Dexter (2006–2013)
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A Beautiful Day 

Six months have passed since LaGuerta's death. Dexter is managing his life as well his "dark passenger" will allow. Debra has quit the force and is working as a private investigator but isn't doing so well. The police investigate a murder where parts of the victim's brain have been removed.

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Jamie Batista
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It's now 6 months since Captain LaGuerta's death. Dexter is still working as a blood spatter expert but Deb has quit the force and is now working as a private investigator. She's also been avoiding Dexter as much as possible. Angel Batista is now the squad's Lieutenant and Tom Matthews is a Deputy Chief. Dexter is worried about Deb in general but even more so after he hears she hasn't been in touch with her new boss for two weeks. Metro homicide has a new case after a body is found on the beach. The man's skull has been sliced open and a small part of his brain removed. Matthews introduces a civilian expert, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, who has volunteered her time to help with the investigation. Dexter is distrustful of her from the outset and with good reason as it turns out: she seems to know a great deal about him. Written by garykmcd

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The truck driven by Debra's boyfriend at the beginning of the episode is the same exact truck driven by Nero Padilla in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. Padilla is portrayed by Jimmy Smits, who also plays Miguel Prado in season 3. See more »

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In the first half hour of the episode when Dexter is called in the morgue, Dr. Vogel is seen holding and handling the victims severed brain like it's solid which is inconsistent with the brains' soft, gel-like consistency, similar to soft tofu. See more »

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[first lines]
[acoustic guitar plays What a Wonderful World]
[All action is in slow motion. Harrison throws a kite up into a cloudy sky, rainbow arcing behind a lighthouse. He runs, laughing, to Dexter, holding the line]
Dexter Morgan: [all in V.O] There's nothing like a crisis to define who you are.
[fade to Dexter hitting a splatter-skull with a baseball bat in the lab]
Dexter Morgan: A better person would feel bad about LaGuerta's death. But the truth is, it solved all my problems.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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What A Wonderful World
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Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
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A beautiful day!
1 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

I couldn't wait to watch this episode and was not disappointed! The writers get off the blocks with a bang and we could literally see the beginning of the end for our beloved serial killer from the very first episode.

The star performer? I would say it was Jennifer Carpenter. Playing the guilt wracked Deb on a path to self destruction, she fits the role to a T. The clarity with which Dexter opens the episode couldn't end with a bigger contrast towards the end of the episode as he starts losing control and lets his "dark passenger" take over more than just once. Which leads us to the question, "Who is truly on their path to self destruction?" Not even his projections of Harry could rein him this time which sets up an interesting season ahead.

Who is this Dr.Evelyn Vogel? How does she know so much about Dexter? How many of Dexter's acts is Deb willing to cover up? How long before Dexter cracks for good and lets his dark side take over? How and when is Hannah coming back? We are left with so many questions... Looking forward to a bloody interesting end to this wonderful series. Pun intended.


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