Dexter

Season 1 Episode 4

Let's Give the Boy a Hand

16
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2006 on Showtime
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9.2
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  • The Ice Truck Killer shows Dexter his life with body parts.

    9.0
    A very good episode with Tony Tucci being proven innocent with his body parts left at scenes from Dexter's past Only Dexter is able to understand what the Ice Truck Killer is telling him and when he figures out Dexter is given an opportunity to kill Tony Tucci and Dexter was able to turn it down If Dexter would have killed him the Ice Truck Killer would have taken his photo then Dexter would've been in trouble It was good that Dexter left Deb the location of Tony Tucci to help her do well in homicide.
  • The ice truck killer takes Dexter back to his past

    9.0
    This episode shows that the ice truck killer knows that Dexter is a serial killer and because he knows that he is toying with Dexter leaving behind pictures of his childhood next to the body parts of La guerta's alive ice truck killer suspect.When La Guerta realises this she feels really bad and tries to make it up to the mother.When Dexter sees the photos of his past I thought Debra would be able to remember but she only remembered one crime scene but didn't think too much of it.I think the best part was where the ice truck killer led Dexter to the security guard and the ice truck killer gave Dexter the chance to kill him maybe thinking he might have done because he had already lost his hand and foot but Dexter never chose to kill him but if he did the ice truck killer would have taken his photo while he was killing him and then Dexter would be in trouble.The ice truck killer still remains unknown but Dexter is moving closer by each episode.

  • This episode made this one of my new favorite shows.

    9.5
    The new information about dexter's past made him more really to me. I love how weird the show is, but I like that the show is not just about being weird its more. I was glad that Dexter didn't kill the guy that was left for him, it made him a real person that you can almost understand. It was nice that he let his sister find the body he says that he has no feelings but I think that kinda shows that he does. I was glad to see some sexual interaction happen between his girlfriend and him the big builded up was starting to make me mad. Her stealing the dog was classic finally starting to get a back bone.
  • Getting into Dexter's childhood..

    8.2
    So.. this time it is getting much more personal. I mean, the whole thing with that suspected Ice-truck killer and leaving his bodyparts in places from Dexter's childhood photographs. That just creepy but works very well with the story and the development leads to deeper dive into Dexter's personality and his thoughts.. I mean.. like the one when they are in Halloween shop... The concept of monster and wearing masks. I mean - it just works and it has a beautiful meaning if looking.

    So, I think it was great story and well worked out. Great episode with good story developments.
  • It's... OK

    9.0
    De a poquito esto está empezando a despegar. Que quede claro que no espero que me lleve muy lejos, pero con llegar a Orlando me conformo. Al menos ahora no tengo ganas de meterme los dvd's en el bolsillo.
    The ice-truck killer parece un tipo inteligente, los policías que atrapan a Guerrero lo consiguen en base a un buen plan.
    Y... eso... le doy una mano a Dexter, le doy una segunda oportunidad.
    Aparte: मैं बहुत इस ... लेखन वास्तव में सेवा करने के लिए नहीं है जारी करने के लिए इच्छुक नहीं हूँ. Espero que puedan apreciar lo que acabo de confesar.
  • Dexter realizes he's a different animal.

    9.6
    Dexter realized the ice truck killer took time to study his life when he left him the butchered doll. The security guards severed body part show up at places associated with Dexter's past. Too bad the police don't know this.

    Dexter feels like the ice truck killer is showing him how he life is a lie because he hides behind masks unlike the ice truck killer who lives authentically. I'm not sure I buy it. In some regard the ice truck killer is wearing a mask of his own or else he would not blend into the background.

    While the ice truck killer seems to be driven by animal urges we learn that Dexter doesn't just kill. He has rules making him different than his friend. I'm glad Dexter realized what the audience knew.

    Another person knows Dexter's identity and what he does. That the second person that knows. The more people know the harder it will be for him to be safe.
  • Not too shabby!

    9.9
    Once more they did it! They just catched everything that was most interesting about the clash between Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer and they made a whole episode of it. How fortunate we are!

    Seriously, this episode reminds me of "The Silence of the Lambs". We kinda are forced to jump into the psyche of both Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer without even realizing. Truth be told, it's a very superficial dive, but on the midst of the cross fire between two serial killers whilst one of them is obviously playing with the other, everything seems to be ready to engulf you while you try to watch everything at once.

    But it doesn't end there. For the first real time we meet more intimately most of the characters of the show. And what do we see? Paraphrasing Dexter: "Everyone hides who they are at least some of the time."

    In sum, stay tuned! This show is getting pumped up!
  • Review

    9.5
    Another strong epsiode, but this episode really gave the story of the Ice Truck killer a whole new feel. I still love the fact that the Ice Truck killer has been such a giant part of season one and we still don't really know who the man is yet. The more the season goes on the more that I continue to think that it is Dexters dad until I see the Dad die. I thought I was going to get that in s01e03 when he was sick on the hospital bed, but that wasn't the case. Onto this episode - loved the change it up killing in this episode. Makes you wonder why the Ice Truck killer changed for this one person. This person is a man, which is why Im thinking he did it. Another good reason is that he was testing to see if Dexter would kill him - hence being at the hospital to take a picture of him. I find it weird that he left the camera, another great job of mystery writing by the writers as we try to put this person into some speculation here. Once again - great job with Dexter and Rita, I still believe that might be one of my favorite chemistries as far as actors go in a television series. And amen to Micheal Hall finnaly getting some real love from a woman - as far as I have seen. Overall I would say this is the strongest episode since the pilot - loved it. There were still slow scenes with the Luteniant and James, but I've come to just expect those.
  • Let's Give the Boy a Hand abre com um monólogo de Dexter afirmando que, para manter sua fachada, ele teria que se afastar de outras pessoas.

    9.8
    Let's Give the Boy a Hand abre com um monólogo de Dexter afirmando que, para manter sua fachada, ele teria que se afastar de outras pessoas. Mas pouco depois, no primeiro dos flashbacks do episódio, Henry diz à ele que, para viver em paz, é preciso se encaixar. E para se encaixar, é preciso se socializar, não? Sorrir ao tirar uma foto em família é uma metáfora. Interagir com os outros é o que nos faz humanos. Isso significa que quando Dex dá de presente para sua irmã uma dica valiosa no caso do Ice Truck Killer ou aceita sem reclamações um "presente" de Rita (que poderia ser melhor, segundo ele), o nosso protagonista tenta se tornar um pouco mais normal para que os outros não percebam sua monstruosidade. Simples, não?

    (Por falar em monstruosidade, quando Dexter diz que nós nos disfarçamos de monstros no Halloween, vemos um garoto vestindo uma máscara de George W. Bush, só eu notei a piada?)

    O jogo de gato-e-rato entre Dex e ITK continua mais forte do que nunca. O assassino começa a jogar partes do corpo de Stanley Tucci pela cidade. Mas não em locais aleatórios. Todos são lugares onde Dexter já havia tirado fotos com sua família, o que mostra que o ITK é alguém (ou quer ser alguém) muito próximo do nosso serial killer preferido. Semana passada, LaGuerta havia iniciado uma busca por Stanley Tucci (o segurança do ginásio) por todo o estado, acreditando que ele era o culpado dos crimes. Qual não foi sua surpresa ao saber que Tucci estava voltando à Miami em suaves prestações? Mais que isso, Capitão Matthews exige que seja ela que conte para a mãe de Tucci que seu filho é inocente e que a polícia procurará com ele. Algo que certamente fez com que a Tenente engolisse seu orgulho e mostrasse um lado mais humano.

    O episódio ainda conta com mais duas subtramas. Doakes acaba sendo um dos principais responsáveis pela prisão de Guerrero, ao servir como isca. E o tira-camarada Angel acaba por nos revelar que seu casamento não vai nada bem, apesar das suas divertidas tentativas de achar uma jóia bonita para dar de presente à sua esposa.

    Voltando ao arco principal, ITK arma uma armadilha para Dexter, ou seria um presente? Tucci (ou o que sobrou dele), amarrado em uma mesa pronto para ser executado, do mesmo jeito que Dex já tirou de circulação vários outros. É a aí que a diferença entre os dois personagens se acentua. Dexter se nega a matá-lo, preferindo ligar para sua irmã, fazendo com que ela receba os louros pela descoberta, remetendo ao que eu tinha dito no primeiro parágrafo. Para complementar, nada melhor que este outro brilhante monólogo, proferido por ele no fim do episódio.
  • We get more background info on the people in Dexter's life.

    9.1
    Excellent episode that shows the writers are getting to grips with the other characters in this show. We get glimpses into the lives of the Lieutenant and Detective Angel, which enhance the quality of the show. It shows an insight into human emotions and feeling, especially of guilt.

    I loved this episode, because the ice truck killer uses photographs from Dexer's past, we get to see more flashbacks to young Dexter and I love those. They are so revealing and interesting.

    Sooner or later, the Lt must admit that Debs is doing some good work, even though it's Dexter helping her along.

    Oh yeah, Rita's Lara Croft was hilarious and was Dexter's comment !
  • It ain't just Dexter who wears a mask.

    9.6
    Once more they did it! They just catched everything that was most interesting about the clash between Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer and they made a whole episode of it. How fortunate we are!

    Seriously, this episode reminds me of "The Silence of the Lambs". We kinda are forced to jump into the psyche of both Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer without even realizing. Truth be told, it's a very superficial dive, but on the midst of the cross fire between two serial killers whilst one of them is obviously playing with the other, everything seems to be ready to engulf you while you try to watch everything at once.

    But it doesn't end there. For the first real time we meet more intimately most of the characters of the show. And what do we see? Paraphrasing Dexter: "Everyone hides who they are at least some of the time."

    In sum, stay tuned! This show is getting pumped up!
  • The ITK knows more about Dexter than meets the eye.

    9.6
    Piece's are starting to slot into place as the series unfolds and once again the Ice Truck Killer taunts Dexter with real images taken from Dexters past, Dexter knows these scenarios but from where, where has he seen these real life photo's from, again we get flash backs to Dexters childhood and Harry's code then Dexter remembers the places from the photo's that Harry had taken as a family group, these photo's are in Dexters procession but the Ice Truck Killer has invaded Dexters privacy, seen the photo's and is now baiting Dexter to come find him, leaving little subtle clues Dexter finds ITK's latest victim who's just barley alive, the problem is the Ice truck Killer is also in the same building..........
  • Masks And The People Wear Them Written by Drew Z. Greenberg Directed by Robert Lieberman

    9.0
    Dexter (re ITK): "My friend left this. He's showing me where to go. Am I going because it's what he wants or what Harry wants? And what do I want?"

    This episode's title like many is apt for an entire hour as the most forms of help seem to be highlighted throughout the episode. It's also likely that some of them have opened a can worms that will impact future instalments. Doing the right thing is thankless for some and doing something wrong is rewarding for others.

    Continuing with the Tony Tucci debacle of last week, not only was LaGuerta an absolute dunce for calling the man a killer on national television but her complete unprofessional behaviour is called into question big time this week.

    In lieu of a body this week, the Ice Truck Killer leaves a severed hand out on the beach and Dexter is soon quick enough to identify the hand as Tucci's much to the embarrassment of LaGuerta who despite being told by enough people that in no way could Tony actually be the ITK, still had the audacity to slander an innocent man. Who did she bone to get in her position because she's certainly the worst cop in her precinct so far?

    It's a bit like The Carver plot in Nip/Tuck's second and third seasons (a plot I mostly enjoyed) because when Miami's other menace found out that Rhea Reynolds was going around pretending to be one of his victims, he repaid her by killing her. Similarly thanks to LaGuerta's recklessness, Tony Tucci had to pay the price for being accused of being the Ice Truck Killer, highlighting how much of a nut job this killer really is.

    Luckily for us, that Captain Matthews decides that LaGuerta needed to pay for her prized stupidity and sends her with her tail between her legs to apologise to Tony's mother and if Maria hadn't been so hasty, then I might actually feel bad as I imagined the smackdown she seemed destined for at the hands of an angry mother.

    Surprisingly instead of Maria getting her chops well and truly busted, the only response Tony's mother seems to be able to muster the abrasive Lieutenant is one of thanks. She's thrilled that Maria is able to come to her in person and admit that she was wrong about Tony while also asking her to find her son's body so she could bury it and get some closure.

    With Doakes becoming somewhat more tolerable in recent episodes it was only a matter of time before the writers had to find a way of making viewers give a damn about Maria and there's no better way than having the woman taken down a notch or two and being forced into admitting her capabilities of making serious mistakes.

    It also helped her a lot during her scenes with Mrs Tucci that she was genuinely sorry as well for causing undue stress to the woman. I don't think I would've been quite as forgiving as Mrs Tucci but her main priority was clearly her son rather than dealing with the ineptitude from the police.

    Maria's apology even went as far as actually visiting the woman in church when she discovered that Tony was also alive (more on that later). Maria's religion and the way she deals with affection were interesting points as well but her conversation with Doakes on who was least popular was brilliant. Like Dexter and Deb, both Doakes and LaGuerta do seem to have each other backs. It's nice!

    Doakes also continued to pay for his sins as the price for sleeping with a cop's wife had him spending most of the episode being shunned by Mac and his mates and being followed everywhere he went by Guerrero's men. Doakes did make the dumbass mistake of shouting a one point that he could takes Carlos' men on if they continued to pester him.

    He soon found out that in actual fact he couldn't when a few heavies kidnapped him and Guerrero, still fuming from the house call takes his anger out on James' ribcage until Mac and company arrive to arrest Guerrero after wounding him.

    It's a little bit of a cop out that Mac had been using Guerrero's harassment of Doakes as a means of finally getting the deranged gangster behind bars but given how much he wanted to see the man pay for killing his sister and Ricky it does make sense. You only kinda wish now that he would lay off Doakes as well. It's not Doakes' fault she ended up dead.

    As for Maria and James' attitude with the other staff, it seems to be business as usual with LaGuerta putting Deb on desk duty for good reason and Doakes having an abusive tirade on Dexter when the guy wasn't able to come out with a sufficient answer for him. So while the writers will deepen Doakes and LaGuerta, I guess I shouldn't either character to be totally likeable all the time.

    The most intense part of this week's instalment was of course Tony Tucci. First we got his hand and it wasn't long before his foot and knee ended up around old locations for Dexter to find, which lead to the deduction of the poor man still being alive. On paper this sounds convoluted but onscreen it works rather well. It's also great that thanks to an insight from Rita, Dexter is able to pinpoint where exactly the ITK is holding Tony and spotting the poor guy blindfolded in an abandoned hospital begging for death should be a honey trap for Dexter. If Tony was a murdering scumbag then I guess Dexter would've only been delighted to play along with the Ice Truck Killer's plan.

    However Dexter murdering Tony would've been inconsistent with what we've seen of the guy so far and while even Dexter exhibits signs of recklessness he's not stupid to fall for it even the ITK is smart enough to photograph him and leave.

    Dexter spent a good amount of time in this episode discussing how people don't really know him and how smart as the ITK is, even that psycho didn't really know Dexter. It should also be pointed out that seeing how much the ITK seems to know about Dexter, that the wow factor our guy has for the ITK should be cast to one side before he really does get the better of Dexter.

    The flashbacks this week also highlighted Dexter's integration with people as the first one had him refuse to be photographed which lead to Harry explaining about how sometimes you have to do things to actually fit in even if you don't really want to and dorky photos are one of those things.

    Dexter took this up the wrong way when he started another kid during soccer practise but soon enough he was integrating so well that during a Halloween thing even Harry was shocked about how good he was able to fake things. If Harry shocked then I guess so should I but I found it sweet how the photo thing can back to bite Harry in the last flashback of the episode. I also have to admit how funny I find Michael C. Hall sporting a mullet those flashbacks too.

    Rita on the other hand was having something of a strange week herself too. The dog next door kept barking so much that Cody and Astor were deprived of sleep and demoralised of their Halloween spirit. The only thing worse than that dog's bark was the **** of an owner that came with him.

    Played by The L Word's Erin Daniels, the neighbour barely tolerated Dexter's friendly advice on taking care of her dog and instead chose to have a pop about Rita's ex-husband and when Rita tried a tougher tactic she laughed in her face. Both Dexter and Rita should've punched her at one point.

    Anyway Rita managed to get her own back by snatching the dog and giving it to a very good home leaving her thoughtless neighbour in quite a fuming state. Hey if you're not gonna take care of the dog, give it to someone who will and those girls look like better ones than the neighbour from hell.

    This week Rita showed a rather assertive side to her nature and it was one that certainly is welcomed. Not only did she feel great about giving her neighbour's dog away to a good home but to celebrate she stopped by Dexter's apartment and tried to cheer him dressed as Lara Croft.

    Julie Benz certainly has the body to pull of the guise and the subtlety of the scene as Dexter finds himself not only impressed with Rita's assertiveness but also pleasantly surprised when she goes down on him too. Suffice to say that once again, Dexter is capable of feeling things including sexual pleasure. Rita as well also seems blissfully unaware of what her man is thinking and for the time being, that's probably a good thing in itself. I don't want these guys to break up anytime soon.

    Elsewhere another ongoing thing in this episode was Angel trying to find the perfect anniversary gift and letting Dexter's disapproval of his first two choices get to him a little too deeply until his third one got a seal of approval from a diamond appreciating Deb, who sadly had very little to do in this episode.

    Sadly for Angel, his estranged wife Nina wasn't in the anniversary mood and dismisses his attempts of getting close but allows him to see their daughter. Having never read the books, what exactly did Angel do to piss Nina off so much? I'm guessing it's an affair because I certainly don't want it to be domestic violence.

    Also in "Let's Give The Boy A Hand"

    Again what's up with the long "Previously On" bits?

    LaGuerta (re Tony's mum): "I'm the last person she'll want to see. I called her son a killer".
    Captain: "And now's your chance to make it right".

    Format changes this week as Dexter killed no-one and the ITK went for amputation but not kill on Tony.

    Neighbour: "Walter's an outside dog"
    Dexter: "Hey you put Walter inside and he's an inside dog"
    Neighbour: "He doesn't like being inside"
    Dexter: "He tell you that?"

    Doakes (re ITK): "Who's he sending it to?"
    Dexter: "I can't tell you that either"
    Doakes: "Then what **** good are you?"
    Dexter: "No **** good at all".

    All the places where body parts were being dropped off were different things at one point. It's noteworthy that ITK is also changing it's format.

    Rita: "I'm sorry, is this funny?"
    Neighbour: "No it's sad but you're funny. Look at you, all tough".

    Doakes (to LaGuerta): "I kinda like it here with you. You're the only person people hate more than me".

    Did anyone think that Cody was channelling a younger Dexter with the way he kept saying "damn dog"?

    LaGuerta: "If I were you I'd head back to the station. Traffic at this hour's a ****"
    Deb: "Speaking of ****".

    Dexter: "That's good because you wouldn't want to think she's playing tic tack toe on her head"
    Angel: "God damn it".

    Angel and Nina have been married for a decade but he's been out of the house for three months. Again, what did he do?

    Dexter: "You look great, who are you?"
    Rita: "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider".
    Dexter: "You raid tombs dressed like that?"

    Dexter: "You upset your neighbour"
    Rita: **** her".

    Chronology: October/November 2006.

    Dexter (re ITK): "Gift wrapped and begging for death, tools at the ready. He was left here so I would kill him but my new friend doesn't seem to know me as clearly as he thinks. I can't kill this man. Harry wouldn't want it and neither would I".

    Standout music: "Hidden" by Daniel Licht, the series composer.

    Exhausting and somewhat different to the previous three instalments, however "Let's Give The Boy A Hand" is an excellent hour that helps forward enough and lays out a few pleasant surprises that normal police shows would kill for.
  • Shows Dexter's soft side.

    10
    I really enjoyed this episode because of the fact that Dexter didn't kill at the end. Eventhough you knew he wanted to and really looked like he was excited over it. It shows he's more human that he wants to admit. Him getting the BJ from Rita was great because, they need to get into their relationship more (for him to seem more 'into it') and him enjoying it was funny to hear. Loved Rita's outfit by the way. I kept thinking the neighbour doesn't know who she is talking to, and the dog getting a better life was great too.
  • To put in nicely "out of the box cop"

    9.7
    First episode I was like ok interesting. Now it's like where's Dex!!
    I don't know what is worse The Ice Killer or Dexter but this keeps it going and it's not the normal sort of cop show. There is no set "hero" in this show. Is Dex the Hero or the Villain, or does that make them both Villains. I like this episode because you saw Dex pull back on his urges. Still trying to piece his sister into it. She doesn't seem like the tough cop persona. And there is no playdown on the playnice between the other cop's and u get a more vivid outlook on them.
    I don't know which is worse this show or me for liking it!
  • Good show, who still focuses on the same bad guy

    9.2
    While sometimes I enjoy watching a show about one bad guy, it will get old if they don't show him soon. Sure it would make an amazing cliffanger, but it's 4 episodes now, and it's still about that guy who seem to care about dexter. I have a feeling it could be his friends who kept asking him about the jewlery. It just seem like it's going to be someone very close all along, that we could expect. Anyways hopefully we see more different killers in the next couple weeks, and more of that sexy girlfriend of his :D.
  • This show just gets more sicker every time i watch it, and im lovin` it ;).

    10
    The Ice Truck Killer begins leaving pictures from Dexter\'s childhood at the crime scenes. Is the killer trying to tell Dexter something about his own past?
    maybe but the he (The Ice Truck Killer) cummunicats with dexter is just amazing, braking-in to his (dexters) home, and taking the time to get to now him better, at least the what he (The Ice Truck Killer) thinks,
    in this episode we know more about dexters childhood, and learning how to blend in with normal people.
    a great line in a great episode in a great show.
    Dexter: I’m not the monster he (the Ice Truck Killer) wants me to be, so I’m neither man nor beast, I’m something new entirely, with my own set of rules, I’m Dexter.
  • For the first time an episode has the theme of Dexter not killing someone. It was a great episode that showed more dimensions to everyone and did not pander to the obvious.

    9.5
    What a pleasure to be able to keep watching as show that stays true to its concept without becoming formula. It could easiy degrade into the "meet Dexter, meet Dexter's victim, watch Dexter kill victim" type of show. The humor in this show is one of the most compelling reasons to watch. Dexter discovering the joys of an "unexpected" visit from his girlfriend was hilarious. I'm not sure how much joy we are expected to believe he had, a true sociopath has no feelings about anything (even a great BJ, delivered by "Laura Croft - Tomb Raider").

    What a treat to see Tony Tucci's mother as someone more concerned about getting her son back than she was in laying blame on Lt. LaGuerta. Her lack of assessing blame, which in turn causes Maria to reinvestigate her faith was very well done. For the first time I began to identify with the Lt.'s character.

    Doakes being used by McNamara as a decoy to get Guerrero was a nice touch. Makes him (McNamara) less evil. I doubt it is over with Guerrero however. Despite his being caught in the act of "going after" a police officer, I predict he will slip out of this one.

    Showing Angel's back-story helped us to understand him. I assume he had an affair 3 months ago, but we don't know for sure and that leaves the story not all neatly wrapped up.

    In fact the only part of the series so far that is neatly wrapped up, are some of the body parts belonging to victims of the ITK (Ice Truck Killer).

    The only part that skirted on being "cheese-ball" was the neighbor's dog. First that neighbor seemed to not care at all about the dog, so why would she be upset when it was gone. Apparently her ex left and didn't take "his" dog with him. I thought she might not even notice his disappearance and if she did, not care. It would have been just "too neat" if Dexter had taken the dog and killed it. We get that he started out like this, but Harry made it clear (and so has Dexter) that his need to kill has gone way past animals. If Rita had killed the dog, it just would have gone over the top for me. Having her abduct it and take it to a loving home was perfect. I continue to grow in my love of the show. The only character I have not warmed to is Lt. LaGuerta (a shame, since I really enjoyed her character on OZ). But as I mentioned, this episode helped in that regard as well.

    I still don't get why she (LaGuerta) has such a problem with Deb. I guess we are supposed to believe that it is due to the fact that Deb is everything Maria is not. Deb is gritty, street-wise, tough as nails and a cop with good instinct. I love how we are constantly being teased with the ITK's identity, but not enough yet to really know for sure who he is. Or have they said enough yet and I just haven't figured it out yet? That is all part of why I love the show.

    A solid 8 out of 10.
  • Dexter's past maybe coming back to haunt him!

    10
    Dexter will become a hit in no time soon as
    The show is well written as well as well acted
    As Dexter's past maybe coming back to haunt him and that
    He is showing more signs of killing more people which is
    Very scary. Top notch show and that Michael C Reiley fans
    Will even forget his performance in Six Feet Under after they watch this show!
  • This show never fails to entertain!

    9.5
    Another brilliant episode, this time with some much-needed backstory / development for Angel; it's about time we saw a bit more about him, giving him a bit more of a personality. I now feel like he fits in with the rest of the characters.

    We also some development of the Lieutenant, some of her humanity showing through her necessarily-tough exterior (a woman in her position can't afford to have any chinks in her armour visible). I LOVE the dynamic between Dexter and Debra (Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter) - they play their brother & sister chemistry perfectly, their fun banter, Debra thumping Dexter etc. I'm glad Dexter didn't kill the poor little dog (as we know he's done in the past, which as an animal lover I found a little distressing, acknowledging of course the context and the humorous manner in which the subject was previously broached); it was nice to see Dexter realise it was wrong to harm Walter (as so far we've only really see him apply his 'false' morals to humans); I'd much rather have seen him take out that horrible neighbour (I'm an Aussie, pardon my spelling).

    Awesome episode once again, this is my favourite show of the week now, above Heroes, Lost, Smallville, etc. Dexter FTW!
  • The supporting cast blossoms.

    9.5
    The development of the storyline in this show has been amazing. In the first episode, all the cast seemed to be almost caricatures, but by episode 4 they've all been developed enough to make them all interesting.

    Dexter is a definite anti-hero, and everyday is a fight to suppress the urge to kill all the annoying neighbors and random a-holes. His cat and mouse game with the ice truck killer has given the show some real nail-biting suspense. His relationship with Rita is really progressing and in this episode she was most useful. She helped solve the dog problem, clued Dexter to a clue and of course there was the Lara Croft 'release'. Her character which was set up as the ultimate victim has slowly been empowered.

    Lt. Velez and Sgt. Doakes were initially set up as antagonists but now they are very sympathetic. Velez the gloryhound seems to have turned a corner, even accepting the up and coming Debra. Angel was played for comedy for much of the episode but seems to harbor some drama himself. I wouldn't be surprised if that Asian forensics guy is back in a sympathetic light.

    Looks like Dexter is going to be in for quite a season as he has to keep the cops at bay and find the killer first. He didn't even have time to kill anyone in this episode...
  • poor dog...

    9.0
    So I was freaking out for the first half of the episode. I was sooo scared that something horrible was going to happen to the dog, something bad. I can handle Dexter killing as many people as he does, the ice truck killer’s victims don’t get to me at all. But animals are another story – just hearing that dog whine was bringing tears to my eyes. And I love Erin Daniels (miss her on the L Word) but hated that she was so insensitive to her animal’s needs. When Rita was running her little “errand” I was so nervous that she was going to do something to the dog. I did cry, but it was out of happiness when I saw that she was giving the dog such a loving home. Glad the Lt. got what was coming to her about ignoring all the facts about the killer. But she is still treating Debra so horribly, you think that she would be a bit nicer. Can’t wait for next week…
  • SPOLER ALERT - another great episode

    10
    You often wonder what goes through the mind of a serial killer - this is the show that makes you think you know someone like Dexter! The quiet person in the office who everyone knows - but no one really asks to the company picnic!

    Dexter sitting in the police department - thinking of how the killer wants him to play the game - and then giving the police department hints from his own past to help them catch the killer in the present is nothing short of sublte brilliant acting on the part of Michael Hall - he is the only actor around that could have pulled off the sublte slyness of Dexter's multiple personalities - and he does have MPD - how else would you explain his killing tendencies - not just the code that his step-father created for him to live by, he truely does have a private face, a public face, and a face that he shows to the woman in his life that is just as f'd up as he is!

    The killer is toying with him and he knows that he has the power to get the killer - but in the end - does he want to - or does he want to keep playing the game of body part cat and mouse - I think he enjoys the game - as long as he doesn't become exposed for the killer that he is at heart!
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