Dexter Review: "Practically Perfect"

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Now we're cooking! Or killing, really.

Through the first two episodes of season five, Dexter Morgan has been a man in mourning. It's been interesting to watch him grapple with the loss of Rita, as he struggles to understand just what he's feeling (guilt? remorse? sadness?), but it's also been a tad boring.

Fortunately, "Practically Perfect" returned to the show to its exciting, fast-paced core of a cat-and-mouse game between this killer and his latest victim.

Dex and Son

Harry tried to warn Dexter that the pressure he was putting on Boyd's murder would lead to a mistake, and, as usual, this ghostly vision was correct.

We were treated to a tense scene in the hospital, with both men trying to stay a step ahead of the other, and then a spontaneous injection and kill room set-up in Fowler's home.

This was all exciting enough, but no way anyone could have foreseen the closing development: a woman saw the whole thing?!? A woman that Boyd was seemingly holding captive and torturing?!?

Yes, that was a battered Julia Stiles falling into Dexter's arms to conclude the episode. Unlike the first two installments, I'm legitimately anxious for the following one to air so we can find out who this lady is and what kind of relationship she forms with Dexter. Reports have hinted at the title character trying to rehabilitate her in some way. Sounds intriguing.

Other questions/notes from the episode:

  • Best nanny ever so far. But it's safe to assume something will happen to her and/or Harrison, isn't it?
  • Sorry, still don't care at all about Batista and Maria's relationship.
  • I am on board for the cult of Santa Muerte killings, however. Let's hope these eventually tie in to whatever Dexter gets involved in and don't just serve as B storyline fodder.

What did everyone else think about "Practically Perfect?"


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Richy, Great call on the nanny. I bet Dex will end up helping her. It seems as though he would protect her if she's good to Harrison aka Prince Harry :)


The way they're portraying the nanny so far, is a bit over the top as a bad person. Interesting how a show about a serial killer, we keep wondering something bad about new characters. I'm leaning more towards she either suffered, or will suffer a big tragedy. Maybe Dexter does something to help her through it? murder an abusive ex-husband after listening to her cry? I'm somewhat interested in Angel/Maria's storyline, interesting fact is they both acted in the HBO prison show Oz. But I don't think they had very many if at all scenes together.


Don't go nuts DexterLover: I think things are going to get better. Of course Dexter isn't going to be on his game and not thinking right: remember when he killed his brother/ice truck killer and he had problems killing for a while in the second season!! Yes so this has happened before!
And I really like Julia Stiles! What complications is she going to add? How long will she be on the show??


WOW, I know I am not the only one who sits in front of the TV on Sundays and dosen't breathe for a whole hour.
First things first, this nanny is suspect.
Second, Deb... why is she so tense lately? She's really on edge, and something is going to happen with her for sure.
Thrid, QUINN, I hate this guy more and more with each passing episode. He is trying so hard to sleep with Deb again, while trying to nail Dex.
--- Here's what I am thinking...
Kyle Butler. This is going to be a problem for Dex, as we know. But, I'm not really too sure how Jonah will respond to this. Based on the "scenes from the next" they are making it look like Dexter will get found out, but I'm not entirely sure if that will be the end for Dexter.
There is something more with this Santa Muerte. Interested to see where that is going to go...
Angel and Maria, I am begining to get a little annoyed with their bantar.
And of course Dexter. Dexter Dexter Dexter. I agree with what everyone has been saying... he is so sloopy, and I find myself screaming at the TV. First starting with the first kill of the guy in the bathroom. He's prints and everything were everywhere. Now with Boyd. Again, I get that he didn't have a kill room at his house, but then he shouldn't have done it. He had no gloves, he used newspaper, he called the nanny from Boyd's house so they can ping his cell to towers close to his house, and of course Julia Stiles. He has to kill her, but why wait. I saw the scenes from the next, and it looks like she is begining to escape. Why is he giving her so much time to even get out? If I were her, heard what Dexter said to Boyd, and knew Boyd was going to kill me, I wouldn't tell on Dexter... that's just me. I've said this before, but what is happening here? Is this the final season? I'm going nuts...


I thought the new nanny had taken off with the baby! I was as scared as Dexter! We all knew Julia Stiles was coming, didn't expect her to come in like that, she came into the show with a bang!


oh my gosh, so intense! wat do you guys think, is dexter screwed? maybe he will let julia stiles in and she will become his accomplice or something.
as for batista and maria, worst story line, i dont even know why it's in the show, i'm always waiting for it to end
i'm so nervous for the new nanny! i dont want to see what terrible things are destined to happen

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