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Dexter Episode: "Road Kill"

Season 4, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Dexter learns the Trinity Killer may be taking his act on the road when the homicidal maniac plans an out-of-town trip. To gather more insight into the mind of the murderer, Dexter decides to accompany him, but isn't really ready for some of the shocking revelations of which he becomes privy. Back in Miami, a technicality is keeping Debra off the Trinity case, but she utilizes others in the department to get her opinions registered.
Original Air Date: Nov 15, 2009
Guest Cast Mos Def: Brother Sam
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Season 4, Episode 8
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Length: 56:00
Aired: 11/15/2009
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Dexter Episode Recap: "Road Kill" Season 4, Episode 8

Still distraught over killing the wrong man, Dexter invites himself to an out-of-town build with Trinity, who is inspired by Dexter to come clean about his past. Meanwhile, Deb convinces Laguerta to officially open the Trinity case, but she's is not happy she can't work on it due to a conflict of interest.

Dex and Trinity Take On Tampa
Following his kill of an innocent man, Dexter is beside himself with an "uncomfortable" feeling he is not accustomed to: guilt. He beats himself up, saying to himself that it should have been Trinity on his kill table. Dexter snaps Farrow's blood slide and tries to move forward. But his mistake gets thrown in his face when Farrow's death comes up during a briefing meeting and Dexter becomes very fidgety.

Dexter heads over to Trinity's house where he's dictating the proper ways to execute chores to his children. Dexter finds out Trinity is going on an out-of-town build in Tampa by himself, so he quickly searches for an excuse to get out of work and tag along. He can't find any blood-related conventions in Tampa, but does find one about weather. He somehow finds a way to justify how this weather convention will help the development of his career to both Laguerta and Rita by talking in a jargon they find indecipherable. It even puts baby Harrison in a daze.

Considering Dexter is planning an out-of-town kill of his own (Trinity), he packs light, bringing limited plastic lining and a reliable knife. Trinity, on the other hand, covers up the coffin he built last week and packs the last bit of his sister's ashes.

Dexter heads to Trinity's bright and early and jumps out as Trinity is pulling away. Dexter asks to tag along, but Trinity says next time. Dexter tells him he needs his help with something and only Trinity can make him  feel better. Well, he's not lying. He needs to make good on his last mistake by killing someone he's certain is a killer. And that's Trinity.

Trinity finally agrees, and the two take a road trip to Tampa. Dexter makes small talk by asking question after question. Trinity gets irritated and asks him to cut to the chase and tell him what's wrong. Dexter is vague and tells him he made a mistake and doesn't want to go into details. This really gets Trinity fuming until Dexter finally says, "I killed a man" while at a rest stop. Trinity is stunned by this confession, and Dexter explains he thought he was an "animal." Partly true. Trinity assumes he means it was a hunting accident and Dexter goes with it, saying it has left him with this indiscernible feeling inside. Trinity says it's remorse, but assures Dexter he will feel better now that he has told someone.

Deb Makes a Shocking Revelation
Deb, who convinced Laguerta to open a case of a serial bludgeoner (as an excuse to find Trinity) presents photos to the team of multiple bludgeonings with the victims pointing at ash smudges. As she flips through the projector slides, a photo of one of Trinity's bathtub murders pops up on the screen. Deb tries to pretend like it was an accident, but when Laguerta calls her out on it, Deb finally comes clean that she is hunting a serial killer who kills in patterns of three — the same "Trinity" killer that Lundy was hunting. Shockingly, Laguerta is willing to open this case and calls Deb in about it. But considering Deb was shot by the suspect, Laguerta takes her off the case because it's a conflict of interest.

Deb, refusing to just wash her hands of Trinity, listens in as the team discusses the next steps of the case and uses Quinn as her vehicle to suggest a DNA sweep. Laguerta agrees it may be the only way to catch a six-foot-four, retired white male in Miami. The only problem is they need to find money in the budget to pull it off. She and Batista run numbers and are still short. But Quinn comes in and announces that the group is each donating one vacation day's pay to chip in. Laguerta and Batista are so excited that they decide to celebrate...by having sex on the briefing table, of course.

Deb has Quinn ask Masuka for photos from the jumper case (since she's not supposed to be working the case) and Quinn obliges. He chats with Masuka about what a geeky nerd Dexter is, and Masuka defends his friend by saying Dexter's had his share of women — including Lyla, the super hot chick he dated while he was with Rita. Uh, oh. Quinn gets that look on his face — the kind where you know he's plotting how he can get something on Dexter to even the score.

Afterwards, Deb bumps into Laguerta in the bathroom and hides the photos from her. Laguerta leaves, giddy as can be after her romp with Batista, and Deb checks out her stitches from her gunshot wounds in the mirror. But she notices something she didn't before. Her wounds, where the bullet went in one side of her hip and right out the other, are perfectly level. 

Deb storms into Masuka's office and rips off her shirt off to show him her discovery. Once he gets over the fact that Deb is standing there with her boobs on display, he begins to see where she's going with it. He stands on a stool and reenacts the shooting of a man who is Trinity's height. They then both realize the wound would have had a downward trajectory if the shooter was six-foot-four. Instead, to achieve that wound, the shooter must be Masuka's height, not Trinity's. Wow, can't say I saw that one coming.

The good news of it all is Laguerta puts Deb as lead on the Trinity case since it's no longer a conflict of interest. The bad news is Quinn's reporter girlfriend is snooping around yet again.

After stopping by Quinn's apartment, begging for any scoop so she can keep her job, Quinn tells his girlfriend he has nothing for her. She sees documents about the DNA sweep out of the corner of her eye, and approaches Deb about them the next day. Deb tries to cover it up the best she can, but realizes it won't be enough to get the reporter to stop sniffing around. So Deb decides to give the reporter the interview she wanted to keep her from potentially leaking the DNA sweep. Let's just hope that does the trick, because this reporter is not the type to drop a lead.

Trinity Comes Clean
Hoping to make Dexter feel better, Trinity says he has a surprise for him in the morning — and Trinity is all sorts excited about it. Dexter reluctantly agrees to go with Trinity for the surprise, and he is confused when Trinity brings him to his childhood home. Barging right by the current owners, Trinity runs to the upstairs bathroom and Dexter follows.

There Trinity stands frozen, looking at the tub. He tells Dexter that this is where he was watching his sister shower when he was a boy. Dexter questions the bizarre behavior and Trinity says he was only 10-years-old, so "it was innocent." Debatable. He continues to tell the story: He startled her when she saw him, causing her to slip and shatter the shower doors. The glass then cut her femoral artery in her thigh and she died before the ambulance got there. His parents blamed him, and his mother became a shell. She eventually killed herself and left him with his father, who was a drinker that abused him. "What happened to him?" Dexter asked. "He died," said Trinity. Yeah, at Trinity's hands.

Trinity then looks over to Dexter and says this is the first time he has ever told anyone about this. "We're both responsible for the death of an innocent person," Trinity exclaims while giving Dexter a big hug. "You feel better?" Trinity asks. Ha! The look on Dexter's face is priceless.

Dexter and Trinity go to lunch at diner near the weather convention, and Dex excuses himself. He runs to register at the convention and get a picture with a weather guy so he has an alibi. He sends a text picture to Rita, who is having a little too much fun with their neighbor who is clearly hitting on her. (This is not helping so many viewers' negative perception of Rita these days.) Dexter returns to the diner to find Trinity sitting with a family he doesn't know, divulging the gory details of his sister's death. "It was such a revelation when he told me what he did," Trinity tells the family of Dexter. Dexter manages to pull him away from the table and they head to the hardware store so Dexter can buy some tools "to donate."

The two return to their hotel that night, and Dexter turns the bathroom into a plastic-wrapped kill room. He goes to get Trinity in the middle of the night, but he's not in his room. Dexter realizes he left on foot with his tools, so he heads to the house building site. He finds Trinity looking on the edge of the upper level of the building looking down on the steel reinforcement rods below. Trinity dumps his bottle of ashes, spreads his arms and jumps. Dexter, watching all this, dives for Trinity and manages to grab a hold of him as Trinity hangs off the building. Trinity tells Dexter to let him go, and Dexter, who wants to kill him on his own terms, debates whether he should just let go. But as he's considers letting Trinity get impaled, another hand reaches down and grabs Trinity's arm. Several of the other builders gather around to help. "God sent you to save me," Trinity says of Dexter. Not quite.

On the drive home, Dexter brings up the suicide attempt, and Trinity says he was merely confused. He tells Dexter is was a mistake and assures Dexter his so-called hunting accident will be kept under wraps. Basically he's saying: You keep your mouth shut, and so will I. They pull up to a check point on the road, and it's one of the DNA sweeps. Dexter tests Trinity to see just how much he wants to live and tells him it's a DNA swab test to find a serial killer. And just as expected, Trinity makes an excuse that the line will never move and pulls a U-turn to take the scenic route.

Dexter begins to think to himself about what Trinity said about remorse and how that separates humans from the animals. And then, for a split second, Dexter takes some solace in thought that he may be human after all.

What did you think of this week's episode? Any ideas at who shot Deb? Do you find Rita to be more annoying now than before? And is anyone else wondering where was good ole Harry was this week?

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Still distraught over killing the wrong man, Dexter invites himself to an out-of-town build with Trinity, who is inspired by Dexter to come clean about his past. Meanwhile, Deb convinces Laguerta to officially open the Trinity case, but she's is not happy she can't work on it due to a conflict of interest.

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