We begin this episode right where we left off last week, I.E. Dexter is still hunting Boyd Fowler. But this time he’s going to put his long awaiting plan into motion to being his healing process, only things don’t go at all how Dexter planned.

At the same time Dexter will also be on another hunt, a hunt to find a Nanny for Harrison. By the end, Dexter’s true feelings about Harrison’s state of mind will be revealed.

IA will also drop a bomb shell on LaGuarta that could leave the department in shambles. And Quinn with the not so cooperative help of the FBI, will get one stop closer to confirming his suspicions about Kyler Butler.

What worked: “I used to relish in the emptiness.”

I’m really enjoying getting sucked into Dexter’s mind set this season. He’s waaay more broken this year than the way he has been in the past. He has no purpose anymore, no code, no soul. Well, except for Harrison. That is his saving grace, watching his son grow up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dexter’s code go from don’t get caught to don’t ruin Harrison’s life.

I also like the introduction of the Nanny character. She seems like a really sweet lady and the perfect way to fill at least a minor portion of the gap left behind with following the death of Rita.

I’m also really interested to see where Quinn’s independent “investigation” of Kyler Butler goes. As I said last week, I would love to have another Doakes situation and have Quinn learn the truth about Dexter, but I just don’t want Quinn to be killed.

I’m also on the edge of my seat now for next week, I want to see how Dexter will deal with the problem of a witness to his crime. I’m guessing the girl was going to be Boyd’s next victim, so I wonder where it will lead the show.

What didn’t: Again, the angst level is waaaaay to high at the moment. This season, or at the very least the first few episodes in this season need to be about Dexter, and only Dexter. I don’t give a s**t that Angel punched out a dude at a bar because he called LaGuerta a good lay. I don’t care that Quinn is craving another f**k session with Deb, I just don’t care at all. I only care about Dexter, and anything surrounding Dexter.

According to the writers, this season will not have a big bad for Dexter like Trinity or the Ice Truck Killer, so why bother with the serial killer that is chopping people’s heads off?

Final thoughts: From the point of view of the character development given to Dexter, this was a good episode. Not so much on the front of everything else though.

Episode: “Practically Perfect” (Season 5, Episode 3)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Unknown

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