Dexter

Season 5 Episode 2

Hello, Bandit

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2010 on Showtime
8.6
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Dexter tries to get the lives of his family back on track by temporarily curbing his dark urges, but is forced to reconsider after he makes a horrific discovery. Meanwhile, Debra finds it difficult to keep her private life private while sharing her apartment with Dexter and the kids.moreless

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  • 502

    6.8
    Another really slow moving episode of Dexter here tonight. Is this "dead animal pickup" guy really going to be the main arc of the year, because this season will be awful if that is the case. I just am not loving the show right now. Rita dying was a great thing last year, but for some reason it is not translating to a better show.



    Dexter is in for a long year if they do not create some arcs that are going to liven things up, and I am sorry but Batista wanting access to a bank account is not it.moreless
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    9.0
    Hello Bandit, the second episode of the sixth season of Dexter, was great, though it aslo wasn't all it could be. There is still emotional fall out over Rita's death, which is to be expected. The characters are all dealing with what happened in different ways. Deb is lost and doesn't know what to do with herself. Dexter is in the same boat, though he is trying to keep it some what together. He is, as we know, good at this. Dexter is disturbingly delightful to watch. This is a very engaging psychological thriller series, and these episodes get deep into their subject matter. Quinn continues to suspect Dexter is hiding some thing. I wonder what will become of hime because of this. We see how things turned out in the past for those who found out. Laguerrta and Batista are already starting to fight and disagree. Is their marriage doomed? Will Dexter be able to make up with his children, and what will he do about his latest discovery? I certainly can not wait to find out!!!moreless
  • Things slow down a bit, but the future looks promising.

    8.7
    Anybody complaining about a slow-moving episode tonight need only look to Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Rubicon or a dozen other premium cable shows who take their sweet time in getting to great moments. It's easy to claim a show is moving too slow, but that only makes the payoff that much sweeter. Tonight's episode was much slower than the premiere (which was slow itself), but with the introduction of Boyd Fowler (who is NOT the next season-long arc villain for anybody wondering.. there is no actual season-long villain this year), Dexter seems to be preparing himself for some type of revenge, and while this episode was mainly set-up for next week, it was still an interesting episode nonetheless.



    Dexter attempts to cope with life without Rita and life as a single father of three children. However, Astor continues to hate Dexter and blame him for what happened while Cody finds himself trapped between siding with his sister or his stepfather, who he still looks up to (any scene with Cody siding with Dexter was heart-breaking, especially seeing how upset both of them were). Dexter finds a blood stain inside of a moving truck and he becomes intrigued. His urge to kill returns and he realizes he needs to do this for himself. With his wife dead and nobody to kill as revenge, he begins searching for somebody to take out his rage on. He finds a strange man named Boyd Fowler who picks up dead animals off of the side of the road as his day job and kills blond women and stores them in oil drums by night. Fowler is truly a creepy addition to the show, and while it's already been announced he's not sticking around for the season, it should be fun to see how his role on the show pans out.



    Meanwhile, in news that is NOT Dexter, Miami Metro investigates the murder of a woman; her head was chopped off and placed in the middle of a park, surrounded by various items. A rookie cop says to Deb that she believes this is the work of a strange cult named "Saint Death." She claims they're responsible for using machetes to kill their victims. We don't learn much about this case, but it's clear that the show wants to push this forward. Unfortunately, the show can either take this one of two ways. They can make it tie into the show in an interesting way or it'll just be a stand-alone case, such as the Vacation Killers in Season 4, where the case seems random and unneeded. At least last year, the Vacation Killers created even more tension, as we didn't know who had shot Lundy which meant the Vacation Killers could've been suspects. This year, they'll have to do a good job at convincing people that this case is worth following.



    There's also the plot of Deb and Quinn growing closer to each other. Quinn seems to be getting closer and closer to figuring out that Kyle Butler was Dexter. It's unclear of exactly how long it'll take, but he has the sketches that the Mitchell family gave, and he seems close to putting two and two together. So far, Quinn has slowly moved forward and became one of my favorite supporting characters. Dexter doesn't exactly have the best track record with supporting cast (guest stars don't count.. Jimmy Smits and John Lithgow did a fantastic job). But for the most part, supporting casts are weak on the show. Just look at Batista and LaGuerta, who haven't had an interesting plot in four seasons. However, Quinn has more of a backstory than Doakes ever did, and he consistently brings a mix of humor and darkness to the show. Hopefully, there'll be a good pay-off with the character and with this plot.



    This may seem like a long review for a minor episode, but I feel like it's important people don't lose hope in the show this early into the season. The producers and writers and even Shawn Hatosy, the actor guest-starring as Fowler, claimed that patience will be needed for the first three episodes, because it's set-up for what's to come. So far, I haven't been let down. Dexter is delivering the same level of slow-burning tension that it's always delivered, and an episode like this is still miles better than the middle Season 3 episodes, or even some of Season 2's episodes revolving around Lila. We haven't even seen some of the guest-stars yet (Julia Stiles, Peter Weller etc.), so things have nowhere to go but up.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Convincing child acting, exciting Quinn, dual top notch visuals, dynamic and intriguing story

    8.0
    Hello. An innocent word that sold its sense to Dexter. This second installment confirmed the potential of the fifth season. How Dex and the children will move forward ? Will Quinn find out about his double life ? These questions were raised in the pilot and it seems the upcoming episodes, including this one, will get us some answers.



    One thing that slightly disappointed me in My Bad was the acting. When it comes to Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter I expect the best and generally they deliver. Their moonlight scene reminded me of Dex chat with the Ice Truck Killer. From the lighting to the pace it was a calm and sad moment that should move you. I really appreciate how their relationship is developed because it's easy to relate to it, even if you don't have a brother or sister. They could be best friends, it doesn't matter. An other element I enjoyed was the child acting. Christina Robinson as Astor and Preston Bailey as Cody really did a good job and I was specially impressed by the first. She's young but already able to convey complex emotions through her eyes. Their performance wasn't flawless but definitely a convincing match to the adult one. It leads us to Desmond Harrington, the man behind Joey Quinn. He has become much much more than the playcop next door. His traumatic experience with Christine in the past season shaped him a new spirit. He won't make the same mistake twice. Frowning most of the time the writers have still found him a few comic relief moments, involving Deb of course. Their scenes were welcome because of their contrast with the darker and more controversial ones. Creepy and poetic blood analysis with daddy ? Checked. Intense investigation with dual elements ? Checked.



    Let's also not forget the top notch production, specially the ambivalent visuals, and the memorable appearances of James Remar as Harry Morgan. This season recipe is starting to smell real nice and all major arcs have tremendous potential. And they haven't already played their trump card yet ! I can't wait for the guest star to finally lemon up the screen !moreless
  • 5x02

    9.5
    I think this one was more interesting than the previous one, finally we got again that dexter´s style trying to fix his killer schedule to his father´s schedule.



    In this one I found a lot of interesting momments but the thing I like the most is that I thouhg it was going to be about dexter trying to forget rita but luckily I was wrong, it didn´t have almost anything realationated with rita´s death, it was about dexter obsessed with a blood stain on the truck he rented. P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy

Boyd Fowler

Guest Star

Adam Harrington

Adam Harrington

Agent Walker

Guest Star

Gino Montesinos

Gino Montesinos

Sgt. Lopez

Guest Star

April Lee Hernandez

April Lee Hernandez

Officer Cira Manzon

Recurring Role

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson

Astor Bennett

Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

Cody Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dexter: (voice over) "Helping Your Children Cope With Grief". "Grandpa's Gone to Heaven". "Saying Goodbye to Fluffy". But nothing on "Mommy Bled Out in a Bathtub".

    • Dexter: (voice over) Any shrink could tell you that's why I've always liked children, because they connect me to what I can never get back.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Cody and Astor showed me that I can still care about something. That makes letting them go all that much harder.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Normally, having a target would make me feel good. Give me a direction. A sense of purpose. But now... it means nothing. And I don't know what's going to make me feel better.

    • Dexter: (voice over) It's said there are seven stages of grief. I suppose killing someone with my bare hands in a men's room was my way of working through the anger stage. Whatever the other six stages are... I don't have time for them. 'Cause now I'm a full-time dad. Once the kids and I are back together, it'll all be fine.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Masuka: Oh, fuck me up the goat ass!

      This is an allusion to "The Goat" sketch by Adam Sandler off his album "What The Hell Happened To Me?" During the sketch, the talking goat says the exact same thing.

    • Dexter: He's C.S.I.-ing me.
      C.S.I. stands for crime scene investigation. C.S.I. is a media franchise of American television programs, all of which deal with forensic scientists as they reveal the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes committed.

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