This Little Piggy
Original Air Date: Jul 28, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
We’re nearly at the halfway point of Dexter’s final season. And I have to be honest, I am at a complete loss for what the final end game will be.
Are we looking to have resolution to Dexter and Deb’s fractured relationship? Are we looking to see one or more of the Morgan siblings dead or in jail? Or is there something completely out of left field coming our way?
The bulk of the hour was the seeming resolution to the Brain Surgeon case. I was trying to recall why the first few victims were male if Yates seemingly had issues with women. If this is indeed the end of the case, I guess he was killing these guys and chopping up their brains just to be able to send the parts to Vogel as a message? But being that he had been killing women for years, why was he just now reaching out to Vogel, just in time to coincide with her connecting to Dexter? It’s a little bit of a conundrum, isn’t it?
Dexter and Deb meet with Vogel to discuss last episode’s murder-suicide attempt. Dexter is understandably angry that his sister nearly made Harrison an orphan, but Deb is calmer than we’ve seen her in weeks. Vogel explains that she’s finally hit rock bottom and now is in her first steps towards recovery. Dexter is not entirely satisfied with his sister’s methods of recovery and is angry with both her and Vogel.
There’s other distractions occurring from finding Yates, at first, with Jamie trying to play matchmaker between Dexter and his neighbor and the still unsolved case of Norma Rivera’s murder. Apparently Rivera was taking a page from Lifetime’s Devious Maids and having an affair with her boss prior to her murder. Ed Hamilton is a very wealthy Miami resident, wealthy enough that Matthews basically tells Quinn to back off from interrogating the wealthy patriarch. It’s not that much of an issue though, because the evidence soon leads to Hamilton’s disillusioned son, Zach. But a key eyewitness changes his statement, leaving Quinn unable to make any headway in the case.
During all the other going-ons, Vogel is kicking back at home listening to Mama Cass’s “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” when she is unceremoniously interrupted by Yates breaking into her home via a window. Deb discovers she’s missing and enlists her brother to help, just as Miami Metro has identified Yates as a serial killer via his surviving victim from last episode. Dexter wonders why Deb wants to help him find Yates, knowing the end result will be murder, and Deb explains that the goal of this for her is more about saving Vogel.
Once Dexter is extracted from a double date set up by Jamie, he and Deb set out to track Yates by looking at empty homes he recently did cable work at. Meanwhile, Vogel is being set to be toe-tortured by Yates. We learn that his foot-obsession (breaking toes, keeping the shoes as trophies) comes from his mother’s abuse, pacing back and forth while he hid under a bed to avoid the beating. In fact, the beatings probably caused the brain lesion that Vogel recommend removed, causing his horrific head scar. He’s ready to break one of her little piggies, when she takes on a maternal tone, lecturing, and hitting him to keep him in line. He leaves the room, and unable to escape, she calls Dexter leaving the line open. Deb has Elway trace the call, and then she and Dexter listen to her use psychological mind games on Yates to keep him in check and buy time. He gets wise to the open line and screams at Vogel for her duplicitous ways.
Dexter and Deb get to the house and it seems empty, but a thumping noise leads them upstairs. They find Vogel restrained in a closet, and Dexter realizes Yates is hiding under the bed. With Deb and Vogel watching, he plunges a canopy rod through the mattress and through Yates. But unlike her profanity laced tirades in the past, Deb calmly states that they have to get the mess cleaned up and get rid of the body. With Vogel and Deb in tow, Dexter disposes of Yates (and his gifts to Vogel) over the side of his boat. To their queries as to why they are present, Dexter just says he wanted to be with family.
So… that’s it for the Brain Surgeon? If that is indeed the end of that arc, it’s kind of a letdown. But, on the other hand, maybe this was just a set-up for a more nefarious plot for Vogel? I’m spoiler free, so what are your best guesses for where the remainder of the series is headed? And if you have no guesses about Vogel, do you think Masuka’s daughter is just there to rob him blind? Or how many minutes of cartoons should Harrison be allowed before school?
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