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Dexter 8 Seasons 2008

Season 3
4.6 out of 5 stars (678) IMDb 8.8/10

Miami's most prolific serial killer, Dexter Morgan, forms an unlikely friendship with Miguel Prado, a charismatic and ambitious district attorney from one of Miami's most politically powerful and beloved families. This hard-nosed, crime-busting attorney becomes intertwined with Dexter's life when they find themselves in pursuit of a murderer who has affected both of their lives. That murderer is, of course, Dexter. Meanwhile, Dexter and Rita's relationship is shaken to the core by an event that will change their lives.

Starring:
Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz
Original air date:
December 14, 2008

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Season 3

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1. Our Father

Dexter's life seems to be smoothly back on track, until he targets a dope dealer who is also in the sights of Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits); Internal Affairs pressures Debra to rat on her new partner.

CC TV-MA September 28, 2008 58 minutes
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2. Finding Freebo

Every cop in Miami is tasked with finding the fugitive Freebo, who is accused of killing the younger brother of Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado; Dexter and Rita move closer to making a big decision about their family.

CC TV-MA October 5, 2008 49 minutes
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3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Dexter encounters a fellow predator - but this one is a pedophile; a murder is pinned on Freebo but Dexter knows the truth; Dexter struggles with the fact of his growing friendship with Miguel.

CC TV-MA October 12, 2008 49 minutes
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4. All in the Family

Dexter scrambles to convince Rita that his marriage proposal is sincere and romantic; Miguel's vengeful brother Ramon searches desperately for their sibling's murderer, who was secretly killed by Dexter.

CC TV-MA October 19, 2008 54 minutes
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5. Turning Biminese

Dexter hears the story of a husband who has gotten away with murdering two wives for financial gain and tracks the man to Bimini, but Rita has a medical emergency while Dexter has disappeared.

CC TV-MA October 26, 2008 48 minutes
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6. Si Se Puede

Dexter tests Miguel to determine if his friend has discovered his secret, while Rita loses her job and wonders if she's meant to ever have a successful career.

CC TV-MA November 2, 2008 54 minutes
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7. Easy As Pie

Dexter begins working with Miguel but they quickly have differences in selecting a potential new victim; Rita discovers that Miguel's wife suspects him of an affair; an old friend of Dexter's asks for help in ending her life.

CC TV-MA November 9, 2008 58 minutes
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8. The Damage a Man Can Do

Dexter undertakes to teach Miguel the Code, but doesn't realize he's whetting his partner's thirst for blood; Debra is one step closer to finding the Skinner but a secret revealed about Anton sends him packing.

CC TV-MA November 16, 2008 54 minutes
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9. About Last Night

Dexter and Miguel's friendship becomes strained even as Rita revolves to confront Miguel about his suspected infidelity; Debra searches furiously for Anton when it's revealed that he was abducted by the Skinner.

CC TV-MA November 23, 2008 51 minutes
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10. Go Your Own Way

A series of chess-like moves ensues when Dexter and Miguel vie for the upper hand, with Miguel winning Rita's affection by presenting her with a lavish wedding gift; Debra wonders if her relationship with Anton is worth it.

CC TV-MA November 30, 2008 50 minutes
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11. I Had a Dream

Dexter must find a way to get rid of Miguel despite the fact that his friend is a district attorney (and Dexter's best man); Debra finds a new clue to the Skinner's identity.

CC TV-MA December 7, 2008 50 minutes
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12. Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

Dexter attempts to calm Ramon now that Miguel is out of the picture; Debra is about to receive her detective's shield.

CC TV-MA December 14, 2008 51 minutes
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"Dexter" never disappoints! As a big fan of the show, I was concerned how Season 3 would play out now that one of my favorite characters, James Doakes, is out of the picture. I never should have worried, because the third season of "Dexter" was just as fabulous as the first two. This season mainly focuses on Dexter's (Michael C. Hall) personal relationships. He's working through some major issues with his deceased father, Harry (James Remar), and his relationship with Rita (Julie Benz) takes a surprising turn when she announces that she's pregnant with Dexter's child. All of these emotions cause Dexter to turn to an unlikely person...Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits), who takes a liking to Dexter and makes it his personal mission to become Dexter's BFF. No one is more surprised by this than Dexter, who discovers that he has more in common with Miguel than he possibly imagined. For the first time in his life, Dexter has a friend whom he can rely on and share (some) of his dirty little secrets with. After a while, however, Dexter realizes that there's much more to Miguel than he originally thought, and decides that the ADA may not be BFF material after all.

This is a great season chock full of twists, turns, and excitement. In addition to Dexter's storyline, there are great subplots involving a new serial killer ("The Skinner"), Deborah's (Jennifer Carpenter) relationship with a CI, Angel's (David Zayas) recovery from his divorce, and Maria's (Lauren Velez) coping with the death of her former partner in Season 2. I am always impressed by the way this series constantly surprises its audience and keeps evolving these dynamic characters.
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I finally took advantage of getting what I pay for with my cable company. Prior to Season 3 of Dexter, I watched the first two seasons on DVD (Season One & Season Two). I used to send all this money to my cable company for subscribing to Showtime, and Dexter was never part of my regular TV viewing until 2008. Color me stupid. What was I missing out on?...Only the absolute best show on TV.

How good is it? Let's put it this way...I'm actually glad that I hadn't seen this until DVD, because my wife and I were able to watch the first two seasons in weeks versus like 3 months PER regular season on Showtime. We often watched three episodes in one night on the DVD sets. Alas, I couldn't wait for Season 3's release on DVD, so it was one episode of Dexter, one week at a time for Season 3.

So certainly one of the good things about Dexter on DVD is that you don't need to wait 12 weeks to see a season from start to finish. But certainly the best thing about the series is how well done it is.

Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall of HBO's Six Feet Under fame) is a blood spatter analyst with Miami Homicide. It's his job to help solve murders, and he also happens to moonlight as a serial killer....Just a side note that last part.

The acting in the show is terrific, and the thrills and twists are plentiful. Combine the nature of Dexter's professional life with his favorite pass-time, and you can bet your carotid artery that there's plenty of blood in the show too.
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Season 1 was harrowing and chilling. Season 2 was tense and dramatic. Season 3 has it all. It seems the writers (bless 'em) really hit their stride in this season. Everyone gets their spotlight, and everyone shines like stainless steel in a hard spotlight. I cannot enthuse enough about this season of the series. If you haven't seen any Dexter, don't start here. You'll miss the nuances of character development. If you've been following Dexter you WILL find yourself captivated like you were on the slab in one of his killing rooms. I will not give away any plot points. Suffice to say that everyone from the directors to the actors to the writers have stepped up and delivered an epic plot arc. This is my favorite season thus far, which is a strong statement when considering how amazing the 1st season was. I cannot wait to see where Dexter and company go from here.
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Dexter is, hands down, the most brilliantly written television series I have ever watched. The pacing is downright perfection, the story telling and weaving is an absolute powerhouse of entertainment. Plus, the dialogue is nothing short of utterly amazing.

The cast is something that award shows lust for. Michael C. Hall was always brilliant on Six Feet Under - The Complete Series Gift Set. Since episode one he has proven that he can make a totally different character (than the interally conflicted gay brother who owns a funeral home w/his family.) He truly is an actor in the caliber of DeNiro or Nicholson, in my opinion.

The rest of the cast is amazing too. Jennifer Carpenter Quarantine (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] is often called the weak link (by my wife and almost every woman I know for some reason,) however I disagree, she's just as brilliant in her internal conflicts than everyone else. She's often the conscience in Dexter's mind when there is none otherwise. That's not to say Dexter doesn't have morals, but there are certain things that his sister points out which seems like a light bulb goes off in the Dexter's head.

Jimmy Smits in any TV show seems to improve it by a factor of three. This series didn't need it so much, but he's a very welcome addition. In fact, I compared the 'Donut Shop Scene' in this season to the DeNiro/Pacino coffee shop scene in Heat (Two-Disc Special Edition).
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