But if anyone knows how to mine the secrets of Convenience City, it’s Dexter. After figuring out that the angel wings from last week’s murder mobile were made of canvas and repaired by a professional, Dex checks in at the local art museum to ask about repairing a painting. Instead of answering his question, like anyone else would, the docent shows him a movie featuring his target. And then, after she basically hands him Babyhanks’ whereabouts on a platter, Dexter calls her “worst docent ever,” I guess because he expected her also to give him Babyhanks’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number. (Dexter’s a dick again! Yay!)
From there it’s just a matter of getting Babyhanks alone and unsuspecting—which Dexter does with great style and relish. Dig that red-lit back-seat strangle-driving sequence, Michael C. Hall’s voice a purr of pure menace with a strong hint of bloodlust. (Dexter’s a terrifying monster again! Yay!) I even thought Babyhanks’s babbling, frightened, self-loathing confession was convincing, despite the convenience.
And I also think the Babyhanks-Adama scenes are just getting better. Olmos is just so sad and measured, that when he finally pulls something savage—like grabbing Babyhanks’s accelerator leg and forcing him to hit a drunk couple with his car—it’s like a small explosion. I also like Adama’s not-quite-understated-enough pleasure at seeing himself on the front page of the newspaper: “The Doomsday Killer?” “Kinda catchy!”
And the rest of the crew do okay also: Batista and Quinn, with the volume on their personalities turned up a bit, are becoming a pretty watchable little odd couple. The interrogation, romance, and further interrogation of Prof Adama’s former student, though predictable and (extra) convenient, was fun enough watching: Quinn’s relentless horn-dogging, Quinn and Batista’s conversation at the bar (“I’ve already spent like 80 bucks on this one!”), Batista’s hilarious discovery of a box full of Adama souveniers sitting out in the living room, and Quinn’s dopey “wait-what?” expression when he does: surprisingly entertaining!
Even Deb’s angst is getting a bit interesting—I really like that she got a moment in the episode, with the therapist, where she could monologue at normal speed with someone she doesn’t have some beef with. I even liked her little real estate shakedown with Doakes II. Oh speaking of, dig Doakes II calling the rest of the squad “chuckleheads” and asking Dex why he isn’t running the show at homicide. Someone finally noticed! So I guess we shouldn’t get too attached to that one.
But can they really off the only two black characters to appear on Dexter in three seasons? I may have said it before, but I’ll say it again: Mos Def may be the best guest star they’ve ever had on this show. I lurved the scene with him and Dexter on the catwalk, both Hall and Def were entirely absorbing, and I really liked how Sam presses Dex on his choice of careers and his memories of mom. So I am pretty upset with his shocking, final-moments murder this week—not something I’m used to feeling when someone dies on Dexter—because it means my favorite part of the show is basically over. But it also means (finally) we’ll get a kill-of-the-week with some weight to it. (Dexter’s kills are relevant again! Yay!)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go re-watch Be Kind Rewind.
More things to yay over:
- I love that Adama paints on velvet. The horror! Anyone know if there’s a term for someone whose medium is paint-on-velvet?
- “He looks pretty big.” “Not as big as God!” *squash*
- Note to self: when traveling to Miami, pack decent hot dogs.
- “Would it be weird if I just left?”
- Quinn doesn’t know from C.S. Lewis, he’s more of a Tolkein guy.
- Here’s a useful tip: when you’re on a stakeout in Convenience City, don’t worry about putting any distance between you and your subject. Parking in front of his next-door neighbor’s yard is perfectly safe, even if your subject has to walk to the end of his driveway to get in his car, and you’ve already made him suspicious by terrorizing him the night before.
- Oh and Masukas: his new intern erased all traces of the ice truck killer memento sale from the internet. Because you can do that kind of thing on TV-world internet. (I remember an episode of Ed where some kids ordered truffles off the internet and received them instantly.)
- “Let’s find this jizzbucket Geller.”
- I’m pretty sure Adama is a Cylon.
- What did you, the viewer at home, think about Brother Sam getting offed? I gotta say: after a cool-down period, a draft revision, and the first 10 minutes of Be Kind Rewind, I am still pretty damn upset.
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