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Mr. Stupidhead: A | Grade It Now!
Because I Could Not Stop For Dex, He Kindly Stopped For Me

At the junkyard, Dex is filling his trunk with the remains of his evening's work, VOing, "I like doing things properly, but I'm out of time, and I still need to dispose of them." He brings out Valerie's body, still very much intact, in a garbage bag. "Valerie got short shrift, but all in all it was a very good night." He slams the trunk, gets into the car, and starts her up. As he passes the body of an '83 Mercedes 300D Turbo Diesel, the camera zooms in on the hole where the trunk lock should be, and we see an eye peering out. Now, that can't be good!

No matter. Dexter's now at the holding bay, unlocking the doors. He scrams before any of the Cubans who emerge can see his face, but he's done the right thing, that much is certain.

Out on the Slice of Life, Dexter's returned to his favorite spot on the ocean. "I like this place." Then, looking at the tracking device on his dash: "A lot of memories are buried down there." He begins dumping last night's kill overboard. "Deviating from the plan may have been ill-advised, but sometimes you just have to take a risk." Back at his apartment, putting his two new slides in their new homes: "After all, isn't that what relationships are all about?"

Dexter and Rita eat dinner silently in candlelight. It seems like they've been silent for the majority of their evening. "Do you have a dream?" asks Dexter. "For your life? Your...future, I guess?" "Of course," she responds. "Do you?" "Might sound weird. I just want to kill people, is that so wrong?" Okay, he doesn't say that, duh. "I want to someday be content. Just feel...comfortable, like everyone else. I want..." "...a normal life," Rita finishes for him, and smiles. The music in the score tells me she got it right, as does the smirk slowly crawling up Dex's lips. "Yeah, a normal life." "That's all I want. Just that," Rita says. "No fame? No fortune? Excitement at every turn?" Dexter continues. Rita's had enough excitement. "I'll take boring." "Average." "Ordinary." They both seem happy to be on the same page, and I'm happy for them.

Great episode this week! I'm definitely feeling good about who ended up on the other side of Dexter's scalpel. I might even go so far as to say that these two were the most deserving we've seen so far. "Might," I said. Don't send me any emails. Also, good on Deb for her Ice Truck Killer progress, as well as for being sympathetic to Tucci and helping to get his confidence back up.

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