Dexter season three opener lacked in explosive excitement, it certainly made up for in
Jimmy Smits. I cannot begin to elaborate on how thrilled I am that the
Cane star has graced us with the wonder of his presence.
The show opened in a very white dentist's office, with some very white gloves and a very bright white light. The dentist is only as important as the new crown he gives Dexter and the query of his boat. Remember, last season, Dex spent an awful lot of time on that boat disposing of the bodies of his victims. His summer vacation was spent enjoying sweets and winning prizes, though none of this included cotton candy or stuffed bears.
Dexter has finally succumbed, or learned, to settle into a "nice, normal world." His relationship with Rita seems better than ever. She seems to be over the sexual inhibitions that haunted their early courting. She acts sexy and amorous throughout. Dexter comforts himself with the thought that "Rita is the scaffolding that holds" his new world in place. He's finally come to believe that "life is good." So good that it means cooking several different shapes of pancakes for Rita's children, and being asked to come speak for Dad's Day at Cody's school. Sweetness abounds in this episode. But might I just ask this very pertinent question? What teacher in her or his right mind would allow a blood splatter analyst to share what they do to a classroom of 8-year olds? Honestly, is that inappropriate, or is it just me?
So who's the bad guy for this season? Looks like Fred Bowman, a.k.a Frebo, a slimy youngster who raped and killed two coeds and was magically released due to some sort of glitch in the system lovingly referred to as the "catch and release program." Dexter's got his eye on this guy and plans to rid the world of this piece of rotting lamb shank as a birthday gift for Harry.
When Debra comes into shot for the first time in this episode, we notice that she's got a sassy, new haircut. Some weird new guy, Joey Quinn, is the first to compliment the new do. She's pissed because Dexter doesn't notice. Even Masuka mentioned it. She tells Dexter she has sworn off "men, liquor and smokes for the last 27 days," and that ought to count for something.
Laguerta bears good news for Angel. After acting like his mother, she tells everyone that Angel will soon no longer be a detective, but Detective Sergeant Battista. Angel gets his wings and Debra takes this to mean that as her new supervisor, she is a shoe-in for her shield. However, her big mouth may have other ideas.
Little pink houses for you and me. Frebo lives in a pink house, and it's worth it just to see Dexter acting like a junkie. He's got a "doorman" who happens to be a 13-year old and gives Dex a hard time, so Dexter starts to leave. The kid shouts at him, "Don't walk away all f*ck you on me."
Frebo is not in the habit of taking on new clients, but since he's had a "desultory third quarter," he's willing to sell drugs to Dexter. We get a taste of his appreciation for women when his girlfriend Teegan asks for a hit and he refuses. Teegan suggests that a certain part of Frebo's body might find a way to keep itself comfort in her absence. Frebo intimates to Dexter that Teegan has redefined the concept of the short-term relationship. Dexter tacitly assures Frebo that he is about to be "repurposed as fish food."
And with that, Dexter sets up his specially saran wrapped room for his first kill of the new killing season.
Who is the really weird girl from Internal Affairs she is way creepy. Ooh, she's so snotty and icky. She wants Debra to keep an eye on Quinn, for reasons we don't find out here. I've got to know, since when do Internal Affairs employees dress like that? She shows up in a tank top and short shorts. Scully and Muldaur always wore suits. Seeley Booth wears suits. (OK, so they were FBI, but you get my drift). Wake wardrobe, someone forgot to get the suits back from the cleaners.
Dexter goes to Frebo's to take him out and runs into a little trouble. (Not to mention some awful weird music.) Frebo is in the middle of an argument with someone Dexter did not anticipate and startles them. Frebo runs out of the house. Then the guy turns on Dexter. Dexter loses his new crown in the melee and is momentarily distracted. But he gets the advantage, and as he fatally stabs the intruder, both of them ask, "Who are you?" In the subsequent moments he realizes he has done something spontaneous, that he is "wholly inside the moment and wholly outside the code." And he is very concerned that he doesn't know whom he has just killed.
Jimmy Smits plays Miguel Prado, a leading Miami prosecutor. It is his younger brother Oscar Prado that Dexter has inadvertently killed. This will not be good for Dexter. And if that isn't bad enough, Laguerta has had an intimate relationship with Miguel. According to Angel, "Miguel is the one that got away."
Total aside, but did anyone notice that guy who was standing next to Maria at the press conference? I saw him and wondered who he is and why he was there. Was he Miguel's other brother? He may prove to be interesting.
Dexter's snooping into Oscar's past piques Miguel's interest. He wants Dexter to explain what happened and Dex tells him that his brother died instantly. When Miguel asks, "Did he suffer?" Dexter answers back, "Blood never lies." He admits to Miguel, "This one, this death got to me." When Miguel later asks him if he had a brother, you could see all the wheels turning in his head. How to answer when there is no easy answer. So he just says, "No, just the one loud sister." Miguel responds, "What she said at the station, it's OK." His brother "didn't suffer from the tragedy of perfection."
Prado struggles to find answers, some consolation, and Dexter seems a likely candidate for striking up this sort of friendship. Eventually Prado calls him Dexter, dispensing with the formalities of Mr. Morgan, and invites him to his brother's wake.
While doing some awesome detective work, Debra finds out that Oscar Prado was a junkie. Unfortunately she spills it in front of the prosecutor. Maria wants her off the case because she lacks the tact to handle such a high profile case, but also to find out if Angel can handle the "quantum leap in responsibility" that becoming a sergeant entails. Taking her off the case has its advantages as she is put on the case of some "Jane Doe" that turns out to be Frebo's girlfriend Teegan. It will get more complicated before it gets less.
I love that when Angel walked into the Blue Room, he took his hat off. He is such a gentleman. He makes fun of Debra's cranberry juice drink, calling the taste, "funky." And then removes her from the Prado case. He is very kind and gentle with her and tells her that there is "only one person getting in the way of you getting your shield. You." I felt a little sad for her, but I think he's right. She's still trying to please Harry, and not finding her own way.
While she is searching, Dexter is "following the lead of an 8-year old kid. I'm moving on." Though Debra thinks he has to kill Harry so he can become his own man. He responds by saying her hair is beautiful. She is charmed by this.
Back to Rita who purrs, "All I want is chocolate pudding and you." And finally comes to the conclusion that she is pregnant and Dexter is going to be a Daddy.
(Not repeatable here, so here's No. 2)
Maria speaking to Angel - Debra is "Resourceful and tenacious and the right amount of pain in the ass."
What the Dexter season three opener lacked in explosive excitement it certainly made up for in Jimmy Smits I cannot begin to elaborate on how thrilled I am that the Cane star has graced us with the wonder of his presence The show opened in a very white dentists office with some very white gloves and a very bright white light The dentist is only as important as the new crown he gives Dexter and the query of his boat Remember last season Dex spent an awful lot of time on that boat disposing of the bodies of his victims His summer vacation was spent enjoying sweets and winning prizes though none of this included cotton candy or stuffed bears Dexter has finally succumbed or learned to settle into a nice normal world His relationship with Rita seems better than ever She seems to be over the sexual inhibitions that haunted their early courting She acts sexy and amorous throughout Dexter comforts himself with the thought that Rita is the scaffoldi