Dexter

Season 6 Episode 3

Smokey and the Bandit

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2011 on Showtime
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Dexter faces a serial killer from his past; Debra has problems with her new position and Travis with Gellar think of their next move.

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  • Smokey and The Bandit

    10
    Smokey and The Bandit was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Dexter. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development, and I was in suspense waiting to see how things unfolded. There was action, drama, and intrigue as well and it was all brought together in a great way. The ending was interesting and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

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  • Disappointing episode for what looks to be a brilliant season.

    7.0
    Disappointing episode for what looks to be a brilliant season. The introduction of a couple of new characters is definitely a positive thing (keep an eye on Ryan). Editing seems a bit sketchy in parts, and scenes cut off sooner than expected. Not witnessing Dexter over power his rivals, then in the next scene seeing them taped to the kill table is a bit annoying and leaves a lot to be desired.moreless
  • 603

    7.0
    Dexter is one of the best shows on television, but this episode was just okay from me. I wasn't crazy about the Dexter victim and corresponding chase this week, and I am not excited about how Deb now as a lieutenant is already something straight out of a CBS procedural. And Brother Sam was barely in this week's show.

    It was not bad at all, that's for sure, but the worst of the first three episodes this year.moreless
  • OG Killa

    9.0
    The department looks into the case of a murdered prostitute with a chipped tooth with signs of it trying to be removed. This points Dexter in the direction of a serial killer called "The Tooth Fairy" who removed teeth from victims may be in Miami. While he looks into nearby retirees he gets call from Brother Sam to come pick up his car from the shop and gets himself invited to a baptism barbecue that Sunday and says he'll go along since he helped saved that kid last week. As always Brother Sam (Mos Def) proves to steal his scenes as usual. Travis tries to get his hit-over-the-head victim to confess his sins to God so that he is "cleansed" for his and Gellar's next stage to go forward and he has to go through quite a bit to get it out of him. This is bit of story is interesting but also way too vague for my tastes right now. Quinn is now off doing random women like he did before, Deb is adjusting to the pressure of Lieutenant and the venom from the suggestions of one Maria LaGuerta and gets friction with her over the choice for her homicide replacement. Dexter befriends the old man who he believes to be the tooth fairy and after many haphazard and seemingly hilarious encounters it turns out that he was onto Dexter being onto him from the start. Luckily Dexter manages to turn the tables and puts him down ensuring that the OG killa is down but that no one will know the monster that he was. This was well reflective of what Dexter's big existential crisis is right now of what is his legacy for Harrison? While it may seem rehash of Trinity it held new ground in that it revealed more of Dexter rather than just him wanting to now be what he is, instead he now knows that he is what he is but in the end won't let anyone else know. This episode was stand alone and by far superior to the past two episodes in that I was engaged throughout the entire hour of the program rather than questioning the goings on and Dexter's relevancy going into Season 6. It looks like Travis and Gellar have quite the message for the city of Miami next week as those haunted horsemen will be explained hopefully. I'm still wondering if Deb is really cut out for Lieutenant, if she always does the opposite of Laguerta she's bound to go wrong somewhere. Also the Mike guy from Chicago may have come off as a Dick but he's also on Lights Out which was cancelled too soon, so let's at least give him a chance. More stand alone episodes or serial killer mythos episodes as I like to call them are what make this show overall interesting when not focusing on the big bad of the season so more of that and some good ole individual kills to keep this party going will give Season 6 a bump in the right direction before Gellar and Travis end up on the table.moreless
  • Philosophical but predictable subplot, déjà vu impression but welcomed changes, messy editing, intriguing Travis but anecdotic religious arc (Spoiler free)

    7.0
    How do you want to be remembered ? What heritage will you leave to future generations ? These deep and philosophical questions were asked in this third episode when I thought the season would mostly focus on religious and spiritual topics. Such a systemic approach was definitely welcome because now most people should be able to relate to Dexter's quest to get ride of his Dark Passenger. Yes because even if Lumen hasn't been mentioned yet, how disrespectful, she showed him the way toward the light. Let's also not forget the benefic impact his love story with Rita had, even if it ended tragically. But her Lemon Tree keeps growing and last summer it gave us the juiciest fruits ever ! So the legacy subplot was inspiring and should get your attention. However it was predictable from the very beginning so its outcome didn't surprise me. Viewers who have followed Dex since its first encounter with the Ice Truck Killer know better. Don't under estimate us writers ! To sum things up the twist I was expecting all along never happened. Otherwise it pointed out the complex relationship we have with old people. I still remember a short story from Night Shift, a Stephen King's collection. It's about a society where grandparents are killed by the new generation, their own children, to control demography. Sadly our reality isn't far from the fiction at times and this installment tried to express how aging can be tough for some individuals. And it became even more controversial when Dex had to look himself in the mirror ! But in the end these few interesting elements weren't enough to hide the fact that the show is getting old. If you think about it things haven't drastically changed since the earlier seasons. Hopefully Deb got promoted and her new career as a lieutenant is double-edged. It was entertaining to see her slightly struggle and it should be moving in the upcoming episodes because yes Deb f***ing rocks and Jennifer Carpenter is Talent, even if she isn't voluptuous enough (Guest comment by Vince M.). A new recruit also has potential and its first encounter with our favorite lieutenant, damn I already miss her as detective, could have been over the top if such sexist situations were history. In the end it was chuckling and the scene was well acted on both sides, specially our tiny bratty – almost super deformed – Deborah Morgan. As for the religious arc its development was anecdotic compared to Dex's usual serial killing session. The editing has also never really been one of the series strongest quality but I found it more messy than usual. It just didn't fit properly with the other arcs and the cliffhanger was thrown into the mix in the worst fashion. In fact even Dex's side was awkward. Still I'm starting to find Travis Marshall interesting. His sister was introduced in the previous episode and here we learned why he was chosen by Professor Gellar. I also think Colin Hanks is probably not such a bad choice after all because he seems to be the actor for the job. What the writers have planned for him also intrigues me. Does he have a Dark Passenger of his own ? Will he ever realize that what they're doing is wrong ? Wait… we still don't really know what they're up to. I just hope they won't harm his lovely sister. No Gellar said she can't be saved so let's slice her life ! Please God protect her I have done very bad things so I should be the one to get punished. Sorry, I just missed the One Masuka Show this time even if he was featured for some seconds. However what his precious student did and revealed definitely came from nowhere and I can't thank her enough for that because references to past seasons can only appeal long time fans.

    Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.moreless
Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Walter Kenney

Guest Star

David Monahan

David Monahan

Nathan Roberts

Guest Star

Dianna Miranda

Dianna Miranda

Receptionist

Guest Star

Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia

Jamie Batista

Recurring Role

Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Detective Mike Anderson

Recurring Role

Evan Kruntchev

Evan Kruntchev

Harrison

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