“Are you even capable of love?” – Debra Morgan
“I love you…” – Dexter Morgan
EEEUUUGGGHHH. Great. Well, here it is, ladies and gentlemen. My least favorite sub-plot in Dexter history makes a brief reappearance this week as Deb and Dex discuss their feelings in tonight’s otherwise solid episode “Run”.
Debra’s creepy romantic feelings for Dexter was a huge sticking point last season. In a season that already had a lot of problems, most Dexter fans were a bit freaked out by Deb coming to realize that she might have these kinds of feelings for her adopted brother. Although some people will defend this development, pointing out that they aren’t technically related by blood, I was completely against it. These two have always been considered brother and sister on this show. That’s it. For the Dexter writers to pretend like they were setting anything like this up is just incorrect and irresponsible.
So the creepiness returns in tonight’s episode with Deb dreaming of her bathtub being filled up with blood. Bloody bathtubs are already a very loaded image in the Dexter universe, but adding Dexter standing there with his hand outstretched wearing a tux, asking Deb “Will you be mine?” definitely ups the creep factor. Even though the romantic undertones are not welcome, this scene does lead Deb to the realization that Dexter killed Trinity. I absolutely loved this, and I really loved Deb asking the obvious question of whether or not it was actually Dexter that killed her. I also liked to hear her calling him out on his decision to go after Trinity alone. There’s been plenty of times in this show’s history where you really wonder why Dexter is deciding to go rogue when asking for help from Miami Metro would be the smart thing to do. It was tough to hear, but Deb hit the nail on the head in calling him selfish.
Dexter being selfish leads me to another complaint on the episode, and a complaint on the season so far in general: Harrison. Dexter Morgan is nothing if not rational, so how does he rationally justify Harrison being raised by a nanny as being a better option than being raised alongside his half brother and sister with two functioning parental figures? Sure, this may not affect the main story lines of the series, but it’s very noticeable that the writers simply don’t know what to do with Harrison. Thankfully they seemed to acknowledge this shortcoming a little bit with Dexter going through Harrison’s toys realizing how much he’s growing up without him, but instead of shaping up and making the decision to spend more time with him, he ships him off to his grandparents’ house. He says he needs him out just so he can take care of Speltzer, but I doubt he would come back so quickly.
Meanwhile, down at the ol’ Foxhole strip club, Isaac and company decide they need a patsy on whom to pin Anderson’s murder. I’m not sure why they’re only thinking about this now, but they decide on poor bartender Alex. Isaac is really getting fleshed out well as this season’s villain. He definitely has the friendly vibe down that Arthur Mitchell exhibited back in season four. The vibe where you can smile at someone as you plunge a screwdriver into their eye socket. We also find out that Viktor was either his son or somebody very close to him. Really interested to see where this goes, as he’s very hot on Dexter’s tail.
The lovely Yvonne Strahovski is not faring as well as the other big guest star. Even though her character Hannah McKay is only in her second episode, I still don’t know what her deal is. She seems a little bland, so I’m hoping to see a lot more out of her in the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, I guess I should mention what Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum are up to, as Quinn and Batista are still shutting down the Foxhole. While it is a little admirable that Quinn didn’t except George’s bribe, he follows that up with being a complete tool about how he’s dating a stripper. Oh, I mean “dancer”. He’s also trying to get Alex’s death notched up as a suicide as quickly as possible. That whole scene between him and Batista was cringe worthy. “At least you have somebody special in your life” says Batista. Oh my gosh, if only I could fast-forward…
The end of the episode was really great, if a little bit unrealistic. Dexter goes to do some recon in Speltzer’s trailer, but then gets attacked and wakes up in a large maze being chased by Speltzer. This scene was exciting and all, and it was a lot of fun to watch, but it’s a little unbelievable that a graveyard worker has a multi-level, elaborate labyrinth set up in some abandoned warehouse somewhere. Speltzer was never really fleshed out to be a criminal mastermind, but he’s got some super elaborate set-up like a Batman villain? I was half expecting some of his henchmen to jump out and attack Dexter.
Speltzer, meanwhile, shows up at the funeral for Melanie (The girl he killed last week). This of course makes Deb go nuts and verbally attack him, which leads into yet another heart to heart between Deb and Dex. While I’m enjoying all of the great scenes we’re getting between these two this season, I really hope that Deb makes up her mind either way about what she’s going to do about Dexter. Constantly hearing about how “Everything has changed” and “You aren’t the person I thought I knew” will get old pretty quick. Saying that she’s glad Speltzer is dead is a good step, and maybe that can be her threshold concerning Dexter’s killings. If somebody has gone through the justice system, and the system has failed, only then will it be acceptable for Dexter to step in. Maybe the thing she takes umbrage with is Dexter killing people before Miami Metro even gets a crack at them.
It may sound like I’m complaining a lot about this show, but I’m really enjoyed this episode and I’m enjoying this season as a whole. The Debra/Dexter stuff is great, Isaac is filling out nicely as a villain, and Hannah has potential. I hope that the Deb/Dex romance gets snuffed out pretty quickly and that Dexter’s situation with Harrison is addressed, but everything else is going pretty darn well. Can’t wait for next week!
- I’m not a lawyer or anything, but shouldn’t the whole “Not being read your Miranda rights” excuse only work for small crimes or misdemeanors? Like maybe you jaywalked, and a cop forgets to read you your Miranda rights, maybe then you can get out on a technicality. If you’ve already admitted to attacking and killing multiple women, though? Come on…
- It’s funny how people rarely talk during Dexter’s inner monologues. This means that there’s just convenient lulls in the conversation all the time as Dexter shares his thoughts with us. Those must be strange conversations to listen to…
- Dexter’s little maneuver in the crematorium was pretty awesome. I had to re-watch it a couple times, when he swooped under the railings and jumped on Speltzer. Very nice.