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"Dex Will Tremble To Take Us."
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Previously: Um, last season happened. What do you want from me? I already recapped this stuff, folks. Why should your laziness trump mine? Get reading! Or watching, if that's your thing. No, seriously, though: you probably wouldn't be reading this if you hadn't already watched the first season already. Don't like it? Don't email me.

We open facing up, out of Dexter's bag o' tricks, looking up at a ceiling fan. A hand puts some sort of cutting tool in the bag as Dexter VOs, "Tonight's the night." Really? Again? He continues loading various instruments, presumably "of death," into the bag. Then, in the car, totally mirroring the pilot episode: "...And it's going to happen again and again." Hmph. You seem pretty certain of...what exactly? That's a pretty weird thing to say and not follow up on. "Has to happen. It's not what I want, but what I want doesn't matter." This whole sequence has the exact same look as the pilot episode, obviously something they're going for as the opening VO is almost identical. Dex comes to a stop in the car and rolls forward. The camera stays still to reveal that Doakes is following him, looking pissed as usual. "This is the only way I know how to survive. I'm coiled and ready to strike." At this, we see Dexter's eyes, and hear the loud crash of a bowling ball hitting pins. The camera pans out and we see Dex, wearing a league bowling shirt, rolling his ball. He leaves one pin standing, and says, "A spare will do." He turns around, and Angel is telling him that was a "decent warm-up roll," and to remember to keep his arm loose. Masuka chimes in that he has to keep his "mind limber." "I'm doing mental jumping jacks," says Dex, trying to stay positive, or to at least appear that way.

"I'm on edge," Dex VOs as he waits for his ball to return. "Thirty-eight days, sixteen hours and twelve minutes have passed since I killed my brother, and that entire time I haven't had a single night to myself. Sergeant Doakes makes sure of that." He ain't lying, because there Doakes is at the bar, having a brewsky and watching Dexter like a hawk. "He follows me everywhere now, a human bloodhound incited by the scent of darkness." Dexter smiles at him while finishing, "My best hope of losing him is to act relentlessly normal. Dull. So I bowl." Dexter finishes off the last pin with deadly accuracy. "What's really disturbing is that I'm good at it." Heh, yeah you are. Angel and Masuka are psyched and there are high-fives all around. Dexter sits down and grabs a tool from his bag to clean out the finger-holes of his ball (ew!) (and, oh! That's what those tools were for). Angel sits down and starts telling Dex that he needs to focus because they're playing "The Alley Cats." Dexter looks at Doakes and tells Angel he's a little tense, but he'll try not to let the team down. Angel tells him to "think positive," and starts rambling about "energy and interconnectedness." "Angel lost someone, too," VOs Dexter. "When his wife left him. Now he's going toward the light, searching for answers. He found one on an Oprah rerun. I wish it were that easy for me." Angel's been talking this whole time, and finishes, "...Now we just gotta direct it to manifest what we want." He looks very serious. "Alright," says Dex.

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