thoughts on dexter’s ‘smokey and the bandit’

When you’re Harrison’s age everything is important, everything has meaning. Even a piece of molded plastic.” – Dexter

Childhood heroes generally range from comic book characters to athletes, and sometimes the underappreciated parental unit. However, for Dexter, it was “The Tooth Fairy”, a serial killer…of course. Aside from watching Dexter stalk this week’s prey, we saw Deb attempt to find her footing with her new position. Travis and the Professor played the background for most of the episode, but as we saw in the final moments, they were simply setting the stage for their next “message”.

  • How long will it be before Deb grows bored with being Lieutenant? We know Deb likes to be right in the middle of everything and her new position requires her to hang back more often than not. She will need to find a way to make the “confines” of being in charge of the Homicide division work for her, while jumping through the inevitable hoops LaGuerta will put her through. Aside from Dexter, I think Batista and (surprisingly) Captain Matthews will prove very helpful with balancing out the crippling self-doubt that pops up in Deb.
  • Deb and Batista…as a couple? This could be completely off-base, but sometimes Batista gives off a vibe that says he sees Deb as more than a kid sister type. In theory, they would be perfect together. Batista likes his ladies with a little bitch in him and Deb finds solace in the father figures. Dexter might not love the two members of the force most likely to catch him teaming up romantically, but other than that, he likes Batista…as much as Dexter can really like anyone that isn’t related to him.

 

  • Can we all agree now that Masuka’s intern, Ryan, is a little off-kilter? She has an obsession with the Ice-Truck Killer AND she agreed to a date with Masuka. Alone or together, either of those things is enough to raise a few eyebrows. If she’s just a little weirdo, that’s fine and completely acceptable. But I think all of this is foreshadowing something darker…as if Dexter won’t have enough to deal with this season.
  • Wasn’t Walter Keeney just a shortened, poor man’s version of Arthur Mitchell? Older man…check. Also a serial killer…check. Has a family just like Dexter…check. Ok, so maybe he was just a “sort of” version of the Trinity Killer, but Dexter still learned a mini-lesson about his own views on his relationship with his son. This was also Dexter’s first slip-up of the season, courtesy of him underestimating Walter. Perhaps this was just a one-time occurrence for the new and improved Dexter of season six, but I think it’s the first of many cracks we’ll see in Dexter this season. Dropping his box also spoke to the potential chaos that’s going to ensue as Dexter gets deeper into the religious aspects of the season with Brother Sam and Travis.

 

Next on Dexter…

 

What causes the horrified look on Deb’s face? Is this when Travis and Dexter finally meet? And please, can we get a little bit of that spark back for Quinn? The disinterested sex scene wasn’t fun to watch.

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