Episode 809

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (right) and Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Vogel in "Dexter." (Showtime / May 28, 2013)

Despite leaving the audience in a nosedive last episode, Dexter and Hannah start off with a very sweet moment in bed, thinking that if they stay there forever, the real world can’t interrupt. I often feel that way when getting up for work, but sadly it never works.

Dexter races around this episode, trying to pick up the pieces of his life but they just slip through his fingers. First he meets with Vogel to tell her about Hamilton’s death and his reunion with Hannah. Dexter insists he can handle the Brain Surgeon and then make a life with Hannah, but Vogel thinks that trying to straddle both worlds is a flaw. After all, Dexter tried it before and it ended in Rita’s death.

Dexter runs the DNA he finds at Hamilton’s apartment and finds a partial match to Vogel. Vogel explains the tragic past of her family, how one son, Daniel, killed the other son. She had put him in a mental institute but he had supposedly died. Dexter takes his picture and does an age progression. It happens to match with Oliver Saxon, the guy who dated Cassie.

Elway brings in the U.S. Marshalls (Clayton) and attempts to locate Hannah.

Quinn asks Deb to look into Hamilton, but she remembers him from the Keys. Deb goes to confront Dexter, who only warns her off of Hamilton. Seeing as he’s dead, he has a pretty solid alibi.

Dexter is kept busy as the U.S. Marshall, Clayton, comes to talk to him next. He “warns” him that Hannah is back and insists on putting cops outside of Dexter’s apartment. As if Dexter would ever need protection.

In fact, Dexter turns around and protects Hannah, driving her to her old friend Arlene’s to get her money. But Clayton is moments behind, and Dexter has to think quickly. Dexter’s great plan? To pretend to be dating Arlene. As awkward as Dexter is, it’s almost unbelievable Clayton didn’t see through it.

Quinn meets up with Deb, who clears Hamilton of Cassie’s murder. They “just happen” to reminisce about old times, falling into old patterns. While once cute, it’s clearly Jamie’s going to get hurt.

Quinn and Deb pay Oliver a visit, questioning him about Cassie’s death. He seems overly defensive, painting her as the clingy one. As they leave, they have a moment. A really intense moment where Quinn kisses Deb. Apparently, when Deb got her life back, she meant to get it all back. She doesn’t seem too upset by the kiss, but then again, neither would I. Just look at Quinn!

Does anyone else care that Deb is frequently wearing a Where’s-Waldo-type striped shirt? It’s highly distracting.

Deb comes home and Dexter and Hannah are waiting. Deb allows Hannah to stay but she isn’t thrilled. Sensible, since Hannah has tried to kill her in the past. More than that, though, Dexter asks Deb to stay away from Oliver. His demands keep rolling in. Ever since he got her back, he takes her for granted that she’ll stay there.

Dexter heads over to Oliver’s, but is too late. He takes a soda can in order to compare to the DNA he found at Hamilton’s. Bingo – it’s a match. Oliver is Daniel, Vogel’s son. 

Dexter makes pancakes for Harrison the next morning and has a chat about Hannah. Harrison wants her to be his mother. Could you tug on our heart strings anymore?

Dexter explains to Vogel about Oliver and the two immediately disagree on how to deal with him. Vogel wants a second chance to save him, but Dexter has dealt with too many of his kind to believe there is hope. Dexter figures out a way to get a message to Oliver, but feels guilty using Vogel. Is this jealousy that his new maternal figure is in high demand?

Dexter pours out his churning thoughts to Hannah, who comforts him. But the conversation turns to how she can’t continue to be “there” for him in so literal a sense. She needs to leave Florida, and she wants Harrison and Dexter to come with. Surprisingly, Dexter seems completely excited about moving to Argentina. I’m curious how he’ll be as good at killing killers when he doesn’t speak their language.

Mathews comes to Angel about how Hamilton’s parents just filed a missing person’s report. Which is weird, because Hamilton has been dead for a while. What exactly did Dexter do with the body? Not that I’m sure I want to know.

Angel gives Deb back her detective shield, but she doesn’t seem so excited. She asks for time to think about it. She runs into Quinn on her way out, but the conversation is awkward and tense. She comes home to Hannah, who has cleaned, cooked, and has plenty of ulterior motives. Deb is reasonably dubious about eating Hannah’s food, but they have a surprisingly nice meal together. Maybe they can make it work after all.

Clayton stops by Dexter’s and lets him know that Hannah probably isn’t in Miami. But before he can leave, he leans in for a closer look at Harrison’s photo. It contains Dexter, Harrison…and a pretty blonde. Dexter explains that it’s just Rita, but Clayton doesn’t look convinced.

Elway confronts Deb about Hannah and what happened in the Keys. It seems like she’s being pushed back into her old job from all directions except from Dexter.

Meanwhile, Dexter goes over to see Vogel before they go to meet Oliver, but poisons her drink so that she passes out. Dexter goes alone to meet Oliver. He waits outside and follows Oliver when he leaves. But Oliver is one step ahead and slashes Dexter’s tires.

Dexter tries to warn Vogel, but she throws him out. She chooses Oliver over Dexter. Dexter is hurt, storming out while vowing to kill Oliver for the both of them. But as soon as the door is closed, Oliver comes out for a little breakfast with his mom. I can just hear the "Jaws" theme music playing... Duuun dun… duuun dun… dun dun…