by Billie Doux
I have wanted Deb to catch Dexter in the act pretty much forever, so my expectations were high. This episode did not disappoint. I enjoyed practically every moment of it.
The Dexter/Deb scenes have always been the best part of this series, and this episode, it was wall to wall. In the first few minutes, Dexter talked Deb into covering up Travis's murder with him, and convinced her that he had just snapped, it was a one-time thing. But she couldn't un-see what she saw, and she couldn't stop thinking about plastic wrap and knives and apron; she was too good a detective not to put it together. (It just took her a few hours and some Ice Truck Killer crime scene photos.)
That final scene was amazing. It was exactly what Deb would do, go to Dexter's apartment while he was out and tear it apart to find out the truth, and yet it still made me gasp out loud when he walked in on her. Dexter told her the truth about himself, and I could swear I saw relief in his eyes. If the focus of this season is Deb coming to grips with what Dexter really is, I am totally intrigued. I haven't felt this blown away by Dexter in awhile.
I'm especially intrigued by how Deb will process it all. She's such a cop, a detective down to her toes; she even told someone in this episode that "we do everything by the book. We're cops, not killers." But she's also Harry's daughter, and Harry was the one who set Dexter on his path. Several times, most notably in the Lumen arc, Deb has shown that she understands what drives someone to vigilantism. I certainly don't expect her to turn around and start murdering with Dexter in the next episode, but it's not out of the realm of possibility, is it? Dexter is very important to her, her primary family relationship. It's also not completely out of the question that she could decide to bring him down. Although I doubt it.
At least there was no talk of love. It certainly got blown out of Deb's conscious mind, didn't it? I also liked that I never once thought Dexter would kill her to keep her quiet. I don't think it even occurred to him. And if Dexter had ever truly believed he was in danger from Deb, he would have gotten on that plane.
In other news, the wonderful Enver Gjokaj, one of my faves from Dollhouse, did a brief bit as a killer of women who wound up Dextered and zipped into a surfboard bag. This appeared to be set-up of sorts, so I'm guessing the Russian mob will be after Dexter for killing the guy.
But wait! I have questions. How on earth are they expecting us to believe that Dexter got away with murder in an American airport with surveillance covering every inch of the place? He even bought a ticket, and "Mr. Heartwell" and the late, unlamented Viktor didn't make their flight. And two, yes, Dexter needed to "let off steam", but why couldn't he let Miami Metro avenge their own? They're going to go nuts trying to find Anderson's murderer, aren't they?
Finally, loved the specimen slide that went down the grate and ended up in Maria's pocket. You know she's already thinking that she can finally exonerate Doakes for the Bay Harbor Butcher murders. That, and the flashbacks Deb experienced to Brian/Rudy, were reminders of some of the best of Dexter. And yay.
Bits and pieces:
-- The cast is the same. No special guest star yet.
-- We got several flashbacks to when Dexter and Deb were little, and a Harry that was looking a bit too old for the flashbacks, although of course, recasting Harry would be idiotic. I wonder if getting rid of Banjo the puppy for Dexter's sake means that Deb will start seeing her childhood in a whole new way?
-- The photo on Dexter's computer included Harrison, who is suddenly a lot older than in last season's finale, and it was supposed to be the next day. Although again, recasting Harrison at this point would be idiotic.
-- Louis Greene looked at Dexter's computer and Dexter caught him at it. And now he's on Dexter's radar. I wonder if Greene is going to be around for long, or will he be disappearing mysteriously quite soon? What was he doing afterward? Opening an account in Dexter's name? Sounds like Jamie might not be dating him for much longer, at least, since she's finding him creepy. And she spends a lot of her time with a serial killer, so that's saying a lot.
-- [Oops, I didn't put that together with all of Dexter's cards declining. My bad.]
-- I rather liked Anderson, and he wasn't around for long. I thought they had plans for that character. Guess not.
-- Angel and Quinn have kissed and made up. I really don't care.
Very promising, and there was the gasp-out-loud moments, too. What did you guys think? Maybe I should just wait until the end of the season to post a rating,