Dexter All in the Family episode review

Apologies for no review last week. I was entertaining a houseguest over Goldfish crackers and peach lambic, but I think next time I’ll take a page from LaGuerta tonight and have girl talk over scotch and cupcakes instead. Anyway, the biggest development from last week was Miguel giving Dexter the blood-stained shirt off his back, making the assistant D.A. an accessory to Freebo’s murder. So now Dexter has something on the late Oscar Prado’s big brother, and I feel that bloody shirt will definitely be used against Miguel before season’s end. Miguel knowing that Dex killed the drug dealer may forge a bond between the two men now, but as much as Dexter wants to like and trust his new friend, a man like Dexter can’t afford to have anyone, especially law enforcement, too close to his true identity.

This week, Dexter continued to search for his real self. If he was terrible at telling Rita’s kids that their mom is pregnant, he was even worse at proposing marriage. Dexter likes the sound of it: “much better than ‘lives alone and keeps to himself.'” Ha! Rita can tell Dexter’s heart isn’t in it and it makes her act out at work and causes friction with her daughter. Loved Rita’s customer service at the hotel.

The bigger problem for Dexter is Miguel’s angry brother. Ramon is doggedly trying to find Oscar’s killer which causes problems for Miguel and Dexter. Miguel wants to add Ramon into the loop, but Dex knows Ramon’s too loose of a canon. Dexter comes up with a smart plan to make Miguel see how dangerous Ramon can be by manipulating a situation at a bar.

Meanwhile, Dexter’s sister Deb is finding out more reasons to suspect her partner Quinn is worthy of Internal Affairs’ attention. Trying to deal with the grieving fiancée of a murdered man, Deb sees he has a talent for telling people what they want to hear. I don’t like Quinn for being nasty to Masuka. Masuka’s gross innuendos are a part of his charm. I do like Quinn’s informant Anton, though. He has an increasingly good amount of chemistry with Deb. I like them together.

And lonely Angel nearly gets caught in a prostitution sting. He pours his heart into his little monologue to the female cop. I wish Angel had more to do and LaGuerta less. I’m really not interested in her dilemma about the mobster being wrongfully convicted by Miguel.

At episode’s end, Miguel realizes Ramon can’t be trusted, only Dexter can. He misses having a brother he can talk to, to share the load. It’s kind of sweet, but Dexter thinks only of trusting himself. It’s safer that way. This can only end in tragedy, but for now Dexter is trying to make progress. Does a role become real if you fake it enough? Can Dexter become a good guy? His final try at proposing to Rita was really touching. As much as the serial killer tries to say he is cold inside, he demonstrated more genuine emotion and vulnerability than we’ve ever seen from him before. Michael C. Hall is a really good actor. And of course Rita says yes and doesn’t puke. I can almost fully guarantee that this relationship with Rita and her children will only end in tragedy, too. But what kind? Will the baby be born? How will Dexter’s secret life stand between him and his fiancée?

Is this season seeming a tad slow to anyone? I find the friendship between Miguel and Dexter really fascinating and I’m curious to see what happens with the pregnancy, but I miss the wild-card aspect of Doakes and even the batshit crazy of Lila. But there are still a few episodes left for any one of these situations to explode.


airs Sunday nights at 9 P.M. EST on Showtime.


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