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.
-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!