Help Me Skip Dexter Season 3
November 21, 2012 6:00 PM   Subscribe

I've viewed Dexter seasons 1 and 2, and want to skip ahead to season 4. Please fill me in on plot issues I need to know about....or else suggest no more than 3 episodes from season 3 I need to watch in order to fully enjoy season 4.
posted by Quisp Lover to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Rita discovers she is pregnant, informing Dexter that she will keep the baby and raise him with or without his help. He ends up proposing marriage to Rita, which she eventually accepts.

While stalking a murderous drug dealer, "Freebo", Dexter stumbles upon a fight between Freebo and another man, whom he is forced to kill in self-defense. This victim turns out to be Oscar Prado, brother of Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits), a prominent assistant district attorney and old flame of Lt. LaGuerta. Miguel comes to confide in and trust Dexter after he helps assist with the case. Dexter tracks down Freebo and kills him, but as he leaves he encounters Miguel, who has followed a lead to Freebo's location. Dexter tells Miguel he had discovered Freebo and killed him in self-defense, but instead of reprimanding him, Miguel thanks him and offers to help him cover up the crime. As Dexter and Miguel cooperate to conceal Freebo's true demise from everyone else, the duo end up becoming close friends, as do Rita and Miguel's wife, Sylvia.

Later, Miguel discovers that Dexter killed a murderer Miguel had complained to him about before. He praises Dexter for killing another criminal and offers his aid in the future. Trying to discourage Miguel, Dexter proposes a risky operation to free an infamous Aryan Brotherhood leader from prison in order to kill him. Miguel agrees with the idea and the plan succeeds. Dexter starts to recognize Miguel as his first and only true friend, to the point of inviting him to be his best man at his wedding.

Debra starts working more seriously to earn her detective shield, and also starts working with a new partner, Joey Quinn. They investigate a serial killer, "The Skinner", who skins his victims alive. She also starts a relationship with Anton Briggs, one of Quinn's confidential informants.

Miguel and Dexter's partnership takes a new step when Miguel offers to be the one to kill their next target. With some reluctance, Dexter agrees, only watching as Miguel kills without hesitation. The next day, Ellen Wolf, a ruthless defense attorney and old courtroom adversary of Miguel's, goes missing, and Dexter discovers that Miguel has killed her alone. Dexter also learns that Miguel has been manipulating him since the beginning.

The police investigate the death of Wolf and capture The Skinner. Dexter eventually realizes that Miguel cannot be allowed to run loose any longer, at which point Dexter decides to kill him and make it look like The Skinner did it. Meanwhile, Miguel uses his position to help The Skinner escape police custody in return for his agreeing to kill Dexter. Striving to discover the truth about Wolf's death, LaGuerta ends up obtaining evidence which links Miguel to the crime. Miguel discovers that LaGuerta was investigating him and decides to kill her, but Dexter discovers Miguel's plot and captures him. Before killing Miguel, Dexter confesses to him that he was the one who killed Oscar.

After Miguel's body is discovered, he is immediately identified as a victim of The Skinner, just as Dexter planned. Miguel's other brother, Ramon, however, becomes suspicious of Dexter. After pointing a gun at Dexter during a dinner with Rita, he is taken into custody. During a visit to him in jail, Dexter helps Ramon put his demons to rest.

On the night before his wedding, Dexter is captured by The Skinner, but breaks free by taking advantage of a moment when the Skinner is distracted, shattering his hand in the process. After a short but vicious fight, Dexter snaps The Skinner's neck and makes it look like suicide by throwing his body before a moving police car. Dexter gets his broken hand put in a cast and attends his wedding.

My friend, you just got Wikibombed.
posted by Beardman at 6:18 PM on November 21, 2012 [3 favorites]

Also, Anton gets captured and hurt (but not killed) by the skinner, continuing the grand tradition of all of Deb's boyfriends getting killed/maimed.
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 6:30 PM on November 21, 2012

Rita gets pregnant. Dexter and Rita get married. Literally nothing else in season 3 matters.

Also, you should probably skip seasons 5 and 6 if you're interested in avoiding more awkward love interests and pointless side plots about the horrible side characters (like Quinn, Laguerta, and Angel). Season 4 is fantastic and the peak of the series. After that it gets waaaaaay worse.
posted by Tha Race Card at 7:03 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

Thanks all.

Race Card: yeah, I'm mostly in it for Lithgow. Big fan. Though I hear this present season is good again...they finally shake up the formula.
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:21 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

I fully support skipping season 3. I disliked it and it made me resent Jimmy Smits (which made me sad because I love him generally). Season 4 is FANTASTIC.
posted by Aquifer at 7:34 PM on November 21, 2012

So I hear!

Problem is season 4 is not on showtime on demand. My only free option is the showtime iPad app, but that's a mighty small screen...
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:53 PM on November 21, 2012

I skipped season 3 based on the universal consensus that you should do so. Then I actually went back and watched it after watching season 4, and I really liked season 3. I think it gets a bad rap. It's actually worth watching.
posted by deanc at 9:53 PM on November 21, 2012

I loved Season 3. Favorite season of the series.
posted by stoneandstar at 11:39 PM on November 21, 2012

After that it gets waaaaaay worse.

Yes it does. (I would even say Season 4 has a lot of structural problems but Lithgow is fantastic.) BUT! Season 7 has shown an extremely marked improvement. This was a show I was 98% sure I was giving up on after season 6, but it's been of consistently high quality thus far, with a lot of important callbacks to Seasons 1 and 2. You can definitely skip 5 depending on your Julia Stiles tolerance and outside of the last 30 seconds season 6 should not be viewed by anyone, but come back for 7.
posted by yellowbinder at 6:06 AM on November 22, 2012

To season 3 fans: you are not helping my goal of finally watching The Wire in my lifetime.
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:50 AM on November 22, 2012

Well, if you need any more justification for skipping Season 3, I'd point out that the current callback-heavy season has (so far) had callbacks for Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, but not 3 (as far as I can remember). There are 4 more episodes left, but still.
posted by mhum at 8:32 AM on November 22, 2012

I was somewhat okay with season 5 because I've liked Julia Stiles ever since Ten Things I Hate About You but even the great Edward James Olmos couldn't save season 6. But I really came to agree that season 7 has been a tremendous improvement.
posted by Pryde at 10:50 AM on November 22, 2012

Except for the return of Aster.
posted by emelenjr at 3:21 PM on November 22, 2012

A lot of people are really wigging out over Season 7, but it's not all that great. It's just way better than Seasons 5-6. Season 3 was just fine, but not really worth watching I don't think.

(Have fun with 4 :))
posted by getawaysticks at 9:18 PM on November 24, 2012

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