by Billie Doux
Deb: "You gave it a name?"
And the Emmy goes to Jennifer Carpenter, for the last episode and the beginning of this one. Seriously. She was awesome.
I am so very, very cool with this season being about Dexter and his relationship with Deb. Very cool. I don't need a big bad. Forget Ray Stevenson. Seriously. In fact, I could probably watch Dexter and Deb talking about his past for the entire episode, or two, or three. Except they'd never, ever do that.
So Deb has decided the answer is to "cure" Dexter. She still loves him, and she hinted that she still loves him more than just as a brother. We all know there's a good person inside Dexter, that he's redeemable. It's why we watch. (It's why *I* watch.) But can she do it? My first reaction was, no way. But you know, he loves her enough to give it the old college try, and I was surprised that he called her instead of killing Greene.
Except that Greene doesn't fall under the provisions of Harry's code -- Dexter wouldn't kill Greene under "normal" circumstances. (Normal for Dexter, that is.) The toys in Greene's apartment are set up in such an odd, creepy way, and Dexter in latex gloves and full threaten mode didn't stop him. So I'm guessing Greene may not have killed anyone yet, but that it's just a matter of time. Can Dexter justify a preventive murder? Not to Deb, I bet.
At any rate, that dinner with the extremely red spaghetti was just fascinating. I'm floored that Deb knows Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher, and that he told her something he's never told the audience before -- how he feels when he needs to kill someone, the trickle of blood behind his eyelids, the blood turning black. Dexter was acting differently with Deb than he has in the past. His "nice Dexter" mask was off, his voice was deeper. Honesty is the first rule. Except that he didn't tell her the whole truth, did he? She didn't know Greene was in the hatchback.
(Why hasn't she asked about Rita? Or what really happened with Brian? It would be the first things I'd ask. Maybe it's coming.)
The B story centered on Wayne Randall, the repentant killer who got a couple of days in the sun next to the Frosty Swirl before he stepped in front of a truck. (Wow, that was a lot of blood.) He had a Brother Sam vibe, but instead of redemption, the message was that the only answer for Dexter is either imprisonment or death. Maybe this thing with Deb won't work out. I honestly don't know. And I love that I don't know.
Bits and pieces:
-- The first person Dexter told Deb he killed was the first person we saw him kill on this show: the choir master who was killing boys. Nice continuity.
-- Even though I feel it doesn't need one, this season's big bad is apparently Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) who is such a passionless killer that he even let his lackey wipe off the murder weapon. I'm sure he'll eventually track Dexter down, and wackiness will ensue.
-- Quinn hitting on an exotic dancer? What else is new? It was funny that she was playing him.
-- Closing down the club multiple times apparently does prove that systematic harassment by cops does tend to work.
-- Maria is hot on the trail of the real Bay Harbor Butcher, which I'm betting will put Deb in a bad situation at some point. Of course, Deb is already in a bad situation, with her brother the serial killer under house arrest in her home.
Deb: "I am the worst fucking detective in the world."
Masuka: "Thank God. I was ready to blow you."
Dexter: "Not necessary."
Deb: "Yeah, well, I found a website how to cure a serial killer in ten easy steps. This is the first step."
Deb: "Are you seeing blood now?"
Dexter: "No. Just spaghetti."
Man, that was the reddest spaghetti sauce I've ever seen in my life.
Deb: "There have to be families out there more fucked up than us, but I sure as hell don't wanna meet them."
Masuka: "All this waiting around. It's like dating a born again Christian."
I absolutely loved this episode. Was it four out of four spaghetti dinners?