by Billie Doux
So we had a distinct theme: Vogel warning Dexter about the near impossibility of straddling two different worlds. And we had a lot of characters who thought they could do it, no problem.
Dexter, trying to balance his humanity with his darkness, actually seems to think he can kill the Brain Surgeon and then run off to Argentina with Hannah and Harrison and live happily ever after. Where has his good sense gone? Did he forget how well that Wayne and Hannah going to Argentina plan worked? Did he forget the U.S. Marshal who would almost certainly still be tailing him? Most critically, having a woman like Hannah who solves her problems with poison raising my little boy would be an instant deal breaker for me. Why isn't it for Dexter?
And yes, it would certainly be nice if Dexter could rely on Hannah to never poison himself or Harrison, and if they could run off and be happy together. It would be an interesting happy ending to the series. I just don't see it happening, though.
Dr. Vogel thinks that, even though she knows the minds of psychopaths better than practically anyone else in the world, somehow she can make a real relationship with her son Daniel, who has been killing her patients and sending her jars full of brains. Ah, she's a mom, she thought he was dead. I sort of can't blame her. This particular development explains a lot about Vogel, actually. I kept thinking maybe she had a stray psychopathic husband floating around taking revenge, but a son makes a lot more sense. It even explains her devising "the code" for Dexter in the first place. But Daniel is not Dexter in any way, shape or form, and she refuses to see that.
Poor Zach. I was actually starting to like him. And he might have had vigilante potential, since he had the calm and foresight in his last moments to leave a huge clue for Dexter.
I really liked that Dexter and Deb both arrived at Daniel Vogel/Oliver Saxon as Cassie's killer, but by different routes; what a crimefighting team they would make, and I'd hoped we'd get more of it this final season. Sadly, Dr. Vogel allied with the Brain Surgeon would be a formidable opponent for Dexter, since she Knows Freaking Everything. I do not want this series to end with Dexter brought down by a cleverer serial killer. So no Argentina. No cleverer serial killer. Are you listening, Dexter writers?
Deb thinks she can return to police work while hiding a serial killer in her house and another in her family. At least she's realized that there's a small problem with this scenario; Deb may be the least deluded character of the bunch. Maybe she can return to the force when Dexter and Hannah and all the conflict they're creating are gone. Yeah, not gonna happen.
Bits and pieces:
-- Hurray for the casting of Kenny Johnson, Lemonhead from The Shield, as Clayton from the U.S. Marshal Service.
-- Did Harrison lie to the marshal by calling the blonde woman in his picture "Mommy" instead of Hannah?
-- Arlene actually kept a half a million in a closet for Hannah. Now that's a friend.
-- Quinn kissed Deb. So not a surprise. Poor Jamie.
-- Dexter was wearing black again. Which doesn't bode well for his fate, huh?
Deb: "What was Zach doing with you and Hannah in the Keys? Serial killers convention?"
Dexter: (to Deb and Hannah) "You'll be okay here."
Hannah: "Sure. We'll just hang."
Hannah: "Look at what your own father did to protect you."
Deb: "I can't believe I'm eating food you made."
Hannah: "It's not bad, though, huh?"
Deb and Hannah having dinner together? Hilarious.
Three out of four really unlikely happy endings for everyone,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.