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Dexter S04E05 “Dirty Harry” Episode Recap

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Episode Recaps

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Yet another great episode of Dexter, it begins with our hero running through to the crime scene attempting to get behind the tape, but he is’nt allowed in as he left his forensics pass at home.  Yelling that his sister’s been shot and he works for Miami Metro does not stop the cop from pushing him back, naturally Batista comes to his rescue and yells “Let him through, he’s one of us”. Seriously. WTF. We’ve seen this so many times on sooo many shows, always reminds me of Arnie and his most famous quote: “I’M A COP YOU IDIOT!”. Why does Dexter have to be this unoriginal?  Very very lazy writing guys.

Luckily the episode quickly ramps up from that debarcle and we discover Lundy did’nt make it, we will miss you Keith Carradine.  Lundy has been a favourite character for a while and I somehow think that his death is a little premature in the series, but what the hell do I know.

Dexter in trouble with Rita

Dexter in trouble with Rita

As Dexter rushed out of the house to get to the scene, his forensics badge was not the only thing he left behind.  Back home Dexter’s phone rings and Astor answers it, turns out its about his apartment, the landlord saying that a pipe has burst.  Whoops.  Dexter promised to dump his apartment when he got all nuptial with Rita.  So she confronts Dexter, who manages to evade her for the time being.

Which brings me to the Rita character.  What the hell is going on with her?  In the last two seasons she’s become more annoying, those deeply voiced breathy, whiney fucking questions.  Honestly I wish sometimes Trinity would take the bitch out.  Don’t get me wrong, Julie Benz is a talented actress and cute as a button and yes I get what the writers are doing with the series – Can Dexter have it all.  At the moment seems to be yes, Dexter can have it all.  As long as what he wants is a sister who’s unlucky in love, a nagging wife, screaming kids and a workplace full of sordid love affairs.  Even though I see that they are creating a sense of family and conflict for Dexter do they have to make Rita such a pest? I really wish Dexter would man up and tell Rita that he needs his apartment to get away from her everynow and then cos she is so fucking annoying!

So speaking of affairs.  LaGuerta advises the brass about her involvement with Batista, against his wishes.  Batista at first shows his disdain but does’nt take long to succumb again. Is he really that hard up for a lay? Captain Matthews is back in Miami Metro due to Lundy’s death, and tells LaGuerta that Batista must be transferred out of homicide because of their relationship.

Next is Deb & Anton, she admits to Anton in the hospital that she did the deed with Lundy, he responds by saying they can get through this yada yada yada – But Deb stops him short and says “You deserve so much better”.  This I’ve seen coming for a while as Anton has been a bit of a vague character for a while and needed to be gotten rid of to clear up some room for Deb I guess.  Poor Deb is quite distraught about Lundy and blames herself as if they did’nt rekindle thier love he would’nt have been in the carpark.  Rita poorly explains this as, its’ not your fault ‘life happens’.  Dexter does a better job of helping her feel better.

To finish up the relationship babble, which is really quite dull this season.  Quinn and Christine Hill (reporter).  Quinn, yet another man who is strong, yet weakened by his nether-regions, forgives Christine for printing the story he provided the information for and end up doing the horizontal mambo again.  I wonder how long it will be before she does the same thing, or will Quinn manage to keep his massive gob shut?

Is it just me or did the whole Vaction Murderer storyline seem a bit uninvolving?  It was there and watchable but simply did’nt grab me.  I did like how Batista used the Syphilis information about Rose to lure in his parter.  Even though his partner kills Rose, I’m not sure though if the Vacation Murderer sub-plot is over as in the end was’nt it just a little too easy to bring it to a close?

Trinity Killer takes 3rd Victim - Mask look familiar?

Trinity Killer takes 3rd Victim - Mask look familiar?

Now for what you’ve been waiting for.  Dexter, using Lundy’s voice tapes finds the building where Lundy believed where the Trinity Killer would strike next and actually had a run-in with him.  In the security room in the building, Dexter watches Trinity kill his next victim with a hammer.  Chasing Trinity afterwards, Dexter is gob-smacked to tail him to a lovely suburban house where Trinity kisses his wife at the door and fondly greets his children.  Whoa, Dexter believed that Trinity is a “very different monster” all this time and we were led to believe that Trinity was so successful because he lived a solitary life. Now Dexter discovers that Trinity is just like him, living a complete lie of a life to pursue their victims and feed thier darkest needs.

By the way… If you missed the episode you can watch an online stream of it here.

Has Rita become too annoying?

  • O-M-G Yes. Trinity - Take her out! (47%, 148 Votes)
  • Yep, a little. (33%, 105 Votes)
  • Whadda ya mean? She's lovely! (20%, 64 Votes)

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Julez

    Good write-up, thanks. How true! Rita is so demanding and everytime I hear her complain about *anything* it drives me effing nuts!

  • Clarence

    Love the Arnie quote, and yessir Rita once was naive, broken and very sweet. Perfect for Dex. But now she has a new kid, she’s far too demanding.. Who friggin cares if he keeps his own place. As you said, Dex should ‘man-up’ and say.. hey woman I’m keepin it! somehow can’t see him doing it quite like that, but you get what I mean!

  • Paul

    Julez – thanks 😀 I wish the writers had something else for Rita, maybe that’s why they’re making her annoying and demanding in the marriage cos they don’t have anything else for her character to interact with Dexter!?

    Clarence – Thanks too. Heh yeah man I hear ya, I don’t see the big deal, let Dex keep his flat!


    I’ve hated Rita about the time she got pregnant in order to trap Dex into a permanent thing.She is getting to be a problem for him.

    • Paul

      I don’t think she did it to trap him. They do actually need each other. She is becoming a problem for him for sure. But only cos she has changed ‘from the woman he married’ into an annoying, demanding cow!

  • Emily

    Yes agree with Leanne, you have such a talent for sltryteoling. What a delicate little girl, very engaged in books. Its very reassuring to see a child turn the page instead of staring at a screen. Lovely.

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