4-12: "The Getaway" 2009.12.13 (recap)
Posted Aug 25, 2010 @ 11:13 AM
After reading 28 pages of comments, I have a few thoughts to add.
1. In the past, didn't Dexter only kill criminals who weren't brought to justice because of technicalities or mistakes? It seems this was the first time that he thwarted an investigation that could have been successful in order to kill the perp himself, but I could be wrong about that.
2. To explain the evidence planted at the trucker's shack and in his truck, it would be simple to point to Christine, who is now dead and can't deny it or claim an alibi.
3. When Arthur Mitchell drove off in the now-black Mustang, didn't the body shop guy yell "The paint is still wet!" to him? If so, Dexter's fingerprints could be preserved in black paint on the trunk of the Mustang... We also saw him touch Arthur's van with un-gloved hands in the bank's parking garage.
4. I did not like Rita's character (nor the actress with her "little girl" voice), but it was still shocking to see her in a bathtub filled with blood, and I felt for Dexter, even though his behavior made this murder possible.
5. I agree with many posters who complained that the flashbacks to bloody 3-year-old Dexter were ridiculously heavy handed and unnecessary. (Writers, viewers aren't blind and stupid. Most of us can recognize parallels all by ourselves, okay?)
Posted Aug 30, 2010 @ 4:26 AM
Annoyed all season that Dexter didn't kill AM sooner ... I knew no good would come of it -- didn't need proof he wasn't lovely with his family and all that sickness.
And bullshit the FBI doesn't take the case! City after city where a woman is found naked and dead in a bathtub, followed by a suicide of a mother of two, followed by a bludgeoning murder of an older man? Leave out the kidnapping and non-return of a 10-year old boy and there's still too much pattern for the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico to ignore. BS to the nth degree.
But I was sickly shocked that Rita was killed ... and very much relieved that Harrison was not harmed. Yes, he'll live without his mother ... but for all the "she's a good mother" chatter, it was Dexter repeatedly getting up in the middle of the night to tend to his son. WTF? When he had to work and she is a stay-at-home mother? That pissed me off at the character more than her nagging. I'm not sorry the character will be gone (and Astor and Cody can go, too), but I don't like the way it was done.
John Lithgow may have said in interviews that AM killed Rita, but actors are not always told the truth ... and the truth, for writers, changes up until the lines are said by an actor and edited by the editor. Writers know what they want, but they don't always get it. They never showed Rita's death and if Julie Benz said she never acted in a scene with John Lithgow, I'd ask "who DID she act in a scene with?" ... because it's possible we didn't see that scene for more reasons than shock value at the end.
I'll take it over to the speculation thread, but there's other ways they could explain her death.
Deb has to question why Dexter was in the garage. He was wearing his badge, and had been seen by another cop, but no blood ... no reason for a blood technician to be there. Was Matsuka there?
AM used his home computer to search for addresses for Dexter Morgan. That'll be in his history when the FBI checks it out. Also, if Deb realizes someone's been in her apartment .... speculation ...
Since we saw Dexter take the keys and AM's ID and cash and store them near the van, there's no reason to assume he didn't "clean up" that situation along with the body disposal.
The coffin ... AM built it for himself, had probably built a few others over the years. Serial killers probably hate themselves at some moments and want to kill themselves, but then justify their right to exist and think they'll stop -- haven't we seen this in Dexter? Trying to control his impulses? Killing only serial killers is his way of controlling his "dark passenger", as it is. The interesting thing for me in the season was the nearly successful attempt AM made at the housing site in Tampa. I think this was a writer's misstep. It would have been more true to life if he'd been about to do it and Dexter reaching for him made him fall ...
All of it could be a result of the head injury Dexter sustained early in the season. But I guess that's not going to happen ... yes, I'm heading to the speculation thread now ...
ETA: BTW, how I wanted it to end? I wanted Dexter to not track down Trinity ... I wanted Trinity/AM to drive away in the evening twilight, heading towards Key West .... Then I wanted Rita to call Dexter from Key West and say "we're here, waiting for you" when there's a knock on the door. She hangs up, opens the door to AM. AND SCENE. The audience would by DYING to know what happened. And they'd have John and Julie returning ...
Edited by IcyAll Ican, Aug 30, 2010 @ 5:44 AM.
Posted Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:44 AM
Reading through this whole thread, and all the keen and thought-provoking comments, I didn't see this thrown out there. So here goes...
Did anyone notice that Dex more or less completed TK's final killing cycle?
Think about it (granted, they may not have happened entirely in order, as per TK's m.o.):
- The 10-y.o. gets abducted/buried (remember, TK doesn't kill the boys directly, he buries them in the foundation, so technically he completed phase 1 of the cycle).
- A young, childless woman commits suicide. (Not via the typical method, but still. And certainly you could say TK caused it.)*
- A mother of two dies in a bathtub. (OK, really three, but I just think of Harrison as "belonging" to Dex.)*
*(I guess you could say the "Vera" and "Mom" characters were switched here insofar as how Rita and Christine died.)
- An older male gets beaten to death with a hammer.
Now maybe I'm just reading way too much into this, and it was all an eerie coincidence. But if not, and they intentionally snuck that last cycle in there...Messrs. Lindsay, Manos, Reynolds, Ms. Rosenberg, etc., I bow to your greatness.
Edited by MITerp, Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:49 AM.
Posted Sep 3, 2010 @ 4:01 PM
In the past, didn't Dexter only kill criminals who weren't brought to justice because of technicalities or mistakes? It seems this was the first time that he thwarted an investigation that could have been successful in order to kill the perp himself, but I could be wrong about that.
That was the original code. It's been the code Dexter has tried to follow with all of the "minor" killings (with some mistakes). But he hasn't stayed true to that with the major killings. He wanted to save TK for himself, that was a choice. But Jimmy Smits wasn't let go due to a technicality. Dexter seemed to justify that he likely wouldn't have been arrested due to his position. Dexter skirts close to disaster when he doesn't follow the code. This time he let disaster happen.
Posted Sep 6, 2010 @ 11:51 PM
So I'm pissed that Rita never found out about Dexter, and I wish that instead of killing her off, Arthur had for example told her what Dexter was, and had the ending be her leaving him, or at least an epic confrontation. That being said, I am stoked for season 5 and how it will go from there.
Also I think there is potential in the theory that Dexter's dark passenger took over and he actually killed Rita. I don't think that's what happened, but hypothetically if it did, that would lead to a MUCH darker story than the past four seasons, because frankly the whole "dark passenger" dynamic seems forced, like it isn't really in control of him. Hell, they could even bring Tyler Durden in for a few episodes. I'm kidding.
Posted Sep 12, 2010 @ 9:01 PM
Thanks in advance!
Posted Sep 17, 2010 @ 6:12 PM
Did anyone notice that Dex more or less completed TK's final killing cycle?
It was the young, single woman that died in the bathtub, then the mother of two that committed suicide in the cycle. So there were four affected, but not in the same ways.
Posted Sep 24, 2010 @ 2:27 PM
But I do agree he has really backed himself into a corner on this one much more so than ever before, especially with the consequences so personal and painful, and no matter how big of idiots they pain FBI to be other than Lundy, there are way too many loose ends here for the pieces to not be put together and quick.
I am perplexed by those who assert that AM couldn't killed Rita due to timing. It seems to me that Rita's time of death must coincide with the time that Dexter was at AM's house-- oh the irony-- with the rest of MHD. He put her in a cab, when she got to the airport she realized she didn't have her ID and went home, so that would put her arriving back at Maison Dex at the exact same time AM's house was being ransacked by the police. I mean, i can understand the argument that since we didn't see it maybe there is more to it, but the timing argument doesn't seem to me to be particularly strong.
Finally Runawaywatcher- my only data point for the theory that perhaps Julie Benz was not Miss Popularity on the set is that in every single interview anyone from this show has done since the finale, they have all said the exact same thing-- "well of course my first thought was for Julie and our family..."-- even 3x would be understandable, but I have heard it so much and it always sounds so alike no matter who says it, that it almost seems like they had media coaching or direction from the exec producers on that point. Being in marketing/PR myself it just seems a bit too neat and that always makes me suspicious. but like I said, i could be totally wrong too, that would not be a first!
Oh and forgot.... Sunday night is only 2 days away.... can't wait!
Posted Oct 6, 2010 @ 7:56 PM
However, that doesn't explain why Harrison would be sitting up like that. No way a baby would just sit there for hours on end. So maybe it was later, when Dex can't account for his time.
I can see it making sense. This infant just witnessed an event that is very likely to shatter his psycheb and damage him beyond repair. Also, he's a baby, and a baby would look to Mom, because in his world, Mom is the person who makes everything in his life operate correctly. He can't comprehend what just happened because he has no frame of reference for it. That's true of every baby, with everything, but the consequence in this circumstance is too horrifying to think about.
He can't conceive of what death neans, on the most basic of levels. He may somehow be able to comprehend that Mommy is hurting, but soon she will get up and take him to the kitchen.
There's no one left to tell him what to do, so he sits where he is and waits for Mom to wake up and then someone will come and fix everything and help Momnmy and take them to the kitchen. So he sits and waits.
Posted Nov 13, 2010 @ 11:28 AM
Rita died in a terrible way and for once I am grateful the show actually didn't show us her death on screen but I'm assuming that Trinity got his window to do but if so, why not rub Dexter's face in it, prior to his own death?
Trinity's been a fantastic villain all season but it made sense for him to die. Had Dexter not finally succeeded in bumping him off, he would be in a world oftrouble (though I guess he still might be).
Quinn is going to get more suspicious of Dexter and I have a feeling that now that Deb knows about both Brian and Laura Moser, she's also going to become increasingly suspicous as well.
Looking forward to next year, 10/10.
Posted Nov 14, 2010 @ 4:41 AM
A little OT here, but I didn't see anywhere else to ask. Does anyone know the name of the song that is played during the Dexter commercial promo for Season 5? Not the Phil Collins song, but the other one. Also who is the artist?
Thanks in advance!
I think I know the one you mean :D Ben Cocks- "Busy Dream", youtube. enjoy!
Posted Jan 14, 2011 @ 2:18 AM
Kudos to all the cast and writers. Great season and a great show.
And Julie Benz gets the double whammy. In two shows her boyfriend has been a serial killer and she dies. Buffy and Dexter.
By the way, I just watched all of season four for free. Showtime on Demand was running a free week promotion.
I wonder if I can get through season five before they take it away.
Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:29 AM
I may be in the minority, but I like this season finale. It left me with a satisfied feeling.
Dexter has so much innocent blood on his hand, directly or indirectly. Sgt. Doakes, Oscar Prado, John Farrow and Kyle Butler. Having something that he feels dear to him taken away in such gruesome manner is just life's way to force him to reap what he sow.
What bothers me so much is that others have to suffer (and horribly, in Rita's case) in order for Dexter to be smacked down. From a writer's perspective, I get it: Rita's death will have a major impact on him and takes the show in a new direction.
Unfortunately, in order for that to happen, a woman who already has had enough experience with pain and trauma had to spend her last moments in this life brutally murdered in her own home by a stranger, all while knowing that her infant son is right there and could be next and that Astor and Cody will lose their mother. I cannot imagine a more horrible ending. In general I liked Rita (though I understood the criticisms of her this season), but I am fucking traumatized imagining what her final moments of life were like. I'm not sure that not seeing it has helped. My imagination is unfortunately working far too well for my liking on this matter and I am gutted.
in this episode, we got to see him passionately make love to his wife, for what to me seemed like the first time.
I guess I can take comfort in the fact that Rita was very happy with her husband and her life before it was cut short. I'm glad they at least gave that much to her character before they killed her off.
Dex had so many opportunities to kill AM and he just let it slide.
I really did not understand why, once he'd got Arthur drugged in the back of the van, Dexter didn't just hop into the driver's seat and drive away. Why in the hell did he choose to deal with the guy whose car he'd hit? He could have taken care of Arthur and then eventually returned to his car or 'turned himself in' to face the charges of leaving the scene of an accident. He could have made up some excuse for his haste.
I'm really hating Dex's need to kill people instead of face the justice system. I have no problem with him seeking out a murderer out on parole or someone who lucked out and got away with their crime. But since he kills people and makes them disappear, the victims of the crimes are doubly fucked: they were hurt by the perp and are left to fear that he's still out there and could come back at any time.
I mean, Trinity's family will forever live in fear that dear old dad will turn up and their lives will go to shit again. I really hate that, unlike Miguel and Brian, Dex didn't leave a body to put to rest everyone's fears. Hell, how much police manpower will be wasted on a manhunt?
Sure, Dex gets to know that Arthur is dead, but he's denied EVERYONE ELSE the peace of mind that he has, knowing that Arthur won't hurt anyone else. And this happens EVERY TIME he tosses a body in the water. I understand from a forensics standpoint that it's safer for him to dispose of the body; it's just that the victims of Dexter's victims never get closure.