Dexter: Season 6, Episode 5

The Angel of Death (30 Oct. 2011)

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Dexter runs background checks on Travis and discovers that he was a former student of Gellar. Batista and Quinn go to the university where Gellar used to teach.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez) (credit only)
Harry Morgan (credit only)
Brother Sam (as Yasiin Bey)


Dexter looks into Travis' background and learns that he has no criminal history, not even a traffic violation. Travis is also an expert in old documents and was once James Gellar's student. Batista and Quinn travel to Tallahassee to see what they can learn about Geller. Batista finds something interesting while Quinn gets to strike off an item on his bucket list. A murder suicide results in Deb getting a new place to live. Brother Sam spends an evening at Dexter's apartment but has a surprise waiting for him when he returns to his shop. Travis and Gellar kidnap their next victim. Written by garykmcd

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30 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Travis Marshall's birthday is shown as November 24, 1977. This is the same birthday of Colin Hanks, the actor who portrays Travis. See more »


When Dexter runs into Sam in the police station, Dexter has his bag on his shoulder in the first shot, but when the camera cuts, it's gone. The shoulder strap reappears and disappears multiple times throughout their conversation and is ultimately back on when the scene ends. See more »


Lt. Debra Morgan: Maybe I do need to go to therapy.
Dexter Morgan: No more than me.
Lt. Debra Morgan: Am I that fucked up?
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References The Bucket List (2007) See more »


Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Angel wings
28 November 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There are no big leads into the murder of the young waitress who was killed in front of the police at a hot house setting. Dexter's interest in examining the wings she was wearing at the time of her death proves to be a pivoting point in getting closer to one of the persons behind the murders that are related to the Book of Revelations in the bible.

New addition to the force, Mike Anderson, has been instrumental in linking what the criminals are doing to the story in the bible. All the killings reveal something about what the book describes, but so far, nothing has been found pertaining to the perpetrators and their motives.

Dexter gets lucky as he examines the material which held the feathers of the costume of the last victim. He discovers it is a piece of material much used in painting restoration. Dexter decides to pay a visit to the art museum. He gets nowhere with one of the guides, who ushers him into a small theater where a documentary about the process of handling the paintings. In the film, he sees Travis, the lonely man at the crime scene he saw. Now it is just a matter of patience in getting him.

Debra Morgan is up to her eyeballs in work. She is not accomplishing much, missing her old job and the action it went with it. Quinn stops by to see about getting the engagement ring back; he plans to return it to the jewelry shop to get his money back. It is clear he is still much in love with her. Trying to find more about Gellar during his time in Tallahassee, Deb dispatches Quinn and Batista to get more information. They get lucky with one woman professor who knew Gellar well. As the detectives are ready to leave, Batista goes to pick up Quinn at the woman's house, where he discovers a notebook full of drawings by Gellar, which seem to be exactly what is going on in Miami.

Dexter begins watching Travis. He knows now where he lives. Getting in the suspect's car he attacks Travis one night while driving. Travis is cornered, he tells Dexter more than he should have, implicating himself and Gellar. Dexter decides to keep a close look. Masuka has a new intern, a man that he wants to use to expunge the robbery of a human part by his former shapely assistant.

Gellar is ready for his next victim. She will have to be the 'whore of Babylon'. For that, he sends Travis to get her. Travis almost get caught in the act of snatching a drunk woman coming from a party. Gellar decides to take things into his own hands and he strikes a couple with his car. He is mainly interested in the woman, his next victim. This installment ends with Brother Sam being shot in his garage by a person we never get to see.

Directed by S.J. Clarkson and written by Scott Reynolds, the episode serves to bring Dexter in contact with one of the two criminals causing all the killings that follow a biblical passage. At the same time, the rapport between Sam and Dexter is over with the demise of the religious man that went to redeem himself. The director keeps things going at a good pace. Good acting from the regulars and guest stars.

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