by Billie Doux
I am having such a good time this season -- so far, anyway. Dexter and Deb have so much history together, and so much love between them. It's fascinating to watch them wrestling with this unique dilemma and trying to find a way to salvage their relationship.
I've been waiting for the conversation to get around to Rita and I should have trusted that they would do it well. While Deb was falling asleep in the bathtub (a dangerous thing to do), her subconscious mind recreated Rita's murder in her dream. Deb correctly deduced that Rita died because of Dexter's murder habit, and Dexter and Deb were again arguing in the enclosing walls of that extremely tall cinderblock breezeway, symbolic of the restrictions of their relationship.
Deb keeps saying that she can't handle who Dexter really is, but they are actually communicating, aren't they? There's some fascinating give-and-take going on. By the middle of the episode, Deb wanted to kill Speltzer herself, and by the end, she was "glad", her word, that Dexter did it for her. And Dexter swore to Deb he would never give up his son, but he wound up sending Harrison out of town to the grandparents, didn't he?
(Jamie was sorting through Harrison's toys and discarding the old ones. It was a fun parallel that Dexter decided it was time to listen to Deb and get rid of his own toys -- his slides.)
The resolution of the Speltzer plot was fun. That entire sequence in the trailer and the maze was amazing (pun intended) because we don't see Dexter on the losing side of a fight very often. Dexter never succumbed to fear, and I think he actually enjoyed outwitting an axe-wielding serial killer, armed only with his intellect, strength and agility. That final scene in the crematorium was about as enjoyable as a kill scene can be.
The Russian mafia plot continued and it's not boring me, but of course, it doesn't measure up to what's happening between Dexter and Deb. Apparently, Isaak had a close relationship with the late, lamented Viktor. Was Viktor his son? Younger brother? That poor bartender. What a terrible way to go. (That'll teach you to tend bar for the Russian mafia, huh?) Quinn was ready to accept the poor guy's "suicide" at face value, while Angel thought it smelled bad. Pretty obvious who is the better cop.
Bits and pieces:
-- Hannah McKay has decided to help Miami Metro find the bodies after all, and she made a point of spending a moment flirting with Dexter. She certainly seems so reasonable and sane, talking about her old self and how she now sees her teenage mistakes.
-- Maria got about a minute of screen time. I'm sure there will be more about Doakes, the Bay Harbor Butcher and the slide later.
-- The bar manager tried to bribe Quinn. That particular tact could succeed, although not this time. Maybe later.
-- That bathtub scene in the opener was really something. Deb looks good with her hair up. She should do it more often.
-- The mannequin scene in the maze was also cool. It was like Dexter and Speltzer were surrounded by stylized dead bodies. Since they were both serial killers, that was apt.
Deb: "Are you even capable of love?"
Dexter: "I love you."
Deb: "It is not in your control."
Dexter: "Everything is in my control."
Masuka: "We got a white Russian on ice."
Quinn: "Very funny."
Masuka: "I'll have you know I have a major following on Twitter."
Dexter: "Fight or flight. That's a part of everyone's lizard brain. Speltzer may have a lizard brain like me, but his shortcoming is he doesn't have much of a human brain."
Loved the "STAY" note on top of the dirt pile.
Dexter: "How do you feel?"
Deb: "Glad. What does that make me?"
Come on, Deb. Who wouldn't be glad that such a monster is dead?
Obviously, I am loving this. Four out of four toy lambies,