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Dexter Episode: "Living the Dream"

Season 4, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 4 begins with Dexter a full-fledged family man with a wife, two stepchildren, a new baby and the same hankering to dole out justice to murderers who remain free. Special Agent Frank Lundy seeks his help with a homicidal maniac who's been dubbed the Trinity Killer because he kills in threes.
Original Air Date: Sep 27, 2009
Guest Cast Adrienne Barbeau Jerry O'Donnell Rick Peters: Elliot James Ingersoll: Cop
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Season 4, Episode 1
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Length: 55:00
Aired: 9/27/2009
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Dexter Episode Recap: "Living the Dream" Season 4, Episode 1

Last season on Dexter, our favorite serial killer was seen tying the knot with a pregnant Rita, as the two were about to embark on a new life together. This season, Dexter is living the dream as new dad, with a wife and a house in the 'burbs. But fatherhood isn't what Dexter expected it would be, as the lack of sleep really puts a damper on his vigilante-murder schedule. Meanwhile, a new/old serial killer is own the prowl: the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), so named because he kills in groups of three.

The premiere begins with Dexter driving through the night looking to "satiate his primal desire." The next scene shows a man (Lithgow) drawing a bath. The camera moves through the house, but it's not from Dexter's perspective. It's through the eyes of a woman who is entering her bathroom to find a stark naked stranger who attacks her. Next thing you know, the two are in the tub together when the assailant slits her femoral artery (on the thigh) and she bleeds out to her death.

After a "new-dad" twist on the opening credits (loved the baby puke on the shirt), we get to see just how much of a family man Dexter has become since last season's finale. He's moved into a new home in the suburbs with his new wife, Rita, and her two kids Astor (now a snippy teen) and Cody. But let us not forget that baby Harrison makes three. "Good suburban husband, happy father of three... at least on paper," says Dexter.

Meanwhile, Deb and her C.I. boyfriend from last season are still hot and heavy, considering she had to peel herself off him in order to get to work on time. She's actually happy with the relationship, which is why she's just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Laguerta tells Deb she's not looking for a relationship at the moment (considering Prado, her last beau, started compulsively killing people). But she's totally lying because, believe it or not, she and Batista have been secretly hooking up and playing it cool at work (she's much better at it than he is).

Dexter heads to court to testify on the blood stains in a case when he makes a major boo-boo: On the stand, he says the wrong name, from the wrong notes, from the wrong splatter analysis. He tries to tell the court he's disoriented from a lack of sleep due to a new baby at home, but the defendant's lawyer eats him alive, and the murderer, Benny Gomez, walks because of his error. Quinn all but rips Dexter a new one for causing his murder case to get tossed out. But what Quinn doesn't know is the situation will get handled. After all, Dexter has been dying to kill someone and Gomez has just become the perfect candidate.

Later, the team heads out to the bathtub murder scene we saw earlier. Dexter notes how clean and precise the murderer was — he's clearly in awe of the killer's technique. Back at the lab, he tests the blood and does some research on Gomez. He is all but drooling over his next kill when Rita calls and asks him to sing "America the Beautiful" to Harrison to help him fall asleep. It's always nice to see a father singing a patriotic tune to his son while leafing through crime-scene photographs.

Dexter goes back to the bathroom crime scene because he found a blood sample that didn't belong to the victim or killer. He finds some old, buried blood around the tub, and FBI Special Agent Lundy pops up out of nowhere (the same Lundy that nearly blew Dexter's entire cover during Season 2).

It turns out the old blood can't be identified, but after researching the house itself, it's discovered that another girl was murdered there 30 years ago — in the exact same manner. Lundy magically pops up again and tells Dexter that even though he's retired, he's still on a quest to find who he calls the Trinity Killer. He explains he's never been able convince anyone he exists, so it's just him who has been chasing him for the past 15 years. And based on this recent murder, Lundy thinks he's starting his cycle all over again and says he's the most successful killer to ever get away with it. (Cut to a naked John Lithgow scalding himself in a hot shower.)

Later, Dexter starts planning the Gomez killing by locating an abandoned boxing club. He heads back to his old apartment (wonder if Rita knows he still has the old bachelor pad) and gets all his equipment. He then stakes out Gomez's hangout in his dark car, but the sleep-deprived dad soon falls asleep and wakes up to a cop shining a flashlight in his face. While he's in the middle of a sobriety test, Gomez leaves the bar and Dexter misses his chance. He heads home hoping to squeeze in a power nap, but Rita has different plans for them as she presents him with a basket of sex toys. Later that night, Dexter is feeding little Harrison, and he shares his deep, dark secret with his only son. He's killing for two now. The scene is both sweet and totally f---ed-up.  

Dexter shows up at Gomez's trailer, sedates him and brings him to the boxing club. Dexter is half-asleep as it is, so he takes a hit of the smelling salts before waking his victim with them. Right in the middle of his killing ritual, Rita calls and tells him Harrison is sick and that Dexter needs to stop at the pharmacy and get home stat. Being the good dad he is, Dexter kills Gomez quickly, rather than savoring the moment, and hurries to clean things up. Why do I feel like, in his haste, he accidentally left something behind that will come back to haunt him?

After stopping at the pharmacy, Dexter is heading home when his eyelids begin to grow heavy. He falls asleep at the wheel, and his dead father appears and tries to wake him. Unfortunately, he's unable to, and Dexter drives off the road and flips his car.

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Last season on Dexter, our favorite serial killer was seen tying the knot with a pregnant Rita, as the two were about to embark on a new life together. This season, Dexter is living the dream as new dad, with a wife and a house in the 'burbs. But fatherhood isn't what Dexter expected it would be, as the lack of sleep really puts a damper on his vigilante-murder schedule. Meanwhile, a new/old serial killer is own the prowl: the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), so named because he kills in groups of three.

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