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Dexter "Buck the System" Review: Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again

Dexter S7E03: “Buck the System”

Well, we knew that couldn’t last.

Deb’s plan to save Dexter through intense observation and half-cocked detoxing came from a place of love and hope, but there was no way that he was ever going to help make that work—because he doesn’t really want to change. Dexter has spent too much time embracing his Dark Passenger, and he's certainly worked very hard to convince himself that the code is good enough to keep him from being a full-blown monster. So, despite Deb’s best hopes, her plan is all but busted.

However, that’s actually okay. Another week, another episode of Dexter that subverts my expectations in a good way. Instead of harping on Deb suffocating Dexter and him trying to sneak away from her every 10 minutes, “Buck the System” moved into another realm of their new relationship: Dexter telling her the truth.

When he recognized that she wasn’t going to stop badgering him about his whereabouts, Dexter turned the tables on Deb and laid everything out on the table. He further explained the code, why he does what he does and more importantly, why he does what he does. And for good measure, he brought Deb along while he was casing a probable killer in hopes of convincing her of the value of his work. That conversation in the bar, with Dexter opening up and promising that he wouldn’t kill unless he knew for sure he was doing what “must” be done and Deb wholeheartedly disagreeing with him, is now my favorite scene of the season so far.

The show is (somewhat surprisingly) examining Dexter and Deb’s relationship with a great deal of subtlety, particularly with regard to their ideological differences. They care for—but can never really understand—one another. But although Dexter has always been super afraid of Deb finding out his secret for this very reason, the show is working hard to at least give Dexter a chance of convincing her that while his way might be horrible and unorthodox, it’s not THE WORST.

“Buck the System” took the smart approach to making that happen by allowing Deb into Dexter’s process, creating workplace tension about warrants and procedure that was low-key but still purposeful. Plus, I love that Dexter admitted to Deb that she’s already been in on his process forever since she’s followed so many of his fake hunches. By the end of the episode, Dexter was proven right—because he almost always is—but still, Deb questioned what this means for their relationship both at work and outside it. Maybe they can’t have the same relationship they had before. For the third episode of the season, that’s a damn great conclusion.

Some might say that the show should have allowed Deb to freak out about Dexter’s identity more, or maybe the writers should have slow-played some of the tension between them in these early episodes, but it’s worked really well for me. The show is nicely and logically moving through beats of this story without falling into melodramatic drivel, which was really my big fear coming into the season. The fact that there hasn’t been a scene with Deb pointing a gun at Dexter and suggesting that she needs to turn him in is really promising. Their relationship is deep enough—and screwed up enough—that it’s believable to me that Deb would try to fix Dexter and that she would ultimately see his side of the argument, only to recognize that his side of the argument isn’t good enough. Frankly, that’s an adult and complex conclusion for a show that tends to skew toward the silly and stupid side of things.

The other big news (which, based on the comments, I know you folks want to talk about): Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski made her anticipated debut in this episode as Hannah McKay, the former accomplice of a deranged killer Miami PD needs information from now that the long-closed case is opened. Dexter, for whatever reason (well, she’s pretty, I get that), dropped the Q-tip when trying to perform a DNA swab, which is basically this show’s version of a meet-cute.

There was certainly a spark between Dexter and Hannah, who refused to give much of anything to Batista, information-wise, because she was giving googly eyes to Dex, but it’s still unclear how she will play into the season as things progress. The show always has more cases going then it seems, so I’m guessing she’ll have to come in for questioning or something silly like that. But nevertheless, it’s always great to have Yvonne around. She and Michael C. Hall worked well together in just a short scene.

And! The Ukrainian mob story took a nice turn as well. After Dexter sent the hand back into the office and the weird video diary to Jamie, Louis lost both his job and his girlfriend. So, in hopes of getting some quick (read: lame) payback, Louis went to the marina to sink Dex’s boat. The problem with that? Issak and George happened to be there at the same time, looking for the owner of said boat because it was the last place that a GPS tracked Viktor to. Louis gave up Dexter as the owner of the boat and got himself a bullet in the head for his troubles.

What a weird story. For a handful of episodes, it seemed like Louis was going to be a major threat to Dexter for a reason we were not privy to. Then, it was revealed that he was just a pipsqueak, but there was still something there. Turns out, nope, just a dweeb with a weird temperament. That’s an odd conclusion to what was a pretty odd story. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that the baddies already know about Dexter. Usually, it takes eight episodes to get to that point.

But this season, Dexter isn’t doing things in the usual fashion—and is much better for it.



NOTES


– I quite enjoyed Dexter’s frustrated dream sequences in the first part of the episode. Michael C. Hall nails the unsettling satisfaction that takes hold of Dexter during certain kills. The glee is terrifying but awesome.

– Quinn falling in love with a stripper who outwardly tells him that she’s been ordered to manipulate him is both the funniest and saddest thing to happen this season. Can’t someone just put that guy out his misery? For all of us?

– That killer’s bull costume and Saw-inspired murder den were sufficiently creepy, right? I feel like the show has done so many things like that over the years that new attempts to shock fall on deaf ears.

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great review! I totally agree on all points.



Concerning Louis: I really think, he is going to be the one who will come around to bite Dexter in the ass, from beyond the grave... Dexter has always been so meticulous with his boat, cleaning up after himself. But he can't know someone has been murdered on it at this point, so the tell-tale blood evidence stays on his boat, unnoticed (for now).



With the one blood slide out in the open, in combination with the captains hunches and now Louis going missing - wouldn't it be awful, yet somehow fitting, if Dexter would finally be "caught" in the end for the one thing he actually didn't do?!? This season's underlying theme seems to be the fall guy, that got punished for the crime he didn't commit - like Sergeant Dokes in season 2...



I am VERY curious where this storyline will lead Dexter (and us with him...;))
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Fantastic episode!! Loved it! Hope louis' blood doesn't come back to haunt Dex.... I can't stand anything bad happening to him :) Also if they finish season 8 with Dexter dying I will be sooooooooooo endlessly pissed off! They better give the series a good ending......
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Dexter is finally getting somewhere new and exciting! And something I've noticed over the past three episodes is every time I roll my eyes and think I know what's going to happen, I'm surprised. This mainly happens with Deb not giving Dexter any room to breathe. I'm so glad we are exploring Deb and Dexter and Dexters Dark Passenger thoroughly.
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This season is really up to something good. The last 3 episodes were simply amazing, such a difference with the first 3 of season 6. I'm so grateful that the show has evolved to this point, cause seriously this is exactly what it needed. Debra finding out about his secret has been such good television and I'm really surprised about Jennifer Carpenter, she has been doing such a great job. She's always good, but she stepped it up even more the last couple of episodes. I'm completely in love with Debra thanks to her. Michael C Hall is amazingly terrifying as always and as you said the bar scene was spot on! These two make some of the best television.

I liked Yvonne as Hannah, she had one scene, but it was convincing. I can't wait to see more. I wonder how Rita/Lumen-like she is, cause c'mon there definitely is a pattern in his choice of women. Blonde, kinda fragile but strong at the same time, I'm very curious what they got in store for her.

Thank God, Louis is out of the picture, cause seriously he was getting on my nerves, trying to play a game, he obviously can't play at all. The best part is that Dexter made him irrelevant right that moment (Coincidence? Ha!), no one will even care for him. Masuka fired him and Jaime left him. Great timing!

To finish my thoughts: the Ukranian gangsters or whatever they are. I like them, we have seen Dexter deal with a lot of serial killers and crazy people, but he might have hit the jackpot this time! This is just what the show and Dexter himself need, some REALLY crazy people to fuck with him, can't wait to see what's gonna happen. I'm definitely more excited about them than that Bull-guy, cause that's just Dexter usual clientele.

Basically, I'm really excited for next week and the next 20 episodes to come, I'm now pretty convinced Dexter is gonna get the ending it deserves.
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I am really really pleased with the direction the show is taking this season. All of Dexter and Deb's revelations and confessions feel very emotionally true to the characters and also very realistic. Plus I love how fast the show is already moving through the story lines and bringing Dex and Deb to a place where they fully understand each other.

I'm also very glad they wrapped up that Louis plot quickly because he was kind of the worst. And I love how quickly the real baddies are onto him! Dramaaa.

And finally, is LaGuerta being a ton better at everything now? Semi-competent detective, nearly decent human, and she stopped doing stupid selfish stuff all the time! I'm not ready to forgive her for past seasons' indiscretions, but I'm not completely PO-ed by her scenes anymore. Progress!
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I am really happy that Dexter is getting back to the level it once was after last season. the Dexter and Deb storyline is just what needed to happen to inject life back into the show and gladly the whole Debra being in love with Dexter bit has been forgotten and Deb is back to being the somewhat protective sister.



Yvonne's character is a bit of a mystery right now but I am sure that will change soon. She claims to be someone trying to just move on but maybe she still has that darkness in her. Maybe that is why Dexter has chemistry with her, they recognize each others dark passengers.



For a while I thought that Louis was something more sinister than a punk kid. Like maybe he was Brians son or something like that and was tormenting his uncle.
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Loving the new season. I think that Louis might still play a rol in the coming episodes if his body is found and Dexter can be linked to his death somehow (there was blood spelt at Dexter's boat when Louis was killed). Just maybe. It would make more sense, as the show took some time to develop this Louis character just to let it fall so soon.
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Quinn: "Don't worry about me. If I can protect you and catch a cop killer, it's worth sticking my neck out a little."

I REALLY hope that that's a foreshadow and a prelude of sorts to Quinn being killed. Please, please please please please, please. His whole talk with Nadya really makes me think he's gonna be killed -- writers, don't let me down :(

More importantly, please kill LaGuerta ASAP as well. I know I'm beating the same drum again and again, but I'll never be able to enjoy Dexter to my full ability until she's gone... :)



YAY! I had totally forgotten that I read about Yvonne Strahovski's guest star this season. I love her.



Also, I quite like that Louis is killed the way he was -- without a bang and by the hands of someone other than Dexter. Obviously the director was hinting that his death will effect Dexter in some way by showing us the blood splatter on the boat, so that could be interesting. Maybe LaGuerta will happen by it in some way while investigating the blood slide. Or, more likely, Deb will see it one day and assume he killed someone, when in fact, he hadn't... and possibly take a sample and see that it was a former co-worker and not-so-bad-a-guy.
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Agreed. LaGuerta has not been getting a lot of screen time lately, she might as well just die into oblivion.
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AWESOME episode. Man, season 7 is REALLY damn strong. I love it!
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I hope I am not the only one who noticed that the boat scene is going to blow right back into Dexters face!



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While his Dark Passenger takes over, Dexter is always so painstakingly thorough about not leaving any evidence behind. But now there is a blood/DNA trail of a murder victim right inside his boat. I really doubt the henchman is cleanig the blood up as thorough as it needs to be to leave no trail. This is the great catch for things to come at the end. [ /possible spoiler]



And what better possible companion for Dexter than a woman who already went on a killing spree with a serial killer?!

During her conversation with Batista, the part about "to live with it the rest of my life" seemed to me not born out of a bad conscience, but it appeared to be more like embarrasment of being caught. I think she has a dark part, too. She already did draw Dexters blood, through her plants. After this scene, she was really fixated on Dexter.

There were so many subliminal "messages" in the greenhouse scene...
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Oooh I think you are so right! Louis' murder can easily get pinned on Dexter now! With DNA and everything to lock it down. Such an interesting theory, my brain is working overtime now.
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The end sequence with the loud metal music was 8mm all over again. I quite enjoyed it.
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the killer at the end wasnt some Saw copycat. He made a hoarders-esque labyrinth and putting on the bull helmet, made him the minotaur. or a show that's been around as long as Dexter and has had so many "1 episode bad guys", I thought it was very fresh and creative.
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I was terrified that they were introducing Moloch into the show when I saw that bull head. For those who haven't read the books, Moloch was an awful supernatural creature they introduced in the 3rd book. Thankfully, they seem to have abandoned the whole idea in the following books.
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I kind of hoped Dexter had shown the creepy video to Batista who then shows it to his sister. It would have been nice to see Batista beating the hell out of Louis first before he dies on the boat.
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If only Louis disappeared when Dexter told him to... "You're so fu*kin' fired!"



Glad LaGuerta was MIA in this episode.
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It doesn't make any sense to me that Deb & Dex still haven't talked about Rita, Trinity-Killer, Brian/Rudy, the scene where Deb found Lumen & Dexter together.... it's like they're trying to deliberately avoid references to earlier seasons. E.g. I think for most people in Debra's situation the FIRST question would be "Did you kill Rita?".
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You're so right! I just don't get that - if Deb was smart enough to connect the dots and find out he's a serial killer, it would be natural to realize that most of the weird things that happened to the people around them would be connected to him - she knows the Ice Truck Killer was his brother, for God's sake! And Rita being killed by Trinity?? Also, that weird dialogue in which she tells him that his actions put people in danger and now that he has Harrison, he should worry about it. Oh come on! How about the thousand other times he put his family at risk? Deb, Rita, Astor, Cody! It feels like the characters are having a bad case of amnesia. That is so off, I can't believe people wouldn't have remembered all those important things. I don't like it at all.
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how about did u kill Victor, the guy we're all looking for right now :')
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Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to that awkward conversation.
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I agree, but I think a more pertinent question would be, "did you kill Doakes?".
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Yeah, that's been the only thing this season that has bothered me quite a bit.
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This episode was fantastic! Everything was so well paced. I'm loving Dex and Deb's interactions. Louis did over estimate himself and his death showed us that he was nothing more than a jerk. Those blood drips look like danger. If there wasn't a cam recording his death, that would be contradictory to what happened in the earlier seasons.

If I was in Dexter's place, I'd have goofed up with her saliva 10 more times! I had forgotten how hot and awesome Yvonne is! More to the point, she reminded Dex of his wife and hence he was slightly disoriented.
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I think Deb's going to wonder where Louis went, and when Jamie tells her that the last thing he said was some conspiracy regarding Dexter, she would probably check his boat to find Louis' blood (remember the splatter?) Thinking he'd gone of the wagon, she'd probably confront Dexter accusing him of killing an innocent.
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Evry time I watch my tv.com programs it buffers way to much. It usually takes me almost 2 hours to watch a program and it should only take an hour to watch a program. Plz work on this matter. Thank you! !!!!!!!
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When you cast someone named Yvonne Strahovski to play a character named Hannah McKay in a season that is mostly involved with the Russian mob you kind of know where that storyline is going and if you watched Chuch even more so ...
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Did anyone else not like Batista complaining about the humidity? (I know it was an excuse to make him leave the scene) But he's obviously south american, and living in MIAMI.
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just to be pedantic. The driest place on earth is in Chilli.
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Just to be more pedantic- it's Chile :)

But I still like your point!
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He was in a greenhouse! It would be more humid for the plants.
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He is Mexican , so he is North American
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No. The actor is from Puerto Rico, and the character, from Cuba. No Mexico in the story.
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Oops, my bad, just googled that and found:

"just because it is a Spanish speaking country does not mean that it is in South America." Lesson learnt...

Is he Mexican or Cuban? Not that it matters because apparently that's NA as well.

My point still stands though, he should be used to humidity if he lives in Miami.
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... I assume you don't like anywhere that's particularly humid. I've lived in Houston for nearly 30 years and humidity still isn't my friend.



And even if Batista were used to the humidity of Miami, you do understand that it was more humid inside the greenhouse than it was outside, right? Let's look at it in terms of temperature. Even if someone were to become acclimated to 100 degree weather, that doesn't mean they'd be okay if it suddenly hit 115 outside. And besides, everyone has different tolerance levels. Assuming he should be okay with the humidity because he's "South American" and living in Miami is A) a little racist, and B) kind of ignorant.
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I live in South America and I can assure you that many parts of the continent are not humid, so just because one is South America doesn't mean he's used to humidity in excess.
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Right? Somebody needs to take a look at a map and check out how close Chile and Argentina are to Antarctica.
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Just because it is a Spanish speaking country it doesn't mean it's South America indeed, since not only Spanish is spoken in South America, and Spanish is spoken outside South America. David Zaurus
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David Says a, the actor is from Puerto Rico. Batista, the character is from Cuba. Both are in North America.
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Dammit I was writing the same thing!

Didn't watch any Chuck so this face was quite new to me.Wow. In Dexters place - with that goddess called Yvonne Strahovski - it would have taken me like 30 attempts to catch her saliva ...
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"Dexter, for whatever reason (well, she's pretty, I get that), dropped the Q-tip when trying to perform a DNA swab"



I really would start to tremble, too, if I were about to put something very long into Yvonne Strahovskis mouth, especially the way she opened it.



Totally understand Dexter.
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Someone correct me if Im wrong, but didn't Louis buy the hand before he ever showed Dexter his video game? He bought it when that girl was interning there and then when she was fired for that he came on. I know he didn't SEND the hand until after Dexter dissed his game, but if he bought it before that, then that doesn't really fit into the whole "I just wanted to freak you out because you hated my game" scenario... right?
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I can't confirm it but I had the same thought. I feel they wrote themselves into a corner last season and this is the result. The other female intern which came before Louis seemed destined for a bigger role, too. I have no idea what happened in the writers room with those 2 characters but surely these plot holes result from it.
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I'll say that I barely remember how that all went down - because it was silly. Again, it sure seems like they had bigger plans for Louis and then just gave up.
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I surmise that Louis was only in it for the hand. The writers thought that 'Talk to the Hand' was such a good title they had to develop an entire character and story arc for it. Is there any other credible explanation? Obviously the other intern was only in it for the...
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He collects toys and obsesses over other interests so he didn't buy it for the sole purpose of freaking Dexter out.
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Collecting toys and puppets is one thing. Buying serial killer evidences over Ebay which links you to the department you're working for is another.
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Exactly the writers had no idea what they were doing, they really screwed up, Am I the only one who doesnt like this season?
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Of course you are! You're Louis and you just got dumped by your girl, fired and shot in the head - I wouldn't like that either.

Seriously, I might be the only one thinking that Louise's storyline was well-handled. He was a gifted but creepy guy from the start who didn't get with whom he was dealing all along. Getting casually finished by the Russian mob and not by Dexter was a high note for me.
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I think they handled the "turn-around" well this season.

But you gotta admit: It's completely unclear what his actual purpose in the story was. He came, felt important to us, then actually wasn't and finally died. Hm.
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I admit that, yes.
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Another awesome episode, this season has been fantastic so far, and the preview for next episode looks great.

This season is already 10 times better than last season, keep it up.

ps. They have pretty much just forgot about Harrison. It doesn't bother me cuz the episodes have been great, but they are gunna have to address the kid at some point.
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Dexter as a show, is back on track which is great news. I'm really enjoying this season so far. Everybody has talked about Louis's death, without mentioning the obvious. Louis may have a bullet in the head but he is far from gone ! I felt that the direction of his death scene telegraphed the fact that he going to be a bigger threat to Dexter dead, than he ever was alive. The way they made a point of showing his blood dripping onto the boat, made it obvious that the boat has an important part to play in the upcoming storyline as a crime scene, which can only cast suspicion. We were also not show how they deposed of the body, either way, it spells trouble for Dexter.

Hang on... don't they have surveillance cameras watching the Marina, or did they take them down after season 2? :)
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If you can shoot people in daylight and plain sight on that marina and drag them through the pier ("dispose of him") without getting seen... boy. They surely need security cameras there.
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In season 2, I think Dexter got caught on a security camera at the marina that the FBI knew that the Bay Harbor Butcher had used. Maybe he moved his boat to a place where he knew that there aren't any?
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I hope Dexter can appreciate how funny it is that he's going to be a suspect in a murder that he *didn't* commit.
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Great points.
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I see most people consider Louis dead and gone. Well, he might be, but I don't think we're quite done with him yet. Someone might find his disappearance suspicious, and suspect someone else. Don't forget that he was killed in, and bled all over, someone else's boat. That might come into play later in the season.
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It's weird how they bring all these characters into the story just to anti-anticlimactically dispose them later. In season 5 it was that Irish nanny, in season 6 I felt like Mos Def's character left prematurely and now this thing with Louis.
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Louis was a remnant of the horrible last season, the more reminders of that they can get rid of the better.
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It's probably the second worst thing about the show.



The first obviously being LaGuerta.
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I disagree .. LaGuerta is easily the first and second worst thing about the show .. maybe even the third :-)
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Great start to the season. I also love the way they're slow playing this. And this is not the first time they've used Dexter's imaginary kill scenarios and such, and in this instance they give just such a clear statement of his feelings.

My favourite part, though, was at the end. It was clear to me that they were going to bring this around and show Deb why Dex wasn't the worst. What I was worried about, though, was that they were going to show her the dead girl and all of a sudden Deb was going to be Dex's left hand, fully on board. But then they went right out with it, even Dex said that you can't just change your views overnight. And she came right back with it, I know I can't, and I don't think I have, just maybe though, things aren't as clear as I thought they were. Great stuff.

And I have no problem with the McCay thing so far. I see Dex's hesitation as a Rita flashback, someone he actually did grow to love. She's blonde and cute like Rita, and also, like Rita, was messed up bad by a bad guy and left to deal with it. But where I'd like to see the story go is that SHE was the monster and not that dude. She just MESSED HIM UP INSIDE HIS HEAD and so he went all psycho but really she's the creep and still out there and ready to be turned loose on Dex's head. I'd like to see her actively pursue him from a romantic side rather than, as you suggest, she is "brought in" to "help" with another investigation. Just my wishes.

-Mentioned earlier, I also liked.

-Quinn can get killed by the Russian/Ukrainian/Whatever Mob. Works for me.

-They were sufficiently creepy. But yes, when you live in the state of psychology of this show for this long, another "killer" doesn't phase as it once would have. This guy was creepy and weird and bad but not absurdly so.
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Great season so far. Dexter lost itself for a while but good to see the writers tightening up the story lines, letting the characters out for a romp and creating some much needed change in the Dexter universe.
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Okay, so question--does anyone else think Deb asked Dexter to move back to his apartment so that he'd have more freedom to do what he needs to do without actually having to admit it? Like maybe she can't support what he's doing, but maybe she's going to turn a blind eye?
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Totally! She accepts that he needs to kill, and that his killing other murderers is ultimately a good thing (? questioning my own morals now), but she can't have any part in it. She's such a moral person she can't let herself condone murder, so she's definitely turning a blind eye.
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That is almost exactly how I read it.
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Dexter killing Masuka with a pen was hilarious! When it's all said and done I'll be recommending seasons 1-4, 7 and hopefully 8 to anyone interested in this series.
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louis was such a strange dude. i thought he must know something about dex considering how much he was poking his nose where it didnt belong. but in the end..he really WAS just a geek who was sad dexter didnt like his video game. wtf? talk about a red herring.. good riddance buddy
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Even though Louis was very annoying, still felt sorry for the guy for getting a bullet in his head that quickly. He couldn't even sink Dex's boat :').

About the killer of this episode, I thought it was very mythological, maybe a reference to Roman or Greek mythology?
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The Minotaur Maze from greek mythology was what I got from that. The Minotaur was part bull and part man and was always at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth.
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That's what I thought too
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This. Is what a Dexter episode is supposed to be!

Did I just watch a repeat from Season 2 without realising?
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I too am shocked by Louis' quick demise, but it's not a big blow. As much as I wanted to see him go deeper into Dexter, I just couldn't take him as that serious of a threat anyway. I'm actually digging Isaak, and since Ray Stevenson is doing the best he can with the limited material he's given, I think he's making it work. Not to mention he's way better than Travis, but that isn't saying much, because hell even Louis was better than Travis. Dex and Deb are once again doing great together, and are the main thing holding this season up. Lastly, I forgot just how gorgeous Yvonne is. I don't think there is a hotter person on tv right now.
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It's Miranda, it's MIRANDA!
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Am I crazy, or did it look like they randomly switched directors halfway through the episode? Maybe it was because, in the creepy maze, they had to use a hand-held camera, so the quality of video was different. But then again, at the end of the episode, at Deb's house, there was that very odd shot where the camera is on the outside looking through a window at Dexter and the cameraman walks around to inside the kitchen...at was very odd cinematography for Dexter.
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It's not cheating if you paid for it -Louis



This is my lolz line for the episode.



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Oh man, I was so sure Louis was going to really ruin Dexter's life... it was such a shock to see him snuffed out so unceremoniously. I guess it was symbolic of his life though since he too thought he was a lot more important than he actually was.
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Mmmm, Dexter and Yvonne Strahovski, that could be interesting.



Heck, I'm gonna go right out there now and say they get together (perfect match with the darkness inside, etc), but I have a feeling Dexter may end up killing her by the end of the season (this would also necessitate her still murdering/killing).



Hey, maybe they'll link the two story lines and she'll turn out to be at the centre of the mob thing?
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What, no comment on bashing the bad guy in the head and not securing him, now how stupid was that - and they're both cops! I hate when that happens, it just makes our heroes look stupid. Aside from that, I'm loving it. Deb knows about Dex in the books but they're not as good as what Showtime has done with Dexter. Season one pretty much followed the first novel and the second book was vaguely similar then the books were all but forgotten - which is a good thing. Rita's still alive in the books and Doakes is somewhat alive and still suspects Dexter. I still read the books because it is Dexter as he was originally envisioned - he was going to kill Deb in the first novel as Brian/Rudi wanted but La Guerta stopped him. So I'm thinking the book Dexter is more like someone with his problem might actually be. But Showtime Dexter is a more fun character I think and a better anti-hero - the whole tangled web deal at it's best. Louis was just right and screwing with Dexter was definately a mistake, but in the end Louis caused Dexter a whole lot more grief than he'd expected and he paid the ultimate price. I thought it was well done as we have 9 more episodes of sublime creepiness to enjoy and the baddies are quite delicious at this point with the promise a great season...
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This season would be going great if they skipped the second episode rehab thing. He could have easily been stalking this guy when Deb tossed his apartment then they could done the same relationship development over who was right or wrong without doing the extra sponsor step.



I was a bit disappointed they had two villains bump into each like a cheap sitcom instead of weaving extra layers. If this show could figure out how to use the side characters for a main story line (Quinn getting revenge on Mike's shooter then the mob being after him for example) they could get a much better story going. It would end up like an episode of Arrested Development where all the threads weave into a big conclusion that's somewhat inevitable and rewarding instead of piling everything on Dexter.



When Yvonne hadn't been introduced in the first two episodes I started to get really concerned she's just going to be another lame Rita love interest story, I hope I'm wrong. From her setup it seems like best case she falls for Dexter, goes back to her killer lover phase, and turns into another Lumen and worst case she's a very minor character.
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No, the "rehab" thing was logical and pretty damn close to necessary. What else could Deb have done that would have made sense? What we could have done without is the part where Dexter tracked down Victor and killed him in an airport. OK, maybe Victor had to go to get the russian mob storyline going, but not in a frakking airport. We could also have done without that screwdriver nonsense.
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It was far from necessary. They could have jumped straight into the vigilante angle and avoided the entire lame addiction plot involving Deb. I'm not saying it was a huge leap of faith I just think it was lame, boring and didn't add much to their development.
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Then you don't understand Deb at all. It wouldn't make any sense for her to not even try to get him to stop.
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Great review. Louis could have been used better by the writers, but perhaps they didn't want to invest so much in his arc and have better ideas for the final villain.
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I really wanted Louis to stick around... unlike the the majority of comments so far. He had a lot of potential as more than a whiney geek possibly even as next season's Big Bad. However his blood on the boat does suggest an interesting future so I am hopeful.
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I was happy to see Louis die in all honesty. He was an annoying little pest that would not stop until he was squashed, and since he hadn't killed anybody Dexter couldn't be the one to do the squashing so I'm glad they had it play out the way they did.
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I don't disagree, it just *seemed* like he had more importance than he ultimately did. That was a weird misdirect on the show's part.
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I think they used Louis just fine. I had to check myself on this one, too, but I think we all ascribed just a little too much importance to him given the fact that Josh Cooke has been for some time a recognized face on TV. At least, that's what I think I did. Because I also felt like it *seemed* like he was more important than that, too. But that could be just because we noticed a recognizable face.
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Maybe a little bit weird, but I liked it. I'm pretty tired of the show always being about *how* the person of interest is going to end up on Dexter's table. Those storylines almost make me feel like I'm watching a procedural. So I thought that this was a fun twist, even though I don't really buy that someone who kills pretty much everyone that he finds annoying (Ray Stevenson's character) would last very long.

If you thought that this was an annoying misdirect, your head must have exploded when you realized where they where going with the pretty blonde intern's storyline last year. (But then almost everything sucked last year. This season has so far been much better).
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yup
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I was happy to see Louis go. He was incredibly annoying. The only problem, though, is that with so many plot lines ending in this episode, it makes you wonder how much longer Dexter can keep this momentum going before treading water.
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this season has been fantastic so far!! show is starting to look good again after a long break of lackluster seasons...
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Louis was probably the most shocking thing besides Deb realizing she was dead wrong.
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Louis instant death was a shocker!

It was a good episode.
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