by Billie Doux
No more two-world-straddling. Dexter finally graduated to human being. His loved ones are now exactly that -- they're no longer just "cover". I've been getting such "normal guy" vibes from Dexter this season, and son of a gun, he really and truly doesn't need to kill any more. He doesn't even want to kill any more. And of course, that turned out to be a problem. Couldn't he have managed one more axe murder for the road?
I was pleased at first that Dexter was finally throwing a case to Miami Metro and specifically to his sister, but it absolutely drives me nuts when someone leaves a devious, dangerous killer alone because you know he's going to get away. Dammit. I don't think the producers of Dexter are going to piss off the fan base permanently by killing off Deb. But Saxon is on the loose and he's certainly going to kill somebody.
This episode featured lots of callbacks to earlier seasons. The deserted hospital a la Rudy/Brian was the big one; the photography during those scenes was very good, moody and blue, and the atmosphere was tense. Dexter seemed like a normal guy during his goodbye party, including some reminiscing with Angel about their first case together. And Valerie Cruz returned as real estate agent Sylvia Prado from season three, which was a nice touch. Someone that Dexter made a widow, so nice of him to throw her some business, huh? I thought Sylvia was going to be a Saxon victim. Not yet, fortunately. She's had it hard enough.
The best callback was Deb getting her old desk back, and I mean the first desk, not the latest one. Quinn even kept the engagement ring in his desk. Now that's romantic. Deb's bullet wound was even in the same place she was shot before, too. And we got one last night of Dex and Deb and steaks and beer, waiting for a killer to show up. I liked that they got him together.
What moved me the most, though, was "Harry" telling Dexter goodbye, that Dexter didn't need him any more. "Harry" has been waiting such a long time for Dexter to become a real, live boy. Did we finally get it just to see Dexter die or go to prison in the finale?
I always thought this show would end tragically, but I'm starting to think that I was wrong. Deb will live, of course. Saxon will wind up in pieces. And Dexter just might get the girl and live happily ever after. I might be okay with that.
Bits and pieces:
-- The title, and Harrison talking about his stuffed monkey, made me worry that Saxon was going to capture and imprison Harrison. Thankfully, no. As unrealistic as it is, Harrison needs to be a noncombatant. Rita's death, and the baby in the blood, was more than enough.
-- When Sylvia asked Dexter why he was leaving, he looked at the air conditioner where he used to keep his slides.
-- Dexter and Deb often wear the same color. They did it twice in this episode: first green, and then navy. Usually it's pink or blue.
-- The marshal and Elway have become serious trouble. Well, the marshal is probably out of the picture now. Elway is still serious trouble.
-- Some pointless but charming Masuka-Niki scenes. It's a nice way to leave Masuka. I've always liked him. Or more accurately, I've always liked how he grosses me out.
Masuka: "I could go for some hookers and some blow right now, but since this isn't the nineties … caffeine it is."
Matthews: "It's important to remember those who are no longer with us. Now who wants a drink?"
Deb: "You should go on one of those cooking shows, you know, the competition ones? You'd win."
Hannah: "Oh, I'd make sure that I did."
If someone had told me that Deb and Hannah would be joking about murder at some point, I never would have believed it.
Deb: "Nothing -- and I mean nothing -- is going to keep me from having one more night with my brother."
Deb: "There's a human being in there. There always has been. You just can't see it."
Good episode, nice and tense and penultimate, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. What did you all think?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.