by Billie Doux
The opening scenes were classic Dexter, as he fantasized about killing the clerk in the post office and Masuka before he lost it and actually attacked a recalcitrant prisoner. How long does Dexter go between victims? Didn't he kill Viktor what's-his-face a couple of days ago? (Note that he wasn't fantasizing about killing Deb, his actual "jailer".)
The Ray Speltzer case was pretty much the perfect way for Dexter to prove his point to Deb -- a serial killer of women who slipped through the legal cracks. Because Deb made Dexter pull back and try to get Speltzer within the law, Speltzer killed another woman and got away. It was apparently enough to make Deb let Dexter go home to his own apartment and kill whomever he sees fit, although her love for him has apparently taken a major hit. I loved the scene near the beginning where Dexter and Deb were arguing in a narrow brick passageway, showing visually the walls she was building around him.
Maybe this show is hardening me, but I actually found the Isaak Sirko/Louis Greene fatal collision delightful. Greene was such a disgusting jerk, and I was tired of him, anyway; plus he was about to send the Slice of Life down to the bottom of the ocean with the rest of Dexter's victims, and we can't have that. (Here's hoping Deb doesn't think Dexter killed Greene, huh?) At least Jamie's heart won't be broken, thanks to Dexter's anonymous video gift. The scene at Miami Metro where Greene gave Dexter a clandestine finger and Dexter gave Greene the ITK hand and got Masuka to fire him was, again, classic laugh out loud Dexter. Perfect.
I also liked the brief conversation Dexter had with Sirko in the Fox Hole. They actually connected a little because they were both bored and out of place, uninterested in the strippers, and frustrated because they couldn't do what they wanted to do. Thanks to a magical GPS remnant, Sirko now knows that Dexter killed Viktor, although he certainly doesn't know he was actually talking to the guy. I expect Dexter to win their upcoming encounter, but it should be interesting.
The rest of the episode was about two beautiful blonde women who might not be what they seem. The exotic dancer whose name I can't recall actually told Quinn that she was ordered to flirt with him and find out what he knew. Was she being honest and hoping for his help, or was she instructed to approach him that way?
And then there's Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovsky from Chuck), veteran of a killing spree with the late Wayne Randall when she was only fifteen, and unwilling to help the police find those missing bodies Wayne said he would give them before he walked in front of a truck. Was Hannah a victim, or is she evil? I sure wish Strahovski hadn't spoiled us by spilling it to the press. (I won't spoil you, if you don't know, so please don't mention it in the comments!) (Of course, speculation is fine and dandy. It's what we do here. Speculate away!)
Bits and pieces:
-- Isaak obviously has an eye fixation. Gag. He's also into vodka and caviar, which is just too stereotypical. Come on. Not every Russian is into vodka and caviar.
-- Ray Speltzer was wearing black leather and horns to kill his victim. Is that some sort of longhorn perversion I've never heard of?
-- A photo of Enver Gjokaj was on the bulletin board at the station. I think he gets money every time his picture is shown, so here's hoping for his sake that they show it a lot. Funny that the character's name was Viktor, which was also his character's name on Dollhouse. I can't believe I missed that the first time.
Dexter: "I feel trapped, like there's no escape. And it's not because I'm at the post office."
They certainly did a good job in that scene of evoking the hopelessness I always feel when I'm in line at the post office.
Masuka: "I have the worst luck with interns."
Deb: "Christ on a fucking cracker, Dexter! You got me here to help you stalk Speltzer so you can kill him?"
Oh, Deb. Such a way with words. I love her so.
Dexter: "If it [the legal system] worked as well as you think it does, I wouldn't be so busy."
I didn't expect Deb to "release" Dexter so soon, but there's only twelve episodes in a season and this was still an enjoyable episode. Three out of four amygdalas,