Dexter "Chemistry" Review: Strange Bedfellows

Dexter S7E07: "Chemistry"

I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, and I’d say that some of my comments about last week’s episode of Dexter now qualify as such. My concerns about the shift in focus from Dex and Deb to a slew of other, somewhat-connected stories were alleviated by this week’s episode, "Chemistry." More importantly, the show has avoided its typical extended, middle-of-the-season slump by not plodding along with threads that aren’t particularly fruitful. It turns out that mediocre and predictable stories aren’t as bad when you plow through them in short order.

On that note, “Chemistry” worked well because it moved at a little faster pace than the typical Dexter episode. I would suggest that it was reflective of Dexter’s state of mind; he was running around from work to Sal Price’s apartment to Hannah’s place and back, multiple times over. He was off-balance, confused, and reckless, which is something we’ve seen before, but perhaps not in this way. This isn’t bloodlust, it’s just lust.

After their sexual encounter, Dexter tried to pretend—or maybe, convince himself—that he wasn’t interested in Hannah, but when she played the same game, Dexter was clearly shaken. She blankly asked whether he is going to kill her and there were some humorous knowing jokes about their respective neuroses, all of which signaled to Dexter that there might be something more—dare I say real—to his attraction to Hannah.

Unfortunately, the post-coital high didn’t last too long, because Sal Price quickly closed in on both Hannah and Dexter. He cornered Dexter into giving up some information (it wasn't true, but still) and pushed Hannah into doing an interview. But neither of the two new lovebirds was interested in screwing around with Price, so Dexter plotted (quite ridiculously) to pin the murder of one of Price’s former book subjects on the author, while Hannah did her poisoning thing, leading to Price dropping dead from an apparent heart attack—right in the middle of Dexter’s apartment.

All the while, both Dexter and Hannah were facing pressure from a very persistent and angry Deb, who'd figured out that Hannah not only helped Wayne kill people years ago, but she also took out a former husband (also with poison). Deb pushed Dexter on his falsified blood-spatter report and brought in Hannah for a fairly intense interrogation session. But once Price fell by the wayside in a similar fashion, Deb had had enough. She knew she couldn’t actually prove that Hannah had killed Price, her husband, or anyone else. So it was time to call for reinforcement: Dexter.

Now, that’s a pretty great ending. As I said last week, and as I’m sure so many of you could recognize, it seemed likely that the show was heading in this direction. We knew that Deb’s knowledge of Dexter’s night moves wasn’t going to go away, no matter how hard she wanted it to, and we knew that Hannah would eventually become a larger, more imediate problem. However, I’m still pretty shocked that the writers actually made it happen so quickly.

What this does, I think, is further ramp up the pressure on Dexter in quite a novel way for the show. Because the middle part of Dexter's seasons often bump along with a lack of energy, Dexter is usually able to manage his regular half-dozen pressing issues in a somewhat calm, sequential fashion (kill bad guys, cover it up, track the Big Bad, lie to Deb, profit). Yet now, not only does Deb too much of the truth—and just enough that it makes Dexter feel especially guilty that he isn’t telling her all of it—but everything is falling down on him at once. He doesn’t really understand his feelings for Hannah. He can’t control her increasingly hasty actions. Price turned out to be a moderately formidable foe. And hell, now Isaac is out of prison thanks to Quinn’s dirty dealings. Dexter can usually handle his self-inflicted problems well, but I get the feeling that he doesn’t have a true grip on all the elements in play.

And at the center of his confusion is, of course, Hannah. While Dexter abides by a code, Hannah does not, but I don’t think Dexter really cares. I appreciate that "Chemistry" went out of its way to explore why Dexter’s attraction to Hannah is different than his relationships with Lila, Rita, and Lumen—and although I think the show can get away with some retroactive storytelling thanks to Dexter’s voiceover providing us the context, I’m willing to go with its point that Hannah could be the one because she actually understands and accepts him. Nevertheless, a big part of the reason she does understand is that she’s a serial killer herself, and one who doesn’t seem to be as “honorable” as Dexter. There’s something silly about how the show constantly affirms Dexter’s code as if he’s the best-behaved and psychologically solid murderer in the history of mankind, but using that logic, this relationship works very well.

Although I couldn’t quite see it last week (the pitfalls of writing about episodic television), I feel like the show has done a fine job of allowing Deb to know certain things while keeping other, perhaps more urgently important things, from her. This tension gives Deb the opportunity to be competent and confident in her job, which results in conversations like the one where she accused Dexter of hiding the blood-spatter analysis so he could go kill Hannah. But it also maintains the show’s longtime framework of Dexter obscuring the truth in some fashion; thus, Deb calling Dexter and asking him to take Hannah out becomes an even bigger moment. Not only does it signify that Deb is finally falling victim to the effectiveness of the Dark Passenger, it also complicates matters, because Dex has to now pick between his sister and his new bedfellow—and sooner, rather than later.

These developments were made more effective by predictably strong performances. Michael C. Hall and Yvonne Strahovski work even better together in their light comedy scenes; both of them are underrated comedic performers. And I thought Jennifer Carpenter delivered strong work yet again. She’s portraying Deb with a newfound confidence, in both her personal and professional spheres, and it's very charming.

Last week, I thought I knew exactly where this season of Dexter was headed, and how/when it was going to get there. This week, I have no idea. I’m so happy to be wrong.



NOTES


– Not to further cut myself down here, but I’ll even admit that I kind of liked Quinn and Batista’s scenes this week. You know why? Because the show smartly combined them. Now Batista’s stupid restaurant is funded by Quinn’s dirty money and there is all sorts of guilt for Quinn to swim around in. These developments aren’t overwhelmingly interesting, but I respect the economical storytelling.

– My one big problem with this episode was Dexter screwing around at Price’s apartment on two different occasions. Not only do I find it somewhat hard to believe that a competent true-crime writer like Price—who assumes Hannah could be deadly—would leave so much stuff out in the open, including his files, but Dexter’s internal waffling over what to do was just a waste of time. By the way, Price probably has backups. Google Drive, yo.

– Isaac getting out of jail so quickly is both compelling and dumb. I’m happy to see him torment Dexter a little more because Ray Stevenson is doing good work, but goodness, how terrible is the Miami PD? Shouldn’t they all be fired by now?

– LaGuerta found... something? Someone let me know when she becomes relevant or useful.


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What did LaGuerta find? I didn't get it, only managed to see Dexter's name on some list.
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Does anyone see a twist in the story between quinn and the k brotherhood?

He (quinn) seems to be acting really dumb around them (k brotherhood)

yet he seems really confident to his new girlfriend in the sense that he can save her from the k brotherhood

also the cheque to batista is almost a symbolic goodbye to repay his wrong doings

Is he going to go down in a blaze of glory taking the k brotherhood down?

Or am i reading too much into this and quinn is just his usual dumb self ?
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Good review, Cory! I absolutely loved the ending of the episode! This has been a very fun season of Dexter.

As for the frame job, I thought it was ingenious of Dexter to lay the groundwork of framing Sal Price for an unsolved crime that he had previously written about in incredible detail. Now, we'll never know if he would have actually gone through with it (I doubt it), but it was a masterful piece of motivation for Sal to get off his back.
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Should we blame the writers for Dexter's sloppy plan to take care of the annoying Price(the writer guy on the show, not Tim Price, hehe) or should we blame the pu$$y trance Hannah's got him in, you know there is less blood flowing to his brain right now.
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Do Mac computers even have a log in screen? With a password? As far as I can tell from watching Dexter, they do not, everybody, from serial killers, to police officers and writers, all leave their computers turned on and logged in all day for anybody to use...
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The relationship between Dexter and Hannah has to develop a lot more for him to risk Deb being killed. Harry taught him to protect Deb at any cost. So, if the writers would actually go for that, Dexter would have to abandon his code. in that case Dex would become an unsympatic serial killer. That change in character would be stealing from Breakig Bad and be a complete disrespect to both shows. Furthermore, if Hannah has no emphatie to see that she can't kill Deb, then Dex will see that he has to kill Hannah. A/the circle is round, end of story...no killing Deb or Hannah writers, that would be silly.



For me the interesting turn was to find out that Hannah just kills when someone or some animal is in her way. She has no dark passenger or urge to kill. How does that combine with Dexter, who is an addict?



Isaac is so looking for a new bromance. You could almost see him thinking "I can learn so much from you Dexter, don't you want to be my friend?"



Anyway, bad progress for Isaac, he was so menacing, evil and the perfect don...and now the writers are degrading him (except for the different kind of animal quote, that was brilliant). Dex deserves the pre-lunch Isaac as a worthy opponent!!



ps. how dumb are we, do we really need all that explaining? Voiceover information and Isaac telling he was soooo encompassed with revenge that he could be lured in a trap. I thought it was a great episode, but which episode isn't great that starts the way this one did. Therefore after all the dissin' the writers in this forum a big thank you is in place, for getting Yvonne to take her clothes off.
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I'm thinking this show should downgrade all it's main characters excluding Dexter and Deb.
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I would like to see a Dexter on the run in the last season, like a first episode we get to see a very hairy dexter living off the grid in some cabin up in Colorado perhaps.

Then we get to see through flashbacks when Dexter had too flee from Miami cause the incompetent police force finally figured out he was a mass murderer.
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This might happen considering the title of the last episode of the present season, which implies a confrontation with La Guerta (Doakes' head cheerleader).



The writers would inevitably make a mess of the flashbacks; by then, voice-overs would account for 85% of each episode, so flashbacks would probably be substituted for internal dialogue (e.g., 'Ah, bacon. Crisp. Greasy [cue fade-out]. I remember when Quinn was on my tail, shortly after I killed Angel for no other reason than to justify a plot twist that centred on his buying a restaurant and being one day away from retirement. The humidity was... [insert more descriptive fluff and waffle]... If only I had listened more to Harry').



Maybe then Dexter calls Miami P.D. and leaves the coordinates of his hideout on Masuka's voicemail ('Harry: Dexter, is this really a good idea? Dexter: Maybe not. Perhaps my dark passenger is tired of the writers taking fans for a ride'). Of course, by this stage, the supporting cast will have their own internal voice-overs, so Masuka might never check the message ('Masuka: now that Dex is gone I can check his computer [which was left on] for snuff').



All very plausible, I'm afraid.
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LaGuerta,Quinn and Batista = The lineup for the most incompetent police force we have seen to date on any television show.
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Dexter takes pleasure from killing people, while Hannah simply smacks them like flies or mosquitos. She doesn't go out of her way to kill people, she simply kill those that buzz around her and annoy her. I enjoy this contrast, although I prefer Dexter in the book series, somewhat darker ^^



Though I may point out that I don't think Dexter was going to pin the crime on Price. There is no point telling Price about it if his intention was to hand Price to the police. It was probably a simple act of extortion: you leave us alone, we leave you alone. And for that purpose it should work. Plausible motive, physical evidence and probably also means to commit the murder.
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Dexter is going to have to choose between Deb and Hannah? Does anybody think he'd choose Hannah? I'm not digging this storyline and I find Hannah uninteresting.
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Agree about the stupidity of Dexter's plan regarding Price.



As to Deb's death curse on the men she has dated, they should have included Quinn before he became even more of an idiot. It's not too late for that.
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I'd have liked this whole Dex-Deb-Hannah conflict a whole lot better if Dexter hadn't tried to screw Sal the way he did. I didn't buy it. Whatever -- the end result is the same and I really like it. I still can't see any way Dexter chooses Hannah over Deb, but I'm expecting to be entertained watching him try to find some way to solve all this without having to kill or stop banging Hannah.

As far as I can tell, LaGuerta didn't really find anything new about Dexter. I believe she was looking at a list of people in Miami Metro that are registered boat owners, and she saw Dexter's name there. It's been a while since I last watched past seasons, but didn't Dexter talk about owning a boat in a marina during a briefing at the station? So I believe LaGuerta already knew he owned a boat... it's just that having distanced herself from him since those early days and having a new perspective on things, she just saw Dexter's name and went "Hmmmmm..."
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Whoa , this episode was FANTASTIC. I really didn't like the way last week's ep ended, all I could think was, 'you couldn't keep it in your pants, Dex?!" But now though, after we are being shown the "why" part of it, it just makes this matchup so much more compelling. I can not wait to see the scene where Dex tells Deb how he cares about Hannah, because oh my, that is one of the most pivotal moments of this series, as, like you said Tim, it's a decision between either Deb or Hannah. My guess, with the progress of Deb's character, is that she might kill Hannah herself. She understands the need now, and while I think she still fights to keep her morals in tact and what it means to be in Miami Metro, we have slowly seen this progression, ever since the season 5 finale, that Deb is beginning to learn that the system does not indeed always work, and she needs to take it into her own hands, even if she was unwilling initially.

On another note, I am so happy that Isaak is turning out to be a formidable bad guy, because 1) Ray Stevenson is SO GOOD LOOKING, and less superficially, 2) he is rarely shaken by Dex, and matches him head to head with such menace it gives me chills.
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It always makes me laugh (and wince) when fans whine about a show or character changing. I read many comments about how Dexter would never to do this or say that. Have you always remained the same with regards to your beliefs and actions? If so, let me be the first to tell you that you are boring! Storytelling is built on character development and conflict, but if some of you had your way, Dexter would be nothing more than a kill of the week series! I agree that the first two seasons (as well as 4) were the best, but the show had to evolve and try new things to stay fresh and interesting. I very much enjoyed season 5 and the Lumen story, and think this relationship with Hannah is another attempt to explore a different side of Dexter and what he may be capable of. Fans who get upset at seeing Dex act differently are like Harry, not believing that he is more than a obsessive killer. Personally, I think seeing him stray from his ideals and rules humanizes him in a way a fake family never could. Regardless of your feelings on the direction his character is heading, don't knock the writers for taking him there. That's what good TV is all about.
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The argument is not about Dexter's character development, it's about all the lazy, sloppy writing that has been injected into what was a compelling story.
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Great episode with lots of development and suspense. I can't wait to see how things unfold further!
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Guys, its been 7 episodes so far but to me its still unbelievably AWESOME that ''Sarah'' is in Dexter... Sarah + Dexter = Epic!!!! Seriously, if Dexter had killed her in the last episode, I would've stopped watching Dexter altogether.. But, for obvious reasons he didn't.. Loving this season so far..
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I'M CALLING IT NOW!! Dexter will be forced to kill Hannah as Hannah (much like Dexter's bro in my fav season, season 1) will try and poison Deb for continuing to hunt her down, she said it this episode she plays the survival of the fittest and she will choose not getting caught over hurting Dex. Thus Dex will be forced to come to the decision, much like in season 1, that he has to kill her.



Idk about Isaak but god damn is he bad ass, loving his character and on screen time!
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fun ep!
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Once again like season 1, Dexter is going to have to chose between his Sister and a killer. Loving Deb's arch and enjoying the conflict between her and Dexter. I'm not sure why Hannah is different than any other killer to Dexter. Haven't quite figured that one out yet except for his little theory that Hannah sees the whole Dexter. But I think she doesn't see the real Dexter at all.
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Chemistry. That's why Hannah is so different to Dexter. There is something inside him that is drawn to Hannah that he can't explain. In the books dark passenger's can feel each others presence. Is that what's happening here? There have been some hints alluding to it. Dexter thinks that it might be love, that Hannah fully excepts him and doesn't judge. Then of course their is the sexual attraction.

For all intents and purposes Hannah "fits the general description" but clearly if is way more complicated than that.

Dex and Hannah are two sides of the same coin. They actually remind me a lot of the Batman and Catwoman relationship. Anybody that knows the comics or has even seen The Dark Knight Rises (to a lesser degree), will know what im talking about.

I will say this tho, there are not many ways this will end. Either Dex gets Hannah to follow his code or Dex begrudgingly kills her. The wild card here is Deb. I have a theory how her involvement will change things, but really who knows.
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Can they try to extend episode to few days at least? it's just ridiculous that this episode starts right after previous ends and we see Batista already moving on with restaurant (though he was thinking about it like yesterday!!!) and Mazuka asks him like he's already bought this cafe. and I don't wanna even start with Isaac 's free from jail already thing!!!! like yesterday Quinn stole blood sample guyz!!! are u effing kidding me!!! sloppy writers my gosh! why oh why everything in tv shows needs to happen in one day one episode?? and why writers still don't know nothing about russian people? is it so hard to find russian american actors? they are so many in US. hire Mila Kunis for god sake she even knows how to spell russian ukranian surnames and how to speak properly russian. we are not in Red Heat 80s era anymore. as russian I'm embarrased by this so called russian caricatures (even middle easterns and eastern europeans are depicted accurately in movies) what's wrong with russians? stop givin' them ridiculous surnames writers my god! and what fuck is Isaac?
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Why is Deb and Isaak the only characters I'm rooting for at the moment? Moreover, why is Dex (besides acting season 6 stupid) running around telling everybody what he does (WTF)? I've recently rewatched season 1 and can't believe how much the show changed ...all the darkly charming qualities are gone, so is the playfulness. The show's so tired now. It's happening again .... one of my fave shows is slowly turning into shit. It's depressing that's all.
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The show is at it's peak right now, it has never been as interesting as it is now. If you can't see and enjoy this, I'm really sorry for you...
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Deb knowing about Dex is great. Hannah is pretty great. Isaak is pretty great. All of that together is still NOWHERE near the level of the first few seasons of Dexter. It's been said many times before and it's probably tiresome for some to read, but seriously, early Dexter was the closest thing to flawless TV. I'm enjoying this season, but it's definitely nowhere near flawless.
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I feel sorry for you for saying that. It's just unbelievable how wrong you are. Horribly, Atrociously wrong. No credibility when it comes to quality television, story telling.
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I agree with wutttt. The show peaked at several points in seasons 1, 2 and 4.



The "darkly charming qualities" are gone, only to be replaced by melodrama, contrived plot twists and voice-over fluff that has become nothing short of insulting (e.g., 'Price's computer. I'll turn it... oh wait, it's already on. Convenient. Navigate to the folder marked 'new book about Hannah McKay'. Delete. Now to pin an unsolved murder on Price. That won't make him at all suspicious' and 'Isaac is out of jail. He's sitting next to me while I eat in full view of police. He better not make me angry. He won't like me when I'm angry. I'll make the point clear by noting my name and confessing to Viktor's murder. I don't even need Harry to tell me he isn't wearing a wire or someone from the department isn't standing behind me. Wait. He took a chip. Does this mean we're friends? Am I even capable of friendship? NM, he paid for it').



Those voice-overs were once timely, succinct and insightful. Now they merely serve to educate the stupid or explain silly motives or actions to viewers as a kind of guilty postscript by the writers (P.S., we realise what just happened was awful, but this is what Dexter was thinking when he did that crazy thing in broad daylight for no obvious reason except to hasten a plot that never would have been written in season 1 or 2).



The show is not peaking now. It is rushing from one absurd storyline to the next. Remember when Dexter used to just kill people?
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Yep, the voiceovers are beyond ridiculous and pointless (same goes for Harry at times). Also Dex is getting sloppy and incompetent (as opposed to Deb interestingly)...Srsly, Dex's tagline 'I'm gonna handle this' while not handling 'it' (or handling it in a moronic way) could kill the epp for a few minutes...
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Indeed.
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I posted this already, but it's not showing up. So I apologize if there's a double post...

I would like it noted that I called this turn of events regarding Deb, Dex and Hannah last week (and to some skepticism, may I add). Also if the previews are any indication, looks like the next part of my prediction is a possibility also.

As for the episode, I really enjoyed it. Dexter is one of only a handful of shows I look forward to each week.

I also wanted to say I am loving Yvonne on the show so far. Nevermind her looks (which, come on) her acting is fantastic. Maybe now she will finally get some mainstream recognition.
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Who else is loving Yvonne Strahovski waaay better as a crazy serial killer in Dexter rather then a goodie goodie CIA agent in Chuck?
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I love Yvonne as, in, or on anything.
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There's no way that Dexter would kill Hannah, he was planning on it once, it didn't happen and it's NEVER going to happen. I'm actually LOVING this season so far. I wish they kept Lumen around because I loved her story line, and how much depth she added to the show and to Dexter as a character. Her exit was rather weak, so I'm supposed to believe she no longer feels the need to kill again?



Anyway I love Hannah and Dexter together, I hope she stays for the rest of the season/sticks around for the last season. As someone else mentioned, they might do the last season Dexter/Hannah being on the run because the police knows he is a killer. Kind of a repeat for what Hannah went through when she was with Randell, and in the end she dies or kills Dexter. That ending would be good telling story.



As for LaGuerta, I think she will find out that Dexter is the bay harbor butcher, just like the other detective did in Season 2 or 3?



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When did Miami Metro and Dexter become soo incredibly incompetent! ....this show shouldn't even be called Dexter anymore, it tarnishes the brilliance of what earlier seasons used to be. They're starting to write Dexter as if he's saving the world and always dealing with larger than life situations... and that would be okay if he didn't completely suck at it... One bad decision after another for Dexter, and it doesn't feel right for his character. Dexter always had such a strict adherence to his code but now if someone gets in the way of Dexter following his dick, it's time for that person to die or time for Dexter to fudge up lab reports. Speaking of which... Didn't Dexter already learn his lesson about following his dick?! Ie. Lila. His pairing with Hanna makes NO sense! Dexter is all about practicality and logic, despite being a serial killer, but the writers aren't writing for Dexter anymore, they are just writing stories for Dexter to be in.
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The way I see this season shaping up, everyone will find out about Dexter at the end of this season, and he and Hannah will go on a killing spree while on the run.
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Dunno bout that, Hannah already did that once. I think she's learned from her mistakes. But if it happens, i'll make sure ppl know you called it ;)
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Did anyone else find it odd that Dexter was blackmailing, threatening or whatever you want too call it to Sal that he did it with the babysitter in the next room, he must of known that it could of gotten heated?
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lol yeah I was wondering that too... He was pretty upfront with Sal which seems strange given the proximity of whats-her-name-babysitter. She even later said she heard a loud conversation and I'm surprised she didn't hear what they were saying.
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great super-sound-proof walls in that house..
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if there was a shitload( :D ) of shit in that bar,then smell alone should overwhelm them and they would need masks to go back in. But no,they just comment how it stinks and lame saying We don't get payed enough for this. FFS smell alone should "hit" the streets. The moment they got there and out of car,they should be like: "What is that smell?!?!?!?!? "



ending for me was predictable,but episode was ok,nothing more(for me).

I knew story with Quinn is gonna turn out that way. I mean how stupid are characters in Dexter!?!?!?

Bartender- kill yourself and your family will be taken care of with money. Ok,gimme gun.BLAM ( and like they took care of his family financily....b***h please)

Quinn- get rid of evidence and hooker is yours. Ok gonna do it......Wait you said you will set hooker free and I was done with you....FFS just how stupid is this show gonna get?!?!? I used to love watch Dexter and if only scenes were with Dex and Deb nowdays,show would be 100x times better.

I hate Quinn,Batista and all other charaters that overstayed their welcome on show!

I get it that Dexter can solve problems that police can't,since Harry trained him,but come on....writer(!!!!!!!!!!!....!??!!?!?!?!?) is smarter then whole department.
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yeah, but Dexter has a lizard brain.
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Maybe the LaGuerta plot will end up with Dexter being accused of murder after all - let's face it, that's a possibility :) We do not know yet how the show is planning on ending this, how is Dexter going to redeem himself. Is it going to be accepted that doing-Dexter is ok? I remember at The Sopranos, the refusal of the mafia lifestyle came through Tony's therapist finally asking him to leave and no return. They didnt need to kill T. Soprano to pass along the message. What would be the choice for Dexter? Maybe he will face trial and escape through a legal hole, like so many of his victims. At some point I thought maybe he would be accused of a crime that he actually didnt commit (funny, ha). There's a lot open to happen yet. Let's see where this goes!
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How about Hannah tries to kill Deb, as she could tell by the interrogation that Deb is not going to let it go and could possibly be a big threat to her. Anyway, I like the fact that I don't know what will happen in the Deb/Dex/Hannah triangle of (weird) love(/murdering) relations. That's what makes good television. But what the hell did LaGuerta find? It's a bit too convenient for her to find something now.. She will probably become the biggest adversary Dex has seen (also because he can't kill her). Maybe Deb or Hannah will do it to protect Dex. I just know that Dex now has 2 women looking out for him, lucky bastard :).
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I thought Hannah might try to kill Deb also, which would force Dex to choose between his sister and "the one that understands AND accepts".

La Guerta found a list that contained both Deb and Dex's names - there were a few check marks on the list, but I wasn't quick enough to notice who had check marks, so I have no idea what they might mean. I also didn't catch the other things La Guerta was studying right before picking up the paper with the list, so again, I missed what might have triggered La Guerta to have some kind of epiphany.
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Well LaGuerta found Miami PD boat records. All of them as police officers made sense but Dexter. Why would he have a boat? She's likely to investigate Dexter, at least to whatever extent Debra allows.
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if she doesn't figure it out in next episode(or 2) I will break something. Killer is BayHarborButcher. So seeing Dex has boat(while this alone is not enough,since they live in Miami(plenty of people with boats),knowing Doakes had problem with him,he is expert with blood,Deb is acting strange when talking about BHB case,etc.

It goes against everything if she doesn't figure it out. She has "hunch" that BHB might still be out there,they suspected it was someone from inside PD and when you start adding stuff up,you SHOULD HAVE CLEAR NUMBER ON YOUR MIND!!!!!!!!!!! 2+2+2+2+2+2+2=14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (didn't want to do played out 2+2=4)
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Good developments altogether, it's great to see that all plot threads (except Batista/Quinn) are connected somehow and keep developing unlike in previous seasons.

Although I'm still not quite convinced about Dexter+Hannah. I disagree a bit with Dexter. I think Hannah and Lila are very similiar (except Hannah being so impulsive), especially their attraction to his dark side. When Dexter let Hannah in, one of her first suggestions was to abandon the code. That sounded a lot like Lila and much less like real acceptance. Btw: Dexter asking himself if he is capable about loving? Didn't we answer that in every season except S1 & S3?

I really hope that Hannah won't target Debra and Dexter will have to choose that way. It would be predictable and not really advance the overall plot beyond the season finale.
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Not knowing where it's going is the point, isn't it? Oh what a tangled web is being weaved which may end up with Hannah and Dex side by side on Deb's table, oh, but wait, you can't do season eight without Dexter or Deb. The one thing I know for sure is that it's the fastest hour on TV these days - even faster than the 42 minute network stuff, reletavely speaking.
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This is a great season of Dexter! Just the fact that Deb knows, and is dealing with that on a weekly basis is great to watch. The evolution of her knowledge and feelings about Dexter's secret life is amazing...we're only mid-season and she is already asking him to kill someone! Also, you never know what will happen with the Laguerta storyline...she certainly isn't giving up on her investigation, and I think she will figure out it's Dexter sooner or later.

The Hannah story is also intriguing. It adds a new dimension to Dexter's usual desire to take out the bad guys, and the chemistry between the two characters is great.
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Really, really loved this episode.

If I were Dexter, though, I would sit Hannah down and have a serious discussion with her about how our new relationship (they're well passed the simple booty call) should work, ESPECIALLY where Deb is concern. I don't see, based on every single action she had in the pass two episodes, why Hannah wouldn't try to kill off Dex's sister - I actually completely expect it to happen. So he needs to set some ground rules with her, whether or not she wants to, just to make sure he isn't force into cutting her into pieces in a week or so. But, frankly, I don't see how it will not end up that way - it will take the craziest turn-of-event to make Deb let go of her current hate-on toward Hannah, and we all know that, when Hannah feels threatened by someone, that person usually ends up with a heart attack, so... He may not like it, but Dexter can't have his cake and eat it too. He'll have to make a choice... It's completely bananas to think he may actually NOT choose Deb here, but that possibility is actually at play. Man... what a crazy season! Love it!

Fin taking out that blood evidence so easily... Isaac getting out of jail so fast... him having a conversation with Dexter IN FRONT OF COPS without any of them finding it the least bit suspicious. God, Miami Metro... will you ever stop sucking so hard?

Final thought: don't know where that whole "Laguerta going again after BHB" is going... but if, in the long run, it guarantees her impending demise, I'm completely all for it!
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So Isaac was being watch by Miami Metro, so they saw him have a conversation with Dexter, right? If someone mentions this to LaGuerta, maybe she'll think that he is working with the mob and made the blood evidence disappear? I know she's investigating a different case but... maybe.
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well Dexter's back was turned to the police, plus the distance and the fact they were just regular cops, they probably wouldn't even know who Dexter was. As Dexter keeps reminding us, he's just a lab geek.
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Right there, you've just give WAY TOO MUCH credit to Miami Metro. I thought the same thing while watching that scene, but then I remembered this was "Dexter" - seven seasons of pretty terrible police works made me confident their overwhelming incompetence is too high a hurdle for them to be able to connect those dots!
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Oh damn, you're right. We'll just have to wait and see how Laguerta comes to her conclusion, at two minutes an episode.
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She's not used to actual detective work, hence the excruciatingly slow pace of her investigation.
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Oh and Deb found out about Dexter in the books and teamed up with him, so that development is not really much of a surprise. The real question is how far the writers will go with the LaGuerta angle. Will it just be another lame red herring or will she actually find out something and Dexter will have to make the hard decision of killing an innocent person to protect himself? (Or will Deb kill LaGuerta, thus avoiding Dexter from breaking his code?)
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somehow i doubt that deb will sink to killing someone to cover up for dexter
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Hannah needs to live and get away in the end or the biggest problem this season will be its predictability. If Dexter kills Hannah, or Hannah kidnaps Deb and Deb/Dexter kills her, then its too obvious/a retread of previous seasons. Kind of pathetic. I realize that Dexter also had a girlfriend who got away in the end despite being a murderer so there really isn't saving this season. Hannah should have never been introduced in the first place and just having her around to kill seems ridiculous, pointless, and exploitive. This season should have been about LaGuerta finding out about Dexter and how he reacts to that. As it currently stands, it's just season 2 all over again.
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I hate Quinn. He's a sleazebag, has admitted he's been dirty in the past and is totally led by his dick. This show is too good to have major plot threads dictated by Quinn's dick! He has to be the stupidest character ever.
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