'Dexter'

Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan, Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and C.S. Lee as Vince Masuka. (Showtime / October 22, 2012)

"Human."

While that is something most people probably believe they are, Deb is forced to question her humanity once she realized she was glad that Speltzer is dead.

Everyone has their humanity explored, as both their good side and their flaws are exposed.

Deb pushes Dexter about his loss of Rita, about whether Dexter (through his Dark Passenger) is really to blame for it. To be honest, he is at least responsible in part, but it was completely unnecessary to bring that up.

Despite his tendency to slice and dice human flesh, Dexter does maintain compassion for some human beings, such as Deb herself (which is why he continually saves her instead of letting fate run its course).

Dexter's complete adoration of Harrison, his son, is also evident as Dexter cannot throw away the dirty, used, smelly old children's toys due to their symbolic value.

Deb must face the fact that she is happy Dexter killed Speltzer (after Speltzer beat the legal system when a confession was thrown out of court). It doesn't exactly match the image of the down-to-earth detective she has painted for the world.

Deb also has an uber sketchy dream about Dexter proposing to her in a bathtub full of blood. I really thought she had moved on from her romantic attraction to her brother. Shame on her.

Even Isaac shows his humanity. Oh Isaac, you Ukrainian mobster you -- he seems so nice, so genuine, but at any moment I expect him to stab someone with another screw driver. At least tonight he kept it to simply convincing a poor immigrant to shoot himself.

Later, Isaac's cold exterior is dropped, replaced with the heartache of a broken father (I believe -- I don't speak Ukrainian nor am I an expert at facial genetic markers) as Isaac tearfully pledges vengeance for Viktor's death.

Seeing as Isaac researches and follows Dexter, the showdown is bound to happen soon.

Speaking of showdowns, the hunt between Dexter and Speltzer was epic. Speltzer gets the best of Dexter after discovering him snooping in the RV. Speltzer dons his Minotaur mask after Dexter reawakens, chasing Dexter through an elaborate labyrinth.

Dexter turns the tides on him after escaping, creating a hilarious mockery of Speltzer's routine in the cemetery. Dexter does with one shovel what it took four cops and their batons to do sloppily (people should stop learning karate and switch to the school of Dexter).

Dexter continues to switch things up by announcing an end to his normal ritual (this must be why he stopped bringing in donuts). He burns not just Speltzer's body but his box of blood slide trophies.

Quinn also turned over a new leaf, refusing a bribe from the strip club owner to make the investigation into Mike's murder go away. Although, with the immigrant Alex's apparent suicide, Quinn does accept the case as shut.

It is Batista that pushes for what seems obvious (although, as we watched Isaac coerce Alex into killing himself, it is obvious to us). After all, who works up the nerve to do anything with only one shot of vodka, let alone kill themselves?

But more than anything, we witness Dexter reestablish himself as top Miami dog.

Even though he chooses to send Harrison away, Dexter does it on his own terms, not Deb's.

"Everything is in my control," Dexter tells Deb, but what he really means is that in the end, everything will be in his control. So you might as well run now while you have the chance.