Dexter

Season 3 Episode 9

About Last Night

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2008 on Showtime
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Dexter finds out he made a mistake teaching Miguel the code, while Debra finds out Anton has been abducted by the Skinner.

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  • "MIGUEL" !!!!!!!

    10
    This was a terrific episode with the two main story lines building up more than ever with George King kidnapping Anton in the last episode means it's a race against time to find him before George King is released The friendship between Dexter and Miguel has proven not to last long when Dexter finds out that Miguel Ellen Wolf and Dexter taught him a lesson Dexter who hasn't really been involved in the Skinner case that much gives George the look that one day he could be his victim now he has been released The ending though was brilliant with Dexter finding out Miguel has been playing him and it the episode makes it look like Dexter went crazy but really he was calm and just said goodbye to Miguel Such a brilliant ending in a brilliant episode.moreless
  • Dexter discovers Miguel killed Ellen Wolf.

    8.5
    Dexter continues to be one of the strongest dramas on television its third season. Michael C. Hall and special guest star Jimmy Smits give excellent Emmy-worthy performances every week. This episode was no exception.



    But what is still missing is that blow away episode. One that really tricks and deceives you as to the outcome and one that really gets you talking about it for days after.



    There were very few flaws here. Almost every scene was entertaining, excluding those with Maria LaGuerta who is really starting to irritate me. Luckily the cast is strong enough to make up for her minor annoyance.



    The near-end scene with Quinn and Deb finding Anton was exciting, although I have to question the realistic nature of driving a car through a building. Overall another great episode. As much as I loved the dream sequence of Dexter snapping I'm still waiting for the finale where I think I will be blown away.moreless
  • Used Written by Melissa Rosenberg And Seth Reynolds Directed by Tim Hunter

    9.0
    Sylvia: "When you've been married as long as we have, you know when your husband is lying."

    Dexter (to himself): "Something to look forward to."



    For someone as usually perceptive as Dexter, he should've spotted a long time ago that Miguel was a loose cannon. It's at this point in the season where things heat up. In the first year, Rudy was getting close to Dexter and the second had Dexter discover that Lila was unhinged.



    Miguel's unhinged behaviour has become apparent in the last few episodes and after showing up on Ellen's doorstep in the previous episode, there's no mystery as to what happened next. I know a few people thought that Miguel and Ellen might have actually been in cahoots together but I watched that scene again and she looked uneasy when he paid her a house call.



    Harry taunted Dexter on both Ellen and Miguel disappearing at the same time and it wasn't until Dexter dug an unopened grave that he found her body. Damn it, no more Anne Ramsay on this series and more misery for Maria. First Doakes, now Ellen. Is Maria bad luck for people?



    I'm kidding but thanks to the discovery Dexter has begun to realise how dangerous Miguel actually is. I also think for the first time this season, I properly and passionately loathe Miguel, even though Jimmy Smits continues to knock it out of the ballpark with the character.



    Miguel made the mistake of thinking he was untouchable. His attempts of apologising to Dexter about taking on a solo project were blatantly insincere and even when Dexter attempted to prove a point to Miguel by leading the authorities to Ellen's body in his own roundabout way; Miguel was still not getting the message.



    Miguel has pretty thrown the trust issue at Dexter in order to gain it and to influence Dexter's decision a fair amount of times this season. It should've been obvious that he would never have given Dexter a blood stained shirt that would incriminate him in Freebo's murder.



    Giving Dexter a shirt covered in Bovine surprised me, though I'm also surprised in retrospect that Dexter didn't analyse the blood on the shirt until now. Dexter piecing together that Miguel was using him made for a powerful moment. It also yet again shows that Dexter does feel emotion and rage is pretty **** powerful to feel. I so can't wait to see how this rage is gonna play out.



    Miguel's pretty pissed on Dexter's respect all over the shop and when he went to sympathise with Maria over Ellen's death, I found myself quite disgusted watching that scene. Perhaps Maria will be smart enough to piece together that Miguel bumped off her new pal.



    When he wasn't bumping off Ellen, Miguel also managed to frak up things for Deb and Quinn regarding George King. Mystery solved – King's the Skinner and Miguel made it possible for him to roam the streets again. Of course Miguel might be stupid enough to think he can take down the Skinner but he could easily end up becoming a victim of him as well if Dexter fails to kill him.



    It was nice at this point that we're finally getting in deeper with the Skinner and though he's a good threat, he's no Rudy. I even think Lila is better than him but I think one of the reasons why the Skinner isn't as successful is given how little we've had of him at the start of the season and also how dominating Miguel has become these last few episodes as well.



    Poor Anton was the latest victim of madman King but surprisingly enough, the scenes where he was getting skinned weren't as gory as you'd expect. I sure would like to know why the Skinner is doing what he does and why he's targeting certain people. I assume that with Anton, it's because he was a CI but why did he go after the others, like Tegan for starters?



    Deb lost her cool more than a few times in this episode. I love the girl to bits but she has been reckless in the handling of this case and she played into King's hands with her violent outburst during the questioning section this week. It's a good job that she had both Quinn and Maria to pull her back at different points.



    Quinn sort of came into his own this episode. It's also his fault that Anton was put in harm's way so I liked that he drove a car into King's hideout to rescue the guy. When he and Deb weren't arguing over their collective screw ups in this case, they actually made some headway in their working relationship. If Anton's done as a character, then that probably paves the way for Quinn to sweep Deb off her feet.



    With three episodes left, I'm wondering how things are going to fare out for Dexter and Rita and baby on the way. Rita's been spending the last few episodes either as a sounding board for Sylvia or channelling her inner Bridezilla to Dexter's derision so in some ways this episode didn't offer her anything new. It's a shame because Julie Benz should get more to do on this show.



    However Rita did at least get one intriguing scene with Miguel where she told him that he was being an idiot. It's fairly obvious that Miguel isn't used to being talked down to and if it wasn't for wanting to keep Dexter onside, I have a feeling he probably would've ripped Rita a new one for sticking her oar in.



    As for Angel and Barbara, they still seem to be the happiest couple right now on the show. Funnily enough, even spending time with Masuka hasn't given Barbara the urge to leg it. As for Masuka commenting on Barbara being the 'wikipedia of perv', maybe it indicates something serious or maybe it's just a defence mechanism that Barbara uses to deal with men like Vince. I'm sure we'll find out sooner rather than later on that one.



    Also in "About Last Night"



    This season keeps playing with Harry as a fantasy figure. Getting him to wave Ellen's hand was so inappropriately funny.



    Dexter (to Deb): "Anton's a big guy, lot of skin. That's supposed to be comforting."



    Did I hear right in King saying that he owed Freebo money? Is that why he murdered Tegan?



    Anton: "I can find you money."

    King: "I don't want your money. I owe Freebo that money. This is about respect."



    Masuka (to Angel/Barbara): "Hey, get a room. Actually don't."



    Harry, Miguel and Dexter were all singing the same song at one point in this episode, it's was kind of disconcerting.



    Rita (re Sylvia): "Either way you violated her trust."

    Miguel: "I just needed space. I have everything falling apart for me right now. Oscar, Ramon, my cases."



    Dexter (re Ellen): "She wasn't guilty."

    Miguel: "Apparently we have a different definition of the word."



    Was Anne Ramsay even credited for this episode? I know all she had to do was play a corpse but I don't remember seeing her name in the end credits.



    Dexter (re George King/Skinner): "I hope we meet again. I'd like to get to know you better but how well can you know someone? How much do you wanna know?"



    Dexter (re Miguel): "I didn't create a monster, I was used by one. He used me."



    Dexter's imaginary blow up reminded me of Six Feet Under when some of the characters used to do that as well.



    "About Last Night" continues to set into motion both Miguel and the Skinner plots and while it's obvious that both are going to be killed by the finale, it's certainly going to be interesting getting there.moreless
  • Dexter finds out that Miguel has been using him in this thrilling episode.

    10
    Wow, that was intense. From the ending of the last episode when Miguel turned up at Ellen Wolf's house it all hits us. He is dark and evil, Dexter has helped unleash a monster. The whole episode was genius...everything started to fall into place for Dexter, he was being played...badly. How he realised what crap Miguel was talking when he linked it to the conversation his 'friend' had with Rita.



    I loved how Dexter dug Ellen up...just to prove a point. It was a hard scene to watch as Maria was devastated and I actually liked Ellen as a character. There are so many moments that stood out here...the main one being Dexter's fury exploding which sadly turned out to be in his head. He looked so angry though...someone lied to him. Miguel is a dead man.



    I feel so sorry for Deb...she is always unlucky in love. That is a huge understatement. It was intense watching her desperately search for Anton and some answers. I especially liked when she jumped on the 'Skinner'. I actually thought they might kill him off...but luckily Deb finds him in a nice conclusion. But is it me or do her and Quinn have a lot in common? Their language is one thing but I wouldn't mind this since I'm liking him as a character.



    With only 3 episodes left I can look forward to more scheming from Miguel, how Dexter deals with him and what will become of Deb? I cannot wait, this show is awesome.moreless
  • We get to know Miguel better

    9.0
    So Miguel shows his true face, Dexter uses his intuition and investigation skills to find out what Miguel really has been up to while his wife thinks he's cheating on her. Dexter does however reveal this to Miguel which I think is a shame, I don't think he should have let Miguel know how much he is actually aware of. The scene in Dexters lab was great, at first I actually thought it happened, and I thought to myself "How is he gonna explain this?" Fragile Rita gets deceived by Miguel which is horrible. But I'm counting on Dexter to sort everything out, it's just a matter of time before he has to kill Miguel now. It's just not acceptable to have someone so impulsive and untrustworthy knowing about his secret... Don't get me wrong, what I would like the most is obviously for Dexter to get rid of his urge to kill and live happily ever after with Rita and the kids, but that is impossible with Miguel hanging around knowing so much. Also, it wouldn't be much left of the show then...moreless
J. Rene Peña

J. Rene Peña

Uniformed Officer

Guest Star

Maximus Rodriguez

Maximus Rodriguez

Little Boy

Guest Star

Walter Sawall

Walter Sawall

Crime Scene Officer

Guest Star

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado

Recurring Role

Desmond Harrington

Desmond Harrington

Joey Quinn

Recurring Role

David Ramsey

David Ramsey

Anton Briggs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Deb: (About King) Looks harmless, doesn't he?
      Dexter: They usually do.

    • Miguel: Dex, this is the nature of a real friendship. We're gonna disagree, and when we do, we just go our own ways.
      Dexter: No, no more individual projects.
      Miguel: Individuality is what makes America great, man.
      Dexter: I don't think that's what our forefathers had in mind.

    • Dexter: (voice over) It's not Freebo's blood. It's not even human. It's bovine, cow's blood. He's been using me the whole time. I didn't create a monster, I was used by one. He… used… me.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Today I keep up the pretense. But soon, maybe tomorrow, Miguel will know exactly how I feel. Because finally there's an emotion I don't have to fake. Today I feel something real.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dexter: (voice over, about Miguel) They look at him and see a defender of truth, justice and the American way.

      A reference to Superman who fought for, "truth, justice, and the American way."

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