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Season 8 Episode 5

This Little Piggy

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 28, 2013 on Showtime
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Dr. Vogel comes into contact with the "Brain Surgeon". Dexter and Deb try to keep her safe. Masuka learns that he has a daughter.

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  • I wanted to be with my family

    It's nice to see Debra and Dexter getting along,as well as Dexter and I still have my doubts about her,I don't great episode,another killer on the bottom.
  • Just put this show out of its misery already

    It should have been done several seasons ago.

    What have they done to you, Dex?

    Nothing makes sense anymore, the psychology was the very core of this show, and now no one (re)acts in a believable way anymore.

    The surprise-motherfucker-slash-jack-in-a-box appearance of Charlotte Rampling out of freaking nowhere is utterly pathetic. Hullo there, you don't know me but I know all about your life because I was.... I was... tadam! Your dad's super secret shrink! And he had no secrets for me and even agreed to have everything on tape, and by the way the code was my idea. Look, I have a book here with a dozen serial killers all ready-to-kill for you, isn't it great?

    Dislocating my jaw here yawning with anticipation for Dr Outoftheblue to reveal she's the super villain, and more cheesy whiny Dex/Deb interaction. What happened to Deb the sexy badass? What happened to Dexter having us on the edge of our seats while he tried to avoid getting caught for a mere partial print during several episodes, because there actually was a plot? Now he's dropping bodies all over the place, surrounded by his sappy friends. The last scene on the boat was plain stupid.

    The best part of the episode was, as always lately, the beautiful and sad end title, made even more sad because it always reminds me how good this show was when it was good.

    A long time ago.moreless
  • Run of the mill

    Pretty run of the mill episode for this season, expected better in the run up to the final of finals finale.

    Deb is still annoying, they should make her more bearable or kill her off, this is the last season of Dexter and it should be more focused on Dexter, or else rename the show 'Deb'
  • Have the writers just given up?

    There is no way this show should be getting the high scores others are giving it at this point. Does anyone remember how exciting the show was with Doakes or Trinity? It was great television. And here we are, with just a few episodes left to go, and we've got Masuka's daughter and some boring nonsense about the 'brain surgeon', which after several episodes is now dropped with no consequence whatsoever to anything.

    Why is Vogel now 'family', given Dexter previously announced he's done with her? Why is Deb so suddenly OK with Dexter after nearly a season and a half of trauma for her? Why bother investing airtime in minor characters like Masuka and Quinn at the expense of a truly exciting storyline for Dexter? Why bring in completely inconsequential plotlines like Yates's shoe collection or toe-breaking? What an unnecessary waste of airtime, as was his entire character.

    The first half of this season has been a disaster. This is a greater travesty than the end of Lost, although at least we had two dull seasons before this one as warning signs. It's hard to get excited for whats's ahead. The people responsible for writing this show aren't even trying anymore. Dexter deserved a thrilling, climatic final season. It deserved to hit the ground running on episode one until right to the end of its run. It deserved to be gripping, tense and unpredictable.

    What we have is this show's worst case scenario.moreless
  • The Curtain Rod That Binds...

    While it's easy to go to what didn't happen let's look at what did. We knew Dexter was saved, more or less, by Deb. And, we knew when you save someone you care. No wonder the writers needed to just go ahead and bring Dexter and Deb back together. Together they're richer as characters with plenty of tension intact.

    What's more surprising is Dr. Vogel is back in full manipulating glory. This raises the creep factor with almost unimaginable possibilities. The group effort to clean up the murder scene (how to clean up an impaled mattress?) signals a new paradigm in Dexter's evolution in some kind of bizarre bonding our protagonist has never allowed. Now, this is interesting.

    Clumsy as the side-stories of Masuka and Quinn are, we know they're just setups for something else so give these some space before final judgment. Same with Deb's boss.

    What's big is Dexter is now empowered once more. Though, he's seemingly in a much different, . foreign, place, a pinnacle if you will, a place where he actually has a support structure of "family" as horrifically stated. Dexter has never had this, no not with Harry since the "code" was not about acceptance instead being damage control. This is the episodes "big reveal" and I'm surprised it hasn't been picked-up on as the centerpiece as it signals a dynamic quantum shift.

    Other thoughts: Harry was completely absent. Battista is still marginalized, Captain Matthews has unknown dark motives as in his heyday. Quinn is back on the cusp of who knows what. Jamie's girlfriend has a secret side as, likely, so does Masuka's sudden daughter. There's plenty of undercurrent in the soup. So, maybe a necessary slow down before all hell breaks loose and in that way not a disappointing episode at all, but the calming before the explosive storm?moreless
Aaron McCusker

Aaron McCusker

A.J. Yates

Guest Star

Bethany Joy Lenz

Bethany Joy Lenz

Cassie Jollenston

Guest Star

Sam Underwood

Sam Underwood

Zach Hamilton

Guest Star

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Jacob Elway

Recurring Role

Dora Madison Burge

Dora Madison Burge

Niki Walters

Recurring Role

Jadon Wells

Jadon Wells


Recurring Role

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