Season 4 Episode 3

Blinded By the Light

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter's neighborhood gets vandalized. The Trinity Killer strikes again, Debra questions her relationship with Anton as she spends more time with Lundy, and LaGuerta and Batista's relationship gets complicated.

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  • Dexter has problems with the neighborhood watch.

    In this episode Dexter finds his new neighborhood has a watch team after it has been getting vandalized but all the security isn't good for Dexter It's good to see the Trinity killer case is slowly building up as we are seeing more of him but Lundy is still trying to prove he exists I liked the part where Dexter pushed Astor in the pool trying to fit in This episode shows Dexter's camouflage isn't as easy as he thought it would be.moreless
  • Average to say the least.

    The only interesting thing this episode gave me was more back story to the trinity killer..

    Seems he's reliving the murders of his parents & maybe the bathtub murder was a recreation or his wifes murder..

    The way he poured out a drink and said, "don't worry, your next" The next victim will be a man suffering a bludgeoning..... Tells me it's probably his father, with the suicide being his mother. Highly likely he didn't commit these initial murders..

    Then we've got dexter stalking a neighbourhood vandal, which I found hilarious and not in a good way, I realize dexters situation is very different now and this story is very fitting to his situation, the writers did a good job portraying that but it's really not what I tune in to see..

    Quinn seems very desperate to get dexter on side, maybe he's hiding something much bigger than a few missing dollar bills.

    Something has to develop from this, I don't want another Quinn/Yuki side story that just falls flat on it's arse.

    So, very average episode.. But with the build up of more story surrounding the trinity killer and an inevitable meeting with Dexter in store.. Season 4 promises to be very watchable.moreless
  • The last couple of episodes have been on a slow burn, but the quality is still good.

    I started watching Dexter this season on TV (I just got Showtime, so I had to rely on DVD's for the previous three), therefore I was used to flying through episodes. Watching the show on TV, I realized how much the show relies on slow buildup in order to reach a larger payoff. It's not possible for me to watch all the episodes in a row anymore, so I'm having some adjustment issues.. that being said, tonight's episode had a little more of the dark humor that Dexter is known for, with Dexter's whole neighborhood watch predicament and his problems with Astor growing up. Watching him try to figure out how to find the vandal was great and was worth a few chuckles.

    I also thought it was nice to see John Lithgow getting to do something.. I think he plays an intriguing character and he definitely gives the Trinity Killer an eerie mood.. but in the midst of Dexter trying to balance out his life, the Vacation Murders, the whole Deb/Anton/Lundy triangle and LaGuerta and Batista, it seems like some of the storylines get thrown to the backburners. Hopefully the pace picks up a little bit in future episodes.

    Still, the way the writers leave little plot points hanging in the wind is amazing. For instance, watching Quinn get all worked up over Dexter, I couldn't help but thinking that he may eventually get the urge to look into Dexter's life, Doakes style.. and with Deb still looking into Harry's past C.I's and Rita getting more and more suspicious of Dexter, it seems like there are multiple chances for him to get caught this season. If anything, it's the potential for danger that makes this season so intense so far. Hopefully they can keep it up.moreless
  • This is the Dexter we have been waiting for.

    After two okay episodes Season 4 Episode 3 finally gets the show back on track. This episode was action-packed, humorous, and even John Lithgow was enjoyable as the Trinity Killer. I really did not buy the seasoned actor in the role for the first two hours, but here he pulled off the dark and eery persona perfectly. While he may never fully shed the comedy part from his skein, he was convincing tonight for sure.

    I also liked the fact that there was a real mystery tonight with just who was the neighborhood vandal, and a nice twist thrown our way when the perp was finally revealed. The show needs more things like this instead of Dexter sees bad guy, Dexter kills bad guy, Dexter goes home.

    And for the first time this season I am looking forward to next week's episode.moreless
  • Dexter takes on the neighboorhood

    Dexter gets to know his neighbours a little better but all is not well on his patch as the actions of a vandal causes a neighbour to deploy motion sensitive lighting not exactly what Dexter needs. After a little detective work he figures out that a teenage boy has been behind all this mischief and decides to scare the crap out of him, this is a funny sequence because he runs smack into a neighbourhood watch who pursue him around in the dark. He gets his sweet revenge the next night only to find out it's the boy's father that the vandal. Elsewhere the "Trinity killer" gets to work as he forces a female to jump a building to her own death. Of course Lundy thinks this is the work "Trinity", He convinced the woman to jump through fear alone, threatening her children with the same fate if she didn't kill herself, very clever indeed.moreless
Matthew Fahey

Matthew Fahey


Guest Star

J.C. MacKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie

Andy Brightman

Guest Star

Marisa Petroro

Marisa Petroro


Guest Star

Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

Frank Lundy

Recurring Role

David Ramsey

David Ramsey

Anton Briggs

Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dexter picks up the paint can with no gloves and grips it with his hand around the middle of the can. He then manages to get fingerprints off of the paint can later in the episode.

    • At the crime scene, when Lundy talks to Debra, a reflection of the cameraman can be seen in his sunglasses.

    • As Vince throws out the first dummy we see a top down shot as it falls that clearly shows it will land a long long way away from the first dummy. Moments later we see another top down shot after it has landed where the second dummy is about a body width apart from the first dummy. Shortly after as Lundy talks to Dexter who is crouched down next beside the two dummies, we see they are now placed right next to each other.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (1)


    • Rita: I got the best of Bananarama
      Dexter: It's a cruel summer

      "Cruel Summer" was a top ten hit in the UK in 1983 by the pop group Bananarama. It then became a top ten hit in the US in 1984, after it was featured in the movie The Karate Kid.

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