Originally Posted by dad1153
Lots to chew on about last night's masterpiece. Where to start?
Dexter is messing up more than ever but in the process of screwing-up he isn't aware that he's slipping. Having sex with Lila in a stranger's home? Dumb. Sending a manifesto to the Herald to throw his police operatives off because of some perceived ideas Lila implanted in his head after sex about him taking the initiative? Really dumb and it backfired badly on Dex because he underestimated Lundy, who has figured out his modus operandi and now will pursue the law enforcement background profile. Taunting Doakes about being a step ahead of him before he sets Doakes up for beating on Dex in front of witnesses? Extremely dumb because now Doakes is unshackled by law enforcement regulations and can pursue Dex on his own. I don't buy the idea that Dex set-up Doakes to save his friend at county records that came to plead for help to save her pension. Dex's voice-overs made it clear he had it with Doakes and wanted him out of the way.
The new Dexter is substituting the thrill of killing that kept him in check with the thrill of living dangerously on the edge of the precipice of getting caught, a direct influence of his exposure to Lila. It took a call from Rita's son Cody for the old Dex to resurface and remind him of the things that meant something and used to be important in his life besides having great care-free sex and taunting his co-workers with 'Presto Manifesto' blogs from the internet. Rita's and Lila's reactions to Dexter's actions toward the end (one burning out her place, the other feeling betrayed yet again for being third wheel) indicate that he's become a PONG ball bouncing back and forth between these two women. Will Rita take the initiative to get Dex back? Or will Dex snap out of his infatuation to Lila and do a background check on her to see what her troubled past is hiding? Maybe Lila's done some bad things that could give Dexter an excuse to apply Harry's Code on her IF the old Dexter can convince Rita to take him back. As someone else said it was nice to see Rita stand up to her dominating mother. I also cheered when Rita told her to shut the f*** up even though it was past 1AM and my neighbors probably heard me. Maybe I should start watching "Dexter" earlier and push my DVR'ed viewing of "The Amazing Race" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" into the overnight hours.
For once in a "Dexter" episode the Deborah story arc was more interesting and fun to watch than big brother's (not really fan of the new Dex although I'm enjoying the rollercoaster ride). Since this season started I kept wondering what the use of Deb's Salvadorean boy toy was to the story and if he'd turn out to be another serial killer for Dex to dispatch (or some twisted s*** like that). When Deb broke-up with her boyfriend in bed after the whole Chopin thing with Lundy it hit me: this is the perfect guy for her, the Prince she's been looking for since forever (the type of guy she would have loved to meet in Season 1). He's good-looking, puts up with Deb's crap, a great lay and potentially great father material (i.e. a children's book author). And yet Deb's insecurity about relationships with men after (a) what Harry put her through when he showed preference to Dex and (b) the trauma of being nearly killed by the ITK prevents Deb from sticking with this perfect guy. Ironically (and very much like many real-life relationships between older men and younger women), despite Harry being responsible for Deb's relationship problems, she's attracted to Lundy precisely because she longs for another chance to have the father-daughter (or mentor-disciple) relationship she was deprived of because of Harry's devotion to Dexter. And it was fun to watch Deb play relationship expert with Dexter and Rita when she herself is a mess of contradictions about her own relations with men.
Jennifer Carpenter's acting in "Dexter" is often criticized in message boards elsewhere as amateurish and not up the standards of the rest of the cast (Eric King gets similar criticism for the way he plays Doakes). In this episode her performance was spot-on precisely because Deborah's nervousness and self-doubt about her feelings for Lundy have been quietly building for the past 3 or 4 episodes. Unlike many shows/movies in which older man dating/marrying younger women is broadly played or stereotypical in last night's episode it felt genuine and truthful. Tremendous acting by Keith Carradine along with Carpenter on that park bench (one of the best scenes in the "Dexter" canon w/o M.C. Hall) with both actors doing little besides looking like wounded, lonely people tentatively giving each other another chance at love. But would it have killed Deb to take those big-ass sunglasses off? LOL!
It felt kind-of awkward to go from that scene in the bench to the squad room where Lundy figured out the BHB was playing them (I would have reversed it and shown that scene first, followed by the meeting with the Miami Herald editors and then the park bench lunch).
BTW, Deb meeting face-to-tits with Lila in Dex's apartment has got to be one of the funniest meetings in the show's history. I know I can't stop saying 'pardon my tits'
to my co-workers this morning, which is making them more uncomfortable around me than usual.
Now the card that's left to be played by "Dexter's" writers is what is Lundy truly like behind the controlled, calm demeanor he presents to the outside world. If Lundy is a sinister character with ulterior motives he could take advantage of Deb's vulnerability, pull another ITK and use her to lure Dexter out in the open (assuming he suspects the other Morgan sibling of being the BHB). Maybe he'll put Deb under hypnosis and unearth from her subconscious the conversations between Dexter and Brian/Rudy while she was tied to the table in the shack. Or Lundy could turn out to be a straight arrow that discovers Dex is the BHB but, because of his love for Deborah and to spare her the trauma of seeing her brother become known as a serial killer, Lundy will spare Dex and frame somebody else for the BHB crimes. Or could both men (or one of them on a pinch) use Deb's traumatized ITK relationship, her access to the police department, access to Dexter's boat/forensic tools and psychological profile to frame Deborah for the BHB crimes?
Maybe that's the endgame because, as we saw last night, the new Dexter isn't shy of framing innocent people (like poor Mr. Wilson) momentarily if it will help him achieve his new goals of deception and being a step ahead of everybody else. It could go any which of a million possible ways at this point. I'm just glad that, for once, the Deborah story arc was far more interesting and fun to follow than Rita's or Lila's story arcs (though the latter is a clear danger sign of things ahead for our favorite Miami serial... I mean, former-for-the-time-being-until-he-gets-his-****-together favorite Miami serial killer). Now excuse me while I try to download some Chopin music on my PSP MP3 playing software...