Dexter Season 4, Episode 3: "Blinded by the Light" - Recap


This week on Dexter, a neighborhood vandal prompts the residents of Dexter's community to form a neighborhood watch. Meanwhile, Trinity strikes again with his second murder, which he masks as a suicide.


There Goes the Neighborhood


The episode begins as Dexter makes frozen beverages at a neighborhood BBQ, struggling to fit in with the suburban families. Everyone is talking about the vandal that has been terrorizing the community with juvenile antics. The next night, Dexter's house is targeted with graffiti, but the vandal leaves the can of spray paint behind. Dexter grabs it, hoping to work his forensic magic on it.


Dexter tries to paint over the spray paint on the door, but his dad appears to remind him about to how much pressure Dexter's under. He also reminds Dex that he can't afford to let anything slip. He uses the paint as a metaphor about Dexter trying to "cover it up." Dexter shrugs him off, but his dad says it's a "stain so deep it can't be erased."


After a long day at work, Dexter gets dropped off in Masuka's awesome monster truck (Rita found out about the concussion and won't let him drive). Dexter realizes that motion detector spot lights have be set up to face his property. He continues into the house and finds Rita hosting a neighborhood watch meeting. The cop asks Dexter if he's ready to fight crime, and Dexter, clearly annoyed by his watchdog neighbors, musters up his fakest, "You betcha!"


Dexter notices one of the neighborhood teens, Jesse, talking to Astor, who is clearly taken with him. He also notices Jesse has graffiti all over his shoes and walks over to grab his soda can to compare the boy's prints with the ones on the spray paint can. Of course, he mortifies poor Astor in the process by telling her it's way past her bed time.


The prints are a match, so Dexter decides to scare some sense into Jesse by putting on a ski mask and catching him in the act. As soon as he's begins to follow Jesse, the neighborhood watch team catches a glimpse of Dexter in his ski mask and starts chasing him all over the community with their ever-so-intimidating flashlights. Somehow Dexter escapes, but he is exasperated by his overzealous neighbors.


Dexter tries the ski mask routine yet again a few nights later, but this time his plan is to break into Jesse's room and scare the crap out of him when he gets back. Oddly enough, Dexter gets to the bedroom and finds Jesse sound asleep. Confused, he hears a crash outside. Next thing you know, Jesse's dad, Andy, walks in carrying a giant wrench. Dexter, who's taken aback by the turn of events, pulls on the ski mask and sneaks up behind Andy in his garage as he shines a light in eyes. Dexter disguises his voice (horribly) and threatens Andy. The two get in a scuffle, but Dexter manages to pin Andy, who then admits he's been vandalizing the neighborhood because he's filled with resentment towards his successful friends after losing his job and facing foreclosure on his house. It isn't until Dexter threatens to go after his son that Andy relinquishes.


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