Performer of the Week: Jennifer Carpenter

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

THE PERFORMER | Jennifer Carpenter

THE SHOW | Dexter (Showtime)

THE EPISODE | “Argentina”

THE AIRDATE | November 18, 2012

THE PERFORMANCE | The dicey Deb-Dex (kinda-but-not-really) incest arc resurfaced last Sunday in a major way when Deb learned that her brother refused to kill hit-woman Hannah because he was sleeping with her. That brought out the green-eyed monster in Deb and one helluva balls-to-the-wall performance from her underrated portrayer. During Deb’s confrontation with Dex, Carpenter flawlessly expressed her character’s rage, shame and disgust. “I mean it’s one thing to be in love with your brother,” she confessed, “but it’s a whole other level to be in love with your brother who’s a god damn serial killer.” It was a sensational showcase for an actress who was already enjoying the kind of season Emmy campaigns are tailor-made for.

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