by Billie Doux
Wake up and smell the twisted shrink, Dexter!
Vogel loves psychopaths? They're alpha wolves? They're not a mistake of nature, they're a gift? Come on! If she's being totally honest with Dexter, I'll eat my hat. In fact, it seems blindingly obvious that she's the "brain surgeon", and that she created this situation so that she could connect with Dexter. That scene on the DVD had the "brain surgeon" off camera; it was shot in much the same way as those long ago sessions with Harry, with Vogel behind the camera controlling everything.
I think Vogel wants a serial killer on a leash. And Dexter won't be anyone's attack dog. If she has ulterior motives, and I'm sure she does, will she eventually turn on Dexter? I kept thinking something would happen to Dexter during that scene in the cabin, and I'm not usually afraid for him. Of course, I'm ultra aware that this is the last season.
At the beginning of the episode, I was thinking -- at last! Dexter can actually talk to a real shrink about his issues. It's what he's needed forever; it's been obvious since season one. But by the end of the episode, I just hated her. She misdiagnosed Dexter back when he was ten. Psychopaths are incapable of empathy, but Dexter needed someone to talk to after Harry died, didn't he? Dexter even reacted emotionally when Vogel hugged him. If Vogel made Dexter into a monster when he could have gotten therapy, when he might have lived a normal life -- I almost don't have words.
Dexter also loves Deb to distraction, and he is indeed distracted. He's covering for her mistakes now, as well as his own. Because Deb just killed a killer, and said coolly afterward that the guy deserved to die. Is Deb becoming like Dexter, after all? It occurred to me during this episode that Deb took out LaGuerta in a freaking shipping container, right after Dexter finished off the last of the men who killed his mother. Dexter's dark passenger was born in a shipping container, after all. There was another of those Dexter/Deb discussions in the breezeway between the walls of two huge buildings, but this time, it was Dexter trying to talk Deb down. Their roles have reversed. I think it's going to happen.
It's funny that Dexter and Quinn have almost become buddies because of their mutual concern for Deb. This was the first time I actually felt for Quinn, because he still loves Deb; he cares nothing about Jamie. ("Is this a Cuban thing?" Really, Quinn. Wanting to make a success of your life has nothing to do with being freaking Cuban.) Deb hasn't completely let Quinn go, either. That scene in the interrogation room with the steaming cup of coffee on the table was probably this week's Most Obvious Symbolism. There's still heat between them; it's just off to the side for the time being.
It's interesting that this final season, Dexter is spending most of his time showing people his true face. Like the recorded sessions with the younger Harry that upset Dexter so much, this is full circle stuff.
Bits and pieces:
-- When Masuka walked in on Dexter and Vogel, he thought something sexy was going on. Vogel is sort of Dexter's mom. And of course, the last couple of seasons have had Deb in love with Dexter, her brother. Just saying.
-- Elway clearly cares about Deb. Is it me, or does Sean Patrick Flanery look different? I swear I barely recognized him in the premiere.
-- Loved Dexter looking at Sussmann's air conditioning unit and saying, "Nah." It was like Superman passing the phone booth, making a face, and moving on.
-- El Zappo had a code of his own. He didn't kill Deb because he hadn't been paid to kill her.
-- Angel knows about Jamie and Quinn? Well, he is a detective. But he hasn't exploded? That's out of character.
-- The music that was playing in the cabin as Sussmann was being forced to kill his latest victim was Mama Cass, "Make Your Own Kind of Music". That particular song was used in Lost, too. Fascinating.
-- Vogel's office window faces a wall, but that wall has a kaleidoscope of color. When Deb was in Elway's office, she looked out the window to row after row of gray buildings. I'm not sure what it means, but I thought it was interesting.
-- This episode was directed by series star Michael C. Hall. Has he directed before? If he hasn't, the world has been missing a terrific director.
Dexter: "I remember that day. It was like a painting. And I wanted to be the artist."
Dexter: "Create me? You sound like Doctor Frankenstein."
Dexter: "You experimented on me? That's what mothers do?"
Vogel: "I developed a framework for your survival. That's what mothers do."
Dexter: "You think it's a threat?"
Vogel: "A brain on the doorstep. Hardly a love letter."
"Harry": "At the very least, she's a window to your past that you just can't ignore."
Dexter: "Miami makes more corpses than sunburn."
Vogel: "You're not evil. You're making the world a better place."
Quinn: "Can we go? That fucking quilt is creeping me out."
Angel: "It's like a nightmare in fur."
Masuka: "If I were to cop a feel right now, it wouldn't be sexual harassment any more."
Dexter: "I've destroyed Deb. She's gone."
Fascinating. If this is just episode two, what will the rest of the season be like?
Four out of four Cuban things,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.