It has not been a good week to be Dexter Morgan, because after striking down his latest victim, he discovers there was a witness to the crime. Now Dexter has that witness locked up in an abandoned house and is questioning his next move. At the same time, he must also convince the nanny that he’s a reliable parent and he has no intention of bringing extra strain to an already difficult job.

Debra will also be faced with a dilemma that will effect her to her emotional core in what will likely be the beginning of a downward spiral.

Quinn will also get one step closer to uncovering the truth behind the man known as Kyle Butler.

What worked: In my opinion, Julia Stiles rocked her role in this episode. Beyond the fact that it was really jarring to see her in a role that didn’t have her behind a computer at a CIA black ops station with Matt Damon at her side, she really sold the emotional impact of this episode.

When I first heard that she had been cast in this season of Dexter I was expecting her to be playing an FBI agent, or something of that nature. Not a broken up, beat down soon to be victim of a ruthless serial killer, and she freaking nailed it.

As for the stuff involving Dexter in this episode (which is basically anything that involved Stiles), I like it. Dexter is really growing into the role of a single dad, and he’s also really coming closer and closer to finding the balance between the life of Dexter Morgan Single Dad, Dexter Morgan Miami Metro Blood Splatter Analyst and Dexter Morgan Serial Killer.

But regardless of how well he’s able to balance his life, he’s still walking around without a purpose. Without a “big bad” if you will, Dexter has nothing to strive for. Nothing to hunt for. Nothing to destroy. That is Dexter’s goal, it always has been, find the worst of the worst and eradicate them from the world, but what can he do when the worst of the worst have all been wiped clean?

Quinn’s investigation I have a feeling is going to lead him down a dark path he isn’t going to be able to back track his way out of. I have a very high feeling that he’s going to learn the truth about Dexter, and I won’t be surprised if it happens very soon.

I also think Debra has a very uncharacteristic emotional performance in this episode. Unfortunately I don’t have much more to say about it.

What didn’t: The stuff with Batista is becoming damn near painful to watch. I can’t express any more how boring it is to watch IA try to destroy his and LaGuarta’s career. I get it, he’s a hot head, she’s an emotional control freak, he drinks to much, she can’t keep her nose out of other people’s business, ENOUGH ALREADY!

Final thoughts: Despite my hatred of Batista’s story line, this episode of Dexter was very emotionally charged.

Episode: “Beauty and the Beast” (Season 5, Episode 4)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Dexter is saddled with an unwanted conspirator.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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