Those Kinds of Things

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"Those Kinds of Things"
Dexter episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 1
Directed by John Dahl
Written by Scott Buck
Original air dateOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
"The Big One"
"Once Upon a Time..."
Dexter (season 6)
List of Dexter episodes

"Those Kinds of Things" is the first episode of the sixth season of Showtime TV series Dexter . It was aired on October 2, 2011 and attracted 2.19 million viewers in the US. [1]

<i>Dexter</i> (season 6) season of television series

The sixth season of Dexter premiered on October 2, 2011 on the television cable network Showtime, and consisted of 12 episodes. The season follows Dexter's and Miami Metro's investigations into a string of bizarre ritualistic killings featuring overtly religious apocalyptic symbolism. On November 18, 2011, it was announced that Dexter had been renewed for two more seasons.

Showtime (TV network) American premium cable TV channel

Showtime is an American premium cable and satellite television network that serves as the flagship service of the Showtime Networks subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which also owns sister services The Movie Channel and Flix. Showtime's programming primarily includes theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with boxing and mixed martial arts matches, occasional stand-up comedy specials and made-for-TV movies.

<i>Dexter</i> (TV series) American television series

Dexter is an American television crime drama mystery series that aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The show's first season was derived from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons evolved independently of Lindsay's works.



Dexter is shown writhing in pain. He calls 911 and requests paramedics for what he says is a stab wound. It turns out that it was all a part of his plan to trap two specific paramedics who have been letting patients die so that their organs can be harvested and sold for huge profits on the local black market. Dexter then charges up a defibrillator and shocks each paramedic until they're both dead.

Dexter Morgan fictional character from the Showtime series

Dexter Morgan is a fictional character and the antihero of the Dexter book series, written by Jeff Lindsay, as well as the television series of the same name, where he is portrayed by American actor Michael C. Hall, and by Devon Graye, Dominic Janes, and Maxwell Huckabee as a youth.

A year after Rita's death, Dexter's life is back to normal, or at least as normal as his life gets. Batista's sister Jamie has become Harrison's babysitter, and she takes care of Harrison whenever Dexter is away from home. Dexter and Debra visit a Catholic pre-school which they plan on letting Harrison attend.

Rita Bennett fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay

Rita Bennett is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his book series about a vigilante serial killer named Dexter Morgan. She also appeared in the television series Dexter, based on Lindsay's books. She was the girlfriend and later wife of Dexter in both media. Portrayed by Julie Benz, Rita was a series regular in the first four seasons. The character made her last television appearance in 2010; she was a special guest star in Dexter's season five opener entitled "My Bad". The character appeared in seven of the eight Dexter novels.

Angel Batista fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter

Homicide Lieutenant Angel Batista is a fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter and the novels by Jeff Lindsay upon which it is based. He is portrayed in the television series by Puerto Rican actor David Zayas.

Debra Morgan is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his Dexter book series. She also appears in the television series, based on Lindsay's books, portrayed by Jennifer Carpenter. In Lindsay's novels, she first appeared in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and was featured in every novel in the series.

Back at Miami Metro, María LaGuerta is promoted to captain. It is revealed that LaGuerta blackmailed Deputy Chief Matthews, whose name was on a prostitute's ledger, to give her the promotion. Vince Masuka has taken up the responsibility of teaching a group of forensic science students, eventually hiring Ryan Chambers as his intern. Batista and Laguerta have divorced, but remain friends. Meanwhile, Dexter attends his high school reunion on the suspicion that the high school quarterback had murdered his wife, whom Dexter remembers fondly (she had been one of the few people to treat Dexter with kindness during high school), and is surprised to find himself getting along with his former classmates, with a very attractive woman who used to copy Dexter's answers in class giving him a "thank you" in the form of oral sex. After obtaining the quarterback's blood and finding a perfect DNA match from the wife's murder scene records (from underneath her fingernails), Dexter realizes his instincts were right all along. He later traps the man, is not impressed with his rationalizations for the murder, and kills him.

María LaGuerta fictional human

Captain María Esperanza del Alma LaGuerta, is a fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter. The character is known as Migdia LaGuerta in the novels by Jeff Lindsay upon which the television series is based. She was portrayed by Lauren Vélez in the television series. She is a lieutenant in the fictitious Miami-Metro Homicide Department, and the superior officer of Dexter and Debra Morgan.

Vince Masuka

Vincent "Vince" Masuka is a fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter and the novels by Jeff Lindsay upon which the series is based. On television he is portrayed by Korean American C. S. Lee. Masuka is the Miami Metro Police lead forensic science investigator; he works alongside Dexter Morgan in the lab and at crime scenes. He often cracks tasteless and inappropriate jokes, when convenient invokes his Japanese heritage and harbors unrequited desire for Dexter's foster sister Debra. Although goofy and obsessed with sex, he is clever and very good at his job, causing Dexter to worry from time to time that Masuka will uncover his secret.

Forensic science the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure

Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

Quinn prepares to propose to Debra, only to be interrupted by an attempted robbery in the restaurant. Debra exchanges fire with the perpetrator and takes him down, but is wounded in the process.

Joey Quinn

Joseph "Joey" Quinn is a fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter, portrayed by Desmond Harrington. Quinn is a cop who transferred to the Homicide division after being in narcotics before season three.

This episode introduces the season's primary antagonists, Travis Marshall and Professor Gellar, two serial killers who base their murders on passages from the Book of Revelation; they believe they have been chosen by God to bring about the apocalypse. They kill a fruit vendor, replace his intestines with snakes, and stitch him with a symbol of alpha and omega.

A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. Different authorities apply different criteria when designating serial killers. While most set a threshold of three murders, others extend it to four or lessen it to two. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial killing as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone".

Book of Revelation Final book of the New Testament

The Book of Revelation, often called the Revelation to John, the Apocalypse of John, The Revelation, or simply Revelation, the Revelation of Jesus Christ or the Apocalypse, is the final book of the New Testament, and therefore also the final book of the Christian Bible. It occupies a central place in Christian eschatology. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in Koine Greek: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation". The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon.

Apocalypse the concept of a prophetic revelation

An apocalypse is a disclosure or revelation of knowledge. In religious and occult concepts an apocalypse usually discloses something hidden, or provides what Bart Ehrman has termed "a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities". Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology obtained through dreams or spiritual visions. The biblical Book of Revelation depicts as an "apocalypse" the complete and final destruction of the world.


The episode received mixed to generally positive reviews from critics. The A.V. Club gave the episode a B- grade, stating "“Those Kinds of Things” wasn’t much of an episode. "The opening scene was terrific, though it was a bit disappointing to see that it wasn’t legitimate in medias res, just the double execution of a pair of organ harvesting EMTs to establish that for Dexter, it’s back to business as usual. He’s back in the bachelor pad, which is now massive since he’s purchased the apartment next to his". [2]

IGN gave the episode an 8/10 rating, commenting "'Those Kinds of Things' set things up neatly and right now Dexter and the major villains are in separate corners. At this point, six years in, this isn't landmark stuff though. For everyone who's come in and out of Dexter's life, and whose somewhat disposable characters were supposed to 'play a role in his evolution,' the Bay Harbor butcher still seems mostly un-evolved. Especially considering all those who might feel that this episode is a "return to form". Still, it's always a good thing when Dexter Morgan pops back up in our lives and every new season comes scented with a lovely hint of macabre merriment." [3]

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