great scene! Seriously, credit where credit's due. Dexter was simply appalled that someone had created a video game in which one could choose to play as the Bay Harbor Butcher. The hilarious irony of Dexter pretending to be a "think about the children" type of parent was bested only by Louis's deeply hurt feelings in what was one of the cleverest scenes of the season. Dexter should totally become a public advocate against violence in video games! That would be awesome. I'm still very curious about where Louis's plotline is going, especially considering Josh Cooke is slightly too famous of an actor to be playing an intern. (He IS slightly too famous, right? I don't know, maybe I am biased because I went to college with him. He's handsome!) Some have speculated that Louis is maybe being set up as a future villain, but I predicted the same thing about Brea Grant's character at the beginning of the season and look where that got me. Either way, definitely curious about this plotline.

The episode concluded with Dexter finally realizing that he should stop interfering with police investigations as, uncharacteristically, Miami Metro was doing a surprisingly good job of uncovering Travis' lair and twisted psychology. Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Dexter mostly preyed upon killers who've eluded justice? Has he ever actively sabotaged an investigation as much as this one? At one point he literally cut off Gellar's hand and added his finger prints to the crime scene in order to hide the secret that he'd been killed. Nevermind the fact that a frozen three-year-old corpse probably wouldn't leave usable fingerprints, but is Dexter seriously considering killing Travis and causing the DDK killings to remain unsolved? That's kind of monstrous, even for Dexter. Fortunately he did the right thing and called in an "anonymous" tip to 911... using his own cell phone. Oh, Dexter!

For better or worse, there are only two more episodes left of this season. Fingers-crossed that Dexter will pull out a genuinely surprising story turn. Maybe the gassing could actually happen? Maybe a main character actually bites the dust? Maybe another, much better villain emerges from the shadows? Any of these things could salvage Season 6 from the elephant graveyard of television misfires it'll most likely rest in. We'll see!

RANDOM BLOOD SPLATTERS:

... Are you sufficiently recovered from the shock that Gellar wasn't real?

... Is Travis the fiercest villain Dexter's ever faced?

... Do you leave lots of supportive video comments on the blogs of known murderers?

... Do you ever fall asleep in cars while sticking your feet out the passenger-side window?

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I'm hoping Ryan and Louis are cahoots :P
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I have been a fan of 'Dexter' since the beginning. This is my least favourite year yet. It wanders all over the place. Provides no surprises (even that Geller is dead) and finds Dex awash in self pity and doubt. This season is also off base because Dex isn't killing a serial killer every other week. I always found his conversations with his about-to-be victims most revealing for both parties. Also, could it be that I find Colin Hanks too much of a goodie2shoes (like his dad) to be a serial killer? Perhaps.



C'mon producers...let's get back on track.



Let's kill off LaGuerta!!!
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Disappointing Season so far...



The only thing that would make this Season better is, if at the end of the last episode Doakes would make an appearance. Yeah you heard right. He survived the explosion in Season 2 and was recovering in a hospital somewhere in Mexico.

But now he's awake and wants his revenge!! How awesome would that be, Doakes with a half burned face: "I'm back Mothaf**er!"



Somehow I don't think they will go this route...
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I've always liked this show, and still do, I've enjoyed this season immensely, and I was one of the people who first hypothesized that Gellar was imaginary way back in the first two episodes. I think the psychology of this season holds up quite well. After all, Dexter pointedly mentioned in this episode that he wished that he should have been listening to his instincts a long time ago. Psychologically, though, after last season, and given Brother Sam, it's completely understandable that Dexter would like to try and change.



That said, I can understand why people don't like this season. Also, since it seems relevant to the discussion, I do also love and watch "Breaking Bad".



Questions:

-As previously mentioned, obviously not shocked, though I liked the discovery for Dexter. He kills people. He's not a psychologist. He wouldn't commonly come across someone as emotionally and psychologically as messed up as himself.

-No, that would be Trinity in my book, though Ice Truck runs a good 2nd for the psychological and emotional impact of it being his brother.

-Clearly I do. That's why the FBI is banging on my door right now to arrest me. What a stupid idea posting video comments on a murderer's blog. That said, the world's full of stupid people, and I have no problem believing that someone would do something just that stupid.

-Quinn's a drunk tool. I can see him doing that.



Oh, and I am fine with Quinn and LaGuerta actually getting gassed before they open up the vents and turn on the fans and allow everyone else to be safe. Also, I do think that Louis would make a great villain for the future.



Also, I enjoyed Deb this episode.

Oh, and that wasn't Dexter's personal cell phone, though I agree it looked like it from the way they portrayed it. I assume that it was some sort of burner/temp/"borrowed" phone.
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Dexter usually kills somebody every episode...in season 6 is almost only about DDK...so that's boring...I have to say..it's nice to see Colin Hanks is a bit of a psycho after all
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Dexter is getting to be WAY too sloppy, as a character and as a show. Coincidences, unbelievable misses by police, and far far too much "no, I want him for myself" by the lead character. The producers lucked out with Lithgow last season, but this time they struck out with Hanks (who was much better suited for Good Guys) and, almost impossibly, with Olmos, while killing the best new character (Mos Def). So, this season has been all misses for me.
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Lithgow was the 4th season.. so not last season. I do really think Hanks was better on Good Guys, and I wish they hadn't killed off Mos Def.
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Been a fan of this show since the beginning and I've enjoyed every season, including this one. In fact I think this entire season has been fantastic, Olmos and Hanks have been excellent so far in their roles. This article tries waaaay too hard to be funny, and fails pretty badly.



Oh and most people really liked King of Limbs, so I'm not sure why the writer states that it was an "obviously bad" album like that was the general consensus when it holds an aggregate score of 80/100 at Metacritic right now, which indicates nearly universal acclaim. If you're going to throw out your own opinion on something like that, fine, but don't sell it like you're being objective when the majority of critics, writers, and fans alike share the exact opposite opinion as the one you're spouting as "the truth".
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well, I found this season very entertaining even though I suspected from the beginning that Gellar was a figment of Travis imagination.

Actually I disliked the scene with the game presentation : I feel Dexter overreacted ... even for the serial and serious killer that he is.



There is something I fear : Laguerta's death ; she is obviously a major pain in the ***, and I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't survive this season : it would be a (too) easy way to get rid of her. I'd rather see her disappear as a consequence of a Deb's action

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I have to agree - the writing for this season has just been terrible by Dexter standards. I still watch the show - but I don't look forward to it like I used to.
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Lazy writing what? The journalist here commenting the show doesn't have a clue, nitpicking it's ok when there is something to nitpick about but this article along with many comments here are just plain dumb.

One wonders if there are network competitors behind all this bashing against the show..really.

Otherwise God save us from people nowadays that can't grasp neither plot nor characters.

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If you think this season is well written I beg you to watch Breaking Bad, will probably blow your mind
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well said about the nitpicking....
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So you have no problem with the writing at all? Do you normally watch the Bachelor and consider that shit gold or something?
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Yeah, unbelievable...
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Im puzzeled also by all this bashing involving shows that are obviously well written (they sometimes try to damage the walking dead, another very good show )....I guess these shows are for mature and hetero people.
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ok for one there are plenty of mature shows out there that are awesomer than the gaybasher you are Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Justified...case and point
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What??
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I second that what good sir and raise you a what the fuck. Not sure what being mature and straight has to do with not wanting to sit through lack luster writing but uhhh yeah.
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Yeah, let's hope it was a joke. 'Cos I really don't understand the idea of gay people not liking mature shows or Dexter.
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Ok lets pretend I didn't feel like arguing the mature thing. But the hetero thing I'm not getting. Maybe you were joking (at least I hope so)
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I meant that there as lots of teen and light oriented stuff outthere but very few shows for a more thrill seeking mature audience....thats the problem with tv nowadays and thats why a lot of shows get canceled prematurely. no consistance, just looks and smiles and the younger the better.
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Well I'm not surprised that dexter used his own cell phone as he didn't have the brains to realise that Gellar could hardly have put the table over the trap door while down in the cellar.
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it wasn't his phone... his phone is an iphone as he and rita both had one, the phone he used was a flip phone...
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it probably isn't, just pointing out that dexter has been quite off this season
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i agree with that.... but it hasn't affected my feelings on the show or the character, if anything it shows us that at the moment dexter is just as fallible as anyone else and not the man he used to be, he's gonna either have to pull it together or lose it completely.....
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Re: magical Google alternative - I'm a web designer whom freelances for an SEO company, and the "magical Google alternative" isn't so magical, it was actually explained in a way that stays true by the internet. "Search without all the Google SEO bullshit." Giving you direct results instead of whichever has more links to it, more like a police database search than a search engine, and yes, the US and other governments really have private search engines like this for the purpose of finding people.
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I had a sinking feeling that Deb is going to die while watching this episode. I honestly can't remember off the top of my head, but something made me think this was a very likely scenario by the finale this season. I think I would be done watching Dexter if this happened. She needs to find out about him and have to deal with it for a full season before being killed off.
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i agree, i had exactly the same feeling, think it was la guerta and matthews plotting beause of the dead call girl case? especially after matthews called her to set up a dinner date? just a good job she knows matthews was involved with it by the end of the episode, and it'd be just debs luck to be killed off just as she's getting her s@@t together mentally? finally its all too possible since micheal c. hall and jennifer carpenter were divorced recently also....
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I doubt Dexter to be stupid enough to use his own cell phone to make the 911 call. I would guess it's with an anonymous SIM.
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i agree this season hasn't been as good as season 1, 2 or 4 but its been about the same as 3 and 5, and hey.. at least its not as bad as the final season of lost... i mean... damn....
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This ep was a total disappointment..it was boring and didnt tell much, all they told on this ep could of been said in less than 20min...over all this season has been nothing but predictable, everyone knew the twist, so much for "shocker"...two eps left and nothing has happened this season, i hope at least this last two ep are not a snore fest..
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The show is definitely evolving, and although I'm not exactly sure where it's headed, I think it's for the best. A show has to change if it aims to last more than 5 seasons. Even if some plotlines have been totally predictable so far, I really enjoy the introduction of Louis. I hope he's gonna play a big role in season 7. I don't think he's a serial killer, just that he's obsessed with them. His ambitious will make him a successful homicide employee, and he will be the one who will uncover Dexter's secret. (This sounds better to me than he's gonna be the next villain.)

Regarding Gellar, no surprise, and no need to have read all the precedent reviews to have noticed he wasn't real. Travis is 'crazy scary' but has the looks of a lost kid, he can't be perceived fiercer than Trinity - HE was the real villain, the type who gives you nightmares, not chills.
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Absolut,

I can see the show going that way only because it would be consistent with the (I hate to say it) lazy writing this show has become comfortable with. Your idea is basically a mildly tweaked version of the whole Lila story from a couple of seasons ago....Lila/Louis have never killed anyone, Lila/Louis look up to Dexter, to keep him safe/to gain his respect they kill, Dexter has a slightly harder time then normal killing them. Heck that might be all a variation of the story line with his brother, Brian thought the ultimate bonding would be killing Deb and that's what causes Dexter, again with more difficulty then at most times, to kill his brother.



The show is starting to bother me with sloppiness that the original Dexter would never do, like leaving a potential serial killer in your car, with your real registration information in the glove box, while you run around and buy him porn and pills. Or the ease he got out of the basement in the Church, what did it have a green glowing EXIT sign and a sticker on the door saying "Must remain unlocked during normal homicide hours."



What happened to the dark twisted humor (Oh I know, we're suppose to get it by reading the episode reviews here) and the edge of seat suspense and the three dimensional characters that we use to love? I'll stick with the show, just because I have Travis like faith....for now.....
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i also found it quite humourous when he opened the girls bedside drawer looking for clues and found it full of vibrators... and the scene a few episodes back with him flying down the road shooting at stuff with rudy was funny as hell as he's missing EVERYTHING he shoots at... until rudy tells him to aim at something familiar, the next shot he takes he aims at a cartoon head on the billboard... and hits it straight between the eyes...
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the cellar door was locked from the inside? a lock is supposed to stop anyone from getting IN not OUT?? and as far as his ease of getting out.. how hard is it to look around a room you're unfamiliar with and see a door? surely thats the first thing ANYONE does in that situation? i mean you wouldn't exactly start digging your way out if there's a door in the room?
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think the main major difference between travis and trinity is the acting? colin hanks is doing ok but you can tell he's acting a part... with john lithgow i really BELIEVED his role as he was that convincing an actor and his performance was simply amazing
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Travis actually seems to me to be more 'scary crazy' than 'crazy scary'. ;)
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I completely agree. I had the same idea with the 'anonymous 911 call'.



Also, I've been wondering for some time now why he desperately wants to beat the police. Wasn't Harry's code meant for really bad guys who slipped through the system and got away with their crimes? He's already not exactly 'brother of the year', but taking the DDK himself seems a stab in the back for Deb, who as a new lieutenant really needs to catch this guy...
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Most people seem to think Louis is connected to the Ice Truck Killer because of buying the arm, that he is a killer, that he's soon going to be revealed as a big villain...



My thought runs a little different. What if Louis is who he says he is? A video game creator who is developing a game about serial killers. He wants to create a big new hit that will be different than most other games. Granted, I think he has a little too much idolization of Dexter to be normal, but maybe he just knows that Dexter knows a lot about serial killers. Or maybe he knows that Dexter is ITK's brother. It's possible he's figured out the truth about Dexter, but I don't expect that will be the case.



So, if he idolizes Dexter in some way, but he's not a killer, then why are they making such a big deal about this character? What's the point of putting him into the story? I agree, they're going to make him a villain. I still don't think he's a killer. YET! This recap talks about most of Dexter's conversation with Louis, but leaves out the most ominous part. At the end, Dexter says something about "Why would you choose to be a serial killer?" and "How would you know what it's like to take a life?" Louis wants to make a realistic game, and he has some kind of hero worship of Dexter. Will that comment push Louis to kill someone, just to know what it feels like?



I don't think he's been killing people yet, but I think he's going to turn into a killer all because of Dexter's one comment. And if you want a bigger story arc coming out of the end of this season, that would be pretty awesome. Not only the rise of a new villain, but someone who starts to be one because of Dexter. Someone who may either already know that Dexter's a killer or could easily figure it out in the future. Louis could easily turn into a MUCH bigger character, fighting for Dexter's approval as he kills more people. Meanwhile, Dexter can deal with this doubt he's already been facing. He'll want to stop Loius, but he'll be unsure because he blames himself for who Loius becomes.



THAT would salvage this season. End the season not with the discovery that Loius is a killer, but rather with his very first murder. Set up a brilliant story for season 7. And maybe go back to some of the true fear for Dexter's cover from previous seasons. There hasn't been enough worry about Dexter being caught this season. Give us two big twists to set up season 7. Louis' first kill, and something big happening that will threaten Dexter's identity again.
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seems a bit of a coinsidence he's having it off with dexters nanny? ITK got it on with deb as a way to get to dexter in season one? possible louis is doing the same thing with jamie? i mean he didn't seem to give a rats ass about jamie after dexter shot him down about his game? he just made up some excuse and left instead of taking her out on the date? he seemed so smug like he thought he knew what dexters reaction would be and he was stunned when dex said he was offended by the game, louis kind of does a double take and minutely shakes his head, like he already knew more about dexter than he was letting on and cant believe his ears that dexter would react that way?
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All very valid points. I've given up explaining Louis's creepiness to some ppl. After seeing that sooooo many people were shocked and outraged that they didn't consider that Gellar was dead this whole time and how dare tv.com viewers spoil it for them in the comment sections LOL! I'm not really surprised that many ppl are overlooking this as well.
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Deb and Dexter are gonna hook up. Or Deb i gonna kiss Dexter at least. i have waiting for this to happen for the past few seasons, she is obviously in love with him, she wouldnt be able to live without him. I really want Dexter to be revealed, thats the only way that this show could truly be good again. if he were to be found out, Deb would definitly kill herself, I really want to see what else would happen.
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6 seasons of Dexter - and you still don't know nothing about Deb obviously. She never was and never will be the type of person that kills herself.
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I enjoyed the episode and thought it brought the season back to where every one would enjoy it once more. I liked the revealing scenes, and character development, and the possibilities for the future. I wasn't really shocked by the Gellar revelation but it wasn't disappointing either. Travis is definitely not the fiercest villain Dexter has faced. I do neither of the last two things, haha.
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Aside from the "potential" plot development of Travis gassing the police station, everything else made me snooze.



The only thing that could possibly save this season, for me, is if LaGuerta and/or Quinn die. "Please have LaGuerta or Quinn die this season" was all I kept telling myself throughout the first half of the episode, but when Batista was complaining about Quinn being a bad partner, I realized that Batista was going to be in trouble. Then Voila!, he gets clocked in the head by Travis. It was at this time that I started thinking that the writers wouldn't kill off LaGuerta or Quinn, but may instead kill Batista, which may cause LaGuerta and Quinn to try and be "better" people next season. Hopefully it doesn't play out this way and that the police station is actually gassed, killing LaGuerta, Quinn, and Matthews -- if not all of them, I'll take 2 out of the 3.



Also, I've been getting really annoyed with Dexter's voiceover/inner monologue thing lately, and this episode made me hate it even more. I love the fact that you teased about it in this article. I almost hate the voiceover as much as LaGuerta and Quinn.
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I just gotta add - great review, Kudos to you, Price! I get why you're criticizing this season of Dexter, and after this episode I actually agree full-heartedly with your assessment of the current season's quality of writing. I was excited about the potential plot lines in the beginning of the season, but I'm not that impressed with the recent turn of events, and honestly - this was the worst episode of Dexter that I can remember, ever. However, this time you made me laugh, which is why I read your reviews in the first place. Great job man!
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I've been annoyed with the all the hate tv.com has been giving this season of Dexter. I haven't minded it at all - definately not the best season of Dexter, but entertaining enough (I don't think we should ever expect anything like season 4 again or we'll just be dissapointing ourselves every year).



Then I read the recap of the Travis, Gellar, Harry, Dexter from the beginning of this episode and realized that this recap entertained me more than anything else in the season - maybe I've just been in denial.
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it was amusing but not at all accurate to what was said at the beginning of the episode? price has just made up loads of stuff and made dexter sound like a joke to people who'll actually think his comments are what was said? if you watch the travis/gellar conversation its meant to convey its their FINAL conversation, because thats what it was as at the end travis takes control and says he doesn't need gellar anymore, thats why gellar doesn't appear in the episode after that....
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In the past , Dexter was very careful , very intelligent , precise , patient , meticulous , he was hiding everything , and he did it very good !!! but he was really close to get caught sometimes even with all those precautions.



now , he is dumb , he makes huge mistakes but there are no risks at all that he gets caught.you can feel that it's not their plan so it sucks !!!



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I couldn't agree more. That's one of the things that really bother me about this season: Dexter has gone through this before, with Trinity. He was reckless and that's why Rita got killed. Trinity outsmarted him and an innocent person died. He should've known better and be double careful. How many people have died because he was giving Travis a chance? His sister, the atheist professor, until he finally realized he had been wrong all the way. Please, that doesn't make sense, especially after Trinity.
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I wholeheartedly agree! This is exactly why it's a writing flaw and not an aspect of character development as some more optimistic people seem to be arguing.
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Has there been even one tension-deluged moment of apprehension this season, when you are on the edge of your seat? Do you guys remember last seasons episode, "Everything Is Illumenated"? Dexter and Lumen share their first experience as slash-happy accomplices, and almost get caught! Dexter is fed up with Lumen's obvious ineptitude (due to her inexperience) , and the combination of the body in Dexter's trunk, the police on their way to the scene and the tied-up, bleeding Dan the Dentist made for one gruesomely great chapter. Not to mention, the entire season Quinn was suspicious of Dexter being "Kyle Butler" - I had nearly forgotten he wasn't always a useless, drunken idiot. There was TENSION! It's like the writers are totally different. Almost as if they have two different personalities . . . .
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I cannot think of one tension-filled moment. I've never thought Dex would be caught, even at the height of his bungling. The police are closing in on the church while Dexter cleans up Travis's mess for him and works Se7en-style print gymnastics? No, no tension because he's obviously not going to get caught! The entire first act was written to spew forth the info for those even slower on the uptake than usual, tell the readers what Dexter's going to do (and then quick cut those scenes: hello, Mr. shortcut, I'd hate to be these writers' wives, geesh!)) and then get the heck on to the next part of the show. Pacing was waaaay off there. There wasn't even time for viewers to say, "Oh, no! How's he going to get out of the church?" Because Dexter got out right away. No time to say, "Oh, no! How will he beat Miami Metro to Travis now that they know they aren't looking for Gellar?" Don't worry, this show has no interest in making you ask any how/why questions. Dexter is going to hide Travis's crimes so it can get personal. Remember when personal was your brother trying to convince you to kill your naked, plastic-wrapped stepsister? Now, THAT was a tense moment, and you know, authentically personal. This I-don't-know-what with DDK rings so achingly hollow...



I know it seems like I'm doing a lot of complaining to those who are loving this season, but just as you are entitled to your opinion, I am entitled to be extremely let down. And that's how I feel, let down. Why do I still watch? I've said this elsewhere, but 1) it's sort of like a collision by the side of the road. I have to look, even though it's horrible, and 2) I am storing up my optimism for the next season: I won't abandon a normally great show which has bounced back from dull seasons before.
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I LOVED this review, I was laughing so hard, I had tears in my eyes! The recap of the Travis dead Gellar cringe worthy scene was so spot on and the little pictures were to die for!
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:-) I'm glad Price brought in some VD picture magic to make it interesting. The episode material itself, sure didn't help.
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Answering directly to your questions:

- I got mindf***ed about Gellar and went through the episodes to see if things matched

- Travis isn't the fiercest but the most dodgy one

- That's the thing that bothers me, isn't supposed the police monitors those people since they are supportive and a liability to the society?! That's a major fault. Were you able to simply judge those people as crazy while the killer is at large?! This part should be more covered.

- Yes, I have already done that in a summer day while waiting for my girlfriend in her college parking lot while she was doing a test xD



Let's hope this couple episodes turn out mind blowing because I thought 5 would be enough to solve everything and give a proper ending to the season or the show, don't know how many seasons were agreed in the contract.



P.S: I guess LaGuerta should be the only or belong to the few victims affected by the gas. Never liked her not even when Batista was married to her. That bulging eyes coming out always got on my nerves xD
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dexter has been approved by showtime for two more seasons which will more than likely mean the end of dexter as a show after season 8?
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Not only do you like Radiohead, but also Bjork? Your opinion on anything is absolutely irrelevant. Travis recruiting two new members and going after Batista and Miami Metro makes for a good end to this season, better than how it started. Haters gonna hate.
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If you've noticed who is writing these critical opinions (including Peterson), its nearly 100% people who love Dexter, but are disappointed at how this season has turned out. So noone who qualifies for haters.
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My prediction: Someone at Miami Metro will stop the gas attack just before it happens, Dex will kill Travis, Beth will go to jail, and the big twist at the end will be Louis v Dex somehow.



a don't think Louis is a serial killer himself, but he has admired Dex strongly since Day 1 and tbh I don't think his creating a game is enough of an excuse to justify him becoming an intern. I think it is because he was already obsessed with Dex/BHB or he knew someone at Miami Metro was the BHB and went to find out who. I think it is possible that he also already knows about Dex and Brian. I'm also very suspicious of that "better Google" he pointed Dexter too, as he could have created that himself and be using it to track Dexter's searches or upload some malware to his system.



I think Angel will be fine, if a little worse for wear. I also think that Deb will expose Laguerta/Matthew's cover up. I think that Deb will start to see Dexter romantically after talking with therapist, then after talking with Dex change her mind. I think that will cause her to drop her therapist and also in part lead her to expose Matthews.
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um that was not dexter real phone, if you see he talks to deb with a iphone, and he calls the police with a flip phone. just had to point it out! lol
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Starting from season 4, Dexter had 2 phones. One for the trinity killer and other was his regular phone...
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wow, reading most of the comments below I realise Laguerta should exit the show...they should to this in a not so distant episode.
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So, I've read a few comments from the producers/writers whoever, (lol) that we, the viewers, should NOT miss the last 2 episodes of this season, because it starts a 2-season story arc that will end the show in season 8.



So, immediately the optimist in me goes to think that they will in fact kill off Batista, LaGuerta, and "T" (Because I can't remember his name) and we'll have Debra have to cope with suddenly climbing ranks and then rebuilding the Miami Metro Homicide division from the ground up with help from the 'intern' who will want to change his life's pursuit after being told off by Dexter, the new guy from Chicago(?) will be her lieutenant, and Dexter will still be there possibly with Masuka as well. We'll get a HUGE awesome new string of deaths and through circumstances unforseen, Miami Metro will catch some sort of evidence that points towards finding Dexter...





Of course that'll never happen, but one can dream, no?
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here's hoping your prediction comes about as that would be awesome...

possibly the pen from the motel in nebraska will link dexter as debs already seen it, could lead to trouble if they find the owners body in that silo?
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Different state, different laws.... Not enough to bring in the FBI...
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maybe.... but all it'd take is for deb to see a newspaper or the news on tv with an article on a dead guy found at the same motel her brother stayed at for it to click into place, then it'd be her decision to cover for him or turn him in....
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Hahahahahahahaha, this review is really funny!!!! This season of Dexter was great but just till episode 04... after that is going downhill.
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Dexter conversing with Sweater-Vest-Guy was, "was one of the cleverest scenes of the season."



Wow. You expect to remain credible? That whole awkward meta-show coincidence was RIDICULOUS.



I mean, I get it, you always love the "history" of the show better than the "now" of the show, as evident by your recent album reviews (lol, reminds of Tool fans when Lateralus came out. HA! Why isn't this Aenima 2?!11!)



This season is not great, but this is hardly a review, or a critique. This is just punching holes in a story, which anyone can do, to anything.
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Yes, Lateralus is Tool's best album by far. Incredible!

Of course I don't think TKOL is on par with Lateralus, but "Awful" is a really bad overstatement!
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just to clarify... i love this thread and all the differing opinions on dexter, if everyone thought alike in their opinions this thread would be really boring, i'm glad its not...
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I disagree .... :grinsallsmugly:

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LOL

(yes I clicked your thumb)
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and thats not a dig a price, his reviews although not in view with my opinion are far from boring and very interesting reading as it has made me think, i see where he's coming from even if i think the good still outweighs the bad, i just hope he regains his love of dexter as the season draws to a close and get him back on the positive side of view, heres hoping
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Still not as bad as last season in my opinion. Season 5 was absolutely terrible. I have a feeling someone will die this season and I'm placing my bets on Quinn with Anderson becoming his replacement of sorts. Either that or LaGuerta but I think that's just a pipe dream. That fact that they gave LaGuerta a whole lot less air time has made this season not near as bad for me.
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I know some people think it would be weird if there'd be a romantic relationship between Deb and Dex, but I have to admit I've always kind of though they'd be perfect for each other. And maybe I'm just reading too much into it but lately it seems like Deb might have stronger feelings towards Dexter than just the way a sister feels about her brother. I mean, they're not related by blood so it's not wrong, although some people might think it's weird. I actually think this episode was the worst of all seasons so far, although I'll still keep watching. But if Deb and Dex start to develop feelings for each other, that might be an interesting twist. Or, it might just be weird. We probably won't know until we see it.
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Dexter would never ever do that. C'mon people - it's like you don't even get and know who Dexter is. I mean really ????
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Except the writers would never do that now considering that Jennifer Carpenter is Michael C Hall's ex-wife.
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My only problem. I don't like saying if its not by blood its not wrong. I'm sure some people in this world have adoptive siblings or step siblings. Granted someone might quickly glance over that and decide it isn't creepy as hell bc they don't genetically share at least one parent but yeah.... Shit is creepy as hell.
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Yeah, I guess since I don't know anyone who has an adoptive sibling/ step sibling, I can't really make a valid statement about it being creepy or not. However, I don't think I'm the only one who's noticed that the writers seem to be going in that direction, at least they're hinting that this is a storyline that might be explored in the future. Judging from the preview, that might happen sooner than we expected. Of course, I may be wrong, I guess we won't know until next episode...
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Honestly, I don't think this will happen, it was just sneaky editing. Just like they did when they led us to believe that Jonah had become like his father, when they showed us the scene of Jonah saying "Hello Dexter Morgan" just like his father said in season 4. I don't know why they edit things like that, when it's going to turn out completely different. I've seen this happens a couple of times. Just hate it.
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I agree. The good ole reality tv trick they use all the time. Edit heavily and inaccurately. Hope they tune in long enough to be disappointed and tricked.
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Creepy indeed

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Maybe Dexter is not as extreme as Breaking Bad, but with killing Dawks and Rita, you can't they never kill someone important once in a while...
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I was a big fan of dexter , but now I watch the show become ridiculous and so badly written , it's painful to watch.

so many shortcuts , so many boring conversations , so many characters with nothing interesting in their story ( laguerta , quinn and batista ).



I am hopeless for the seasons to come ... I am not a hater , I love this show , that's why it's so damn difficult to watch it become bad.some of my friends says to me that I don't understand , that this season is good , it's creating fights lol.
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Right there with you, pal! Used to be a huge Dexter fanatic and found that some episodes were so gripping they were better than most movies, but now... The series has really let the true fans down. It's hard to listen to some fans who say the series has never been better. There was soo much thought and fore thought put into the characters and dialogue and stories the first four seasons, and to see it reduced to this serial killer soap opera is painful, just painful.
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Thumbs up to the special effects crew for what I thought was a surprisingly realistic looking throat-cutting scene. In a show whose attempts to shock me with its gore nearly always fall flat, this one was well done. (Note to the FBI: I truly have no idea what such a scene would look like in real life. No need to investigate me, no need at all.)

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I vote for a clean slate. Kill, Laguerta for sure, plus Battista and Quinn. Dexter Deb and Masouka can live. Also im over Ghost Harry, man up Dex stop seeing daddy.
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They have the perfect opportunity too! A bomb of poison strikes Quinn, LaGuerta, LaGuerta's boss, etc. while Dexter is out trying to find Travis, (who finds Batista murdered by Travis elsewhere) and Deb is out further investigating the issue with the flowers and the dead hooker. Tragedy for Miami, but secretly the best thing to ever happen to the cast of Dexter... Mr. Anderson takes control of the situation while Debra is out, and does his best to mitigate the damage...in the end, an awesome ending to a rough season.
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LaGuerta has to die. I can't stand her character... that would be at least one good thing that comes out of this season...



As goes for the Louis-Dexter plotline, I think that Louis already knows about Dexter being a serial killer. And he confronted him in his own way ... by showing him his new video game where you can play as famous serial killers and, specifically, the Bay Harbour Butcher. Also, he was shown as a "super-hacker", a computer specialist in this season. I think that's how he found out about Dexter ... somehow. He admires Dexter for being a genius serial killer that got away (so far), but after seeing Dexter's reaction to the game he got totally crushed. But that's just my guess ^^
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I think Louis is obsessed with Ice Truck Killer and he know that Dexter is his brother
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I've also thought that Louis already knows about Dexter..
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Similar to Walking Dead. I have a pray for death list for Dexter as well. 1- LaGuerta 2- Quinn 3- Batista 4- Harry 5- The writers career for writing this garbage. 6- Batista's sister.
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Yeah the whole season it's like "why is Louis so into Dexter?" He makes comments like "He never makes mistakes" and has the hand from the Ice Truck Killer, etc...so it would really make sense. It's no secret that Dexter constantly uses his computer to search for info that could be damning if the wrong people saw it...It wouldn't be much for Louis to hack into his machine and see all that.
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Can you add on the list .... THE WRITERS ???? :)



All of them, thank.you, bring me some fries too, thkx

:)



By them way Ddk ist Dexter ..! We've been fooled
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Lastly, Travis is one of the worse Dexter villains .
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i'd agree if i hadn't seen this weeks episode, travis has been a wingy wimp all season then all of a sudden he grows balls and becomes Evil Travis the DoomsDay Killer, now he's recruiting and manipulating others to do his work and the way he slashed that girls throat was merciless, and the relationship he has with his imagined gellar is interesting as its very similar to the dex/harry relationship, colin hanks has played two travis' this season and he really reminded me of john lithgow in raising cain, two personalities, one good, one evil ,one actor portraying both, not saying his performance is as good as john lithgows but thats because john lithgow is one of the finest actors of all time and very underrated in my opinion, think colin has done a fine job especially since his other roles have been similar to his part in orange county(not including band of brothers), think this may be the first role he's had as a nutcase serial killer so all in all he seems to have risen to the challenge nicely
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Cause travis it's nothing real !



DEXTER IS THE DDK : )



Dexter it's crazy and we've been in. his dreams all season



Whana bet? ;)
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Dexter really needs to get back the writers they had during seasons 1 and 2. The first two seasons of Dexter were some top quality television, these recent seasons are barely watchable.
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I have no idea who Josh Cooke was, so he isn't that famous, and I watch tv all day.
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Also Zeitgeist was pretty sweet, probs better than their previous two anyway.
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Totally agree about Dexter seeming to be all about preempting the cops instead of going in when they fail.

And I think to make this season interesting they should pull the double-twist: Geller actually has been alive this whole time and the freezer scene/crazy Travis cmonologue was all in Dexter's head.
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Looks like my suspicions and several other posters great theories on Louis being a weirdo seem to be reconfirmed each episode. Homeboy has it bad for Dexter... now to what extent is one of the few things I'm excited to find out this season. I'm not sure if he is a serial killer himself who wants to be near others that kill, really obsessed with Dexter bc he helps catches killers and he thinks he's brilliant, or in some way knows about Dexter's past/dark passenger. OR something in between all of those things. The other is to see where they're going with Deb and if they can at least write something surprising and/or interesting this season.



Oh and Travis is wack as hell. Colin Hanks isn't doing it for me, one of the problems with a season being make it or break it based on how good the big bad is. If they suck the season suffers. I would hope my local internet cafe doesn't have THAT many nutjobs surfing known murderers websites all at one time. That seemed very weird to me watching that scene. Funny as hell but weird.
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I'm really loving this season. Yes, I know many people don't like it, but I'm finding the entire aspect of Dexter examining himself to be interesting, as well as having both serial killers talking to the dead.
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DISCLAIMER: I bear no liability for the actions and/or feelings of devout Dexter diehards after reading this comment - (being a devout Dexter diehard, myself, I take no joy in this)



Last weeks quote: "I know what I'm doing." - Dexter Morgan

This weeks quote: "I've made a terrible mistake." - Dexter Morgan



Well, at least he admitted it. This season Dexter has been far from perfect. The show, and the man. But I was hoping after we moved past the unfortunate "Gellar being imaginary" business, Dexter might begin to resemble its/his former self. The show, and the man. I guess this was too much to hope for. Dexter, took another step in the wrong direction last night. Travis's long conversation with "Gellar" is probably the low point of the season, which is undoubtedly the low point of the series. I couldn't help but laugh. Which, I'm sure, was not the intention. What I'm kind of irked about is the ambiguity of Travis's psychological disorder. What exactly is wrong with him? Is he schizophrenic? Does he suffer from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)? Is it some lazily written inspired hybrid? Schizophrenia is characterized by having both hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are seeing or hearing things that aren't there. Delusions are the belief in something that isn't true. DID is characterized by a set of one or more distinct identities that a person believes to exist within themselves. These identities can talk to the person, and the person can answer back. Sometimes, people with DID will lose track of time or will be unable to account for blocks of time during their day. This occurs when one of the identities within the person takes control of the individual and engages in behaviors that the core personality would otherwise not engage in. Travis seems to be suffering from both of these afflictions. But after learning he killed Gellar, Travis seems to have melded his two personalities together. I'm not Freud or Jung. I won't pretend to understand just what in the hell is going on inside Travis's head (nor the writers, for that matter). I'd be very interested to hear a psychoanalysts take on this season. And I won't even begin to discuss the stupidity of calling in an "anonymous" tip using your own cell phone. Once again, the only saving grace was Deb. Her therapy sessions with Dr.Ross are fascinating. She's come to the realization Dex is her "safe place". And even coming to terms with the "mysterious" nature of Dexter's character. She's really growing. But I wonder where all this self-actualization is heading? She seems to really love Dex . . . . Anyway, I guess all we CAN hope for is a gamechanger. It may sound cruel, but I actually want Batista to meet his (un)fortunate demise. It would be totally unpredictable and shocking - so it probably won't happen - OR - Setup Louis as next seasons big bad. I don't think he is Brain's son, though. Louis is 32 in real life, and Brian is 40. But that doesn't mean he can't have some connection to Dexter's past (or know about Dexter's dark hobby). Here's *hoping* the writers can 180 this season - I won't hold my breath.
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No offense to the writers, but it seems like you know more about what's wrong with Travis than they do. I just remember them summarizing it as "severe something something or another" and just cringed... lol



Honestly, the entire episode, Dexter was saying things like "I was wrong" and "I should have never done this..." etc. and it felt like the writers were like "Oh no we've made a terrible mistake..." and we trying to suddenly make it right. But that's just what I felt lol...probably has no bearing on what actually was going on at all.
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What if dexter is them ddk and we've all been fooled in. his own crazy mind them whole season ?
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Having some degree related to psychology, I can say that Travis's situation has very little, almost no relation to DID.. people with DID generally do not internalize existing people as identities, but they make them up.. so if Gellar has never been alive and real, DID would be a very well explanation.. yet, Travis is more like suffering from hallucinations (which may include hearing dead people telling you to do things, thinking them as alive) and that fits more into schizophrenia.. as Gellar's death is only recently officially announced, do we know who killed him? if it was Travis than the schizophrenia would make even better sense..
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I'm frequently reading here but just signed up to comment on that topic...



I can't help myself but think that the writers don't have a clue about basic psychology (maybe they used that other search engine instead of google?!). They are using so many cliches and mixing disorders up that it makes me angry. It's nothing new but this season just tops it with Travis who seems to have such a huge mental disorder that it's just plain stupid that her sister wouldn't have noticed growing him up by herself (or teachers/social workers). Travis turning to a cold blooded terrorist in this episode from one second to another CAN be explained by his disorder ("supression") but the one scene (Travis arguing with Osmond, Dexter watching) which's only purpose was to sell us this (actually huge!) character development failed unexplicably as others have noted due to horrible plot lines.

But: As I say, this season tops it but is not the first time the writers throw horrible psychological cliches at us. One thing which will completely ruin the show for me if it goes on for another 2 seasons (again I am/was a huge fan):



What the **** is up with Dexter seeing and talking to imaginative people? We know he has a child trauma and therefore has serious issues (killing ppl for that matter). BUT "imaginative friends" are definitely signs of schizophrenia, also possible (paranoid) delusions. Even if these don't have to be present, someone "seeing things" is a very (!) serious issue and can develop in someone not being able to manage his whole life if not treated well. Usually it doesn't just stop with seeing people - you hear voices/melodies, you see lights, smell stuff. Your life becomes (literally) upside/down. Schizophrenia is suspected to have a biological background and also damage one's brain to a certain extend. My mother suffers from schizophrenia and it started with "seeing/hearing people". It went bad as it developed further and the voices prohibited her contacts, meals, talking, walking, ... The "voices" where not there for a simple chat. They take over your life and rule you. A majority of schizophrenic people live like that.



I'm sorry if I'm pedantic here but - for me - what made season 1&2 so great was Dexter's character development. Not only has it become totally sloppy and inconsistent in psychological terms, it just isn't believable anymore. Dexter, as a character, has become a cliche. Dexter, as a show, too - thanks to Travis.
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Yeah, I don't know much about psychological disorders, but the way Travis changed into "I don't care" mode and kept going without a bit of debating or remorse after finding out that Gellar had been dead all this time - well, it sounds off to me. 'Cos they tried to sell us that Travis was the conflicted one, right? What the hell happened? Talk about character development!
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That other search engine instead of google... hahaha. I heart that comment. Thanks!



However, adults onset schizophrenia usually occurs in the 20's.
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you must really hate me, myself and irene then? the basic psychology premise is that if a mind is pushed too far it makes up another personality to take over in times of great stress... with dexter they've simply implied that instead of making up a personality to take over that they've taken on the personality of a dead person/family member as a part of their own psyche to help and commune with them in difficult situations, dexter has guilt over both harry and rudy so he sees them as different parts of his psyche, harry=good dexter, rudy=bad dexter, while he's somewhere in the middle. whereas travis was so guilty over gellar that he actually broke from reality and believed gellar was still alive and the gellar we saw was actually travis' dark passenger who travis couldn't accept as his own dark desires and tried to turn away from, now travis has embraced his dark passenger as his own and is not seeing gellar anymore, so he's reintergrated that part of his psyche into his psychosis, which may mean dexter is also suffering from a form of psychosis and doesn't know why he's so messed up right now, i actually took basic psychology so it does make sense as someone suffering from a psychotic break can imagine all sorts of weird stuff as a way to deal with whatever caused the break from reality, dexter has always had control over his dark passenger but may be losing it?

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They used to just use Harry as a memory, as what Dex would imagine that he would say. Now, Harry seems to becoming different, or the way that Dex views him is.
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i know and i really wish they'd have kept it that way instead of all the psyche stuff as it was simpler, better and came more naturally, now its like he believes harry's ghost is actually THERE? same as when rudy came back, don't know if thats because he's trying to become more open to faith and the possibility of an afterlife as he's never believed in anything like that until this season? its like an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other so we may be seeing rudy YET again... if dexters darker impulses return
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