Season 5 Episode 3

Practically Perfect

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2010 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter tries to hire a nanny for Harrison so that he can continue his "extracurricular activities." Meanwhile, Debra is paired with a rookie detective on a double homicide and Quinn starts to piece similarities together between Dexter and his alias, Kyle Butler, a suspect in the ongoing Trinity Killer investigation.moreless

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  • Humbug

    Boyd hires Dex as simply as show up and jump in my truck. Must do things different in Miami.

    Dex needles Boyd and somehow the unexpecting Boyd is able to turn and shoot Dex with tranq. gun. A few minutes later, Boyd is now all hopped up and looking for Dex, with a real gun I might add, and Dex needles him again, but Boyd gets no shot off. Really?

    And...they never found the needle in Dexter's hand after he needled Boyd. Really?

    Then, Dex leaves a window uncovered to off Boyd, really?

    This could be the season Dex "jumps the shark" as the writer try to milk what was a brilliant concept. The first show of this season had me glued to my t.v. This 3rd episode left me scratching my head. Everyone is different, but these kinds of things take me out of the moment and make me stop me from being engrossed. I'll try #4 and hope it is not as cheesy.moreless
  • A new piece has entered the game! One to watch for recent doubters!

    That was a great episode! It had so many different points of interest it was really easy to be swept along and didn't seem to take any time at all.

    The main thing of note in this episode though is the entry onto the playing field of Dexter's twisted world of a new player. This was desperately needed to avoid a stagnation of story, i was worried this season would simply follow Quinn getting closer to Dex's secret while Dex blithely resumed his killing spree.

    But without giving too much away to those that haven't seen the episode the revelation at the end really does revive interest in the plot and leave the viewer excited (for the first time in a good while) about how this new character may affect the story line. It could go so many different ways from here!

    Really one to watch if you were starting to doubt the writers had anything new to say!moreless
  • Back to the Old Grind: A Dexter Morgan Return to Form

    This week we finally saw Dexter take off back on his killing trail and go after Boyd Fowler which proves to not be as easy as he thinks it is. Also there is a breakthrough in the Santa Muerte case with Deb getting another cop to get a guy from a Venezuelan neighborhood to talk but they then find him dead and in what is quite possibly the most gory Dexter has ever gotten, I mean yeah it's one thing to see people in a pool of blood and all pale but to see a decapitated corpse and a head void of eyes, tongue, etc. makes Masuka's saying, "Don't people just shoot each other anymore?" that much more true. But the real winner this week is Dexter finally getting his routine back, sorta and when he finally secures the kill he knows nothing is made right by it "No church bells, everything's exactly the same" but a woman that Fowler was keeping in his house saw him kill someone, he made a mistake, just like when he kill the guy with the anchor in the bathroom. I like this grieving, vengeful Dexter and even when Harry says, "It won't bring Rita back." His quip "Maybe it'll bring me back." All he wants is a return to order for the first time Dexter doesn't know which way is up and he's always been so careful to not get caught before I love the conflict that comes from him screwing up it makes for an excellent build for his season arc as he tries to sort out his life now that Rita's gone.moreless
  • 5x03

    Definitively a very good and intense episode, I really loved it.

    I´m almost sure that at least 90% of dexter audience loved the scene where dexter and boyd were traped in the hospital and both of them started a race against time trying to kill his oponnent.

    Something I loved from this episode is that we saw everything from the victim´s side and not by dexter´s side, we felt the afraid that boyd had knowing that somebody was trying to catch him in the dark. this season is getting better :)

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • 503

    The third episode of Dexter's latest season shows a continued improvement in the ongoing drama, and a highly dramatic scene where Dexter Morgan was actually shot with a tranquilizer while trying to kill his foe.

    I just do not see this season getting really great, however, tonight's episode showed me that we are in for another fun year. My only worry is that there might be too much emphasis on the supporting cast. I have no interest in this Maria and Angel relationship; never have, never will. And Debra and Quinn? Not my cup of tea either. But I digress.moreless
Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy

Boyd Fowler

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jim McCourt

Guest Star

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Crises Counselor

Guest Star

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy


Recurring Role

April Lee Hernandez

April Lee Hernandez

Officer Cira Manzon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Officer Cira Manzon is coming to the police station to talk to Debra, Debra asks her : "Do you think Fauzi spilled everything he knows ?". Manzon replies "He's been asking around the neighborhood...", but in the 1st second of the answer, you can clearly see that her mouth is shut.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dexter: (voice over) Emptiness wasn't always a problem. I used to cherish it. But now it feels like something to overcome

    • Deb: Get back in your routine. When you lose someone close, routine can be a ladder that can help you climb back into some kind of normalcy.
      Dexter: Where'd you hear that?
      Deb: I am capable of independent thought, Dexter. (smiles) Oprah.

    • (about the bar fight)
      Masuka: True warriors are humble men.
      Quinn: Oh, please. You got a reason to be humble. You got fucked up running the other way.
      Masuka: You're confusing cowardice with a tactical retreat. Hermano, back me up here.
      Batista: You backed up just fine on your own.

    • Boyd: I knew you were fucked up the minute I laid eyes on you.
      Dexter: I was fucked up long before that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Goof: At the hospital, when Boyd leaves his bed and searches the drawers, it's possible to see a camera operator through a reflex of a glass door, on Boyd's left.


    • The text on the apron Dexter wears in the kill room, 'Natural Born Griller', is a play on the title of the 1994 movie Natural Born Killers about a serial killing couple.

    • Dexter: The way it's going, only Mary Poppins would make the cut.
      Mary Poppins is a series of children's books written by P.L. Travers. The books revolve around Mary Poppins, a super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers before flying off again.