Dexter "Do the Wrong Thing" Review: Double Date

Dexter S7E06: “Do the Wrong Thing”

I don’t know about this.

We’ve reached the halfway mark of Dexter’s seventh season, and “Do the Wrong Thing” felt like a true pivot point. While the first portion of this season has focused almost exclusively on the aftermath of Deb learning the truth about Dexter’s extracurricular activities, the events of this episode, and the path it paves for future episodes, suggest that the second half is going to be much more interested in Dexter’s relationship with the mysterious, likely demented Hannah McKay.

So, I’ll repeat: I don’t know about this.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the story with Dexter and Hannah is damn compelling. I’ve consistently lauded the chemistry between Yvonne Strahovski and Michael C. Hall—both are doing great work—and the show has always been intrigued with having Dexter find someone who he can share his true self with. He thought Lumen could be that person, and heck, at times he's even found (temporary) comfort in his relationships with some of the Big Bads he's gone on to kill. With Deb deciding that she doesn’t want anything to do with Dexter’s real identity and simultaneously suffocating him and giving him the cold shoulder, he probably feels particularly stymied and frustrated. So yeah, it does make a good amount of sense that Dexter would, after investigating and stalking Hannah with the intention of killing her, decide to have sex with her instead. He has needs, after all.

Still though, I’m concerned about what this episode and this story mean for Deb’s centrality to the main story. She’s not going to be completely swept away in stupid B- and C-plots because the knowledge she has isn’t going away—no matter how much she wants it to. But more so than any other episode this season, “Do the Wrong Thing” felt like an old, mediocre Dexter episode. I said this last week as well; it’s curious to me that the first four episodes of the season were so chock-full of Deb-and-Dexter tension, and the last two have lacked it and been much more familiar.

Whereas before all the supporting characters were mostly sidelined, the last two episodes have begun pushing them further and further into the spotlight. Just in case you weren’t getting your Batista fix, he randomly decided in this episode that he wanted to retire and buy a crappy restaurant, a plot that was both dumb and completely unrelated to anything else that was happening. The good news is that it allowed Batista and Jamie to have a conversation where she got to do that TV character thing where someone says, “You’re my [enter sibling relationship] and I love you, but...” I enjoyed that so much, and it was probably useful in this case because Jamie’s such a non-entity that some fans probably forgot she was Batista’s sister.

Meanwhile, Quinn was doing his Quinn thing, i.e. making bad decisions. Desmond Harrington is kind of decent in this role and I can at least appreciate that Quinn taking money from the Ukrainian cartel is associated with an important season story. However, there’s nothing redeemable about Harrington having to deliver earnest lines about rediscovering Quinn’s crooked nature so that he can save a hooker from being shipped off to Dubai. It’s just not good.

But not everything is similarly bad. Deb dating the new character, crime writer Sal Price, is beyond cliché, but like the Quinn story, it's at least connected to important goings-on. Price has information about Hannah’s involvement with those past murders, which of course is going to lead to Deb learning that Dexter lied to her once again. Santiago Cabrera is pretty stiff and Jennifer Carpenter carried their scenes together (shocker), so I’m not particularly looking forward to a few more episodes of Sal popping up and Deb having to lie to him. The story will probably result in more good material for Carpenter and Deb, but there’s never been much value in Deb dating stories.

Have I mentioned that I don’t know about this?

There were lots of things to like about this episode, particularly the performances from the major players. And based on how Dexter typically moves, I can already imagine the final few episodes of the season, with an exasperated Deb having to manage her feelings for and knowledge about her brother while attempting to do her job and take care of Hannah. And it will be different once she figures out that Dexter isn’t just “taking care of” the ones who slip through the cracks, he’s now forging evidence, covering things up, and keeping a bad person alive. At that point, the show will be able to return to the ideological differences between the Morgan siblings, as well as force Dexter to make a choice between Hannah and Deb.

The problem is, we presumably still have a handful of episodes left before all that comes crashing down. We’ve reached that middle part of the season where Dexter often gets distracted by silly and worthless stories starring its lifeless supporting characters. The last two episodes have started to point Season 7 in that familiar direction. And while neither this episode nor last week’s offering were as bad as similar moments in past seasons, I was hoping that the writers had figured out how to avoid that lull that the show almost always falls victim to.

I’m hoping that Hall and Strahovski’s chemistry will be enough to power the show through the bumpy spots I’m predicting. And maybe I’ll just be wrong and Dexter will expedite the stories that I'm assuming won’t progress until later. The show is still going strong, but I hope this is as weak as it gets.


NOTES


– Isaac in prison was fine. I like that the character is still hanging around and that the show is taking a different approach to the season-long villain’s trajectory. It still feels like that story is going to take a while to develop, though.

– That blood-splatter flower was pretty cool looking, right?

– Masuka ratting out Batista for thinking about retiring was amusing. That guy can’t shut up.


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That's not the usual thing he is stabbing into someone when they are on his killing table.
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After being "spoiled" on facebook by the killing room scene, with hannah taped down, I was very saddened. I really felt as though there was too much chemistry between Hall and Strahovsky to let it simply fall to another "murder of the week" type deal. I knew Dexter had feelings for her, and to let it go simply to let him kill her would have been a weak ending to the affair. Once he cut her loose, I knew I was right. I've always enjoyed Dexter most when he's with other killers (his brother, the DA (whatever his fuckin name was) Trinity, Lumen), it brings out the deepest parts of his character. I'm anxious to see where this story takes us.
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Even tho it can lead to another awful ending, I really liked to see Dex and Hannah together, about the rest of the cast, I don't' have anything more mature to say, except, Meh...



Kinda disappointed, that even Deb is throwing some dirty looks, it's all business as usual between her and Dex, and is even dating again, how do you get over your sibling is a serial killer!?!?



Btw, Santiago Cabrera, is an awful actor to say the least, I just can't forgot about that ultra crappy and very expensive 'Rome' series he made, where he butchered one of my favorite characters in history, Augustus Caesar.



About the rest of the cast, well, they just seem to take valuable screen time, this show has always relied heavily in Dexter and even more on the actor, it's the (much needed) ending, the final season, let him show all his considerable acting skills, it's what makes this show the best.
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I found Dexter's actual blood spatter report was amusing with a couple of spelling errors. I think I might have OCD for noticing that. :/ But trouble with spelling wasn't a part of the image of Dexter in my mind.



Not sure if Debra doesn't have feelings for her brother anymore entirely. She seemed awkward around a topless Dexter in that icky motel room from the previous episode.
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I have a theory: the writers from seasons 3, 5 and 6 were commissioned to write the blood-spatter report.
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I knew right from the start that Yvonne Strahovski would get her kit off at some point, but I was a bit annoyed that she didn't go full on "Scuse my tuts" like Jaime Murray as Lila did in season 2.

Everybody loved that season and that's 2 of the reasons why!
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Also wondering why Deb didn't asked about Doakes being framed. No one is worried about that dude that got killed on Dexter's boat (I guess I'm not worried either since I can't remember his name) I thought Deb was going to go "oh, so it was you behind the curtain that I let go!" but she didn't. Last scene was wild. wild wild stuff.
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Ya, that was the only thing that disappointed me about the episode. Thought Dex or Deb would bring up that Deb let the guy behind the curtain get away.
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I'm pretty sure that was simply dealt with by the fact that she instantly knew it was him. She didn't have to specifically say "oh I let you get away from behind that curtain", because the very first thing she did when LaGuerta talked about the barrel murders was talk to Dexter. She knew it was him instantly.
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Why hasn't Deb asked about what happened to DOAKES and how he was framed?





I mean, it's the FIRST thing that comes to mind once you learn that your brother is the real BHB and not your former co-worker.







Plus she's trying to cover for Dexter in the whole LaGuerta BHB investigation so why not "Btw bro... whatever happened to this guy that in the eyes of everyone was the BHB and now I found out it is you and Im helping you stay away from jail but I haven't got around to asking if you killed him and if he fit your famous code?"
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I saw your tweet, sorry I didn't respond.



It's odd. Maybe it's implied in the BHB investigation? Maybe they're holding that convo for a specific reason?
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No worries, thanks for responding at all



It's weird because, as you said, she's been asking all the right questions: Harry? Rita? Trinity? Jordan Chase and Lumen?



I would let it slide if not for the fact that Deb is very invested in sabotaging LaGuerta's investigation, so I reckon it's inevitable she should've already asked about Doakes.



Major bummer, but let's see what happens.



Also, I'm from Argentina and I'm already preparing for more offensive farmer allegations :p
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I DID actually forget that she's batista's sister...(up until that scene with them in the restaurant)

LOL
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See. They knew it'd have a purpose.
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My only explanation for this episode is that the writers from seasons one, two and four have been replaced by a basket of rotten vegetables. The same vegetables who had last season's Dexter tipping off homicide on his mobile, chasing after an imaginary killer and setting up kill rooms in active crime scenes. This episode was rotten to the core.
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The writer turnover on this show is hilarious, and weird. There has been more carryover in recent seasons, which might not actually be a good thing (as you suggest).
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Bizarre. Why not stick to the formula that made the earlier seasons so good? The writing has been incredibly lazy since season 5. The lead actors' performances really carried the first few episodes of the current season, but I agree that the show appears to be slipping into unnecessarily familiar territory.
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I just thought off a theory that I just had to get off my chest. This is not based on spoilers or anything.

What if Dex decides not to kill Hannah ever, but Deb finds out Dex altered the blood and tries to subtley (or not so subtley) convince Dexter to kill Hannah. Dex will intially refuse, but Deb will point out that Hannah goes against his code and that he is protecting a murderer. That she fits the profile so he shouldn't be playing favorites. Dex will agree, and end up killing Hannah for Deb. Remember with Speltzer when Deb asked if the kill was for her and Dex said it wasn't. Well this time around it will be for Deb. Then at the beginning of season 8, maybe Dex starts to have the same "feelings" towards Deb that she has toward him. Then who knows where the story goes.

I know this may be a bit out there, but I just have this feeling that it could happen. I see the direction Deb`s character arc in relation to Dex is going so far and it just makes sense to me. As for Dex hes not there yet with Deb, but maybe 6 or 7 or 8 episodes from now he will be.

Or.....I am completely wrong. But it sure is fun to theorise
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I don't totally hate it, but it *seems* like Deb has fallen on the side that killing people is wrong, she's just not comfortable with it.
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I like it!
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This was an ok episode for me, im starting to get a little annoyed with Dex and I dont like the way he brought up Rita in that conversation either.
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Is she too hot for the dexter~? To dexter i think she is a kind of dream girl. Maybe she is the girl every guy wants. She is beautiful and at the same time understands me. She gets me. Even she is lonely. I don't know either about this eppi and where this story goes afterward. But I hope the writer find the good way to ends.
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Once again Dexter is making the same old mistake. When is he going to learn that everytime he ignores his dark passenger and lets these killers live it comes back to bite him in the ass.



He hesitated to kill the Trinity Killer and he ended up killing Rita, he hesitated killing Travis and he almost killed Harrison and Dexter himself. One can say he made the same mistake to certain degrees with Miguel and Lila.



Now we have Hannah, one he knows he should kill, and he lets her live. And here he is giving in to lust, an emotion that Harry taught him to keep at bay because it makes him sloppy.



I just see this as ending badly, especially now that Debra is on to her and will be gunning for her.
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And didn't he even SAY TO DEB "my mistake was not killing him when I had the chance...and I will never do that again..." when he was talking to Deb in the one of the last episodes?! I think it was when they were talking about how Trinity killed Rita and it was Dex's fault! How do they specifically acknowledge that and then do this??
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I couldn't agree more. It seems to me that Dexter has been suffering from a bad case of amnesia (AKA writers' turnover) - When writers take over a show, don't they watch or read what was previously done before? I can't believe Deb and Dexter still haven't talked about the ITK and the fact that Rudy was his brother, and Deb almost getting killed! That would have been conversation number 1! And Dexter doing these stupid things all over again! He should have known better after what happened to Rita. I'm trying hard to stick with this show, but it's becoming a real challenge.
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Maybe Hannah will kill Debra. dun dun duunnnn
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Yeah. That goes back to the show's reliance on certain frameworks and formulas, right? He ALWAYS does this. Dexter's kind of an idiot, and also terrible at his "job."
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The most unpredictable thing they could've done in this eppy would've been to kill Hannah, but they did the predictable. So, one wonder what makes Hannah so special that Dexter would forgo his code. Personnally, I think Hannah wil be Dexter's downfall with him taking Deb along to crash at the bottom. Or have the writers set it up for Dexter to choose once again between his Sister and a killer. I'm really enjoying Isaac, he's politely vicious.
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Jesus dude...just stop watching the show then...I haven't seen someone so wishy washy over a show...its like you are trying to buy a new pair of shoes...good lord...
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I'm actually MUCH MORE wishy washy when I'm buying shoes.
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Dexter has long stopped going after only the murderers that fall through the cracks of the system. He actively derails police investigations in order to have the pleasure of having the perp on his table. Besides, he has already killed innocents, and now, on top of it all, lets a murderer walk free because he like likes her. Little by little Dexter's mask as an anti-hero is falling and his dark passenger is taking over. I just wonder if in the end there'll still be any difference between Dexter and the people he hunts. But no matter what we'll always root for Dexter I guess because he has way too much charisma.

And I think the only explanation for Deb not having done what any police officer should have done upon knowing about Dexter's extracurricular activities is because she's the Queen of Denial.
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Seriously.

"I'm sure you're a murder, but you're pretty and you say unexpected things so I'm going to let you live. In fact, not only am I going to let you live, I'm going to be your boyfriend."

Weak, Dexter. I for one, am rooting for him a little less.
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Plus, remember in the first season when one of the reasons he liked Rita is the fact that she didn't like to have sex because of her abusive ex? He didn't want to have sex and it didn't cloud his judgement and now, in multiple seasons, he's doing stupid things like this because he likes her? Doesn't really make sense to me.
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I first thought Deb/Dexter wasn't a good idea because it felt forced. But after seeing this episode, I changed my mind and I feel like starting a petition or something. You were doing so great Dexter, what the frak was this episode and that ending?!
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1) I don't mind Quinn's story. I hate him as a character but because his plot ties in with Isaak and the Ukes, it holds some interest for me.

2) Aside from the fact that it's a bit random, I also don't mind Batista's retirement plot. I'd like it better if I didn't think it was another "fakeout" -- if he actually retires, I'd be pleasantly surprised -- but I think it's a decent way to keep pushing Deb's conscience. She knows his theory about Mike's death is correct, but because she acts like she doesn't believe it and wont let him investigate it further, he's lost whatever enjoyment he used to have from detective work. Again, except that it seemed a bit random and in itself directionless, I do like the impact it may have on Deb... plus it provides a tiny bit of depth to a rather simple Batista.

3) Aside from seeing a little Strahovski sideboob, I didn't like the HanDex turn that much -- and I swear it's not because I feel some jealousy towards Hall/Dexter. It seems like the more predictable and easy approach to the plot, and despite liking Yvonne and her character, I'd have liked it better if he'd killed her. Then again, the whole thing may actually be more realistic this way -- I know that if I ever had the chance, I'd drop any and every plan I had to do the hanky-panky with Yvonne Strahovski. I just hope that they don't recycle half of Lila's plot where after making a connection with one another, Hannah decides to kill an innocent and Dexter feels it necessary to kill her again. It's a logical end to the story... which is why I don't want to see it. Hehe.
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I was getting the vibe this would happen since the first time dexter saw her. I was happy when my prediction came to pass. :)
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Didn't care for the non-Morgan stuff this week, and Deb's stuff felt weaker than what it has in the past. That said, I agree that there's a lot of potential with Deb finding out about how Dexter forges evidence and goes after open cases.

Also, the way I see it, Batista considering retiring just screams "I was one day away from retirement"-style death, and Quinn doing whatever it is he is doing also does that. So if things go the way I hope, next season will almost be terrible side character.-free.

Oh, and I fell in love with Yvonne Strahovski when she smiled when Dexter said they would break in to that place. I liked her before, but now I love her.
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That ending was the worst garbage ive ever seen i couldnt believe what i was watching.
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Why?? Just curious.
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I agree, Cory. This episode felt like a regression.

The strength of this season has been Deb coming to terms with the truth about Dexter. They ARE the show. And with Deb knowing the full truth about her darling brother, their scenes together have been especially electric. The more these two are in the same room the better.

Whereas I'm still unsure about Hannah. What does Dexter want out of the relationship? Rita was his beard at first, but she eventually turned into his salvation. Lila was the first women with whom he shared a piece of his darkness, because she had a darkness of her own. He was seeking acceptance and commiseration. Lumen was a victim who was repeatedly raped and tortured. By helping her overcome her darkness he thought he had found a path to absolution and redemption. She, in turn, showed Dexter he was more than just a monster. She illuminated the humanity within him. So, what is Dexter seeking through Hannah?

Sex? A purely physical imperative? It seems that way. About halfway through the episode Dexter said through his internal monologue, "I really need to kill someone". He was frustrated. He needed a release. He could just as easily have said, "I really need to fuck someone". But baser needs Dexter is not the Dexter we know. His dark desires are usually not of a sexual nature. But hey, I get it. Every heterosexual man gets it. Hannah/Yvonne is HOT! Beyond hot. In my humble opinion, she is the epitome of human beauty. I just expect more from Dexter. He usually thinks with his lizard brain, but now it appears it's just the lizard.

Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic. Hannah is the first serial killer that Dexter has entered into an *ahem* relationship with (Lila and Lumen don't count). She could make for a very interesting bedfellow. I just hope Dexter's reasons for being with her are more complicated and complex than her smoking hot body.

Sidenote: Would you guys care to settle an argument Cory and I had on a previous article? Cory wrote that Dexter is "a straight-up procedural" and that "It's a cop show where they chase and catch bad guys. Over and over."

I argued that every year there have been season-long arcs, and that Dexter is FAR more serialized than it is a procedural. There is no case-of-the-week structure. Every season has had a big bad. Cops catching bad guys has always been secondary to darkly dreaming Dexter. When I think of procedurals I think of CSI, POI, even Fringe in the first four seasons. But Dexter? No fucking way.

What do you guys think?
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Oh, it's DEFINITELY more serialized than something like NCIS. But there are middle areas between NCIS and Lost. Dexter's narrative is often very procedural (he goes after bad guys, so do the cops), with a more serialized character focus. It's working on multiple levels. But there are lots of shows out there way more serialized that Dexter, structurally at least.
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I can't decide if choosing sex over murder makes Dexter more human, or if choosing to let a killer live instead of die makes him more evil.



...maybe it's both?
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I definitely agree that it is much more a serialized show than a procedural one.
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Episodes 1-4: great! Episodes 5-6: reminded me of last season. Please writers, don't go that way!
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Yeah, the last two epis weren't as exciting as the first four, but that's because they're trying to include the side characters in the mix. They used to be interesting because they had a function, which was usually to highlight the lesson Dexter was learning as he tried to find his human side. Now they don't have that function anymore and so they feel more useless. I remember when I couldn't believe that LaGuerta was sleeping with that woman's fiance, when Batista was hiding the fact that he was divorced, they were interesting sideplots that move the story, they need to get back to that. I didn't like that they ended with Dexter between her legs that was just gratuitous. (Not that he didn't look good doing it)
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Yeah, that last scene felt gratuitous, like, "hey, let's spicy things up". It was boring. It reminded me of the Lyla plot terribly. I had the feeling we have been down that road already. Bad news.
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Glad I'm not alone.
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i'm still pretty mad about lundy's death. he was basically deb's only hope for a lasting and mature and NOT EFFING INSANE relationship.
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I'm pretty sure she would be able to find someone else if she tried.
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Dexter never intended to kill Hannah at the end, it was all part of some crazy foreplay. I have taken note and shall be using the same tactic for my next victim...I mean date!

Yvonne Strahovski is really killing me!
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I was thinking about it and yes, on a subconcious level, he indeed never wanted to kill her. And yes, it was some kind of twisted foreplay.

If Dex had killed her then their fun was over. Hannah also knew that if she died their fun would be over, so she wasn't scared at all and believed he wouldn't go through with it. Hence the "you do what you gotta do" knowing full well he wouldn't do it. Turns out what he had to do was have sex with her, right on the kill table. Symbolic much?

Anyway, to steal a quote from Yvonne's other show: "You two are a match made in a very frightening part of heaven"
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I think the story arc between Dex and Hannah was going that way sooner or later, but I thought it was wayyyy too predictable. Yvonne Strahovski was awesome though. C'mon writers, step it up!!



That said, everything aside from Dex, Deb, Hannah, and that dude in the prison is just boring me.
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What is this Deb romance: Castle???

Police Lieutenant + Crime Writer
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Only this time they hopefully will cut to the chase and not spend 4 years torturing the viewerbase before consummation. And that Deb and her writer friend won't devolve into idiotic, immature 15 year olds for "drama".



Besides, I doubt Sal will last the season.
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though that Castle is AWSOME show!!!
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I really liked the episode. I also understand where this review is coming from though.

It woulod have been impossible to keep at the pace they were at with Deb and Dex. The show needed to branch out into other directions, all the while keeping that plot on the backburner for when they need it later on. I am perfectly ok with that.

As for the rest of the cast, I like Batista, so his plot didn't bother me. I feel like LaGuarta and Quinn finally have something to do that is not completely irrelevant. So they aren't bothering me either.

Now on to the main purpose of this episode: Dex and Hannah. Dex was clearly conflicted, hell I would be to if I was him. Hannah likes to kill, seems to have turned her life around (in that she is not a crazy murderer), and is smoking hot. That is why Dex was conflicted, he found somebody he is attracted to in all the important ways, but she goes against everything he believes in. He honestly did not know if he should kill her or have sex with her. I think he had every intention to kill her, but when she told him to "do what he has to do" it took him completely off guard and he switched tactics. There was a clear parrelel between the release of killing and the release of sex. Heck the had sex on the kill table.

Dex was pretty transparent this episode, but Hannah was not. I assume we are going to learn more about her intentions next episode, but if we don't, what does everybody think about her. Did she suspect Dex as a killer all along? Was she being sincere when she talked about Wayne? Or that she wanted to see the snow? Or when thanked Dex for taking her there?

Anyway, another good episode.
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I think she suspected that Dex was dark like her
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Aren't the writers forgetting one "inconsequential" plot line, that was like the focus of the whole goddamn second half of season 6? Debra having and admitting to herself her not-so sisterly feelings towards Dexter.



Because that premise was left completely unexplored. We're not even getting any introspection from Debra's side much less a direct confrontation. Which is quite disappointing as it was one of the few rays of sunlight in a wasteland of rehashed, episodic, largely gimmicky, horribly written and badly narrated arcs.





TL;DR



WHERE THE FUCK IS MY WINCEST???
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LMAO. Awesomeness.
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I remember a handful of scenes in the six episodes this season where Deb's feelings for Dexter were alluded to, but finding out that he's a serial killer -- and not just any ol' serial killer, but one whose lies and secrets from her and their police precinct resulted in Rita, Lundy, etc. getting killed -- easily trumped those lovey-dovey feelings. She can barely live with him as a brother, let alone a brother AND lover.
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I thought it would have been daring and unexpected for the show to REALLY go down that path. It also would have produced the most beautifully awkward scenes with two amazing actors. Even the possibility elicited condemnation from many fans and critics. I almost want to see it just to witness the outrage it would cause.
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Saw an interview with Carpenter recently where she said that those "thoughts" were pushed back in her mind after "finding out". I don't think they'll pick it up again.
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I think after debra said he wasn't the man she thought he was, it just fell apart from there.. then again she did get angry when dexter told her to go on a date so who knows?
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I think that was more that Deb told Dexter that she was risking her career and her freedom for his sake, and in response he told her to get a life.
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I am also disappointed that they have ignored this story. But, I was even more disappointed that it was introduced in the first place. Seemed to cheap and disgusting when they did it. I wonder if the writers feel the same way and decided to ignore it.
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They've hinted at it a few times (most notably that dream sequence a few weeks ago), but you're right. I think they realized it was a dead-end.
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Okay episode. Understand the issues you had with it.

I had no sense leading up to this that Quinn was so in love with the stripper he would jeopardize his career and tank a major case over her. So when he did, it was disappointing. Sure, he's never been one to make good choices, but still. It would have been better if he'd just said, "Hey, I hardly know her. If you want to send away your best girl to try and get to me, that's your choice. See ya."

Since Yvonne Strahovski is a major guest star, killing her would have been the big surprise (and as it was happening, I thought - "No way, this is awesome! I have no idea where they are going with this!" Followed by, "Well, that was the predictable way to go."), instead of what actually happened.

The writer was definitely a blah character. Hope he gets a personality by next episode.

Deb freaking out over every move LaGuerta makes and trying to constantly steer her in other directions in an effort to save Dexter's ass, coupled with Dexter's warnings to protect herself instead of him, makes me think that LaGuerta is going to eventually suspect Deb is the killer she's been after all along.
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"Deb freaking out over every move LaGuerta makes and trying to constantly steer her in other directions in an effort to save Dexter's ass, coupled with Dexter's warnings to protect herself instead of him, makes me think that LaGuerta is going to eventually suspect Deb is the killer she's been after all along."



u can see that move from Mars without telescope. and their whole conversations are stupid:



LaGuerta: "hear me out, I know it's a long shot,but what if, bla,bla,bla...."

Deb: " yeah yeah....but no BHB is probably dead..."

LaGuerta:" hm,you're right....but I still feel, bla,bla,bla...."

Deb: "think we should let it go"

LaGuerta:"bla,bla,bla....."



so f-ing boring dialogue and predictable ( I didn't use word for word dialouge,but you get the picture ).



of course LaGuerta will start suspect Deb and then from her she will get to Dex or Dex to her or something among those lines between the three. if Hannah sticks around, she might even do it.
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I like the Hannah story, I want to see where it goes.



Another point - Ray Stevenson is the best addition to this show in a long long long time. Him in a prison = complete waste. Hope he's out of there next week.
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He is. Watch the promo for next epi.
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I found this episode to be the first stumble of the season. While it was still way better than anything from last season, it still felt like a step down to me. I knew Hannah wasn't going to get killed off this early, but I was wondering how she would get out of that situation. I'm just not sure I buy that final scene. I sure as hell woudln't resist Hannah, but would Dexter? There wasn't a whole lot of Dex/Deb in this episode, but the interactions they had were still great, and with the exception of Masuka, the supporting cast still blows. I know a lot of people weren't fond of Lumen, but I would be interested in her reappearing again.
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Some good points below and super article again. What is more to Hannah than just a pretty face?



She is really too hot for Dexter, but on the other hand there is way more chemistry and believability than the relationship with Lumen and that other crazy chick Lila or something. Lumen was great casting, but Hanna really saw or had a feeling about Dexter's dark side from early on. Hence the very believable atttraction. Finally Dexter is moving into a really passionate relationship.



Will the writers let Dexter loosen up on his code or will they go for the bottle and jar principle as in Dexter has finally met the one! It is an American show, so there has to come a happy ending when the series stops and Dexter settling down with the love of his life in Argentina would solve a lot of problems.



Series 7 is great so far, there are some lulls, but that maffia guy is super casting and this whole Series 7 could have easily been carried by the Hanna/Dexter relationship and Dexter/Maffia. Sadly, they don't give enough of that, so hopefully these two themes run over 2 series.



What about Hanna/Dexter have to run from the police and the maffia and being chased all over the world?
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The climax of this episode was whether Dexter would kill yet another victim like he has done many times before, or have sex with another crazy girl like he has done many times before. I have no idea what is going on in the writer's minds. I have no idea what's going on with this season. I have no idea why I keep watching this show. I don't care about any of these people.
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I disagree that this was a bad episode. When you deal with big story arcs rather than self contained episodes you have to some times step back and build story lines and characters. One of the reasons Dexter works is that it does take the time to do this and you get to invest in the characters and their back stories. This is what makes the show more interesting than just your typical bad guy of the week series.



For example killing Hannah may have give this weeks episode some sense of closure ... but in the long run it is far more interesting that he didn't. I can see Dexter's attraction to Hannah. Not only is she hot ... but she is a soul mate. Dexter knows that Deb will never understand him ... but Hannah will.



Of course at some point he will have to choose between Deb or Hannah and that is what will be the ultimate pay off of this episode.
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But do you really care about Batista and the shoddy restaurant? Or Quinn doing Quinn stuff?
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What they're doing now is more interesting than most of the stuff they've been doing the last few years.
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I care about Batista and the shoddy restaurant!



Quinn can go die in a fire though.



Plus, Batista's mid-life crisis directly led to Deb cracking a genuine, honest-to-goodness smile for once. Jennifer Carpenter has the best smiles.
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I think they are laying up Isaac for a longer villain-arc. Something that can carry over to season eight, so Dexter can take down some bigshot-dude because Deb won't be able to with traditional police-work!



But I'm probably in love with Hannah. That's not good since this has like a 10% chance to end happily.
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That's a good point about Isaak, and I'd like to see that. Stevenson is good.
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I wasn't quite convinced about Dexter sparing Hannah's life. What did he fall in love with besides her looks? I'm also unsure about possible parallels to Lumen. If they give Dexter yet another love interest and companion just to drop it at the end of the season it will be yet another story arch with an expiry date (aka "filler") which won't be remembered after the final episode has been aired. So why do it? The writers put themselves on thin ice again after a great start. Let's hope they have a plan beyond this season finale for once.

Another thing which was strange was that Debra didn't bring up the confrontation from the S5 finale when they talked about Lumen.
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I stopped watching Dexter after struggling through 6 season. For sure 6 season was a disaster that scared me away from dexter. even 5 season was decent and I liked Lumen Dexter vigilante lovers line. After reading some reviews I gave 7 season a try and so far it is okay not great (I think there is no greatness left in this series It is impossible to hold good quality for 7 years) but so far indeed Deb discovering Dex dirty deeds line is attracting my interest. but for now I don't know what she has to do with her discovery? she went from shock stunned concerned sister to denying part and now in not knowing what to do state. I guess now we have to watch her catching Hannah and Dex keeping it all covered up till finale. then Deb will find out and get angry and turn Dex in. or (considering one more season) Dex will give Deb Hannah and they will reconcile and will go hand in hand into 8 season. or is it last season?

I don't get one thing why they had Luis character creepy toy collector and hooker lovin'g guy? to just drag him to 7 season through 6 and then kill him off? and why this show always has empty characters? non-existent in show story at all? I mean Jamie. I thought in the beginning of 6 season that she would somehow play some role in Dex life? may be discover him? why we need her now? but I like that Dex found a lover murderer (unfortunately bad murderer)) in dexter universe where there are good murderers like Dxter) I think pretty much in the end Dex has to go in jail for life. it will be right thing and right message. he is still a sick person)
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sadly Dexter has 1 more season after this one. While I only watch nowdays for what happens with Dex and Deb and to have closure with this show is pretty sad to say this. Before I liked supporting characters, but now every scene with them is painful to watch. Till season 5(including season 5) I liked watching this show and s06 had great start,but they ruined whole show for me with s06.

6 down, 18 more episodes to go
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I enjoyed the episode.. but damn I wish Dexter would of killed Hannah. He's just leaving himself open :(

I personally enjoy seeing characters such as Batista and Quinn progress.. Ok his relationship with the hooker is not important what I find important is that the writers are just reminding us all how self destructive and impulsive he is, not with money this time but with love since Deb broke his heart.

Batista thinking to retire and buy a restaurant is great, and will make his character progress since he can't go to Deb anymore, I think he is just fed up which In my view will make him go towards LaGuerta and help her piece together evidence on Icetruck (dexter) and rekindle their romance perhaps since he said he was looking for love (doesn't solve the part about him not having much time to see his kid but oh well).



just my take on the episode, thought it was great but damn Dexter has a lot of curve balls coming his way



also nice article ;)
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Dexter would be nothing without a pool to play in so we need extraneous characters to provide the illusion that this world is real. So these story lines are necessary. Dexter is pretty much plot driven so it's not as easy to get behind people like Quinn or La Guerta when we think they are useless. La Guerta took the demise of Doakes very personally and at the time I'm fairly certain that the writers didn't consider dredging up this story line but kept their options open like good writers do. Each season of Dexter is like a very long movie and it has to have complexities to keep it interesting because some of it - the part you really care about - could be more intense and told in far less than twelve hours. I say that all of this is necessary to tell a good story in a twelve hour time frame. By this point you are either into it or not and I don't fault your concerns but I think it's pretty much all quite good and making us all anxious for the next segment through to the end...
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Come on.. there are countless examples of dropped story lines, characters and conflicts which led nowhere in the past 7 seasons. In fact, the only regular characters which have developed are Dexter and Debra. We got to see a lot of side stories about other characters since S1 but almost everything we watched had no continuous, strong impact on them until now. Doakes+LaGuerta might be an exception but they ignored it for 4 seasons without a single mentioning.
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I'll never understand the writers need to tack on useless story lines. I don't care what Batista does. I don't care about Quinn or his stripper girlfriend. This did feel like an old, tired Dexter episode. Oh, and I feel like this whole "Dexter's dating a crazy girl" thing has been done to death. Lila, Lumen, now Hannah? Over it.
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The writers are sitting in a room and going, now how do we get Jamie, Quinn, Masuka, Batista and LaGuerta back into the stories? Ok, so we'll have so and so do this and that could lead to this, and then let's not forget about this, etc.....I think the way Hannah is unlike Lumen is that she does have a Dark Passenger, and so far she is no crazier than Dexter. Maybe she's the one he can go on kills with, be the Bonnie to his Clyde who knows. I guess that's part of the fun of waiting for Sunday, finding out the decision's the writers have made and seeing if we like the ride they're taking us on.
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This episode definitely felt more "familiar" as you put it. God, the secondary characters' storylines are always such a nightmare. Remember La Guerta and Batista dating? Ick. But it was worth keeping La Guerta around this whole time just to have her find that blood slide. No one else would have cared so much, but she never though Doakes was the BHB. The most useless this season is definitely Batista, though he is the more LIKEABLE than Quinn or La Guerta.

I really like the chemistry between Dex and Hannah. I wasn't shocked by the end, would have been surprised if he'd gone through with it. That scene was pretty hot! This is super dangerous with her knowing his secret. We understood all of Lumen's motives. Not so with Hannah.

Deb probably already knows Dexter falsified that blood spatter report, and she's sure to catch him in more lies. Did you notice how pissed she was when Dexter suggested she go on a date? Seems she still has some of those non-sibling feelings bubbling.

I keep telling people who gave up on this show that this would be a good season to get back on board. I hope the writers live up to the first few episodes as they finish the season!
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