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“What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?” starts with Dexter getting a little shock from his son, who wakes him up in the middle of the night.  He thinks something has happened to him, but finds that he’s just a little sick from eating too many popsicles in the middle of the night.  He finds it easy to help his son feel better, which makes him realize just how hard it will be to fix his sister.Photo/Video credit: Showtime

 

Speaking of Deb, she is found by a cop drunk in her car.  When she is realizes that she’s in trouble for damaging property, instead of calling her brother she calls Quinn, who rushes to her aid.

 

Dexter is called to the scene of a crime—Sussman’s cabin. He finds him dead on the floor inside, but since he had been there previously he knows that is not where the body had originally been.  The cops think that they have found the Brain Surgeon, but Dexter knows that Sussman isn’t their guy.  Quinn isn’t on the scene because he’s still helping Deb clean up her drunken mess and trying to figure out what is wrong with her and if he can help.

 

Dr. Vogel receives a text telling her to look outside.  On her porch she finds two boxes marked His and Hers- each containing a piece of a brain.  She contacts Dexter and they think the message is meant to tell her that the Brain Surgeon knows that she’s working with Dexter and that he’s watching them. Quinn finally shows up at the cabin and lets Dexter know about Deb and her DUI problems.  He also gets in trouble for showing up late.

 


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Deb is back at work and his boss knows that she’s hungover.  Her boss is understanding and even gives her a special drink to help her feel better.  While the two are talking Dexter shows up to let his sister know that Quinn talked to him.  He wants to help, but she once again tries to push him away.  Dexter won’t back off and gets Deb to agree to meet him for dinner. Dexter heads back to the office and learns that his colleagues have ruled Sussman’s death as a homicide and have closed the Brain Surgeon case.  

 

Meanwhile, Deb and his boss are on a case, trying to learn if a client’s husband is cheating.  He asks about who dropped her off that morning and seems a little too interested in her personal life. Dexter checks out the person he feels might actually be the Brain Surgeon, Ron Galuzzo.  Galuzzo works at the mall selling gym equipment, so Dexter pretends to be interested in what he has to sell in order to question him and feel him out.  He meets with Vogel to let her know what he did and somehow the conversation moves to Deb.  She wants to know why Dexter didn’t kill Deb after she found out about what he is and what he does.  She suggests that he didn’t because he’s selfish, yet also wants him to “revel” in what he is because she finds him to be the “perfect” psychopath.

 

Batista helps Quinn work towards his promotion and gets frustrating when he doesn’t do as well as he wants him to.  Jaime tells his brother to back off because Quinn is tired from being called out on a case in the middle of the night, yet learns that it wasn’t a case, but that he left to help Deb. Dexter and Deb meet for dinner.  He points out a man in the restaurant and reminds Deb that he was someone she once saved and makes the case that she once did a lot of good and could be good again if she tried.

 

Dexter continues to watch Galuzzo and visits the man’s home to do a little recon.  He finds something cooking in a crock-pot and finds a finger in it.  After a little more investigation he finds more human body parts in the fridge and realizes that Galuzzo is a killer, but may not be the Brain Surgeon because he seems to enjoy eating the remains and probably wouldn’t want to waste any by sending parts to Vogel.

 

Deb drinks way too much, gets insanely drunk, and heads to the police station to make a confession.  She speaks to Quinn and tells him that she killed La Guerta.  Rather than let her get in trouble he takes her to an interview room and disables the listening devices so that he can get the full story.  She tells him everything about the night it all happened, but he doesn’t believe her and tries to explain to her how it was Estrada who actually did the deed.  He tells her that Dexter walked them through the whole scene and she goes crazy, so he asks her to write down everything she remembers from that night.

 

Quinn calls Dexter and tells him to hurry to the station because Deb is there to confess.  He rushes there with Vogel, who he was with when he got the call, and asks the Dr. to help him deal with his sister.  Vogel goes in to speak with Deb, but Deb goes crazy. To calm her down enough to take her home, Dexter injects her with something that knocks her out and he and Vogel take her home.  Vogel tells Dexter that she can help Deb and sends him on his way so that she can work her magic.  But, before he leaves, he handcuffs Deb to the couch so that she doesn’t hurt anyone when she comes to. After leaving, he sets his sites on Galuzzo and makes him his next victim.

 

As good as the episode was, it was a little disappointing that it ended earlier than usual.  But, to sort of make up for it, we were treated to a little Q&A with the actors and writer about what happened in the episode.


 Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

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A lot has been going on for the Los Angeles Lakers following the aftermath of the Dwight Howard decision. The team signed Chris Kaman, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks. Many perceive Kaman as a consolation prize for losing Howard. Photo: Bleacherreport.com

 Personally, I think he might fit better than Howard. Kaman doesn't need the ball in his hands to be productive. He is a workhorse who gets the ball when it comes to him or off of offensive boards, doing the dirty work. Also, unlike Howard, Kaman has a pretty solid mid-range game. So yeah unlike Howard, Kaman can hit some free throws. Another reason Kaman is a better fit is because he handles himself in a first-class manner and doesn’t vow for media attention.

 

In other L.A. news, longtime California gangster rapper and actor Ice Cube vented over at his concert for his displeasure for Howard's departure at his concert. Cube went as far as to say “f*ck Dwight Howard” and also saying “Dwight Coward.”

 

It is going to be a circus when the Houston Rockets visit the Lakers.

 

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Unlike last week’s season premiere of Dexter, “Every Silver Lining” started right away—as all episodes should!!  After the usual recap of the week before, the episode dove right into where last week’s let off.

 

Dexter and Dr. Vogel watched a video of his late father explaining how he had taken Dexter to a crime scene as a child and realized that he might have a dark side. Apparently, his father had once sought Dr. Vogel’s help and the two worked together to make Dexter the man (and killer), that he is today.  She is the one who gave Harry the idea of The Code!Photo credit: Showtime

 

Dr. Vogel feels that she has saved Dexter’s life by putting him on a better path than one a psychopath would normally take. She now wants his help in finding the serial killer that has now become The Brain Surgeon.  She feels the killer is a former patient who now wants to kill her, and hopes that Dexter can dispose of him before that can happen.

 

Deb speaks with her boss about the botched Briggs job.  He seems angry, yet amused by her way of handling things and is also mildly surprised that she may still be able to recover the stolen jewelry. 

 

Another Brain Surgeon victim is found with an open skull and a piece of his brain removed. Dr. Vogel shows up at the scene to inform that she received missing brain matter, as she also had when the first victim was murdered.  Dexter decides that he will help her, although he still has questions as to how and why she and his father worked together to help him.  He also doesn’t fully trust her yet.

 

Deb and her boss head to Briggs’ home in search of the goods and discover that he has a storage unit where the jewelry might be. She heads out to check it out on her own and we learn that El Sapo is still watching every move she makes.

 

 

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Two partial prints are found in the Brain Surgeon case and Dexter discovers who the killer may be.  He heads to the man’s home to check things out, finds that he has a hunting cabin where the murders may be occurring, and also almost gets caught by his colleagues (who are also good at matching prints!)

 

Deb finds the storage unit and the jewels- and also some trouble when El Sapo shows up.  He takes the jewelry, roughs her up a bit, and leaves her behind in the unit. El Sapo is later found murdered.  Did she do it?  Dexter wonders if it was his sister and pockets some evidence that might point to her.  He visits Deb to see how she is and if she did it, and finds that she’s in rough shape after her storage unit scuffle.  She’s not only in pain and messed up from her current choices, but is also struggling with her feelings for Dexter.

 

Dexter heads to Sussman’s cabin and finds a lot of creepy stuff that makes it seem as if he’s the killer.  But, considering he finds the man hanging dead from a hook, he can’t possibly be the Brain Surgeon.  Dexter now wonders if he was working with someone and who the real killer could be.

 

Batista knows that Quinn is dating Jamie and seems ok with it- although he wants Quinn to get advance himself in his career.  But all may not be great for Quinn and Jamie because she thinks he is hung up on Deb and she’s mad that Batista is meddling.

 

Dexter runs the evidence that he found at the El Sapo scene and discovers that it’s Deb’s blood.  While this is happening, she shows up at the station to answer some questions that Quinn has about the Briggs/El Sapo case.  She gives him some basic info, but seems to start to lose it while looking at evidence photos.  Luckily, Dexter steps in to save her before she says or does something that could incriminate herself for the murder.  He once again helps her by swapping evidence from the El Sapo crime scene.

 

Dr. Vogel calls Dexter for help after she returns home and finds her door open. He checks the house, but doesn’t find anyone there.  But they do find a DVD that was left behind and it shows that Sussman was coerced into the latest Brain Surgeon killing and there is indeed a killer out there who still needs to be found.


 


Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

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Season 8 of Dexter premiered Sunday, June 30th , and I’m sure many fans of the show tuned with in a mix of excitement and sadness.  Excitement because it started months earlier than usual.  Sadness because it is the beginning of the end.Photo: epguides.com

 

It seemed that Showtime wanted to mess with viewers just a little bit.  They took five minutes to show some key moments from previous seasons and some clips of those who have starred on the show.  And then just when you thought it would finally start, it took another six minutes to recap season 7.

 

When the episode titled “A Beautiful Day” FINALLY started at 9:11, we learned that it was six months after the events that occurred in the season 7 finale.  

 

Dexter and a much older Harrison are living a seemingly normal life and all seems good. 

 

For now…

 

Batista has come back and is now in LaGuerta’s role as lieutenant, and Deb has pretty much gone off the deep end.  She regrets killing LaGuerta so decides to pretty much disconnect herself from her old life- leaving the force to become a private investigator and also jumping into a reckless life of drugs, alcohol, and shady characters. Deb has barely kept in touch with anyone, especially Dexter, whom she hasn’t seen or talked to in weeks. Worried, Dexter finds her, sees what she’s become, and tries to bring her back—all to no avail.

 

Of course, there is a new murder to investigate.  The victim is shot, his head is cut open, and a piece of his brain has been removed.  An expert, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, is brought in to help with the investigation and speculates that the killer may actually be a serial killer who will continue with his gruesome kills.

 

But, it seems like Dr. Vogel might have an ulterior motive for offering her help.  Could she possibly know something about Dexter and the fact that he is actually the Bay Harbor Butcher?

 


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Dexter learns that Deb may be in trouble after Quinn tells him that she had called asking for help.  So he goes looking for her, with Harrison in tow, finds her at a seedy motel, and tries to warn her about El Sapo.  Instead, he ends up killing the dirtbag Briggs that she’s been holed up with and pushes her even farther away.  He also almost loses Harrison!

 

Deb ends up possibly on El Sapo’s radar, even though she thought she’d be safe, which cannot be good for her down the road.

The show ends with us learning that Vogel does, indeed, have an ulterior motive and that she does know about Dexter.  What could this end up meaning?? We’ll just have to check out the rest of the season to see.  And if the previews for the season are any indicator, it’s going to a good one!!

 

Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

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When I first heard about last night’s Philadelphia 76ers draft, I was upset. Trading away a potential star and franchise player in Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for a one-dimensional player (Michael Carter-Williams) and a poor man's Anthony Davis (Nerlens Noel). Photo: USA TODAY Sports

 

The Sixers love getting big men when they’re washed up or coming off injuries (Elton Brand, Chris Webber and last years headache Andrew Bynum). Noel, who by the way is coming off a serious injury to his leg, couldn't reach the stardom of a player of Holiday's caliber even before his injury, but nonetheless is probably the potential good side of last night's draft.

 

In addition to grabbing the Pelicans’ sixth pick, the Sixers still had the 11th pick and selected Syracuse's  Carter-Williams, who is supposed to be Holiday's replacement. Carter-Williams is a good player, but isn’t close to Holiday's caliber. He’s mainly a pass first point guard who at the NBA level will not be able to break his man down or create to the level of that Holiday can.

 

But this is where it gets better. The 2014 NBA Draft will be a star-studded draft. Many say it will be close to the level of the 2003 draft, which featured LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The 2014 draft will most likely feature Andrew Wiggins (whom many compare to James), Jabari Parker, the Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, and even Philly's own Rasheed Jordan.

 

So with the Pelicans and the Sixers most likely not making the playoffs next year, we stand a good chance of having two shots at the first overall pick of next year’s draft lottery. But even if the Sixers don't get the first or second pick, they will most likely leave the draft having selected two really good players.

 

So yes Sixers fans, next year will be a waste, too. But the future looks as high as Nerlens Noel’s vertical leap.

 

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Sunday, June 30th marks the beginning of the end…for Dexter, that is.  

 

Surely you know all about the popular Showtime series. That is, unless you don’t have the cable channel, haven’t checked your Facebook news feed on a Monday morning during the fall season in the last few years, or have been living under a rock.

 

The series follows the story of Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter expert/father/serial killer of serial killers.  It’s the kind of show that actually makes you root for the “bad guy” and hope that he never gets caught.Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime

 

The last seven seasons have been full of twists and turns, amazing surprises, and an ever-changing storyline that has kept viewers hooked.  We’ve seen him murder his own long-lost, biological brother (the Ice Truck Killer), pretend to be someone he’s not to get into a serial killer’s inner circle, fall in love, lose that said love at the hands of a brutal murderer, become a father, go to and from work each day and try to cover up the fact that the guy they are looking for is actually him, and so much more.

 

If you’re gearing up for Season 8, which also happens to be the show’s final season, yet have missed some or all of Season 7, then you might want to read on.

 

So much went on during the season that it would take forever to get through it all, but here are some of the highlights:

 

Season 6 ended with Deb seeing Dexter kill Travis Marshall, so fans couldn’t wait for 7 to start to see her reaction.  Well, considering she was looking for Dexter to tell him she’s in love with him (her adopted brother!!) the sight definitely killed her buzz.  

 

Now that she knew his secret, she pulled away from him while trying to wrap her head around the revelation.  She also went to his apartment and found all of his paraphernalia, which made her decide that it would be her mission to keep him out of trouble and stop his dark extra-curricular activities.

 

Dexter spent a lot of the season trying to break free of Deb’s tight grasp, managing to start and keep up his relationship with Hanna McKay and also continue his, um, work.

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Speaking of Hanna—she tried to eliminate Deb, which didn’t work and just pissed off Dexter.  

 

He didn’t kill her, but she ended up in jail after it came to light that she had been a willing participant in murders that occurred years ago.

 

In the first episode, LaGuerta stumbled across quite a surprise at the Travis Marshall crime scene—a blood slide that made her think that the Bay Harbor Butcher was actually still out there and at work.  She spent the season trying to prove that the Butcher is still out there and may actually be Dexter.  

 

And what did all her efforts get her?  Killed—by Deb!!  A season finale shocker that no one saw coming!!

 

Quinn got himself in with the wrong crowd, Batista left the force to run his own restaurant, Masuka was still trying to get a date, and Dexter continued to speak to his dead father.

 

Season 8 will definitely be awesome. We’ll get to see how the relationship between Dexter and Deb pans out, if Hanna manages to come back and take care of her loose ends, if a new killer must be taken out, and so much more.  

 

But, the biggest question that will hopefully be answered is if Dexter will get caught or will manage to allude the law for good.

 

Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9pm.    

 


 

 

 

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I’ll admit it. Last year, I purchased a Sixers partial game plan with a friend of mine. Today, my friend received this email in regards to their upcoming season.

The Sixers have left the fans of this city in the dark in regards to every move associated with this franchise, but they don’t forget to send partial season ticket plan notices for their hopeless basketball team. Yes, technically they're a business and I get that, but man....

 

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This past Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered flags in the state to be lowered in honor of late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died suddenly last week of a heart attack at age 51.

 

Now I must admit, I was an avid Sopranos watcher. His show is still one of the most beloved of all time. GandolPhoto: pastemagazine.comfini is a Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers.  I get it.

 

But I don’t get why flags have to be lowered for him.

 

I said the same thing last year in regards to Whitney Houston’s passing last year. Now sure, Houston’s track record was way spottier than Gandolfini’s, but it has nothing to do with how these celebrities died.

 

What about police officers killed in the line of duty? What about all the soldiers who’ve lost their lives over the last ten years fighting a war that we still primarily don’t know the main reason why we were even fighting. What about public officials who are trying to make a difference in the community or beyond. That right should be truly reserved for them. Personally, I think this cheapens this honor. Stepping in front of a microphone or camera and memorizing lines doesn’t warrant such a prestigious honor.

And as great an entertainer as he was, chances are Gandolfini would agree.

 

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