Dexter Review: "Hello, Dexter Morgan"

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Anyone that saw the preview for this week's Dexter - in which Arthur questions the main character's identity - and then saw the title for the episode, could easily have figured it out:

Trinity would discover just had actually befriended him and he would utter the words (likely to close the episode): "Hello, Dexter Morgan."

That's exactly what happened, though it's to the show's credit that the scene in which Arthur entered the Miami police station was still so fraught with suspense. Dexter has encountered many enemies and obstacles over the years, but none has approached him on his home turf.

Read our full recap of "Hello, Dexter Morgan" now.


This week's other major development, Christine's suicide, was also predictable. We thought she'd be lying dead as soon as Deb entered her apartment.

As for Angel and LaGuerta's marriage? Snooze! We understand Michael C. Hall can't be in every scene, but this isn't exactly Jim and Pam. It's not an office romance that's funny, original or particularly interesting.

Overall, it was a disappointing installment, especially considering its status as the penultimate episode of season four. Still, we have fith Showtime was simply moving the pieces into place for a finale that Jennifer Carpenter can't stop hyping.

Will a major character die? Will Deb discover the story behind Dexter's mother? Will Arthur end up on Dexter's killing table? Those questions will be answered on Sunday, as you can watch a season finale preview now.

Until that episode airs, write in and let us know your favorite part of this week's installment. Did anything truly shock you?

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Erik M. beat me to the punch regarding the slightly erroneous review statement. I would also question the predictability of Batista & La Guerta's marriage as well as it being a "so what?" scene. If they're not the reviewer's favorite supporting characters, fine. "Everyone's entitled to an opinion" and "You can't please everybody." On the other hand, I like how these two characters are developing, compared to how they were presented during the last 3 seasons, and I was mildly disturbed that the writers would throw this wrench into the plot to push Matthews out of the "I'm going to drive LaGuerta out of the force once and for all" storyline as well as planting the "LaGuerta starts to realize that she made another mistake but, as Matthews said, she's too arrogant to admit it" closing to this "boring" subplot. Somehow I get the feeling that this "Dexter's not in it until the secret wedding" thread is a seed that will either blossom or openly rot away later, like Deb's "Find Harry's CI Mistress" subplot that was planted last season and will obviously sprout with a bang next season. Instead of writing off this ep as one of the worst, I think this series is only getting better and I'm deeply anxious to see how Dexter will spend his last days, if he is. The Wire's McNulty was out of the cop business but unscathed, The Soprano's Tony Soprano got away (as a fugitive, but he was still alive) and The Shield's Mackie stashed a gun under his blazer but we didn't see him use it in the end, so I'm not making any guesses as to how this will turn out next week or next year! I'll just stay tuned and enjoy while it continues to be interesting.


I predict that somehow Arthur Mitchell is going to frame Dexter for the murders and skip town by episodes end. Trinity is extremely clever and Dexter will be put behind bars in the finale.

Matt richenthal

None of those individuals have ever entered Dexter's home or work place, aware he was hunting them down in this kind of manner. That's all I meant.
Trust me, no way I could have forgotten any of those characters :)


"Dexter has encountered many enemies and obstacles over the years, but none has approached him on his home turf." Except of course for Doakes, Lilah and Miguel. ;-)

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Dexter Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

If I can make the police think the Trinity Killer is someone else, Arthur is all mine.


What kind of man witnesses a child abduction and doesn't call the police? Who are you, Kyle?