Dexter "Run" Review: Jennifer Carpenter, MVP

Dexter S7E04: “Run”

I've spent most of my reviews of Dexter this season talking about the much-improved writing and plotting, but after watching tonight’s episode, I realized that I've been missing out on praising another cog in the show’s machine: the performances. More specifically, Jennifer Carpenter has been tremendous through these four episodes. Like, Emmy-level tremendous.

Interestingly, when I told a bunch of my friends they should check back in with the show this season, so many of them noted that they didn’t want to not because of the horrid writing or lack of overall progression, but because they couldn’t deal with Carpenter’s Deb anymore. While I think Carpenter’s performance ebbed and flowed in the early seasons, much of that had to do with the writing of the character. And no matter the reason for past weaknesses, Carpenter and Deb have been the best part of the show for the last few years. Michael C. Hall is always great, but when Dexter entered something of a holding pattern, Carpenter picked up a lot of slack.

The show is working so well this season because the writers have finally realized that this is just as much Deb’s story as it is Dexter’s. That balance has improved the core of the show and given Carpenter quality material to match her ever-improving performance.

In some ways, Dexter has found its rhythm in the same way that Carpenter has. After years of over-the-top stories and Deb irrationally screaming and yelling about everything, Season 7 has been much calmer (well, in the main story; let’s just not think about Speltzer and his bull horns)... as has Deb. She’s upset, confused, and probably a little terrified, but those emotions have manifested in measured and probing questions—not a string of F-bombs. That interpretation of the character fits Carpenter, who does fine work with her face and eyes and has learned to embody Deb’s years of trauma in a more internal way.

“Run” focused a little more on Dexter’s side of the Morgan siblings’ ideological debate and handcuffed Carpenter with a silly dream sequence involving a bathtub full of blood and more controversial feelings, but she still made everything work well enough.

This episode progressed the tension between Deb and Dex in a smart, logical way (I feel like I’ve used those words to describe this show more often in four episodes this season than I ever did in the previous 72). Though she’s fed up with the rehab plan, Deb has begun pondering questions about Dexter that are completely valid, like whether his relationship with Rita was real, how Rita died, and what it means for Dexter to be a father. So she's gone from worrying about how Dexter can fix himself to recognizing that if he doesn’t, that probably means (and previously meant) bad things for those close to him. It sort of staggering how much sense that line of thinking makes.

And because the show has decided to explore this tension in such a calm but confrontational way, Deb and Dex’s conversations—particularly those in that narrow alley; the show has done a great job on the blocking of those scenes—have yet to feel repetitive. Deb is raising questions that need to be answered and to his credit, Dexter has been very willing to answer them while holding his ground. Carpenter and Hall both portray their characters’ frustrations with each another without going too far into histrionics.

Moreover, I quite liked how “Run” showed us the toll these issues are taking on both of them. While she has been overly patient with Dexter, Deb’s frustrations erupted with Speltzer, first during his interrogation and then out in the field when he was released because of shoddy police work and started following her. There is a sense that she is hot over the Speltzer case for two reasons: First because the monster dodged a murder charge because the uniforms failed to get an acknowledgement of his Miranda rights, and second because she knows that none of this would have been a problem had she just let Dexter take Speltzer out before. Deep down, she knows that Dexter’s way has value, especially when the police fail. And although I think Carpenter does better work when playing Deb at a lower emotional register, the more explosive reactions to Speltzer provided a nice contrast.

For Dexter, this episode was all about doubling down on proving himself right without necessarily ignoring Deb’s concerns. With Speltzer out on the street, Dexter again took it upon himself to put an end to the monster’s life. But at the same time, he also recognized that it might be time to send Harrison to Orlando (even for just a bit—but we know it’ll be longer, right?) and get rid of the blood slides. So he wants to keep killing, but he's starting to grow more self-aware about what that killing means. Maybe Deb’s prodding is taking hold after all?

But by the end of the episode, Deb had finally come around to Dexter's perspective. I loved that he actually brought her to the kill location and I adored the sense of wonder and weird satisfaction on Deb’s face throughout that final scene in the car. When she asked if Dexter did it for her, Carpenter's little smile was probably the single greatest piece of acting she’s done on the show.

I don’t know where the rest of the season is heading but after four episodes, it's clear that Dexter has a great grasp on this story. The writing is sharp and the performances are even better. Deb’s knowledge isn’t just a plot contrivance that keeps Dexter from doing his typical stuff. It is a purposeful agent that's had real consequences and impact on both the show and its title character. To this point, Dexter has explored the ideological differences between Dexter and Deb without picking a side. But I’m curious to see whether Deb’s realization at the end of “Run” means another big shift is coming. And whatever that shift might be, for the first time in forever, I’m actually confident that Dexter can pull it off.


NOTES


Yvonne Strahovski’s Hannah made a quick appearance, just long enough to flirt with Dexter and look amazing in a dress. It’s still unclear why that story matters, but she and Hall have great chemistry.

– Isaak’s “Revenge for Viktor” Tour took an interesting turn this week, as it seems the former’s feelings for the latter were a bit more passionate than we first thought. We pretty much already know how this story will end, but that’s a nice little shading to the character. Ray Stevenson has been good as well.

– Quinn defending the stripper as a “dancer” was my cue to not give a damn about that story ever again.

– Jamie might just spend a few days in Orlando, guys. She apparently has nothing else to do.

– The Speltzer case allowed the show to indulge its creepier, more bombastic side, which is fine. The elaborate maze/trap things were fun enough.

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Wow, this episode WAS FANTASTIC. The conversation between Deb and Dex in the parking lot was hushed, but my god, an emotional minefield. And when he brought her to the graveyard, and her strange satisfaction- geez, this show is blowing my mind right now with the development of these two leads. Please continue!
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Hannah is definitely a baddie and Dexter's new girlie interest. Loving the tension already. Don't know if they'll manage to match the fizzle between Kalinda and her hubbie in The Good Wife though!

Carpenter is as amazing as ever. I'm not sure the smile was the best thing she's ever done; I loved the moment when she walked in on them after they'd just killed JLM at the end of series 5 and let them get away. That was kind of leading to this, wasn't it?!

I was hoping that she'd get Dexter to help with investigations (he's the best detective in the department after all). Maybe he'll do that when he goes to jail; a la Hannibal Lector!

I feel quite sad that Viktor didn't stick around though; I thought he was excellent in Doll's House.

Still worried about Harrison though. Makes me laugh when Dexter says he's the best person to bring Harrison up, considering he's never there! He is an awful parent!
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I don't mind the Quinn/stripper story, he's finally getting back on track for romance, seeing as he had romance for Debra one time, he's moving on. Also, whether Nadia actually is still working for the mob, and keeping tabs on him. But double agent properly.
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I agree that Deb has finally ceased being a shrill fly-off-the-handle emotional mess and seems to have adopted a few shades of grey, which is nice. I disagree, though, that the show isn't taking sides. Dexter is our hero, and by this point we accept what he does as the right thing to do. While he's been making a few small efforts at trying not to enjoy the killing so much, Deb has gone much further towards his side of seeing things. In the end, this is going to be a story of Deb fully endorsing the Dark Passenger.
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Just give Jennifer Carpenter an Emmy already!! She sells the hell out of her character!!
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YES! Every time I wish the show would deal with a specific topic, they deliver in the very next episode. "Ugh Deb should be wondering about Rita by now"- boom there you go. "Why isn't she worried about her nephew's safety?" Yes! She just brought it up! It's like the writers are reading our minds. More awkward conversations between Dex and Deb about all the people he's killed, please and thank you.

While some things are still clumsy (Deb's boring ass nightmare, Evil Russian Guy's expositional monologue TO HIMSELF), this show is making me so happy right now. I actually look forward to the next episode these days!
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Yes, this year, the writing finally catch up to the acting... well, sorta - as Barker pointed out, there's still lots of storylines I couldn't care less about. But, undeniably, I have felt so engross to the show since John Lithgow was wreaking havoc as Trinity.

So keep giving us that good stuff, "Dexter", and we'll keep coming for more.
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It will turn out that Hannah was the driving force behind the killings and she will end up on the table. Too bad, I liked how she made Dexter nervous with her appearance.
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OMG! Only now did I recognize Ray Stevens as Titus Pullo, from Rome. Great character, great actor. Dexter would have serious problems in a fight with him off it was to be resolved with brute force. Dexter would have to be smarter. The problem is that Ray's character is also much smarter and more vicious than Pullo.
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Only now? ONLY NOW!

He's absolutely superawesome(loved him as Titus too) and his role might become the biggest threat Dexter ever had!

I mean the Russian mob has probably a higher body count than even Dexter, they're organized and Isaak is just pure force.

Maybe Dexter's only chance is to use the friction between Isaak and Jason Gedrick's character - but right now Dexter is not even aware of them ... but I have a feeling that will change soon.
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Shit I gotta agree. I recognized him as Pullo instantly, he's a hard guy to miss.
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This episode was the best I've seen so far. Deb was always a favorite character of mine, but this time Carpenter really impressed me. Every impression, word, smile... Perfect!

Michael C.Hall was better than ever. The way he spoke while he was killing Speltzer and the way he looked at Deb after she asked him if he did it for her, gave me chills. I thought he really did it mostly for her and then for himself. He changed his ways, he started considering other "code" changes. Wasn't it all for her, because of her? I wonder if she would ever think about him the way she did before. Can she love him the way he is? She started to understand but will she go back to have feelings for him? Is he going to pull this off and manage to stay out of prison or away from the death sentence?Is she going to be more than silent accomplice? I can't imagine how this is going to end and I can't wait to see! The story is so clever, so interesting I didn't want to read the books, because I love this characters so much and I can't stand the thought that they can be ruined for me. I can't wait for the next episode!
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I agree with everything you said! I think this is the new and improved Dexter! I myself didn't downright hate last season, although I know exactly how they could have pulled off the Gellar thing. Anyway I wanted to tell you to read the books! They are completely different than the show. In fact only the first book was used as a source for the first season and the only thing they used was the Ice Trunk Killer and it plays out differently. For ex: Deb never gets involved with or even meets Rudy AKA Brian AKA ITK. Than after the first book the show deviates from them all together so no Trinity killer, so that should tell you that Rita doesn't die. They are also written in first person so other than Deb, Rita , and the kids none of the other characters are in them very much, and all of them are different than their show characters. Anyway I don't want to spoil anything, I have read the first four books, I believe their is another two possibly 3 by now so really reading them will not spoil the show, it's more like reading an alternate version of Dexter.LESS
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I like the way the show is making it sound plausible that Deb, being such an upstanding police officer, and someone who, because of her own nature, will never fully accept who Dexter is. I think that in real life someone like Deb would simply find a way to get her brother committed instead of thrown in jail, because she wouldn't be able to leave it at that. But the show is developing organically and I like the way their relationship is progressing.

Could Dexter's scene with Harrison be more artificial? How old is the kid anyway? I think at this age it's very hard to get a child who can act competently. Basically he was just standing there scratching his little nose.

It's a pity how some professions carry a certain social stigma. Nadia, played by Swedish actress Katia Winter, is a gorgeous woman, and what straight man wouldn't like to have a chance with someone like her. But when we consider Quinn is falling for a stripper... Well, you see, suddenly she's not so interesting anymore. Like Batista said, "Well, AT LEAST you have someone in your life." Let's face it, man, a stripper is damaged goods. If Quinn were dating a hot librarian people would be congratulating him and patting him on the back.
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I love that Deb knows about Dexter. I love Season 7. I love Deb and Dexter's increasingly complex relationship and the mystery that surrounds it. I love Deb, always have. I LOVE Yvonne Strahovski (thanks to Sarah Walker) and Hannah seems to be a very very interesting character.



Although I'd find it interesting if she were to become the big bad of Season 7, but I'd actually like to see her become sort like Julia Stiles' Lumen, except actually still want to be with Dexter too, who knows, maybe her dark passenger is still in contact or was activated by her time spent with Speltzer or maybe a previous experience.



Have I mentioned how much I love Season 7?
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I see some potential here for LaGuerta and/or Quinn getting killed this season.

Among the many great scenes between Dex and Deb this season, her statement to him in this episode that he brings danger to those close to him reeks of a foreshadow of sorts. I think Isaak will go after the cops (not knowing who else -- other than Dexter -- is responsible for Viktor's death) and end up killing Quinn and/or LaGuerta (just as she finds out Dexter killed Travis and may be the BHB). Deb will be all "See?!" and Dex will reply with a shrug.

Or, you know, I'm just reflecting my own wishes onto the show and that potential isn't "really" there. Yes, despite everything else going on so far in this pretty great season, I still obsess over the deaths of LaGuerta and Quinn.

Yvonne's character certainly seems like she'll end up being a bigger baddie than she is, and while I originally thought the Isaak-Viktor relationship may have been father-son or brothers, they could just as likely have been lovers, as well.
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Maybe Dex wil kill Laguerta and Deb will get promoted...
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I vote Quinn- death by stripper stiletto. Or else LaGuerta, after she's become a major threat to revealing Dexter's secret life. That arc can last as long as it wants, I'm looking forward to it!
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really good season so far. love it.
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is it just me or did Dexter got really ECO friendly, no more plastic wrap!!!



also the crematorium seems like a great kill room, a little stab to the the heart, a little fire, no need for any body disposal, no muss no fuss...just a thought
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I've seen you can get bio-degradable plastic wrap now, so no need for him to give it up! Crematorium definitely safer!
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Anyone else think Yvonne will end up on Dexter's table? Clearly she is still the person she was when she basically persuaded that guy to go on the killing spree with her...seems like an enchantress bound for Dexter's knife by the end of the season...
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Thank you! I was so stricken by Yvonne last episode that I totally fell for her. Now I got the strong vibe that she is as guilty as the loving fool who jumped with his face right into a truck.

She's table-material BUT it could go into the exact opposite direction...
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Yes Viktor and Isaac were lovers...why else would a mobster (mob doesn't take too kindly to the gays ala the Sopranos) hide a picture in the opposite direction in the picture frame of the two?
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Maybe it's his son and he doesn't want people to know that, otherwise he gives his enemies an Achilles heel to exploit.
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I was torn between thinking that guy could be his son or his lover. But it's been so long since Viktor's appeared that I totally did not recognize him! Thx for pointing that out. I'm dumb.
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" First because the monster dodged a murder charge because the uniforms failed to get an acknowledgement of his Miranda rights,..."



Does that mean that if you just don't respond to the police when they read you your rights, you can get away with anything??? Only in tv-land I hope...
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I hope so too ..
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I don't run. I make people run. Dexters version of I'm the one who knocks
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This is turning out to be quite an year for television, no? Dexter was kinda superb till it's 5th season, but i didn't really like the 6th season... and was almost ready to give up on this series altogether but the finale gave me hope, and it's been a great turn around since the start of season 7. Jennifer Carpenter certainly has been giving a masterful performance since the premire of the season.



Combine Dexter with Homeland (OMG! OMG! OMG! They're doing everything at such a faster pace and such a powerful and unexpected turn of events!), The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Castle, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and various others... lovin' it!
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This episode was the best I've seen so far. Deb was always a favorite character of mine, but this time Carpenter really impressed me. Every impression, word, smile... F***ing Perfect!

Michael C.Hall was better than ever. The way he spoke while he was killing Speltzer and the way he looked at Deb after she asked him if he did it for her, gave me chills. I thought he really did it mostly for her and then for himself. He changed his ways, he started considering other "code" changes. Wasn't it all for her, because of her? I wonder if she would ever think about him the way she did before. Can she love him the way he is? She started to understand but will she go back to have feelings for him? Is he going to pull this off and manage to stay out of prison or away from the death sentence?Is she going to be more than silent accomplice? I can't imagine how this is going to end and I can't wait to see! The story is so clever, so interesting I didn't want to read the books, because I love this characters so much and I can't stand the thought that they can be ruined for me. I can't wait for the next episode!
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Another great episode of Dexter, I'm so happy with the direction the show is taken this season. As you said, the writing is better, the performances too, this show has it all these days. I can't point out enough how great Carpenter is playing, I said it last and I'm so glad you pointed it out too, she has been dealing this storyline with such care and just overall greatness. Love her and just love these moments between her and Dexter.

For the rest of the episode everything was great balanced as usual. Dexter in that horror house was absolutely terrifying in contrast to those little conversations between Dexter and Deb, amazing. I also loved how Deb totally freaked when she saw Spelzer, I also like her better in those little conversations, but it's nice too see different sides of her as well.

But how much I'm loving Deb and Dexter, the much I'm feeling indifferent about the other characters this season. I can't tell yet if this is a good thing or a bad one. Cause in the previous seasons I kinda still cared about Batista and Vince and even LaGuerta. This season however I just don't feel anything for them, does Quinn even exist? It's so weird, because in a way I like it this way. But on the other hand they do deserve better, no?

The Russian mob (mostly Isaac, don't really care about the others and I hope that "dancing" club investigation thing is over soon, focus all the way on Isaac, love him!) was also on a roll and I love how they are already after Dexter, because face it, normally the main antagonist only gets him at episode 9 or later. So I'm really excited how that turns out, I hope they can keep it up, but I'm almost certain they will.

Overall amazing episode and just as always can't wait until the next episode!
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Dexter: "How do you feel?"

Deb: "...Glad.....what does that make me?"

Dexter: "Human..."

Best part of another fantastic episode. In the early seasons Dexter always questioned his humanity and I think as the series went on he realized that deep down he was just as human as everybody else. So for him to say Deb was human in her feelings for Spelter's death not only validated his own humanity, it also comforted Deb. Humanity is a funny thing sometimes, we do not condone murder, but when a murderer is killed there is a small part of us that is happy and relieved.

Hell we are all watching a show in which we are cheering for a serial killer, and what makes the content "acceptable" is that he is killing "bad" people.

Anyway another great episode, looking forward to the next one.
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Isaak I feel if the most dangerous figure in Dexter ever. He's cool and calm about everything but the feelings about Victor will no doubt be his undoing. But he's the most ruthless in my opinion. Although they've had mostly upper class type main plot killers, his mob connection is true power and will be the most challenge I feel for Dexter. This last episode was one of the best in awhile and it'll be interesting to see the Isaak / Dexter battle.
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Is anyone concerned about the real life Quinn, Desmond Harrington? He just looks... BAD this season. Thin, gaunt, weak...
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Agreed! He needs to lay off the tan too. Hope he's not doing a Matthew Perry.
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I think it was worse a few episodes ago. He probably gained a couple of pounds back. But yes, I've seen that topic discussed both here and elsewhere, and everyone is saying that he's lost too much weight.
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Dexter being chase by another killer, awesome!!!!
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I thought last night's episode was great and at times actually scary. I found this pretty funny article, it's the maze from last night's episode! haha



http://electronichearth.com/dexter/the-dexter-run-murder-maze-fun-time-game/
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Quinn - ugh. Why is he still in the show, he brings nothing intresting to the story...
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I have no idea but maybe with Quinn being tight with the stripper, this could be the season he's killed off. Some major cop has to be killed off before this series ends and I'm betting Quinn gets it.
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I bet its gonna be the next episode!
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I have a question for the people that live in the US (I live in South Africa): was it realistic that that maniac was released, only because he didn't say "yes" when his medina (or whatever it's called) rights were read to him?
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Honestly I'd never heard that you have to say yes to acknowledge your Miranda rights, I thought they just had to read them to you. But yeah, it's realistic in that people can can off if the cops don't read you your rights.

Buuut, I've never been arrested so I couldn't tell you for sure.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning
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Its quite possible, yes. There are certain procedures here that make it so the police cant violate our rights no matter what crime we are accused of. We are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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Presumed innocent until proven guilty is one thing (btw, most countries around the world have it) - but the guy was released after admitting that he had killed that girl! He WAS guilty. Proven.

Sounds like a broken justice system to me.
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Well, if I ever get arrested in the US (who knows...) I'll always say I didn't understand a thing about my rights.
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Why was the episode called "Run"? I thought that was a spoiler that meant that Dexter would have to go on the run (or at least *think* that he would have to do that).
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Seriously? Did you miss the note Speltzer left for Dexter inside the creepy warehouse maze? "RUN," remember? Dexter then responded with a note of his own for Speltzer: "STAY."
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I realized that it had to be because of the maze before I read your reply, but I had forgotten the note.
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Bautista + Deb combo getting big bad killer's confession, then him being released because over-zealous uniforms being so wired on beating they left open a Miranda loophole. Then big bad killer taunting Deb, Dex goes after big bad, under-estimates his foe and has to run away to play another day was awesome and had me on the edge of my seat.

But Isaak killing Intern-Gameboy, aww man! I wanted Dex to kill Gameboy.

So was Viktor Isaak's son, or lover?
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He was wearing a pink shirt, so I say lover. Also, he wasn't particularly interested in the strippers at the club. Now that I think about it, that's probably a stronger indication. :)
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I thought he was his son.
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I got a brotherly vibe from the photo, but I also wondered if they were perhaps lovers. Isaak's grief was a bit too strong for the loss of a friend (plus, why hide the photo?), but not quite "loss of a child" level, you know? I guess we will soon find out!
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Jennifer Carpenter was already fantastic in season 1. She overacted the nervousness in one scene in the pilot, but since then her performance has been second to none. It's true that the writers had difficulties coming up with meaningful things for her character to say and do in some of the seasons, but she handled it as well as anyone could. She was better than ever in the really weak season 6, and is even better than that in season 7. I'm glad that more and more people are starting to realize that. I just don't get what took you guys so long.
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I think the chemistry between Dexter and Hannah is because they maybe subconsciously recognize that they are the same. I think Hannah is the real killer and the other guy was just a poor ol' sap.



I felt sorry for that poor Alex, that they made him commit suicide. I actually thought that was a very touching scene. He was going to die either way but he did it for his family, and he won't even know if they will be really taken care of. Short, not really relevant/interesting to the storyline, but the scene touched me.



I totally laughed my ass off with the Speltzer killing, when Dexter mimicked his 'fuuuucccckkk fuuuuuuuuccckkk fuuuucckkk'. that was hilarious. And then he said it right in his face, which shut Speltzer up, where u could see that in the end Dex is always the scariest one. I kinda like that he was scared of him. The whole tag-game they were playing was also very nice.



All in all, very good episode. I'm trying to get my friends back in this show.
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The acting and chemistry between Deb & Dexter on this show has transcended anything on TV right now, with the arguable exception of Homeland. Fantastic work all-around, and this show is definitely at its best at the moment.
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I gave you a thumbs up because I agree about the Dex-Deb interaction. However, I think the other stuff is a bit weak. For me the greatest part of the show was the middle of season 2, when Dex had just met Lila (before she went crazy) and Doakes was closing in. Season 1 was great too because we were just getting to know Dexter, and we had a mystery villain who made us really curious about how he knew so much about Dexter. Season 4 had the best guest serial killer ever. This season doesn't have anything like that. I guess LaGuerta is going to start causing some problems soon, but she's no Doakes, and no Frank Lundy.
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You're right. This show was always at it's best when it rose existential dangers and threats around Dexter and/or explored his psyche. It's very easy to go there from here on as Dexter's whole lifestyle is questioned ones again. I think the main plot driving element (instead of an actual "villain") is Debra for now and if handled well, they can play this out for more than one season, this time really developing their relationship and Dexter's character beyond "the next finale" where usually the dreaded "reset button" hits.
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To a large extent I agree that some of the other elements on the show can improve, as you guys pointed it.



However, my comments stem from looking at the show holistically. I believe that the two main characters on the show are making any other pitfalls seem irrelevant because of how riveting the issues facing their relationship are.
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The Dex-Deb thing is certainly much more important than the kill of the week, the department's case of the week, and who's doing who. This is why I'm quite pleased with this season, even though a few details have been really bad.
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Dexter: Debra come over to the dark side mwahahahaha

maybe they will become partners like him and Lumen ???
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As much as I would love to see that, I hope it doesn't happen ... it would contradict Deb's character too much
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I agrre.
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Just love this show, edge of the seat stuff every episode :)
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I'm not sure if I want Dexter & Deb together or not. I know the ppl at the station will give them a hard time, so they migth have to move, but I SRSYL don't know how i feel about it. When i first started watching the show i didn't know they were 'related' & wanted them together tho.
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I don't know what Dexter is paying Jamie but it better be Marry Poppins level pay.



I think this season has been extremely strong, and I'm glad that the whole Rita and Trinity thing was brought up. It was an issue that I thought needed to be addressed. Any cop out there with half a brain would have to look at the husband as a suspect, and we've seen Dexter admit to Deb that he's been able to replicate a scene before. So she had to ask him if he was directly involved with Rita's death and did he love her.
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"I'm gonna kill you."

"That... would be a twist."



My favorite moment of the season. That just made me really happy for some reason :D
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Something about Hannah tells me she may be a serial killer instead of the damaged goods we have seen so far. Isaaks character is flat out awesome especially now we have some details behind his motives. Setting up for a nice showdown between him and Dexter. Not entirely convinced Deb is ready to give into the "Dark Passenger".
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So, we barely know Hannah but I love her and Dexter's chemistry. Maybe Yvonne just good at having chemistry with nerdy characters.

LMAO at when Dexter was yelling F-bombs before killing Speltzer. Thought he was channeling Deb for a sec. Though like you said she's being pretty calm with her potty mouth, can we still count the number of F-bombs dropped this episode though?

No, but I really like the episode. No one cares about Quinn. If we have to focus on him and the stripper at all please let her be in her work attire.

Also they haven't touched too much on Debs romantic feelings for Dexter, last season I was all "No no no." I'm still ind of the same but more curious of if that just took a backseat to when she found out what Dexter really does.

And I thought Jamie was in school or something, how much is Dexter paying her that she can afford to not do anything else?

But I really liked this episode though.
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I think the romantic feeling is taking a back seat, mainly because on a scale of 1-10 it was probably an 8 in her world before she found out he was a serial killer. 1 being nothing, 10 being BFD. Now, it's probably a 2.
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I would like everything, or at least alot to be resolved this season. like if dexter will tell deb he killed his brother for her safety, or when he killed lyla for doakes, or at least viktor fo mike. Laslty, I would like to know if they would address if debra's feeling's for dex, with either choice she makes is fine as long as it's resolved.
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I think a bigger one would be when Deb let Lumen(hate her) and Dexter go w/o realizing it after they killed Jordan Chase. It'd be something kind of big for since as far as Deb knows she and her dad or the only ones that know about Dexter killing and the whole letting murders go would make it so she know it wasn't the first time she let Dexter get away with killing someone.

And as far as the romantic thing, I just figured it be more like a combined and it'd help her be even more lost and how she feels because she was just struggling with the fact that she in love with her "brother" now come time find he's a killer seems like it would just double the struggling then just one pushing the other out the door.
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I didn't realize that it was possible to not like Lumen.
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Dexter's kill of Meltzer was probably one of my favorite kills ever, and the scene following with Deb was so powerful. I'm glad Rita was brought up. XY brought that issue up on last week's episode, and that was one of the few things that bothered me in an otherwise stellar season so far, so I'm glad they addresed that. Quinn sucks, but Nadia is fine to look at so I can't complain too much. Need to see a little more Hannah, and I've been very impressed with Isaak. Keep up the work writers!
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So glad they both finally talked about Rita without dodging around it any longer! It was also great that Debra brought up Harrison in a believable manner. There are still some stories of the past seasons left Dexter and Debra need to talk about but - and I absolutely didn't think I'd say this coming from the last season - I'm actually getting confident we'll see all that play out soon.
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I don't give a damn about that story because Quinn is in it. Why you gotta hate on exotic dancers?
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He does not, he just hate Quinn.
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so the kids baby sitter can just drop everything and hit up orlando? does she really not have a life other then sitting at home waiting to take care of dexters kid?
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Supposedly she's a student, but I think she just made that up. Basically her sole job is to be a plot device.
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well she was dating the creeper guy but he's dead now
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she didn't stop dating him because he's dead... he was cheating, got fired and now he's missing. no one knows he's dead.
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