By Cassandra Berube
9:36 AM EDT, July 8, 2013
The episode begins with a twist, showing a taping of Harry Morgan talking to Dr. Vogel as his therapist. It displays in vivid color the beginning of Harry's understanding of what Dexter truly is -- and Dr. Vogel's hand in shaping his youth.
She helped create Harry's Code, but Dexter doesn't trust her just yet. I wouldn't either; if she wants to play with young psychopaths, then clearly she's got issues of her own.
Especially since her show-and-tell isn't just for fun; she wants Dexter to find someone. She received the missing brain from last episode's murder. For all those who haven't received body parts on your doorstep, this is usually a threat. A very creepy, personal threat.
Meanwhile, Deb has to explain Briggs' death to his boss, Elway. She explains her plan to recover the stolen jewels by means of breaking into Briggs' house. Deb and Elway head to Briggs' apartment and find a new bill from a storage company. As she follows the clues and checks it out, the assassin follows her.
Another murder, another partially removed brain. And another delivery to Dr. Vogel. She seems to have taken a creepy motherly interest in Dexter and just as a mother would intercede between her children, Dexter wants to use her to help him with Deb.
A plastic bag is recovered at the crime scene, giving Dexter the chance to get ahead of the police and find the person threatening Dr. Vogel. The fingerprint from the plastic bag matches Lyle Sussman. But there is no obvious connection to Dr. Vogel so the two delve deeper into his life to figure it out. But Mosuka finds a partial print as well so Dexter doesn't have much of a head start.
Debra finds the stolen jewelry in the storage container and is confronted by the assassin. She refuses to stay down and gets locked in the container. He takes her gun, dropping it in his glove compartment.
Batista and Quinn interview Sussman’s mother, while Batista slyly reveals that he knows about Jamie and Quinn. How? Because he’s a detective. But seeing as the Bay Harbor Butcher still works side by side with him, I think it’s more likely he just saw Quinn escaping out the window once.
Dexter gets called to a crime scene -- El Sapo's. He's been shot three times. Seeing as El Sapo means "toad" in Spanish, I was hoping there would be at least one bad joke about his name, but the writers must have thought that'd be too obvious. But they could throw us a bone every once in a while. The tension just keeps building, the people just get creepier, and there is no sign of even little Harrison to bring a smile to our faces.
Dexter, wondering where Deb is after making the connection between El Sapo and her, visits her apartment. The door is wide open, beer bottles are scattered everywhere, but at this point, she's as okay as she's going to get. She kicks him out, blaming him for her current situation. We know, we know! He ruined your life ... but not really.
If Deb hadn't followed Dexter, hadn't insisted on trying to change him, she wouldn't have needed to shoot LaGuerta. What I find more strange is Dexter's continued offer of help. Where has he been the past seven seasons? Out killing people. Is this role reversal permanent?
Dexter breaks into Sussman's cabin (finally! For a man who used to say he craved the kill, he sure was slow to check out this lead) only to find the man, who we (the audience) saw cutting into someone's skull earlier, impaled upon a hook.
When Dexter reports back to Dr. Vogel, she psycho-analyzes his reactions much to his dismay. But she continues to throw compliments his way, claiming psychopaths are necessary for the success of civilization. The silver lining. Except if you're one of their victims.
Quinn and Jamie go on a date, or try to. But it crashes and burns, Jamie storms out, blaming Angel for the entire fight. So much for these two being the upbeat distraction from death and chaos.
Back in the lab, Dexter figures out that Deb killed El Sapo. Magically, Debra shows up at the station to answer some of Quinn's questions.
Deb freaks out after seeing pictures of the crime scene and Dexter pulls her out. He confronts her in an alley but she lashes back and lays all the blame at Dexter's feet (again). But maybe this murder is a little too much of a stretch. He switches out her gun in evidence with another so it won't be traced to her, but it probably won't be the last time he needs to cover for her.
At a bar, there is a moment between Quinn and Debra, and I can only pray that it doesn't foreshadow them getting back together. Quinn already had his "bad cop" phase. It didn't suit him well the first time.
Dr. Vogel calls Dexter to her house, believing that someone has broken in. Dexter tells her to wait in the car. But who waits in their car, at night, when they think someone is nearby trying to kill them, with the window rolled down? Maybe it was poor filming, or maybe Dr. Vogel knew there was no one out there to be afraid of. Because I don't care how hot it is, you don't leave an opening for a killer if you think your days are numbered. Unless you're a bigger, badder killer.
Inside the house, Dexter and Dr. Vogel watch a CD supposedly left by the intruder, which shows a gloved hand holding Sussman at gun point, proving he was a victim and not a psychopath. The film makes Dexter trust Vogel, as she insisted earlier that Sussman may not be as guilty as he looks.
Dexter begins to doubt his instincts, but what if this was all a charade put on by Vogel for Dexter? Why does she need him to feel indebted to him? If she is a psychopath, and psychopaths don't need connections according to her, then her plan can only be sinister in nature.
Vogel said she used unorthodox methods when trying to understand and help psychopaths, but how far would she go? Is she testing Dexter? Testing his humanity? I'd say he failed, because the very creepy hug between them can only foreshadow death, destruction, and the disintegration of what little remains between Deb and Dexter.
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