Happy Birthday, Jennifer Carpenter!

December 7, 1979.

Jennifer turns 36 today.


Michael C. Hall on Working with Jennifer Carpenter Post-Divorce

It was challenging [working with Jennifer Carpenter after they divorced], inasmuch as we’d obviously gone through a lot. But ultimately, it was tremendously gratifying. The context of our relationship changed, but the relationship didn’t end. And the fact that we were able to work together in a committed and intimate way and continue to tell a story that we both felt was worth telling meant a lot to both of us. We remain friends and I’m very thankful for that.


Jennifer Carpenter to Co-Star in CBS Drama ‘Limitless’


Based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper, CBS’ Limitless explores the life of Brian Sinclair (Jake McDorman), who has recently harnessed his brain’s full potential. IMDb lists Jennifer Carpenter as a nameless FBI agent, likely due to poor publicity of this series; however, she seems hopeful for a series regular, seeing as several promos for the series picture her beside McDorman.

Limitless will premiere on Tuesday, September 22 at 10/9c on CBS.

Jennifer Carpenter on Michael Hall: “[He] melts [into kill scenes] . . . relaxes . . . makes it sort of sick.”

Dissecting Dexter’s Consequences in 812: “Remember the Monsters?”

Lumberjack Dexter, Hannah, and Harrison almost make it on their flight to Rio when Jacob Elway shows up at the airport, threatening the life they planned to share together. After getting airport security onto Elway’s case to defuse the situation, Dexter inadvertently delays all succeeding flights until after Hurricane Laura passes through Miami. Meanwhile, news that Debra is in critical condition after getting shot by Oliver Saxon reaches Dexter shortly after this delay, fortifying his desire for vengeance upon the Brain Surgeon. Though Dexter believes he has transcended the need to kill, his petulance toward Saxon makes this kill far more personal than any other kill he has performed. Once Saxon is taken care of, the only loose end left in Miami is Debra, who would otherwise be left to vegetate in Miami Central hospital. Continue reading “Dissecting Dexter’s Consequences in 812: “Remember the Monsters?””

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Misogyny and Parenthood in 810: “Goodbye Miami” & 811: “Monkey in a Box”

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Debra decides to return to Miami Metro just as Quinn decides to dump Jamie. Dexter’s control over his life and the people in it continues to evade him. Just when he is able to pack his bags and leave for Argentina with Hannah and his son, he discovers that his need to kill does not outweigh his need to be with Hannah, thus allowing Daniel Vogel the opportunity to shoot Deb and Deputy Marshal Clayton.

Mornings with Mum: Why Breakfast Is No Substitute for Parenthood

Though Thomas C. Foster in How to Read Literature like a Professor proclaims that “in the real world, breaking bread together is an act of sharing and peace” (7), communion in Dexter always leads to chaos. Daniel (alias Oliver Saxon) responds no more favorably to Evelyn Vogel’s desperate attempt to reconnect with him over breakfast than Rita does to her ex-husband, Paul Bennett, when he brings donuts to Astor and Cody. They each seem to be offering peace; however, donuts and coffee in each case are mere band-aids to the real  issue. Dexter can even be incorporated in this conversation, for he, too, uses pancakes to appease Harrison and his imaginary elephant friend. These parents offer the most basic form of human sustenance to their children in hopes of reestablishing or reinforcing a pre-existing implicit promise of protection and reliability with their children. While Cody, Harrison, and Astor (to a lesser degree) fall prey to this tactic, Daniel scoffs in his mother’s face when he claims that making breakfast for him makes her feel like his mother again, for she “gave up that privilege a long time ago.”

Continue reading “Misogyny and Parenthood in 810: “Goodbye Miami” & 811: “Monkey in a Box””

ANSWER: How many of Dexter’s murders does Deb help cover up, and who are they?

Three. Travis Marshall, Ray Speltzer, and Viktor Baskov. Deb comments on this in 705: “Swim Deep.”

Trivia: How many of Dexter’s murders does Deb help cover up, and who are they?

The answer will be revealed tomorrow.

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Did You Know? Dexter and Debra’s Names Refer to the De Morgan Laws

IMDb and Wikipedia explain the De Morgan laws as follows:

The names Dexter Morgan and Debra Morgan refer to the two laws of De Morgan – valid rules of inference in propositional logic. Informally, the laws are “not (A and B) is the same as (not A) or (not B)” and “not (A or B) is the same as (not A) and (not B)”. They describe their mentality towards the existence of each other: Neither Debra nor Dexter can live without the other. Both characters express that several times throughout the series.