TV Review: Dexter 3.8 – The Damage a Man Can Do

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Dexter, Showtime, Airs Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT

Episode: “The Damage a Man Can Do” (Season 3, Episode 8)

Synopsis: Miguel brings Dexter another “project,” but this time he wants to get his hands dirty. Dexter realizes it’s time to teach Miguel the Code – for his own safety as well as Miguel’s. As Dexter walks Miguel through the process, Dexter both struggles with, and enjoys, letting Miguel into his private world so completely. But Dexter doesn’t realize that this has only whetted Miguel’s appetite. Rita finds herself losing control because of the pregnancy. She becomes worried that Dexter may get fed up with her. Because of her hard work, Debra finds herself one step closer to catching the Skinner. But after she finds out a secret about her new boyfriend, Anton, he disappears on her.

Review: This whole Miguel and Dexter tag-team thing was bound to end badly, was it not? And though it has not yet ended badly, the final moments of this week’s episode deliver another classic Dexter cliffhanger intended to rock its audience to the core. Season three is all of the sudden less about Dexter the monster and more about the monsters that Dexter has created. And it isn’t just Miguel, his relationship with Rita — though it does seem to work out no matter what — is also becoming quite the monster in its own right.

But I digress, lets talk about what happened before the episode exploded with twistiness in its final moments. The fact still remains that I will go down swinging in defense of this season of Dexter — it is shaping up to be the best of the three frames, hands down. This is in part due to the evolution of some of the supporting characters and the way their storylines have become a welcome diversion as Dexter’s world continues to normalize. You have to be rooting for Angel, played by David Zayas, for the longest time he has been the most unlucky of the characters on the show — at least in the arena of love. It is good to see him finally winning some of those battles. Yet while he has been unlucky in the past, no one has had it more rough than Deb, played by Jennifer Carpenter. I get the feeling that if we are all cringing everytime Deb attaches herself to anyone, then we are seeing the intended effect.

If you are a true Dexter fan from way back, you might be noticing that each season has had a distinctive theme. Season one was all about Dexter the monster, season two was all about Dexter becoming a new, less monstrous man and season three has become all about the monsters around Dexter. But will these monsters around him finally bring about the second coming of Dexter’s true nature? I have a feeling that they will — at least, I am more than willing to stick around and find out.

Up Next Week: Dexter starts to fear that Miguel may have strayed from the newly taught Code. This concern starts to put a strain on their friendship. And Dexter doesn’t get a reprieve from this at Rita’s either.

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Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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