Season 3 Episode 12

Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2008 on Showtime
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It is the day before Dexter's wedding, and after the police find Miguel's dead body, Dexter has two people targeting him. Now he must deal with them both while preparing for his special occasion. Meanwhile, Angel tells Deb he's put her in for a promotion, but after he finds out some information, her shield may be gone before she gets it.moreless

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  • Dexter gets married but first has to get past the Skinner.

    After the previous episode where Dexter kills Miguel he thinks it's over but the Skinner is still out there and is coming for Dexter I don't think this finale was better than the season finale of season 1 and 2 but it was really exciting to see the conclusion from the episodes building up to it The best part was where the Skinner and Dexter had the fight at the end The Skinner obviously didn't know who he was messing with The thing I was surprised about was La Guerta giving Deb the shield but it was good that she did The episode ended in the right way with the wedding to finish the episode off Dexter now is going to be living a new life in season 4 and now with having a son as well He will have to find a way to be a family man and a killer.moreless
  • Bad Editing and or Directing.

    Personally, I think that this episode could have been a 2 parter, I suppose the produces like to keep the number of episodes to 12.

    The Editor or Director in question did very bad jobs on the last one. Examples:

    The funeral scene was not shown. The very end when Dexter speaks his mind (doing a voice over), they show people dancing in the marriage. I mean it would be nice to go to a close up to dexter rather than distracting the viewer on what he is saying.

    I suggest you close your eyes if you decide to watch it again, as I think the writers have done a superb job as always.moreless
  • Loose Ends Written by Scott Buck Directed by Keith Gordon

    Dexter (on being tied up): "Such a familiar situation, such an unfamiliar perspective."

    This week's been a distraction with the latest episode of Dollhouse and that whole Torchwood five parter spectacle so apologies for this being slightly later than usual. As season enders go however, I enjoyed this one a lot.

    With Miguel dead, things could only escalate for Dexter. It's not like offed a random no mark. Miguel for all his faults was a key player and his death was naturally going to arouse a lot of suspicion.

    Everyone else seemed content with the idea of blaming the Skinner for Miguel and rationing that Miguel's pursuit of Freebo may have factored into it. The only person who actually thought to blame Dexter was Ramon but that guy's had a stick wedged up his arse all season.

    Ramon got told by Miguel to protect him from Dexter and with Miguel dead, it would make sense that Ramon would lay the blame on Dexter's door. Blaming Dexter was one thing. Trashing his apartment, slashing up his wedding suit and then pointing a gun at him during a public event. He should be lucky that Dexter opted to reason rather than kill him.

    A part of me did wonder if Dexter was going to go for the whole Prado trifecta and kill off Ramon but with the latter in police custody, he didn't get his shot. Reasoning with Ramon surprisingly worked in the end, especially when Ramon revealed a little more about his dynamic with Miguel.

    So a lot of Ramon's reckless and violent behaviour this season had to do with him tying up Miguel's loose ends? Did Miguel tell him to kidnap and torture a bloke? Maybe Dexter was hypocritical in giving Ramon such sage advice but considering what the alternative was, he made the right choice here.

    As for the Skinner. If the finale had a disappointing element, then it involved the defeat of this bloke. I've said enough times that the Skinner was such an impersonal threat to Dexter and I think that's why I haven't found him as compelling as Rudy, Lila or Miguel, even in light of what he did to Anton.

    Kidnapping Dexter on his wedding day was an inevitability I guess but when he was trying to scare Dexter, I just found his whistling to be more annoying than threatening. Similarly Dexter wasn't that scared of King but more of the fact that he mightn't get the chance to enjoy married life or fatherhood.

    I loved that Dexter got the opportunity to out-psych the Skinner. Gloating about Freebo's death and even throwing in the fact that Miguel was using the Skinner to bump off Dexter all threw the Skinner off balance. Their fight was even short lived with Dexter snapping his neck and gashing some skin off him.

    Deb got to make a wry joke about the Skinner getting his just desserts but I'm really impressed with how quickly Dexter was able to get out of that building. That being said, wouldn't it in some ways have made more sense if the face-off had been Deb and the Skinner, rather than Dexter and the Skinner?

    Deb was also a dominating factor in the finale. All season long we've heard everything about Deb getting her shield. This episode had Angel all quick to give her the recommendation but when he found out about Deb sleeping with Anton, the danger of her not getting it reared it's ugly head.

    Deb didn't exactly make matters any better by telling Angel that she knew how he really met Barbara as well. That was a low blow for Deb but I did like that she was instantly apologetic for it as much as I liked that Angel took it upon himself to tell Maria the truth about Barbara as well.

    Maria's reaction caught me off guard. With the knowledge, I guess Angel seeking solace with hookers wouldn't be a big deal but still Maria did let him off with it. I'm not criticising that part but it's interesting. Similarly interesting is the way she dealt with Deb sleeping with Anton.

    Maria and Deb have never exactly been the best of friends but if Angel could be forgiven, wouldn't Deb be similarly deserving? In TV land, it always seems that you can't have the two things you desire. You can either get one and lose the other or simply lose both.

    Deb in this instance became a rarity – she got both her and shield and Anton and I don't care about logistics because while sleeping with a CI might be unprofessional, Deb has more than proved that she's a deserving detective and even Maria acknowledged that freely.

    As for Anton, I loved the way that Deb confessed to Maria about how she really felt for him. Okay, so it was similar to how she did with Dexter in the previous episode but it still had the right effect and I liked that Anton didn't reject. If he's still around by the last episode of the fourth season, then that really will be progress for the girl.

    As for the wedding, it happened at the very last minute and at the right time. Rita lying to Dexter about being married before would be an issue on any other show. Dexter himself did seem a little annoyed that she lied to him but in the end, he let her off due to the fact that his secrets are far worse than hers.

    I was actually surprised to see Sylvia in this episode as well. Unlike Ramon who was basically going nuts, Sylvia showed no emotion at all over Miguel's death. I know they were separated at the time but isn't that just a little strange? Still if there's one thing Sylvia has contributed this season, it's been giving Rita someone to interact with outside of Dexter. For that alone, I think she should come back next season.

    Dexter's scenes with Harry in this episode were deliberately cathartic. All season long Dexter's been annoyed with the lies and secrets that Harry shrouded him in. Here, he finally let go and it did him the world of good. It certainly helped during those scenes with the Skinner if nothing else. Also in "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?"

    Jimmy Smits appeared in one scene in this episode as Miguel, with no dialogue. I don't remember if he was credited though.

    Dexter: "We all react in different ways to death. Some like Ramon choose anger, others cling to ritual."

    The latter comment was referring to Maria praying beside Miguel's corpse.

    Dexter: "That was awkward. I don't think I've ever been asked to leave a funeral."

    Rita: "Ramon didn't ask you to leave. He pushed you out the door."

    Dexter: "Cody and Astor are charms too?"

    Rita: "Like I said, that's my loving mother."

    Rita got married at 16 to a guy named John Ackerman and seemingly the marriage was annulled. Oh and her middle name is Ann.

    Harry: "Miguel warned you that his death wasn't going to be the end of things."

    Dexter: "So, his plan was to make me hire out a housekeeper?"

    Dexter: "Dad would be proud. It still means something no matter how flawed he was."

    Deb: "Yeah, look at us. You're getting married, I'm making detective. The Morgans are gonna be alright."

    That cool file lady from the previous episode was called Frances. I don't know if Deb read yet that the CI Harry was sleeping with was Laura Moser. She soon will though.

    Dexter (re Miguel): "He was a hero to some."

    Maria: "He was a cold blooded killer. He murdered my friend and now he's got an interchange."

    Dexter: "You can call me whatever you want."

    Cody: "I think we'll just call you Dexter."

    Dexter: "Sounds good."

    Dexter said to Harry that he was having a son. At first I thought of Cody, but then realised the baby obviously.

    Quinn: "Heard you busted Ramon Prado again."

    Deb: "Yeah, the Prados must love me."

    Ramon (to Dexter, re Miguel): "He **** told you that? It was me who did that to our father. He took it from me, made it his story, part of his goddamn legend."

    We learned in this episode that the Skinner/George King's real name is Jorge Orozco and that he headed up an interrogation UNIT, so torture pretty much his forte.

    Dexter (to Ramon): "I know I've been there. The sins of the father go on and on. From kid to kid to kid, unless someone chooses to end them."

    Maria (to Deb, re her shield): "You're one of the smartest, one of the hardworking, most annoying, pain in the ass cops in my department and you've earned this."

    Cute little scene with Maria enjoying cupcakes with Deb. I think Dexter and his donuts are about to get usurped.

    Skinner: "I could kill you now."

    Dexter: "If you can convince yourself I'm lying. That you need to skin me to get information out of me."

    Skinner: "You are lying. You do know where he is."

    Dexter: "Miguel Prado tell you that? He wanted me dead, so he used you, played on your obsession. Probably wasn't too hard. I mean, you're a little single minded."

    Cop (re Skinner): "Jesus, officer. Scraped his **** skin."

    Deb: "Yeah, what goes around, comes around and that's detective."

    Chronology: Not sure but given that Rita evidently doesn't look like she's halfway through her pregnancy, it's hard to tell.

    "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?" feels a little lighter for a finale but you know, what? This was actually a lot better than some heavy packed season enders. The Skinner's death may not have been exciting but there was plenty in this episode that was and I can't wait for the next season.moreless
  • Previously on "Miguel"....

    This season of "Dexter" could be called "Miguel", actually. Now to think about it, the key character of the show was him; but even if you disagree, you gotta agree he was the impact character.

    However, he died the previous episode. So how would the finale work? It's centered around him, but he's dead. The writers are creative enough to make it work, right? Right? No

    they are not.

    I believe they are, but I also believe they are lazy when it comes to finales, and they are too scared to take risks. Just like the season 2 finale, everything comes well together for Dexter. No complications, no cliffhangers, everything is like it was before the show started. At least in season 2 finale the writers waited until the finale to kill off Lila! But here, they didn't. And honestly, The Skinner doesn't replace, Miguel. In fact, the skinner is by far the most boring villain/bad guy ever been on this show.

    The confrontation scene was hilariously anti climatic. Dexter escaped within 30 seconds, with practically one hand.... first freeing himself, then killng the Skinner, then running away with his body, only to drop it at the very right moment ,and then escaping through the window. That's it? Really? The rest of the episode wasn't much better either. I mean the only thing that REALLY had to do with the main plot of the season was Ramon's confrontation, which was good, but that lasted about 5 minutes!

    The wedding, Sorry, I don't care for it. Rita's character was pretty cool, but now she just feels like a filler. Same for Debra.... And what the heck is the purpose of ANTON?!?! And the shield? Why she got it? Absolutely unrealistic.

    It was just full of fluff.

    And of course, in the end, there's no cliffhanger, no hints of what's coming, nothing. Heck, even Miguel's wife was contributing to the wedding as nothing happened. WTF is up with that. I mean I kind of expected to see Ramon as best man....moreless
  • Life after Miguel

    After Miguel`s "premature death" (in all sense of the term) last week, i didn`t expect much for the finale. Miguel Prado made this season good, that`s a fact. He clearly overshadowed Dexter as a chracter several times this season and after his death last week, it was pretty clear we were in for some dull finale. Well that`s exactly what we`ve got.

    First Dexter had to deal with Ramon. Ramon is ok but not big finale standard. However his story did end in a satisfying way...his final exchange with Dexter was great. And I wanted to see Miguel`s funeral! Dexter`s appartment getting tossed had potential..if only Ramon took the blood slides.

    Then we have the skinner. I actually forgot about him before he attacked Dex. Well, I give it to him...when he came out of nowhere and attacked Dexter..he had a creepy face and his whistles were cool (yeah that`s about it for him). Also, some of the dialogues during the interaction were good but other than that, it toatlly lacked the intensity one would expect. Like I said in my review of the previous episode, when the Skinner will meet Dexter..the party will not be the same without Miguel. Skinner gets killed rather easily and Dex get away..dull stuffs.

    Then you a bunch of pretty much nothing. Debra`s thing with the shield was all except interesting....same for her love story with Anton. They could have made her more interesting by exploring the storyline about Dexter`s mom...I guess that`s for next season. Quinn turns out to be a nobody after all. All the build ups for nothing. Rita`s first marriage revelation means absolutetly nothing for now. Then you have the wedding, how convenient...yet another happy ending for good old Dexter in yet another dissapointing finale. It does provide closure but not in a very interesting way.moreless
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Jeremy Overstreet

Jeremy Overstreet


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Preston Bailey

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Rita's divorce papers list the duration of marriage as six months, but those papers were filed on Jan. 28, 1990, which was only five months later (the marriage took place on 08/16/1989).

    • When Dexter looks at the CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE, he says that Rita got married at the age of 16, but the date of marriage on the certificate is 08-16-1989, and her date of birth is 04-19-1989. That makes her about four months old when she got married. John Alan Ackerman's date of birth is 07-25-1984, which makes him five years old.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • King: I could kill you now.
      Dexter: If you can convince yourself I'm lying. That you need to skin me to get information out of me
      King: You are lying. You do know where he is.
      Dexter: Miguel Prado tell you that? He wanted me dead, so he used you, played on your obsession. Probably wasn't too hard, I mean, you're a little single-minded.

    • Dexter: (voice over, about George King) I know that look. I've had that look.

    • (Dexter is tied down to a table)
      Dexter: (voice over) Such a familiar situation, such an unfamiliar perspective.

    • Dexter: (voice over) What do I have to offer a child? Just... me. Demented daddy Dexter.

    • Dexter: (voice over) "Darling Rita, once you were a dream and a prayer. Now our future is as bright as the sun glinting off the morning dew. And I vow that I will..." Sounds like I'm marrying a unicorn.

    • (Talking about Ramon Prado)
      Dexter: He lost two brothers, he doesn't know who to blame.
      Rita: Certainly not you.
      Dexter: (voice over) No, certainly not me.

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