It’s Showtime!

The recent TV spanking renaissance which the Showtime channel brought to our screens received plenty of well deserved plaudits. While we were THRILLED by Californication , and then DUMBSTRUCK by Weeds, a third scene in Dexter went a little overlooked in all the excitement. It was only a single smack but, nevertheless, I think Dexter deserves its chance in the spotlight.

Another reason is that I’ve just been watching the second season, which is the one that contains the spanking (episode 10), and learning more about the plot and characters. I’ve also found a few extra Dexter related goodies to bring you.

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Debra Morgan, played by Jennifer Carpenter, is a key member of the police task force that is trying to find a serial killer (who the audience knows is her foster brother Dexter). She falls for Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine), the maverick FBI Special Agent in charge of the case, while improving her ability on the job under his guidance.

Her early appearances in uniform are pretty impressive.

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We know that Debs’ father was a top police officer himself who died when she was very young. It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to see that her relationship with the much older Lundy is all about seeking a father figure, someone to teach her, protect her, and, yes, discipline her when needed.

Debs comes with a ready made excuse for the latter option. She is potty mouthed, and Lundy disapproves of her swearing habit. She’s also clumsy, and prone to speaking without thinking first.

As the romance blossoms, Lundy invites Debs to his apartment for dinner. A simple order to prepare the potatoes is enough for Debs to initiate a little father/daughter role-playing game.

“Oooh! I like a man that takes control!”

Just like a parent, Lundy tells her to wash her hands first.

“Oooh, you’re so turning me on!”

Lundy then comes out with the threat that she’s “not too old to spank!”

“No stop please, I can’t control myself!”

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At this point, is it my imagination or does Debs bend over and stick out her behind? The subsequent spank looks and sounds real enough too.

If like me, you overlooked this scene when it first appeared last year, then I recommend it as well worth a reappraisal.

Also, you may not be aware that in an earlier episode there’s a good close-up view of the behind that Lundy spanked? It comes when Debs gets a plaster cast fitted on her leg by a doctor.

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Jennifer Carpenter first attracted critical attention in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). According to Wikipedia, “she earned the role due to her ability to contort her body and face in frightening ways (most of her “demonic” contortions were achieved without the use of visual effects). She took home the 2006 MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Frightened Performance’ “

I was a bit intrigued by this talk of facial contortions and frightened expressions. So I searched out an example of her award winning skills from The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

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Debs got a shock when Lundy upped the severity level!

But how did the Showtime spankings come to be filmed in the first place?

These were all quality critically-acclaimed dramas, and the writers did a great job of making the spanking scenes an integral part of the story – not just thrown in for the sake of titillation.

Yet their inclusion can’t have been purely writer-led; that would be way too much of a coincidence. An executive decision must have been taken to include spanking in the channel’s dramas. I wonder if the FULL story behind “The Great Showtime Spanking Trilogy” will ever be told?

My own belief, as I’ve said before, is that it would never have happened if it weren’t for the precedent set by the film Secretary. But what next? Where do TV spankings go from here? After this brief but spectacular post-modern flowering will they disappear back into the wilderness? Or will they spread? From cable to network channels perhaps…or to Europe?

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Talking of Europe, here’s another reason to love Season Two of Dexter: the English actress Jaime Murray was hardly known for flashing the flesh in her role in BBC drama Hustle.

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But as soon as she crossed the pond to appear as Dexter’s love interest Lila, she seemed to lose all inhibitions and produced one of the great bottom baring moments of last year when she undressed and stepped into the shower.

Wow!

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