Dexter – Recap & Review – A Beautiful Day

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A Beautiful Day

Original Air Date: Jun 30, 2013

Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor

And so the end begins. We’ve now entered season eight of Dexter, where everything will come to a head and a close. Will Dexter be caught? Will Dexter be killed? Or will he roam free to kill another day?

We won’t know any of these answers for many weeks, but what we do know is that everything has changed. Where Dexter once cherished the structure of the life he built for himself, now everything has descended into chaos and panic. And Dexter isn’t handling it very well.

It’s been six months since Deb shot LaGuerta instead of Dexter in the shipyard container. And to say that she isn’t handling it well would be the understatement of the century. Deb has spiraled into a slovenly mess of drugs, drink, and poor choices. She quit the force and is working as private investigator for Elway Investigators. Instead of high profile cases, she’s mostly doing bounty hunting, currently tracking a jewel thief named Andrew Briggs (played by Rhys Coiro). And she’s not doing a great job, as she’s spending her days holed up in a seedy motel, doing drugs, sleeping with her mark…and letting him call her Debbie.

Dexter is unraveling himself as Deb has stopped seeing him or even returning his calls. He thinks that his life is hunky dory, as LaGuerta’s death solved all of his problems. He’s coaching Harrison in soccer, bowling, and even sleeping with a nameless blonde (while Hannah’s orchid drops its last flower). But it’s all really just another act, as Dexter is quite single minded in his need to “save” Deb. When he does finally track her down to Fort Lauderdale, via a hacked bank account (Deb’s password is “f**king password”), she spells out that she wants nothing to do with him, hates him, and that she killed the wrong person in the container. She tells Dexter, in no uncertain terms, to leave her alone.

Dexter is temporarily distracted by a new murder victim, who after being shot to death, had his skull removed and a portion of his brain scooped out. Literally. With a melon baller. There’s nothing descript about the victim, but the method of his demise is enough for Matthew to bring in Dr. Evelyn Vogel (played by Charlotte Rampling), a neuropsychologist, to investigate the homicide. Dexter’s antenna immediately goes up, and with good reason, as during their first conversation, she quickly steers the conversation to the Bay Harbor Butcher. She makes observations that this new killer is methodical, much like the Butcher was, and her commentary unnerves Dexter. He asks about her status with the department, and Matthews advises that she requested (out of the blue) to come on board.

Dexter barely has a moment to process Vogel when Quinn tells him that Deb called looking for information on Briggs’ fence, El Sapo. Quinn doesn’t have any information (because he’s lousy at his job), so Dexter quickly finds out that El Sapo isn’t a fence, but a hitman. He drives (with a sleeping Harrison) to Fort Lauderdale to rescue his sister, but she’s actually more interested in getting the jewelry that Briggs is hiding. She doesn’t care about her own safety, as she thinks she is a bad person, and deserves to die. The sibling squabbling goes on too long, as Briggs catches her talking to Dexter. Dexter brawls with Briggs and stabs him to death with his own knife. Deb is aghast, and lets loose on Dexter that she always thought she needed him, but he needs her, and he is lost without her. She proves the old Deb is still in there, as she calls in Briggs’ death as a “probably homicide”. Dexter takes leave, and panics when he realized Harrison isn’t in the car. The confused kid just went looking for Daddy, and Dexter gets some blood on his stuffed lamb. Dexter washes off the blood, surmising that he really is lost.

But then he gets some unexpected company when trying to decide his next moves. Vogel appears (as he sits on LaGuerta’s memorial bench) and hands him an envelope… with monstrous drawings of murder and family estrangement. Clearly these are from Dexter’s childhood and he tears off after her in a rage. She calmly tells him that he can’t kill her… because she doesn’t fit Harry’s code. Dexter is speechless.

Other notes:
-Quinn is sleeping with Jamie Batista. And, yup, still don’t care about him.
-All of LaGuerta’s stuff is at Batista’s house. Including the Dexter/Deb phone warrants. He’s not suspicious, but perhaps Dexter’s comment that LaGuerta died because she didn’t leave things alone will raise some red flags?
-Whatever you do, don’t cut off Dexter in traffic.

And there you have my TwoCents! What do you think is coming this season? How do you want it to end? Share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!


About Karen Belgrad

Number cruncher by day, Karen spends way too many hours watching television and reading/writing about what she just watched. When not glued to the television, Karen sings karaoke, checks out live music, and roots for the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs. Pop culture trivia and the Kevin Bacon game are her useless special talents. Managing Editor for [twitter:karenb0716]
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7 Responses to Dexter – Recap & Review – A Beautiful Day

  1. Alyssa says:

    I honestly believe that Matthews has known all along what dexter was, pre Harry’s death. There is no way he would have called in Vogel. I am excited to see how this all plays out, how she knows so much, how she had those drawings, there are a lot of unanswered questions and this is just episode 1. I have no idea where this season is going though

  2. Agreed… i feel Matthews was in on Harry’s plan for Dexter. My real question is HOW was the whole LaGuerta shooting explained? Did I forget this from last season Finale or what?

    • karenb says:

      Based on off hand comments, I’m thinking they pinned it on the guy that Dexter offed in the season finale. Somehow. It’s kind of brushed off…

  3. If he wasn’t in from the beginning I think Harry would have told Matthews when he found out he was dying to just keep an eye on Dexter. Harry wouldn’t have left Dexter run loose with no one “watching ” him in case…

  4. Matthews would know Harry’s “code”, and told Vogel about it. In the same way, Matthews warned Dexter about Maria thinking he was the Bay Harbor Butcher. The twist is WHY bring Vogel in to “confront” Dexter. I love the psychology about the “psychopath” and them not having empathy. This entire show is about Dexter’s “growth” as a human, with the way Dexter is acting, is it possible that Dexter himself realize he doesn’t have that “core” in him? I won’t even pretend I know what I am babbling. Deb, (Jennifer Carpenter), might actually win a Emmy for this season if she keeps up this acting. I felt and believed every single word, facial expression, etc. I think if Quinn just disappeared from the show, no one would miss him, nor notice he was gone.

  5. On the same note, Dr. Vogel had his childhood drawings. Would Matthews have those? Or did Harry take him to a shrink?

    • karenb says:

      I’m thinking Harry took the drawings to Vogel. My guess is that Harry knew something had to be done, so he went to someone he personally trusted who specialized in psychopaths. She probably wrote the code for him.

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