'Dexter' recap, Season 7 episode 2, 'Sunshine and Frosty Swirl'

Harry and Dexter share a tender moment involving a disembodied hand on 'Dexter.'
Harry and Dexter share a tender moment involving a disembodied hand on 'Dexter.' (Showtime)

"I still believe that there is good in you."

Deb's reaction to Dexter's big reveal about being a serial killer was surprisingly optimistic. Clearly she is not up to creating a rehab clinic for serial killers in her home, but she gave it a valiant effort. It wasn't her fault Dexter drugged her to get out, but she should have seen that coming.


The rules were a nice touch. Dexter, constantly trying to keep to his "Code," is forced to adopt a new code: Deb's code.

Rule one: be honest.


Although we the audience have been with Dexter from the beginning and adore him despite his murderous flaws, it was completely different hearing him speak of the experience. We got a glimpse of what drives the Dark Passenger, but I'm not sure I wanted it (I won't be eating spaghetti any time soon).

Rule two: Call if you have the urge to wrap someone up in plastic and stab them.

To his credit, Dexter did call Deb (after he had drugged her to escape her) before killing Louis, but he couldn't have killed Louis anyway. Louis did not fit the original Code set out by Dexter's father, meaning the murder probably would have caused more issues than it would have solved.

While leaving Louis alive wasn't a great idea (DDK anyone?), drugging him and leaving him near the edge of a cliff got my total approval. After all, Louis did taunt Dexter by ignoring the warning to leave town, which is like standing near a lion with raw meat strapped to your body.

Dexter meanwhile goes to the supposed body dump site of a convicted killer Wayne Randall. During his conversations with Randall, Dexter explores the intersection of conscience and killer, maybe in hopes of finding if he has one (guilt-free murder may be an indication you're beyond that though).

But seriously, taking advice from a convicted killer? Randall was driven by anger; Dexter insists his kills are due to something beyond emotion, his Dark Passenger.

Need another reason not to take Randall's advice? He committed suicide. Don't even try this route, Dexter, or I'll bring you back to kill you myself.

Change of some kind is in order, as LaGuerta continues to piece together the truth behind Doakes' death and alleged crimes. Now that Matthews is gone, there is no one to stop her from digging up the past. We just hope it's not Dexter's, but if it is, there are plenty of shifty cops for Dexter to frame, starting with Quinn.

While Quinn wasn't here for all of the Bay Harbor Butcher killings, that didn't stop Doakes from being blamed either. You have an alibi? That's just a minor detail here, people.

Quinn appears to be heading back down the road of a dirty cop anyway. He had an interesting chat with Nadia, a stripper, when he and Batista go to shut the strip club down. Boy meets girl, girl calls boy. One late night ride home later and I'm convinced this is going to get bad quickly.

Why do people never learn? He dated the Trinity Killer's daughter (a killer in her own right), so dating crazy people should now be crossed off his bucket list.

If that relationship doesn't get him in trouble with his job, it certainly can't look good to have mob connections. The strip club is actually a front for the Ukrainian mob. Now that Isaac (the scary mobster from Ukraine) is in Miami looking for Viktor, everyone should be on edge. But what is this "brotherhood" he speaks of and does it involve dark capes and sacrifices? I can't imagine him being the type for tea parties.


Isaac's murder of Tony, the bouncer from the strip club, was straight-up psychopathic. Looking forward to seeing his character develop and face off against the undefeated Miami champ psychopath, Dexter.

If Dexter has taught me anything tonight, it is that when killing someone, don't ignore your cravings for sugar. According to Deb, they indicate a sense of normalcy. I wouldn't exactly pair frosty swirls with dead bodies, but everyone's got to start somewhere. So please, pass the donuts.

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