Dexter "Do You See What I See?" Review: LaGuerta's Christmas Miracle

Dexter S07E11: “Do You See What I See?”

Dexter has, quite smartly, subverted expectations this season. Instead of falling into its typical, often very plodding rhythms, the show has managed to keep the story moving at a relatively fast clip. Dexter and Deb’s relationship evolved quickly in the first half of the season, and his feelings for Hannah developed similarly rapidly in the second half. Along the way, the Isaak story reached a satisfying, if unfortunately early, conclusion. I like that the writers have let the story progress at a natural speed instead of holding back until the last few episodes. However, moving the story along and wrapping up some threads quickly means that it has to be moving towards something else. That’s where Dexter might be in just a little trouble.

It’s not that the penultimate episode of Season 7 was especially bad. In fact, “Do You See what I See?” presented Dexter with an important choice, one that I think reflects how he both has and has not changed this season. But this episode also over-relied on old Dexter tropes and in many ways, suggested that the conclusion to this season isn’t going to be as compelling or complicated as other portions of it.

Look, I think we all knew that LaGuerta’s 98-year search to find the real Bay Harbor Butcher was going to come to some sort of head. Hopefully, like me, you were also dreading it. Dexter avoiding his dimwitted colleagues is one of the least interesting things this show does, and with LaGuerta being the most dimwitted of them all, I haven’t been looking forward to what developed in “Do You See What I See?” for two months. This episode heavily relied on LaGuerta’s search, resulting in a good six or seven minutes of wasted screen time as Dexter and Deb plotted—unbelievably easily, I might add—to frame Doakes one final time by planting evidence in a hilariously obvious spot.

And while I will admit that I appreciated how this episode built to the “reveal” that LaGuerta actually pushed to get the man who ordered the hit on Dexter’s mother out of jail in hopes of catching Dexter in the act, one (still fairly predictable) beat doesn’t make for a good story. We’ve seen Dexter slither away from his cohorts before and even if this time Deb was directly involved, it’s hard to believe that after an entire season's worth of interesting storytelling, the show might end with the Morgans eluding and/or killing LaGuerta. Although I’m hopeful that this move actually tells us something important about Dexter and Deb’s relationship and shows that they’re clearly wearing to sacrifice anything for one another, this is not the sort of conclusion I was hoping for this season—even if I do hate LaGuerta.*

* Side note: I pretty much despite LaGuerta as a character, but based on some of the truly horrible things Matthews has said to her over the past three episodes, the Dexter's writers must hate her more. Everything that comes out of Matthews’ mouth is hateful, sexist, and misogynistic. That dude—or someone on the writing staff—has some real issues.

The rest of this episode was stronger, though still curious. The weird triangle between Dexter, Deb, and Hannah reached another stress point, with Dexter ultimately deciding to choose his sister’s safety over his newfound and still-growing love for Hannah. The show telegraphed Deb’s car accident with the lingering shots of Deb taking her anti-anxiety medication in recent episodes, but it was only a matter of time before the tension between the two ladies in Dexter’s life forced him to make a substantive choice. This story worked for me, however, because even though Dexter showed us the pill usage, it didn’t actually reveal what happened to Deb, leaving us, like Dexter, to question what really occurred. Furthermore, the aftermath of Deb’s crash unspooled like so many of the season’s great episodes and sequences: with people having calm, honest conversations. Dexter didn’t put a knife to anyone’s throat or make lame threats. His relationships with Deb and Hannah have been so well-cultivated over the season that none of that is necessary; he can be clear and direct with them. I would never have expected this show to be so reliant on people talking about their feelings like rational (well, as rational as murders can be) human beings.

Dexter’s eventual choice, to protect Deb and help put Hannah in jail, was a little surprising. Dexter is always going to protect Deb and though the show has really emphasized his feelings for Hannah, I guess the move only further confirms who Dexter really cares about. Despite everything the Morgans have been through, including Deb’s still-queasy response to Dexter’s essential desires, he picked her over Hannah. I don’t want to tread back into the capital-L Love waters the show has splashed around in, but Dexter’s choice is a powerful, telling one. Literally nothing means more to him than Deb, even his own kid. In a season that’s been all about Dexter stripping away some of his barriers and trying to manage both sides of his life, he still wants Deb more than anything else.

Unfortunately, though Dexter was honest and direct with the ladies, one of them is lying to him. We know that Hannah was in Deb’s apartment the night before the crash, but we also know that Hannah, like she admitted, is really good at poisoning people. If Hannah wanted Deb to die, Deb would be dead. So, if I can prognosticate for a second, I’m willing to bet that Hannah did not, in fact, poison Deb. Instead, I think Deb purposefully put the excess drugs in her water in hopes of framing Hannah. Before you even say it, yes, I know that would mean that Deb stupidly put herself behind the wheel of a car and could have killed herself to prove a point. And I think that’s why it happened: Deb wants to remove Hannah from the equation so badly that she took a really, really stupid risk. That’s who she is, and that’s the kind of thing she does for her brother.

Therefore, the show has built to what is not the most exciting but still hopefully emotionally powerful conclusion. Dexter is going to need Deb’s help to avoid (or dispose of) LaGuerta one final time, but then he also might find that she ruined his possible future. My hope is that this conclusion doesn’t actually involve knives, plastic wrap, and murder rooms. This season has been driven by people talking out their feelings and really embracing honesty. Why stop now?


NOTES


– If you haven’t listened to the most recent Totally Tublar! podcast, you should. I joined Price, Tim, and Jen to talk about a number of things, including Dexter. I also posited a horrible-but-likely theory that Dexter and/or Hannah will kill Deb in the finale, only for Deb to become a ghost that follows him around in the final season. When that happens, remember that I said it first. And I apologize in advance.

– It's nice to know that Dexter actually bought Harrison Christmas gifts, but it was really crappy of him and Deb to let Jamie prepare Harrison for the Santa photo and then basically push her to the side so they could take a “family” picture.

– Why did everyone, including Dexter, suddenly refer to Deb as Deborah in this episode? Did someone play around with CTRL+F in Final Draft?

– Batista is going to retire on the first of the year. He’ll probably host his own retirement party. Because he has a restaurant. But I loved that he said Mike’s death is what put him over the edge, you know, as if they were really close friends or something.

– Quinn is heartbroken because Nadia has moved to Vegas. I thought those crazy kids were going to make it. If this story plays any role in the finale, I’m going to punch a wall.

– Dexter totally wants Harrison to grow up to be a mega-bro. And apparently he doesn’t want Hannah to age, at all.


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Why is everybody implying Deb risked her life with the pills ?
Possible: She probably mixed them in the water, took a good drink and drove outside the street BEFORE they had an effect. Minimum risk.
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pffff...Dex putting Hannah in jail is really stupid. Come on, who writes up this kind of stuff. Like you really have trouble to come up with multiple story lines... This is not some b-movie where you can come up with easy, straightforward outs. This is Dexter. I can remember Dex killing Trinity and coming home....now that was good writing...Please don't disrespect the series,so give us a good finale. ps. I'm not 100% on Hannah having a perfect track-record on poisening, but it is sort of believable that if she wanted to kill Deb, that she would not have messed up. Knowing that Dex would become her enemy. I did like the build up of the episode, so as individual shows this serie's episodes are very good and the mini storielines like the brotherhood are awesome too. But a series like the one with Trinity where also some serious policework was conducted by Miami Metro was way more cohesive...If it ends up that the cohesiveness of this series was that woman cleaning her old lover's rep and accusing Dex for being the bhb, then I'm seriously literally gonna vomit coming Sunday. Sadly, having criticised much of the writing in this year's episodes, I have a feeling I will.
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I didn't like this character twist both in terms of Dexter and of Deb, they both seemed like douchebags in this episode. Dexter betrayed the one true love of his life without so much as the benefit of a doubt, and Deb forgot about morals and submitted to her jealousy to get rid of Hanna. It was the first time ever since the show started that I disliked them both, although plot-wise this season is ending on a strong note.
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Can't believe that Deb would poison herself to frame Hannah. It seems out of character to do something so deceitful to her own brother (to go against the rules in the office to protect the brother is an entirely different thing). It is likely the show will go this way but to me, it is not consistent with who Deb is.
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Can Dexter pleaseeee kill LaGuerta already? hated her since the first episode
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Am i the only one thinking that Deb put the pills in the water herself to make Dexter help her put Hannah behind bars? I really don't think she was stupid enough to poison Deb..
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Yes. You are the only one. No need to read the comments below or the review above. You are the one.
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Only positive from LaGuerta dying is that we get to see her partly naked. Can't wait!
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Damn! Not a single bit of flesh.
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Hanna didn't poison Deb. If you wanted to she wouldn't have put something that makes her drowsy lol. It's just so inefficient and Hanna couldn't have know when Deb would drink that bottle of water and drive, etc. Deb did it to herself.
Batista wants to retire, Dexter kills LaGuerta, suddenly the Captain seat is open, batista takes the seat and fires Quinn and we don't see Quinn ever again. Win win win.
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Another awesome episode! I love how things are playing out and can't wait for more!
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I seriously think Hannah will die one way or another "You should have just killed me" she said. On a side note, Laguerta isn't that important anymore, but should Dexter be able to avoid being caught or should she be convinced that he's not the butcher, I see no real reason to kill her off - other than her being a bitch :p
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I have loved Season 7 so much...I'm not looking forward to the finale though. I really was hoping that Hannah would be a recurring character next season, but I'm thinking that's not gonna happen at all.

Ok i lied..I can't wait for next week.
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ohh..and Laguerta can die..that'd be nice. But i can see Quinn and Batista also being killed
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Can I vote for all 3?
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I guess this was a great episode of the season so far. There were some scenes which actually felt like the show 'Dexter' (Oh.. I miss the old 1-4 season Dexter, but let's face it the show has changed a lot). But there are still certain BIG plot holes I don't understand, like:

— Why would LaGuerta seek the help of Mathews while she's trying to get to Dexter. I mean, Mathews is Dexter's family friend and a living person who is close to a father for Dexter.

— Again LaGuerta is trying so hard to find evidence against Dexter by going through the slightest threads which may link Dexter to Bay Harbor Butcher (BBB). But has she completely forgotten about Quinn? I mean, Quinn had doubts about Dexter (in season 5 and he hired someone to spy Dexter) too, also Quinn is not so close with Dexter which makes him the best choice for LaGuerta to hunt for Dexter (but she chose Mathews).

If it was Quinn, he would have even shared the photos of Dexter and Lumen dumping bags in the sea - THE PERFECT EVIDENCE AGAINST DEXTER!

— Even in the midst of Hanna, Deb and LaGuerta issues, Dexter chose to let his dark passenger walk all over his mother's killer on the exact same day he was released! Not a very clever move for a 'Neat Monster'. Well, I guess Dexter isn't so neat anymore. I mean, the guy went for a kill in a wedding ceremony and had a good dance so that he might get a space in the wedding album!

Still Dexter is one of the best shows on TV and I enjoy every episode, I guess I miss the old and powerful characters like Doakes, Miguel Prado, Trinity Killer etc..
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No explanation as to what happened to Deb makes sense. I can think of four possibilities:

1. Hannah really did it. But then, as Hannah said, why is Deb still alive? Hannah doesn't make mistakes. Except she does - Sal Price died at the wrong time - so maybe she could have screwed it up.

2. Dexter did it. It's unlikely he'd risk Deb's life to protect her.

3. Arlene Schram did it. I don't think she's smart enough.

4. Deb did it to herself on purpose. If she were going to do that, it would have been much safer to crash the car first and then drink the water.
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I'm not saying Hannah did it, but there are lots of angles to play with a smart killer.

5 - Hannah did it, but purposely made it look like Amateur Hour. Face it, Deb dying under suspicious circumstances (especially potentially poisoning) would end badly for Hanna. Like: a marine sniper commiting murder. If he shoots a tough shot with a sniper rifle, he's an instant suspect. If he purposely makes a sloppy shot with a bad gun, then the cops would say "Nah, he would have done it RIGHT"

6 - Hanna did it, but purposely made it a FAILED attempt that would make it look like Deb did it to herself (on purpose or by accident). Cementing that Deb was a mess and Dex shouldn't listen to her as much / rely on her as much / etc.
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Laguerta is the main candidate to get killed as Dexter now kills without people fitting the code and will do anything save himself, Dexter's idea of turning in Hannah Mckay was bu brave and stupid as Hannah will always try to get out of situations and with the things she knows she can turn him in for immunity or something. Deb can't be that lame to try and put herself at risk for just to get Hannah out of the picture. Really excited to see what happens next.
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I couldn't see Deb being stupid enough to risk her life like that, and I don't think it was Hannah either. My money's on the old roommate. She has as much motive as anyone, she doesn't want to lose her kids again. She could have followed/asked Hannah or I'm sure the show could think of other ways, maybe as simple as a google search
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Nah. It was obviously the ghost of Doakes. In the finale, LaGuerta kidnaps the Winchesters (cue belated crossover spoiler alert) and demands they resurrect her old buddy. He returns with supernatural powers. To combat this, Dexter resurrects Trinity and summons his Galactic Overlord Yugioh card, at which point Deb gets in on the act and brings back Lundy. Unfortunately, Dexter dies in the next episode. Sad, I know, but don't worry: he returns as a poltergeist in Season 8!

Really, I don't know why you guys show such little faith in the writers...
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The chick Deb was going to interview poisoned Deb. It's so obvious I can't stand it. And LeGuerta definitely needs to go. She wasn't even supposed to survive the first season if you follow the books.
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I hate Deb and can't believe she was able to frame Hannah in Dexter's eyes so easily. I want to choke Deb everytime I see her on TV.
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And like Hannah said, " I never made a mistake."
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"Dexter totally wants Harrison to grow up to be a mega-bro. And apparently he doesn't want Hannah to age, at all" i thought the same thing haha
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Also, Deb took pills in her car that night and Dex found a bottle in her medicine cabinet?
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Nah, he found the bottle in her wrecked car.

What he found at Deb's place was Hannah's hair.
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He found a bottle of pills in Deb's medicine cabinet, and Deb took pills the night before when she planted the evidence at LaGuerta's house.
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I take the medicine (Zanax) that was supposed to be in Deb's water. Believe me, no one could drink that stuff and mistake it for water. It is even hard to swallow one pill if you get a taste of it on your tongue without puking it up.
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i was surprised that nobody heard Hannah when she said to Dexter " you should have killed me "
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Yeah! I thought the same thing. She blatantly said it right in front of Batista. That dude is not very observant. First the whole Quinn shooting and now Hannah. He's the worst detective ever.
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Haha greed, i laughed my head off at this scene
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Deb is a horrible liar. The poison should be given to the writers for making Deb (a lieutenant) frame Hannah in such a lame manner.

Why would Hannah use alprazolam to kill Deb, when she has a tried and tested poison?! Ridiculous how Dexter fell for that. Also, what's stopping Hannah now from spilling Dexter's dirty secrets? Love? Ugh, please.

LaGuerta's outfits are still awful, like the character herself.
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Hey, whatever else you say about this show, no one is winning any super-cop awards. I would have greater faith in the squad of Reno 911 solving crime than I do Miami Metro. Deb, sadly, is not immune. She is their leader! A proper LT would have canned Quinn ages ago, and sent up to Chicago for another real police to come and replace Mike (weird how they needed him to fill a spot, but don't need anyone to replace him).
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Haha! You can say that again. The entire Miami Metro Homicide is a joke.
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You're right on all accounts, as always. All through the episode, I was like 'No, Hannah wouldn't drug Deb!! It must be Deb herself! She's too friggin' crazy about Dex!" I was literally praying for Hannah not to have anything to do with it. That's when I realized how much invested I was with her character! Debra and Hannah have both been breakout characters this season. Can't believe its ending next episode. This season flew by so quickly!
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I can't wait to read your comments next week when DOAKES is coming back!!!
DOAKES IS COMING HOME HE'S COMING HOME,HE'S COMING HOME FOOTBALL,aehm I mean DOAKES IS COMING HOME ... Please people FILM YOURSELF WATCHING THE NEXT EPISODE AND LOAD IT UP ON YOUTUBE, it will be hilarious! Faces of complete disbelief, anger and disappointment!!!
And although I'm a eternal slave to Yvonne Strahovski, I will quit watching if they dare to kill off Deb!!! But I'm not worried because obviously my predictions differ a lot from Corys and the rest of ya.
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I did say last week that I suspected they would tie Doakes in with the last episode, since "Surprise Motherfucker" would be SUCH a typical thing for Doakes to say. As to whether or not he really is alive, I think it will just be a fantasy/dream sequence. If he really were alive for like over 5 years, the FIRST thing he would have done is to go back and get Dexter. Unless what, he has been surveilling him for years to acquire evidence? I don't think so. And he'd at least have been in touch with Maria. How would they explain finding his teeth (I think it was his scorched head/torso they found) and jaw at the the scence of the cabin after the explosion??

I have missed Doakes though and always loved the dynamic between them, but it would be BEYOND ABSURD to actually bring back Doakes! Please don't dumb down a really great season.

I too thought immediately that it was Deb who overdosed herself and not Hannah, especially after the really caustic way she told Hannah it was because she loved dexter so much she would be willing to do ANYTHING to protect him from her...I loved her little eye twitch when she said it. And i guess anything involves taking a crazy ass mother freakin risk of almost killing herself (and potentially other drivers or pedestrians) by overdrugging herself behind the wheel in order to frame Hannah and get Dexter to turn on her. Let's remember that it was DEB who first brought up Hannah visiting her at her house the night before. If Dexter really wanted to be sure, he should have gone back to the house and tested the water in all of the other bottles in Deb's fridge, since if hannah was going to go to all the trouble, you don't think she'd drug ALL the bottles just to be sure? I would.

I almost felt sorry for Hannah at the end. But I felt like Dexter will figure this out soon enough (next week's promo shows him and Hannah kissing). How he will come to terms with Deb's betrayl I don't know. I do hope that La Guerta gets what's coming to her, but i agree with the poster that perhaps there will be a set up. I don't think it will be Matthews though (Dexter likes him, he is an old family friend and he warned Dexter about Maria in the first place). But it looks like maybe dexter kidnaps his mommy murderer so I have a feeling it will tie in with that.

Still, can't wait to see what happens next!
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The only thing for them to avoid incredibility and any kind of dumbing down is a dream sequence by either Dexter, Deb or LaGuardia. And if not it will be a mess...
With Hannah and Deb I thought so too but this whole plan by Deb is just so brilliant and stupid the same time. She could have killed a whole family with that stunt - is that the Deb we know? On the other hand, the only chance for Hannah to get Deb out of the way would have been a semi-poisoning exactly the kind we've seen. Both Hannah and Deb have the same agenda: getting a wedge between Dexter and the other, but this almost insidious plan I would expect of the very rational, highly intelligent Hannah and not from the steamy and righteous Deb. Then again the whole plan relied on Dexter's trust: if he hadn't checked the water bottle he would have believed Deb did it to frame Hannah - because he did, Dexter believes Hannah tried to kill her. So it's back to the girls' characters - but still, with Deb going dark over the course of the season and the weird love-angle BOTH is possible. What tipped me over to Hannah is actually the way she responded to Dexters accusations: "if it was me don't you think she(Deb) would have died". That's exactly what a calculating liar would say. Exactly. There where alarm bells going on in my head and until then I was pretty sure it was Deb.
Your point with the water bottles is good, maybe I'm leaning more towards Hannah again now! And I think the same about LaGuerta and Matthews!
Whatever the outcome(fallout?) of the finale, I'm also super excited!
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Since he was in Dexters labs doorway and the fact that Dexter is the only character in the show to talk to imaginary people, i'm more inclined to believe it's Dexter's guilty conscious.

Even though Dokes was a killer, he didn't fit Dexter's code and Dexter didn't kill him but helped do so by accident.
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At the end I meant leaning towards DEBORAH, not HANNAH!
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i agree with "Deb purposefully put the excess drugs in her water in hopes of framing Hannah". that's what i thought too. i hope at the end of the season, dexter gets both girls, haha
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It's clearly deb who poisoned herself.

Cunning cow, i hope Dexter murders her :)
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wow, most of your notes are EXACTLY things i was thinking.

- It's nice to know that Dexter actually bought Harrison Christmas gifts, but it was really crappy of him and Deb to let Jamie prepare Harrison for the Santa photo and then basically push her to the side so they could take a "family" picture.

– Batista is going to retire on the first of the year. He'll probably host his own retirement party. Because he has a restaurant. But I loved that he said Mike's death is what put him over the edge, you know, as if they were really close friends or something.

– Quinn is heartbroken because Nadia has moved to Vegas. I thought those crazy kids were going to make it. If this story plays any role in the finale, I'm going to punch a wall.

– Dexter totally wants Harrison to grow up to be a mega-bro. And apparently he doesn't want Hannah to age, at all.
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i agree Deb definitely did it to herself. hannah is so damn hot...she can't be gone!!!!
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I'm wondering if they'll have Deb snap and kill La Guerta or retired guy to protect Dexter.
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Honestly, I think it's more wishful thinking that LaGuerta gets killed off. Her character was only relavent briefly over the last 7 seasons and honestly the actress isn't very good. If someone actually gets killed off, my guess is Hannah or Mathews.
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If they don't kill off LaGuerta by the end of Dexter, i'm going to be super pissed off!
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I want some opinions from you guys. I stopped watching Dexter at the end of season 3 because I found it to became highly uninteresting back then. However I was pretty much intrigued to find out that Deb found out about Dexter killing habits. I was wondering, is it worth it to go through every single episode up to that point, or can I skip it all? Or maybe there is several episodes that I must watch and while leaving the rest out? Opinions? Suggestions?
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I would go ahead and watch it all, considering that the seasons are only 12 episodes. But, if you want to skip all of season 6 minus the last 10 minutes of the finale, that would be ok, or even recommended. I think one thing about season 5 is that I waited and watched it all after it had already aired, and I liked it. It may be that it was more entertaining as a straight shot than when you watch it week by week. I'd check it out.
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Watch the whole of season 4 then simply watch the last episode of season 5 and then go straight onto season 6, stay away from the rest of it.

All you will find in season 5 is misery.
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I'd suggest you watch them all, in order. Better to do that and maybe have to wade thru some not so stella eps, than to skip a season and later wish you hadn't.
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also, if you're going to fill in the gaps, defn stay away from all discussions and spoilers until you're done.
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3rd and 6th are the worst seasons of Dex. 4th and 5th are the best and my personal favorites. I love them both equally. This season has been great as well. Don't skip season 4 and 5. Skip the entirety of season 6 if you want, except the final scene.
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5 was terrible.
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Glad to see you respect subjectivity.
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I liked 5 too, and I wasn't much of a fan of the Trinity season, to be honest. *I have no standards.* Or wait, are people all different? :)
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Most people i know who watch Dexter say the same thing, only fans without any standards like season 5.

Terrible bad guy, terrible rape / revenge story, it was shite.
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Hello,
my advice is: the third season was definetely the worst one! the 4th and 5th were the Best, the 5th is my favourite, but anyway. The whole series is about dexter evolving.. so you shouldn´t miss a bit, not even in the horrible 6th season
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My advice is simple: watch Season 4 in its entirety, skip 5, erase 6 from history and watch the first and last few episodes of 7.
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I'm thinking s/he should at least watch s6 finale, since it was a game-changer.
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Honestly I felt season 4 was overrated. It had 2 climaxes, at the beginning and the end of the season, the middle felt like it dragged along. Also I thought killing off Lundy was a mistake.

As for season 5, I thought it brought a depth back to Dexter's character that had been pushed aside in the previous seasons. He was forced to deal with his shattered life in a way only his character could grasp.
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4 is super overrated!
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Season 5 brought depth to Dexter's character? Have I awoken in an alternate reality? Wow. The machine works. THE MACHINE WORKS!!
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Haha agreed Ubercolt, season 5 was terrible, i can't believe people are saying it's one of their favs!?
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Why isn't Dexter himself an option as to who may die in the final episode? THAT would be the cleanest wrap-up in terms of every angle (save Deb's involvement in his crimes, but that would not be known if he were dead). Not saying I want it -- I don't -- but you certainly can't throw out the possibility, especially if he were sacrificing himself for family.
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Because there is another season of the show.
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Ah! I forgot they added another season and was still under the impression this was the last. My bad, and thanks for stating the obvious.
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They didn't randomly 'add' another season. Dexter was always coming back for a 2-season final arc after last season.
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Thanks for defending me, safibwana. I was pretty sure this was supposed to be the last season, and after your initial reply to my question I remembered they had renewed it for one last season.
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No, he's right. It was supposed to end this year. http://screenrant dotcom/dexter-season-7-final-season-8-aco-182569/
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If Doakes comes back (after missing for 6 years!) it would be of the same ridiculous levels as any soap opera. What is their explanation going to be for the huge time gap? Amnesia? Please don't do this!
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Didn't they ID his charred remains from dental records or DNA?
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Best bet is on hallucination.
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Doakes won't come back !!!
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As for which character is most likely to die in the last episode, I think that can only be Matthews. Dexter will kill (or consider killing) him to frame LaGuerta, whom he cannot kill for obvious reasons (at least they are obvious to us).
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I'd be pissed if they kill Matthews over LaGuerta!
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As much as I don't like LaGuerta, I loved that she was behind getting dude out of jail. It was perfect, I wanted her to come in with no real back up and Dexter be like, well, I already got the plastic out and just cut her up too. Dexter was just way too Christmas excited...the universe gave me a present...instead of being the Dex we have come to know that would've been like this might be a trap, just like with Isaak, he got dumbed down sometimes. Like the thrill of killing was gettin more important than that of being smart and not getting caught to kill another day

I too will punch a wall if any of Quinn's storyline makes it to the finale. Such a waste of time. The whole Deb poisoning herself...I feel like she would've did it while on run or at work not behind the wheel of her car. I think Hannah probably did have something to do with but, hey if it was Deb and Dexter finds out, that's be something I'd want to see, so hey, bring whatever on, I was tired of Hannah McCay anyways.
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Dexter's character was dumbed down more or less at the same time he considered following a religious path in Season 6. There may be a correlation. I suspect the writers are simply no good at writing or they are attempting to appeal to a much broader, stupider audience. The trap in this episode would have been obvious even to a Revolution fan. That Dexter missed it merely shows how much of an idiot he has become.
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Only one thing excites me about the coming finale: Doakes. Be it in ghost form, or a twist that he's not really dead. The show has been missing something since he left.
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Why did everyone, including Dexter, suddenly refer to Deb as Deborah in this episode? Did someone play around with CTRL+F in Final Draft? - Ha! I was wondering that too.
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I called it last week that LaGuerta was going to be behind getting Estrada out of jail. She is that kind of stupid whore to get a mass murderer out of prison to try to bait a serial killer so that she can get Doakes' name off the ledger. Funny enough in all this, LaGuerta thinks that Dexter killed Doakes when it was Lila, which she'll never figure out. I do know that Dexter will at least entertain the idea of killing LaGuerta, and good riddance if it happens.
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I agree with a few of the commenters...Dexter's intelligence was effectively dumbed down to make us believe the fiction of the fiction. Clearly Deb would do anything to put Hannah behind bars. Clearly she loves (in fact, is IN love with) Dexter. It's essential to any show that proposes itself to be smart than the main character be at least one step ahead of its viewers.

Unfortunately, as strong as Dexter's been this season, the fundamental problems that plagued the last two seasons are extant in 7. Sure, we were taken by surprise by the early death of Isaak, but everything else that matters has been extremely obvious.

Who knows, maybe this season is less about the viewers, and more about Dexter's emotional development. Maybe we're supposed to know Deb drugged herself because it doesn't matter when weighed against Dex's need to experience a conflict of interests. But, considering all this, we can't pretend that Dexter hasn't been down this road before, and indeed, did it better. Rita's death was both bifurcating and jarring to the viewers (at least, to me.) It was also a very natural progression that stayed well within the realm of possibility.

The only way any of the actions this season will make any sense, is if Dexter witnesses Hannah's downfall, and resorts to killing Deb. I don't see any other reason for putting all these pieces together.

(Let's all continue to forget Angel's and Quinn's stories...dear god, let's forget.)
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I'm really surprised that Dexter fell for the trap. I mean Matthews did tell him it was the fact that the cabin had been rented out to a guy that killed his mom that had convinced it was him. So you'd think he'd wait a while or have a more creative way of going after Estrada.

As far as the Deb poisoning, I do think Deb did it to herself but accidentally. Like Hannah said if she wanted someone out of the way she could have, not to mention she's right about Arlenes credibility and I'd see Hannah going after Arlene before going after Deb. Also with the combination of her acknowledging that she knows Dexter would figure it out and it wouldn't bring them closer, while Deb has been ruthless when it comes to Hannah.
I too wish the whole Deb being in love with Dexter didn't happen. It makes every move that Deb makes against Hannah seem like it's out of jealous and not doing her job. Yes Hannah is killer a I'm sure Batista thinks so too, but he still considers how it effects Dexter. I just wish they'd really make Debs intentions clearer. Like she wanted Dexter to kill Hannah, but couldn't let her die...because it wasn't the right thing to do? Or if she did it for Dexter, but couldn't settle things between her and Hannah for Dexter. Like yea she gets to lock up her a killer, but knowing Dexter and how difficult it is for him to make connections to people...does she just not care about how taking Hannah away from him would effect him vs if she had just pretended to be a little too late to save her?
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I'm both happy and relieved that most of you assume Deb faked everything to set up Hannah.
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It's pretty obvious.
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She did. Deb is smart.
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Oh! The writers are trying to do a Breaking Bad here with Deb poisoning herself just like Walter poisoned that kid.
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To even mention Dexter in the same sentence as Breaking Bad insults the quality and brilliance of Breaking Bad. They are nowhere near each other in anything. Whatever you said was insulting to quality television.
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My question is why do so many people like Hannah? To me she is a manipulative murderer, who will not hesitate to kill someone who gets in her way whether they deserve it or not. Dexter may be in love with her, but that doesn't mean she's right for him ultimately.
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Yeah, that's why people like her.
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She oozes this sexual presence for sure so that's why maybe a batch of us guys like her. :P But she reminds me of my ex girlfriend minus the murder part, haha.
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It's pretty obvious that Dexter will find out that Deb crashed the car herself, that she did it to separate Dexter from Hannah. And hilarity will ensue. It's a shame though that Dexter did not kill Hannah. Out of all the people he should have killed (since she knows that he is a killer), Hannah should have been number one on the list. And I'm sure even Deb would have agreed to that.

The promo for next week is exciting. But it always is, so maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up...
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Deb asked Dexter to kill Hannah as per the code after Hannah killed Sal Price and he gave her that whole rigmarole about not doing it to save her from something he knows she would regret. But I'm not certain at this point the new warm-and-fuzzy-in-touch-with-his-feelings Dexter is capable of cold, calculating murder when it comes to Hannah. He was obviously emotionally broken up about orchestrating her arrest, I don't think he could have gone through with killing Hannah even if he had irrefutable proof she attempted to kill Deb, let alone upon mere suspicion and speculation.
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Dex got the test results back from the lab showing that the water Deb was drinking at the time of the accident was laced with drugs...Deb didn;t do it on purpose...or maybe...
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Why couldn't she have been drinking it? Maybe she was really going all out on framing Hannah. Deb said that she was prepared to do anything to protect Dex. And even if that's unlikely, who says she drank from the bottle at all? She could have crushed some pills into it, knowing that Dex would test the water, take a few pills herself to raise the levels of the drug in her body, and flip the car. You don't need to be drugged to crash your car.
And besides, we never saw Deb drink from the bottle during the accident. The only thing we saw of her in the car was a few seconds when she spoke to Dexter on the phone. When she drank out of a bottle was the previous evening when Hannah came to visit her. Personally I like the idea of Deb doing it to herself. Hannah "The Poisonist" seems to obvious, while Deb framing someone by putting her own health in danger is a better twist on the story. It also opens up opportunities for future conflicts between Dexter and Deb.
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totally agree .. I think Deb poisoned herself to frame Hannah .. and lost me as a fan in the process :-(
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That was more ridiculous than whatever Quinn has going on? C'mon.
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Was that a question? I'm not too sure what to make of your comment :-)
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Deb poisoning herself to frame Hannah is more of a ridiculous occurrence that whatever Detective Quinn is up to? I don't think it is.
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I agree .. but, when did I say it was?
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The Doakes frame up was laughable, wouldn't CSU have gone through all that stuff with a fine tooth comb? I would expect the sudden appearance of deep sea lures and a key hidden in one of them a bit of a red flag.
I'm on the fence about Deb (and yea it was weird they kept saying Deborah) faking being drugged. Yes Hanna has a strong motive, but she made some pretty good arguments in her defense. And wouldn't Deb have tasted the drugs in the water (I still taste lemonade if I drink it rinse the glass out and refill it with water)? But that seems like a pretty big thing for Deb to do.
Overall, still better than anything last season.
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It was hilariously bad.
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How was Dexter stupid enough to fall for the trap that LaGuerta set for him? Especially after Matthews just told him she was on to him. Even if LaGuerta didn't plan it, Dexter shouldn't have taken a risk like that cause if he had gone through with the murder it would've just made him more of a potential target given the motive.
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Dexter from s1 would not have fallen for it .. it's amazing how much they've dumbed down his character over the years.
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I am just hoping that Dexter does not kill Hannah and then find out that Deb framed her, putting them as enemies for the final season. I actually like Hannah and I wish they could keep her around, give Dexter a real love life. Part of the final season could center on the tension of Deb coming to terms with Hannah being part of Dexter's world.

I really wish the entire Deb being in love with Dexter storyline never happened because Debs actions against Hannah can be construed as her being jealous rather than just being a protective sister which was always the better dynamic.
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I saw next season already Laguerta after Dexter and Deb after Hannah ... Dex and Hannah as Couple on the run. But does not look like that now.
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I don't think Batista was insinuating Mike was a close friend, just the death of a fellow cop made him start to consider retirement. (at least that's how I took it)
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I think you're right. Batista sees Anderson dead and flashes back, though not shown in the show, to all the close calls he's had and just sees that its time to get out.
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I absolutely love comments Matthews makes to LaGuerta. It makes LaGuerta scenes bearable to watch.
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Yeah they way she played him and drummed him out of his job pretty much warrants any insults he sends her way and he's a bottomless pit of LaGuerta hate...
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Listen, I HATE LaGuerta like I've hated no other character on TV. But some of those things he said were truly awful and legitimately offensive.
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Yeah but we're talking about a show centered around a serial killer. I think being PC went out the window right around season 1.
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God this show is a fucking soap opera.
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