So let's talk about the title. I mean, how often do you get to hear Andy Williams? "Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows.... "
A shout-out to Michael Cuesta, the writer of
Dexter, who also directed this episode. (He directed the premiere as well as two others.) I think he's fantastic. The opening scene with Dexter standing in front of the moon and we're watching him through water was a nice visual.
I'll assume for the sake of argument that the reader who posted in all caps that Dexter and Rudy were brothers must have read the books. If it wasn't in the books and was just a hunch, well, then, good job. We finally got to unravel the mystery of how Rudy knows everything about Dexter. The unveiling of the knowledge that he and Rudy were brothers was very well done. The flashback showed Dexter playing hide-and-seek with his five-color nail-job mother, and the dark-haired boy popping out from behind the tree unraveled slowly and precisely.
The season finale was a show about relationships, so I've broken them down for us here:
Laguerta and Esme: I was worried after their initial interaction that this was not going to go well, but once Maria walked into her old office and confronted Esme, she found out that Esme isn't just good-looking, she's smart, too, and knows the score. She's on our team!
Dexter and Rita: Even as he puts her off, she sees deeper into him and understands his brusqueness from the stress of trying to find his missing sister. When Rita asks Dexter if he is all right, and he says yes and then changes his tune and admits he's not all right, I felt he was making a move towards a more sincere relationship with her. That should keep her satisfied, until of course she sees the shoe. For my money, I think she's going to defend Dexter all the way down the line. She won't give up on him or give him up.
Paul and Rita: Paul starts by accusing Dexter and trying to instill a sense of doubt in Rita. He even goes so far as to send his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor to his rescue, but to no avail. For her part, Rita seems to have grown strong enough that she won't believe anything Paul says anymore. Paul has cried wolf one too many times for her taste. Right on, Rita.
Deb and I actually found their relationship touching in the ep. Rudy/Biney/Brian/ITK has forced Dexter to start figuring out what is of value to him in his life. The little sis is on top of that list, and I think Rita is playing a close second. Harry and his code are so five minutes ago at this point. It will be interesting to see what the writers do with Dex's disenchantment with his foster father in the next season. Dexter works hard to protect her. And when Doakes is ready to have Dex suspended, it's Deb who stands up for him.
Rudy and Boy, this has been brewing for much of this year, bubbling just under the surface. I found it a novel idea to have these two as brothers who both kill serially, but the differences are so profound. Dexter spends the early part of the show searching for the clues he knows Rudy has left him. Only they aren't where he thought they might be, so he has to work harder to find them.
Dexter's emotional struggle with the fact that his own flesh and blood is so much closer to him yet so much more removed is painful to watch. He realizes he would rather protect his pseudo-sis than support the rantings of his deranged natural brother. His struggle gets even more complex as he realizes that he can no longer trust anything in his life. That the one most important aspect of his life was kept from him by Harry his entire life. I think Dexter's handling of his relationship with Harry will be very important in the next season. He's going to have to come to terms with the great big lie that Harry told him. I just hope it doesn't make him as embittered as his brother. Will he remain tied to the code?
Rudy and Deb: Two things stick out for me from this ep. The first one is when Rudy says to Deb, "I never meant to hurt you," and stares into her eyes. Crying, she says, "I know," to which he replies, "Does this make it easier for you? Because I can keep going." Frankly, I was on the floor. The other equally funny part was when he had brought her duct-taped and blindfolded into the house and told her to get down on the floor, and she ran around in circles and threw herself into the wall. His facial expressions were hysterical. Like, "Oh, you silly girl." Serial killers have such great senses of humor.
Doakes and When these two started fighting I thought, "They fight like brothers." Maybe Doakes is the third brother.... It could happen. But it was a very funny scene. I am curious to find out what Doakes thinks he has on Dexter.
Angel and his roommate, the crazy guy: If it hadn't been for old "she knows" lying in the bed next to Angel, he would never have been brought into the show. Luckily for him, the guy was nuts and it made Angel realize that Rudy might have been in a psych ward, rather than have a police record. That's good investigative detecting, my friend. Welcome back to the force.
There was something in Dexter's face as he steeled himself to break into the cargo container where his search for Deb first brings him. Happily, it's only bananas. It is a testament to Michael C Hall's incredible acting ability that he can run from stoic killer to overwrought brother in a matter of moments. I am really impressed. And, obviously, so are the people over at the Golden Globes.
I was sure that when Rudy/Biney/Brian/ITK slipped down the tunnel underneath the garage in the house where he grew up with Dexter, the show was over and they were planning on bringing him back next season. Boy was I surprised when he broke into Dexter's house in order to rid the world of Debra Morgan, and Dexter had outsmarted him, finally. So the bad news is, we're still stuck with Deb, though she wasn't completely annoying.
The best line was while Rudy sat across the kitchen table from Dexter drinking a beer and told him he bought the house for him, and Dexter replied, "I'm really more of an apartment person." I cracked up.
I am already in withdrawal thinking about what life will be like without Dexter. This show went from being a good show to a fantastic show in the course of one season, and we all got to witness it. There were no growing pains that I can think of; instead, its evolution has been clear and focused. With any luck, the sophomore season will be just as terrific, though after Dexter's face-off with his brother, I can't imagine what they could dream up next. How will they outdo themselves?
So lets talk about the title I mean how often do you get to hear Andy Williams Born free as free as the wind blows as free as the grass grows A shout-out to Michael Cuesta the writer of Dexter who also directed this episode He directed the premiere as well as two others I think hes fantastic The opening scene with Dexter standing in front of the moon and were watching him through water was a nice visual Ill assume for the sake of argument that the reader who posted in all caps that Dexter and Rudy were brothers must have read the books If it wasnt in the books and was just a hunch well then good job We finally got to unravel the mystery of how Rudy knows everything about Dexter The unveiling of the knowledge that he and Rudy were brothers was very well done The flashback showed Dexter playing hide-and-seek with his five-color nail-job mother and the dark-haired boy popping out from behind the tree unraveled slowly and precisely T