by Billie Doux
And we're back!
Throughout the episode, I got more and more upset about what Deb was doing to herself. She left the cops by walking out to go to lunch and never coming back. (I've always wanted to do that.) Sleeping with her target, doing drugs, her voice was shaking and she was clearly strung out and self-destructive. She was bonding with a criminal because she sees herself as one.
And yet, when we got near the end of the episode, Deb told Dexter something that had the absolute ring of truth. She said that she used to believe that she was the one who needed Dexter and couldn't go on without him, but actually, the opposite was true. I think she's right. Deb is acting out and trying to find her way, but she is probably going to come out the other side a whole person again. I'm having my doubts about Dexter.
In nearly every moment of this episode, Dexter was obsessing about Debra. He was so "lost" that he nearly killed a guy on the road that made the grievous error of cutting him off. He was yelling at Harrison, too, which was un-Dexter-like. And he stalked Deb twice and ended up killing her mark. In front of Deb. With Harrison outside in the car. By the end of the episode, I wanted Dexter to just leave Deb alone to work things out her own way.
I'm emotionally invested in Deb and I very much want her to live through the season, get through her pain, and come out on top. But as fascinated as I've always been by the character of Dexter, I long ago accepted the probability that the series would end in his death. I don't read spoilers and they haven't actually filmed the finale yet, but frankly, it's what I'm expecting. Doesn't mean that I'll find it easy to watch.
I thought there would be a lot of cast changes, but no. Only Lauren Velez (Maria LaGuerta), understandably, is missing. Aimee Garcia (Jamie) and Geoff Pierson (Matthews) were added, and they've both been around forever. There was a different Harrison; this one can handle lines. The young actor's name is Jadon Wells.
Angel is the lieutenant now, and that surprised me because I thought the restaurant thing was their way to write him out. (I'm happy David Zayas is with us for the final season, though, don't get me wrong.) Deb now works for Elway Investigations doing skip tracing bounty hunting, with the terrific Sean Patrick Flanery as Elway.
I found it disturbing that Jamie is sleeping with Quinn. It just doesn't feel that she's emotionally old enough for him. He's a better person than Louis Greene, but that's damning with faint praise.
Dr. Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) is a special guest star, and it seems pretty obvious that she must have treated Dexter when he was little, since she actually knows about Harry's Code. There were hints that she knew Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher, too. She was clearly moving in on him in order to confront him with her knowledge, consulting with him about Doakes and the current freaky brain-scooped-out-with-a-melon-baller case. During the major Dexter/Vogel scene, the dead body with the missing chunk of head was positioned between them and the camera kept going there. That doesn't bode well for their future relationship. (It would be too obvious if she turned out to be the killer, wouldn't it?)
The thing is, Vogel said that psychopaths have no empathy. But Dexter does. When he nearly killed the guy who cut him off in the car, he stopped because he saw the guy's frightened kid in the back seat. And Dexter is feeling pain because Deb is suffering -- so much so that he's losing it. I rest my case.
-- It's six months later. I loved the opener with the instrumental of "What a Wonderful World" with a rainbow in the background. It is most certainly not wonderful in Dexter's world.
-- What did I love more? That Deb's password was "fucking password", or that Dexter guessed it?
-- The details of what happened to the murder victim were creepy. It sounded like he was kept in a box for five days or something before he was melon-balled to death.
-- There were at least three candidates for Most Obvious Symbolism: the Maria LaGuerta Memorial Bench surrounded by litter and garbage; the incredibly ugly red vase of Maria's (it looked like a urinal) that Harrison knocked over and broke; and at the end, the blood on Harrison's stuffed dog.
-- Poor Harrison. That scene where Dexter was hugging him while trying to keep his bloody hands off? That was obvious symbolism, too. For that matter, so was Deb's full mailbox. She's too full of guilt to function.
-- Angel found and tore up the warrants for Deb's and Dexter's phones, but he won't forget them. We might be heading into a situation like Maria unable to let go of Doakes. Matthews won't forget it, either.
-- The Pink Motel was a fascinating location. It looked like where they shot the climax of L.A. Confidential. Was it? Does anyone know?
-- In this season's hair report, Quinn has practically no hair now, and neither does Angel. Deb has gone curly, and it looks good on her. She's so gorgeous, anyway; I doubt she could look bad.
-- I also loved that Angel still has all of Maria's tacky clothes. It's such a sad truth that when we're gone, what's left is usually a bunch of boxes that someone doesn't know quite what to do with. And sometimes a memorial bench.
Angel: "She deserves more than a place where people park their butts."
Quinn: "It's a nice bench."
Dexter: "It's concrete. Very sturdy."
Masuka: "You can buy them in the parking lot at Home Depot."
Harry: "Dexter, you're the problem. Not the solution."
Truer words, "Harry". Dexter does know himself much better than he did at the beginning of the series.
Masuka: "I hear the FBI calls her 'the psychopath whisperer'."
Vogel: "We both chose murder. Maybe we're both a little crazy."
Dexter: "You could die here!"
Deb: "I don't fucking care!"
The first episode of the season is usually wall-to-wall set-up, and this one was no different. Three out of four memorial benches,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.