Season 4 Episode 9

Hungry Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter continues to try to understand The Trinity Killer by talking to his family; he discovers that Arthur Mitchell may not have the perfect mask after all. With Dexter out on the prowl Rita gets a little help with her busy household from her handsome next door neighbor, but his motives may not be all that honorable. Debra continues to investigate the Trinity Killer and may be getting a little too close for her own safety.moreless

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  • Dexter goes to thanks-giving.

    Dexter sees Arthur destroying his son sporting awards, and his son leaving in the Mustang his father gave him. Jonah smashes up his car in rage in which Dexter sees and then decides to get himself invited to the Mitchell's for thanks-giving dinner. Dexter learns that Jonah gets beaten up by his father, Rebecca is locked her in her room and Sally is clearly terrified of him. When a Thanksgiving table argument escalates to the point where Arthur throttles Jonah, Dexter gets himself involved by attacking Arthur until Sally comes to the rescue, Dexter leaves and returns home.

    While he was away he learns that Cody has accidentally fallen into the shed where Dexter keeps the blood slides, Vince pops around and see's Rita kissing the neighbor, Deb puts more clues together in her shooter theory and realizes that Quinn's girl friend Christine seems to have insights into the shooting that only someone present could know. Figured it out yet? Batista and Maria declare their for each other and the big jaw-breaker revelation comes as Christine opens the door to Arthur, "Hey Dad" you have got to be kidding me? I didn't see that one coming. So is Arthur playing games with Dexter "Kyle"? Does he really know who he is? These last 3 episodes should be awesome.moreless
  • seriously guys? think critically about this episode.

    this episode would have you believe that it is providing insight into the tortured family life of a serial killer, but instead of doing this, it is removing the moral and emotional backlash of robbing a family of its father, no matter how depraved he might otherwise be. conveniently, there won't be any broken hearts at the end of the season; the children won't be grieving for their lost father; the wife might boohoohoo somewhat, but, oh, she's so much better off now whether she likes it or not, right?--all the moral ambiguity and guilt and human emotion associated with killing a person has been circumvented by making arthur mitchell such a terrible father. what i see here is not deep or chilling or frightening; what i see here is a writer crafting a black and white situation so you small-brains can get your perfect happy ending. worse than this, it feels tacked on. why did arthur mitchell start acting like such an intense jackass just this episode? if arthur acts so cruelly and callously so openly this episode--and according to his children, he has a history of doing this--why has it taken the astute dexter--who, by the way, already knows a great deal about arthur's violent nature--so long to figure out that arthur is so cruel? it took him so long because if he had discovered earlier, he would have had stronger motivation to kill arthur and they need their 13 episodes at showtime, which explains why the last three episodes have been filler.moreless
  • According to this episode was the salvation for a rough 4th season... It was not.

    Suddenly, "Trinity" is no longer the model husband and father. In this episode we see the complete opposite of everything they have shown us about him and his family. I suppose they didn't want us getting to attached to the guy they need to kill off soon.

    Once again, Dexter has to be in two places at once... I feel like I'm watching someone beat on a drum which is simply painted a new color each week.

    The Lt. and Sgt. again change the status of their relationship... Will it last? Do I care?

    More awkward situations with Rita and the guy next door.... -_-

    Deb figures out who shot her, maybe. The reporter exposes herself for the cameras. That's something new!! She hasn't done that... oh no wait... she has. -_-;

    But she does expose something else!!!

    BUM BUM BUM!!!!!! *ominous music*moreless
  • Misplaced Batista-LaGuerta and predictable Rita-Dex arcs ; interesting family issues and fascinating Trinity's American Beauty spin-off ; intriguing Deb's investigation, twisted events and cliffhunger

    I gave up on season 4 after watching Remains to Be Seen. However I decided to give this episode a chance after reading it was special. Indeed it was but some elements were disappointing too. In the first two episodes the relationship between Batista and LaGuerta was already boring and I can't believe the writers have apparently decided to cover it during the whole season. So many precious minutes were wasted and their arc didn't bring anything interesting to the story. I'm also not convinced by the tension between Rita and Dex because I was expecting something more creative and unexpected. However it didn't ruin the episode, far from it.

    The writers used Thanksgiving as an excuse to cover family issues. In the one hand we had Dexter's and in the other was Trinity's. Like in American Beauty things are not like what they seem. In the past season Dexter learned how hard it is to be a good friend. In this one it's all about being the perfect husband and father. Learning more about Trinity's family was fascinating. John Lithgow's performance was impressive and the actor playing his son did a great job too. There's also something very intriguing going on with the daughter and in fact she reminded me of Zoe from Meadowlands. But I'm not sure the writers will dare to cover controversial topics like Nabokov did in Lolita. However we got a glimpse at some possible upcoming events in this episode so I really hope we'll learn more about them. The writers should focus on these elements instead of wasting our time with Batista and LaGuerta.

    Beside the family issues there were also other great elements. Deb is such a great character and watching her investigating was really entertaining even if I found her scenes too short. Let's hope things will get intense so Jennifer Carpenter can amaze us with her talent. The other arc I enjoyed was the one involving Quinn and the female reporter. Masuka saw something he wasn't supposed to so I wonder how he'll deal with it. Last but not least the relationship between Dex and Trinity is interesting because it seems he always find a way to learn from the other monsters he meets. As often his daydreams with his father were well used and helped us to better understand the man behind the mask. However I don't really like the visual effects used to render them and think a more realistic and less intrusive technique like in Six Feet Under would be more appropriate.

    The episode ended on a cliffhanger and it should surprise most viewers. Overall the episode wasn't flawless but it should be good enough to satisfy the angry viewer. So stay tuned if you don't mind watching disturbed characters because I'm sure things will get even worse…moreless
  • Excellent

    Things are getting more and more interesting with Dexter right now as we approaches the finale. Season 3 was good but some negative sides of the show were way too obvious which hurt it a lot.

    This season has been very interesting so far. Side plots are still not helping the show tho..let`s face it, Laguerta-Batista is a none event.

    Good enough tho is this year`s protagonist: Arthur. Intriguing character to say the least and a worthy adversary for Dexter for sure. What I like the most is that they are not making the same mistakes as in the past, most notably with Miguel Prado. In fact, Miguel was well build as a likable character which lead to huge disappointment when he was killed off. Here while a sympathetic side of Arthur is well shown, his dark, evil and detestable side is also well exposed,specially in this episode. Am liking this a lot. Those scenes in the house were fantastic.The cliffhanger was obviously huge but certainly welcomed as it links a side plot with the main one. Didn`t saw that one coming. Overall the best episode of the season so far in a rather consistent season.

    Now,I still have the feeling they might screw it just like in the previous seasons with yet another terrible finale. I hope it is not the case and they learned from prior mistakes. I also hope it doesn`t come down to again to Dexter eventually killing Arthur...that would literally make the show repetitive. Brian,Doakes,Miguel...Arthur? Same old fate? Give us something new plz.moreless
Hayley DuMond

Hayley DuMond


Guest Star

Clayton Mattingly

Clayton Mattingly

Neighbor Kid

Guest Star

John Lithgow

John Lithgow

Arthur 'Trinity' Mitchell

Special Guest Star

Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford

Christine Hill

Recurring Role

Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell

Sally Mitchell

Recurring Role

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Jonah Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Batista reveals LaGuerta's full name to be Maria Esperanza De Alma LaGuerta, while in turn she reveals his full name as Angel Juan Marcos Batista.

    • Goof: In the scene where LaGuerta and Batista are talking by the beach, there are multiple shots where you can see the reflection of the camera men and production crew in Batista's glasses.

    • Goof: When Trinity reads the first-page newspaper article on the bludgeoning, we can see that the most of the text is a repeated fragment of random news about armed robbery.

    • Goof: After Quinn hangs up with Deb, Christine sits next to him on the couch, picks up a plate and starts poking the pie on it while she is talking. There is an immediate scene change mid conversation to her nodding with her mouth full chewing pie that she hasn't yet eaten.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Masuka: (Holding a tray) Chocolate lava cakes, my specialty.
      Deb: You have a specialty?
      Masuka: A river of chocolate love that melts in your mouth.
      Deb: Wow. You can make anything sound perverted.
      Masuka: It's a gift.

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