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The Tooth Fairy was the biggest let down of the season to date!Billy Brown as Mike Anderson and Jennifer Carpenter as Debora Morgan (Season 6, episode 3) - Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime

Episode 3 opened with the fast-paced, what’s gonna happen next rush that fans long for with this show.

Within seconds, Deb and Dexter were called to a homicide scene, we flashed to the jogger Gellar and Travis trapped being tortured by them, and then went to Miami Metro HQ where Deb struggled with her first day as lieutenant.

Yet the episode that seemed to bring back the momentum everyone is longing for from the Ice-Truck Killer and Trinity days ended in the usual blasé fashion we’re getting accustomed to.

The homicide scene led Dexter back to some childhood memories and helped him connect with his favorite serial killer from his youth; The Tooth Fairy. Dexter ended up befriending the now 70-something retiree on the golf course and doing his usual due diligence while preparing for a kill.

The Tooth Fairy scenario was exciting and had the audience thinking that perhaps this would be the hook for season 6- someone who has a trademark takeaway, a new twist in this long-winded entrance for Gellar and Travis perhaps? But alas, the Tooth Fairy was only on for episode 3 and he was killed before the show ended.

The lesson he brought was that of legacy. As the kill scene had him excited for his son to know the truth, Dexter switched his plans to make sure the secret stayed that way forever by making the death seem like a heart attack, and then dumping the trophy teeth into the ocean. This scene plays into the growth for Dexter and where he will go as a killer and a parent. Do serial killers still exist as senior citizens? Can he ever give up his dark passenger?

At Miami Metro, Lieutenant Morgan’s first day was less than enviable. She was undermined by LaGuerta and Quinn in the briefing room. Then while looking to replace the detective spot her new role left open, she received unsolicited advice by LaGuerta and Angel. Luckily, she had Dexter to lean on, and in the end she trusted her gut. We also learned there's more to Masuka's intern than her looks. Clearly she's 'going out' with him with a hidden agenda. Can't wait to see what she does with the 'hand' from the ice truck killer case! Also looks like there might be a Detective Anderson on the squad soon…though when he joked with Deb and asked her to fetch the real Lieutenant, he left himself on the chopping block for sure. Do you think he’ll end up dating Deb or LaGuerta?

As for Gellar and Travis, the two are less exciting in each episode (as I mentioned last week), and the writers are disappointingly slow to drum up any intrigue with the main villains this season. Here’s hoping, again, that this week we learn more.

In the meantime, the show switched gears to the final scene in a way that left audiences wondering whether they changed the channel. Homicide victims on horseback? Should be an interesting episode 4!


Check out last week's recap HERE!

Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime, and if you’re too busy watching Sunday Night Football to tune in, there is an encore presentation Monday nights at 9pm.

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Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime