by Billie Doux
Dexter episode titles are often misleading, so I wasn't expecting anyone to leave Miami. And no one did. In fact, I expected pretty much everything that happened in this episode, when what I really wanted was for them to surprise me.
Oh, Evelyn. She was such a terrific character at first, but what a sad and inevitable death. I knew at the end of the last episode that it would go this way. And yet, it wasn't that the writers weren't faithful to the character. Everything she did with Dexter when he was a boy was what she had longed to do with Daniel. When Daniel took her to his kill room and asked for her help, it had to be like a dream come true for her; she could finally "fix" her own son, like she fixed Dexter. By the end of the episode she had accepted that it wasn't possible, but she couldn't just let Dexter kill him without saying goodbye. As if a hyper-aware observant serial killer who hated and resented her for institutionalizing him wouldn't see her intentions written all over her face.
Dexter was experiencing his nearing-the-end-of-the-season dithering, knowing that he should concentrate on eliminating the serial killer while being distracted by personal issues. I found it pretty frustrating because I knew how it would end, with the serial killer killing again. And giving notice to Angel? What a mistake. When you're running away with a wanted woman, you don't give notice! You don't sell your stuff! You just leave, Dexter. He works with the cops, he should know this.
Instead, Dexter didn't commit to either action and was finally putting together a kill room (more about that below) when Harrison, alone with Hannah, got seriously hurt. (Great big cut under his chin. Obvious parallel to the great big cut under Evelyn Vogel's chin.) Hannah didn't hesitate to take him to the emergency room, I'll give her credit for that, but why didn't she cut her hair short and dye it black or something a couple of days ago? Invest in a pair of glasses with clear lenses? Buy a baseball cap? Come on. I thought Hannah was smart.
And with that as a segue, Deb has decided that since she can't have Dexter, she's going to throw herself at Quinn? Well, maybe it isn't the mistake that it was a couple of seasons ago. Quinn has been more likable this season than he ever has, and I thought breaking up with Jamie was the mature thing to do -- especially since Jamie was about to throw away an opportunity in Atlanta to stay with him. Quinn never loved Jamie, and staying with her while working with Deb was always going to be a bad situation. But I just don't feel good about Deb going back to Quinn on the rebound.
Finally, Dexter chose to set up his kill room in the same place where he killed the choir director in the pilot episode. The message was obvious -- it's the end of the line, the last kill, the end of Dexter's journey. Will Dexter get to use it on Daniel before Daniel cuts the brains out of someone else?
I hope the last two episodes are satisfying. This was a decent episode, but it was frustrating.
Bits and pieces:
-- Matthews is actively looking for Zach. Good luck with that, Matthews. Poor Zach. That video of Daniel killing him made me go "awww."
-- Niki showed up to work stoned. Masuka was not amused.
-- Elway practically shoved Deb out the door. He was just pissed because she was never interested in him. I wonder if that's it for Elway? Or will he find a way to ruin Deb's return to Miami Metro?
-- Dexter was totally oblivious to the real reason why Deb was so upset about him leaving. Has he chosen to forget that Deb told him she loved him because he just doesn't want to deal with it?
Deb: "Okay, I'll look you up the next time I'm in Argentina."
Dexter: "Nothing will change when I'm gone. Blood will continue to pool. I just won't be here to photograph it."
Deb: "Hanging out with two serial killers. Doesn't get better than that."
Hannah: "Thank you for protecting me. Again."
Deb: "Who knew I'd be so good at it?"
I'm tempted to rate this episode two and a half sandcastles out of four. Opinions? Comments?