Hungry Man
Director(s): John Dahl
Writer(s): Wendy West
Premiere: 22 November 2009
Season Four
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Hungry Man is the ninth of twelve episodes in Season Four of DEXTER, and the forty-fifth overall episode of the series. It first aired 22 November 2009 on Showtime.

Dexter senses something wrong within Arthur's family. It doesn't seem like what he've seen in surface. So he tries to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family to learn more.


Dexter stops by Arthur's house to find Jonah being yelled at by his father. He later finds that Jonah has destroyed his dad's car. Dexter learns that Arthur terrorizes his family through beatings and mind games. As Dexter joins them for dinner, Jonah snaps and tells off his father. Dexter is forced to intervene and show the monster inside of him. Arthur now knows Dexter's true self.

Meanwhile, Elliot kisses Rita. Batista also gets closure on an old case. He and LaGuerta finally admit to what has been obvious for some time. Debra uses the holiday to continue her investigation of the Trinity Killer, a pursuit which threatens her brother's safety and brings to light surprising revelations about someone else close to her.

Elsewhere, Joey Quinn spends the holiday with his reporter girlfriend Christine Hill, but he clearly has commitment issues and is starting to feel hemmed in. After he leaves, she gets a surprise visit from the Trinity Killer, whom is revealed to be her father.



Guest starring



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Extra Information
Title Meaning:
Hungry Man - It's about Dexter, who was metaphorically hungry to delve into Arthur's life,
and perhaps to kill him. This episode also sets in Thanksgiving day, it deal with many kind of food,
so there's many hungry man this episode.
There's not so many time other people than Harry or Laura appear clearly
in Dexter's dream vision. It first happens with Miguel Prado in kill room of season 3.
It happens again with Rita at Thanksgiving dinner while Harry's eating on next table.

Although Vince and Rita are always in every episode, this is a first time they see each other face to face.

While Det. Batista and Lt. Laguerta are notifying the husband of a homicide victim of the arrest of the killer, he is said to be in a persistent vegetative state. However, at multiple times during this scene, his eyes are open sometimes and closed others. Not very consistent with a vegetative state at all.
"Not all happy families are alike. They are happy, aren't they? Are they normal kids?
How can you tell a loving wife from a frightened one? A friendly neighbor, co-worker, sister, son?
Are any of them what they seem? Or are they little bombs waiting to explode?"
- Dexter, to himself

"What kind of a father keeps a coffin in his garage?"
- Dexter, to himself about Arthur's coffin.
"What kind of a father keeps blood slides in his shed?"
- Harry responds

"Are you the one my mom told me not to talk to?"
- Astor, to Masuka in their first meeting

The Episodes of Dexter