Dexter

Season 8 Episode 11

Monkey In A Box

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 2013 on Showtime
7.1
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Dexter, still reeling from Vogel's death, plans to eliminate Oliver Saxon before fleeing the country with Hannah & Harrison. During all of this, the hurricane shuts down the airport and Debra has been shot, leaving Dexter with few options.

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  • worst episode ever.

    2.0
    The episode plodded on and was stretched out, but it was bearable, THEN they had Dexter behave totally out of character and decides not to kill the most personally dangerous psychopath to date and leaves him alone with his sister. To top that, the idiot marshal lets psychoface go, I guess he doesn't watch the news or listen to police bulletins unless they're about Hannah.
  • "-That doesn't sound like the old Dexter...

    2.5
    -Maybe I'm not the old Dexter... "

    A moment of truth in this episode's dialogues!



    But then again, this episode is all dialogues, because everyone just has so many ~feelings~ they need to express, you know.



    I'll give this episode a 2.5, because we learned a few technical facts about the "Slice Of Life", and that beauty was important in a very good old show you might remember, 't was called "Dexter".moreless
  • Monkey in a Box

    7.5
    Dexter had to know it would backfire, you never leave the possibility of a bad guy escaping. Haven't we all seen enough movies and TV shows to know that?



    Pretty good penultimate episode. Some of the storylines this season are frustrating both creatively, and from a making sense point of view, but they are intensifying as the year, and the series winds down.
  • A Fool In Love

    6.0
    And so the real end begins. It isn't what so many of the faithful imagined as we all know. Dexter's final nemesis wasn't an all-time great villain, it was Dexter himself. In the last two seasons Dexter's lapses have ending up killing bits and pieces of his own blood, Deb. Now, his final lapse, the reinvented Dexter who has found love, just set in motion events which cause Deb to die. But, not so fast as even this has to be guessed at. Is Deb Dexter's final victim? Could there be some brilliance to this concept? Feelings have derailed everything Dexter is and therefore consequences must be grave, right?



    Dexter has never been the type show one would expect a tidy ending and, if anything, this is exactly what "Monkey in a Box" sets up. This episode was mostly a let-down save for that. This season has been mostly coasting around Dexter's quest to regain his mojo only to find a surrogate mom whose mothering confused him so much he never quite could get a footing on who is the real Dexter Morgan. He thinks he's a romantic??? Surrounded by a cast that had nothing much to color things up has been tedious. Now, Dexter heads out being about a doomed love rather than destructing in a blaze of serial killing glory. But, admittedly there's one more chapter about to unfold and things are definitely so screwed up something quite shattering must loom. That's the real value of "Monkey" and what it portends next week simply can't be missed. Oh yeah, I'm rooting for Jennifer Carpenter's Deb to survive in what promises to be some final world-class carnage - I'm a sucker for her character and she's showing her range better this season, quite effectively turning her into a kind of damaged heroine.

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  • In this episode, Dexter almost..

    3.5
    a) Kills Saxon.

    b) Leaves Miami.

    c) Sells his boat.



    A lot of scared writers here who won't allow anything to happen.



    The second half of the season is dominated by the amateur pitfall of on-the-nose dialogue (and a lot of it). Conversations feel so unnatural and the characters fall apart when everything loses any sense of realism. And a drama without convincing characters.. oh well; I haven't been angry over it for a few weeks.

    . I'm sorry, but we're supposed to believe a Federal Marshall had no clue to the identity of a man whose face was plastered over every news outlet in Miami?moreless
Kenneth Johnson (III)

Kenneth Johnson (III)

U.S. Marshall Cooper

Guest Star

Kevin Brief

Kevin Brief

Boat Buyer

Guest Star

Suzanne Whang

Suzanne Whang

Anchor Woman

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Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Jacob Elway

Recurring Role

Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz

Sylvia Prado

Recurring Role

Dora Madison Burge

Dora Madison Burge

Niki Walters

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