Dexter – Recap & Review – Every Silver Lining…

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Every Silver Lining

Original Air Date: Jul 7, 2013

Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor

Do you ever wonder why, based on this show, anyone would live in Miami? They’ve really had quite an overabundance of serial killers, right? Ice Truck Killer, Bay Harbor Butcher, Skinner, Trinity, Barrel Girls, Doomsday Killers, Hannah McKay, and now the Brain Surgeon… It may be a vacation hotspot, but it seems a little risky to live there full time!

And that’s not even counting our favorite Morgan siblings and their shared body count. And as we tick down the episodes towards the series finale, it’s already time to start sharing our theories about where we are headed this season.

Dexter and Vogel have quite the bonding session as he learns how instrumental she was as Dr. Frankenstein to his personal monster. Dexter learns that she guided Harry in creating the code, was aware of his early kills and desires, and even believed in him when Harry was in doubt. And while he doesn’t trust her, he is intrigued by her, enough to hear her out regarding Miami’s newest killer, The Brain Surgeon. Yes, it seems that last week’s brain-splicing murder was, of course, not a one-off and now there is yet another bona fide serial killer in Miami. And whoever it is, is taunting Dr. Evelyn Vogel.

The missing brain parts are being hand delivered to her doorstep and she is convinced it is one of her former patients. She tells Dexter she is scared and wants him to find the killer before he finds her. The viewers are treated to a portly man killing the latest victim, but apologizing whilst doing so. At the crime scene, they find fingerprints belonging to Lionel Sussman, who is not one of the doctor’s former patients. Dexter, narrowly beating Miami Metro, tracks down Sussman, but finds the man hanging at his hunting cabin.

Dexter and Vogel disagree about if Sussman was acting alone, but she notes he’s distracted by something. He admits the something is Deb and Vogel is surprised that Dexter, psychopath that he is, has made emotional connections. In admitting that he’s destroyed his sister (more on that below), Vogel reassures him by letting him know that he’s not a mistake of a human, but that psychopaths area gift, alpha wolves that help the human race survive. It doesn’t do much to assuage Dexter’s guilt, but the compassion Vogel feels for him does intrigue him.

Later, Vogel and Dexter find a mystery DVD left at her house. Unworried about malware or viruses, she pops it into her laptop and plays it. We see Sussman murder the last Brain Surgeon victim, but he’s not alone. A gun is visibly pointed at his head, forcing him to commit murder by asphyxiation. So it seems the Brain Surgeon likes victims two at a time. Dexter doubts his strengths at his major traits: vetting, stalking, and killing, if he was so wrong about Sussman. Vogel, as his newfound spiritual mother, assures him that he’s exactly who he needs to be…perfect.

Deb has a pretty hellacious hour herself. She continues to track down Briggs’ jewelry stash, but finds herself at the losing end of a brawl with El Sapo. Luckily for her, El Sapo only kills people if he’s specifically paid to, so he leaves her beaten in a storage locker, taking her gun in the process. But El Sapo ends up shot dead a short time later, and Dexter finds a piece of glass with the killer’s blood to secretly test, while Masuka finds a gun (Deb’s) in the glove box. Dexter is stunned to see the test results indicate Deb was the killer, and at the same time is more shocked to see her stroll into the police station.

Quinn queries her about the Briggs/El Sapo connection, but Deb sticks to her story and shares no new information. Dexter pulls her outside and tells her about the blood, and Deb freely admits that she shot El Sapo. She claims to have been in a haze when she did it, but is also unapologetic. She asks Dexter to switch out the gun found, reminding him that El Sapo wasn’t the first guy she shot, and may not be the last. Dexter realizes the sister he knew is gone, and isn’t sure what is left in her place.

And, in news we don’t care about… Quinn is still dating Jamie in secret, but Batista figured it out on his own pretty quickly. He pushes Quinn to take the sergeant’s exam, so he’ll be “good enough” for his sister. And Jamie is fed up with Quinn’s Deb fixation, as apparently he’s the only one who still cares about their long-ago ended engagement.

Now for theories that have no basis in fact. Vogel brought up the books she has written several times. What if, she is the Brain Surgeon, goading Dexter into helping her to get source material for her new book? Do you think that’s a possibility? Or do you think we’ll find out that the killer is just one of her former patients? What’s your theory? And, additionally, what do you think the odds are that one or more of the Morgan siblings will not make it out of season eight alive?

You’ve got my TwoCents! Now 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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6 Responses to Dexter – Recap & Review – Every Silver Lining…

  1. And completely off topic… The intro still irks me that Dexter shaves yet has NEVER appeared shaven even as he is getting dressed in the INTRO!!!!

  2. I am a wreck. Dexter is NOT a psychopath, because he does have emotion. He feels guilt. Vogel must not be as smart as she thinks. Deb is wicked cool so far. She wanted El Sapo to kill her, she killed him because he didn’t. And what’s up with Deb’s boss? You don’t want to break and enter a dead fugitive’s house, but go anyway, however, refuse to go to a open storage unit that you have the key to?? I can’t guess yet where any of this is going. However, I will say it again, Matthews knows about Vogel, Dexter, and will soon learn about Deb.. I can’t see any one but Quinn making it out alive. lol

  3. hannatsan says:

    I liked this episode more than the previous one. I’m a bit undecided about the Quinn storyline though. I would be happy to see him share scenes with Debra and Dexter but they keep making these soap opera-ish scenes with the Batistas. i hoped that the writers would get their shit together after the disastrous stripper storyline but so far it seems that they were unable to do so. it does

  4. Would Harry allow Dr Vogel to video tape the “code sessions” knowing his #1 rule is “Don’t get caught”?

    • karenb says:

      Well, since Vogel wrote the code for Harry, I’m guessing he didn’t second guess her too much. Although it seems awfully risky to keep them lying around. Hopefully she knows how to encrypt files!

  5. Lyssa says:

    I have to say this is by far the most confusing season thus for. I have a feeling that Dexter is going to be dead by the end of the series. Gotta remember the Deb that we have come to love over the last several years is gone…. She has let herself go and is now playing a part in Dexters lies. The brain surgeon has to be Sean Patrick Flannery, Deb’s new boss. Vogel just confuses the hell out of me, so I won’t even touch that.

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