It's always been Dexter Morgan's challenge. How does a sociopath with 67 bodies to his name show emotion in his daily life?
As the hypnotic first episode of Dexter's fifth season opens, the stakes are high—the man's wife is dead in a bathtub of blood, his infant son crying on the bathroom floor. Not the prettiest picture for the FBI agents who swarm in, and complicated further by Dexter's muttered words: "Rita's inside. It was me." All monotone. No tears. But of course it wasn't Dexter—not directly. It was a killer he could have stopped, though (John Lithgow's Golden Globe-winning Trinity Killer from last year), and the resulting guilt cripples Dexter's already limited emotional responses. This sensitive, FBI-monitored moment calls for discretion from our favorite neat monster.
However, Dexter's grief-stricken gaffes this episode include the following:
Telling Rita's kids: Astor and Cody, Rita's children from a previous marriage, had been away at Disney World during the murder. Their return creates a virtually obscene encounter, as they place a Mickey Mouse hat on Dexter's head, and in typical Dexter fashion (so to speak), he doesn't even take the hat off as he abruptly informs them of their mother's death. The super-formal clincher: "Sorry for your loss." Oh boy.